Fox Valley Association
Coach: Annette Jadin (18th season).
Top prospect: Tanner Daines.
Outlook: A number of upperclassmen have joined the team this season and the Terrors have a number of freshmen ready to step in as they strive to get better as the season progresses.
Coach’s comment: “(We have) great leadership in our upperclassmen and new and young runners with excellent determination and drive to challenge for top spots (on the team). The Lightning boys are working hard to have strong representation in the FVA conference and challenge for a trip to the state meet.”
Coach: Terry Gross (22nd season).
Top prospects: Josh Shelley, David Nugent, Max Stingle, Jack Sauer.
Outlook: This year’s team will be led by one senior and a contingent of underclassmen who have varsity experience.
Coach: Mike Heling (eighth season).
Top prospects: Kevin Kilgas, Sr.; Cole Robinson, Sr.; Nicholas Rink, So.; Garrett Benz, Sr.; Levi Sampson, Sr.; Spencer Lamers, Sr.; Alec Schultz, Sr.; Derek Rink, So.
Top newcomers: Michael Spielvogel, Sr.; Evan Blom, Jr.; Nate Rooyakkers, Jr.; Calvin Edwards, Jr.; Bryce Hull, Jr.
Outlook: Kimberly returns most of its top runners from last year’s FVA champions. The Papermakers lost Alex Rink, the top runner in the league, but return their next 13 runners to provide the depth needed for a chance at defending their title and a shot at reaching the state meet for the fourth time in five years.
Coach’s comment: “It should be an exciting season with many returners and some young runners ready to step up. The boys should contend for the conference title. We have solid roster depth with a large JV team pushing each other to get better.”
Coach: Kevin Sours (12th season).
Home course: Lions Park, Greenville.
Top prospects: Eric Moore, Connor Kesler, Ryan Kirkpatrick, Drew Sorrels.
Top newcomers: Jacob Nicholson, Brandon Main, Nick Deleon.
Outlook: Hortonville returns a good core of runners and will have a few newcomers to add to the mix.
Coach’s comment: “We hope to improve our conference showing from last year.”
Coach: Scott Michalski (11th season).
Home course: Crystal Springs Golf Course, Seymour.
Top prospects: Justin Skinkis, Sr.; Kody Siebers, Sr.; Trey LeSatz, Sr.; Kyle Peotter, Sr.; Derek Sachs, Sr.; Zack Bain, So.
Top newcomers: Dylan Deschler, Fr.; Alec Weitermann, Fr.; Dylan Weyer, Fr.
Outlook: The Thunder looks to be competitive, especially late in the season, as it boasts an experienced lineup, with five seniors and two juniors.
Coach’s comment: “A senior-led squad with experience will focus on staying healthy and being competitive when it counts.”
Central Wisconsin Conference
Coach: Jacquelyn Gast (first season).
Outlook: The Wolves will compete at the varsity level for the first time after being at the club level last season.
Coach’s comment: “This is our first official season as a WIAA-sanctioned team for cross country. Last year, we piloted the sport as a club, which resulted in a positive experience for our student athletes and the school. For this season, we hope to continue to jell as a team and improve our overall competitiveness. We are looking forward to a promising season.”
Coach: Rebecca Heczko (first season).
Home course: Weyauwega-Fremont High School
Coach’s comment: “We have returning players with high hopes. We are looking at a positive outcome with this upcoming season. We have a lot of kids that are willing to take their running to the next level. It is going to be an exciting season.”
Eastern Valley Conference
FOX VALLEY LUTHERAN
Coach: Peter Sehloff (13th season).
Top prospects: Jacob Krug, Sr.; Joshua Schlafer, Sr.; Adam Stevens, Sr.; Cody Vils, Sr.; Colin Wenzel, Sr.
Top newcomers: Ben Kubek, Jr.; Kyle Favorite, So.
Outlook: The Foxes should become competitve pack runners as they mature during the season.
Coach’s comment: “This team has a nice mix of experience and new runners to make for a very interesting season.”
Coach: Dave Janssen (16th season).
Top prospects: Joe Van Grinsven, Sr.; Zach Hietpas, Sr.; Matt Lancour, Sr.; Parker Wyngaard, Jr.; Derek Hietpas, So.; Caden Sampson, So.
Top newcomers: Luke Sampson, So.; Mike Lancour, So.; Chase Janssen, So.
Outlook: The Mustangs look for another solid season and have a goal of bettering their sixth-place finish at the state meet.
Coach: Kraig Western (third season).
Home course: Winneconne High School.
Top prospects: Sam Engel, Jr.; Luke Kubasta, Jr.; Matt Barthel, So.; Quentin Burant, Sr.; Geryd Steffek, Jr.; Michael Peterson, So.
Top newcomers: Spencer Wein, Fr.; Joey Messer, So.
Outlook: Despite small numbers, the Wolves boast the return of six letterwinners, who hope to compete for a conference title and a spot at the state meet.
Coach’s comment: “Our boys’ team has really worked hard over the summer. I gotta believe their hard work and dedication will pay off during the season.”
Coach: Carey Schmid (eighth season).
Top prospects: Jack Hussey, Jr.; Cody Greve, So.
Top newcomers: Jacob Mathiebe, Jr.; Brad Zenner, Sr.
Outlook: The Lions will look to improve on their sixth-place finish in the conference last season and eighth-place showing at sectionals.
Coach’s comment: “We will have a nice team this year. This will be the second year in a row that it will be the same group of boys. We will still have the same returning letter winners, but they will also have some new, older athletes that will fit in with the program. We will finish in the top half of our invitationals, and we will get stronger throughout the season. They will do well in sectionals this year.”
ST. MARY CENTRAL
Coach: Chad McCartney (eighth season).
Home course: St. Mary Central High School.
Top prospects: Greg Greif, Sr.; Luke Willems, Jr.
Top newcomers: Peter Ullrich, Jr.; Brandon Wagner, Fr.
Outlook: For the first time since joining the WIAA in 2000, St. Mary Central has a chance to qualify for the state meet.
Coach’s comment: “The front of our pack will be very strong this year. We will need two runners to step up to the No. 4 and 5 spots to have a chance to win conference and qualify for the state meet.”
— Compiled by Dan Kohn: 920-993-1000, ext. 305, or firstname.lastname@example.org; On Twitter @PCDanKohn