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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Fall Preview: Elyria

  • The Elyria Christian School cross country team will have a new face leading the charge at the start of the season, though it is one that is familiar with the McPherson area.
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  • Hinman flies with Eagle harriers
    The Elyria Christian School cross country team will have a new face leading the charge at the start of the season, though it is one that is familiar with the McPherson area.
    Philip Hinman joins the Eagle staff this season after a long running career that wrapped up in 2012, when he graduated from Central Christian College after running cross country for the Tigers.
    “I feel so blessed to be a new member of the Elyria coaching staff,” Hinman said. “I am excited for the cross-country season to see the students grow as Christians and as runners, and I fully expect to grow alongside them.”
    Hinman started running at a young age outside of his home town of Perry. He continued up through his high school career at Perry-LeCompton.
    “I fell in love with getting outside to see our big, beautiful world,” Hinman said, “and cross-country allowed me to do this on a daily basis.”
    Currently, Hinman is in his third year as a Paraeducator at Little River Junior/Senior High School.
    He takes over an Elyria program that returns one state placer from 2013 in junior Moriah Redenbaugh, who has made the state cut both years she’s competed in cross country.
    Senior Darian Trost just missed qualifying for state last year and is expected to make a push to reach that plateau this season. Others that Hinman expects to grow from 2013 are senior John Prieb and juniors Marshall Williford and Aaron Porter.
    “Our girl runners will continue to deliver solid individual performances, which should bring potential state appearances,” Hinman said. “We will hopefully be able to race as boys team this year for the first time and we hopefully see decent results from that. We look forward to seeing more improvement this year and a lot of quality results from these runners who are upper classmen now.”
    Elyria opens the season Sept. 4 at Great Bend.
    Youth brings potential for Eagle spikers
    ELYRIA — For Elyria head coach Tonya Robertson, her seventh year with the Eagle volleyball program brings the buzzword of potential.
    The Eagles, who went 3-24 in 2013, will be have some experience, with three seniors leading the charge in setter Addison Fields, middle hitter Micah Redenbaugh and outside hitter Anna Adamyk.
    That gives Robertson a good base to build on, and the rest of Elyria’s line should be young, but experienced. Junior Jeileen Cruz will handle libero duties, while sophomore Misha Redenbaugh will look to fill the other outside hitter slot. Sophomore Stephanie Roberts also saw significant playing as a defensive specialist.
    Complimenting the line up are freshmen Christin Vetter, Bailey Unruh and Audra Boerger.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We have a young team this year, but I have been pleased with the potential this team has,” Robertson said. “I have already seen significant improvement. These girls have a great work ethic and possess the heart and desire to compete. I can’t wait to see what they will accomplish this season.”
    The Eagles will open up their season Sept. 2 at Ell-Saline in a quad meet that also includes Goessel and Haven.
    Contact Chris Swick by email at cswick@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @SwickSentinel.

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