Rogers winter sports previews

Rogers girls basketball

Coaches — Karlee Anderson (head), Dave Lindquist, Kelsey Ortmann, Maria Younger, Amanda Pederson
Last year — 7-3 conference, 18-10 overall
Captains — Lindsay Dorr, Taylor Anderson, Taylor Paulsrud
Returning starters — Dorr (sr C),  Anderson (jr G), Paulsrud (jr G), Maria Nowak (jr F)
Also in the mix — Bailey Miller (jr G), Dani Karels (jr G), Paige Kalthoff (jr G), Bella Wilson (jr F), Mackenzie Butenhoff (jr F), Maddie Mikolich (jr G), Hannah Sjerven (so C), Adri Tjeerdma (so G)
Worth noting — Dorr (9.6 ppg), Anderson (8.8), and Paulsrud (8.4) were all-conference; Dorr is prodigious shot-blocker (7 per game).
Coach says — “We are excited for the season. We have good experience and leadership, and the girls have shown intensity and energy in practice. We are quick, and we will try to push the ball more this year. We have the depth if people get tired. And we have some more height now.”
Outlook — Still mostly juniors, the Royals are poised for a strong season after winning 18 games last winter.

Rogers wrestling

Coaches — Chris Donnay (head),  Ryan Donnay, Rob Lehman, Justin Oie, Jake Kohler
Last year — 1-3 conference, 13-14 overall
Captains — Phil Anderson, Connor Larson
Returning starters — Anderson (sr), Larson (sr), Tyler Eicher (sr), Jake Owens (jr), Jordan Lemcke (jr), Cruz Martinez (so), Sam Seudbeck (so), Andrew Piehl (so)
Also in the mix — Brett Wilson (7th), Jordan Bond (sr), Dom Skawiniak (so), Jeff McClay (jr), Jeremiah Rademacher (jr)
Worth noting — Anderson (35-7) and Larson (29-8) were all-conference; Anderson and Owens (24-18) were state qualifiers. Anderson has 103 career wins. Martinez was 26-15, Lien 19-10, Eicher 22-10,  Lemcke 22-20 and Piehl 20-14
Coach says — “We have some good wrestlers; we just have to find a way to spread them out. We should only have one forfeit this year after having three last year at the top of the lineup.”
Outlook — Royals have a good chance to get on the north side of .500 this season, with seven wrestlers who had 19 to 35 wins last year, led by Anderson (two-time state qualifier) and Larson.