The Cardinal football team finished third in the 11-team Heart of America Athletic Conference in 2005 after being picked to finish last in the preseason.
This season the Cardinals will be looking to build on the momentum from 2005 under the direction of second-year coach Fran Schwenk.
Offensively, 2006 could be a rebuilding year for William Jewell. The Cardinals lost 8 of 11 starters, and the Cardinals will have a new Quarterback this season. Junior Benny Palmer from Kearney, Mo.; Junior Shea Sowers from Atchison, Kan.; and Sophomore Nick Percell from Richmond, Mo., will all be vying to take the snaps from under center this year.
Defensively things look very promising for the Cardinals. Jewell returns 8 out of 11 starters on defense and will have a new a coordinator at the helm in Chuck Lliteras. Lliteras coached at Maryville High School for 16 years and last year was the defensive coordinator for the Missouri 3A State Champions from Harrisonville High School. Lliteras will look to employ a 3-4 defense that has been very successful in his previous stops. "Chuck runs a very solid system," said Schwenk. "This is his 27th year of coaching, and he does a great job of putting together this defensive package. Our defense could be as good as anyone we see."
With hard work and determination, the Jewell team will continue to build a great tradition of Cardinal Football.
Volleyball Season Outlook
The women's volleyball team will be heading into the 2006 season with high expectations. In 2005, the team finished with a 20-11 mark, placed fourth in the conference, made it to the first round of regionals and placed five players on the All Conference teams.
All of the starters from 2005 will be returning and Coach Allison Jones hopes last year's team will come in prepared. "We had such great chemistry last year," said Jones. "We were young however, so I am hoping we come out of the gate quicker and I think we can because our hitters and setters have been in the system and know each other quite well now."
Jones also hopes the schedule will play a factor in the success of their season. "We improved our schedule strength this year," said Jones. "In my opinion we did not play a tough enough schedule last year so I am hoping the tougher schedule will better prepare us if we get another chance to play in regionals."
Newcomers for the Cardinals this season are Whitney Blythe and Keelia Killip. They both will face the difficult task of breaking into the strong, returning lineup, but are ready for the challenge. Blythe is a setter from North Kansas City High School. Killip comes to Jewell from Truman High School in Independence.
The Cardinals are led by 2005 Heart of America
Conference Coach of the Year Allison Jones.
Mary Kay Lile will return as the Cardinals'
Coach/Player Play in Belgium
Members of the William Jewell College baseball program represented the college in the Belgium Open the week of July 5 with the team of USA Athletes International, Inc.
For the second year in a row, William Jewell coach Mike Stockton was chosen to be a coach for this elite team. Jewell pitcher, junior Jesse McSpadden, traveled as a competitor.
USA Athletes International, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes and coaches the opportunity to participate in international Olympic-style sporting events throughout the world, while also allowing them to broaden their educational and cultural knowledge of the world through the experience.
The organization has been involved in international competition since 1992. Last summer, Stockton coached a team that played in The Czech Republic in Prague. "It is a great honor to represent your country in international baseball, and it is a great learning experience as well," said Stockton. "Getting to travel overseas has been a big highlight in my life, and getting to have Jesse on the team and represent William Jewell College is something I am very proud of."
Stockton has been head coach with the Cardinals for the past four seasons and has been instrumental in the success of the Jewell baseball team. Over the last three seasons under Stockton's guidance, the Cardinals have averaged more wins than any other team in school history. McSpadden, a left-handed pitcher from Park Hill High School, in Kansas City, Mo., will begin his junior campaign this fall for the Cardinals.
Dickson Signs Free-Agent Contract with The
Kansas City Royals
Recent Jewell graduate Eric Dickson has become
the latest member of the Cardinals baseball
squad to enter the professional baseball arena.
Dickson, a native of Kansas City, was signed
to a free-agent contract the week of June
12 by the Kansas City Royals. Dickson began
his professional career in Surprise, Ariz.,
for extended spring training.
"I was extremely excited for Eric and
his family when I found out he signed with
the Royals," said Jewell Coach Mike Stockton.
"Eric worked hard for this opportunity
and it was great to see him get a chance.
We are the only team in our conference to
send players to a Major League organization
in back to back years. Ben Blanton was drafted
last June by the Philadelphia Phillies. We
also have sent more kids to play pro ball
than most of the NCAA Division II schools
in the area. It's a big accomplishment for
the team and for William Jewell College."
Wichert signs with the Kansas City T-Bones
The national reputation of the William Jewell
Cardinals baseball team continues to climb
with the signing of Justin Wichert, a 6'5"
right-handed pitcher from Stillwater, Okla.,
who has inked a professional baseball contract
with the Kansas City T-Bones. Wichert follows
Jewell teammate Eric Dickson, who recently
signed a free-agent contract with the Kansas
Wichert helped lead the Jewell pitching staff
this year and has been a big contributor to
the success of the Cardinals the last few
seasons. "Justin is a hard thrower who
can run a sinking fastball into the low 90s,"
said head coach Mike Stockton. "He was
drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2003, and
in 2004 he helped the William Jewell baseball
team to its best record in school history
with 47 wins."
for Ann Holley planned for September 16
As we remember our greatest fan, Ann Holley,
please join members of the Athletic department,
members of the basketball team and the campus
community of William Jewell College to dedicate
a Sunset Maple tree and a teakwood bench on
Saturday, September 16, 2006, at 10:30 a.m.
at Grand River Chapel on the campus of William