2013 Colt Nation fall sports preview

Noah Hayden

Men’s Soccer:
Led by Head Coach Brock Sutherland, the WJHS Men’s Soccer team has started off the season hot, with a record of 6-1-2. Senior goalkeeper Wes Holifield has been one of the team’s vocal leaders, and rightly so as he has backed up all the talk, only allowing an astounding four goals in nine games.

“A solid back four in front of me has made it very difficult for other teams to get scoring opportunities and helps us put our opponents away,” Holifield says.

The goal for the Colts is simple: win the district and region, something that hasn’t happened for the men’s soccer team for five years. The team, coming off a thrilling regular season sweep of district foe Mercer County (also the sixth ranked team in the state), feels confident about working towards and attaining their goal.

Come out and support your Colts Men’s Soccer Team in their final three home games, Dunbar (9/24, 7:30pm), East Jessamine (9/28, 7pm ,*Senior Night*), and Lafayette (10/3, 7:30pm).

 

Volleyball:
When the WJHS Volleyball team, led by head coach Debbie Rose, started the season, they had no idea what was in store. With some absolutely dominating performances, the Colts are sitting pretty at 13-0. Led by seniors Ashlee Rose, Kristen Fristoe and Kelsey Sanders, the Colts have their sights set on repeating last year’s historic season, in which they won the district crown for the first time in school history.

“Our goal this season is to try our best in every game we play and to always keep our heads held high,” junior Bailey Ludt says of the team’s aspirations for the 2013 season, “The seniors are always telling us to keep pushing and never letting us give up. They help us out as much as they can whether it is just giving us tips or encouragement.”

Come out and support your Colts Volleyball Team in their final home games of the season, Mercer County (9/16, 5:30pm), Wayne/Shelby County (9/28, 11am) and Montgomery County (10/8, *Senior Night*).

 

Girls Soccer:
Led by head coach Kevin Wright, the 2013 Women’s Soccer Team look to continue this year their traditional reign of dominance in their district. With a fair share of seniors and a combination of rising youth, the Colts are trying to make a return trip to the State final four as the 2011 squad did.

“Building up the team and getting the young players experience in time to make a deep post-season run is the goal,” says junior forward Sarah Wiggins. With so much young talent, the Colts, says Wiggins, must be able to keep composure and play smart.

“We have a very young team this year… Playing smart and as a team will be important for us.” says Wiggins.

 

Golf:
Expectations are sky-high for the defending state-champion Colts, and all they have on their minds is a repeat.

“Last year we were underdogs, now we are favorites.  We can’t take it for granted; we’ll have to step up and play fearless.” says junior Connor Haas.

Led by seniors Landon Adkins, Fred Allen Meyer, Austen Swentzel and Byron Speech, as well as junior Connor Haas, the experience no doubt gives the Colts a huge advantage.

With numerous wins already under the team’s belt, the Colts hope to continue their hot streak with a mentality that Haas describes as “determination to win and the patience to wait for breaks”.

The Colts are poised for another run at state, and the odds are certainly with them. Time will tell their fate.

 

Football:
Under new leadership, the Colt’s Football Team has high expectations and is ready to take the next step in the 2013 season. Head Coach Yancey Marcum, in his first season at the helm, played football for Jessamine County and later went on to play college football at Youngstown State University. Marcum has been a long-time assistant at West and is looking to take the Colts to the next level.

“This season has been more than just learning football, it has been about learning to be grown men,” junior linebacker Josh Preston says, “The entire culture of the program has shifted as Coach [Marcum] has preached winning at everything we do, and not just football.”

The experienced Colts, eyeing a district crown and playoff berth, are believed to have the talent to do just that. The Colts are looking to rid themselves of their losing way that has plagued them the last few seasons, and newfound talent and a fresh coaching staff give them the opportunity to do so.

 

Cross-Country:
This season is a season of new beginnings for the Colt Stampede as they make the jump to the more competitive 3A high school division.

“The jump is going to be tough, we won’t be as dominate. Making state is definitely the top goal” says junior runner Joe Bandy.

Along with the division change, the Colts also welcome on a pair of new coaches in Jeremy Spainhour and Aaron Reynolds, bringing with them the mantra “getting out what you put in”.

With an overall fourth and first place finish on the resumé so far on the season, the Colts are living up to the challenge of the 3A jump. Senior member Gavin Davis leads the stampede with a first place individual finish under his belt this season

This year brings a lot of questions for the stampede, but with a strong core group, the team hopes to have positive answers to these questions and make it a successful year.

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