The kids are back in school and that only means one thing. The fall prep season is just around the corner, and I'm ready for it. I've got a lot of questions about the teams from Kingman and Kingman Academy High. Here's a little preview showcasing some of the big picture topics I'm anxious to see answered. Let's start with KHS.
The Bulldogs football team won three games last season (3-7) for the first time since 2000. Coach Rob York is in his second year leading the program. Will KHS prove to be a program on the rise?
Coach Traci Rosenbach takes over the KHS volleyball team from her sister, Kasie Juelfs. Rosenbach is excited about the Bulldogs' commitment to the program. Can Rosenbach convert that commitment into wins and lead KHS back to the state playoffs?
It has been a while since the KHS boys cross country team could be called a veteran squad. Coach Anne Bathauer is excited about the summer training her runners have done. Are the Bulldogs ready to shout "we are here" to the rest of the state?
There's talent coming to the KHS girls cross country team from the middle schools, and Bathauer is hopeful they will add depth. I'm curious to see if sophomore Paige Cardiff can improve on her 23rd-place finish at last year's state meet.
The KHS boys swim team lost a couple of studs to graduation in Shane Hall and Chris Workman. The Bulldogs have been trending upward as a program, and I'm wondering if they can continue in that direction.
Last year, the KHS girls swim team showed an amazing amount of fortitude after experiencing a tragedy. The Bulldogs have shown steady improvement over the past several seasons. With their third coach, Beth Mathe, in as many seasons, will KHS continue to improve?
The KAHS Tigers have intriguing questions of their own.
The KAHS football team has been sniffing around in the semifinals of the Charter Athletic Association's state playoffs. The Tigers went 7-4 last year and lost to eventual state champs Phoenix NFL Y.E.T. Coach Lynn Meyer resigned to move back to Nebraska, and Eugene Kramer leads the Tigers this season. Kramer went 4-23 at Burley High in Idaho over three seasons before coming to Kingman. Will Kramer get the Tigers that elusive state title?
Finishing as state runners-up last year, the Tigers volleyball team has been creeping toward a state title. But there's a lot of mystery surrounding them. Coach Heather Amenhauser stepped down and a new coach is still up in the air. And, three-year starter Jordan Book has decided to forego her senior season. Can the Tigers handle adversity?
The KAHS girls cross country team is a dynasty. The Tigers have put together six state championships in a row and are still loaded with four of the top five runners at last year's state meet. Can they grab their seventh?
The boys cross country team won state as well last year, reclaiming the title after finishing second the year before. This could be a rebuilding year for the Tigers. Can they remain a force in the CAA?
The fall season is just weeks away now, and I for one can't wait to see how it all plays out for our hometown kids.