With the Lady Viking volleyball team’s first victory on Tuesday night, the sports wheels are officially turning at Rowan County Senior High School.

Football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country provide a productive environment for students looking to get competitive outside of the classroom setting.

Success could be seen all across the table last year for the Viking sports’ community, and one of the essential keys to any schools success in sports lies within its foundations.

Rowan County Athletic Director Ray Ginter is committed to seeing that his student athletes have the chance to achieve success.

With the high school fall sports officially getting into full swing, Ginter sat down with The Morehead News to discuss teams for fall 2012.

“While we may have lost some big individual talents from the 2011-2012 year, I see a great sense of camaraderie that exists in all of our teams this year,” Ginter said.

The Rowan AD went on discuss this aspect particularly in relation to the football team, who suffered the loss of several key offensive components.

“Looking at our football team, it is no doubt going to be hard to replace some of those kids, especially Adam Wing at the quarterback position,” Ginter said. “But watching them practice, I see a group of kids that are really working hard to be a great team. They are putting their confidence in each other, and that is a big step in the right direction.”

Perhaps some of the biggest expectations lie within the soccer teams, where both boys and girls pulled in a high amount of wins last season.

Ginter said he sees a lot of potential in this year’s girls and boys soccer.

“Both of those teams should no doubt have a shot at winning a regional title,” Ginter said. “There is an immense amount of talent on both sides and after coming up a bit short in last season’s regional, they look like they have a hunger to make that next step.”

Another Rowan fall sports club that will be looking to soar to new heights is Rowan volleyball.

Having just put on a dominant performance against Boyd on Tuesday night, Ginter says this year’s Lady Vikings show an unbelievable amount of unity.

“We lost quite a few seniors last season, but this year’s team has both experience and young talent at their disposal,” Ginter said. “In all my years of being around sports I can honestly say the unity this team shares is something special. They all get a long like a big group of sisters and having that family type of atmosphere is going to carry them a long way this year.”

Not to be forgotten, Ginter also helps to oversee the likes of Rowan County golf and cross country as well, two sports he says should also see triumph on the fields this year.

“We’ve really developed some strong programs in golf and cross country, and we are really proud of this,” Ginter said. “We saw Allison Fletcher make the trip to state last year in golf and this is something we would like to see happen for all of our kids.”

Ginter closed by giving credit to his young student athletes.

“The real difference makers in this school’s sports programs are the kids themselves,” Ginter said. “I know I am looking forward to the fall sports season and can’t wait to watch my students do great things in our athletics programs. Parents, fans and the Rowan County community, I ask to please come out and show your support for all of our Vikings and Lady Vikings.”

Grant Stevens can be reached at gstevens@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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