Expectations High for Fledgling GTA
TRAVERSE CITY – Prior to last season, the fledgling co-op football program of Grand Traverse Academy and Traverse City Christian had recorded just two wins over seven seasons.
That all changed last year, as the Mustangs turned a major corner and doubled its win total by going 4-5.
Grand Traverse Academy is now looking to build off the momentum with an increased number of players on the squad.
“We’re ahead of expectations,” coach Steven Strasko said. “Our offseason conditioning, training and lifting has really helped us come into camp more prepared. Having a year in our system with the coaching staff, kind of setting the program up and setting up expectations has brought everyone in at a higher level.”
As this year’s senior class were some of the first players to start with the program at the middle school level, the skill level promises to be much deeper than in past years.
“We have returners that have gotten so much stronger and faster since previous years, it’s just amazing to see these guys grow,” senior Nehemiah Proehl.
The Mustangs open their season at Baldwin on Friday, Aug. 25.