WHS spring sports: Sprints and slices

WHS spring sports: Sprints and slices by Lindsay Nelson As the winter weather melts away, spring brings its sunny days and bleachers full of fans for the spring time sports.

This spring Wakonda will be participating in track and golf. Head coach Larry Wynia will be coaching his second year of high school track at Wakonda with long distance coach Tony Skonhovd and assistant coach Wright.

The Wakonda Warriors will be returning four letter winners; seniors Nick Skonhovd and Brett Logue, junior Eric Skonhovd and sophomore Rob Gregoire. The Warriors also have some young prospects for their team including junior Alan Alsdorf and sophomores Tyler Knudson and Ricky Rogers.

The Warriorette team may be small but it has some young competitors ready to prove themselves throughout the season. Junior Kelli Morrison; sophomore Ashley Steffen; freshman Jeanne Renaudin and Sara Gross; eighth-graders Katie Sokolowski and Tasha Goeden; and seventh-graders Kelli Johnston and Jennifer Devine will be the core of the Warriorette's track team.

Last year Wakonda had two athletes place at the state track meet. Graduated senior Lindsay Knudson placed second in the 100 meter hurdles and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles. Robert Gregoire, a freshman at the time, placed seventh in the 3200 meter run.

Coach Wynia said, "We have an excellent group of distance runners returning. We should be strong from 800 meters to 3200 meters. With the addition of some young sprinters on the boys' team, we will try to build some depth and relays.

"Our girls' team will be young and short on numbers," he said. "We will look for continued improvement from these young ladies as the season progresses. We hope to develop 400 meter and 800 meter relay teams with our girls' team."

Wakonda had its first track practice on Monday March 15 and participated in its first track meet of the season on April 1 at Centerville.

Head coach Jim Nielsen and assistant coach Jim Morrison will be starting another season with their Wakonda golfers on March 29. Wakonda will have a golf team consisting of nine participants, and return one letter winner, junior Alex Nielsen.

"With Alex Nielsen the only returning letter winner and state qualifier, we will be limited on experience but we have some younger players with great potential," coach Nielsen said.

Wakonda's first golf meet was on April 1 at the SESD Golf Invitational at the Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton.

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