The 2014-15 school year will be the last year Kenston will be in the Chagrin Valley Conference. Kenston has accepted an invitation to join the Western Reserve Conference starting in the 2015-2016 season for all sports. Kenston became available after the CVC split up. All the schools that were in the CVC are returning to a new division, except three. Two of them are the largest schools, being Kenston and Aurora. They will have a large school and small school division in the new league, which has yet to be named. The remaining schools, being Aurora, Newbury, and Kenston, are going to the Suburban League, Northeastern Athletic Conference, and WRC respectively.
It has become a Kenston football tradition that every Thursday on a game week the entire team goes to one of the player's house for dinner. These are great opportunities for the team to bond off the field. Every week is a different house and a different array of food. We have had three team dinners so far and they are always so much fun. For some of the players the main reason they attend is for the food. We have had everything from pasta, fried chicken, pulled pork and lots of deserts. It makes me happy to eat food," said linebacker Collin Kure. It's the bond that makes us," said offensive linemen Michael Kruger. I would have to agree that this is one of the highlights of the week and they help us get through a tough week of practices.
The Kenston Bombers are spending this week getting ready to play the Wickliffe Blue Devils. They are coming off their first win of the season which they earned over the Brush Arcs. After a rough start to the season the Bombers are finally rolling. "We are happy to see that all of our hard work is finally paying off," said quarterback Parker Gdula. The football team started preseason work outs in February with lifting before school. After the school year ended we quickly transitioned into our summer workout schedule. This consists of weightlifting and running on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays we do a circuit of stations that vary in workouts from agility to strength. After putting in all this time in the off season the team is confident that they will have a successful season. "Time to get rich or die trying," said senior offensive lineman Mike Kruger. The Bombers can't wait to see where this season takes them; they have put in the effort and overcome lots of adversity. "Win or lose the Kenston Krazies will always back up their boys," said senior Brandon Baker.
The boys soccer team has battled back through injuries and other hardships like the loss of an assistant coach. Through all these difficulties they still managed to move up to a record of 6-2-1 with losses against Solon and St. Ignatius and a tie against Mayfield. Their CVC record, however, has improved to 4-0-0 with their recent win over West Geauga on the 16th, placing them at number one in the Chagrin Valley Conference. If the soccer team can clench a victory over Orange and Chagrin Falls they will already have the CVC won by the time Aurora comes to the Bomber stadium on October 7. Senior captain Corban Joyce said, "This is the last year for the CVC and my last year of playing and I know that with a little hard work and dedication that we can come out on top of the Chagrin Valley Conference." The Kenston boys soccer team has not won this conference since 1999 and this is the final year of the CVC so defeat is not an option.
The Kenston Bombers Football team has fallen short in its first two games this season. This is partially because of the Offense's inability to finish drives. The offense has shown its ability to move down field in each game but has constantly come up short in the red zone. Up until our last game against the Brush Arcs, the Offensive Line had no identity. The pieces were there but the puzzle was not complete. Everyone was not on the same page which resulted in scoreless drives. But last Friday against the Arcs the Offensive Line came together and found their identity. This made the whole Offense stronger as a unit. The Offense finally started to finish drives and show everyone what their capable of."It felt good to finally get one in that W Column," said Parker Gdula (Kenston QB).
The fall season is instrumental for baseball players. The quartet of Kenston junior baseball players Matt Shell, Evan Starling, Barrett Weber and Noah Gross are dominating the fall baseball season. Nebraska native Matt Shell continues to show off his country boy strength with his daily doubles. Barrett Weber uses his sloth speed to steal bases left and right. Evan Starling uses his Thunder Thighs to drive balls to all fields, and block balls in the dirt. Noah Gross makes up for his lack of speed and strength by slapping singles on a daily basis.
Wrestling is a sport of great determination and discipline. This year, the Kenston Wrestling Team started their open mat workouts on September 4, this is the earliest that open mats have ever been held. On the first day the team had a turnout of 20 people which is much greater than previous years. During open mats the team will condition and do individual and group training to get a jump on the season. They will hone their skills and practice their moves to have them perfected by the first tournament in December. Getting an early start means that a wrestler can avoid weeks of pain during the season and they will be much more conditioned than someone who didn’t start training early. The dedication already being shown this year means that this should be a great season for the Bombers. "Actions speak louder than words, show up and become a champion, DSB (don't stop believing)," said Coach Murphy.
The Kenston Boys Golf team is consisted of young, up-and-coming players that have talent. With two freshman, two sophomores, and two seniors, the team is usually the youngest out there. But despite the age, they have had great results. The Bombers started out the CVC season 3-0 with victories over West Geauga, Beachwood, and Perry. Recently, the golf team suffered three losses with a combined stroke difference of only thirteen. That included a heart-breaking loss against rival Chagrin by just one stroke. The boys hope to cause havoc in the CVC Post Season Tournament later on this season.