Fall Athletes Ready for Successful Season

HUDDLE UP: The Braves getting it done with a win (21-20) during a pre-season game against the Summit Academy Bears in Utah. The win was sweet because they lost at home to Summit last year. “We played Summit last season with a lot of new players, so we didn’t have a lot of experience”, said senior JD Morris.

Kendyll Rappleye, staff writer

Star Valley High School has always been known for its athletic programs. From football to cross country, it has traditionally produced excellent athletes. Now that another school year has started, what are the hopes for the on coming fall sports?

Football coach McKay Young has high expectations for his boys this year. “I think the boys have put in the hard work to have a good year. We hope to bring home a state championship, that’s always the goal here at SVHS,” said Coach McKay Young.

Senior slot receiver Winston Green also has high hopes for him and his teammates this football season. “We’re a lot more prepared for this year than we were last year. We’ve put in the work all throughout the summer and at camp, so hopefully we can play well and make it to state,” said Green.

Football players are not the only athletes looking forward to the competition ahead. “Personally, I think that our team is more knowledgeable than we were last year. We have a wide variety of strong hitters and I think we have the ability to become the 2021 state champions,” said junior volleyball player Maddie Hale.

The golf team began their season a week before the rest of the sports programs and will wrap up their season at state in the third week of September.  “Our girls team has four returning players from last year, and we only compete with five girls, so lots of experience there. Out of your five boys last year, we have two back this year, PJ Horsley and Blake Smith,” said Coach Fullmer.  He hopes to see the girls win a state title this year because they have the experience to do so. The boys team is young, so he hopes that they compete hard and learn new things this season.

Another individual and team sport, cross country, also has members hoping for wins and personal bests. Coach Ty Draney  talked about his teams experience and goals. “Our team is young, but we’re excited to race. 3/4 of our kids are underclassmen on varsity, so we don’t have that experience like we did last year,” said Draney.

With all fall sports teams well into their seasons, the athletes are working to not only achieve all their goals, but also to go all the way this year and bring home new state championship titles.