Roughrider Cross Country Team Looks to "Push Themselves" this Season
For the Southwest Cross Country team it is a squad with only two runners, but that won't slow them down. Cole Barnett and Austin Thompson will compete on the varsity squad for the Roughriders and seventh year Head Coach Mackenzie Slaten says these two will compete hard. "We only have two varsity runners this season, but they are competitive and ready to push themselves in each practice and meet."
Slaten mentioned Cambridge and Arapahoe as teams that will be tough to face this season in the RPAC.
Southwest will get the Cross Country season started on Thursday August 25th at the Dundy County Stratton meet.
Southwest Girls Golf Looks to Learn and Grow in 2022
The Southwest Girls Golf team is under the Direction of Don Ellicott for the 2022 season. Ellicott has been in charge of the boys program for 20 years and this is his first year overseeing the girls team. He believes throughout the season, his team will grow and improve. "We have eight girls out with five returners. We hope to improve throughout the season and be in contention for some individual medals."
Some of the key contributors for the Roughriders will include seniors Kiana Martin, Gracie Fries, and juniors Anna Cerenil and Elizabeth Townsend.
Southwest will begin the season on Thursday, August 18th at the Cambridge Invite.
Roughrider Volleyball Returns Main Core, Looks to Build Off Last Season's Success
Following a 19-11 season and an exit in subdistrict-play, the Southwest Volleyball team has their sites set on another successful season. They return six players that started for them, led by senior Caylin Barnett. It will be the fourth year Barnett has started for the Roughriders and in the 2021 season she recorded 399 kills and 24 aces.
Also returning for Southwest is fellow senior and four year starter Bailey Truksa. She had 293 kills and 367 digs a year ago.
Head Coach of the Roughriders, Kim Barnett, says that the amount of returning players and also young athletes who could make and impact will be vital in the success they have this season. "...We will have a lot of experince on the floor and this will be a key factor to our success. We also have several freshmen and sophomores that could challenge for some playing time and will add good depth to our team. We look to improve on our record from last season and hopefully extend the season further than last."
Southwest will begin the season on Thursday, August 25th at home with a triangular with South Platte and Bertrand.
Southwest Football to be led by Experience
Last year was tough for the Southwest Roughriders as they went 1-7, but they have every reason to be optimistic for 2022. They only graduated one player on the roster from a year ago so they bring back a ton of experience. Head Coach of the Roughriders, Christian Arterburn says that he has a pretty deep team with good speed. "I think our speed and athletes will be able to make some big time plays for us this year."
Tossing the rock around the yard was not an issues for Southwest a year ago and they return their gunslinger at quarterback. Junior Nathan Rippe passed for more than 900 yards last season and will look to duplicate that this season.
Then on the ground, Arterburn will have a senior Hunter Cunningham. Last year he saw action in five games and had 311 yards and two scores, so he could be due for a big season too.
Southwest starts the season on Thursday, August 25th at home against South Platte.