Varsity Fall Sports

Lily Ragsdale and Jack Patrick

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‘Tis the season for fall sports. Although school had just started, many of the teams have been in full swing since the summer. A lot of teams graduated their senior class last year, so there are many players this year that are unfamiliar faces.

When one door closes, another one opens. Last year, Kickapoo’s varsity football team said goodbye to coach Thompson and hello to Coach Thomas. Before becoming a Chief, Thomas was a Bluejay at Marshfield High School. “I think the kids mentality here at Kickapoo toward winning and competition is awesome,” Thomas said.

Both the boys and girls cross country teams have been practicing all summer and haven’t stopped the grind since last year. Many of the runners take up track and field during the spring to stay in shape for cross country season. This year they are looking forward to winning their conference and district, and hopefully qualify a team for state. Coach Jeremy Goddard has been taking a different approach for his varsity team this year. To be eligible for a spot on varsity, a runner must be one of the first seven to finish. The spots on varsity are determined every week. “[The] Boys team graduated four of our top seven boys and one athlete didn’t come back so this year we have a whole new varsity roster. [The] Girls only lost a couple of athletes and the returning girls did lots of work over the summer to improve themselves on the course,” Goddard said.

“Most high school teams have one “stud” (below 90 avg.) That carries the team. We have 7 different individuals with an average in the 90’s so our wins really are a team effort,” Drane said.

The boys soccer team this year is a completely new team than last year’s. Varsity soccer coach, Phil Hodge, explains that “this year we don’t have the experience that we have had in the past.  This is a lot of guys first opportunity at the Varsity level. This team is adjusting to the Varsity speed of play and are getting better and better each and every game.” Last year the team graduated eight starters, some of which won awards for their excellence on and off the team. Many of the returning upperclassmen will step up and become leaders to help regain where they were last year.

Many students don’t acknowledge softball, which is unfortunate. The girls are off to a great start and will continue to keep going up. Senior Katelyn Antrim has been playing on the softball team her whole high school career now.  “I think what sets us aside [from other teams] is that we don’t back down from a challenge. Where someone may lack in execution or ability, another teammate is willing and able to do what needs to be done to help the whole team and not themselves.” This year’s team is mostly made of younger students.

The boys swim and dive has many state classifying returners this year. Senior Ivan Quackenbush being one of them. “We have a really close group of upperclassmen and we all really enjoy competing with each other and supporting one another. Our goal this year is to qualify for state and win Southwest Missouri.”

Girls Varsity Tennis: “We have a lot of brand new, some two sport or three sport athletes that are all welcomed and achieve at whatever level they want to.  We also are a “partner before the ball” team.  This means win or lose the point each teammate knows that they are there to support each other.”

Along with all the other varsity sports, volleyball graduated a lot of their seniors. Many of the girls have stepped up and played different positions to help better the team. Returning senior, Harper Auman, has high goals for her team this year. “Our main goal is definitely to go to state, but we’re going to take it one step at a time and really focus on our team chemistry and what’s going on, on our own side before worrying too much about anyone else.”

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Varsity Fall Sports