Here’s a look at the area high school sports teams competing this spring, continuing today with a look at the Fort Osage Indians.

Here’s a look at the area high school sports teams competing this spring, continuing today with a look at the Fort Osage Indians.

BASEBALL
Head coach: Chris Walker
Assistant coaches: Todd Bissell, Jerry Kirkpatrick, Zack Dudley
Last year’s finish: 15-12, 7-5 conference
Returning letter winners: Chance Divers, sr.; Justin Doss, sr.; Brett Graham, sr.; Devin Shores, sr.; Drew Standifer, sr.; Ryan Stick, sr.; Derek Pike, jr.; Darby Raines, jr.; Chad Sutton, soph.
Others to watch: Luke Crabb, jr.; Alex Merrithew, jr.; Johnny Walker, jr.
Coach’s comments: “We are excited about the 2012 season. We are returning five pitchers that have varsity experience. We expect that translates into a successful season.”

BOYS GOLF
Head coach: Roger Hunt
Assistant coaches: Scott Davis
Home course: WinterStone
Last year’s finish: fourth in conference, seventh in district
Returning letter winners: Tyler Rodewald, sr.; Derek Piedimonte, sr.; Eric Hansen, sr.; Adam Turner, sr.; Joseph Moore, sr.; Conner, Williamson, sr.; Isaiah England, jr.; Micah Lewis, soph.
Others to watch: Van Barr, fresh.
Coach’s comments: “Rodewald has worked on his game this summer and we’re expecting him to be our leader for the team. If team camp from this summer is any indication, it should be one of our best seasons in a long time.”

GIRLS SOCCER
Head coach: Andrew Fletcher
Assistant coaches: Scott Tacke
Last year’s finish: 17-7, 8-4 conference
Returning letter winners: Beth Bedsworth, F, sr.; Paige Baumgartner, F, sr.; Mikaila Krause, D, sr.; Kassie Peters, D, sr.; Paige Lebbetter, D, sr.; Alli Ventresca, D, jr.; Marcedes Marriott, M, jr.; Victoria Reppond, M, jr.; Cali Norns, F, jr.; Taylor Lloyd, D, soph.
Others to watch: Zoe Bedsworth, M, fresh.; Stevee Naudet, M, fresh.
Coach’s comments: “Despite losing four four-year letter winners, expectations are high as we return a team that will be predominantly seniors and juniors. The defense remains virtually intact, and all-conference forwards Paige Baumgartner and Beth Bedsworth return for their senior year.”

BOYS TENNIS
Head coach: Jordan Groves
Assistant coach: Phil Stockwell
Returning letter winners: Jake Ford, sr.; Patrick Sullivan, sr.
Others to watch: Daniel Scharz, sr.; Austin Chapman, jr.; Glenn Winfrey, sr.; Chris Miles, jr.
Coach’s comments: “We have very little experience, but I’m real pleased with their attitudes and work ethic. I’ve been impressed with that so far. At practice, they love playing. You can tell they really are just enjoying the experience of playing tennis.”

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Head coach: Eric Holmes
Assistant coaches: Brent Peterson, Becky Hoffman, Kelly Rumpel, Chris Earley, Matt Hakes, Sean Barrett, J.D. Snead
Last year’s finish: fourth in district
Returning letter winners: Bill Hreczanik, long/triple jump, sr.; Austin Regier, long/triple jump, jr.; Joe Kidd, distance, sr.; Randy Hall, sprints, jr.; Staven Little, hurdles/sprints, sr.; A.J. Jones, sprints, soph.; Grant Watkins-Davis, sprint/pole vault, jr.; Seth Goins, shot put/discus, sr.; Cody Hanes, distance, soph.; Elijah McGill, long jump, soph.
Coach’s comments: “This group has a lot of potential, but potential is only worth as much as we are willing to work.”

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Head coach: J.D. Snead
Assistant coaches: Brent Peterson, Becky Hoffman, Kelly Rumpel, Chris Earley, Matt Hakes, Sean Barrett, Eric Holmes
Last year’s finish: third in conference
Returning letter winners: Marissa Jarnagin, hurdles/long jump/relays, soph.; Raven Bunn, high jump/sprints, soph.; Asia Cole, shot put/discus/sprints, soph.; Megan Kelly, sprints/relays, soph.; Maude Ashby, sprints/relays, jr.; Lane Collins, shot put/discus, jr.; Heather Copeland, distance, jr.; Mariah Garrett, middle distance/relays, jr.; Breanne Houghtaling, sprints/relays, jr.; Imani Jones, 200/400/relays, jr.; Rebecca Lyle, 400/relays, jr.; Grace Stephens, hurdles/relays, jr.; Makayla Allen, pole vault, sr.; Raven Horn, sprints/jumps/relays; sr.; Setoa Talimatasi, shot put/discus, sr.; Cheyenne Titus, pole vault/relays, sr.
Coach’s comments: “The team heads into the 2012 season with expectations for team and individual success. The team is built around a core of hard-working 400 runners (Mariah Garrett, Imani Jones, Rebecca Lyle and Maude Ashby) and an emerging group of younger performers. The team is returning 16 varsity letter winners.”