Little River baseball came so close to a state Class 2-1A championship in 2014 they could taste it.

Little River baseball came so close to a state Class 2-1A championship in 2014 they could taste it.
The Redskins fell 4-0 to Pittsburgh-St. Mary’s Colgan, despite outhitting the Panthers. That near-miss has the 2015 Redskins ready to take the field.
“With six starters, four returning lettermen and some talented freshmen, this could be another special season,” Little River coach Terry Renken said. “These guys would love to get back to state and play Colgan.”
Renken brings back five very talented seniors from last year’s 20-6 squad. Kyler Cox plays both catcher and infield and had a .375 average in 2014 with 30 hits, 22 RBIs and 35 runs scored.
Cordell Moore was 4-2 on the mound last season, with a 2.3 ERA and 38 strike outs. Offensively, he hit .442 with 36 RBIs and three home runs. Laramie Peters had 30 RBIs, while Grant Harvey went 3-2 on the mound with a 4.48 ERA.
Sophomore Jeb Sauer is the sixth returning starter as an infielder and pitcher.
“As a team, we have the potential to be very good,” Renken said. “The seniors are very talented and have a lot of experience. Our schedule will be tough and help us in our regional.”
The Redskins open the 2015 campaign Tuesday against Inman.

Redskin softball excited for  second year
LITTLE RIVER — Little River softball had some growing pains in its first year in 2014, finishing 3-10, but the future remains bright for the Lady Redskins.
“We are excited to be entering our second year of Redskin softball,” Little River coach Erin Wohletz said. “Last year, the girls worked super hard and showed a great amount of improvement. We hope to continue to improve both individually and as a team throughout the season.”
Wohletz brings back five players from last year’s squad. That includes catcher Macy Schlatter, outfielder Brenna Eller, shortstop Emily Smyres, third baseman Carley Tomlin and pitcher Shawna Collins.
Joining the team this year is pitcher Melanie Renken.

Little River thinclads short on numbers, long on talent
LITTLE RIVER — Little River track and field coach Paul Dold knows he won’t have much in the way of numbers in 2015, but he’s optimistic the Redskins will be able to at least get a few athletes into the All Class Kansas State Track and Field Championships in May.
“Our best chances for state qualifiers are with our female jumpers,” Dold said. “We are off to a good start to practice and looking forward to continued improvement of our athletes.”
Two of those jumpers are senior Rebecca Hawkinson and junior Erin Hudson, both of whom made state in 2014. Hawkinson took 12th in the high jump, while Hudson competed in the triple jump.
Also back from state seasons are junior Kristin Ekholm and sophomore Katie Hazen, both of whom competed in the 4x100 relay.
Coming back for the boys re senors Zach Galyon, Colin January and Logan Hodgson. Galyon placed in the regional meet in 2014 in the 400-meter dash, while January is looking to improve in the triple jump. Dold feels Hodgson will be a high placer in the javelin this season.
The Redskins open the year April 7 at Halstead.


Schedules
Baseball
March 31 — Inman; April 7 — at Lincoln; April 9 — at Sedgwick; April 14 — at Moundridge; April 21 — Satanta (at Pratt); April 24 — Canton-Galva; April 28 — at Bennington; May 1 — Ell-Saline; May 7 — Marion; May 12 — at Ellsworth.
Softball
March 31 —  Inman; April 2 — Hutchinson Trinity; April 7 — at Lincoln; April 9 — at Sedgwick; April 14 — at Moundridge; April 21 — at Satanta (at Pratt); April 24 — Canton-Galva; April 28 — at Ellsworth; May 5 — at Ellinwood; May 7 — Marion.
Track and Field
April 7 — Halstead; April 10 — Lyons Invitational; April 14 — Herington; April 21 — Fairfield; April 23 — Sterling Invitational; April 28 — Lyons Invitational; May 1 — Barton County Invitational; May 5 — Wheaton Relays (at Lyons); May 7 — Herington Invitational; May 14 — Wheat State League (at Goessel).

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