08-16-2018 Tri-City Area Sports


With the season on the horizon, Coach Nick Blackmer and the Hartford Indians’ varsity boys soccer team have their eyes looking forward while on the brinks of another successful season. This season the Hartford Indian squad will return an astonishing 20 players from last year’s team. Twelve of those 20 players happen to be seniors.

The soccer program at Hartford High School has experienced tremendous success in recent memory. Specifically, over the past three years the team has posed a 59-7 record. “The key to our success is realizing that no one person is more important than anyone else,” says Coach Blackmer. He adds, “Our success relies on everyone contributing to the greater good of the team.”

Two scrimmages are in the books so far for the Hartford team as they prepare for their 11th year. Coach Blackmer says, “This marks the 11th year of soccer here in Hartford and I look forward to this team continuing the successful tradition of past teams.” The Hartford Indian Boys Varsity Soccer team starts their season on the road at Watervliet Grace Christian Monday, August 20. The full varsity soccer schedule is found at hpsathletics.org.

Let’s Go Indians, Let’s Go!

As fans are attending a Hartford Varsity Football game this fall, it goes without question that they will be pumped up thanks to the Varsity Cheer Squad on the sidelines! This year’s cheerleading squad is headed up by Hartford grad, Coach Brittany Owens and Assistant Coach Hailey Phebus. The squad features freshman Alora Gatties. It also features sophomores Gabriella Wright, Emma Weber, Ashton Vassar, and Linda Pedraza who are all in their first year on the cheer squad. Junior Karla Liborio is also a new comer on this year’s team. The Hartford Cheer Sqaud is rounded off with seniors Piper Reinhardt, Elana Bailey, Brittney VanLandingham, and senior captains Gabrielle Najacht and Makiah Tripp.

GIVING A FEW POINTERS… Hartford varsity soccer coach Nick Blackmer (far left) runs drills with his players Thursday evening. Last year, the Indians brought home the district championship title and are working hard to match that feat this season. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Plenty of new faces will be on the sidelines as Tripp is the sole returner. Be ready to hear these girls loud and proud on the sidelines next week as the Indians kickoff the season at home against Gobles on Thursday, August 23.

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