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SIDNEY HERALD Sports WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2016 7 men are also expected to BY BILL YANDER WEELE play key roles for Savage. SIDNEY HERALD "We have the numbers and athletes again," Kessel With 14 players out for said. "We're trying to get the sport, Savage's foot- the puzzle to fit again like ball squad looks to again we did last year." be one of the top six-man Depth and speed are ex-' squads in the area and the pected to be strong points. state. Kessel talks about playing Savage Coach James five running backs and Kessel was nervous that four quarterbacks. the turnout was goingto "We're going to mix it be lower. "We got a couple up," he said. of transfers," he said. "I'm He's pleased with the excited about it." players' aggressiveness Returning starters for and toughness. "These the Warriors include guys are hard hitters. They All-Conference performer aren't afraid." Bryar Lange, Bailey Mi- The Warriors will open cheletto and Clay Sheehan. their season against Geral- Tucker Lien, a senior, is dine/Highwood in Geral- playing high school foot- dine on Saturday starting ball for the first time. "He's at 2 p.m. been lifting all summer," "It should be a good test Kessel said. "He now has to see where we're at," Kes- some muscle on him." sel said. Jared Hofer, a sopho- The coach expects Mon- more, started for the War- Dak and the R&L Fusion to riors at center last season, also be contenders for the Many other underclass- league title. BILL VANDER WEELE [ SIDNEY HERALD Volleyball scrimmage Sidney's Jordan Baxter competes at the net during the team's scrimmage on Saturday morning. Fusion enter football season with good experience The R&L Fusion features Fusion's attack. a good turnout including "Team strength is our many returning starters experience," Fusion Coach this football season. Shawn Lien said. "We are Casey Watson, who young after our returning earned All-Conference athletes and that's a place honors last season, is one we need to put a lot of of the program's four work into." returning starters. Turnout was 15 players Other starters back are this season. Tanner Shipman, Trent "I believe we have a very Lien and Seth Prevost. strong conference in all, so Jeff Scholia, who saw a it's anyone's conference to good deal of playing time win," Lien said. "I believe for Savage last season, is our team should be in the also expected to help the top battling." Casey Watson tokes off for a gain during last year's action. BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD Savage football players work on their conditioning during a practice last week. The Warriors open their season against Geraldine/Highwood Saturday. BY BILL VANDER WEELE Conradsen, sophomore SIDNEY HERALD Tyler Lien, sophomore Ki- ana Miller and sophomore With six starters return- Soda Rice. ing from last season's The Warriors have a squad, the Savage War- total of 12 athletes out for riors expect to make some the sport this season. noise during this volley- "We are working hard ball season, on serve receive and our "My team's greatest in-system offense," Hagler strength is that they have said. been playing together for a The coach expects the long time even'though we league race to be competi- are a young team," Sav- tive, but she gives MonDak age's Coach Jean Hagler the edge entering the said. "The girls worked season. "Most other teams hard all summer and play will have quite a few new well together." faces," Hagler said. Lexi Joslin, the team's Savage opens its season only senior, is one of the at Plentywood on Saturday. returning starters for Sav- "We didn't lose any age. starters to graduation, Other starters back so I think we should deft- include junior Brynn nitely be moving up in the Salsbury' junior Ashlind ranks," Hagler said. The R&L Fusion have a back row play as well. different look with a new ' ks a team we are con- head coach this season, tinuing to work on quicker Miranda Grossi is the movements and flow with program's head coach and ball positioning on the she is assisted by her sister court, as well as reading Alysia Mullin. what the team is doing on The squad has a turnout the other side of the net," of 18 players. Grossi said. She expects "We are jelling together tough conference battles well this year and we have this season. been spending extra focus Right now we are not on technique improving counting out any team for our passing, hitting and competition. We are going defensive reading," Grossi to be prepared for each and said. "High energy levels every match this season are flowing and we are focusing on what we as excited to kick start this a team can do to strive year!" for the 'W,' "Grossi said. Rain Rehbein, a senior, "Our team this year is is a returning All-Con- going to be very competi- ference performer for the tive and our goals are set Fusion. Ellie Volbrecht high. With graduating four and Sydney Brost are also seniors last year, we have returning starters. Due to spots to fill but are striving last season's injury, Anna for the top. Johnson stepped up and " R&L Fusion is excited for filled the starting setting the season and what it has position, in store for us. New season, Also seeing varsity ac- new goals, new team!" tion were Brylee Brost in The Fusion host a tour- the back row as the libero nament in Lambert on and Haley Olson filled in Saturday. across the net and some Savage's sophomore Soda Rice makes a practice last week. BILL VANDER WEELE I SIDNEY HERALD powerful hit during e Fairview's volleyball tion last season, is among team enters the season the returning players for looking to put together the Warriors. another solid season. The Warriors are ex- The Warriors, who pected to also be led by the placed fourth at the steady play of setter Jae district tournament last Kloker, Kelly Danielson, season, have a new coach Jenna Bieber, Bailey Sead- with Anil Kara, a native er, Emily Axtman, Amber of Turkey, taking over the Berry and Emma Skov. duties. The squad could feature Kara graduated from a strong hitting attack led the university in ADANA/ by Bailee Vitt and 6-2 Mar- Turkey with a bachelors tha Hurley. degree in Sports Education "This is going to be an and Coaching. While going awesome season. They all to school, he played vol- have a great attitude and leyball for his university want to be the best they and for a few professional can be," Kara said. "I be- teams including the coun- lieve they can accomplish try's national team. anything they set their "I'm pretty excited to minds too." have found a job doing Amy Karst is the team's what I love the most. I en- assistant coach. "I'm joy sharing my knowledge happy to have her on this of this sport with these team helping with not only hard working girls at Fair- coaching but with commu- view High School," Kara nicating with high school said. "We have been prac- girls," Kara said. ticing together for almost a Fairview will open its month now and they have season at a tournament in made many improvements Lambert on Saturday. already." The Warriors then host Torrie Hurley" a second R&L and Plentywood in team All-Conference selec- conference action Sept. 3. Rain Rehbein is a returning All-Conference player for the R&L Fusion this volleyball season. The team hosts a tournament in Lambert on Saturday. oca voueyl Friday, Aug. 26 Sidney at LewistownIDRIIIIIIry Saturday, Aug. 27 Friday, Aug. 26 Fairview at R&L Fusion Sidney at Glendive invitational - Lambert Saturday, Aug. 27 Savage at Plentywood Culbertson & R&L Fusion Culbertson Invitational at Poplar invite Friday, Aug. 26 Culbertson vs. Plentywood Sidney vs. Watford City R&L Fusion vs. Custer/ Hysham in Lambert Saturday, Aug. 27 Savage at Geraldine/ Highwood Fairview at Cascade (Charlo) 61111 Friday, Aug. 26 Sidney at Miles City Rodeo Aug. 27 & 28 MHSRA at Circle COMPANIES 00000000 0000000 )