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"Nate has improved a lot this offseason," Boutet said. "He's a kid that probably bowls upwards of 100 games a week. ... He's a big returner for us. Being second team last year as a seventh grader was a big accomplishment, and I could see big things to come of him."
Rounding out the starters for the Falcons will be Kitcho's brother, sophmore Collin, Sam Mattheus and Dan Ball.
"We did lose a few guys, but we also have a few guys we were able to bring up that we've seen improve," Boutet said. "If you lose two, but the other six improve, you should be able to offset those losses."
On the girls' side, Boutet said he expects that this year's team, which features six seniors, will have a very good year.
Team captain Vienna Mills, who's been on the varsity team since seventh grade, averages a 200 and has been all-league the past three seasons. Assistant captain Taylor Klis has a 180 average, and sophomore returnee Julia Brown, also a starter since seventh grade, boasts a 190 average.
They'll be aided by seniors Rachel Szeliba and Kyra Reiker, as well as eight grader Marissa Spaschak, who started last season in seventh grade.
"Hopefully this is their year," Boutet said. "Having six seniors, they're going to be tough to replace, but at the same time, those up-and-coming kids should be around for a long time."
If there were proof of how tough the NFL is, it would be found in the Lew-Port boys team, which finished below .500 in league play last year but went on to win the Class B sectional title.
Everyone from last year's boys team returns, including captain Josh Martin, fellow seniors Evan Waterstrat and Seb Passanese, and junior Tyler Roskwitalski, who led the team in average last year.