Greeneview has had a rough go of things in recent years, having not
posted a winning record since 1996. But there’s optimism throughout the
program after the team showed signs of progress last season, including a
narrow defeat to perennial power West Liberty-Salem.
2009 Record: 2-8
*Players to Watch – OLB/WR Tyler Caudill (6-2, 195, sr.), LB/RB Alex Van Der Wissel (5-9, 170, jr.), QB Kris Partin (6-0, 195, sr.), OL/DL Charlie Roberts (5-11, 255, sr.), DB Wayne Harlow (5-10, 155, sr.), DL/TE Derek McClure (5-10, 190, sr.)
* Outlook – Greeneview has had a rough go of things in recent years, having not posted a winning record since 1996. But there’s optimism throughout the program after the team showed signs of progress last season, including a narrow defeat to perennial power West Liberty-Salem.
2009 was the first year in the program for head coach Isaac Seevers, who liked what he saw towards the end of last season.
“I am excited about the progress we made in 2009,” Seevers said. “Our kids took some time to pick up the new systems on offense and defense, but our biggest strides were made in the area of competition. Our players learned to compete and began to believe in their ability to be competitive in the (Ohio Heritage Conference).”
Despite the game being a loss in the record books, Seevers feels the team’s 9-6 defeat at the hands of West Liberty-Salem was a big moment.
“Our late season game vs. West Liberty, where we led with two minutes left in the game, was a turning point for our kids and our program,” Seevers said. “This progress in the program has encouraged others to get involved in the program, and our commitment in the offseason has improved.
“I look forward to our numbers being up, having competition at positions, and building a winning program here at Greeneview. I love our kids and they are hungry to get back to work this fall.”
Among the key players back for this year’s team will be Partin (822 yards passing, 73 completions, 4 touchdowns, 410 yards rushing), Caudill (71 tackles, 6 passes broken up), and Van Der Wissel (31 tackles, one interception, 300 yards rushing for three touchdowns).
“We return many key leaders and athletes,” Seevers said. “We look to capitalize on a strong finish in 2009 to lead us into a 2010 season where we expect to compete.”
Seevers also thinks that there will be new additions to the team that will help out this season.
“Last season, our numbers were low in my first year with the school,” Seevers said. “I expect our numbers to be up with key athletes coming over from other sports programs in the school.”
Look for some standouts from the Rams always-talented and competitive boys basketball team to make the transition.
* Schedule – Greeneview will face schedule challenges from teams such as West Liberty-Salem and Mechanicsburg. Rivalry games against Cedarville and Yellow Springs loom large as well.
“The Battle of 72 comes to Jamestown this year as Cedarville will travel to Greeneview to play,” Seevers said. “This is always the most important game of the year for our kids. This is a physical and emotional game that is competitive each year.
“We also play for a traveling trophy with county rival Yellow Springs. They will travel to Greeneview to play this year as well. They have great athletes and they are a great early season challenge for our kids.”
8/27/2010 at Miamisburg Dayton Christian
9/3/2010 Yellow Springs
9/10/2010 at Lees Creek East Clinton
9/17/2010 South Charleston Southeastern
9/24/2010 at Mechanicsburg
10/8/2010 North Lewisburg Triad
10/15/2010 at West Liberty-Salem
10/22/2010 Springfield Catholic Central
10/29/2010 at Springfield Northeastern