Shelbyville sports fans have an opportunity to Meet the Rams tonight at Shelbyville High School beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Following a mandatory parents meeting at 6 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, fams wuill meet the Ram Cross County, Girls Tennis, Golf, and Girls Swimming Teams at 6:20 p.m.
Fans will meet the Volleyball Rams at 6:30 p.m. and see them scrimmage. Fans will meet the SHS Cheerleaders at 7:15 p.m. on the football field, then meet the Football Rams at 7:20 p.m. and watch a scrimmage.
On the gridiron, Coach Bill Duckett will boast the Rams having a kicker for the first time. “We’ve never had a kicker.” Sophomore Seppe Vitale played some last year, but he has come on as the Rams extra-point and field goal kicker.
Vitale, a soccer player, has kicked almost 40 yard field goals in practice with some amazing height on the ball. If he kicks into the end zone, he’ll get to kick off, according to Coach Duckett. Vitale has played soccer for Mid-State Soccer out of Decatur since he was 10.
The linemen have had better workouts this year, because they have worked against more experience. “I was worried about the line in the summer, but they are doing good and working together.”
Duckett says that there size is probably average, 185-215 pounds, except for Grant Mose at 285. They have a 6-7 player, Anthony Lape at 240 and Nick Nohren another tall lineman.
Seth Robertson is 200, Bryce Matthews 195 and Connor Robertson at 225 and Connor Rhodes at 215. Duckett is also high on Bradley Sanders, a freshman wrestler, who went to State, who just go, go, go’s. Another good prospect is senior Brody Smith from Pana.
The Rams have picked up some height at receiver with senior Colten Reed and junior Nelson Merrifield from A&M. Four seniors who have come out, some who played before, and will provide maturity are Colton Miller Reed, AJ Stokes, and Michael Hinton.
The starting QB and punter is Kentrell Beck with sophomore Max Beyers as the back-up QB and receiver. Slot receiver Brayden Lynch should be cleared by the opening game.
On the hardcourt, there will be no stars, but a volleyball team that will rely on defense, discipline and passing. What they lack in varsity experience and numbers, they will have to make up for determination.
New head coach Jamie Watson has 7 returning lettermen: 2 seniors, 4 sophomores and a freshman. Chloe Watson will be the setter, Kyleigh Marty an outside, Carson Beyers a middle hitter. Kynlee Summers will be a tal right side and Maddie Cisna also in the middle.
Kya McConnell and returning freshman Lexi Rohdemann are battling it out for starting libero, and the other will start as defensive specialist. Two freshman expected to see action this year are Mia Wade and outside hitter Mallory Holland.
Coach Watson says There are positions open and some of the girls haven’t realized that yet. Others can end up playing varsity.