By Bruce Strand
Elk River Star News
Coaches — Marc Franz … Assistants Mick Goudy, Ryan LaPointe, Ken Worel, B.J. Brent, Justin Oie, Josh Rogahn, Matt Webb, Jeff Peterson, Jeremy Hood
Last year — 6-1 conf. (co-champ), 9-2 overall
Returning starters — Conner Henderson (sr QB-DB), Steve Hines (sr RB-DB), Nate Weber (sr RB-LB), Reid Sagehorn (sr RB-DB), Adam Heyer (sr RB-LB), Travis Dietl (sr FB-LB), Nate Hajder (sr WR-DB), Trent Rgnonti (sr TE-DL), Zach Evans (sr TE-LB), Joel Ende (sr OL-DL), Max Carlson (sr OL-DL), Alex Stein (sr OL-DL), Jake Walker (sr TE–DL), Isaac Aanerud (sr K), Trevor Schwartz jr OL-DL), Gunnar Bloom (jr RB-DB), Jake Owens (jr FB-LB)
Also at QB— Luke Selkin (sr), Andy Borchardt (jr), Caleb Reese (jr)
Captains — Weber, Ende, Carlson, Sagehorn
Worth noting — Royals return top 2 rushers in Weber (428 yards) and Owens (343), top 2 scorers in Weber (14 TD) and Bloom (7 TD), along with QB Henderson (753 yards passing, 7 TD) and kicker Aanerud (5 FG, 4 over 40 yards) … Ende and Weber were all-conference
Coach says — “We expect to be very competitive in the Mississippi 8 Conference and Class 5A playoffs. We return 17 players who had significant playing time on offense and/or defense. We need to build depth around this core of returning players.”
Outlook — Royals have four conference titles and three section titles last four years, and went 9-2 last year with many first-year, underclassmen starters, so they should be a force again.
ROYAL CROSS COUNTRY
Coach — Chad Kreuser … Assistants Janelle Packard, Margaret Litchy
Last year — Boys 4th, girls 5th in conference
Girls top 10 — Jackie Lindfors (sr), Brittany Dorn (sr), Madison Mikolich (jr), Jenna Karls (so), Leah Lyngen (7th), Ellie Cargill (8th), Hannah Teasdale (8th), Sarah Janckilia (fr), Alexa Carlson (7th), Kaitlyn Benz (fr)
Captains — Lewis, Mikolich
Boys top 10 — Reed Parent (sr), Jake Wald (sr), Caleb Burke (jr), Collin Young (jr), Carl Parent (jr), Jacoby Nardini (jr), Karl Gorecki (jr), Josh Teasdale (sr), Ben Sylvester (jr), Ethan York (jr)
Captains — Parent, Wald
New coach — Krueser moves over from soccer, where he was a longtime assistant, replacing Steve Leuer, the only coach Rogers has had previously.
Worth noting — Reed Parent was 26th at state last year, all-conference twice … Rogers added Elk River as co-host for its invitational set for Oct. 3 at Fox Hollow.
Coach says — ”The runners have been cranking out quality base miles and are very enthusiastic about their goals toward the season.”
Outlook — Coach says boys goals are top-3 in conference, win three meets, top-20 at Griak and state as a team. Girls goals are win one meet, have four girls place in conference, all run sub 24 at Griak.
ROYAL BOYS SOCCER
Coach — Chris Miller … Assistants Bruce Schulz-etenberg, Dan Westpetal
Last year — 2-6-1 conference, 3-12-1 overall
Returning starters — Isaac Aanerud (sr M), Nahome Biniam (sr F), Nat Baccum (sr D), Cameron Ly (sr F), C.J. Rich (sr G), Alfonso Tolbert (sr M), Mitch Steeves (jr M), Mike Biah (so F), Griffin Johnson (so M)
Should help — Trevor Klink (so D), Logan Olkom (so M), Jake Post (so M), Michael David (fr D), Bryanlee Martinez-Santiago (sr G)
Captain — Aanerud
Worth noting — Aanerud, team captain, is fifth-year starter and two-time all-conference pick. He moves from defense to midfield this year.
Coach says — “We gave a lot of seniors but we are still a young team overall. Our sophomore class has a lot of potential. I don’t know yet where scoring will come from. Isaac had the most last year and he can pick up where he left off.”
Outlook — After winning conference in 2010, the Royals have been 6-25-2 the last two years. They’ve got a good shot at moving back above .500.
ROYAL GIRLS SOCCER
Coach — Holly Sutton … Assistants Kristi Anderson, Tony Cloud, Ali Brown
Last year — 4-3-2 conference, 5-8-4 overall
Returning starters — Maddy Pippin (sr D), Janaye Rouillard (sr D), Abbie Gearou (so D), Linsi Osland (sr D), Tessa Quintavalle (sr M), Jenna Trochlil (sr F), Courtney Henderson (so M)
Other lettermen back — Miranda Anderson (jr F), Olivia Puttin (so G), Alissa Graham (sr M), Jenna Breseman (so F)
Should help — Heather Kilber (jr M), Kate Heimer (fr M), Janelle Rouillard (so M)
Captains — all the seniors
Worth noting — Quintaville, Trochlil and Gearou made all-conference last year … Trochil led with 7 goals
Coach says — “We are deep in every position, and we have some incredible speed up top from all attackers, Trochlil, Braseman, Anderson.”
Outlook — Royals hope their speed will help cure last year’s problems scoring goals. Need to find the right lineup to good talent.
Coach — Debbie Conley … Assistant Sam Oakland
Last year — 6-16 overall
Returning lettermen — Rachel Dodd (sr), Julia Sporer (sr), Sydney Livingston (sr), Dhriti Jagannathan (sr), Liz Rubbelke (jr), Kiana Koeppe (jr), Lauren Dunham (so), Amanda Penick (so), Savannah Seiter (so), Samantha Fitzpatrick (fr), Kaylie Conlin (fr)
Should help — Hannah Stolba (fr), Alanah Sperr (fr)
Captains — Dodd, Sporer
Worth noting — Sporer and Dodd were all-conference. Dodd’s 60 wins are the team record.
Coach says — “Our strength may be our depth as all members have worked on their game in off season and are athletic.”
Outlook — Should bounce back with 11 returning letter winners.
Coach — Joyelle Knoblach … Assistants Hollie Jeska, Amanda Pederson (JV), Jenny Olson (B), Karlee Anderson (9A), Danica Reitzner (9B)
Last year — 3-7 conf., 10-18 all
Returning starters — Meleia Ysteboe (fr OH), Erica Folk (jr OH), Baylee Waldhoff (jr S), Maddie Badrawi (sr S)
Other lettermen — Alex Cassidy (sr D), Lindsay Dorr (sr MB), Jessica Kolles (sr D), Hannah Scherle (sr RS), Tiffany Smith (sr L), Hannah Sebald (jr MB)
Should help — Ellie Hoyt (fr S), Hannah Sjerven (so MB), Addy Sachs (so OH)
Captains — Badrawi, Smith, Cassidy
Worth noting — Ytseboe led team with 155 kills and 21 aces as eighth-grader … Waldhoff led with 253 assists
Coach says — “For the first time ever, I think, we have a lot of height. We have two experienced outside hitters. Our seniors are doing good job leading. … We need to get the quickness in both footwork and arm swing.”
Outlook — Should have good outside attack. Need to develop middle attack along with ball control after graduating standout libero (Abby Folk).