Football and volleyball season is quickly approaching. Both the football and volleyball teams will be soaring to new coaching heights with the addition of new football Head Coach Jason Funk and volleyball Head Coach Val Bila.
When asked about football, Coach Jason Funk said that he has high expectations for this year. Coach Funk also said, “ We have lots of talent and should perform well if we play to our potential.” This years football team includes Mathew Hessler, Joey Johnson, Stevin Horrocks, Jordan Houser, Nate Letcher, Chris Ray, Levi Ray, Jordan Encinia, Dylan Parker, Kolten Marx, Seth Nowak, Riley Abbot, Austin Reed, Jake Johnson, Dakota Heiting, Eli Badje, Zade Henry, Tyler Merritt, Drew Letcher, Garrett Weyers, Kobe Encinia, and Nathan Tobiasson. The hawks kick off the season on August 30th at Morrill.
Val Bila is the new head volleyball coach this year. When asked why she decided to take on the role she said “I haven’t coached for a few years; I’ve been too busy following Christian playing. I’ve really missed it; I am really excited about it!” She has a long history of coaching this sport. She was head coach at Torrington for two years, and assistant coach for four years. She was also head coach at Bridgeport for two years and assistant coach for both Sioux County and Morrill for one year each.
Bila also coached several different club-teams as well. Helping her this year is assistant coach Kyli Heiting, and volunteer assistant Christian Bila. When asked what she expected the season to be like she said, “I am really optimistic that we are going to play well. We will surprise people; they won’t see the same team they saw during summer league. I think we can compete with everybody in our conference, subdistricts, and districts.” Her main goals for the volleyball team this year are to have players work together, play confidently, and have fun while winning. She expects Mitchell and Leyton to be the toughest competition this year. The season will open up on Saturday, September 7, against Arthur at home.