By Gary Hunt
Red Lion has a new wrestling coach. With last year’s record of 16 - 4, we interviewed Red Lion’s captains and new head coach to get some details on the upcoming year.
New wrestling coach Albert Gleichauf said his plans for this upcoming season are to win a lot of matches and build relationships with his wrestlers. He hopes to improve the team’s previous record this year.
Gleichauf said his goal for the season is to be champions in both county’s and district “I feel my team is that good.” Gleichauf said
By Paul Jones
We no longer live in a society where people who are tall are stared at. Now, if someone who is tall wants to not be seen, they can.
If you ask most people about what they think of Ryan Schreckengast, they will tell you the same thing. “He is cool but he doesn’t talk very much,” said junior Noah Pillsbury.
That of course does not determine who he really is.
“I’m definitely an introvert to the people that don’t know me well,” junior Ryan Schreckengast said. “I’m pretty quiet and shy until you get to know me. I’m loud and always got something to say to my friends.”
Outside of his height, there is one thing that makes Ryan different from everybody else. His love for basketball.
Whether he’s playing AAU basketball in the spring, training in the fall, or playing for Red Lion Basketball, he is around basketball. However, a love like this does not come out of nowhere. So what exactly did spark his love for basketball?
“Definitely my dad,” Schreckengast said. “He used to take me to some games he played in and also took me to see a lot of Red Lion games when I was young.”
The one thing that makes him different from any other basketball player is his desire. Before games you will not see an introverted person. You will see a man on a mission and a seriousness that is matched by very few.
“I want to win in the worst way in everything that I do,” Schreckengast said. “That competitiveness also pushes me to be a great basketball player. I work on my game almost religiously because I don’t want to be just a good player. I want to be a great player. As for winning, I have to win to feel accomplishment. That’s the sign that all of our hard work has payed off to be great.”
Ryan Shreckengast is just another example of why not to judge a book by its cover. If you are his friend, you might see just a playful and quick witted jokester. If you’re his teammate, you will see someone who cares about the game of basketball more than anything else.
There are many levels to Ryan Shreckengast. Who knows, there are probably some more that none of us know about.
By Paul Jones
The Baltimore Ravens enter the 2015 season with high expectations. Under head coach John Harbaugh, the Ravens have only missed the playoffs one time since 2008.
After a very good 2014 season, the Ravens still did not meet their goal of a Super Bowl win. The team lost wide receiver Torrey Smith, linebacker Pernell McPhee, and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata who have all been staples in the Ravens organization.
But never fear, General Manager Ozzie Newsome is here. The Ravens bring in a very promising draft class with top picks wide receiver Breshad Perriman and tight end Maxx Williams.
Getting through the early part of the schedule will be tough for the Ravens but after that, the amount of good teams they play will lessen. Possible key games will be against the Chargers.
Saying the Eagles have had a busy off-season would be an understatement. Head coach Chip Kelly has drastically changed the Eagles’ roster to his liking.
The Eagles traded away their best running back LeSean McCoy for line backer Kiko Alonso who is known to be injury prone. G Evan Mathis departed as did wide receiver Jeremy Maclin who had been mainstays in the Eagles organization.
But there is a reason why they call Chip Kelly the “Mad Hatter”. With LeSean McCoy leaving, the Eagles signed Demarco Murray, who was the best runningback in the league last year.
They also added cornerback Byron Maxwell from Seattle and drafted WR Nelson Agholor with their first pick in the NFL draft. Quarterback Nick Foles was traded to the Rams in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford, who is coming off of multiple knee injuries.
Some NFL analysts have doubts about the Eagles roster. Key games for this team may include the Cowboys, the Patriots, and the Giants.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in prime position to have one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL with the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and Antonio Brown.
The Steelers will have a tough start to the season due to suspensions. Key players Le’Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant will both serving suspensions because of substance violations.
This season will also mark the end of an era in Steeler nation. Safety Troy Polamalu retired this offseason and rookie safety Shamarko Thomas will fill in for him.
While the offense will be prolific, the defense will not be the like past Steeler defenses. They did however draft linebacker Bud Dupree.
They will have tough games against the Ravens, against the Colts, and at the Patriots which can go either way.
By Helen Zeidman
Last year, the girls’ tennis team was a group of eight girls, most of whom were new to the team and the sport.
This year, they are aiming to make a racket with their larger team and more experienced players.
Ryan Small, the new coach of the team, has high hopes for the girls this year. “I think we have a good group of girls this season and our varsity players have more experience this year,” Small said. “Four out of the five on varsity were on varsity last year.”
Along with their more experienced players, the total number of players on the team jumped from eight to eleven. Considering the loss of three ladies from last year, the team has made a full recovery in numbers.
The top five players, who are considered varsity, are as follows: Kristina Snyder, a homeschooled sophomore entering her first year on the team, Alison Miller, a senior in her fourth year on the team, and three juniors, Tori Austin, Helen Zeidman, and Emily Zeidman.
With a new team to work with, Small has many goals for his team, including focusing on the basic singles play. “I want to improve our singles play and work on becoming the toughest team, mentally and physically,” Small said.
Doubles play is also an important part of any tennis match, and Coach Small aims to help the team with their doubles skills too. “I also really want to improve our doubles teams to make them more aggressive at the right times,” Small said. “Doubles is the key to a good many matches, so if we can control the net and be aggressive, we have a chance in any close matches.”
Ultimately, Small’s goal is to have a better season and post-season than last year. “I want our record to improve and I want more of our girls to get into the county tournament,” Small said.
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