BONNERS FERRY — The Badger boys soccer team has taken to the field with a seriousness that shows they mean business. With more than 10 seniors, many returning players, and a hard-playing group of young freshman, they seem to be set with a competitive edge again this year.
This year’s Badgers have a tough act to follow, with Bonners Ferry winning a district title in 2017 en route to a fourth-place finish at the 3A state tournament. The Badgers’ only loss at state last fall was a hard-fought, 4-3 defeat to eventual champion Weiser.
Coach Wayne Wilkerson believes the newcomers to this year’s squad will mesh with the returning players to build on that success.
“We have a great group of freshman this year who will, without a doubt, be the foundation of future teams,” Wilkerson said. “There may be several players this season that I expect to step up and serve as team players.”
Wilkerson said that practice has gone well so far this season. They are focused on increasing endurance and honing teamwork.
“The team looks good,” said Wilkerson. “We’ll just have to wait and see what the competition is like.”
As for the upcoming season, Wilkerson is hesitant to make any predictions until they have a few more games under their belt and size up their league opponents.
“My crystal ball is in the repair shop … so my predictions are sketchy at best,” he said. “We change from season to season, and so do our opponents.”
Wilkerson is assured of one thing: “I’m confident we’ll play great ball and when we finish the game/games ... our opponents will know we came to play.”