This year's Storm Football team is about to take the field and they are coming back stronger than ever. The Bolt decided to sit down and interview Head Coach, Mr. Lee, and Assistant Coach, Mr. Spath, about their thoughts on this year's football team.
When asked, “How do you think this season is going to play out?” Coach Lee told me, “I think this will be a winning season for us. I am hoping we compete for the conference championship and make it back to post-season football.” Then, Coach Spath said, “I am very optimistic on our team. I believe that Cerro Gordo is going to be a good measurement of how far our team has come. I know that there are going to be ups and downs throughout the season, but I have a lot of faith in our players and coaching staff.” Sounds promising, coaches!
Our next question for the both of them was “What kinds of things would you like to improve upon this year?” Coach Lee said, “I want to have a better defense. In order for us to win more games, we need to spend less time on defense and keep other teams from scoring.” When we asked Coach Spath the same question, he told us, “We can only win through togetherness! I think in the past we have had good teams, but this year we seem to have a lot of talented athletes. If everyone is on the same page the entire season we will be pretty exciting to watch.”
We then asked Head Coach Lee, “Who stood out during this year's summer camp?” He had to think about it for a while but said, “Since summer camp and the season has started, Skyler Manion has made a lot of progress as has one of the Tri-City boys, Kaiser Ater.” Way to go boys! Keep up the good work.
Finally, we asked Coach Spath why he decided to be the assistant coach here at SV. He answered, “Getting to work with students outside of the classroom and being on a great coaching staff that is extremely supportive made me want to coach here.” Thank you Mr. Spath for all you have done for the football team and the school, we all appreciate it.
Come out and support your football team at our home games which are, August 30th, September 20th, October 4th (which is our homecoming game), and October 25th (senior night). Wear your blue's and grey's and come on out to cheer for your team!
Katelyn Blok is a junior at SVHS. She is also The Bolt's Student Life editor.
There were some big changes with the SVTC volleyball team this year. Sangamon Valley High School is very pleased to welcome Coach Abby Hunt and Coach Alexa Jones to our school.
While talking with seniors Olyvia Benton and Piper Hill, they both agreed that having new coaches was a big change, especially after having a set routine for the last three years. In the interview, Piper Hill told us: “It isn’t just the coaches that changed. We have new drills, and a completely different line up than last year. Some are playing different positions as well.”
Other than all the new changes, Coach Hunt says “Practices are going very well. We have our days when you can tell the girls are ready to get a game under their belt and I get that. Practices can get ugly at times, but in the beginning of the season, I think that’s a good sign that we’re just ready to play.”
Coach Hunt and Coach Jones may be new to our school, but they’re not new to coaching. As I interviewed Coach Jones, she told us, “I played four years of varsity at Argenta-Oreana, and during my years as an upper classman, I also helped our head coach with the junior high team. I also played club, which was a great experience. I have one season of coaching at Argenta-Oreana Middle School under my belt. We went 14-9 during the season I coached at A-O. I had a great group of girls and they made me excited to coach at every practice and game. I’m excited to be coaching the JV team and I think we will see a lot of success this season. The girls are working hard in practice and they have all improved. In addition to coaching JV, I will also be taking over the middle school program as the head coach, which will start in December.”
When continuing the interview with Coach Hunt, we learned that Coach Hunt had a lot of coaching experience. Coach Hunt said: “I started coaching back in 2010 as a club coach and coached club until 2012. I coached for the Capital City Area club out of Lincoln Land as one of the HS coaches. We coached school teams, so I had the Carlinville/Raymond girls. Then in 2012, I coached the Tri-City JH team. Those girls would have been the graduating class of 2016, 2017 & 2019. I then took a couple of years off to finish out school in Macomb. In 2015 and 2016 I was a volunteer assistant for Tri-City’s JH team. In 2017, I came on as the head coach for the JH and still am!”
The new volleyball coaches have some big shoes to fill, but they are optimistic and excited to rebuild the program. They have a goal to create a volleyball culture at SVHS, and those of us in The Bolt staff are sure that they will achieve their goals. We are excited to see the success of both the JV and Varsity volleyball teams this season.
Editor's note: Interviews took place before the first game. JV won against Morrisonville in 3 and Varsity lost in 2.
Article by Lexi Lowe
Lexi is a senior at SVHS and a member of Publications club.