Chester athletics make some changes

Chester’s Jeremiah White stands guard, ready to block anyone who tries to make their way past him last year. Chester’s team will try again for another successful year at the top of their division. Photo by James Wilson
James Wilson
Sports Editor

There are some big changes to the athletic department going into effect at Chester High School this year. New staffing nearly across the board will affect every aspect of how Chester plays its game.

One big change is the title of athletic director. This summer, long-time Athletic Director Terry Hernandez left Chester after 20 years of teaching and coaching for a position at Central Valley High School in Redding. Paul Hardig took over the AD position after Hernandez’s departure.

Hernandez was also Chester’s head football coach. Former assistant coach Rich Dreith took the helm of the team, and plans to steer it into another winning season.

Last year, Chester had an overall 9-2 record. The Volcanoes were on their way to the division championship, but were disqualified days before for playing an ineligible player. This year, the hope is to make up for that by not only making it to the championship, but winning it as well.

It will be a little tougher for Chester this year, which just lost 10 seniors. The team still has a number of experienced players, but their caliber is unknown at this time. Chester will start its season at home Aug. 29 against Modoc.

Chester’s volleyball team hopes to turn things around this season. Last year, the team finished with a 4-26 overall record and a 2-10 league record.

This year, Candice Roseberry will coach the team, which has more experience and hopes to win more games. The team will play its first home game of the season Sept. 4 against Biggs.

Chester’s soccer program is looking as good as always. Once again coached by Eric O’Kelley, the girls’ soccer team is deep with talent with 22 on the roster. Of the 22, though, only three are seniors.

Last year the Volcanoes went all the way, winning the Feather River League. If Chester’s girls have anything to say about it, history will repeat itself.

Chester participated in Quincy’s annual Augustfest tournament this last weekend. For details, see Page 1C.

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