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2012 Sports Preview

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012


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2012 Paris Coyotes return skilled players at many important positions Both coaches and players alike were disappointed when the Paris R-II Coyote season ended last season without a run into the Missouri playoff system. This season second year head coach Gary Crusha and his players are looking to correct that and advance further in the new Missouri playoff system (see related article in this section). This season the Coyotes return skilled players at important positions. Moving from running back to quarterback is senior Steven Hayhurst who will generate a large portion of the Coyote offense with both his arm and his legs as he directs the Coyote attack. According to Coach Crusha, the Coyotes will run more of a spread offense this season rather than the Power I used last season. Running behind Hayhurst in the formation will be fullback Zac Baladenski, who is returning from a knee injury that sidelined him last season. Baladenski’s size and speed coupled with returning receivers Sophomore Wide Receiver Slater Stone and Senior Tight End

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Trae Hammond will help the Coyotes run their new spread offense. Stone has remarkable hands and could be one of Hayhurst’s favorite downfield targets as he runs both excellent short routes but then can turn on the jets and burn defenders deep also. Hammond is a double threat as he is a solid tight end with good hands who is also a great blocker to help open holes for his quarterback and running backs. Joining these three on offense will be Seniors Justin Wolfe and newcomer Zane Vaughn who both will fit into the new offense with Wolfe filling both running back and receiver spots while Vaughn will give the Coyotes multi receiver weapons. Returning linemen Junior Cole Berrey and Sophomore August Hayhurst anchor the offensive line along with Senior John DeOrnellis. On the defensive side of the ball the Coyotes return starters Hayhurst, Stone, Hammond, DeOrnellis and Baladenski. Joining these talented starters will be junior varsity standouts Brody Lehenbauer, Corey Court, Justin Wolfe

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“Having a winning record and making the state playoffs are two of our goals this season,”

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and Branden Hancock. A newcomer to the defensive line will be Junior Alan Haynes who will force defenders to move him out of the way to the quarterback. Coach Crusha noted that the team’s strength on defense would be their overall athleticism and their aggressiveness. The blue and white Coyotes look to better last year’s 4-6 record with returning lettermen starter Steven Hayhurst (all Conference, All District), starter Trae Hammond, starter Slater Stone, starter Zac Baladenski, starter Cole Berry, starter August Hayhurst, John DeOrnellis, Corey Court, Brody Lehenbauer, Chance Wheelan and Shawn Basnett. Lost to graduation were All Conference Alex Thomas, All Conference and All District Jared Garnett, All Conference Michael Batsell,

All Conference Paul Turner, All Conference Chris Dierhoff, Brent Busby, Jordan Whelan, Austin Tawney and Jesse Mitchell. “Having a winning record and making the state playoffs are two of our goals this season,” said Coyote Coach Gary Crusha. “We will be in the top three or four of our conference this season with Westran, Salisbury and Marceline up there as well.” Coach Crusha has a simple coaching philosophy, “we need to play hard, have fun, get better everyday, don’t beat ourselves and always play as a team.” Coach Crusha is ably assisted on the sidelines by Coach Mike Fible and newcomer to varsity football but not to football itself Coach Quentin Forrest. If the Coyotes can build on their Continued to page 14

Warbritton Field, named after Doctor Robert Warbritton, Home of The Paris Coyotes, is ready to be home to its fanatic fans for their five game home schedule including Schuyler County, Knox Count, Fayette, Slater (Homecoming) and Salisbury. Friday, Oct. 5, versus Slater, is Homecoming Night and Friday, Oct. 19, versus Salisbury, is Senior Night. Come out to cheer on your Coyotes. Season tickets may be purchased from Athletic Director Wade Billington or by calling 660-327-4111. APPEAL PHOTO

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Monroe County Appeal - Week 34, Aug. 23, 2012  

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Monroe County Appeal - Week 34, Aug. 23, 2012  

Newspaper from Paris, Mo.