There are some new faces at the helm at Tippecanoe, but the expectations remain the same as the Red Devils have high hopes for a successful spring sports season.
Bryan Gronski is in his first year as head coach of the Tippecanoe baseball team and looks to build on a successful season a year ago where the Red Devils finished 22-8 overall and 14-4 in the MVL, which was tied for second in the league with Troy. The Red Devils came up just short of a district championship as they dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision to Wyoming in the district final.
“While only a few guys with significant varsity experience return from 2021, we are confident that we are reloading with young, up-and-coming talent paired with upperclassmen who are ready too compete at the highest levels,” said Gronksi.
Returning for the Red Devils are Braydon Bottles, Jacob Bowerman, Josh Dietz, Max Dunaway, Matt Salmon and Landon Turner.
The goals remain high as the Red Devils aspire to mature yet another 20-win season, with the league (MVL) title and a district championship.
Michele Stoltz takes over the reigns as the head softball coach at Tippecanoe, but the expectations remain the same in what has been a traditionally strong program for the Lady Red Devils.
“We are a young team with an all-new coaching staff for 2022,” said Stoltz. “We have high expectations from this talented group and look forward to a successful season.”
Last season the Lady Red Devils finished 19-8 overall and third in the MVL with a 14-4 league record.
Gone are six graduating seniors, three who were all-MVL selections – including Kaitlyn Husic, who led the league in RBI with 61.
Key returners from 2021 team include: Senior Kaela May, Senior Ashley Aselage and Junior Emma Davis.
TIPPECANOE TRACK AND FIELD:
The Tippecanoe track program has high aspirations for a big year as coach Nick Culver has 140 athletes with most of the top athletes from a year ago returning to lead the way.
“We have a string upperclassmen group,” Culver said. “We are looking to winning the County and the MVL, get some athletes to the state meet and be competitive as a team at every meet we attend. Overall, we want our athletes to do their best and meet their expectations.”
Last year the Red Devils finished runner-up at the MVL in both boys and girls. The boys won first at the Cedarville Impson Ivitational and both the boys and girls finished runner-up in the Miami County Invitational.
Key returning for the Tippaconoe boys are junior Oliver Murray, who finished fourth in the pole vault at districts a year ago; senior Grayson King, who placed first at districts and seventh at regional in the high jump; and Alex Foster, who finished 2nd at districts and 7th at regionals in the 800.
For the girls, the key returners are senior Kelsey McClurg, who finished runner-up at districts and 5th at regionals; senior Annie Sinning, who took third at districts in the 3200; and junior Maddi Moran, who played seventh at districts in the 100 and is a key to the sprint relay teams.