Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series featuring athletes selected by area coaches.
LEXINGTON – The start of winter sports is fast approaching and here are some local athletes to keep an eye on for the 2022-2023 season.
Down south, hi-line bull wrestlers gear up for battle on the mat. Keep an eye out for these three juniors: Drew Knoerzer, Wryston Brell, and Aidan Shutts. “All three of these wrestlers are similar in that they had a good sophomore season and all three had season-ending injuries of various kinds. We hope these three stay healthy this season as they have the potential to have a great year,” commented head coach Ryan Jones.
The Bulls appear to have a talented young squad of eight newcomers that should add to the team’s momentum in the years to come.
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Kynlee Strauser, Ellarey Harm, Emily Cornwell, Aubrey O’Hare, Clara Evert, Ashlyn Richeson, Madison Smith and Taryn O’Hare are on the court this year when the Gothenburg Swedes start basketball.
Strauser is a five-foot-eight senior, a four-year starter, and a 2021-2022 First Team All-Conference Honorable Mention All-State and Academic All-State. She finished last season with 8.9 PPG, 3.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals.
Harm is a five-foot-ten senior, a two-year starter, and a 2021-2022 First Team All-Conference Honorable Mention All-State. Her stats from last season were 9.9 PPG and 5.4 rebounds.
Aubrey O’Hare is a five foot nine junior and is a three year old starter. Her stats for the 2021-2022 season were 6.4 PPG, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals.
Evert is a five foot eight junior and a three year old starter. She had 4.0 PPG, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals last season and a 2021-2022 All-State Honorable Mention.
Richeson is a five-foot-five junior and a 2021-2022 All-Conference Honorable Mention and All-State Honorable Mention. She’s a three-year starter and had 6.6 PPG, 2.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals last season.
Recurring letter winners for this season are Smith and Taryn O’Hare. Smith is a junior with 2.1 PPG and 3.0 rebounds last season. Taryn O’Hare is a sophomore with 1.6 PPG and 1.1 rebounds last season.
Trainer Kassie Schuett said: “We are looking forward to this year. We’ll be going full steam ahead hoping to streamline things earlier in the season to set ourselves up for success in the postseason. We’ve made a lot of changes on both sides of the ball and we’re excited to see them.”
The Lexington Minutemaid Wrestling Team is returning five 2021-2022 State Qualifiers for the 2022-2023 season.
Returning this year is sophomore Andrea Melendez, juniors Sara Anaya and Elsa Garcia, Karen Santoyo and Frankie Walsh, who are seniors this winter. Walsh placed fourth at the NSAA State Tournament in Omaha last spring.
Good luck to all these local athletes in their upcoming season!