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S,O00E*00EO,O SPORTS Warriors football seniors 'bring leadership' SARAH BLOOM l SIDNEY HERALD Quarterback Brock khriver, middle, working on his defensive skills covering Kyle Shelmerdlne, right, receiving from Monte Cayko, left. BY SARAH BLOOM SIDNEY HERALD standard" for them• "We have a lot of leader- 'We have a lot of leadership on top, those guys do a really nice job' Kevin Clausen Coach m ship on top, those guys do a really nice job," Clausen said. "And they know what we expect as coaches. When you have those guys who just know what's going on, it makes it really easy for us. Those guys pretty much set the example, and they set the standard." Warrior leaders include quarterback Brock Schriver, and running back Cody Vitt, who was a major con- tributor in helping the team break 22 school records last season alone. Additional offensive lead- ers are running back Scott Andreasen and wideout Seth Flynn. Expect big con- tributions from inside line- The Fairview Warriors have some unfinished busi- ness to tend to this season. With 13 returning seniors and eight all-state players, most of which contrib- uted to last year's record- breaking season, head coach Kevin Clausen has confi- dence in his team. Clausen said the "seniors bring leadership," and that even into next year, when these 13 seniors leave after graduation, the rest of the team will step up to compete because the seniors "set that backer and offensive guard Riley Reynolds, middle linebacker Jordan Dahle, offensive/defensive lineman Jace Taylor and center/ noseguard Logan Kjos. Last season, Clausen was proud of what they had accomplished. They hosted and won a playoff game, won against Wibaux and hosted the state champion- ship game, all of which were firsts for the Fairview Warriors football program. To finish off what they started from last season, Clausen and his Warriors would ultimately like another shot at the state championships, and Clan- sen believes they have all the talent needed to accom- plish that. The first game the war- riors took to the road to Ennis, a team that lost a few seniors, but still remain to be a solid team. But Ennis is just a bump in the road on the way to their away game at Wibaux, a team who's football program speaks for the whole town• The rest of the season will bring some challenges, against teams like Scobey, which will be Fairview's home opener, and Culb- ertson, a team which has always remained a rival to Fairview. No matter the challenge, Clausen believes every team SARAH BLOOM I SIDNEY HERALD Quarterback Brock Schriver, left, throws to Kyle Shelmerdine, middle, who is defended by Brett Berry. is beatable. They still need to continue to work hard throughout the season and play each game one step at a time. "We have a good shot," quarterback Brock Schriver said, addressing their shot at the state championship game again. He said they will work on their assign- ments and structure. "Just play football and that's all it comes down to." SARAH BLOOM I SIDNEY HERALD Lakayla Nentwig leads the runners with Tori Hill, Sean Lofthus and Tessa Hill behind. Sidney boys will add to cross country BY SARAH BLOOM SIDNEY HERALD Allowing a boys' cross country team this year should bring exciting competition, adding to the fast growing cross country program at Sidney. Sidney native and head coach Katie Haase is in her third year coaching cross country for the Sidney Eagles. The team expanded from just seven girls in her first year, to now 24 girls and boys. The program has been able to attract more stu- dents each year, but Haase is enjoying coaching the team. "It's been fun," Haase said. "I am learning new things every season." With the addition of the boys cross country pro- gram, this year will be the first season Sidney will compete in any boys cross country events• Everyone in the program is looking forward to what the boys have to offer. "I think they add a lot of healthy competition within our team," Haase said• The team may have added names to the roster, but last year's graduation took some value away from the program. "I lost five seniors, so that 'The feeling at the end of the race is always good' Tori Hill Runner for Sidney cross countTy I IIII IIIIIIII I I I I was scary," Haase said. "But we have a lot of really good looking younger girls." Expect to see Lakayla Nentwig contribute great things this year. "She started off the season with a great attitude," Haase said. "I'm really looking forward to where she is going to be at this year." "The feeling at the end of the race is always good," Tori Hill said. Both Hill and Nentwig are really excited that they have added a boys team this year to the cross country program. Sidney was one of the only teams without a boys program in all previ- ous seasons. Lane Schafer, a junior and one of the members of the new boys cross country program, has participated in track for Sidney, but is excited to be a part of cross country.. "Billings is probably our biggest competition on this side of the state," Haase said. The western side of the state is a totally differ- ent playing field because ofthe advantages they have being so familiar with the elevation and elements. Billings is always Sidney's first meet in the season, which will be challenging. The course is spread out and flat• After the first meet, the team will know where they are at and will be able to evaluate themselves• The team is looking forward to hosting divisionals as well this year. sports@sidneyhemld.com Sidney oolf looks to better team Tuesday the Sidney, Glen- dive and Miles City teams competed in a three team triangular golf tournament at the Cottonwood Country Club in Glendive. The Eagle boys team was led by Bobby Frank, medal- ist, who shot a score of 76. Teammate Paul Brannan shot 78, Counor Frank, 91, Tristan Potts, 105 and Bryan Messer, 114. The team score ended at 350, which placed the Eagles third at the event behind team winner Glendive who shot 325 and Miles City who shot 337. "All of the players struggled a little today on the course adjusting to the smaller greens and break- ing putts," said Coach Jay Frank. "We still have a couple of new varsity play- ers this year, and a lot of the courses will be new to them so it will be a learning year as we go along." The girls were paced by Jocelyn Murphy who shot a 106, followed by Jenifer Cutler with a 128 and Nicole Moore with a 140. Team- mate Nicole Monsen had to leave the team with a shoul- der injury, but the team also learned that it was getting a player back in Kennedi Sheehan, who was the lone Eagle golfer who played in state last year. "We are still in the learn- ing phase about our game," Frank said. "I look for our team to get better each week we play." Warriors volleyball ready to play BY SARAH BLOOM SIDNEY HERALD The Fairview Warriors volleyball team is looking forward to a competitive season. Last year, they were conference champions and came second in dis- tricts. Head Coach Katrina Johnson is excited for this season. "I do have a good group of girls," Johnson said. This year, the Warriors are returning four starters, two of which were strong as a setter and hitter, along with Masyn Klose, who led the Warriors in digs, blocks and hits. Johnson said that they lost two starters with gradu- ation. Another notable player is junior Haelee Spaabeck who made some appearances for varsity last season• "That girl can jump," Johnson said, who has high expecta- tions for Spaabeck to excel this year. Johnson is expecting some girls on the junior varsity level to step up as well if they are called on for varsity. Johnson wanted to acknowledge another hard worker on the Warriors• Manager Amber Friesz has put in her hard work for the team and has been able to keep a sense of organization for the team. The team is looking for- SARAH BLOOM I SIDNEY HERALD Alexis Gustafson, left, jumps to block hitter Masyn Klose. ward to its season debut, at Grenora Invitational. There they will be able to play some teams, like Culbert- son, that they will be play- ing further down the road. sports@sidneyhemld.com Your new 'Jersey girl' As Sidney Herald's new sports reporter, I wanted to introduce myself to the readers, fans, and to the coaches and athletes of the area. As a newcomer to the Sidney area from over 2,000 miles away in New Jersey, I wanted to thank everyone in town for being so warm and welcoming to me. About a month ago, little did I know that I was about to move across the country, and that I would be on my way to starting my sports journalism career. I am thankful to the Sidney Herald, both Libby Berndt and Bill Vander Weele, and the rest of the Herald employees, for giving me a chance and allowing me to gain experience in the field• I graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelors of contemporary arts, where I focused in sports journalism. I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sports • ,L • 3ournalzsm because I have always had a passion for s p0s and was always iarested in the way sports have become rooted in our society nd history. Coming to Sidney, I was not sure what to expect. As soon as I got here though, I fell in lave'with all of the people in this town. It is a bitof a culture shock coming from New Jersey, but not to worry, real Jersey • girls are nothing like MTV's "Jersey Shore", as I already assured fellow Sidney Herald reporter and avid watcher of the "Jersey Shore", Louisa Barber. Iam thrilled to be a sports reporter for Saroh's stets the Sidney Herald and Sarah Bloom honored to be a part of this community. I look forward to meeting every single one of you in the near future at the many games I plan on attending in the area. You can always reach me at the Sidney Herald or emall me, as I want to get to know each and every one of you more• Football officials needed in area The Sidney football of- ficials met Wednesday night with a concern for being short handed this football season• With the amount of games and the distance needed to travel, the group is going to do its best to be able to make each game needed. Ross Hall, new activities director at Sidney High School, was also at the meeting. Their next meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m. in the Sidney High School com- mons area. Those interested should attend• For more information, contact Jeff Mead, 480-2661, or Thorn Barnhart, 433-2330. , r i