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Softball
Head Coach: Casey Kortz
Record Last Season: 3-21
Last season Kortz and her team had a tough season ending it with a record of 3-21. This season Kortz hopes to achieve her goals by “ making practices more efficient, good communication between athletes and coaches, holding athletes to expectations. She also wants to have fun while training her tough girls to be the best they can be for this season and future seasons. Kortz motivates her players to succeed by “creating an environment that allows for challenge, recognition, appreciation and quality.”

Boys Golf
Head Coach: Max Jeffrey
The golf team had a great season winning their section and playing in the state tournament as a team. Jeffrey and his team are really excited to get back out on the course again for another season of golf. Jeffrey this season hopes to achieve his goals by “continuing to work hard, and improve our scores individually and as a team.”
This season Jeffrey plan on motivating his athletes by “staying positive even when someone is struggling.” Jeffrey and his golfers hope to see sections again in late May and early June.

Baseball
Head Coach: Sean Gaston
Record: 17-10
Some goals Gaston and his baseball team have for this spring are to improve as individuals and as a team, adopt as a team that the process matters more than the results and perform at their best when the section tournament begins. Gaston prepares his team for sections by promoting internalized motivation.
“I am a strong believer in helping my players learn to motivate themselves and their teammates,” Gaston said. “One of our team principles is that we are all leaders who must answer one question everyday: ‘Did I do something to make the people around me better?’ When you start to be motivated to improve those around you, unconsciously, you start to push yourself to improve as well.”
Girls Golf
Head Coach: Shawn Riebe
Record: 35-28
Riebe and his players have set goals for the year that they hope to meet.
“We have a lot of returning letter winners this year with experience,” Riebe said. “We are still a young team, but they are hungry and working hard to compete at the section level. We will continue to focus on the short game [putting and chipping]. This is the part of the game that players do not like to work on and it is the most important part of the game for scoring. If we can harness our mental game, we will be very competitive this season.”
Riebe and his players have a tough season coming up and need to stay motivated, according to Riebe.
“The players have to have themselves mentally prepared and want to succeed,” Riebe said. “We use strategies to deal with poor shots and poor holes. The mental approach has more to do with success than physically playing the game.”
Boys Track and Field
Head Coach: Kevin Gentz
This season Gentz hopes to help every athlete develop into a better person, student and athlete while achieving personal bests, gaining skills and knowledge of their events and having a lot of fun.
Gentz’s goals for his team as a whole is to have athletes participate in the conference and sectional meets as well as improve finishes in the true team.
The team will meet these goals through hard work, focus and dedication according to Gentz. He says the team will need to work harder than previous years as well as be open to trying new events and putting the team first.

Girls Track and Field
Head Coach: Jasmine Hansen
This season Hansen plans to encourage her athletes to enjoy practice each day and work their hardest to reach their potential. She wants to achieve her goal of having all of her athletes improve in their events and possibly have state entries.
Hansen believes hard work and dedication will get the team to achieve their goals.

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