Coach — Seth Mills … Assistants Sean Ryther, Kurt Remick, Adam Griffith
Last year — 2-6 overall
Backs, receivers —Ben Maki (jr QB-S), Tristen Rosby (sr QB-CB), Shane Herrlin (so RB-LB), Thomas Ogren (so RB-LB), Erik Hansen (sr RB-CB), Spencer Maas (fr RB-LB-P), Ryan Pribnow (so RB-S), Martin Mayer (jr WR), Josiah Bondy (jr WR-CB), Esteban Teigen (so CB-PK)
Line, linebackers — Noah Rogers (so OT), Nash Gleason (jr OT-DE), Nick Anderson (fr OT-DE), Joey Chaffin (sr G-DT), Elliott Uecker (jr G-DT), Curtis Holst (jr G-DT), Stefan Mayer (sr C-LB), Evan Emmel (sr DE), Lukas Lorensen (sr DT), Mathjis van den Berg (so DT)
Captains — not yet chosen
Worth noting —Maki and Gleason made all-section last year … Turnout for second year is 27 players in 9-12 … Sting will play on their own field after using Youth Athletic Complex last year.
New coach — Olson, a Kansas native who was head coach at an Oklahoma school last two years, moved to his wife’s home state and joined the ZHS faculty. Brett Wendlund, coach last year, took a job directing a new Plymouth private school.
Coach says — “The kids are focused, driven and smart. On some teams I’ve coached, players didn’t want to study the playbook, they just wanted to go out and play. These kids are eager to learn the playbook and the mental side of the game.”
Outlook — Last year’s inaugural team was willing to take its lumps and be proud of getting a program started. Second edition of team hopes to take it up a couple notches.
STING CROSS COUNTRY
Coach — Rick Peterson … Assistants Amy Cornelius, Dylan Haas
Last year — girls 2nd in conference, 2nd in section, 13th at state; boys 4th in conference, 15th at second
Returning starters (girls) — Becca Peterson (sr), Kayla Zimmerman (sr), Brittany Waterhouse (jr), Marissa Kuik (so), Noelle Diekman (so), Elizabeth Hackbarth (8th)
Other lettermen — Emily Nelson (sr), Christina Grass (jr)
Captains (girls) — Peterson, Zimmerman, Grasso
Captains (boys) — Josh Hoehn (sr), Joel Galvin (sr)
Other runners (boys) — Gary Leshovsky (jr), Nate Hackbarth (so), Wyatt Barnier (fr), John Brand (fr), Zach Anderson (8th), Ben Harvey (8th)
Worth noting — Hackbarth (8th) led Sting at section
Outlook — Six of top seven return from 2012 team that was school’s first-ever state entrant in a team sport by placing second in Section 5A.
STING GIRLS SOCCER
Coach — Nicki Luehrs
Last year — 4-11 overall
Returning starters — Megan Rodeck (sr D), Laura Palmquist (jr D), Noelle Diekman (so G), Micah Pachl (fr D), Jess Kraus (jr M), Maddie Bursch (so D), Lorna Bechtel (fr M), Megan McCarty (so M)
Other lettermen— Taylor Benson (so F), Danielle Hennies (jr D), Olivia Rice (fr F)
Should help — Jessyca Kantor (jr M, F), Taylor Benson (so F), Lorna Bechtel (fr M)
Captains — Diekman, Rodeck, Palmquist
Coach says — “We have 27 girls registered, which is amazing. We only graduated three. We can continue to build on what we began last year, and I am thankful for the leadership I’ve already seen developing.”
Outlook — Much varsity experience is a plus. Still a young team, needs to work on chemistry and playing together, and to find scorer after Becca Schultz (19 goals) graduated.
Coach — Tex Cuabo … Assistant Rob Rogers
Last year — 7-8 overall (no conference)
Returning starters — Sadie Ehr (sr L), Meghan Hays (jr MH), Rachel Neiss (jr OH), Jasmine Nelson (fr RS, OH), Ellie Rogers (8th S)
Other lettermen— Sophie Herrlin (sr RS), Molly Mitchell (jr MH), Maddie Hays (so S)
Should help — Ali Henkemeyer (jr OH, RS), Angie Schwecke (so D)
Captains — Hayes, Neiss
Coach says — “We need to concentrate and keep plays in system. Our setters are fairly young and still getting used to setting effectively and reading the defense. We are transitioning some of our hitters to different roles from last year so there is a little bit of a learning curve.”