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Page 14 Wednesday, August 29, 2012 The Adams County Record Meadows Valley Football Meadows Valley High School doesfft have a football team per se. For the second year, boys from New Meadows are ging to Riggins to practice and play as Salmon River Savages. This year there are three Meadows Valley boys doing this, and it is working out well. The boys say Riggins Coach Charlie Sheppard treats them very well. "We're really enjoying having them" said Coach Shepherd. "They've been a great asset to the team:' One of those assets is Meadows Valley junior Trent Perkins. He will be a starter on the team, and key component of the offen- sive line. Also on the Savages team from New Meadows are sophomore Michael Roberts and junior lineman Nolan Richardson. Volleyball There are a lot of new faces in the Meadows Valley volleyball pro- gram. Meadows Valley volleyball program Athletic Director Kristine Maxwell is new to the job, but is looking forward to the coming sea- son. This is coach K.C. Wheeler's first year at.the school, and quite a few of the girls on the team are freshmen. Even with some inexperienced girls, Coach Wheeler is encouraged that there are seven veteran seniors who are ready and willing to help the younger girls. The Seniors are "all going to be fabulous 7 she stated. A total of 20 girls form the varsity and junior varsity teams this year. Saige McDonald and Baylee Moore are two of the more experienced seniors to watch. Taylor Slettum is a sophomore, but is expected to be a big force on the front row. Freshman, Briana Bransetter, is very competi- tive and is showing potential. For the first time, four girls from Riggins are coming to New Meadows for volleyball practice and will play as Mountaineers. A couple of those girls are expected to be valuable front row play- ers. Although she i new to Meadows Valley, Coach Wheeler has been teaching since January 2008 in various settings including at the University of Idaho, Moscow Jr. High and High School, and most recently at the Moscow Charter School. Her husband, Dan Wheeler, is the JV coach and K.C.'s assistant coach. K.C. is teaching some things that the girls haven't done before, so . everybody is experiencing a learning curve. Wheeler is excited about the motivated and hard-working atti- tude of the team. She encourages folks to come out to the games" and cheer the girls on. "It's going to be an exciting year, she said. "We want loud fans!" Tri-Valley Titans Football Ted Schumacher is back as head coach for his 5th season with the Titans. On the school district's football web page Schumacher states: "I strongly believe that to be successful in football, we all have to build a strong team. To encourage that, my offensive and defensive philosophy incorporates a key role for every player on every down. This year we have a very young team with a great attitude. As we build our knowledge of our responsibilities, I expect to see noticeable improvement in our team throughout the year. I appreciate having the opportunity to work with this fine group of young men and the attitude and heart they bring to our program." Some of the top players this year will be seniors Josiah Ieager and Levi Bowman, junior Jessie Cada and gophomores Garrett Springer and Austin Jordan. All of these boys have had varsity experience, and may have to make up for inexperience in the rest of the team. "We lost a lot of players. q-hey're going to be really green and young," Schumacher said. For this reason, some place the Titans as the underdogs of the Long PIN league this year But Coach Schumacher plans a simple, yet efficient Wing-T trap offense that can be very successful if each team member does their job. "It requires great teamwork to be successful, and that's what I like about it," the coach said. "It's something I'm passionate about. I love to play this type of game." Volleyball BY ANGI. LAKiY CAMPBILL Although the Titan varsity lineup includes only one senior, the team brings back an experienced group, with six of the eight being returning lettermen. Five of the eight are returning starters. The Titans hope to run a quick offense with attacks coming from several places on the floor q'he Titans are led by second year head coach, Jennifer Uhlenkott. When asked if her team included any highlight players, she replied that it depends on the night. Anyone of her players could make an impact depending on the matchups faced, "l-he Titans had the opportunity to test their skills at a jamboree held at Caldwell High School on August 21. Tri-Valley lost to Weiser and beat Caldwell and Mountain Home at the Jamboree. The Titans hope to be in the hunt for a district championship and state berth and look to former 1A Division II District III champion, Horseshoe Bend, Garden Valley and Cascade to be the teams to beat this season. The junior varsity lineup for Tri-Valley is a well balanced squad With capable leadership returning from last year's team, and an accomplished group of fresh- men to add to the mix. The team showed great potential at the jamboree held at Cambridge High School on August 21. The Titans were able to beat Council and Weiser's freshman and lost to Weiser's JV team.