December 2017 Finished

Page 4 The Dog Pound by Chandler Grosenheider by Chandler Grosenhider The Le Mars volleyball team ended their season with a record of 18-18 and a conference record of 4-2. The following all-conference awards were earned: 1st team, Jennifer Schneider and Jecenta Sargisson, with Jennifer being unanimously selected; 2nd team, Brooke Haage and Haylee Cooper; honorable mention, Pypr Stoeffler and Grace Milbrodt. Several team awards were presented. The whole team got the Sportsmanship Award along with the Ultimate Practice Player Award. Chandler Grosenheider won the Spirit Award; Pypr Stoeffler and Haylee Cooper received the Players’Award. The 2017 varsity line up consisted of seven seniors: Anna Ahlrich, Brooke Allen, Chandler Grosenheider, Grace Milbrodt, Baylee Needs, Katelyn Raymond, and Jennifer Schneider. Other players included freshman Pypr Stoeffler; sophomores Brooke Haage, Kady Leusink, Maddi Pippett, and Jecenta Sargisson; and juniors Kara Ahlrich and Haylee Cooper. Head Coach Sue Irwin was assisted by Ally Bickford, Ally Borchers, Kayla Koopman, and Denise Spieler. Volleyball girls started working in the summer by going to the weight room every day and open gyms every other day. Practices, however, did not officially start until August. Practices always started with an ab workout followed by many conditioning drills to help prepare them for upcoming games and tournaments. The team faced some tough teams this year like Carroll Kuemper, Dakota Valley, Heelan, Sergeant Bluff Luton, and Sioux Center. In the post-season the Bulldogs earned a first round bye, then beat Storm Lake in three sets, advancing to play Heelan for sub state at the pit in Sioux City. There the Dogs fell short in a tough-battled three sets. The team will lose seven seniors to graduation. These leaders will be missed by the underclassmen for several reasons. Sophomore Brooke Haage said, “I will miss all of the seniors because of all the excitement they brought to practice!” Junior Haylee Cooper said simply, “Grace Milbrodt.” Sophomore Jecenta Sargisson said, “I am going to miss the excitement from some of the players that will be leaving this year. Go, Dogs!” Fans will also miss the seniors. Jack Loutsch said his favorite thing about Le Mars volleyball was, “Chandler Grosenheider’s foot stomp whenever we scored a point.” Junior Madison Dreckman will miss, “Grace Milbrodt, obviously.” Senior Sophie Fedders added her favorite thing about Le Mars volleyball: “It was watching my best friend Anna play and, of course, cheering on my Doggies!” The team will return some key players next season. The Le Mars girls basketball team has high hopes for this year’s season. The team returns 13 who played varsity last year, including five starters: Sidney Baumgartner, Madison Dreckman, Annie Ellis, Dakota Owens, and Jennifer Schneider. Dreckman and Schneider were 1st team all- conference; Baumgartner was 2nd team. Head Coach Judd Kopperud will also gain leadership from these seniors: Christina Konz, Maddy Mahan, and Grace Milbrodt. Last year the girls had an overall record of 19-4 and a conference record of 12-2. Practices this year consist of a lot of running and preparing for the games they have during the week. Senior Dakota Owens says, “We do a lot of 3 on 3, 4 on 4, and 5 on 5. We also do a lot of transition drills and practice shooting.” Last year the girls’basketball team had a good run, but fell short of taking a trip to state. Junior Madison Dreckman says that the team did a lot during the summer to prepare for the upcoming season. “We lifted some days and had open gyms, and we went to a bunch of team camps!” Senior Jennifer Schneider says, “I would say ever since last season we have all been anxious for this season to start. Being so close last year but falling short made all of us want it so much more. I feel like we have a bigger relationship than just a ‘team’ feeling and that has helped us. We have just bonded together and worked on the same things to all achieve the same goal!” Head Coach Judd Kopperud says, “An expectation we have for this season is to get better every day. We hope to be the best team at the end of the season. Another expectation we have is to always be kind to one another. Better people make better Bulldogs!” Girls basketball team sets high goals for 2018 2017 volleyball season wraps up With the winter arriving, the wrestling season is well under way. Over fifty boys make up the squad. Returning letter winners include Jake Francksen- Small, Jason Hand, Brenick Hoppe, Jordan Jensen, Myles Kass, Kaden Ostermeyer, Justin Otto, Jacob Singer, and Travis Theisen. The team’s dual record last year was 16-13. Here are some of the things the wrestlers are looking forward to... Senior Jordan Jensen states, “I am looking forward to having a decent season.” “I am looking forward to improving our culture with LCHS wrestling; I believe that we have the leadership to accomplish this and love the challenge.” says coach Shane Hessenius. “I love coaching wrestling because so often it causes positive changes in students’ lives.” “I am excited to lose weight,” says sophomore Justin Otto. “And I am not,” replied junior Kaden Ostermeyer. Junior Mason Moore is looking forward to the trip to Council Bluffs, while freshman Donovan Daggott says that he is excited to see how he will do this year. Senior Myles Kass says, “I am looking forward to changing the culture and overall improving the team.” Junior Luis Paez says that he is looking forward to “Getting better and getting closer to the team.” Practices are every day after school till 5:45. Coach Shane Hessenius states, “Practices are going very well. They are tough and include a good mix of wrestling technique as well as a hefty dose of conditioning, including sprints, buddy carries, and circuit lifting.” Overall, the guys are very excited to be part of this team and are really looking forward to having a great season. by April Vasquez Wrestlers ready to go