Preble has high expectations, but is not looking ahead

Green Bay Preble senior Jarrett Scheelk likes the potential of this year's team. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Green Bay Preble finally made it back to the state baseball tournament for a second time last year but fell short of winning a state title, losing in a state semifinal to Burlington.

This year, with a deep pitching staff the Hornets seem primed to make another run to state, but for now Preble isn't looking too far ahead.

"We're really not going to get ahead of ourselves," coach Andy Conard said. "We know that every game we're going to approach the same way. It's a long season, it's a process and we want to be playing our best at the end of the year."

Preble has opened the season 5-0, including a two-game sweep of De Pere this past week. While Conard is taking the expected approach to the season, the players do have an eye on the prize at the end of the season.

"My expectations is to win it the last game of the year," senior Jarrett Scheelk said.

"Expectations this year is to keep it the same and raise it higher, actually, and bring it," junior Colin Dougherty said.

Preble will rely on a younger nucleus this season as it has two freshmen, (Max Wagner and Ryan Stefiuk), one sophomore (Bryce Miller) and seven juniors to go with six seniors.

"I think we have more potential but we had more experienced guys last year, which would help us," Scheelk said. "But we have more potential with the younger group."

If Preble's potential develops then maybe come mid-June the Hornets will once again be at Fox Cities Stadium for the state tournament. This team wants to pick up where last year's team left off.

"I think they know that this year is a new year, but I think there was a standard set by last year's senior group and I think this year's team feels an obligation to carry on that standard and to keep raising the bar," Conard said. "They have really high expectations for themselves.

"We'll look at this as a different year We have to forge our own identity as the 2017 team."

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