Cross country teams attract good numbers
Cassville Wildcat cross country teams will open the 2006 season at Berryville, Ark., on Sept. 9.
The team, coached by Chris Shore, has attracted 24 runners in middle school and high school.
Coach Shore expects his Ladycats to have a good chance at performing well in the conference and district meets.
"Our girls team should stack up very well," said Shore.
The Ladycats return five from last year's team and also picked up several new runners who show promise.
Returning letterwinners include juniors Ron'L Hoff and Gabby LeCompte and sopho-mores Courtney Beagle, Tia Baker and Ariell Abramovitz. Hoff earned All-Big 8 and All-District honors last fall as did Baker and Beagle. All three runners also qualified for the state cross country meet in Jefferson City.
Top prospects for the girls include junior Misty Long, sophomores Cheyann Essley and Leah Jones and freshman Gabby Vincent. Long was a frequent medalist in long distance events during the 2006 track season.
Only one boy returns from last year's squad. Junior Kelly Walsh is the boys team's lone returning letterwinner.
He will be joined by junior Dale Henbest, sophomore Corey Wilbanks and freshmen Zach Jacobs and Willie Linenbrink.
"The boys group is inexperienced overall but should compete," said Coach Shore.
Junior high runners include: Lane Weldy, Kendall Cooper, Drew Chadd, Garrett Barnes, Calisia Brookes, Trinity Smith, Jessica Hilburn, Gage Holloway, Ben Crawford and Austin Deffenbaugh.
When looking ahead to this season's competition, Shore points to East Newton as the team to beat for both the boys and the girls. He also expects Monett to field strong cross country teams this fall.
Cassville's schedule, which features six meets before Big 8 and district competition, is as follows: Berryville, Ark., Sept. 9; Monett High School, Sept. 12; Nixa High School, Sept. 19; East Newton High School, Sept. 26; Cassville Invitational, Oct. 9; and Southwest, Oct. 12.