Valders' Evans eyes State win

Valders' Evans eyes State win

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Valders' Evans eyes State win

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Manitowoc Lincoln

Coach: Len Nikolai, 45th year

Last year: 12th in Fox River Classic Conference

Returning letter winners: Andrew Ziolkowski, Sr.; Cole Becka, Jr.; Mike Thompson, Jr.; Amari Bauer, Jr.; Austin Keehan, So.; Logan Swanson, So.

Outlook: Nikolai said the team should be much improved over last year as Lincoln had several runners who had a good summer of training and appear on the right track in practice. The Ships are looking to contend in the middle of the pack in the FRCC.

Manitowoc Lutheran

Coach: Abbey Bubolz, first year

Last year: Third in Olympian Conference

Returning letter winners: Phil Krahn, Sr.; Brad Kasten, Jr.; Connor Rehbein, Sr.; Garrett Buch, Sr.; JT Pekarske, Jr.; Josh Eickhoff, Jr.; Kane Neubauer, Sr.

Outlook: Bubolz said she feels the team’s strength this season will be its past State experience as five qualifiers return for the Lancers. She also said the team has excellent depth.

Two Rivers

Coach: Greg Erickson, 17th year

Last year: Second in Eastern Wisconsin Conference

Returning letter winners: Josh Krahn, Sr.; Nick Geiger, Sr.; Ian Guyette, Sr.; Mitch Taylor, Jr.; Sam Bianchi, So.

Outlook: Erickson thinks the EWC title is wide open and hopes his senior leadership, a team strength in his eyes, will help push the squad to the top. He also said he has a strong and talented freshmen class.

Roncalli

Coach: Tim Schroeder, fourth year

Last year: Fifth in Olympian Conference

Returning letter winners: Ben Wichlacz, Jr.; Tyler Heyduk, Jr.; Sam Schneider, Jr.; Cole Becker, So.; Killian Krummel, Jr.; Chris Fessler, Jr.

Outlook: Only one senior graduated in May for the Jets, so Schroeder said he expects to improve upon last year’s OC finish. He said the team is still young but that it has a lot of enthusiasm and desire to improve.

Valders

Coach: Bill Dietrich, 13th year

Last Year: N/A

Returning letter winners: Michael Evans, Sr.; Joey Kinscher, Sr.; Derek Doescher, So.; Tommy Meidl, Sr.; Joey Krizek, Sr.; Zack Leschke, Jr.; Thomas Schwoerer, So.

Outlook: The Vikings are led by 2010 D2 state champion Evans, who has taken second overall twice this season already including last week’s Kiel Invite.Dietrich expects to wrestle the OC title away from Chilton this season. To do so he needs Meidl and Krizek to continue to anchor the team. Valders also quailified for State last season, edging out Chilton at sectionals.

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