A new team is born.
Say goodbye to the Aces and Vikings and hello to the Spartans.
Effective for the 2009-10 school year, Alwood and Cambridge high
schools entered into an all-sports co-op. The football co-op begins
in the fall of 2010.
Jeff Hannam, the former
Cambridge Vikings head coach will guide the new co-op. With the
combined schools, only a few starters return from each team. "With
the new co-op, everyone has the opportunity to earn playing time.
We will need to improve defensively if we want to be successful,"
Two starters are back
from Cambridge, Tyler Nimrick (6'2") and Clayton Carr (6'0").
Alwood boasts one returning starter, Cody Lanning (6'0").
A sophomore should make an impact at the varsity level for the
Spartans. Ben Smith (6'3" So.) from Cambridge should see
a lot of time.
A season ago, both
individual squads finished with similar records in the Lincoln
Trail Conference. Alwood went 5-6 in the LTC, while Cambridge
finished 4-7. The Vikings went 12-15 overall a year ago. Last
year in the conference, it was a battle at the top with Wethersfield
going undefeated (11-0), and Annawan right behind (10-1). The
Braves of Annawan made a run to the state finals, finishing 4th
in Class 1A. "Annawan looks to be very strong. ROWVA has
a nice group returning. Wethersfield is always strong," Hannam
said of the 2009-10 conference race.
Jeff Hannam enters
his fourth season as a varsity head coach. Hannam coached the
Cambridge Vikings for three seasons. His assistant will be Brent
Cambridge last saw
postseason success during the 1986-87 season when J.C. Wise led
the Vikings to a Regional and Sectional championship. That team
finished 27-2 overall. Cambridge won District titles in (1922-23,
1933-34, 1967-68, and 1969-70). Al Dennison won 106 games at Cambridge
in his eight seasons as head coach (1995-96 to 2002-03).
At Alwood, the last
postseason plaque won by a boy's basketball team was in 1985-86.
The Aces won a Regional under Jeff Hester, and finished the year
26-2. Alwood won three consecutive Regional titles in 1956-57,
1957-58, and 1958-59 under head coach Eugene Behnke. Behnke won
143 games in his eight seasons as coach. Steve Lemon guided the
Aces to 117 wins from 1987-88 to 1999-2000. Prior to the Alpha/Woodhull
consolidation, Alpha sported quite a basketball program. The Alpha
Bulldogs won Regional crowns in (1936-37, 1937-38, 1938-39, 1943-44,