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August 23, 2012
By: Scott Keyes

TVC Central Preview


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Tri Valley Conference Previews

 

Tri Valley Central

 

School: Alma

Nickname: Panthers

Head coach: Jeff Ingersoll (4th season)

2011 record :9-3

Key losses: Kyle Vedrode, Nate Smith, Cole Woods

Key returnees: Vinny Costanzo, Brett Green, Mitch Mott, Sam Cameron, Tyler Brecht

Comment: “We have a lot of holes to fill. We return two starters on offense and five on defense. We anticipate pulling together in a very tough Tri-Valley Central.”

 

School: Chesaning

Nickname: Indians

Head coach: Steve Tithof (4th year)

2011 record: 3-6

Key losses: Deshaun Young, Rod Cantu

Key returnees: Alex DeVota, David Yeager, Kyle Sweeney, Dan Escamilla, Alex Forsyth, Jimmy Thiele, Derrick Bocek

Comment: “Offensive side of the ball, a lot of skill positions are returning for us. A lot of it will come down to the offensive line on how we do this year. Defensively, we have some pretty good kids coming in. It depends on how fast they mature for how we do on the defensive side of the ball.”

 

School: Freeland

Nickname: Falcons

Head coach: Kevin Townsend (7th year)

2011 record: 8-3

Key losses: David Ruhlman, Conner Schultz, Kevin Morris

Key returnees: Matt Schauman, Chris Grabner, Mitchell Nowak, Mitchell Whitting, Shane Flattery, PJ Leubbert

Comment: “We graduated our entire offensive line besides our left tackle. We've won the conference the last two years, and three of the last four, but a lot of those kids have graduated, and these kids have to step up. If we make it this year, it will be the first time ever making the playoffs five years in a row.”

 

School: Hemlock

Nickname: Huskies

Head coach: Bruce Bendix (3rd year)

2011 record: 9-3

Key losses: Zach Chedry, TJ Vondette

Key returnees: Chase Wiechman, Ryan Hagarty, Matt Jesse, Deylan Hoffsinger, Reese Engel, Aaron Mathies

Comment: “We have a good nucleus of experience back. We had a good summer, but we're the only class C team in our league, so we have one of the smallest rosters. We do have some holes to fill, so depth is going to be a concern.”

 

School: Bullock Creek

Nickname: Lancers

Head coach: Jon Danna (3rd season)

2011 record: 3-6

Key losses: Matt Myers, Josh Klingler, Seth Woods

Key returnees: James Henderson, Jacob Somerville, Zack Reed, Grant Piering, Tyler Miller

Comment: “The assistant coaches and the kids have put in a lot of time in the off-season in the film room and in the weight room. We're going to combine the preparation and hard work and see what happens on Friday.”

 

School: Ovid-Elsie

Nickname: Marauders

2011 record: 6-4

Head coach: Travis Long (3rd year)

Key losses: Tate Coleman, Cal Martin, Chad Miller

Key returnees: Larry Fouts, DJ Meisel, Jacob Helms, Jacob Micka, Jacob Price

Comment: “We're young and inexperienced. We're going to have to get over that real quick, because our first three games are Portland, Freeland, and Swan Valley. Those are three tough opponents. Our quickness is probably our biggest strength, and some things that we need to work on are finishing plays and executing at the varsity speed.”

 

School: Swan Valley

Nickname: Vikings

Head coach: Ken Bourbina (2nd year)

2011 record: 5-4

Key losses: Johnathan Grace, Brody Bartell, Jeremy Gordon

Key returnees: Travis Bell, Tyler Branch, Mike Sielinski, Brad Boehler, Jamie Jiminez

Comment: “I think we have some young players up. We're going to be young, but talented. It will be how we mesh, is my prediction. The kids know what my expectations are, and I'm expecting them to meet them.”

 

School: Shepherd

Nickname: Blue Jays

Head coach: Tom Creguer (5th season)

2011 record: 1-8

Key losses: Shelby Mitchell, Devin VanBond, Cody Wiles

Key returnees: Brandon Stressman, Justin Shufelt, David Hiner, Nate Casper, Lanvan Hazen

Comment: “The biggest thing on improving last year's record is not turning over. We lost six of our eight games within 10 points. We turned the ball over in those games, and it cost us. Our team is working really hard at being physical and moving people.”