Wallace to Feature Youth and Experience in 2023
In 2022, Wallace found themselves with another playoff birth, but found themselves exiting in the first round after falling. toa tough SEM team. The Wildcats will try to build off of that solid campaign but will have to do so without two all-state players who graduated. And of course in 6-man football, is a good chunk.
Entering his fifth season at the helm, Eric Miller is encouraged by what he brings back. "We return quite a bit of experience...This is a group that enjoys football and wants to do well, so if we put in the time this summer and come to work every day of practice, we could do some decent things this coming season."
There is plenty of talent coming back for Wallace as the defensive side will be strong. Riley Strawder, a senior, who is a two-time All-State defensive lineman accumulated 77 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss. Masen Messersmith, who was an Honorable Mention All-District selection, will be a junior and he had 78 tackles and 6.5 for loss a year ago.
Matt Lungrin played his first season of football as a junior, and was an Honorable-Mentnion selection too. He threw for 686 yards, had nine passing touchdowns, and 218 yards rushing with three scores. He will be one they look to on the offensive side to lead the way.
The Wildcats are in the D6-4 District along with Arthur County, Brady, Paxton, Southwest, and Wauneta-Palisade. Wallace starts the season on August 25th against Cody-Kilgore at home.
Wallace Girls Look for 4th RPAC Title While Boys Look Forward to Competing as a Team
Head coach for the Wallace Wildcats, Madisen Clough is expecting an exciting and memorable season this fall. Clough is in her fourth year of coaching and looking forward to all her athletes' potential this season.
For the first time in school program history, Wallace is going to be able to field a boy's team. Ryun Sheets is returning this year along with incoming freshmen, Max Hanson and Kyle Melton to field out their team. Clough looks for them to do well this season as well as come home with some team placings too.
The girl’s squad is looking to bring home their 4th straight RPAC title and are returning their squad from last season. Wallace is returning senior Dajana Garrison, who placed 2nd at RPAC and 11th at the D6 district meet, junior Ashley Robertson, who placed 1st RPAC and 10th at the D6 district, and junior Ryleigh Hanson who placed 4th at RPAC and 15th at the D6 district. The major goals for this season are the RPAC team title and a district team title.
Clough said that her athletes have high expectations this season and have put in the work this summer to make these goals happen.
Wallace Maintains High Expectations
Coming off of a school-record 27 wins a year ago, the Wallace volleyball team will maintain high expectations this season.
Despite graduating first-team all-conference performer Karlie Finley, who pounded 310 kills and hit .275 a year ago, the Wildcats return about everyone else from last year's district runner-up and fourth place finish at the RPAC tournamnet.
Hitter Kendyl Flaming, setter Kaley Sauser and libero Mariana Aceves-Lopez were all second-team all-conference a year ago.
Sauser, who had nearly 600 assits, and Aceves-Lopez, who had 130 digs and 160 serve receptions, were both starting as freshmen last season. Flaming will be a senior this year after pounding 280 kills and serving 60 aces a year ago. Fellow seniors Brooke Bryant (151 kills a year ago), Skyler Kuhlman (127 kills, 20 blocks) and Reagan Pelster (277 digs) all return to the lineup and provide a great deal of experience and depth.
Coach Krystal Sauser said Odalys Nunez-Enriquez, Devin Gisselman and Mallory McConnell add depth and could have a greater impact this season.
The Wildcats expect to be among the top contenders in the RPAC West this season. Sauser said they are banking on that experience and confidence they gained a year ago.
"After the success last year, I am excited to see what they can do with the confidence they have been able to gain in knowing they are capable of doing great things," said Sauser.