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summer sports preview Page2 June3,2015 The 2015 Geroge-Little Rock baseball team front from left: Nick Henglveld, Spencer Carteson, Joe Anderson, Nathan Klingenberg, Josh Haken, Carson Stave. Back: AI Aeikens, Zach Fugitt, Matt Matuska, Jake Hilbrands, Cole Stave and Kane Spencer. Not pictured: Dalton Van Briesen and Caleb Kramer. Photo/Nathan Broek. Mustang baseball looks to build with young team By Nathan Broek I Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com GEORGE-George-Little Rock may have had an off year if you look at its baseball record alone from 2014 - 4-19 - but the Mustangs lost eight of those games by two runs or less. "We lost a lot of close games last season and we just couldn't get it done in the end//'said sixth-year coach Brian Luenberger."We lost eight seniors from last season, so this year we have a lot of new faces." That said, George-Little Rock will lean heavily on se- niors Jake Hibrands and Zach Fugitt to carry most of the load this season with their arms and with the bat. Another player to keep an eye on is sophomore catcher Dalton Van Briessen whom Luenberger said will be key in leading the pitching staff, but added that other areas on the team are up for grabs. "We have a lot of question marks to fill as we get go- ing, but they are a hard-working group of kids and always want to get better" he said."l think our greatest strength this season will be our athleticism and we hope to use that any way that we can" What may hold the Mustangs back, however, is the lack of numbers as George-Little Rock has 13 out this summer. "Lack of depth will be our weakness. We do have experi- ence in our pitching staff, but they have to rely on fresh- men and sophomores to back them up, so it will certainly be an up-hill battle//' Luenberger said. That looks to be the case as Sioux Center, Boyden-Hull/ Rock Valley and rival Central Lyon are picked to be at the top of the Siouxland Conference this season.That said, Lu- enberger just wants to play the best they can each night. "From top to bottom I believe the conference is very deep. For us we have a young group so we aren't going to worry about what our final record says just as long as we work hard, play competitively and get better every game it will be a successful season//' he said. New se,00,son bri00lgs a fresh start for the Mustangs By Nathan Broek Sports Editor nbroek@ncppub.com GEORGE-After what was a learning experience for the George-Little Rock/ Central Lyon softball team in 2014, the Mustangs are hoping a more experi- enced squad will bring a successful 2015 campaign. George-Little Rock/Cen- tral Lyon ended 2014 with a 9-14 record overall, but coach Jeff Jager said losing seven seniors played a fac- tor and hopes the experi- ence gained will help this summer. "We came off of 2013 replacing seven starters from a team that was at the top of the Siouxland Conference. We had a lot of younger classmen last year that grew up in a hurry" Jager said. "This year we will only replace two start- ers and we hope the ex- perience will help into this year:' One of the top returning starters from last season is senior shortstop Ivy Sie- perda and she will look to be the leader. Sieperda hit .338 last season with 25 hits and four runs batted in. "She is a great leader and is the type of person you want leading your pro- gram" Jager said. On the mound junior Laura Heibult looks to be The Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 2015 softball team. Front from left: Ashley Boer, Kiely Gerken, Makayla Witt, Liz Delfs, Wynona Steenhoven, Mackenzie Burg. Middle: Bailey Herman, Elyse Petersen, Andrea Korthals, Kaylee Mclntire, Madision Elbert, Breanna Smith, Greta Ackerman, Anna Hellenga. Back: Becca Roskam, Jenessa Herman, Ivy Sieperda, Dayna Korthals, Carly Snyder, Laura Heibult and Jaeda Storm. PhotolJake Tilstra. the ace once again after posting and even 3.00 earned run average in 88- 2/3 innings with 39 strike- outs as a sophomore. Jager noted that he expects all of his athletes to contribute any way they can. After most of the ath- letes on the team ended a successful track and field season (two second-place finishes in the 4x400 and 4x2OO-meter relays) Jager said his team's greatest as- set will be their quickness on the bases. What might hold the Mustangs back is the amount of younger classmen on the team. "We haven't had much time to practice together as a team, but with seven ath- letes coming off a success- ful track and field season, we hope to use our speed each game and hope that helps us play our best ball by July" he said. "We have five sophomores on the team, so we are still young and we have some more growing to do. There is not that much time in the sea- son to do that though, so it will be a work in progress:' Jager picked Boyden- Hull/Rock Valley and Sioux Center to battle for the top of the Siouxland Confer- ence, and said his team will look to finish in the middle. "They both have great returning pitching and sol- id athletes, so I think they will be the teams to beat. Finishing in the top half of the conference is our goal//' Jager said. comPUTER SERUICE 6 StiLES GEORGE, It 712-475-3316 (0000WebClimber Scott and lammy Heibult, Owners 712-47S-3316 Downtown George www.webclimberservices.com 00-JG00u00oL00 LOOking Ateo 339 1st Ave. NE Sioux Center, IA 800-741-8351 www.mypremieronline.com i m e SECURITY SAVINGS BANK Count.i, Us! 430 Holder St.  Larchwood 402 S. Main - Inwood 100 S. Main - George 100 S. West St. ~ Canton www.ssbia.net Corner Service' 415 Main St. little Rock 479.2794 SANF0000RD" Rock Rapids 227460 llNITED ........ 00_ARI00ERS 6EOR6E ASHTON ALLEIIOORF Bi6ELOVi RUSHNIOR[ 201 S. 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