By Fritz Wagner
Regina coach Bob Brown said, “Nothing but your best.” Regal athletes know that if they give their best effort, results will come.
Whether it’s because of a perfect season and a state championship for the football team, or a state title for the boys’ cross-country squad, Regals have learned that hard work pays off. This spring, the golf, track and soccer teams will strive to continue the success that Regal athletes have had this school year.
The boys’ soccer team is going for a “three-peat” after winning state titles the past two years. The unit is led by returning all-state seniors Dan Larew, Zach Pechous and John Rummelhart.
The girls’ soccer team is off to a good start. Coach Jason Allgood has made it clear that the team goal is to get to state in Muscatine, and the combination of experienced seniors and talented underclassmen can get them there.
A strong senior class is the core of this year’s boys’ track team. On their way to qualifying for Drake Relays, seniors Dan Bonthius and Jacob Firkins wowed the state with their speed. The squad was also able to capture a conference championship. The girls’ team has shown undying will to win so far this season. Coach Chad Swope is confident in the abilities of this year’s team, which is led by experienced runners.
The boys’ golf team is led by John Staak and Chris Staufer. Participation is up this year, and the positive results have been displayed on the green. The girls’ team consists of Cathern Strief, Morgan Juraco, Ciarah Schlader and Sami Juraco. Coach Dave Coffin and company know that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Throughout their respective sports, Regal athletes have represented the school and the community very well. With sportsmanship, a good attitude and a proper work ethic, Regina’s young student-athletes will continue to do so in the future.