Hesperia Continues Turnaround in 2019
HESPERIA – With a good deal of experience returning and improved participation numbers, Hesperia is looking to continue its turnaround in 2019.
After going winless in 2017, Hesperia recorded a pair of wins last fall, despite dealing with low numbers and having a majority of its players playing both ways.
Hesperia returns three speedy running backs and three-year starting quarterback Logan Balkema and begins camp with 20 athletes on varsity and 15 at the JV level.
“We’re gonna do some things and we’re going to excite some people,” Hesperia coach Doug Bolles said. “The kids use this saying all the time. Don’t sleep on us. I guess that’s what I would tell anybody. Anything can happen. Everybody has lofty goals right now.”
The Panthers believe they can surprise a few people in the Central State Activities Association Silver division.
“We’re obviously hoping to make the playoffs, but mostly we’re just hoping to beat the record we had last season,” Hesperia junior Tyler Billings said. “I’ve been playing since the second grade. Last year was my first time losing to Holton, so that was kind of rough and just hoping to do better this season.”
Hesperia opens its season at home against North Muskegon on Friday, Aug. 30.