Redwood Valley boys and girls return talent to line-up this spring

The Redwood Valley boys and girls track teams will kick off the spring sports season with an indoor meet today at the Redwood Area Community Center.

The Cardinals hosted a junior high meet Monday and will host a varsity event Ttoday as the 2018 spring sports season officially gets under way.

The Redwood Valley boys are coming off of a monster season where they won the Big South Conference (small division) title, rolled to an easy Sub-Section title, were third at the Section True Team meet and finished as runners-up at the Section 3A meet (losing by just three points to Montevideo).

The boys will have the difficult task of replacing seven seniors who accounted for more than 40 percent of the team’s scoring. That said, the boys do return standout Logan Josephson who qualified for the Class A state tournament a season ago in the 100 meter dash, the 300 meter hurdles and the long jump. Josephson will be looked upon once again to lead the way and should be poised for a big year.

Fellow senior Tommy Amberg returns as one of the Sections top triple jumpers and should be a key contributor in the long jump and as part of the sprint relay teams.

Junior Kyle Huhnerkoch will also be looked on to contribute in the high jump, triple jump and long jump and is a returning member of the Cards’ sprint relay teams. Junior Logan Prouty has shown improvement in the hurdle events and could see action as part of the sprint relays.

Sophomore Kaleb Haase is the Cards’ top weight man (shotput, discus) and joins a nice core group that includes seniors Eric Bommersbach and Ethan Whited and fellow sophomore Chad Maddock.

Sophomores Jed Hansen and Luke Grannes join eighth-grader Maverick Goblirsch on pole vault. The distance events will be held down by Deon Estebo, along with Mason Clark, Jayson Peyerl, Leo Steffl and Gavin Dow.

The Redwood Valley girls, meanwhile, are also coming off of a strong 2017 season that saw them finish as runners-up at the BSC meet and fourth at the Section True Team meet. They also earned an easy Sub-Section title (by almost 80 points) and finished fifth at the Section 3A meet.

Much like the boys, the girls will face the tough task of replacing almost 50 percent of their scoring with the likes of Emma Gaffney and Jillian Read no longer a part of the team (graduation).

Senior Alaina Goblirsch will lead the way for the girls as the team’s top sprinter. The sprint relay teams have yet to be determined with a group that includes: juniors Caitlyn Johnson, Sidney Beran and Bri Panitzke, sophomore Alexa Steffl, freshmen Hannah Schjenken, Sydney Sommers and Isabel Hillestad and eighth-grader Ella Fuhr.

Seniors Josi Kodet and Hannah Elmer will lead the way in the jumping events, and junior Jaidyn Probst along with Johnson and Panitzke will compete in the shot and discus. Steffl had a nice season a year ago in the hurdle events, and the distance events will be held down by freshman Aubree Hicks, eighth-grader Catherine Buffie and others including: Jasmine Barnes, Hannah Clennon, Jayne Russell and Sophia Uhlenkamp.

“With such a young team anything can happen this spring,” Coach Andy Regnier said. “The kids are working their tails off to not only represent Redwood Valley but the greater Redwood area with pride.”