High School Sports

Penns Valley Boys Track & Field Preview

Head coach: Drew Welch (second season)

Assistant coach: Steve Shawver

Last year: 9-1-1

Key returnees: Liam Benfer, Bryan Wasson, Michael Decker, Doran Tucker, Haven Tucker, Henry Lush

Key losses: Ryan Brown, Matt Fuller, Corey King, Tyler Shawver, Logan Confer, Martin Black.

The skinny: The Rams must make up for the losses of some key contributors from last year’s team. Ryan Brown and Matt Fuller, two state qualifiers in distance races, have graduated. Corey King in sprints, Tyler Shawver in throws and Logan Confer and Martin Black in pole vault are also gone. ... However, with the departures come opportunities for others. ... Some of the team’s strengths are its returning members. The Rams have one returning state qualifier in the middle distance races with Michael Decker (400). ... The throwers will be led by Henry Lush, Doran Tucker and Collin Egelhoff.

Coach Welch says: “Some concerns are that we lost the majority of our point-scorers from last season, but now our underclassmen will have the opportunity to step up and score some points. ... We expect to be competitive in the Mountain League.”