The End Zone Seat: Strong Turnout for WVHS Winter Teams
Courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, it seems like the start of the winter sports season gets pushed back further and further every year.
Two weeks after the last varsity football game and more than three weeks after the final volleyball and soccer games, the Wyalusing Valley winter sports teams finally opened practice for the upcoming seasons on Friday, Nov. 18.
According to all three coaches, the turnout for the first few days of practice was excellent.
Wrestling coach Gary Haley has 21 wrestlers in the room, including a large number of seniors back from last year’s squad that posted a 17-4 record.
“Our guys are working hard and have worked hard in the off-season lifting weights, running and extra wrestling,” Haley said.
“We are pretty optimistic,” he added.
The Rams open the season on Dec. 10 when they host their own Ram Duals.
Boys’ basketball coach Mark Fogel also reports a large turnout for his squad of 25 boys in grades nine through 12.
“Practice is going good,” Fogel said.
The Rams, who went 11-10 last year, will open the season in the Towanda Tournament the weekend of Dec. 9-10.
Jon Schulze has 22 girls on the varsity and junior varsity basketball roster to begin the season.
“The first couple practices have gone well,” Schulze said.
“We have a nice mix of battle-tested kids and some new young talent.”
Coming off a 10-11 campaign last year, the Lady Rams open the season at the Bush Memorial Tournament at Cowanesque Valley on Dec. 9-10.
The Lady Rams do have a couple of pre-season scrimmages slated. They will travel to Waverly for a scrimmage that will also include Troy on Nov. 26, starting at 1 p.m. On Dec. 1, they go to Tunkhannock for a scrimmage, starting at 6 p.m.
Dee Huber, who coached the junior high team the past few seasons, replaces Jerry Kipp as junior varsity coach.