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: 7 The Kalona News, Thursday, August 29, 2013 M-P Cross Country Preview Continued... from page 1B summer. "They know that the summer preparation is important because from the time school is out you've got five months until Cross Country season is over," said Hostefler. 'nd three of those months are over the summer. So if you don't do any- thing over the summer you have a disadvantage against those who have trained over the summer." There are a solid group of return- ing runners for both the boys and girls' squads who have worked hard all summer long and many of them over the winter months as well. Sophomores Maddie Zahradnek and Hannah VanRoekel are back for the girls' squad, and they're joined by upstart freshman Abby Torneau who is likely to lead the high school squad this year after a stellar middle school career. She's joined by her classmates Greta Schmidt and Calli Shaw. "Hannah and Maddie last year were our fourth and fifth runners and they're quite improved this year from running all year - even during the winter and they're im- proved a lot," said Hostetler. 'bbie of course is going to do real well, she's been good in middle school and then Greta and Calli are going to do well too." Beth Chmelar was fourth on her team at their District meet last sea- son, and she's back this year as a senior. Those six runners will likely be vying for the top five spots on the team. A tally of a team's top five places is used to calculate team scores at a Cross Country event and Coach Hostetler said he looks for his girls team scores to be similar to what they were last year despite losing four strong seniors. 'k lot of it depends on the de- velopment," said Coach Hostetler. "The talent is there especially with the freshmen so it's a little bit hard- er to tell because Calli and Greta are naturally fast but they haven't been running a lot. But usually by the end of the year they're going to do pretty well. The only thing they lack is experience, they're young and talented." Boys Retum: The boys team returns a strong crew of runners from last season's State Qualifying team including ju- nior Jared Draper who was 10th at his team's state qualifying meet as a sophomore with a time of 17:30. Ryan Errthum, Ty Feigenspan, Evan Wild, and Zeb Schwartz are also back from that team. "It's a real good group of boys and girls, the boys have more of an advantage than the girls because they've done more workouts," said Coach Hostetler. One of the early-season measure- ments Hostetler can point to as an indicator of how well his boys are prepared for the season is their 400m times. "When we do timings, 400s and miles, they're a lot faster and they can do more of them," said Hostetler. Zeb Schwartz for exam- ple: "Last year the most 400s he did was 20 and they were maybe 85-88 seconds, this year he can do 20 in probably 80 seconds with the same amount of rest." There's some good senior leader- ship back on the team this year. Their leader is a junior, but se- niors Zeb Schwartz, Ty Feigenspan, Caleb Miller, Evan Wild and Jonah VanRoekel know what running is all about. "The seniors do all the little things," said Hostetler. "They know where to go, how hard to push, easy days, semi-hard days, they know what to do. And they have a lot of confidence and they're also push- ing each other in practice." Hostetler said his senior runners, even those who have been outstand- ing young runners, step things up a notch when they're seniors - due to mental preparation. "They're less sporadic from one meet to another and are more con- sistent and dependable - I think a lot of that is mental. Learning men- tal discipline is a big part of any sport that takes a lot of guts." There are still a few nagging in- juries that hold some of his run- ners back, Hostetler said he's un- able to keep all his runners from playing basketball or rollerblading sometimes when he thinks they shouldn't. "I'm looking forward to seeing them all run what they're capable of running and not having inju- ries," said Hostetler. The team will be running at Wil- liamsburg on Tuesday evening, Sep- tember 3, and then again at Keota on September 10. They'll host their first home invitational in Wellman on September 24. IMPORTANT MEDIACOM LINEUP CHANGES EFFECTIVE ON OR AROUND OCTOBER 5, 2013 FOR: Kalona Cyclone TV will now be available on Family Cable Channel 165. Cyclone "IV HD will now be available on HD Family Cable Channel 798. Mediaco00. Requires a digital-readyIV, a Mediacorn digital receiver or a Mediacom digital adapter. Sports Page 3B VOLLEYBALL IN KEOTA 11 Above, Golden Hawks Courtney Shalla and Tay- lor Kurtz meet the Belle Plaine hitter at the net during action in Keota on August 26, 2013. Right, Setter Court- ney Shalla lifts the ball toward the net for her hitters during action on August 26. | Photograph by Tim Groff Nor Kunz meets Belle Plaine's meo Pope at the net. by Mid-Prairie's Ashley Miller gets up for a slam. J& 11 Photograph by  Golden Hawks celebrate with senior middle hitter Laura Yoder who got the kill during the team's championship game against Highland on August 23, 2013, in Keota. Continued... from page 1B "They wouldn't give up," said Mid-Prairie head coach Cindy Miller who is in her first season with the Golden Hawks. "When we started get- ting frustrated in that third game there I called time out and talked about how it's not about frustration, it's about having fun. It doesn't matter what the score says, what mat- ters is what's happening with us. And somehow that gave them some drive to go out and almost close." The Golden Hawks rallied back, tying the game 14-14, but the Huskies once again out- lasted M-P, taking advantage of a pair of miss-hit balls to earn the 16-14 tie-breaker win. It was a long, long, hot eve- ning in Keota for a first-of-the- year outing for the young M-P squad. The game wasn't over ntil after 10:00 p.m. "We've got some girls there who were tired too," said Miller. "When you're not get- ting back for approaches and you're just basically making a play and when you,re not putting the ball in play that makes a big difference." The Golden Hawks aren't in action again until September 3 at Louisa-Muscatine and will be at home against West Liber- ty in Wellman on September 5.