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Winter Sports 2013

Winter Sports 2013

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2 - Paulding County Progress Winter Sports Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Late start, youth will challenge Raiders
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER Sportswriter
HAVILAND – Coming off of an out-standing football season, Wayne Trace willhave to overcome a late start as the Raiderslook to mix youth and inexperience withveterans returning in the upcoming year.The red, white and blue do bring back four letter winners from a squad that was20-3 a year ago. However, the Raiders alsohave to overcome the loss of 40 points fromthat squad on a team that averaged only 60a contest.Head coach Jim Linder returns for hissixth season at the helm of the programwith a team that has high hopes but also hasconcerns.Three of the top four returnees enjoyedsuccess as part of the football team and willlook to carry that success over to the hard-wood.After leading the football team at quarter- back, senior guard Colby Speice (6-3)comes back at the point for Wayne Traceafter posting seven points a night last year while dishing out 78 assists and recording50 steals.Senior forward Devin Wenzlick (6-2)also comes back following a season thatsaw him chip in three points and three boards per game.Junior Jake Arend (6-2) posted 20 stealsand contributed two points and two caromsa night. Junior Corbin Linder (6-0) alsoreturns, scoring 11.2 points a season agowhile hitting 62 treys and adding 38 assistsand 41 steals.“We do have a good nucleus back,” notedLinder, who is 51-61 at the helm of theRaiders. “We are going to be young andinexperienced at some spots and featureexperience and be veterans at others. The
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key is being able to mix those thingstogether and work together as a team for 32minutes.”Four newcomers to the varsity level aregoing to be counted on to provide key min-utes for Wayne Trace.Senior forwards Brock Worden (6-1) andT.J. Blackmore (6-4) move up from the jun-ior varsity level as does junior guard/for-ward David Sinn (6-5). Freshman guardEthan Linder (6-2) also will see playingtime at the varsity level.“A big concern is how long it takes us toget our basketball legs,” commented theRaider head coach. “Another area is our  post players and how quickly they adapt tothe varsity game. We should be able to be physical but we have to do it in a smartway.“We had a very good summer season,”continued Linder. “This group really jelledtogether very well and the chemistry wasvery good. I think once we get past the tran-sition from football to basketball that thisteam has a lot of potential.”Linder does feel though that the Raidersare very deep and that should allow WayneTrace to push the tempo offensively.“When we have the ball, we want to getout and go,” Linder added. “We feel like wehave a group of kids that are very goodtogether and we can play any of them atanytime. This group is a very close groupand they like to run. We are hopeful that our depth is able to wear teams down.“We are behind the eight ball a little bitwith the football team’s success but it’ssomething we have to overcome,” said theRaider head coach. “Our quickness willallow us to be very aggressive and we wantto control the tempo. We have to use our depth to our advantage.”Defensively, the red, white and blue willfeature primarily a man-to-man squad.Wayne Trace could also mix in some zonedefenses as well.As far as the league goes, Linder feelsTinora and Edgerton will both be very goodwhile Ayersville should be much improved.The Raider head coach is hopeful thatWayne Trace is in the mix as well.“Edgerton has some very good players back from a team that was the league run-ner-ups,” concluded Linder. “Tinora wasvery good last year and they return key players as well. Ayersville has a nice groupof kids too. Hopefully we fall somewhere inthe race as well. It should be a very goodrace for the league title.”
WAYNE TRACE BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM
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MEMBERS OF THE WAYNE TRACE HIGH SCHOOL 2013-14 varsity basketball team are, front row from left – Coaches Al Welch, Jim Linder,Craig Miller, Kenny Speice; back row – Cole Shepherd, Colby Speice, Jake Arend, David Sinn, T.J. Blackmore, Justin Speice, Devin Wenzlick,Ethan Linder, Corbin Linder.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Paulding County Progress Winter Sports - 3
Lady Raiders looking for fresh start 
By KEVIN WANNEMACHER Sportswriter
HAVILAND – Lots of new faces will dotthe roster of the Wayne Trace Lady Raider bas-ketball team, starting at the top as BethanyHughes takes over the reins of the red, whiteand blue.Hughes enters her fifth season as a basket-ball coach but her first as a head coach with aninexperienced squad. The new head coach is aformer guard at Wayne Trace and also playedcollegiately at Mount Vernon NazareneUniversity.The Lady Raiders bring back five playerswho played in at least 18 games a year ago, butWayne Trace does face some key questionsentering the campaign.and blue averaged 25 turnovers agame last season and that has to improve tobecome more competitive.“We have worked a lot on fundamentals thisyear,” noted the first year head coach. “Our ball handling has gotten much better but wealso still have a lot of improvement that we canmake yet.”Wayne Trace also must do a better job of putting up points when the opportunities arise.“One thing this year is we want to push theball up and down the floor as much as we canand hopefully that leads to quality scoringchances for us,” commented Hughes. “Wehave size which should allow us to be able torebound the basketball and we need to followthat up by running the floor effectively.”A trio of seniors lead the list of returnees for Wayne Trace.Forwards Sylvia Young (6-3) and LaurenSpeice (5-11) along with guard/forwardBrenda Feasby (5-9) all will be asked to stepup their roles this year.“We’ve got a good group of kids back thathave been very receptive to what we are tryingto do and they have worked extremely hard,”Hughes continued. “They have done a great job of catching on to what we are trying toimplement so far.”Young averaged six points and four rebounds a contest last year while Feasbychipped in four points and three caroms while posting 42 steals. Speice, who suffered a sea-son-ending knee injury in the fifth game lastyear, posted eight points and eight rebounds anight in the limited action.Senior guard Madison Poling (5-6) alsocomes back for the red, white and blue. Poling played in 18 games a year ago and will beasked to step into the point guard slot this sea-son. Sophomore Shayna Temple (5-10), whochipped in four points and four boards per game last year, also will see action at the point.“Both Madi and Shayna will serve as pointguards for us,” Hughes noted. “They haveimproved their skills but they also know they
WAYNE TRACE GIRLS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM
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MEMBERS OF THE WAYNE TRACE HIGH SCHOOL 2013-14 varsity basketball team are, front row from left – Brenda Feasby, Brooke Wilcox,Madi Poling, Coach Bethany Hughes, Sylvia Young, Dani Kortokrax, Lauren Speice; back row – manager Brooke Long, Assistant Coach MikePriest, Stacy Flint, Shayna Temple, Estie Sinn, Erin Mohr, Leah Sinn, Assistant Coach Mike McCord.
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still need to keep working hard and getting better.Sophomore Erin Mohr (5-10) comes back after leading the team in scoring last season at9.6 points a night. Mohr also posted seven car-oms a contest and tied for the team lead insteals with 42.“The girls have played pretty well in the pre-
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