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Council Football Probably the most notable aspect of Council's football team this year is the striking difference from last year's team. Last season was handicapped by inexperience and injuries. Head coach Dan Shumway says there was a "leadership void" with no seniors and a group of injury-riddled juniors who were never actually able to play in a game. q-he result was a season with only one win and seven losses. This year will see 7 seniors, 3 juniors, 6 sophomores and 4 fresh- men on the team. And, as a result of last season's situation, all but the freshmen will have some hard-won experience. Shumway says this is a good group of kids, with potential for growth as they get used to playing together. There are several sophomores who are going to be "really, really good" he added. This year, each class has leadership potential, starting with senior running back, Nate Henderson. Other seniors with poten- tial are tight end, Daniel Cameron, wide receiver / running back Tyson Ivey and wide receiver / defensive back Cody Shelton. Quarterback, Mick Wilson has worked really hard in the off-season, as has Daniel Cameron. Shumway describes Cameron as having "great hands:' Last year no juniors played in any games because of their many injuries-- freshmen and sophomores carried the team. This season, the broader base of talent should mitigate injuries, although Senior Will Canfield has already torn a knee ligament He may be able to return before the end of the year. Dan Shumway has coached the Lumberjacks for 13 seasons and had only two losing ones, one of which was last year. Jeff Wilson and Andy Glenn are assisting Shumway this year in coaching the team. The first game of Council's season was Friday at Greenleaf, which Council lost 8 - 12. Shumway says it was "kind of a weird ugly game," with the ball changing possession "way too many times:' The next is a home game against Troy, Idaho, on Friday, August 31. The Lumberjacks face a little stiffer competition in the Long PIN League this year, with the addition of Horseshoe Bend, Cascade, and Wilder, dropping down from 1A Division I into the 1A Division II Long PIN Conference. "The good thing is it will make it darn competitive" said Shumway. "Whoever comes out of this will be battle tested." The final three contests against league favorites, Salmon River, Wdder and Cascade will be crucial to which team makes it into the top spots. Volleyball The hal/mark of the Lady lacks' volleyball team for the 2012-13 season is youth. Only 1 girl (Suzi Meza) is a senior, and three juniors form the rest of what would tradition- ally be the varsity team. Meza has played on the team each of her high school years, so is the most experienced team member and a natural team captain. Three sophomores and four freshmen compose the rest of the Council's ll-member team. Height might be one of the team's assets, as several of the girls are in the 5' 8" to 5' 11" range. The two returning juniors are Maecy Henning and Megan Perkins Perkins is stepping up to be this year's setter on the varsity team, "Megan is a hard worker and a great team captain. She has the leadership skills and is just what you look for in a setter. Maecy is the back up setter, an off center hitter, and a good utility player? said Coach Shumway. Junior Brittany Armistead hasn't played volleyball since junior high, but "Brittany is a good stu- dent of the game, she's a smart player and tries so hard." The three sophomores on the team are Caitlin Hill, Chloe Bauswein and Tessa Shepard. The freshmen are showing a strong presence with Zoe Wessels, Sierra Schmeckpepper, Jasmine Gibleau and Beauleen Soumwei. Coach Amy Shumway says the interesting aspect of this season will be to watch how the girls grow with experience: "As the season goes, I can just see this team blossoming. They're going to grow so much. It's really going to be fun to watch the progression of this team throughout the season." Practice started August 10, and two games are scheduled with each of the league schools this year. Coach Shumway is returning to coaching volleyball after a four-year hiatus. She was previously varsity coach for 3 years and JV coach for another 3 years, up until 2008. The team's assistant coach is Anna Zollman. Anna has also coached at the high school and junior high level at Council. Athletic Director David Howe said, "I believe the two of them will make Council into a competi- tive team and maybe a playoffcontender if the girls will commit and work hard. Every indication is that the girls are working hard and are eager to learn/try different techniques and I am excited for the players and coaches this season." "[he coaches are hoping to have both a varsity and junior varsity team this year, but the logistics of how that would work have not yet been worked out. Coach Shumway says she is excited about the potential for improvement in skills and teamwork, which may happen on an almost dally basis, given the level of inexperience on the team. So this will be an 'interesting group tO watch in the coming season. A From Athletic Director David Howe Cheers Make q-he Difference We played several games last year where the game could have gone either way, so we competed in every game. The outlook for this year I think is very good given all of our returning players. I believe that Salmon River still has to be the favorite in the league followed by Council. The team will have to stick together, as I believe that there is a lot of balance in the league this year. The biggest difference this year from the past couple of years is that the league has grown by three teams. This year the league will consist of Tri-Valley, Council, Salmon River, Garden Valley and the three new teams Cascade, Horseshoe Bend, and W'dder. The new teams coming in were 1A Division I and are now 1A Division II since their enrollment has fallen below 100 students in grades 9-12. I would like to encourage the community to come out and support both volleyball and football and encourage our student athletes because you really do make a difference in the way our athletes perform. MEADOWS VALLEY TRI--VALLEY ON page 14