Mountain Lions Fresh for the Fall

Lukas Arthur

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2018 Fall Sports Preview

 

Football

     There is a different feeling in this years team compared to years past. There is a lot of new leadership, from player-coaches. Senior All-Conference LT/DE Josh Boles says, “This is the biggest difference from last season to this season; the absence of Coach Bart Mayes.”

     For the first time in school history Coach Mayes won’t be roaming the sidelines on Friday nights, as an assistant or a head coach. According to Senior TE/DT Toby Armstrong “This is a very united team: it doesn’t matter what happens, we’re still a team and still a family.”

     Both guys are looking forward to the Loveland and Thompson games, for obvious reasons. Even after dropping the first game of the season to #9 Discovery Canyon, Josh Boles says the optimism and high hopes are still very present around this team.

 

Boy’s Soccer

     After a strong 5-2 start to last year’s season, the Lions soccer team had a rough go in a tough conference, going 0-7, to finish out the year with a 5-9 record. But this year Junior Captain Edgar Erives says, “Winning a conference game is very high up there on my list of goals for this season”

     With 7 freshmen and a bunch of sophomores, this is a very young team that will rely on players like Erives as well as fellow Captains Lincoln Soliz and Bryson Beck. With Beck, Nate Acuna and Brendan Clark being the only seniors on the team from last year, the offensive-minded team will look towards the youth to beat conference powers such as Thompson Valley, Niwot and Silver Creek.

 

Boy’s Golf

     Golf is another young team for the Mountain Lions after losing state placer and Senior Wes Weber. Junior Gavin McWhorter takes over for Weber as the Lions top player. McWhorter says he is, “Hoping he can continue to improve this season and hopefully make a run and qualify for state in the next couple weeks.”

     McWhorter said the biggest difference for him would be just the fact of him being an upperclassman and trying to become that leader and role model that Wes Weber has been for the past couple years. He knows he will have a lot of competition from Thompson Valley and Niwot, but he believes in himself in trying to make a run at regionals and qualify for state.

 

Volleyball

     Eight. Eight seniors graduated from last year’s 16-9 season. This year’s Mountain View Volleyball team looks to rebuild with Seniors Megan Hurr and Rylee Severin leading the squad. Rylee Severin says, “This team is really starting to work together well and have gotten a lot better since practices started in early August. I hope that we can continue to work hard and become that close-knit family towards the end of the season as we push towards regionals. 

     Rhiannon Tovani takes over as head coach and she will be leaning heavily on these two seniors, along with Senior Taylor Lenhart and Juniors Calli Wilson and Carson Boman. Severin says the game she is looking forward to the most would be the Thompson Valley game coming up on the 18th.

 

Softball

     Last year’s State Champs. A lot of high expectations are riding on this team, as they return Starting Pitcher Bailey Carlson as well as Seniors RaLeigh Basart, Morgan Jewell, Jaelyn Taylor and Michelle Pomranka. This year’s squad also has the addition of an All-State Shortstop transferring over in Kamryn Leoffler.

     Silver Creek and Loveland High look to be this team’s biggest competitors, as last year’s team shared the Conference Championship with Silver Creek. A strong top of the lineup looks to defend the State Title and make a run towards another one. Head Coach Randy Felton said, “The goal isn’t to defend it, it’s to go win themselves another one.”

 

Cross Country

     What was a very young team last year looks to take that next step in competing at the regional conference. Hopefully the addition a few runners will help this team to qualify for the State Meet come October. Junior Shane Meese and Sophomore Brad Campbell look to lead the boys’ side while Senior Taylor Petty and Junior Jessica Garner look to lead the girls’ side. Jackson Shorten, Paul Slayback and Manny Diaz also look to help push our boys over the hump into the state competition while Camryn Nichols and Katie Anderson look to do the same for the girls.