Here’s a look at the area high school sports teams competing this spring, continuing today with a look at the Lee’s Summit North Broncos.

Here’s a look at the area high school sports teams competing this spring, continuing today with a look at the Lee’s Summit North Broncos.

BASEBALL
Head coach: Jeff Diekmann
Assistant coach: Mike Westacott
Last season’s finish: 13-12
Returning letter winners: Connor Staihr, 1B/OF, sr.; Deven Williams, 1B/3B, sr.; Dallas Woods, P, sr.; Jordan Rice, SS/2B, sr.; Andrew Warner, OF/C, soph.
Others to watch: Brady Reed, P/OF, sr.; Dalton Woods, SS/P, jr.; Michael Doherty, OF, jr.; Gaeton Groneberg, P, jr.; Derek Handley, 1B/OF, jr.; Quentin Bradford, C, jr.; Brett Conrow, OF, jr.; Josh DeBacker, P/OF, soph.; James Hansen, SS/P, soph.; Shane Hanshaw, P, soph.
Coach’s comments: “We’re real young, with very little experience at the varsity level. The biggest concern is if our pitching is ready for the varsity level. We lost 11 players to graduation, but have a strong sophomore class.”

BOYS GOLF
Head coach: Kevin Harrison
Assistant coach: John Deese
Home course: Fred Arbanas Course at Longview
Last season’s finish: second place conference
Returning letter winners: Chris Fryatt, sr.; Tyler Tobias, sr.; Jake Loveland, jr.; Kateon Black, soph.
Coach’s comments: “The first thing is to find a fifth guy. We’ve got 3-4 guys battling for the fifth spot, but the first four are pretty solid. Chris is a three-time state qualifier – he’s by far our best player – and Loveland also qualified for state. We count on Chris to shoot a good score, and he’s a pretty good starting point for us.”

GIRLS SOCCER
Head coach: Tim Richardson
Assistant coaches: Ryan Kelley, Bill Arrandale, Mike Johnson
Last season’s finish: 19-6 (8-2, first place conference; sectional runner-up
Returning letter winners: Allie Stephenson, M, sr.; Ashley Licata, F, sr.; Courtney Licata, D, sr.; McKenzie Kellogg, M, sr.; Jade Gifford, D, sr.; Hannah Johnson, D, sr.; Casey Williamson, M, jr.; Brooke Burris, M, jr.
Others to watch: Maddie Dobbins, G, jr.; Taylor Miller, D, jr.; Jensen Pedrow, D, jr.; Briana Engler, M, jr.; Taylor Shortell, F, fresh.
Coach’s comments: “Allie Stephenson is an All-American. We should be solid based on the number of returning letter winners. We try to play possession soccer. We have some good speed up front and have some good skilled players in the midfield, so we just try to let them play to their strength.”

BOYS TENNIS
Head coach: Stuart Reece
Assistant coach: Lauren Hollingsworth
Last season’s finish: 5-8, 2-3 conference
Returning letter winners: Andrew Lam, sr.; Robbie Sauer, sr.; Ryan Metzler, sr.; Derek Schoeneberg, sr.; Rob Durbin, jr.; Eric Sumner, sr.; Mitchell Quigley, sr.; Zach Olson, jr.
Coach’s comments: “We return a solid group of players from last year. We will be athletic and should continue to improve as the season moves along.”

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Head coach: Kris Solsberg
Assistant coaches: Andy Morris, Tavish Whiting, Eric Davis, Ryan Shortino, Jeff Shipley, Jason Starnes
Last season’s finish: First place conference; first place district
Returning letter winners: Kolton Sheldon, distance, sr.; Cory Wheaton-Werle, distance, sr.; Wesley Turner, distance, sr.; Darian Holmes, throws, sr.; James Lewis, vault/hurdles, sr.; Carson Ryan, mid-distance, sr.; Derek Somogye, 800, jr.; Jace Kaleikau, throws, jr.; Hunter Pickering, 800, soph.; Thomas Hawkins, sprints, soph.
Coach’s comments: “This will be a another typical year of competing in the toughest conference in the state. There are many talented athletes in our area. We should be more experienced, but need to move forward and improve.”

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Head coach: Ed Brill
Assistant coaches: Sean Donovan, Jerry Skakal, Colby Mathews, Jeff Shipley, Ryan Shortino, Ashley Ash
Last season’s finish: first in state; first in conference
Returning letter winners: Remy Abrought, hurdles/sprints, sr.; Re’al Christian, shot, sr.; Shantaja Heath, sprints, sr.; Ebony Hollinger, sprints/distance, sr.; Mollie Williams, distance, sr.; Maddi Wilkins, sprints, sr.; Cyndee Holmes, shot, jr.; Lia Howe, vault, jr.; Courtney Lewis, sprints, jr.; Tessa Riely, distance, jr.; Carson Severson, distance, jr.; Taylor Skeens, high jump, jr.; Kelsey Lewis, sprints, soph.; Brielle Magee, sprints, soph.; Abby Stanley, vault, soph.
Coach’s comments: “(The state championship) was God blessing us at the right time with the right two days. The girls performed out of their minds. Obviously we’re missing Madison Smith (state champion hurdler), but we’re looking for Remy Abrought, the girl who has been runner-up to her, to carry her legacy. Meredith Smith (state placer in high jump) has a shoulder injury and can’t compete, but our distance runners, sprinters and pole vaulters are back. There’s some freshmen and other kids we haven’t gotten a big chance to look at.”