McLouth girls eyeing DVL title
Aside from one graduating senior, the McLouth High cross country team has its entire squad back for the fall campaign.
With so much experience, coach George Karn expects his team to be in the running for a Delaware Valley League title.
"I don't see why we can't go for that top spot," Karn said.
Twin sisters Hallie and Erin Watson are two of the team's top returners, while Christy Gunther also will challenge as she returns for the Bulldogs. All three are seniors this year for MHS.
"The Watson twins should be pretty good," Karn said. "And Christy Gunther looks good."
Erin Watson was a state qualifier last year. She placed 29th in Wamego and she made first team all-Delaware Valley League. Gunther also was first-team all-DVL, while Hallie was second-team all-DVL
Senior Erica Meyer also should give the Bulldogs a boost. She joins the team this year after producing for the MHS track team last spring.
On the boys side, McLouth must replace Matt Scarlett, who placed 10th at last year's state meet. Scarlett was pivotal in pushing McLouth to a fifth-place team finish at state last fall, as well as a Class 2A regional team title.
Karn is looking at senior Scott Smelser to likely be the Bulldogs' No. 1 runner, while junior Nick Edgell should be No. 2. After that, Karn said the field is "kind of wide open."
The team also includes seniors Justin Drinnon, Dustin Weeks and Bryce Hoffhines.
As for the Delaware Valley League, Karn expects Kansas City Christian to be the top contender.
"They've just got that established tradition," Karn said.