Panther Fall Sports: Coaches Give Their Thoughts on the Season

By: Emma Edwards, Contributing Writer

Cross Country

According to Jason Watermann, CHS cross country coach, the CHS cross country team is the “biggest team we’ve ever had.”  So far this season the girls’ team, for the first time ever, won the Mexico Invitational. Not too far behind them, the boys tied for 3rd. Coach Watermann said that this is a fun, hardworking team who has goals for future competitions. Those goals include winning conference, having All-Conference runners, performing well at districts  and attending/medaling at state. The girls’ varsity team has earned a plaque in the first four meets, along with freshman, Jozelynn Bostick who has had two victories individually in those four meets. Watermann has made great memories with this team. The girls winning the Mexico Invite for the first time ever and having a team full of competitive kids who show up ready to go are a couple of the most memorable moments so far this season, according to Watermann. 

Football

So far in the season the Varsity football team is undefeated (5-0). Jim Newsted, head coach of the team, says this group of boys is working hard, and they are a great group to have. The boys are working toward the goals set for the rest of the season. Newsted explained that the team goals were to beat Mexico at Homecoming and to earn both a CCC championship and a District Championship. Jake Freidel and Liam Hill have both been picked as KRES Players of the Week. Freidel was chosen during week one and Hill during week two. Come out to support your Panther football team on Friday, October 4 at Homecoming.

Golf

Girls’ golf is in full swing. When asked about the team’s performance level, Coach Finlay said, “I believe we are right on pace.” During practice, the girls are working on the smaller details to better their golf skills. One main goal Finlay has set for the team this season is consistency. With the girls working on bettering their skills, they will start to become more consistent. Finlay stated, “If we start getting consistent, our confidence will rise, and we will have more success.” Although the girls’ golf team still has some work to do to meet their goals, they have started off their season by taking first place at Tanglewood. At the Paris Scramble Tournament the team’s scores were all close, and they all played very well together.  

Softball

It has been a challenging start to the season for the varsity softball team. Coach Murphy, head softball coach, said,”We have played some tough teams out of the gate.” The team has been playing with great defense and continues to improve. Murphy has a goal for the team to gain more confidence at the plate. “I believe that we will continue to improve and our goal is to be playing our best come October,” said Murphy. Even though it is a tough start to the season for the softball team, Murphy shared a couple memorable moments so far. Their win against Macon went into 11 innings with a final score of 11-9. Murphy stated, “Kalin Finlay has had several great catches in the outfield.” At the JC Capital City Classic on September 20 and 21, the Lady Panthers went 2-2, with big wins against Camdenton and Fatima. Senior Night will be held Thursday, October 3 against Clark County.   

Volleyball

The varsity volleyball team has started off the year working to grow both individually and as a team. Coach Lancaster stated, “We have a lot of growing to do as a team in terms of game experience and battling through the trials and difficulties.” There is only one returning full-time varsity player from last year’s team. The team continues to work on coming together as a mature team to be able to compete with schools like Tolton. Lancaster likes the mix of athletes on the team this year because of the many different line-ups the coaches can put together. For the season, the team will be working toward their goals of winning the EMO conference, competing in districts and growing together as a team. So far the volleyball team has had an exciting 3 set win in Wright City where Lancster says, “It was the best we had played all season against a tough opponent.” 

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