The Crusader fall sports teams have set the bar high for the postseason. CR-B football is undefeated, and the Crusader volleyball team is entering regional play with a Rolling Valley Conference Tournament championship. The CR-B cross country team has also had many athletes stand out.
Coaches Chris Mohr, Jessica Denholm, and Elizabeth Larscheid shared their views on the regular season for their respective sports. They also talked about what they are looking forward to once the postseason begins.
“I'm so proud and happy for the kids for having completed an undefeated regular season,” Chris Mohr, head football coach, said. “The kids have worked really hard for this, and it's a great example that hard work does pay off. To be successful in the playoffs, we can't forget what has got us to this point. We have to stay true to who we are.”
“The girls have really impressed me this year,” Jessica Denholm, head volleyball coach, said. “We've had some great wins during the regular season, but we've also had some learning experiences along the way. Losses stink, but sometimes are necessary in order to win in the long run. I have high hopes once regionals start. Our plan to get to the state tournament is the same as day one, which is work together, stay aggressive, and stay positive.”
“The season so far has gone really well,” head junior high and high school cross country coach Elizabeth Larscheid said. “Corey Heithoff has improved in his running as well as really stepping up into a leadership role for the younger athletes. Corey has been the only high school runner for most of the season, which is not easy, but he has done an excellent job with it! The junior high kids have had a few break-out athletes. Cole Cretsinger and Landon Cook are really exceptional runners for being only in the seventh grade. Malia Clayburg, Ella Heithoff, and Anna Hart really stepped up for the girl's team and performed well at their meets. I'm hoping by getting kids interested in the sport before they get to high school, we'll have a better shot at building the program in the long run.”
There are high hopes for all Crusader fall sports teams as they enter postseason play. CR-B football, volleyball, and cross country have always given fans something to look forward to this season, and it looks like they are just beginning.
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