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Falcons loaded with experience

Colfax Soccer Outlook
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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COLFAX – Jim Logan may be a rookie coach at the varsity level, but he’s plenty familiar with the roster of players looking to take Colfax High soccer back to the top of the Pioneer Valley League. Logan is swapping positions with former varsity coach Robert Ruzette after coaching at the junior varsity level last season. He’s coached many of the Falcons’ varsity players for several years, both in high school and on the club side. “I’ve coached them for a lot of years,” Logan said. “We’ve spent a lot of time together and these guys all really like each other.” Logan has 11 seniors and 10 juniors on the team, which finished 12-11-1 overall last season and 6-6 in the PVL. Senior Joey Rooker and junior Ryan Sinclair will be counted upon to spark the offense, which lost leading scorer Steven Smith to graduation. Rooker is excited about the team’s prospects. “We’ve got really good chemistry,” said Rooker who was third on the team with four assists last season. “We all know each other really well and we play as a team, not just individuals.” Logan called senior Lucas Satterlee the most improved player on the squad. The son of Colfax volleyball coach Vicky Satterlee brings speed and skill to the offensive attack. In the midfield, senior Elliot Forsman is back after scoring three goals and dishing out six assists last year. Junior Mike Moore has looked sharp as well. Defensively, senior captain Michael Manning leads the way in front of goalkeeper Adam McCord. Manning earned all-PVL honors last season and is looking for the Falcons to make big strides as a team this fall. “We all have speed and we all have good ball control,” Manning said. “We all know how each other plays, and we know our strengths and weaknesses, so that’s a big advantage for us.” Logan is also pleased with the progress of McCord, who could be one of the top goalkeepers in the PVL. He had five shutouts last season and is up for the challenge again this fall. “I like the challenge and the responsibility,” McCord said of playing goalkeeper. “It’s a lot of pressure, but I feel like I have a chance to play up to that.” The defense in front of McCord should be strong with juniors Eric Graves and Gary Root leading the way, along with Manning. Colfax opens the season Sept. 3, taking on Nevada Union. The Falcons believe the PVL should be a wide open race with defending champions El Dorado and Whitney now in different leagues. “A league title would make the whole adventure in high school awesome,” Manning said. “We’ve worked so hard for four years and we’ve pushed each other to be better players. Most of us have played together since fifth grade, so we’d really like to make this last year fantastic.”