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MLS Lady Mavericks lack experience
as they begin their 2015 volleyball season

Members of the 2015 MLS Varsity Volleyball Team are back row, left to right: Assistant Coach Mickey Depute, statistician, Morgan Raap, Becca Schoenberg, Allison Voigt, Charlee Brekhus, Riley Guenthner, Delaine Hanson, and Coach Jaime Adams. Middle row, left to right: Kayla Mortenson, Morgan Depute, Katie Gates, Janie Savelkoul, Kylie McLain, Mikki Bahl, and Jorie Holsten. Front row, left to right: Calli Brackenbury, Jenna Haygood, and Macy Feland.

The Mohall Lansford Sherwood varsity volleyball team opened up their season on Saturday, August 29th at the Bottineau Early Bird Tournament. MLS finished in 9th place as they lost to Rugby in their opening round of tournament play 23 to 25 and 23 to 25; then beat Newburg/Westhope 25 to 16 and 25 to 19; and finished the tournament with a win over Towner/ Granville/Upham beating them 3 to 2 (21 to 25, 25 to 21, and 15 to 12).

MLS is going into the 2015 season as a very inexperienced team, as a majority of the players on the team this year will be playing on the varsity for the first time. Returning players with varsity experience are juniors - Macy Feland, Katie Gates, and Morgan Depute. The Mavericks will look to these three girls, as well as their seniors - Delaine Hanson, Becca Schoenberg, Riley Guenthner, Charlee Brekhus, and Allison Voigt for team leadership.

The Lady Mavericks are again being coached by Jaime Adams, who is in her second year as head coach. She will be assisted by Mickey Depute, who is also returning for the second year as an assistant.

Last year the Mavericks won the Northwest Conference Tournament, and then finished 4th in the district, and 4th in the region.

One of the team’s greatest strengths going into the season is their serving. Coach Adams commented that the Mavericks have several strong servers and she is hoping that will lead to points for the team.

When asked which teams the Mavericks feel will be strong in the district and region, Coach Adams named Our Redeemer’s and DesLacs/Burlington. She stated, “These two teams finished 1 and 2 in the region and they will return most of their starters.”

The goal for the Mavericks this year is to improve each and every day. “We want to be as strong as we can at the end of the year with hopes of making it to the regional tournament and state,” said Coach Adams. She concluded by saying, “It will be fun to watch as our players emerge and develop this year.”

MLS opened up their regular season play last night when they traveled ... (Read this article and many more in this week's issue of the RCF)

Glenburn Panthers under new leadership this year
After finishing with 15 wins and 16 losses in regular season play and sixth in the district last year, the Glenburn Lady Panthers will be under new leadership this year. Taking over the reins as head coach is Donanne Derr. The sport of volleyball is not new to Coach Derr, as she has served 20 years as a coach, mostly at the junior high level. Coach Derr will be assisted by Fran Llewellyn.

With only one returning senior and three other returning players with varsity experience, the Panthers will be a young team. Coach Derr stated, “Preparing for the pace of varsity competition will be a challenge. Our lack of height may also prove to be a weakness for us this year.”

As for a team strength, Coach Derr commented that the girls’ enthusiasm and willingness to learn after losing six seniors to graduation last spring is a huge asset. “Our athletes have proven to be versatile and can play many positions. Their experience of playing together and working as a team is a positive attribute,” said Coach Derr.

The Lady Panthers are looking at being competitive with all of the teams in the district this year, but feel that Our Redeemer’s and DesLacs/Burlington will be strong due to their experienced returning players and past history.

As for team leadership, the Panthers are looking to their co-captains - Senior, Sierra Payne, and junior setter, Anna Zelinski. Also returning for the Panthers will be junior middle hitter, Latasha Dean, and sophomore, Raylea Folstad.

When asked what their team goals are for the year, Coach Derr said, “We hope to continue to develop a consistent high serving percentage and improve our offense at the net.” The Panthers are also looking at a team goal of earning a team Scholar Award.

Glenburn will open up their season on Thursday, September 3rd when they ... (To read this article and more, see this week's edition of the Renville County Farmer.)

MLS Mavericks get regional
gridiron win against New Town

Above photo: Zavure Frech carries the ball for the Mavericks in their regional game at New Town. Also pictured for MLS are #18 Mason Nehring, #98 Berkley Santos, and #64 Cabe Radzwill. Zavure finished the game with three touchdowns for the Mavericks.

The MLS Mavericks opened up their regional football play on Thursday, August 27th when they traveled to New Town. It was a game in which all of the Mavericks got to see action in the game, as MLS went on to defeat the Eagles 86 to 6.

MLS shut out the Eagles in the first quarter, while putting 20 points on their side of the scoreboard. After two quarters of play it was a 50 to 6 game, which the Mavericks in command. In the third quarter, MLS put up another 28 points to make it a 78 to 6 game at the stop. MLS then finished out the game in the fourth quarter with another touchdown to make it an 86 to 6 victory.

Pictured above: Michael Knutson makes his way into the end zone untouched for a Maverick touchdown.

Nine Mavericks got in on the scoring in this game. Statler Olson had one touchdown for 6 points; Zavure Frech had three touchdowns for 18 points; Cole Southam scored two touchdowns and two 2 point conversions for 16 points; Beau Driscoll had a touchdown for 6 points; Talon Thompson scored on two 2 point conversions for 4 points; Tanner Driscoll finished with two touchdowns for 12 points; Dillon Mortenson had one touchdown and scored a 2 point conversion for 8 points; Trey Holsten had a touchdown for 6 points; and Michael Knutson scored a touchdown for 6 points.

For the game, MLS was penalized only one time for a 5 yard penalty. The Mavericks rushed for 271 yards, had 12 yards receiving, 119 yards in kickoff returns, 118 yards in punt returns, and 116 yards in interception returns, for a total of 636 yards.

Pictured above: With the Mavericks leading 34 to 6, Tanner Driscoll #4 for MLS breaks away for another touchdown. Looking on for the Mavericks are #78 Eric McIntyre and #66 Ethan Southam. Tanner finished the game scoring two touchdowns for the Mavericks.

Game stats for the Mavericks:
Passing: Statler Olson completed 2 of 4 passes for 9 yards and a touchdown; and Zane Wenstad completed a pass for 3 yards.

Rushing: Statler Olson - 3 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown; Zavure Frech - 4 carries for 50 yards and two touchdowns; Cole Southam - 6 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown; Talon Thompson - 6 carries for 29 yards; Dillon Mortenson - 3 carries for 8 yards and a touchdown; Trey Holsten - 3 carries for 11 yards and a touchdown;Tyler Schrupp - one carry for 2 yards; Matthew Lafferty - 3 carries for 14 yards; and Michael Knutson - 2 carries for 25 yards and a touchdown.

Receiving: Tanner Driscoll caught one pass for 6 yards and a touchdown; Trevor Savelkoul had one catch for 3 yards; and Cabe Radzwill had one catch for 3 yards.

Kickoffs: Zach Urfer - 3 for 89 yards; Erik McIntyre - one for 39 yards; and Isaac Undlin - 9 for 314 yards.

Kickoff and Punt Returns: Cole Southam - one kickoff return for 38 yards and a punt return for 30 yards; Beau Driscoll - two punt returns for 88 yards; and Tanner Driscoll - one kickoff return for 81 yards.

Defensive Tackles: Credited with solo tackles for MLS were: Statler Olson - 3; Levi Feland - 2; Zavure Frech - 2; Zane Wenstad - 3; Mason Nehring - 2; Cole Southam - 5; Beau Driscoll - 3; Chase Driscoll - 1; Tanner Driscoll - 4; Zach Urfer - 1; Trey Holsten - 1; Tyler Schrupp - 1; Cabe Radzwill - 2; Andrew Jones - 7; Matthew Lafferty - 1; Michael Knutson - 2; and Berkley Santos 2. Assisting with tackles were: Zavure Frech - 1; Cole Southam - 2; Talon Thompson - 1; and Ethan Southam 1.

Sacks: Cabe Radzwill was credited with the team’s lone sack of the game.

Next action for the Mavericks will be Friday, September 4th when they will travel to Parshall for a regional matchup with Parshall/White Shield. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

The Mavericks’ next home game will be Saturday, September 12th when they will host Kenmare/Bowbells/ Burke Central. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m. in Mohall. There will also be a Maverick Booster Club tailgate and membership drive that night, which will start at 6:00 p.m.

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