turn out for PHS baseball team
The Prairie High School baseball team has 19 players out this year with their first game set for this Friday, March 11 against Grangeville at 5 p.m. at the Orofino Tournament.
Coach Pat Holthaus said they’ve got a lot of holes to fill due to graduation and other losses from last year’s third place at State team.
He feels there’s some sophomores who will fill in nicely though.
Juniors C.J. Rieman and Mat Forsmann will anchor the pitching staff with several others expected to get some outings on the mound. Holthaus said junior Phil Henry, senior Chad Arnzen and sophomores Danny Riener and Nate Kaschmitter would be the likely players. Rieman finished last season as one of the area’s best pitchers thanks in large part to a nasty curveball. Holthaus said he’ll likely start Rieman Friday against Grangeville and Forsmann in the Saturday morning game against Kellogg.
Riener is a transfer from Walla Walla and will likely do much of the catching.
Senior Kevin Funke and juniors Sean Daly and Sam Forsmann return from last year’s varsity. Also on the varsity are sophomores Clark Tacke, Chris Schumacher, Eric Lerandeau and Ryan Daly.
Filling out the squad but getting mostly JV playing time will be sophomores Corey Schaeffer, Daniel Sigler, Ben Schumacher, Brandon Johnson and Ben Forsmann and freshman Taylor Rieman.
Holthaus said he didn’t really follow the White Pine League last year so he doesn’t really know much about the league opposition other than Kendrick and Genesee played each other in the state championship last year.
In addition to those two, league opponents will be Lewis County, Culdesac, Timberline and Troy. Troy is a new program this year.
The 1-A state tournament has been expanded to 8 teams this year with 3 teams expected to qualify from the White Pine League. The tournament will be in Caldwell.
On another note, the team has a new home dugout this year and a new batting practice cage that will cut down considerably on the number of foul balls they’ll have to chase down during practice. Holthaus requested that people refrain from climbing around on the cage.
The old home dugout was moved over to the visitor’s side to make for a longer visitor’s dugout. Holthaus said plans are to build a new dugout on that side as well.
The full schedule is at the bottom of this page.
Boys Basketball awards given
Varsity boys basketball award winners from left are Mat Forsmann, co-most valuable; Kevin Funke, co-captain and most inspirational; Kelby Wilson, co-captain; and Corey Schaeffer, co-most valuable and most improved.
JV boys basketball award winners from left are Ryan Daly, most valuable; Jake Holthaus, co-most improved and Jared Nau, most inspirational. Daniel Sigler, co-most improved, was unable to attend the awards banquet.
Pirates Baseball 2005
12-Oro. Tourn. Vs. Kellogg, 9 a.m.; 3rd place-1 p.m.; 2nd place-3 p.m.; 1st place-5 p.m.
14-Kendrick, there, 4 p.m.
17-Kamiah, there, 4 p.m.
19-Genesee, there, 4 p.m.
22-Kendrick, here, 4 p.m.
7-Culdesac, here, 4:30 p.m.
12-Grangeville, here, 4:30 p.m.
14-Lewis County, there, 4:30 p.m.
19-Timberline, there, 4:30 p.m.
21-Genesee, there, 4:30 p.m.
23-Troy, here, 2 league games, 11 a.m.
25-Grangeville, there, 4:30 p.m.
28-Timberline, here, 4:30 p.m.
5-Culdesac, there, 4:30 p.m.
7-14-District at Kendrick
19-21-State at Caldwell