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FALL SPORTS 2013

After 27 years, the Midland Athletic League enters its final season BY ZACH BAKER

Sports Editor zbaker@advertiser-tribune.com

In 2009, the big story was that the Midland Athletic League was adding a school, Lakota. Two years ago, as schools played a game of hop-scotch from the Northern Ohio League to the North Central Conference, or the NOL to the Northern Buckeye Conference, the MAL appeared completely unaffected. And now, the MAL is awaiting a figurative wrecking ball. The league, which has been a perfect fit for many area fans (and as you’ll read later, many football coaches) will dissolve after this school year. It was, in many ways, a perfect fit for this region, especially during football season. But this fall will be the last time — at least for a while — that Mohawk and Calvert will play on the gridiron in a league game. Or Carey and St. Joe. Or Seneca East and HopewellLoudon. Calvert and Hopewell-Loudon, separated by about a 10-minute drive, will no longer be conference rivals. Instead, each will face new league foes when H-L jumps (with North Baltimore) to the Blanchard Valley Conference, and Calvert goes in the other direction, to the Toledo Area Athletic Conference. Meanwhile, Carey, Mohawk and Seneca East will jump to the new Northern 10 Athletic Conference. The remaining members (save Bettsville) of the MAL will find refuge in the new Sandusky River League — a conference Calvert helped found, only to leave soon after. What was once one league has

splintered into several. So what’s left of MAL football? A sentimental soul might say all we have is memories, but that’s not true. What’s left, what is perhaps most important, is one more season.

A community league

Even though Brian Colatruglio now plies his trade in the NOL as Columbian’s football coach, his past is filled with MAL experience. Colatruglio played football for Calvert, then was an assistant there. After a stint as head coach at Van Buren, Colatruglio returned to the league, coaching Hopewell-Loudon. It was there that he found major success. Not only were the Chieftains a perennial playoff team, but they advanced to two Division VI state title games. Colatruglio said he has good memories, starting with his time as an athlete. “As a player I grew up competing,” he said. “Back then, St. Joe, St. Wendelin were the teams to beat. “The kids all knew each other; there were some really good rivalries,” he said. “It’s unfortunate all these teams are gonna be driving all over the place.” Seneca East football coach Ed Phillips said it’s not just the players who are familiar with each

other.

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Calvert’s Marcus Somers tackles a St. Paul ballcarrier during a playoff game last season in Norwalk.

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“They look forward to going to Bascom and playing. They look forward to going to Tiffin and Mohawk. They look forward to playing Fremont, because those are the kids that they’ve seen in three sports for their whole career. So it’s definitely going to be a change.” — Seneca East coach Ed Phillips “It’s a little bit of a sad year, because I feel like I know all the coaches and the ADs around and developed a good relationship with them,” he said. “It’s going to be different to go somewhere else and play other people. And it’s the same way with the kids. They have that familiarity. They look forward to going to Bascom and playing. They look forward to going to Tiffin and Mohawk. They look forward to playing Fremont, because those are the kids that they’ve seen in three sports for their whole career. So it’s definitely going to be a change.” The league started in 1985-’86 for that year’s basketball

season. Carey and Mohawk joined the league in 1990. Since about that time, Jeff Garber has been the official stat keeper for the league. “You look at Mohawk and Carey, when they joined the league it only made it that much tougher,” Garber said. From that, rivalries have grown up between Mohawk and Calvert. “Of course, Calvert-Mohawk was always a big one, even before (Mohawk) joined the MAL,” Garber said. Now it won’t be a rivalry, at least in football. The Northern 10 Athletic Conference, as the name suggests, has 10 teams. All the teams will play each other, so that only leaves room for one non-conference game for N10 schools. It’s a game Mohawk coach Erik Baker will be sad to lose. “Calvert will probably be the biggest thing we lose off the schedule,” Baker said. “It’ll be even more special this year, being the last time we play until somebody has an opening to allow it.” ■ see MAL, 19

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FALL SPORTS Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis

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Upper Sandusky Girls Tennis: (front, left) Nadia English, Taylor Dilley, Kilee Saylor, Melissa Latham, Rene Vent, Kayla Gault; (middle) Jamie Gottfried, Sara Gier, Hope Voorhees, Jamie Brown, Brittnie Bukovich, MiKayla Shasteen, Rachel Crawford; (back) Emily Coakley, Samantha Pryor, Cassidy Rall, Delaney McQuown, Jorden Born, Paige Burger, Shelby Passet, Angela Miller.

Upper Sandusky Golf

Coach: Graham Treadway, seventh year 2012: Won the North Central Conference regular season title and tournament. Returning letterwinner: Junior Cody Clifford. Others: Seniors Cameron Binau; Jeffrey Davis; Danial Maltsbarger. Juniors Collin Gardner; Evan Scheck; Shane Stansbery. Sophmores Derek Clark; Robert Kinley; Zane Kitzler; Thomas Martin. Freshmen Andy Baker; Logan Dickerson; Turner Dilley; Isaac Hurley; Hunter Rhoden. Outlook: It could prove to be an uphill battle for the Rams to repeat as NCC champs thanks to graduating its top five players, including two first-team All-NCC selections and two second-team All-NCC picks. “Our JV team was solid

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“He’s the hub of the offense. He is a multi-dimensional football player; he runs as well as he throws. He can make adjustments and changes on the field,” said Moyer, adding that Pritchard will kick and punt as well. “We’ll give him an audible to call if he sees a certain play is not going to go. Tylor has an understanding of the game beyond his age that I don’t think a lot of quarterbacks have and that allows us to be very flexible with him. A lot of people don’t realize his GPA is 3.9 and that factors into what we allow him to do.” At his disposal are a bevy of weapons, including two lightning quick backs in the backfield: Donald Barth and Will Adelsperger. “They give us the dimension of speed,” Moyer said. “They would make two great parts of a 4x100 relay. They’re very competitive and both want to win badly.” Both seniors will split out a bit too, joining the likes of Seth Frey, Ross Dible and Alex Kenner as targets for Pritchard. Defensively, the Rams will return to its 4-3 defense from last year, minus three of the four men up front: Ian Baker, Brad Hoy and Cameron Crawford. “It’s huge (to lose that) and we’re finding that out a bit already,” Moyer said. “The quality of kids that we lost is huge.” The eight who will see time on the offensive line figure into the defensive line scheme as well. Pritchard will man the middle linebacker spot again, flanked by Adelsperger and Dermot Garza.

last year. Really, all the kids played a lot. We had a lot of kids right on the edge for that sixth spot last year,” Treadway said. Clifford, Martin, Stansbery, Kitzler and Scheck figure to see time on the varsity along with senior Davis. “Weʼre young on the varsity; only one senior on varsity with Jeffrey Davis,” Treadway said. “So itʼs going to be a rebuilding year. Weʼre working a ton on putting right now.” Putting was a bug-a-boo for the Rams at the sectional tournament where they failed to escape thanks in large part to problems with the putter. Treadway said practices will often feature putting for more than two-thirds of the time. “Itʼs a year of back to basics,” Treadway said. “Our varsity is all under 45. They

In the secondary, Barth, Frey, Kenner and Kolin Holloway figure into the mix. That’s the team that figures to challenge for the final go around in the North Central Conference. “I really think Galion is going to be a very good football team. Wynford is going to be solid. Colonel Crawford beat us last year. There are 3-to-4 schools that figure into that,” Moyer said. “Plus we play Carey in non-conference. They’re going to be much improved from last year. We have our work cut out for us. We are not going to sashay though the conference and go 10-0. Anyone who thinks that should stick their head in a pencil sharpener. There are some really solid teams that we play in there.” Starting his 18th season as a head football coach, Moyer knows what is required for success on Friday night. “The first thing we have to do is establish who the leaders are and who’s going to rally the kids,” Moyer said. “So that’s goal No. 1. Get our mind right and focus at the task at hand.” He also knows there’s no Week 11 if the team doesn’t focus on the weeks that come prior to that, starting with the opener. “Carey is our No. 1 priority. They’re a solid program and they’ve proven that over the course of decades,” Moyer said. “From then on, it’s a fight every week. When you hit the Wynfords, the Crawfords and Galions, you better have your feet underneath you and be ready to play.” He said getting back to the postseason starts with taking care of their own. “As long as we focus on winning our games, the rest will take care of itself,” Moyer said.

Coach: Angela Miller, second season 2012: 6-12. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Taylor Dilley; Kilee Saylor. Sophomore Nadia English. Others: Senior Melissa Latham; Jorden Born; Jamie Brown. Junior Brittnie Bukovich. Sophomores Renee Vent; Kayla Gault; Hope Voorhees; Shelby Passett. Freshmen Paige Burger; Cassidy Rall; Samantha Pryor; Rachel Crawford; Sara Gier; Jamie Gottfried; MiKayla Shasteen; Delaney McQuown. Outlook: For the first time in three seasons, Upper Sandusky is not introducing a new girls tennis coach and Miller is hoping that continuity will help the Rams make the next step. “My goal was to build a program over the course of several years and it is going well,” Miller said. “Our numbers for both our summer camp and team players are up, including three upperclassmen coming out for the first time.” Miller returns a small core of letterwinners in Dilley, Saylor and English. That trio figures to be the teamʼs singles lineup. “(Iʼm) very excited about our singles players; all are very strong. Last yearʼs top point earner, Kilee Saylor, will be moving up to first singles,” Miller said. “Nadia English and Taylor Dilley will battle for the No. 2 spot and have also been pushing Saylor to play her best tennis yet. She is a smart player who is excellent at ball placement

and has increased her use of spin. Dilley has a killer serve that will be tough for some players to return. English has put in an extraordinary amount of extra time and it shows.” The doubles teams are a bit more in question. Vent will be a part of the No. 1 doubles team, but her playing partner and the other doubles duo could be made up from a bevy of players: Latham, Gault, Voorhees, Passett, Burger, Rall and Pryor. “I predict several changes early in the season as we see who can deliver in a game situation,” Miller said. The increased numbers and extra work in the offseason has the Rams playing better already. “Iʼm fortunate to have a deep roster of players of comparable ability, though we will need to get experience to get to the caliber of play required to be the type of team I know we can be,” Miller said. “The team is much further along in their progress this year compared to the same time last year so Iʼm excited for the upcoming season.” It may be a small league, but Miller said thereʼs one team thatʼs head and shoulders above the rest. “Galion is going to be the team to beat. They won the league last year and I donʼt believe they lost anyone,” she said. “If we can get past Galion, I think we have a very good shot in the league.”

Upper Sandusky golf: (front, left) Zane Ritzler, Hunter Rhoden, Robert Kinley, Logan Dickerson, Derek Clark, Turner Dilley, Isaac Hurley, Andy Baker; (back) Tommy Martin, Cody Clifford, Cameron Binau, Collin Gardner, Evan Scheck, Shane Stansbery, Daniel Maltsbarger, Jeffrey Davis, Graham Treadway.

can all play, but they canʼt score real well yet. So chipping and putting is where that happens. They can hit the ball down the fairway. They get up around the green and then they usually have one bad chip and then

two putts or maybe even three putts. “I feel like if they can start putting and chipping well, we can be back in the 160s,” he said. “I think by the end of the year, we could be back at 165, 167.”

In the final season of the NCC, Treadway said the top cat is Galion. “I think Galion is the team to beat. They were right behind us last year and they didnʼt lose anyone,” Treadway said. “Wyn-

ford is going to be solid and we probably fall right in there. There were a lot of good seniors last year and so we may be in a similar boat as a lot of schools in the NCC with young teams and kind of rebuilding.”

FALL SPORTS Buckeye Central Volleyball

Coach: Ken Brubaker 2012: 26-3, State Semifinalist Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Brooke Karl (L); Kilee Kimmel (S). Juniors Sierra Hanes (MH); Emily Weithman (S/OH). Sophomore Jenna Delarber (MH). Others: Seniors Jalisa Blum (D). Juniors Natalie Dentinger (OH); Hailey Hildebrand (OH). Sophomore: Aleesha Siesel (DS). Freshman Sarah Heydinger (OH). Outlook: Itʼs not easy following a coach who had success. Even harder when youʼre replacing someone who guided the team to a state tournament appearance a year ago. But thatʼs the situation Brubaker is in after a game of coaching shifts took place around the area. Former Buckeye Central coach Bill Bonham took the coaching job at his alma mater, Columbian. Brubaker, who had just finished his first season as Mansfield Madisonʼs head coach, took the job here. Brubaker brings years of experience from a coaching career that has sent him from Buffalo to Fayatville, N.C., to Mans-

field and now to New Washington. Being part of a program with BCʼs tradition appealed to Brubaker. “I know the great reputation, and thatʼs only reason I left Madison,” he said. Before becoming had coach at Madison, Brubaker was an assistant there for six seasons. “A little bit of a change was good,” he said. And he said he already has seen some of the strengths of this team. “Weʼre a very good passing team and our setters are excellent, Kilee and Emily are the best setters in the area,” Brubaker said. “Real happy with our passing and setting.” The other measure of success will be how quickly the new varsity players develop. “Thereʼs three girls that are gonna (have) an impact that have not played a varsity point,” he said. “Weʼre improving, but our challenge is to get kids experience. But theyʼre improving and coming along faster than I thought.”

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Buckeye Central Volleyball: (front, left) Jalissa Blum, Brooke Karl, Kilee Kimmel (middle) Aleesha Siesel, Sarah Heydinger, Emily Weithman, Jenna Delarber, Sierra Hanes, Natalie Dentinger, Hailey Hildebrand (back) Ken Brubaker.

Buckeye Central Girls Golf

Coach: Jack Kidwell Returning Letterwinners: Junior Maddie Fagan. Sophomores Megan McGinnis; Lyvia Shealy; Ashlee Stander. Other: Sophomore Grace Blevins. Outlook: Kidwell is a first-year coach, and he acknowledged that he wasnʼt sure what the team would be like when he came in. “I wasnʼt sure what to expect,” he

Buckeye Central Boys Golf

Coach Phil Loy. 2012: Tied for second in NCC Silver Division Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Adam McGinnis; Matt Sheibley. Junior Zach Parker. Sophomore: Tanner Zaebst. Others: Senior Randy Mason; Joey Baxter. Junior Derek Shell; Aaron Walter. Outlook: In the matches so far, it hasnʼt been difficult to see the Bucksʼ standout player. Adam McGinnis, please take a bow. McGinnis has consistently been shooting in the 30s. With scores like that leading the way, along with Zaebst not being too

Buckeye Central Girls Golf: (from left) Jack Kidwell, Maddie Fagan, Grace Blevins, Ashlee Stander, Lydia Shealey, Megan McGinnis

said. “I was told they were pretty young and very green but theyʼre doing very well, and I think theyʼre all improving.” Kidwell said Shealy is his top player. “Lyvia is my No. 1,” he said. “Lyviaʼs just so consistent. She hits it solidly. She putts pretty well. She just doesnʼt miss-hit shots. Sheʼs down the fairway, on the green and two putts.” So how good can the squad be?” “Iʼm looking forward to the sectionals,” he said. “If we can keep improving, I think we have potential to go to the next level.”

far behind, it no surprise the Bucks are off to a great start. Loy said McGinnis is capable of continuing his start. “Heʼs capable of it and last year he was too but he wasnʼt consistent,” Loy said. “He was shooting more in the low 40s early on, but since then heʼs turned it around.” Another key for the Bucks has been their balance. Very rarely does any player in BCʼs group shoot near 50. “For us to be a good team, our threethrough-six guys have to be in the 40s,” Loy said. “I just hope that we didnʼt peak early and these guys will continue to work.”

Buckeye Central Boys Golf: (front, left) Randy Mason, Joey Baxter, Adam McGinnis, Matt Sheibley (middle) Trenton Langjahr, Zach Parker, Tanner Zaebst, Dillon Weithman, Derek Shell, Alex Fike (back) Phil Loy, Aaron Walter, Jerry Maier, Bobby Schock.

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“That’s one thing we’ve got to look for — get guys off the field to give them a little bit of a break,” he said. “We don’t want to play the whole time.” At linebacker, Niedermier said he will use Stacklin, Bal-

dosser, Martin and Roberts. The coach said he is confident in his linebackers. “We’re a little thin, so we’ve got to watch out for injuries,” he said. “But those guys can play those positions there, so they’re going to help us out there.” In the secondary will be Heydinger, Herrnstein and Jones. “We’re always working every week to get better,” Nie-

dermier said. “We’re in a good spot right now, but they’ve got a lot of improvement they can still do throughout the season. As long as we keep growing, I think we’ll be OK and hit that .500 mark.” On special teams, Niedermier is looking for improvement. “It’s never been a real strong area, I don’t think, at Buckeye

Central,” he said. “But this year we’ve got three different guys doing all three things. We’ve got Cole Stacklin doing our PATs and our field goals. Seth Ollis, he’s kicking off for us.” The coach said freshman Tyler Trapp is likely to get the nod at punter. Heydinger, Herrnstein and Baldosser are expected to handle the kick and punt returns.

Niedermier said the players have adjusted well to the changes in the program. “As the coaching staff we saw [Ratliff’s resignation] coming a little bit,” he said. “We thought it might happen. But the kids have responded well. They’ve come back, they’ve rallied around what’s going on and come together as a family, working together to get the job done.”

Bettsville Golf

Coach: Jeff Lynch, 12th year. 2012: 0-12 duals, 12th in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Senior Ryan Hager. Sophomore Kyle Hager. Others: Seniors Kennith Stander; Allison Kieffer. Sophomores Logan Robinson; Josh Tiell. Freshman Alex Tiell. Outlook: Bettsville brings back its best player from last year and one more veteran Bobcat, but will fill out the rest of the team with several inexperienced players who are newcomers to the sport. “We have five students that signed up for golf for the first time this year,” Lynch said. “We only have two golfers with experience and will have a large learning curve in a short period of time,” he said. Ryan Hager leads the way after averaging 48 strokes every nine holes, with Kyle Hager returning with his 55 average. They will lead the seven-member squad looking to better last yearʼs team scoring average of 217.

Bettsville Volleyball

Coach: Mollie Martin, first year. 2012: 3-17; 0-11 MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Macie Harvey (OH); Abby Orwig (OH); Morgan Stump (S, RSH). Sophomore Erin Smalley (MH). Others: Senior Paige Broski (MH). Junior Kaitlyn Dymond (S, RSH). Sophomores Alexis Davis (OH); Taylor Michaels (OH). Freshman Dayna Dymond (MH). Outlook: Bettsville is restructuring around a new coach and four veterans as it enters the Midland Athletic Leagueʼs final season, but Martin foresees positive things for the Bobcats. “Weʼre looking to at least get a few wins in the MAL and do well in our trimatches, as well,” said the rookie coach. They will have to improve in several

areas to do that. Bettsville had no players among league leaders in the any categories last year, and the team ranked ninth in kills (496) and 10th in digs (757) in the 12team league. The Bobcats also graduated three veterans and will have to play at least two newcomers in each game. Still, Martin says the players are putting in the work to overcome their challenges. “Thereʼs just always room for improvements with them with passing and communication. They can work on that a little better,” she said. “Weʼre doing a new rotation,” she said. “Setting up attacks, I think theyʼre doing that well in practice.”

Bettsville Volleyball: (front, left) Abby Orwig, Morgan Stump, Macie Harvey, Paige Broski (back) Kaitlyn Dymond, Erin Smalley, Dayna Dymond, Alexis Davis, Mollie Martin.

Bettsville Golf: (from left) Jeff Lynch, Kyle Hager, Kennith Stander, Josh Tiell, Alex Tiell, Ryan Hager

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2012: 2-8, 1-6 North Central Conference Head coach: Jeffrey Niedermier. Assistant coaches: Chad Jensen; Terry Oswald; Joe Wiles; John Kehres; Reese Martin. No.Name Ht. Wt. 2 Bryce Brenneman 5-11 140 3 Grant Loy 6-1 160 4 Kameron Jones 5-10 170 5 Scott Heydinger 5-4 120 7 Denver Wright 6-0 170 14 Brady Bishop 5-8 140 15 Austin Lutz 6-1 185 21 Athean Abrantes 5-8 150 22 Tyler Trapp 5-8 140 23 Owen Ackerman 5-5 133 25 Jorden Stockmaster5-9 142 27 David Durnwald 5-0 155 30 Nash Ehresman 5-7 155 31 Ross Martin 5-6 150 33 Alec Baldosser 5-10 180 34 Cody Roberts 5-9 160 42 Warren Wechter 6-0 155 43 Cole Stacklin 5-9 170 44 Kidron Wechter 5-8 145 45 Avery Garberick 5-11 170 51 Eric Hanes 6-2 180 54 Alex Reed 5-8 215 55 Trevor Reed 5-6 195 56 Clay McCarthy 6-1 170 57 Aaron Niedermier 5-9 170 61 Quinton Hiler 5-5 195 62 Seth Ollis 6-3 205 64 Trent Craft 5-8 207 65 John Nelson 6-0 330 68 Mark Robertson 5-6 205 70 Tim Showman 5-10 175 71 Jeff Hamilton 5-11 252 74 Lane Sautter 6-1 185 75 Derek Kalb 5-10 185 78 Marcus Miller 5-7 170 81 Jordan Hernnstein 6-1 160 82 Carter Bishop 5-8 120

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2013 Schedule

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Niedermier takes over Bucks BY ZACH BAKER

Sports Editor zbaker@advertiser-tribune.com

NEW WASHINGTON — As a player, Jeffrey Niedermier was one of the best at Buckeye Central. The former offensive lineman was so good, he went on to play college ball at Division I Buffalo. With a resume like that, the 2004 BC graduate has faced his share of tests. But this is something different. Niedermier is not only in his first season as a football head coach (he was a wrestling coach at Willard), but he takes over a team that had just two wins in 2012. On top of that, he’s replacing a man — Jason Ratliff — who led the Bucks to back-to-back playoff appearances. The 2011 run ended in the Division VI state finals. Then there’s the suddenness of Niedermier’s promotion. Ratliff resigned his position as Bucks’ coach less than two months ago. Niedermier — an assistant for Ratliff — was hired to run the program last month. A lot of change, a lot of new responsibility. Not a lot of time. “It’s kind of been a whirlwind now,” Niedermier said. “It’s been almost two months since the whole thing went down, but it’s happened fast and furious. “Jason left a lot of things really in place, because it was so close to the sea-

son. There were quite a few things I didn’t quite have to take care of from the getgo, but I had to finish taking care of,” he said. “So the transition went fairly smoothly, but it’s one of those things, you don’t know all that’s truly entailed until you’re sitting in that seat.” Niedermier said he talks with Ratliff often. “Almost daily,” Niedermier said. Still, it’s Niedermier’s team now, and he believes the Bucks can make a jump in their win total, despite its youth. BC only has five seniors on its roster. “We’re still young; our biggest class is our sophomore class,” he said. “We’re still looking to grow, still getting those things down, but I still think we have a shot to hit that .500 mark. We’ve got some winnable games that if we do things right... we can win those games.” On offense, Niedermier said he will be using a pair of quarterbacks — senior Kameron Jones and sophomore Grant Loy. Niedermier said the two bring different attributes to the table. “[Jones] does some things differently,” Niedermier said. “He’s more of a (runner), he can run the ball a little bit, but he throws the ball well when he runs.” In Loy, the Bucks have a player who started three games as a freshman. “He’s more of a pocket guy,” Niedermier said. “He can drop back, throw the ball, so both of them do what they do well, but they’re very different quarterbacks. So we think we can use that a lit-

tle bit to our advantage.” At fullback, the Bucks have three-year letterwinner Alec Baldosser, while sophomore Cody Roberts will play at tailback. While Niedermier described both Baldosser and Roberts as “a very hard runner.” At receiver, Jordan Herrnstein will be there, as will Scott Heydinger and Ross Martin. Bryce Brenneman also will see time there. The coach said the Bucks also will rotate in a pair of tight ends — Cole Stacklin and Denver Wright. “We use tight ends quite a bit, blocking and going out for pass routes, it just depends,” Niedermier said. “Both of them do a good job for us when they’re in there.” The offensive line, which could be considered Niedermier’s specialty, doesn’t have the size of the past, but the coach believes it can be effective. “We’ve got three seniors that are on that line,” Niedermier said. “They know where they’re going, they know what they’re doing, and we’ve got two juniors, so they’re all experienced players. That line includes Clay McCarthy, Eric Hanes, Alex Reed, Lane Sautter and Seth Ollis. On defense, the Bucks will run a 4-4. Up front, Ollis, Sautter and McCarthy will be there, as will Wright. Niedermier said it will be important to establish a rotation.

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Buckeye Central Cross Country: (front, left) Amy Rietschlin, Alexis Mills, Ashley Pifher, Zoe Rutledge (middle) Wyatt Kisor, Laura Metzger, Tamara Metzger, Lizbeth Figueroa, Peter Keller (back) Paul Heydinger , Hunter Gray, Sam Robertson, Karsen Kaple, Stone Wurm, Thad Metzger.

Buckeye Central Boys Cross Country

Coach: Thad Metzger 2012: Ninth in North Central Conference Returning Letterwinners Seniors Sam Robertson; Wyatt Kisor; Peter Keller. Others: Senior Stone Wurm. Junior Paul Heydinger; Karsen Kaple; Freshman Hunter Gray. Outlook: Itʼs the first season for Metzger, a 2003 Buckeye Central graduate. He has only seven boys on his roster, but said his expectations are reasonably high. “Basically, Iʼm looking for a lot of improvement as the year goes, get into the thick of the NCC,” Metzger said. “Be in the middle of the NCC, and I have a few guys I think could place at the league meet.” Leading that group is Wurm, a senior who did not run last season. “Heʼs a clear cut No. 1,” Metzger said. “My other three are all pretty close right now: Sam, Wyatt and Peter.” The coach said the players have adapted well to him. “So far, so good, theyʼre getting used to my difference in coaching style,” he said.

Buckeye Central Girls Cross Country

Coach: Thad Metzger 2012: Did not field a full team. Returning Letterwinners: Senior Amy Rietschlin. Juniors Lizabeth Figueroa; Laura Metzger. Others: Juniors Ashley Pifher; Alexis Mills. Freshman Tamra Metzger. Outlook: It certainly will be a family dynamic at Buckeye Central this season. It starts with Thad Metzger, the Buckettes new coach, and extends to a pair of runners — Laura Metzger and Tamra Metzger. The pair are coach Metzgerʼs younger sisters. “First time Iʼve ever actually coached my sisters,” the coach said. “Itʼs part of the reason I was hoping for this unique opportunity... to share the passion there.” Despite that, coach Metzger said heʼs not just focused on family. “I try to treat them just as I would any of the other runners,” he said. “I donʼt want to hold them at a pedestal (and goals) that are unattainable. Right now itʼs just pushing them through workouts that can challenge them.” The coach said heʼs expecting big things from Figueroa, who was the teamʼs top finisher at the NCC meet last season. “Without a doubt, Lizabeth, sheʼs one who has some natural speed and can respond to some of the difficult and harder workouts,” he said. “Last year she finished second team NCC.”

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Upper Sandusky Volleyball

Coach: Matthew McConnaughey, fifth season 2012: 21-4, 12-2 North Central Conference (co-champs) Returning letterwinners: Senior Taylor Graboski (MH). Juniors Madison Bianchi (DS); Jenna Holly (L); Kalene Johnson (MH); Ceidyer Niederkohr (OH/DS). Sophomores Jessi Holly (OH); Molly Owens (MH); Emma Smith (S/OH). Others: Juniors Ali Roeder (RH); Sophomore Taven Wentling (S/DS). Outlook: Now is the time. With just two lost to graduation and eight letterwinners returning, the Rams are poised to reach new heights. The Rams are not only coming off a successful 2012 campaign but also a strong summer tourney showing. “Weʼve been to several tournaments this summer and played powerhouses like Toledo St. Ursula, St. Henry, McComb,” McConnaughey said. “The only team to beat us was Toledo St. Ursula and that was in three (games), and they won by two points.” Still the Rams will need to players to step up to replace the ones they lost. One of those holes will be filled

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by Smith. “Emma Smith is our first new setter in five years,” McConnaughey said. “Sheʼs very athletic, very intelligent, very coachable. She has the best vertical in my program. Weʼll be just fine with her.” The other hole will be filled by Roeder, who will play the right side. “I donʼt think weʼll miss a beat,” McConnaughey said. Beating the drum, the floor and anything else that gets in her way will be all-Ohioan Graboski. “Taylor is one of the best volleyball players in the state. If youʼre in Ohio and you talk about volleyball, you know the name Taylor Graboski,” McConnaughey said. “Sheʼs known nationally. She was a national MVP of a club tournament when she was 15. Sheʼs the heart and soul of this team. Sheʼs always positive. She encourages everybody, not just some of them. Sheʼs everything you would want in a student athlete. I only have one complaint and that is that sheʼs not a twin.” The senior will anchor the middle hitter role but the 6-2 Wilson killer is not the only towering presence on the team. “I have three girls that are taller than I am and thatʼs a great prob-

Upper Sandusky Volleyball: (front, left) Emma Smith, Madison Bianchi, Jenna Holly, Ceidyer Niederkohr, Taven Wentling (back) Matthew McConnaughey, Ali Roeder, Kalene Johnson, Taylor Graboski, Jessi Holly, Molly Owens, Sandy Emerick. lem to have as a volleyball coach,” McConnaughey said of Graboski, Owens and Jessi Holly. “(In those summer tourneys), teams thought we were (Division I) because I have three girls that are 6-2 and one thatʼs 5-10. So in terms of height-wise, just to see those girls, you would have thought we were a bigger division than we are.” Owens will start in the front row with Graboski every game. “So (teamʼs) hitters for two ro-

Upper Sandusky cross country: (front, left) Carson Mengerink, Garrett Miller, Andre Myers, Sam Plott, Mary McCaleb, Anna Massara, Katlin Rowe (middle) Adam Benner, Mason Derr, Jacob Herring, Ian Mundy, Dominic Solis, Amber Cox, Zoe Garber, Kirsten Garber, Grace Stober; (back) Levi Tracy, Brennan Bare, Nathan Morrison, Ed Arnold, Mackenzie Myers, Olivia Thomson.

Upper Sandusky Boys Soccer

Coach: Keith Miller, 10th season. 2012: 13-5, 6-1 North Central Ohio Soccer Association Returning letterwinners: Senior Brodie Johns (D). Juniors Alec McMillan (D/MID); Aaron Pirc (MID); Brad Roeder (MID/D); Clay Musgrave (GK). Sophomores Taylor Emerick (F/MID); Brandon Miller (F); Sam Duress (F/MID). Others: Juniors Nick Hensel (MID); Nick Reid (D); Luis Ayala (MID); Kyle Romanko (D); Luis Camacho (MID). Sophomores Bailey Ray (D); Alec MaGinn (MID); Stevie Tracy (D/GK); Mitch Fogle (D/MID), Austin Myers (D). Austin Gottfried (D). Freshmen Jasper Stansbery (F), Cameron Brady (F/MID), Seth Lortz, Alex Engle (MID); Max Frey (D); Alex Brodman (D); Eli Kinley (MID/F); Scott Koehler. Outlook: Last year the Rams came up just a game shy of an NCOSA title. This year the Rams bring back eight letterwinners and welcome two more competitors in the league as they pursue a NCOSA title. “We graduated quite a few seniors,” Miller said. “Weʼll be rebuilding our defense.” It will be built around the teamʼs lone senior in Johns. “Itʼs a work in progress right now,” Miller said of the defense. Ayala, McMillan and Myers all figuring in the defensive mix. The team lost three players from the midfield as well but the long-time USHS mentor is hoping Emerick can make a smooth transition from forward back to mid to help cushion the blow. He was the teamʼs leading scorer with 24 goals. “He knows heʼs going to help us out more in the midfield,” Miller said. “He plays club soccer so he understands that dependent on your personnel you have make changes sometimes. I think itʼs going to be a positive because sometimes I have a hard time getting my center midfield to shoot the ball. They like to be the assist person and he wonʼt have a problem with that.” Pirc and Duress should also see time at the midfield. Miller and Brady will man the forward spots. “If the defense leaves any of those guys unmarked, theyʼre going to be in trouble because they all have pretty good shots on goal,” Miller said. In the net will be Musgrave, who saw some time in net last season.

tations will be hitting against Taylor and Molly. Good luck,” McConnaughey said with a wry smile. While the competition was stiff over the summer, McConnaughey said he tries to avoid playing league foes. He said Galion, Buckeye Central and Wynford are the teams to beat in the league. “In our league, in volleyball, and anywhere in the state, anybody can beat anybody on any

given day,” McConnaughey said. “Galion always plays us like itʼs life or death; like thereʼs a firing squad out in the parking lot. Theyʼll be fired up to play us and we have to bring our A game for those three opponents.” The Upper Sandusky mentor said the team wants to go undefeated in the regular season but is not looking any farther than that. “Itʼs one game, one match at a time,” McConnaughey said.

Upper Sandusky Cross Country

Coach: Ed Arnold, 16th season. 2012: BOYS - fifth in the North Central Conference. GIRLS – fifth in the NCC. Returning Letterwinners: BOYS – Seniors Garrett Miller; Andre Myers. Juniors Mason Derr; Jacob Herring; Ian Mundy; Dominic Solis. GIRLS – Seniors Kaitlyn Rowe; Anna Massara. Sophomores Grace Stober; Zoe Garber; Kirsten Gardner. Others: BOYS – Seniors Carson Mengerink; Sam Plott. Junior Adam Benner. Sophomore Levi Tracy. Freshmen Brennan Bare; Nathan Morrison. GIRLS – Senior Mary McCaleb. Sophomores Amber Cox, Monica Boes. Freshmen Mackenzie Myers; Olivia Thomson. Outlook: The Rams would like to finish their short stint in the NCC by bettering their respective fifth-place finishes from last year. The boys bring back seven letterwinners to aid in that goal. “We have a pretty good group coming back. Most of them have worked hard this summer so I think weʼre going to have a pretty decent team,” Arnold said. Miller and Solis figure to be the Rams top two runners, as both are former firstteam All-NCC selections. “Theyʼre pretty solid runners and they

work hard and theyʼre in pretty good shape this year,” Arnold said. Arnold figures his boys squad can be one of the best squads. “We should be one of the top teams,” he said. “Galion had a really good team last year and they lost some of their guys. ... Iʼd like to win the league or be right there.” Speaking of strong, Arnoldʼs girls team is impressive. “This is one of the strongest teams weʼve had for a few years. We have all but one back from last year plus we had some nice freshmen show up,” Arnold said. “Our girls are very even. We had four girls last year that were the top runner in some races and some of the freshmen this year might be right with them. “Iʼm not sure who our top runner is going to be in any one race right now and thatʼs a good thing in cross country,” he said. That group will be led by the senior letterwinners Massara and Rowe, as the pair bring leadership to the squad. Arnold said the girls side of the league will be tough to pick, but he expects his squad to be in the top half.

Upper Sandusky boys soccer: (front, left) Luis Camacho, Alex Brodman, Seth Lortz, Jasper Stansbery, Eli Kinley, Cameron Brady, Nick Hensel; (middle) Sam Durress, Taylor Emerick, Alec McMillan, Bailey Ray, Nick Reid, Mitch Fogle, Brodie Johns, Kyle Romanko, Alec MaGinn, Luis Ayala; (back) Keith Miller, Aaron Pirc, Austin Myers, Brad Roeder, Stevie Tracy, Clay Musgrave, Scott Koehler, Max Frey, Alex Engle, Austin Gottfried, Dan Reid.

Upper Sandusky girls soccer: (front, left) Alexis Mundy, Ella Koepke, Paige Shriver, Riley Stover, Keely Stover, Makenna Searls, Abigail Gerber, Grace Miller, Trudy Daughenbaugh; (middle) Katie Titlow, Kate Ritchey, Mallory Weininger, Linsey Elkins, Audrey Thomson; Allison Moser, Allison Riedlinger, Amber Hildebrand, Kayci Snow; (back) Chelsea Porter, Johnathon Searfoss, Justeen Searfoss, Sarah Rall, Maranda Stansbery, Mattea Wilson, Sierra Carey, Abby Young, Sierra Mathews, Kait Huston, Jaime Calvin, Ty Calvin, Curran McKain.

Upper Sandusky Girls Soccer

Coach: Chelsea Porter, fourth season. 2012: 8-9, 2-4 North Central Ohio Soccer Association. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Keely Stover (GK); Sarah Rall (F); Justeen Searfoss (D). Juniors Allison Moser (D); Abby Young (D); Linsey Elkins (MID); Jaime Calvin (F); Mallory Weininger (D). Sophomore Makenna Searls (D/GK). Others: Senior Maranda Stansbery (MID). Juniors Allison Riedlinger (D); Ella Koepke (F); Audrey Thomson (MID); Kait Huston (F); Sierra Mathews (F). Sopho-

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mores Alexis Mundy (F); Mattea Wilson (MID); Amber Hildebrand (D); Riley Stover (D). Freshmen Paige Shriver (MID); Kate Ritchey (D); Sierra Carey (MID); Kayci Snow (MID); Trudy Daughenbaugh (F); Abigail Gerber (D); Katie Titlow (D); Grace Miller (MID). Outlook: Some coaches have trouble giving up the profession for family. For Porter, come Sept. 16 or some date around there, she wonʼt have a choice. The coach is in her final month of pregnancy and plans on staying on the sideline

as long as sheʼs able. “Iʼm a little frustrated because I was planning for a little bit later because I donʼt want to give up part of my season,” Porter said. “Iʼm trying to coach up until my baby comes.” When she does go, her assistant and JV coach, Johnathon Searfoss, will take over the reins for the rest of the way. “I can already see Iʼm leaving the team in really good hands and I know heʼll take over and do what I could do if not more,” she said. “It makes the blood pressure and stuff say low. … Iʼm hoping if Iʼm feeling well, Iʼll be on the sidelines, cheering them on.” Until then, Porter has a team that sheʼs

quite excited about. Calvin was only cleared to play a little more than four weeks ago after a knee injury in basketball left her sidelined for months. Sheʼll be joined on the forward line by Sarah Rall with Grace Miller and Stansbery seeing some time up there. If Miller isnʼt at forward, sheʼll likely be found at center midfield, flanked by Carey and Elkins. At the defensive mid, Moser returns with two letters under her belt. Weininger, Young, Searfoss and Gerber will likely be rounding out the defense in front of senior Stover in net. “Keely is really, really good in the goal. I donʼt have to worry too much about her in there,” Porter said.

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Head coach: Jake Moyer. 2012: 7-4 (5-2 NCC). Assistant coaches: Isaac Anderson; Wyatt Garber; Zach Morral; Justin Richardson; Jason Beidelschies; Russell Hall; Dale Piecha; Chris Rodriguez; Blake England; Aaron Frazee; Brian Thomas. No.Name Ht. 2 Donald Barth 5-10 5 Alex Kenner 5-11 6 Ross Dible 5-11 8 Joey Brown 5-6 9 Derek Thomas 5-10 10 Cordero Diaz 5-8 11 Tylor Pritchard 6-3 12 Cory Miller 6-2 14 Sam Musgrave 5-11 15 Matthew Luikart 5-6 17 Kolin Holloway 5-10 18 Keegan Gullifer 5-8 19 Chase Barnett 6-2 20 Alex Grose 6-2 21 Will Adelsperger 5-10 22 Dermot Garza 6-0 25 Hunter Luikart 6-2 27 Troy Landrum 5-6 30 J.J. Valentine 5-7 32 Cordell West 5-8 34 Matt Haycook 5-6 42 Gabe Sayre 5-10 44 Noah Frey 5-9 47 Shane Pack 6-2 50 Avery Burks 5-9 51 Cole Crawford 6-1 52 Nate Payne 5-10 53 Jacob Davidson 5-8 54 Tanner Smalley 5-10 55 JB Hansen 5-8 57 Travis Thompson 5-11 58 Wyatt Eigel 5-9 60 Dalton Foos 5-10 61 Lukas Summit 6-1 62 Nick Sheaffer 5-8 64 Chad Walkins 5-9 65 Jered Woody 5-11 66 Jevon Thiel 5-10 67 Dylan Robertson 5-11 68 Jeran Ward 5-10 70 Walter Karg 6-3 72 Jake Wheeler 5-10 73 Kaleb Hooper 6-1 74 Collin Brown 6-1 75 Jalen Wigle 6-2 77 Jake Wages 6-4 78 Alex Hampton 6-0 84 Nick Bay 5-8 85 Grady Bowen 6-7 86 Gabe Payne 6-2

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Rams looking for return trip to playoffs BY AARON KORTE

Sports Writer akorte@advertiser-tribune.com

UPPER SANDUSKY – After an eight year drought, Upper Sandusky found itself back in the football playoffs last year. While it was a short-lived trip, it was enough to inspire a team to put in the offseason effort that could allow the Rams to punch another postseason ticket. “I think that what it meant was that we

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had a goal set and we reached a goal,” Upper Sandusky coach Jake Moyer said. “That’s important to do. Goal setting is an important thing in all of our lives. They set a goal of going to playoffs and they accomplished that. When you have a goal and have something to shoot for, it makes you want to earn it.” The goal to get back already is in the back of the players’ minds. “I thought we had a good offseason in the weight room. We had good participation and they worked hard this summer,” Moyer said. “That in and of itself is not a guarantee. There are a lot of factors in getting to the playoffs. Some of it is luck but that gives you a foundation to work for.” While most would look at the weapons on the offense that Upper Sandusky returns, it’s the offensive line that brings the most concern to the fifth-year coach. “Everyone sees the skill kids we return and no one remembers the inside kids we lost,” Moyer said. “That’s the heart and soul of the team and that’s

the engine under the hood that makes the car go fast.” Jevon Thiel will anchor the line at center and Walter Karg returns to left tackle. Collin Brown will man the left guard spot with Dylan Robertson handling the right. Alex Hampton should start at right tackle. Jacob Wages, Kaleb Hooper and Jalen Wigle also will rotate in at spots as well. “If I can get seven or eight kids on the offensive line that know they are going to get some playing time, it helps the team,” Moyer said. “If I say this is my starting five, what’s my motivation for them to practice hard? I have the same attitude on the DL. Competition makes us better. I can keep them motivated by playing time. If you know you’re going to get in, you’re going to practice harder.” That crew has the job of blocking for one of the most electric quarterbacks in the area in Tylor Pritchard. He can’t just hurt a team with his arm but with his legs as well.

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Lakota Golf

Coach: Chad Garberich, second year. 2012: Seventh in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Senior Kevin Woodruff. Junior Makayla Dull. Sophomores Hunter Chalfin; Josh Mason; Evan Lewis. Others: Sophomore Dylan Schiebel. Freshmen Collin Gosche; Hunter Schoendoerf; An-

drew Hovis. Outlook: Dull has been the bright spot for Lakota for the past two seasons, and she hasnʼt really fallen off the pace this fall. The difference, though, is that the rest of the Raiders are now right there with her. “This year, we come in and weʼve got guys who put in a good

Coach: Tony Vasko, 5th season. 2012: 43-68, 3-7 Northern Ohio League (fifth place). Returning letterwinners: Seniors Katie Bogner; Eline Widman; T.J. Wickham. Junior Jack Burkes. Others: Juniors Mercedes Runion; Myka Scott. Sophomores Jaden Fletcher; Ryan Goshe; Wesley Henkel; Logan Jacoby; Larry Messer; Will Smothers. Freshmen Savannah Barnett; Graydon Bunting; Jared Consolo; Logan Gardner; Kevin Hoppes; Luke Musil; Ashley Myers; Andrea Spurck; Hayden Stone; Noah Widman; Jason Whiteman. Outlook: Vasko likes the mix he has on his team of solid veterans and promising underclassmen. He brings backs three seniors to the varsity in Bogner, Wickham and Widman. Also back is Burkes who was an honorable mention NOL performer last year. “We have a good core of returning players that have worked hard in the offseason,” Vasko said.

“We also have a group of talented freshman that can contribute on the varsity level. I expect us to be very competitive in every match we play.” Columbian resides in a tough Division I sectional that includes several of the top schools from the Toledo area. Still, Vasko says Burkes and Wickham have the potential to be district qualifiers. “If Jack and T.J. play like I believe they can, they have a shot,” he said. Vasko also believes Bogner has a shot at qualifying for districts after narrowly missing out a year ago. “Katie missed qualifying by four strokes last year in her first season on the team,” he said. “She has a ton of potential and I expect her to have a great year.” Vasko listed Bellevue as the clear NOL frontrunners, but says after that, things are up in the air. “Bellevue is by far the best team in the league as they return all of their second place team from

Columbian Golf

Coach: Chip Weingart. 2012: 18-2, NOL champ. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Sarah Guzowski; Ashley Niedermier. Others: Seniors Kayla Magrum; Tiffany Walker. Juniors Julianne Peacock; AnnMarie Petrosino; Kristina Talbot-Koehl. Sophomores Samantha Krintzline; Olivia Smith. Outlook: Columbian comes off a solid 2012 campaign that saw the Tornadoes claim the Northern Ohio League title. But Weingart has a rebuilding proj-

summer, worked with me a lot on their swing and a lot of different things and listened really well,” Garberich said. “Now weʼve got two or three other guys that can shoot between that 78 to 84 range, and theyʼve all been there. “Weʼve got 1 through 5 who any day can shoot between 74 and 85, which when you can do that, youʼve got a chance to go out and do good things,” he said. Thatʼs already happened. The Raiders won the Bettsville

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“I suppose I believe in the old saying ‘if you got two quarterbacks, you really have none.’ I think someone’s going to win this job and that’s going to be the guy we’re going to go with. ... The guy that wins it will be the guy we stick with.” Jordan Stewart (37 rec., 503 yards, 4 TDs) returns as the No. 1 receiver with Ryan Lommerse, Eli Tooker and Zach Clouse also splitting out. Logan Tyree is a 6-3 tight end, giving the Chieftains another big target to throw to.

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Invitational earlier this season on the strength of Dullʻs 3-over 76. She returns for her junior year after two trips to state, tying for fifth last year after tying for 10th as a freshman. Just one teammate is older than her, giving the Raiders time to tinker with what Garberich said is their one real shortcoming. “Youth is definitely a weakness, if you want to call it that. Itʼs also a strength because we donʼt lose anybody except for Kevin for next

last season,” he said. “With hard work and dedication we can compete with anyone in our league.”

He said they key to a successful year will be “developing consistency in our games and having great team

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ect on his hands with only two letterwinners coming back. Weingart isnʼt ruling out a repeat, but knows his team will have to do a lot of growing up. “The league itself is going to be very balanced,” he said. “The question for us will be, ʻHow long will it take our newcomers to get the experience necessary to win?ʼ “Weʼve been making progress, just need to get that match experience.” Guzowski played third singles a year

“Really I don’t think teams will be able to focus on one or even two wide receivers,” Nutter said. “I think we’ll be able to spread it around when we do throw it.” Up front, Hill will be joined by fellow seniors Adam Foos and Wesley Armon at the guard spots. Christian Potteiger will be the center and LRay Burns will be the other tackle. Adam Borer and Eli Bustillos will also rotate in when needed. Nutter describes his defense as “Athletic in the second and third rows. We have hopefully seven or eight bodies we can put up in the front that can really rotate through and stay fresh.” Malone and Huth will be the inside

“From where we were three weeks ago until now, they’re just playing outstanding football,” Phillips said. At receiver, Adam Hall returns. He had a big season in 2012, with 23 receptions for 412 yards, both team highs. “He’s big and he’s fast,” Phillips said of the 6-foot2 senior. “And he’s agile. I think he’s got a shot to be one of the better (receivers) in the league.” The coach said he’s also expecting big things from Isaac Phillips, a junior. “He’s strong, he’s physical, he’s quick,” he said. “ Brayden Walker and Depinet also could see time at the receiver position, as could Devon Buchholz and Nate Snavely. “I feel like we’re pretty deep there again,” Phillips said. “And we’ve got good competition to keep us coming along.” It’d be fair to say that the Tigers didn’t have a great year defensively last season, specifically against the

year,” he said. “These guys, theyʼre young as freshmen and sophomores, but theyʼve got tons of experience. “(The veteran sophomores) all played varsity last year, they all competed a lot over the summer. They all know what they have to do to get better and to win,” he said. “Iʼd say our biggest weakness is weʼre not very experienced as far as grade-wise, but we do have a lot of experience as far as tournament-wise.”

Columbian Golf: (front, left) Jack Burkes, Logan Jacoby, Hayden Stone, Noah Widman, Jared Consolo, Logan Gardner, Jason Whiteman, Larry Messer (middle) Will Smothers, Ashley Myers, Katie Bogner, Myka Scott, Andrea Spurck, Savannah Barnett, Mercedes Runion, Jaden Fletcher (back) Tony Vasko, Ryan Goshe, T.J. Whickham, Eline Widman, Graydon Bunting, Kevin Hoppes, Wesley Henkel, Luke Musil

ago and finished second in the NOL. This year she makes the jump to the top of the lineup, but itʼs a jump Weingart has total confidence she can make. “It will be an adjustment for her as far as the consistency sheʼll see from her opponents, but sheʼs ready for it,” he said. “Sheʼs ready to step up and be a No. 1.” Niedermier, Magrum, Walker, Peacock, Petrosino and Krintzline will make up the rest of the lineup, although after Guzowski, there is little certainty about

chemistry. We have to eliminate big numbers and make sure we are all pulling for one another.”

who will be playing where. “Sarah will be at first singles, beyond that we might be playing musical chairs,” Weingart said. The newcomers, though, are no strangers to the court. Weingart said they all have experience in the game, the key will be making the jump from JV to varsity matches. “All are in either their second or third year playing,” Weingart said. “Theyʼre used to playing, just not competing a full three sets.”

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Chieftains

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Coach: Helen Coleman. 2012: Second in Midland Athletic League. Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Marcus Ardner; Ryan Depinet; Dylan Napier; Nick Scaife. Juniors Patric Gase; Collin Shaver; Bernie Somers; Chet Swartzmiller; Alex Wood. Sophomores Dylan Alvarado; Garrett Hedrick. Others: Senior Colton Feathers; Juniors Sven Menzel; Jenson Nutter. Freshmen Justin Coleman; Charlie Dell; David Irving; Ben Kleinfelter; Drew Kurtz; Mateo Muniz; Nikos Portentoso; Austin Rainey; Cody Ramirez; Andrew Scaife; Drew Swanagan. Outlook: The Chieftains return six of the seven runners from their regional qualifying team last year, including Swartzmiller, who placed third at the district meet and was named the teamʼs most valuable runner. Also back are a second-team MAL runner in Gase and honorable mention MAL runners Ardner and Depinet. Coleman, though, expects a lot of competition for the back end of the varsity lineup. “I expect a lot of jockeying for position especially around the sixth through 10th spots,” Coleman said. “There definitely are numbers with 25 team members and 11 of them being freshmen. There is a strong group of leaders.” Coleman said her team is running well right now as a group, but needs to better their times for the bigger meets. “I think there will be a pretty tight pack, but they will need to move up to place well in invites.”

linebackers with Breidenbach, Lommerse and Clouse rotating at the outside spots. The secondary will feature returning starter Ben Bodart at corner and Eli Tooker at the other side, with Stewart returning at free saftey. Hill again anchors the defensive line as Nutter says he “will obviously be on the field as much as we can keep him out there.” The rest of the line will feature a rotation of Foos, Armon, Tyree, Borer, Burns and Anson Tran. The success of this year’s Chieftains will likely depend on the senior class. And so far, Nutter is pleased with what he’s seen out of the group.

run. They gave up an average of more than 197 yards on the ground a game. For SE to get where it wants to be, that has to improve. “The key for us is stopping the run,” Phillips said. “I think the difference between this team and the team we had in the past, we’ve had some really good defenses, kind of like our team. We’ve had some really good teams that miss that step to greatness. We’re really fast this year. We are extremely athletic. We’re going to rely on that to carry us through the season. “Usually that speed pays off for you in making some tackles for loss, and creating turnovers, and that’s what we’re counting on,” he said. “I think that will be the difference in going from good to great. A defense that can make those plays in critical situations and feed our offense.” Depinet and Best will be on the defensive line, as will Hall and William Sampson. Roth also will get time there, as will Felter. At linebacker, the Tigers return to starters in Lantz Bohrer and Waggoner. “They both have potential to be really good football players,” Phillips said, “and be the heart of what I hope

“I can’t ask for any more than what they’ve given us so far,” he said. “We got eight guys and every single one is going to contribute for us. There’s not a single one of them that won’t play a critical role on Friday nights. When you got a group like that, and it’s a smaller group, but eight guys that are definitely going to play and know they’re all going to contribute, they pull together tighter and they know what’s at stake here. There are expectations here and they understand that and are willing to work toward that. And they know when we take the field Friday night, our community expects hard work and hustle, and that’s exactly what they’ll get out of our seniors.”

is a great defense.” Phillips said Seneca East will be young in the secondary. Alex Scheiber, an all-MAL safety, does return. “That gives me a little bit of comfort level,” Phillips said. “We’re probably gonna put some young guys out there with him.” In fact, a pair of seniors, Kyler Green and Cody Stombaugh are competing for time, but neither one has much experience. Buchholz is also expected to play in the secondary. Depinet and Snavely also are there. “I’ve really got five guys there for a couple positions,”Phillips said. “It would be great ... to have a couple of them step forward and say, ‘Hey, I’m the guy.’ They’re all playing well and playing even.” On special teams, Caudill will return as punter, with Isaac Phillips handling the kicking. Bohrer and Caudill are both kicking options as well. Phillips said he’s excited about the team’s prospects on kick and punt returns. “That’s another place where we’ve had great success in the past,” he said. “It’s something to feel good about this year. A lot of those names... if I mentioned their name at receiver or running back, they’re a guy who can return for us.”

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L AKOTA R AIDERS

Head coach: Dave Vodika, second year. 2012: 2-8, 0-7 MAL.

Assistant coaches: Dustin Nejedly, Nick Petroff, Ryan Brooks, D.J. Dyer. No.Name

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5-10 145 WO/DB

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Dakota Bowling 5-8 150 QB/WO/DB

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Andrew Ferree

5-9 172 RB/OLB

10

Levi Beckford

5-9 125 WO/DB

10

5-11 162 RB/DB

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7 8

Julian Boose

Colin Timmons

11 Spencer King 15 Jordan Jaso

6-2 176 QB/DB

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12

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20 Josh Kirkpatrick 6-1 188 WO/LB 24 Albert Guerra

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5-9 186 WO/RB/LB 12

25 Shaw Wright

5-8 142 RB/DB

34 Gabe Boose

6-1 192 WO/RB/OLB 9

50 Josh Short

5-9 185 OL/DL

10

56 Mason Wagner

5-11 210 OL/LB

10

60/88 Jack Raymond 6-5 215 OL/DL

12

30 Hunter Greiner 44 Madison Jaso 52 Kyle Below

57 Bobby Arriaga 62 Chris Fillhart

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6-4 208 OL/DL 5-6 182 OL/DL/LB

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12 12

5-11 172 OL/LB

10

66 Chase Streacker 5-10 199 OL/DL

10

74 Jordan Smith

12

65 James Knallay

5-8 188 OL/LB

70 Austin James

6-0 218 OL/DL

78 Mac Flanagan

6-1 228 OL/DL

6-6 252 OL/DL

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ARCADIA

Sept. 13

CARDINAL STRITCH

Sept. 6

Sept. 20 Sept. 27

at Gibsonburg at Calvert

HOPEWELL-LOUDON

Oct. 4

at Fremont St. Joe

Oct. 18

at Mohawk

Oct. 11

Oct. 25 Nov. 1

CAREY

at Seneca East

NORTH BALTIMORE

Coach: Sarah Lawrence, first year. 2012: 11-12, 5-6 MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Alaina Bickford (L); Makayla Kiser (OH, S); Kyleigh Harrison (DS); Alexandra Hovis (MH). Juniors Destiney Long-Meyer (MH); Khilee Baltz (OH); Katie Park (OH). Others: Juniors Paige Alloway (DS); Paige Paxton (OH). Sophomores Bree Long-Meyer (OH); Aubrey Bickford (S); Aspen Ray (MH). Outlook: The biggest goal is to get

Lakota looking to leave MAL on high note BY JOHN MONTGOMERY

Sports Writer jmontgomery@advertiser-tribune.com

KANSAS — Lakota’s history in the Midland Athletic League is short. It’s success there is even shorter. The Raiders joined the MAL in 2009 and enter this season just 1-27 in league games. Their lone MAL win came when they outlasted North Baltimore 48-34 in Week 8 in 2009, one week after falling 12-6 in double overtime during a driving rainstorm at Seneca East. The Raiders have only come close to three other league wins since then — 2726 loss to Calvert in Week 10 of 2010, and twice in 2011, falling 42-35 in Week 7 to Mohawk and 30-29 in Week 9 to North Baltimore. The rest of the team’s other MAL losses have been by at least nine points — nearly two dozen losses by two or more possessions. It’s not a legacy that instills respect among other teams, Vodika said, but he added he and the coaches have been sure to use that as motivation. “Our guys, we drilled into their heads [that] no one respects us. We haven’t won a league game in two years, three years, four years. I don’t know if we ever won one,” said Vodika, now in his second year with the Raiders. “Somebody told me we won one before. I felt we were close in a couple games last year. “To be honest with you, I really was hoping for a signature win, an upset of somebody. It should have happened a couple times, and it didn’t. Part of that, I believe, was our disbelief that we were good enough to beat people. Let’s face facts, if you go into the fight thinking you’re not very good, you don’t play very well,” he said. That’s changing this year, he said. Despite the Raiders (2-8, 0-7 MAL) suiting up only 25 players, Vodika said this year’s team has brought the focus and determination needed to turn things around. “I think right now, our kids, the confidence level is higher. We’ve still got to win games. I think that that part, I just feel that we’ve closed the gap a little bit,” he said. “We played some people tough last year, and we didn’t play Calvert or Carey well. I’m hoping that those blowups are behind us and gone. “I really like the competitiveness of

the team. They’re willing to do things they have to do, which means suck up in the fourth quarter and run, which means be disciplined,” Vodika said. “I’m real proud of this group and I’m happy. I hope that that transfers to good results out on the field.” Experience should help. Fifteen of the 25 Raiders are veterans, including nine of the team’s 10 seniors. “I’ve got every football player [in the school]. That’s a good thing,” Vodika said. “The hard-nosed ones are with you. We lost some starters, but I wouldn’t say any of them were starters that really were going to be impact players. We got all the impact players.” The impact will be felt in a different formation on offense this year as the Raiders move away from Vodika’s favored I to more shotgun and spread sets. The change is due partly to personnel and partly to a need to be more balanced. Only two linemen — seniors Jordan Smith (228) and Mac Flanagan (252) — weigh more than 220 pounds, and none of the running backs top 200 pounds. Also, last year’s team finished last in the league in both passing (388 yards) and total offense (1,947 yards) for the season. “We’ll still try to be balanced and we’ll still try to emphasize the run, but I challenged the coaches. We threw the ball for 300 and some yards total last year,” Vodika said. “Part of that was performance and part of it was scheme, so our coaches have been working really hard on having the blend so that we can let our quarterback get in a groove.” Senior Colin Timmons is the one getting the call to get in that groove after going 11 for 27 through the air for 234 yards, three touchdowns and one interception last year. Freshman Dakota Bowling, a starter at receiver, will back him up. Their line will be built around senior Jack Raymond (6-5, 215), who moved from tight end to center this year. The strong side will have Flanagan (6-6) at guard and senior Kyle Below (64, 208) at tackle, while the quick side will have Smith (6-1) at guard and senior Bobby Arriaga (5-6, 182) at tackle. All of the linemen are returning letterwinners, and their six backups include a pair of veterans in sophomore Mason Wagner (5-11, 210) and junior Austin James (6-0, 218). “There we’re OK. We’re two-deep,” said Vodika, who coaches the linemen.

Lakota Volleyball

back to winning. Barring that, the Raiders want to go the distance against the best teams theyʼll face. The rookie coach knows about that. Lawrence, a 2007 Lakota graduate, played on the 2006 team that went 20-3 and captured the Suburban Lakes League crown. Now, after four years of coaching in the junior high, she takes over the programʼs top spot. “Itʼs different. I like it because some the girls who play now, I played with their sis-

ters,” she said. “Coming back is kind of different. “Goals for them are to finish at least .500,” she said. “The ultimate goal is to win, but to be realistic, against good teams, they want to go five games with them.” Getting there will start with the veterans. Alaina Bickford returns after tallying 35 aces and 326 digs en route to MAL honorable mention honors.

Lakota Boys Cross Country

Coach: Don Windom, 26th year. 2012: Seventh in MAL, fifth in district. Returning letterwinners: Senior Luke Baker. Juniors Anthony Rasp; Isaac Ritter; Caleb Tolento. Sophomore Matthew Steiner. Others: Juniors Jonathan Moes; Jerod Wolph. Sophomores Garrett Kern; David Mason; Adrian Vanderbeke. Freshmen Isaac Baker; Paul Mowry; Brant Shank. Outlook: Lakota graduated three players from the group

that finished one team spot away from a regional berth. This yearʼs squad is younger, with only one senior, but also talented, Windom said. But one thing the Raiders need to do is move the pack up in the race, he said. “We only have one senior on the team, but I think our juniors and a couple of our sophomores have good experience. Weʼre just hoping they make a step forward,” he said. “Last year they ran in a pack, but the pack was in the

Lakota Girls Cross Country

Coach: Don Windom, 26th year. 2012: Eighth in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Morgan Mowry; Cariss Reese; Taylor Smith; Barb Sprauer. Others: Sophomores Andrea Bordner; Miranda Coleman; Alexis Feathers; McKenna Harrison; Andrea Hickle; Hailey Overmyer. Freshmen Kim Boyer; Saraya Durst; Amanda Lane. Outlook: Itʼs mature experience and a lot of youth this year for the Raiders as they try to better last seasonʼs league finish. “That is a concern because we have the four seniors and they all lettered last year, but a couple of those seniors were pretty far back,” Windom said. “Weʼre hoping we can get a few of the others to mix in the top five. “Itʼs a work in progress and theyʼre back a ways,” he said. But thatʼs a step ahead of where they were two years ago. Last

“If you can have eight linemen, be twodeep in skilled [positions] hopefully without any multiple injuries, we’re going to be OK this year.” Several other veterans also return to the offense. Senior Josh Kirkpatrick switched from tight end to wide receiver and sophomore Spencer King moved from backup quarterback to tight end. Junior Jordan Jaso and sophomore Andrew Ferree return as running backs, senior Albert Guerra will split time between slot receiver and running back, and senior Julian Boose is back as a receiver. Senior Shaw Wright will help out at running back, and freshmen Madison Jaso and Gabe Boose will help flesh out the receiver corps. The names on the other side of the ball will be familiar. Smith, Flanagan and Raymond will man the line in Lakota’s base-3 front. Kirkpatrick and Ferree return to anchor the linebackers, and the secondary will have Julian Boose back at corner while Timmons moves from linebacker to safety. Jordan Jaso and sophomore Hunter Greiner also return as a defensive backs, while King, Guerra, Wagner and Arriaga are back as linebackers. Below and James will rotate in again along the line. “It looks like we’re a lot faster than we were before. The outside backers can run. Last year we had some struggles with that,” Vodika said. “They may be small, but, man, they get all over the field. We will have that opportunity to cover better.” And they want to perform better and contend for the final MAL championship. “The league is a good league with good coaches, and we respect it, but we want a piece of it. We don’t want to be known as the eternal homecoming game,” Vodika said. “We’ve said that, we’re honest with the kids, we’re flatout telling them there isn’t anybody who respects us because we haven’t done anything, and that’s probably rightfully so. “If we can just get in those games and pull some out in the fourth quarter, all of a sudden we’re going to be a legit football team. I have every bit of confidence we’re going to give the kind of effort we need,” he said. “How many wins will that equate to? I have no idea. I do know this: I like this group of kids.”

Hovis (40 aces) and Destiney LongMeyer (92 kills) also contributed heavily last year. Lawrence said their leadership has continued this fall. “Weʼre coming along better than I hoped. Theyʼre getting into shape and coming along,” she said. “Theyʼre a great group of girls that work well together,” she said. “The leadership from the seniors has come along pretty well.”

back,” he said. “This year, weʼre hoping we can run together again, but move up in the scheme of the race.” Luke Baker, Tolento, Steiner and Rasp return from the team that ran in the district meet, but there is plenty of competition for varsity spots. “I think weʼve got some kids who can run fairly good,” Windom said. “Iʼm pretty happy with the kids weʼve got out,” he said. “Theyʼre fun to be with.”

seasonʼs effort came on the heels of the Raiders not even fielding a full team in 2011. But one Raider who weathered that year and has continually shined for Lakota is Reese. The former state-qualifier claimed fourth in the district last season and returns as the reigning individual MAL champion for her final year on the course for the Raiders, and Windom looks for more of the same this fall. “Itʼs been a pleasure. Cariss this year has really prepared herself over the summer. She has been really diligent to get in the miles,” he said. “Sheʼs just looking real strong right now. Sheʼs a competitive girl and sheʼs ready to give it a try. “When you have someone running that far up in a race, youʼre really only counting four spots,” Windom said. “Weʼre just hoping that our experience can bring us up a bit.”

Editors Note:

The Lakota team pictures, outside of the football team, were not taken in time to be included in this section. They will be run in the daily section once available.

FALL SPORTS

Carey Volleyball

Coach: Eric Vackert, fifth season. 2012: 14-10, 7-4 Midland Athletic League. Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Shelby Seifert; Logan Johnson; Makenzie Wentling; Taylor Fletcher. Junior Adrienne Hackworth. Sophomores Sydney Wentling; Shelby Kin. Others: Seniors Victoria Woods; Mary Jo Bash; Presley Elchert. Juniors Leah Kuhlman; Joanna Worst; Claire Allison. Outlook: One look at the robust website that Vackert has in place for his volleyball team and one small section stands out. Carey has never won a league title in the MAL or its former league, the North Central Conference. In the final iteration of the MAL, Carey hopes to change that this year. “This year we want to contend and make some noise and make some people play hard to beat us,” Vackert said. “I think we have some of the pieces.” He has good reason for optimism since last year the Blue Devils achieved its best record since 2000 and its best league mark since 1997. “We had some success last year and we got a taste of the district tournament,” Vackert said. “They really liked that. We hit a lot of goals last year including our first winning conference record in a while.”

Carey lost just one key player from last year, but she was a big one: Hannah Tong. She took her talents to the University of Findlay and leaves behind unfillable shoes in Vackertʼs mind. He said Tong may have been best known for her offensive abilities, but itʼs her blocking the Blue Devils will miss most. “She was so hard to hit around,” he said. Offensively, Tong racked up more than 1,900 swings in the last two seasons, but Vackert said balance will be the key going forward. “This is the most depth Iʼve ever had and this is one of the quickest teams Iʼve ever had,” Vackert said. “We have a lot of balance on offense. That could be a positive.” Carey returns two All-MAL honorable mention selections in Seifert and Sydney Wentling. “Shelbyʼs been on the floor for three years now. She had a disappointing end last year with an injury,” Vackert said. “Sydney runs our offense. Sheʼs only a sophomore and I expect her to run the show and she does a good job at it.” On the front line to balance out the attack will be Johnson, Makenzie Wentling and Hackworth as well as sophomore Kin, who came on strong in a half season of play. Coming up from JV when Seifert got injured, Kin went on to finish third on the team in kills with 77,

Carey Volleyball: (front, left) Logan Johnson, Victoria Woods, Presley Elchert, Shelby Seifert, Makenzie Wentling, Mary Jo Bash, Taylor Fletcher (back) Eric Vackert, Joanna Worst, Leah Kuhlman, Sydney Wentling, Shelby Kin, Adrienne Hackworth, Claire Allison, Kim Hiler, Teresa Jacoby.

including 21 in the teamʼs tourney run. Itʼs that crew that will embark on trying to end the league drought but Vackert said the road wonʼt be easy. “It seems like itʼs the same old suspects. Mohawk and Eric Hoover have a great program. Every year theyʼre right up there. They lost some key players but I expect them to be there. New Riegel only lost one ball player off a team who lost two games all year,” Vackert said. “Calvert had some good young players and St.

Carey Golf: (front, left) Chase Wagner, Aaron Vantrease, Zach Turnbell, Alex McLaughlin, Alex Kimmet, Brett Mullholand (middle) Martin Baker, Luke Vaughn, Anthony Driggers, Wesley Lear, Levi Huffman, Marcus Miller, Dakota Tobin (back) Cody Weiner, Jacob Hill, Devon Huffman, Russell Phillips, Dylan Quail,

Carey Cross Country

Coach: Dean Kessler, 16th season. 2012: BOYS – third in the Midland Athletic League. GIRLS – third in the MAL. Returning letterwinners: BOYS – Seniors Tyler Breitigam; Sage Gerbers; Adam Hyatt; Evan Hyatt; Ben Kromer. Junior Zach Logsdon. Sophomore Uriel Garcia. GIRLS – Senior Jaclyn Troiano. Junior Amber Spurlock. Sophomore Savanna Day; Alissa Gibson; Allison Keller; Kristina Nusbaum. Others: BOYS – Freshmen Trevor Cook; Daniel Patton. GIRLS – Seniors Miranda Conley; Lauren Wenner. Freshman Taylor Watkins. Outlook: The names may change but the goal remains the same for Kessler every year: 14 runners to the regional meet. “Our goal is always to get 14 runners to regionals and then we reaccess from there,” Kessler said. On the boys side, Kessler brings back seven letterwinners, including five seniors, and a pair of freshmen to achieve that goal.

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Joe always gave us some problems. The top half is always tough. Iʼve always said in this league, if you donʼt show up, just about any night you can get beat.” Itʼs that stiff competition Vackert will miss when the league dissolves after the school year and the Blue Devils move on to the Northern 10 with league mates Mohawk and Seneca East. “Itʼs kind of sad when you think about it. Thereʼs going to be some teams we wonʼt see. A lot of those long rivalries are going to end unless we see them in non-league or

the tourney,” he said. “On the same note, itʼs kind of exciting to play in a new league. Itʼs bittersweet.” It could be even sweeter though with that first league crown. “My basic goal every year is a winning season, overall and in conference,” Vackert said. “We want to improve upon what we did last year and contend for the league title. I donʼt care how many wins it takes: eight, nine or 10 wins. Iʼd also like to see us get a district win. We havenʼt done that since 2008.”

Carey Golf

Coach: Martin Baker, fifth season. 2012: Ninth in the Midland Athletic League. Returning letterwinners: Senior Russell Phillips. Junior Grant Wentling. Others: Senior Devon Huffman. Sophomores Anthony Driggers; Alex McLaughlin. Freshmen Alex Kimmet; Luke Vaughn; Chase Wagner. Outlook: If attitude translated to success, the Carey golf team could make an argument for being the top team in the league. “Itʼs our No. 1 strength: their attitude,” Baker said. “The attitude overall is very good, despite us not doing well in the tourneys. Theyʼre eager to get better and Iʼm enjoying working with them every second. I enjoy being around them because they want to get better.” Baker said the attitude is a nice change of pace. “Itʼs very refreshing to have the attitudes

they have. They know they have work to do and they do it,” he said. “I think in the seasons to come, the skyʼs the limit. The team brings back just two letterwinners and Phillips and Wentling have taken their leadership role to heart. “Weʼre young and inexperienced outside of the top two guys. Their leadership skills are very good,” Baker said. “Behind them, itʼs not quite as consistent. Phillips and Wentling still know they have a lot of improving as well and are trying to get consistent.” The Carey mentor said the league race will be tough again in the final go around in the MAL. “Thereʼs a few teams at the top that will be tough to catch up with in HopewellLoudon and North Baltimore. Seneca East is another one who will be up there,” Baker said. “Weʼd like to be in the middle of the pack. But we also realize that there are a lot of teams that will be tough to beat.”

“Iʼm very happy with the attitude in practice,” Kessler said. “Iʼm looking for big things from them and as long as everything falls together, it should (happen).” His top two runners should be boys that arenʼt seniors as Logsdon figures to take the top spot regularly with freshman Cook running right behind. Cook played football in junior high but showed some distance talent in track. Kromer, Garcia, the Hyatt brothers and Patton all should compete for scoring spots for the Blue Devils. Kessler said his group of boys Carey Cross Country: (front, left) Dakota Conley, Sean Breitigam, Justin Schlack, Kyler Dyer, Trevor Cook, Allison arenʼt afraid of anyone, even the Keller, Allisa Gibson (middle) Zach Logsdon, Uriel Garcia, Daniel Patton, Hope Babb, Amber Spurlock, Taylor Watkins, reigning state champs, Seneca East. Savanna Day, Jackie Fletcher (back) Dean Kessler, Sage Gerbers, Tyler Breitigam, Bailey Griffin, Ben Kromer, Adam “I think every time they step on Hyatt, Evan Hyatt, Lauren Wenner, Miranda Conley, Jackie Troiano, Nancy Kessler the line, theyʼre ready to compete Sheʼs taken to the leadership role boy. Iʼd like to be in the top three,” girls coming next year,” Kessler and do their best,” Kessler said. well Kessler said. said “Theyʼre going to have to said Kessler, adding that “And when youʼre in the league Behind her, Spurlock, Keller, work extremely hard and weʼll just with the state champion, it causes Hopewell-Loudon should figure Nusbaum and Watkins should all have to see at the end of the into the mix. pause to respect other team score for the Blue Devils. year. While the girls bring back just youʼre running against. But “Then it will remain to be I have a couple of newbies one fewer letterwinner, they have theyʼre not afraid to go do their seen,” Kessler said of his remainthat I think can learn real quick.” five seniors to replace from last absolutely best.” Troiano was a first All-MAL se- ing scorers. “A little bit of friendly yearʼs third-place MAL team. He said the Tigers are still the competition is what weʼre hoping lection last year and will lead the “Itʼs a young group. We have class of the league though. “I for.” group as one of three seniors. some very talented junior high think they only lost one senior

Old Fort Soccer

Coach: Nick Mellott, first year. Team members: Jake Wilson; Eric Bell; Brennan Withrow; Jeremiah Miller; Nolan Weaver; Alyssa Pence; Brandon Tittle; Austin Cornelison; Brad Heilman; Michaela Davidson. Outlook: Mellott takes over an Old Fort program that lost seven seniors from a season ago. Still, he likes what he sees from his team so far. “They have a drive to win. Theyʼre solid; they donʼt quit. They really impressed me,” Mellott said. “I was told (when I took the job) they were a young team and had a lot graduate. Theyʼve really come together. Iʼve had two transfer students, theyʼve collaborated really well together.”

Old Fort Soccer (front, left) Michaela Davidson, Alyson Pence (middle) Nolan Weaver, Eric Bell, Jake Wilson, Brennan Withrow, Brandon Tittle (back) Greg Joseph, Austin Cornelison, Brad Heilman, Jeremiah Miller, Alyssa Pence, Nick Mellott.

Mellott says thereʼs no real strengths or weaknesses to his team. He feels its a well-rounded club. “Itʼs all pretty solid,” he said. “It is a rebuilding year, but it is pretty solid all the way around. I canʼt pinpoint one exact strength, itʼs all pretty solid.” Mellott says he plans on rotating players through each position, partially in an effort to keep his players fresh since there wonʼt be any reserves to step in. “They all can play every position,” he said. “Iʼm going to keep them moving. We donʼt have any subs. Weʼll be running with an 11-man team. “Itʼs going to be a little tough, but they know the circumstance and they put in the extra time to get that extra conditioning,” he said.

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The defense is 4-2-5 formation primarily. Mulholland and Blair will play the defensive ends with Smalley, Swartz, Goble, Marcus O’Flaherty and Tyler Green figuring into the defensive tackle rotation. The linebackers will be some mix of McMahon, Tyler Higgins and Brodman. Holsinger, Boes and Strahm will rotate in at the corner spots with Powers, Distel and Wentling helping at strong safety, which Carey employs two of. The free safety will be Zechman, who will be backed up by Abel LaRoche. Punting in fall camp has been between Boes and Wentling, while Strahm returns to kick for the Blue Devils. In classic Carey tradition, Worst said the goal is always to be at least .500 so the team picture can get on the team room wall. “I would hope that they want to do better than they did last year,” Worst said. “It’s going to be kind of tough. We’re starting the season with a couple of tough teams in Upper (Sandusky) and Bluffton. The challenge is going to be early. I hope if we don’t get the first two, the team doesn’t cash it in. “I think as long as they understand that it’s more about improving throughout the season, not necessarily playoffs or how many wins you do have,” he said. “Obviously that’s what everyone else looks at but we want to improve from the beginning to the end. That’s always my goal.”

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C AREY B LUE D EVILS

Head coach: Todd Worst. 2012: 8-2 (6-1 MAL). Assistant coaches: Bob Damschroder; Jonathon Mershman; David Steen; Tim Baldridge; Joe Clinger; Derek Stock. No.Name 1 Jevyn Pratt 2 Cody Ferguson 5 Tyler Hoover 7 Gavin Woods 8 Trevor Karcher 10 Satchel Strahm 11 Bryan Powers 12 Abel La Roche 13 Jared Kuhlman 14 Matthew Holsinger 15 Wade Neal 17 Dylan Kincade 18 Zach Boes 19 Dylan Noon 20 Derek Wentling 21 Alex Distel 22 Jared Wentling 23 Terry Nordyke 24 Dion Blanton 25 Bryce Tackett 27 Gage Lowe 30 Brandon Zechman 31 Garrett Billock 32 Will McMahon 33 Tyler Higgins 34 Lucas Allison 36 Dylan Musgrave 37 Levi Smalley 41 Jocosa Way 42 Zach Brodman 46 Jonathon Racheter 49 Noah Billock 50 Jacob Stover 52 Caden Johnson 53 Marcus OʼFlaherty 56 Anthony Blair 57 Colton Orians 58 Nathanyal Griffin 59 Zach Sauber 61 Kyle Swartz 62 Gavin Lowe 63 Brent Mullholand 66 Steven Yonts 67 Brandon Black 69 Brady Mullholand 70 Adric Stombaugh 71 Xavi Boes 72 Noah McCartney 73 Tyler Green 74 Deven Patrick 76 Devon Orwick 77 Jacob Goble 78 Heth Smallwood 81 Aaron Jacoby 82 Nolan Roszman 85 Drake Williams 89 Carter Smith

Ht. Wt. 5-5 104 5-11 165 5-10 140 5-8 117 5-11 155 6-0 175 6-0 160 6-0 140 5-7 122 5-9 175 6-2 160 5-3 117 6-2 176 5-8 154 5-8 130 6-0 155 6-2 173 5-10 166 5-7 160 6-3 180 5-9 160 5-10 160 5-9 140 6-0 205 5-5 155 5-7 160 5-7 165 5-9 185 6-1 180 5-6 155 6-0 190 5-11 180 5-10 170 6-0 180 5-10 230 5-11 210 6-0 265 6-1 200 5-9 205 5-8 220 5-9 160 5-8 140 6-3 290 6-0 170 5-8 185 5-10 170 5-6 260 5-11 200 5-9 255 5-10 195 5-11 190 5-11 260 6-5 303 5-10 140 6-2 160 6-0 165 5-11 130

Pos. Grade WR/DB 9 RB/S 10 WR/DB 11 QB/S 9 RB/DB 10 WR/DB 11 RB/DB 11 QB/S 10 RB/S 9 QB/DB 12 SE/DB 11 WR/DB 9 WR/DB 11 QB/DB 11 RB/DB 10 RB/DB 11 TE/S 11 RB/LB 11 RB/S 10 RB/DE 12 TE/DE 10 RB/DB 12 RB/S 9 TE/LB 11 RB/LB 12 RB/LB 11 RB/LB 12 RB/DT 11 TE/DE 10 RB/LB 11 RB/LB 9 RB/DE 11 G/LB 9 T/DT 10 C/DE 10 G/DE 12 T/T 12 G/DE 10 T/T 12 G/T 12 T/T 10 C/DE 9 T/T 11 T/DE 9 C/DE 11 G/DE 10 T/T 9 C/DE 11 T/T 11 T/DE 11 C/DE 9 T/T 12 T/T 11 WR/DB 10 WR/DB 11 TE/DE 11 SE/DB 10

Carey hoping math won’t be a factor in ’13 BY AARON KORTE

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CAREY – 0.05. That was all the computer points that separated Carey from making the postseason last fall. Carey coach Todd Worst said he didn’t think about it for long after the disappointing discovery at the end of the season. He said his kids and some of his coaches may have stewed over it more than he did. For good reason, too, as the Blue Devils won five straight to close the season, yielding just 29 points in that span on their way to an 8-2 record. It’s not the 0.05 that bothers Worst. It’s the 2. “It probably bothered the kids more than it bothered us. We would have liked to have had the opportunity to play again, but it comes down to we needed to win one more game and we didn’t,” Worst said. “Whether you miss by a little bit or a lot, you’re out.”

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Worst said he’s sure his players have thought about it in the offseason and some of his coaches have reminded them of the missed opportunity. “It was disappointing to finish as well as we did and not have another chance to play,” he said. The school has another chance, albeit its last one, to play in the Midland Athletic League before the Blue Devils move on to the Northern 10. “I think overall the MAL has been good for us,” Worst said. “We joined the MAL right after I got out of high school. When we first got in, the MAL was a really good football conference. It’s not as much anymore. The top teams are still good but the middle teams are just not there for the competition week in, week out.” Worst said there’s one goal in mind for the league. “You don’t want to go out with the tail between your legs,” Worst said. He said St. Joe lost some skill kids and has a new coach, Calvert should be a threat and Mohawk improved as the year went on last year. He also said Hopewell-Loudon and Seneca East also will be factors in the league race. “I’m not real sure what it’s going to look like,” Worst said of the league picture. “I hope we’re competitive.” What won’t be changing anytime soon is Carey’s offense: the triple option. Matt Holsinger comes back to lead the way at quarterback, something the coach is grateful for. “With the spread teams, you can put somebody in there and if they know

their reads, their first read, second read, (they can succeed). But it takes a while so sometimes when you see that senior quarterback, they look a lot better,” Worst said. “It’s the same thing for us. We’re reading down lineman instead of defensive backs. So it helps have someone coming back with experience and a little bit of killer instinct as far as wanting the ball. Obviously, we’re going to do our reads for handoff, keep or pitch, but a lot of times people forget about running quarterbacks and it just so happens we like to take advantage of it.” The rest of the backfield will be new faces as far as starters go. Fullback will manned by Zach Brodman and Levi Smalley. At running back, Brandon Zechman, Bryan Powers and Alex Distel will see some time churning up the yards. At the split ends, Satchel Strahm and Zach Boes will play while Jared Wentling and Wade Neal working at tight end. Will McMahon will be in as blocking tight end. On the line, Jacob Goble will man the left tackle with Anthony Blair next to him. At center, Brady Mulholland will handle the snaps and be flanked by Kyle Swartz at right guard. Zach Sauber will play right tackle. “Considering how we finished the year, we’re glad to see those guys back,” Worst said of his offensive line, which features four starters returning. “They’re not the biggest guys but as a group I thought they worked pretty hard to prepare themselves for the year. We’ll see how that turns out.”

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Coach: Cindy Walerius, 10th year. 2012: 23-2, 10-1 MAL, second in MAL, district runners-up Returning letterwinners: Seniors Morgan Noftz (S); Brittany Gillig (L); Lauren Ladd (MH); Alexis Kieffer (MH). Juniors Kara Scherger (OH); Taylor Arbogast (OH). Others: Juniors Natalie Reinhart (OH); Mackenzie Reinhart (MH); Hailey Theis (MH). Outlook: Thereʼs a lot of familiarity about New Riegelʼs team this fall The Blue Jackets graduated just one player — Cassandra Acree tallied 727 assists and 206 digs — and bring back plenty of talent. That starts at the top with Walerius, who was one of five who earned Division IV coachʼs achievement honors in 2012. The Blue Jackets who return are also talented. Scherger (313 kills, 58 aces, 387 digs) gained second-team All-Ohio, first-team District 6 and first-team MAL honors. Ladd (309 kills, 22 solo blocks, 67 total blocks, 210 digs) was an honorable mention All-Ohio, second-team District 6 and first-team MAL player. Arbogast (44 aces, 296 digs, 286 kills) picked up third-team District 6 and first-team MAL honors, while honorable mention league awards went to Noftz (121 assists, 174 digs). Kieffer (62 kills) and Brittany Gillig (214 digs) also contributed.

New Riegel Volleyball (front, left) Cassidy Eddington, Brooklyn Gillig, Brittany Gillig, Julia Reinhart, Aubrey Bouillon (middle) Natalie Reinhart, Leah Bouillon, Morgan Noftz, Kara Scherger (back) Mackenzie Reinhart, Hailey Theis, Lauren Ladd, Taylor Arbogast, Alexis Kieffer

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Coach: Dan Beisner, 13th year. 2012: BOYS — Did not field a full team. GIRLS — Seventh in MAL. Returning letterwinners: BOYS — Sophomores Brad Zoeller; Caleb Welly. GIRLS — Seniors Lauren Zoeller; Morgan Nye; Olivia Borer. Others: BOYS — Junior Ethan Nye. Freshmen Brandon Arbogast; Brad Eddington. GIRLS — Freshmen Augusta Elchert; Emily Schalk. Outlook: New Riegel is back to fielding a boys team after two years of only having individuals, but that doesnʼt mean the Blue Jackets wonʼt face challenges. “It is definitely a building year and I hope Ethan can step up to a leadership role for this young group with not much experience,” Beisner said. Meanwhile, the girls team will be a mix of experience and youth — three senior veterans and two freshmen. Despite fielding a full team, Beisner said this yearʼs approach will be more of an individual one. “With this group of girls we are working on individual goals and want to start to be competitive as a team,” he said.

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New Riegel Cross Country (front, left) Bradley Eddington (middle) Lauren Zoeller, Gidge Elchert (back) Brad Zoeller, Brandon Arbogast, Ethan Nye

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Coach: Mike Quinlan, seventh year. 2012: 17-0 duals, second in Midland Athletic League, third at sectional. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Lance Smith; Jake Dryfuse; Aaron Reinhart. Junior Jared Coleman. Sophomore Travis Williams. Others: Junior Jordan Orians. Sophomores Tyler Halcomb; Andrew Faber; Devin Reinhart. Freshman Lucas Williams. Outlook: After going a combined 34-1 over the two years, New Riegel faces challenges. The Blue Devils graduated four players from a talented, athletic class. The overall numbers this year

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are good, but the experience level lags behind. Smith and Dryfuse are the only players with any extensive varsity experience, while Aaron Reinhart found his way into the varsity lineup twice and Travis Williams and Coleman each did so once. “Iʼm not fighting numbers, Iʼm just fighting experience,” Quinlan said. “Weʼre young. We graduated four seniors, all were solid athletes. They were all-MAL in other sports. We just lost a good senior class.” One saving grace is the fact most of the other MAL teams find themselves in similar circumstances, Quinlan said.

“Itʼs just total rebuilding, but so is everybody else in the league,” he said. “Because weʼre rebuilding doesnʼt necessarily mean weʼre going to lose,” he said. “I would like to think we could go .500.”

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Old Fort Volleyball

Coach: Nancy Hoover, 33rd season 2012: 3-20, 2-9 Midland Athletic League Returning Letterwinners: Senior Krista Ward (S/DS). Juniors Sara Bell (RH); Shelby Bilger (D); Samantha Hartsel (MH); Morgan Kemenah (OH); Darby Walker (OH). Others: Senior Tonya Heileman (DS); Sophomore Hope Gippert (MH). Freshmen Jordan Magers (OH); Allison Adelsperger (S); Peyton Miller (DS); Mackenzie Ward (RH). Outlook: The bad news for last yearʼs Stockaders was that standout Kelly Miller, who now suits up for Walsh University, missed the year with a foot injury. The good news though was that a number of underclassmen got valuable experience that should pay dividends for Hooverʼs squad in the upcoming years. Some positions have changed with the influx of a talented group of freshmen, but Hoover likes the mix on the team.

“I think the upperclassmen got some good experience and definitely improved,” she said. “We changed a few positions around for this year with the freshmen coming up. The younger girls are doing a good job so far. Itʼs tough to jump from eighth grade to varsity, but theyʼre doing good so far.” Hoover will rely a lot on her freshmen this year and says the upperclassmen have done a good job with them in practice. “Theyʼre well aware of the freshmenʼs ability and the upperclassmen have welcomed them to the team,” Hoover said. “They wouldnʼt be there if they didnʼt have the ability.” Size, though, is one main issue the Stockaders will have to overcome as they look to improve on last yearʼs league finish. The tallest girl on Hooverʼs roster is just 5-9. Hoover says that puts a lot of emphasis on her defense, especially in the back row. “Thatʼs going to be a problem,” Hoover said of her teamʼs size. “We got to keep working on our

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Old Fort Volleyball (front, left) Krista Ward, Tonya Heilman (middle) Peyton Miller, Allison Adelsperger, Shelby Bilger, Mackenzie Ward, Jordan Magers (back) Nancy Hoover, Darby Walker, Morgan Kemenah, Hope Gippert, Sam Hartsel, Sara Bell, Jamie Anglin

blocking and our jumping ability. It will be tough against some of the big middles of the league. Especially for as young as we are,

Old Fort Cross Country: (front, left) Jackie Becker, Kayla Garza, Alyssa Black, Alexis Rhodes (middle) Cole Manasian, Josh Kaltenbach, Jacob Clark, Donald Young, Jonathan Miller (back) Marc Harris, Tito Lopez, Brad Bannister, Elijan Cleveland, Dalton Miller, Elliot Phillimore

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weʼre playing pretty good defense. Weʼre quicker than we have been in the past as far as the back row. Our serve-receive

has been pretty good which is important. Itʼs been better this season than it had been last season.”

Old Fort Cross Country

Coach: Tony Miller 2012: BOYS — 4th in Midland Athletic League. Returning Letterwinners: BOYS — Senior Brad Bannister. Juniors Elliot Phillimore; Donald Young; Dalton Miller; John Miller; Eli Payne; Sophomore Marc Harris. GIRLS — Seniors Jackie Becker; Lea Wilcyznski. Junior Alexa Rhodes. Sophomore Kayla Garza. Others: BOYS — Senior Tito Lopez. Jacob Clark; Josh Kaltenbach; Elijan Cleveland; Cole Manasian. Freshmen GIRLS — Junior Alyssa Black. Outlook: Last year, Marcus Meyersʼ second place district finish powered the Stockaders to a regional berth. Even though Meyers wonʼt be back this year, five of the top seven are and Miller feels his team is capable about making it back to regionals. Bannister is the lone returning senior, and although Bannister was reluctant at first, Miller says heʼs adapted to a leadership role. “Toward the end of track season he said, ʻI donʼt wanna be a leader,ʼ and I said, ʻWell youʼre the lone senior,ʼ” Miller said. “Heʼs adapted to it. The younger kids

couldnʼt wait ʻtil they got to run with him. They look up to him. He has state experience in track. They look forward being with him.” The returners, though, are getting a run for their money from the incoming freshmen for the varsity spots. “With these four freshmen, and Tito in his first year out, they got talent and theyʼve been showing it in practice, they want varsity spots and theyʼre going after them,” Miller said. Last year Old Fortʼs girls team was small in numbers, but that didnʼt stop the Stockaders from making an impact. Garza finished ninth at the MAL meet and was a regional qualifier. Becker and Rhodes also finished in the top 25 at the MAL meet and each missed a trip to regionals by less than 30 seconds. Miller thinks his girls have the potential to make a good showing in the MAL, and possibly get to regionals. “Weʼre hoping to be middle of the pack in the league this year,” he said. “Kayla made it to regionals last year. With Alexa and Jackie, those three have been running real strong. Hopefully we can turn the table and sneak in at the fourth spot in district.”

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Old Fort Golf: (front, left) Adrianna Stock, Jordan Magers, Caylie Menkhoff, Payton Miller (middle) Jacob Vandergriff, Trey Hossler, Noah Henry, Adam Alexander, Austin Castro (back) Matt Combs, Hunter Davidson, Brad Bannister, Brad Heilman, Maison Steyer, Rob Rott, Jon Lotycz

Coach: Matt Combs, eighth season 2012: 8th in MAL Returning Lettewinners: Seniors Brad Heilman, Maison Steyer and Rob Root. Juniors Adam Alexander Austin Castro and Jon Lotycz. Others: Senior Brad Bannister. Junior Adrianna Stock. Sophomore Jacob Vandergriff. Freshmen Trey Hossler, Noah Henry, Brennen Withrow, Hunter Davidson, Jordan Magers, Peyton Miller and Caylie Menkhoff Outlook: Combs is confident with the group he brings back, the Stockaders will improve on their eighth-place finish in the Midland Athletic League last year. A combination of the talent returning to Old Fort, and the talent departing last yearʼs MAL top players has Combs excited about his teamsʼ prospects. “I expect us to move up this year,” he said. “A lot of the front runners lost a big portion of their varsity teams. Hopewell has a real solid top three and are probably the league favorites. I definitely think weʼre a better team this year than we were last year. We have no real front runner, but four to five solid kids who all can break 90 on a

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consistent basis by the end of the year.” Combs lists Heilman, Bannister, Steyer and Alexander as his top four with some good competition for the final varsity spots. He expects Root, Lotycz and Castro to compete for them, along with Hossler, whom Combs labels as a promising freshman. Hossler spent time with the team last year as an eighth-grader, and has already broken 100 during early season qualifying. Combs also sees a lot of potential in the four girls he has on his roster this season, some of whom he says are shooting in the mid-to-low 50s. Although the girls also compete on the volleyball team, Combs said he could get them into a few girls matches later in the year, but the primary focus will be getting them experience in the game before moving forward next year. “Weʼre using this year as a learning process for them, get their feet wet,” Combs said. “Theyʼre going to go ahead and play sectionals, and weʼll try to get them a few matches, then get more serious next year after another summer of work.”

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Coach: Joel Wilkins 2012: 7-9 Returning letterwinners: Seniors Brooke Weinandy (D); Chantel Weaver (D). Sophomores Lexi Smith (MF); Tabby Geller (D); Olivia Allomong (D); Cambria Kohlenberg (F). Others: Senior Shelanea Bloomfield (MF). Junior Katelyn Seifert (GK). Outlook: Mohawk had a respectable first season as a program, but building on that success wonʼt be as easy as it might appear. The Warriors had 10 seniors on last yearʼs roster. Theyʼve since moved on, causing a bit of a shake-up on the field. “Itʼs gonna still be a little bit of a challenge. We had 10 seniors; they made up a lot of our starters,” Wilkins said. “Weʼre starting from scratch position-wise. Our defense looks pretty solid.” Wilkins said he expects Kohlenberg to take the lead offensively. “Cambria was our leading goal scorer as a freshman, hopefully sheʼll be able to keep that trend this year,” he said. The coach said there is a possibility of the team improving from a year ago. “There is potential for us to start matching the talent everybody has,” he said. “Thereʼs definitely potential with this team. My theory is, letʼs work on continuous improvement and thatʼs what Iʼm seeing.”

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Mohawk Girls Soccer: (front, left) Brooke Weinandy, Shantel Weaver, Shelanea Bloomfield (middle) Tori Chaney, Olivia Allomong, Lexie Smith, Katelyn Seifert, Tabitha Goeller, Natalie Ford, Maddison Cordell (back) Joel Wilkins, Cambria Kohlenberg, Kayla Reis-Kelly, Paige Sigler, Ally Weinandy, Jamie Miller, Beth Dundore, Becka Karcher.

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Coach: Dave Myers Returning letterwinner: Sophomore Brayden Dunlap. Others: Freshmen Chet Margraf; Billy Dunlap; Nathan Kimmet; Carson Weinandy; Cole Harrison; Triston Kindle. Outlook: Mohawk is very young. How young? The elder statesman of the roster is Dunlap. And heʼs a sophomore. But Dunlap is a proven player who Myers said has stepped into the role of the No. 1 player and performed. “He had the lowest average of anybody on the team and this year heʼs picking up where he left off and is improving,” Myers said. “Heʼs the veteran, itʼs almost like a senior, because heʼs got a year under his belt.” Myers said he also likes what he has seen out of Margraf. “Margraf has more experience than the rest of (the other freshmen) and heʼs showed it,” he said. Myers said he knew the team had potential coming in, but didnʼt expect it to be realized this quickly. “Itʼs been going great,” Myers said. “The kids have been working really hard and are open to being coached. The improvement Iʻve seen is amazing.”

Mohawk Boys Golf (front, left) Triston Kindle, Chet Margraf, William Dunlap (back) David Myers, Brayden Dunlap, Nathan Kimmet, Cole Harrison, Carson Weinandy.

Mohawk Girls Golf

Coach: Greg Coffman 2012: 10-0 in duals Returning letterwinners Seniors Michaela Cook; Brooke Weininger; Katelynn Kinley; Chelsea Clinger; Heaven Emmele. Others: Junior Hanna Burks. Outlook: Last season was a good start for the program. This year, the Warriors have set higher goals. Mohawk was undefeated in duals last season, though as Coffman admitted, it didnʼt have a plethora of competition. He set out to change that for this season. “This year Iʼve gone out a ways to get more competition and more teams to play,” he said. “Weʼre going a little bit farther.” Coffman said his players have raised their expectations, as a team and individually. It starts with Kinley, who was the Warriorsʼ top player last year and made it out to districts. “Sheʼs been by far our best player, been our medalist each time,” Coffman said. And this year, sheʼs thinking state. “Katelynn has some high goals set for herself,” Coffman said. As for the team, it has postseason expectations as well. “Even last year in their first year, they thought there might be a chance they could make it out of sectionals, but they knew after last year that was a goal they could accomplish,” Coffman said.

Mohawk Girls Golf (front, left) Katelynn Kinley, Heaven Immele, Michaela Cook (back) Hanna Burks, Chelsea Clinger, Brooke Weininger, Greg Coffman.

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Rivals

All of the football coaches spoken to for this story said they were disappointed to see the league end. Baker said it best, though. “In a perfect world, we would have been able to take everybody with us, and keep our football schedule,” he said. “I love our football schedule. Some people have a rivalry game. I feel like we have one every week.” Calvert coach Todd Fox is in his fourth year. His introduction to the MAL came in his first days in charge of the Senecas. “I guess the part about the MAL that I will miss the most is, when I first came here three years ago, I asked our guys, ‘Hey, who is our rival? Who is our biggest rival?’ And if I asked six guys I got six different an-

swers,” he said. “Because, it seems like everybody’s a rival.” That may be because of two reasons: The quality of the teams and the generally amicable relationships between the schools and coaches. “As far as changing leagues, I’m not sure football was ever really part of it, as far as what motivated it,” Baker said. “I think a lot of the change had to do with the other sports — basketball being able to play home and home and things that way. Football,I thought we had great games going, and the coaches got along. You can’t say that in every league. There have been places that I’ve been in the past as an assistant, where it was almost bitter between people. The MAL keeps things in very good perspective and everybody treats each other really well, and the games are hotly contested. The kids for the most part do a great job of getting along and seeing each other. In these kind of

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Few could have predicted it at the time, but the seeds of the MAL’s end likely were planted two years ago, when the North Central Conference added Upper Sandusky and Galion and split into two divisions. The league was barely through its first fall when numerous members from that league bolted for the

N10. In December of 2011, Mohawk, Carey and SE announced they were joining that league. It was, essentially, a few dominoes that set off a breakdown of numerous leagues. Since then, the collapse of the MAL appeared inevitable, and most had to figure this season would be it for a league that has been around — in some form — for more than a quarter of a century. So now the challenge is to be the last champion. “Obviously you want to leave your mark,” Fox said.

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“It’s the last year. I’m sure every team in the MAL feels the same way. ‘Hey, it’s the last one. Let’s be that (team) who wins the last one,’ but that’s our goal, to be on top at the end, but you’ve got to go one week at a time, because the MAL is a tough football league.” After that, things will be different. Garber, for one, won’t be keeping stats anymore. “I’m gonna miss it,” he said. Still, there is a positive. “I have a daughter who’s a freshman now, getting into sports,” he said. “I won’t

have to worry [about missing anything]. I guess it has its pluses and minuses.” Fox also put a realistic spin on it. “First of all, we’re disappointed, because the MAL, top to bottom, is a great football league,” he said. “Great rivalries. The proximity, the driving, the crowds you get, it’s just ... for football on a Friday night, it’s gonna be hard to ever replace what we had here in the MAL. In that regard we’re disappointed, but we have to move on, and everybody else did.”

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Mohawk Volleyball

Coach: Eric Hoover. 2012: 23-3. Returning letterwinners: Claire Adelsperger (S); Julie Adelsperger (OH); Kasey Adelsperger (MH); Taylor McClain (LIB); Aubrie Flood (OH). Others: Seniors Charlotte Moes (DS); Hannah Luhring (OH). Juniors Ali Konkle OH/DS); Stacy Clouse (S/OH); Sheyanne Wilhelm (MH/OH); MacKenzie Sowers (DS). Sophomores Mya Morris (MH). Outlook: Two years removed from an appearance in the state tournament, Mohawk still has a number of the players who made that run possible. But Hoover said that doesnʼt guarantee anything. And while the coach said high expectations always are a part of his teams, there are question marks about this squad. “Itʼs hard to say,” Hoover said about what heʼs expects this year. “We have high expectations for ourselves every year, but we lost a lot of experience and a lot of talent. “Every night I donʼt think thereʼs anybody we canʼt beat, but we know thereʼs a lot we have to do because thereʼs a lot of teams that can beat us, too.” Mohawk brings back the Adelsperger trio, McClain and Flood. So far, Hoover said any issues have little to do with talent. “Itʼs not really a skill thing as it is an attitude thing,” Hoover said. “They have to have more fun. One of our strong suits is our defense. They put a little too much pressure on ourselves. Weʼre not gonna play perfectly. Weʼve got to move on from our mistakes.”

Mohawk Volleyball: (front, left) Clara Adelsperger, Hannah Luhring, Julie Adelsperger (middle) Kasey Adelsperger, Aubrie Flood, Taylor McClain, Charlotte Moes (back) Eric Hoover, MacKenzie Sowers, Stacy Clouse, Mya Morris, Sheyanne Wilhelm, Ali Konkle, Lindsey Kalb, Kendra Shearer.

Mohawk Cross Country: (front, left) Kaela Konzel, Shauna Leeth, Brooke Theis, Beth Dundore, Olivia Frankart, Kayla Risner, Marissa Leeth, Haley Leeth, McKenzie Richardson (back) Brock Cleveland, Cody Eaton, Chris Koehler, Wyatt Price, Owen Lacey, Kevin Kozel, Alex Dundore, Brandon Emshoff, Tyler McClain

Coach: Brock Cleveland. 2012: Sixth in Midland Athletic League. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Chris Koehler; Alex Dundore; Kevin Kozel. Junior Brandon Emshoff. Others: Sophomore Owen Lacey. Freshmen Cody Eaton; Wyatt Price; Tyler McClain. Outlook: Mohawkʼs boys made the regional a season ago, but returns a group that Cleveland said needs to get some time on the courses. “The big thing is for a lot of these

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line. “We’re actually trying to get back to what we used to do, where we try to play eight kids for four spots,” he said. “And you have, like, a starting D-line and a starting O-line and each one backs up the other side. We’re pretty close to being back to that.” Zender (who Baker called “the fastest kid on our team”) will be in the rotation at end, while Baird and Fox also are in the mix. “We feel pretty solid there,” Baker said. Pummell, Mullins and Fredritz are expected to play inside. Dominic

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Coach: Brock Cleveland. 2012: Sixth in Midland Athletic League. Returning letterwinners: Juniors Kayla Risner; Marissa Leeth; Haley Leeth. Sophomore Kaela Kozel. Others: Freshmen Shauna Leeth; McKenzie Richardson; Beth Dundore; Olivia Frankart; Brooke Theis. Outlook: Julia Daniel, the Mohawkʼs top cross country runner for the last several years, has graduated. The Warriors donʼt have any seniors on this seasonʼs roster. But Cleveland says heʼs excited. Itʼs easy to see why. He has a group of freshmen who are used to winning.

Smith also has impressed Baker there, as has freshman Cole Draper. Baker said the team is shifting from a base 4-3 to a 4-4. “With Grant Price graduating, we don’t have that typical middle linebacker that we’ve had,” he said. “But instead, I think we’re a little bit stronger. Eric Maskey, Mason Hammond and Bryan Schube have been sharing the two inside spots, and did real well in our scrimmage last week.” Lonsway and Gucker are expected to occupy the outside spots, with Sowers and Daniel also seeing

time there. Baker said Mohawk’s secondary is probably the most experienced group he has. Parker, Stillberger are expected to play at cornerback, while Johnson likely will play at free safety. The coach said Shock and Ryan Strausbaugh — both sophomores — also are competing for time in the defensive backfield, as is senior Hunter Fitschen. Baker said Maskey will handle both kicking and punting. “Of all things, he’s getting recruited most for his leg,” Baker said. “He’s 6-

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“Iʼm excited to coach this squad. Theyʼve won the league in junior high. Thereʼs a lot of talent. We lost Julia Daniel, itʼd be nice to have her around one more year, but I think our juniors are doing a nice job.” Leading the group is Shauna Daniel, who won the MAL meet in junior high. “Sheʼs hungry and had a whale of a summer,” Cleveland said. “Weʼre ready to race and see where weʼre at.” Cleveland has another reason to be confident. “The big thing is, I think weʼre pretty deep,” he said. “I have a lot of freshman there, and I think theyʼre all pushing for a spot on varsity.”

3, 210. After averaging about 38 yards a punt last year, the coach said Maskey went to some college camps, and “exploded, as far as his technique. “During the course of all that, he learned to place kick and kickoff. He’s one-stop shopping for us

right now.” As for the return game, Baker said Johnson and Stillberger, who returned kicks last season, will get a chance this year, along with Shock and Strausbaugh. Parker, who had a few big returns in 2012, is expected to be back for punts again.

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Baker called this season’s offensive line a “back to the future type of thing.” He said the group has come a long way since last season. “This year, all of a sudden, these guys have matured, doing a great job in the weight room,” he said. “We’re still a little bit young in a lot of spots, but they’ve really done a nice job developing themselves.” It starts with senior guard Devon Fredritz, a 61, 230-pound guard. Arin Mullins, who was a heavyweight on the school’s wrestling team, will be at a tackle spot, while Collin Fox is set at center. Senior Tyler Baird and sophomore Mason Hammond should see time at guard, while Tyler Pummell also will play there. Mohawk will be looking to improve on defense this season after struggling in ‘12. The Warriors were third from the bottom in overall defense, and especially struggled with the running game. Opposing offenses averaged more than 212 yards on the ground, the second-worst mark in the Midland Athletic League. “We were giving up — very untypical for us — more than 300 yards rushing for half the season, it seemed like,” Baker said. “At the end of the year we righted the ship pretty well.” Baker said continuing that improvement is a priority. “[We’re] more stop the run first,” he said. “Make them throw on our terms. So it’s our expectation that we’ll be better on that side of the ball.” The coach said he’s happy with his defensive

kids to get some experience,” Cleveland said. “All three seniors are regional qualifiers, all the other kids, theyʼre new to the game. It will be a whole new learning experience for these guys, but Iʼll tell you what: These guys are working hard here.” Cleveland said he expects Koehler to be his No. 1 runner, after being the Warriorsʼ No. 4 runner a season ago. “He ran at the mid-18s at the end of the year, hopefully he can start there,” Cleveland said. Looking for a big year out of Chris hopefully he can pick us up.”

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2012: 3-7, 2-5 MAL. Head coach: Erik Baker Assistant coaches: Eric Daniel; Chris Clinger; Doug Pummell; Brett Wiedemann; Carl Daniel. No.Name 2 Hunter Fitschen 3 Austin Schock 5 Mitchell Parker 6 Andrew Parker 8 Juston Morter 9 David Dietrich 10 Gunnar Johnson 11 Eric Maskey 12 Hayden Tiell 15 Grant Gucker 21 Logan Stillberger 22 Wyatt Cook 23 Bryan Schube 24 Trevor Zender 25 Kevin Lonsway 26 Ethan Weir 27 Bryce Pryor 30 Alex Daniel 34 Caden Emshoff 45 Derrick Sowers 47 Damon Steinhauser 50 Collin Fox 53 Mason Hammond 54 Luke Gillig 55 Tyler Baird 57 Cole Draper 59 Brett Kessler 60 Devon Fredritz 64 Cade Ratliff 65 Logan Hartsel 66 Dominic Smith 70 Drew Hawley 73 Wyatt Leeth 76 Cole Butler 78 Tyler Pummell 79 Arin Mullins 80 Jacob Jeffrey 88 Ryan Strausbaugh 89 Logan Wilhelm

Ht. 5-11 6-0 5-11 5-6 6-1 5-8 5-11 6-3 5-9 5-11 5-9 5-8 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-9 5-10 5-8 5-11 5-11 5-8 6-0 5-11 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-0 6-1 6-3 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-10 5-10 6-5 6-2 6-2 5-10 5-10

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Mohawk looking to continue open offense BY ZACH BAKER

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Last season, Erik Baker altered the offense Mohawk has used for the majority if the coach’s tenure. Usually, the Warriors would line up in a modified wing-T, focus on running the ball and try to pound opponents into submission. Things were different last season, due mainly to the squad’s dynamic senior quarterback, Drew Loose. Baker opened up the offense — during a game against North Baltimore Loose threw for more than 200 yards in the first half — and the quarterback flourished. The team, not so much. Mohawk finished the 2012 season with just three wins. So the question was asked if Mohawk would chuck the new offense in favor of Baker’s old favorite — the modified wing-T. “A lot of [what we used last year] is carrying forward,” Baker said. “Maybe not the same sets. With Drew, a lot of that worked when we were healthy outside, and the receivers ... we ended up going to the run first. But this year, starting out, we’re really trying to continue that momentum.” Loose threw for 1,074 yards, fourth in the MAL. He also threw 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 745 yards. “We don’t have a quarterback who has

that flat-out kind of distance,” Baker said. “That’s a once-in-a-couple-generationstype kid.” But Baker said he does like what he has in this year’s starting quarterback, senior Grant Gucker, a 5-11, 190-pounder. “Grant Gucker has won the quarterback job through the summer,” he said. “Totally different kind of kid [than Loose]. He’s more of a thrower and a fullback when he runs. He’s a tank more than a sprinter like Drew was.” Baker said he expects junior Gunnar Johnson to play a big role in the backfield, but hinted he also could be used at the QB spot. Then there’s Juston Morter, a sophomore who Baker said has a big future. “[He] has as big of an upside as any kid we’ve had,” Baker said. “He runs like a running back and can throw.” As for the backfield, Baker said his offense will “always” start out of a twoback set. “When you get into your gun and your open sets, the blocking stays the same up front,” he said. “Really, in our offense, when you take one back out of the backfield, the quarterback assumes the running back responsibilities.” As for the running backs, the team returns Johnson, who averaged 4.7 yards a carry in 2012. He will lead the backs, but Baker said the team has depth there. “[Johnson] may be as talented a kid as we’ve ever had back there, and can do a

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lot of things,” Baker said. “He was a quarterback in junior high, and the last two years for us he’s been a running back. But when you start getting into multiple sets, he might be somebody you look for, being able to do the wildcat package and some things.” Eric Maskey, who played tight end last season, is shifting to fullback. “He’s done a tremendous job,” Baker said. “Where Gunnar is 5-11, 190, Eric’s 6-3, 195-200. So you’ve got quite a load there.” Baker said Kevin Lonsway can play either tailback or fullback, while Austin Shock (tailback), Alex Daniel (fullback) and Trevor Zender (fullback) also are options. Baker said the Warriors have competition for playing time at tight end. Bryan Schube is moving from fullback, while Derrick Sowers is coming off a shoulder injury last year. Freshman Caden Emshoff, in the words of Baker “might be the most talented of all of them. “They can all play,” Baker said. At the receiver spots, the Warriors return Mitch Parker, who caught six touchdowns and had 469 yards last season. Baker said, though, that the team is waiting for him to return from a “medical issue.” Logan Stillberger also will see time at receiver.

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Numbers up for St. Wendelin BY JOHN MONTGOMERY

FOSTORIA — As rosters go, it’s still small. But when compared to St. Wendelin’s recent history, it’s huge. The Mohawks have 21 on their team this fall, seven more than last year and the most players to take the field since 27 filled out the roster in 2008 when this year’s seniors were in seventh grade. Granted, 12 of this year’s Mohawks are freshmen, but that’s also the most players from a single class since 14 seniors suited up in 2008 and the most freshmen since 19 in 2005. In fact, this is the first year St. Wendelin has had 10 or more from one grade on the team since 10 sophomores played in 2009. “The big thing I take away from this team, last year, it was the small numbers. This year, we do have better numbers. I attribute a lot of that to this year’s upperclassmen who have been pushing St. Wendelin football, almost to a point of preaching St. Wendelin football to people. And holding together classes like this eighth grade and freshman class that just came in here,” St. Wendelin coach Jim Bodart said. “They had 12, 13 kids and we got them all out on the football field. For a while now, that hasn’t been happening. I think that’s a good thing, a positive thing for the kids and the program. “Better numbers. Young, obviously. A lot of freshmen, but definitely better numbers makes practice go a little bit smoother; gives you a little bit of depth, even if it’s young depth,” he said. “We at least have a backup body for about every position, where last year that backup body was playing another position.” And more than a backup. At least two of the freshmen will start and several will see extensive playing time, which will challenge both the team’s youngest players and St. Wendelin as a whole as the rookies find themselves facing off with players two to three years older, often much bigger and with more experience. But if there’s a group which knows how to prepare the freshmen, it’s the nine returning letterwinners, Bodart said. “A freshman is that, a freshman. For them coming in, this is the biggest differential they’ll see in size and strength ever [in high school],” Bodart said. “With that being said, I can’t say enough about the seniors and the juniors and the sophomores that we have. They’re doing a great job mentoring the kids that we have.

St. Wendelin Volleyball

Coach: Stacey Taylor, 12th year. 2012: 11-12, 4-7 Midland Athletic League Returning letterwinners: Juniors Becca Starn (MH, OH); Meghan Reiter (S, OH). Sophomores Olivia Zimmerman (OH, DS); Allie Rutter (MH, OH, S). Others: Seniors Aliecia Moran (OH, DS); Edy Mowrey (OH, DS). Junior Chloe Reiter (S, OH). Sophomores Victoria Walter (OH, DS); Mikayla Gilliland (L, DS); Kamryn Troike (MH, OH). Freshmen Hailee Burns (OH, DS); Sophia Volpe (L, DS). Outlook: Youth and inexperience will figure heavily into St. Wendelinʼs play this fall, but the Mohawks arenʼt without their advantages. Sure, they only return four veterans — none of whom are seniors — and have a varsity that includes five sophomores and two freshmen, but the Mohawks have plenty with which to counter that. That begins with depth. Thereʼs competition all over the court, even at libero (rules limit a team to one designated libero per match, although the position can be switched between players between games in

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a match). Rutter (152) and Meghan Reiter (198) return as setters after combining for the vast majority of the teamʼs 423 assists, and theyʼre being pushed by Chloe Reiter. And all of the Mohawks can play more than one position, adding versatility. “Iʼve got a lot of options this year, as far as Iʼm trying to figure out whoʼs going to play what position,” Taylor said. “Iʼve got a couple people neck and neck for one spot, a couple people neck and neck for another, so Iʼm really trying to figure it out.” Height, a rarity at St. Wendelin over the past several years, is also available. Troike stands 6-2, Rutter is 510, Mowrey is 5-9 and Walter is 5-8. Add in a 5-6 leaper in Starn, and Taylor feels the Mohawks will be formidable at the net. “Iʼm not used to having this much height,” she said. “Usually weʼre 5-6 and under with maybe one tall girl, so Iʼm excited about that aspect.” But thereʼs still some rebuilding to do. Starn (33 kills, 14 assists, 81 solo blocks, 42 block assists, 143 total blocks, 10 digs), Zimmer-

“Most of these kids, the older kids, played as freshmen — 14, 15 kids on a team, 16 kids on a team, they were playing, so they really have a good basis to mentor these kids. They were in that boat. They’re doing a great job leading them,” he said. “When it’s time to put in the mouthpiece and start scrimmaging, we put a freshman in around two or three upperclassmen, it’s positive. They help him. Can’t say enough about this group of kids.” They’ll all need a little help this fall as the Mohawks tweak a few things. Last year’s power-I offense isn’t totally gone, but Bodart said St. Wendelin’s offense will also offer some different looks. “We’re not going to abandon that, but we are introducing a little bit of a wing set now, a pistol, possibly a pistol quarterback set, pistol wing, just to try to get a little bit of downhill aggression into the line to try to run the ball,” he said. “I like some of the angles and advantages that’s going to give us.” Senior Brad Buhrow gets the nod in running the offense, pushed into the starting role while freshman Cyle Smith recovers from a broken collarbone he suffered this summer. Bodart said Smith should crack the lineup soon after the season starts, but added Buhrow is more than capable. “I think he’s going to do a good job. He’s a good athlete, smart kid,” Bodart said. Senior Brady Rutter returns at fullback and will be joined in the backfield by senior Cole Williams, who will play see time at both halfback and wingback. “He worked really hard in the offseason, packed on some muscle weight,” Bodart said of Williams. “Trent Whetsel did the same thing and made some vast improvement in his foot speed. He worked really hard on that, along with Donovan Scudder. “Donovan Scudder was a tackle last year and he’ll probably find himself in a tight end or wingback position. From a position standpoint, it’s a big change, but he made some improvements,” he said. Whetsel will play his senior year on the line, along with classmates Caleb Colburn and Austin Turner and junior Rob Park. Sophomore Justin Walter will spend time at tight end and split end. Freshmen Andrew Schetter, Justin Meyers, Logan Colburn, Joel Lopez, Devin Frankart, Brody Whetsel, Luke Volkmer, Isiah Cassidy and Spencer Hipsher will add depth on the line. Classmates Nick Kelbley and Jessica Holman will play as wide receivers. The 4-4 defense will return this year, but the Mohawks will also employ a

five-man front from time to time. Bodart said the 4-4 will serve them well against their Christian Athletic League of America foes, while the 50 front will allow them to disguise coverages a little more and give them more options. “I think (the 4-4 is) a pretty solid defense for the league that we’re playing in. For the CALA, I think it lends itself to most teams, defending them well,” he said. “We will probably start to introduce a little bit of 5(-man front) a little more than we have, because I think as we start competing with some of these OHSAA schools, you have to have more levels to your defense.” The names on offense are the same on the other side of the ball. Trent Whetsel, Caleb Colburn, Turner and Park return along the line, and Scudder and Walter anchor the linebacking corps. Williams, Buhrow and Rutter are back in the secondary. Schetter, Meyers, Logan Colburn, Lopez, Frankart, Brody Whetsel, Volkmer, Cassidy and Hipsher will vie for time along the line. Smith, Holman and Kebley will help flesh out the secondary. The Mohawks are the second year of a two-year agreement with the CALA and will play seven games against teams in the league. Teams are from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana and are composed of players who are homeschooled, whose high school does not field a football team or those who do not play for their high school team. St. Wendelin’s other three games come against Ohio High School Athletic Association members. Hardin Northern, which is competing as a junior varsity program this year because of numbers and the ages of players, travels Saturday to St. Wendelin for the home-opener. Arcadia comes to town in Week 8 and the Mohawks go to CoryRawson for the season finale. The Mohawks return to a OHSAA schedule next fall as a member of what will be the new Sandusky River League. “The CALA has been a good fit for the situation we found ourselves in. It’s good competition. The coaches are very fair, very understanding,” Bodart said. “They have their years like we do — have smaller teams, missing kids doing stuff. They were very good to work with in that light. “It fit us well, and I think we’re stepping back towards the OHSAA, and I think that’s good. I think we need local games, local teams, local support,” he said.

St. Wendelin Volleyball: (front, left) Celeste Taylor, Edy Mowrey, Aliecia Moran, Vanessa Taylor (middle) Sophia Volpe, Becca Starn, Meghan Reiter, Chloe Reiter, Mikayla Gilliland (back) Stacey Taylor, Olivia Zimmerman, Victoria Walter, Kamryn Troike, Allie Rutter, Hailee Burns, Jeff Underwood.

man (10 aces, 51 kills, 4 assists, 3 solo blocks, 15 block assists, 18 total blocks, 55 digs), Rutter (20 aces, 67 kills, 46 solo blocks, 43 block assists, 89 total blocks,

28 digs) and Meghan Reiter (23 aces, 30 digs) account for the returning talent. “The talentʼs there. They just need to come together as a

team,” Taylor said. “Iʼm excited about these girls, theyʼve got good talent,” she said. “So far, from what Iʼve seen, theyʼre stepping up.”

Fostoria Tennis

Coach: Jenny Abell, 11th season. 2012: 0-13. Returning letterwinner: Sophomore Autumn Affholder. Others: Juniors Erica Moore; Jillian Smith; Ellen Guan. Sophomore Destinie Farris. Freshmen Sabra Tate; Jessica Kauffman. Outlook: Itʼs not exactly starting over, but it might seem that way at times. The Redmen bring back just one varsity veteran and return to their high school court after a couple years of playing across town, resulting in a lot of new for a team with no seniors. But if thereʼs one positive about that latter part, itʼs that this group will have two years to grow together. “That would be a strength, that I have at least two years with this same group to. But other than that, they are extremely newbies. So itʼs going to be a tough year,” Abell said. Affholder is the lone varsity letterwinner, although Smith is in her second year with the team. The other Redmen are all newcomers, including Moore, a volleyball team convert who also shines for FHS in basketball and softball. Abell said Moore has potential, despite being raw as a tennis player.

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“That athletic ability goes so far because ... that hand-eye coordination can go across sports,” she said. “She understands footwork and movement, and of course she has speed and power and all of those things, and if we could just teach her how to get that refined into a tennis stroke, then sheʼll be right there.” Abell said Moore and Smith will probably join Affholder as the teamʼs singles players, with the veteran making the switch from last yearʼs doubles ranks. Moving to singles will be a challenge, Abell said, because a singles player must constantly move and cover the court instead of being able to rely on a partner. However, she said Affholder looks forward to the change and the responsibility. “I think she likes the idea of ʻno, itʼs on me. Iʼm going to be the one having to make the shots, but at least if I miss them, itʼs me missing them and not somebody else I canʼt control,ʼ” Abell said. “The biggest thing with her is getting her moving because of that tendency to be a little more flat-footed and not having to go for every shot in doubles to ʻIʼve got to move my feet, Iʼve got to be one my toes, Iʼve got to get every ball in single.ʼ I think in the long run that will help her because she

St. Wendelin Golf: (left) Makenzie McAfee, Joey DeHaven, Dalton Murray, coach Dan Ritzler, Gabe Walters, Nick Weaver, Cameron Hunter.

Coach: Cindra Baker, ninth year. 2012: BOYS — Did not field a full team. GIRLS — Second in MAL. Returning letterwinners: BOYS — Sophomore Zac Dixon. GIRLS — Juniors Victoria Volpe; Jocelyn Reinhart; Sara Goddard; Sammie Digby; Kyra Weber. Sophomore Karin Goddard. Others: BOYS — Freshmen Nick DeHaven; Jacob Sellers; Greg Ricker; Maco Gonzalez; Carson Noel; Ethan Cassidy. GIRLS — Freshmen Lauren Meyers; Jaden Ogg. Outlook: St. Wendelinʼs girls and boys enter the fall on different paths. The girls bring experience and success from the past two years, while the boys are heavy on youth. For the girls, the expectations just keep growing. Reinhart, Volpe and Sara Goddard went to regionals as freshmen, with Reinhart advancing to state. Last year, the Mohawks claimed second in the MAL while Reinhart and Volpe returned to the regional meet. Just one girl graduated off last yearʼs team and Baker said this yearʼs group, which has no seniors, will lean heavily on the junior class. “Thereʼs a good group of juniors that we have. Our four main juniors — Sammie and Jocelyn and Sara and Victoria — have run together for years. I have faith that they will step in and be great leaders,” Baker said. “Theyʼre putting expectations on themselves,” she said. “Theyʼre working really hard, theyʼve set some goals and theyʼre really focused.” Meanwhile, the boys teams is in rebuilding mode. That group of Mohawks

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canʼt get flat-footed,” she said. “You donʼt have a choice, you just have to move.” Kauffman and Tate look to join for one doubles team, with Guan and Farris combining for the other.

Fostoria Tennis: (front, left) Destinie Farris, Ellen Guan, Sabra Tate, Autumn Affholder (back) Erica Moore, Jessica Kauffman, Jillian Smith, Jennifer Abell.

St. Wendelin Golf

Coach: Dan Ritzler, 11th season. 2012: 7-7 duals, sixth in Midland Athletic League. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Gabe Walters; Dalton Murray. Junior Joey DeHaven. Sophomore Peter Campbell. Others: Junior Makenzie McAfee. Sophomores Cameron Hunter; Nick Weaver. Outlook: Even with four veterans back and noticeable improvement over the start of last yearʼs play, Ritzler said there are parts of his playersʼ game that need improvement. The latter part is true of almost any golfer, but Ritzler said his Mohawks will make the improvements they seek if they just change their approach. “Iʼve seen some bits and pieces that are better. There are some other things [that need improvement], because all of them want to drive, drive, drive, and what I canʼt get through kidsʼ heads is youʼre going to take more strokes around the green and youʼre going to save more strokes around

the green,” he said. “Trying to get them to work on that in the off-season, they donʼt like to spend a lot of time on chipping and putting, and thatʼs actually where youʼre going to make the biggest improvement in your game.” But theyʼll need to do that to replace two graduates, which included Kieran Campbell, who had the teamʼs best nine-hole average at 42.58. Peter Campbell tops the veterans with a 43.85 average. Murray (45.56), Walters (46.81) and DeHaven (47) finished between 45 and 47 last year. Another challenge this year is depth. The Mohawks have just seven players, with none coming from the freshman class. The race for the league title also looks competitive, Ritzler said, since many schools lost talented players to graduation. He said Hopewell-Loudon, Fremont St. Joe and Carey appear to be the ones leading the way as the Midland Athletic League wraps up its final season, but added St.

St. Wendelin Cross Country

St. Wendelin Cross Country: (front, left) Kyra Weber, Jocelyn Reinhart, Jaden Ogg, Lauren Meyers, Karin Goddard (middle) Sammie Digby, Victoria Volpe, Nick DeHaven, Zach Dixon, Ethan Cassidy, Maco Gonzalez (back) Peter Berton, Greg Ricker, Jacob Sellers, Carson Noel, Cindra Baker.

graduated three members off last yearʼs four-runner squad and feature a team this fall with a letterwinning sophomore and six freshmen. While that means a big change for the freshmen in terms of distance and talent level of other runners, Baker said the young group is progressing well.

“The majority of them have been to the summer running and theyʼre doing nice with the transition [to high school] so far. Theyʼve thrown quite a few 5Kʼs in there, so theyʼre getting used to what racingʼs going to be,” she said. “I think theyʼre doing a really nice job with the transition,” she said.

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Fostoria Volleyball: (front, left) Sydney Vilaisack (middle) Madison Gillig, Christina Cleveland, Kierra Settles, Lilia’na Velazquez (back) Kelly Bates, Brittany Elliott, Lexie Fretz, Amarie Matthews, Luchuana Smith, Taylor Tucker, Jada Hampton, Amy Stultz.

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Coach: Kim Cousin. 2012: Fourth in Northern Buckeye Conference Returning letterwinners: Sophomores Taylor Keeley; Adrianna Eufracio; Keeley May; Anastasia Gross; Raven Rodgers. Others: Freshman Andrea Keckler. Outlook: Fostoria graduated only one runner and has an NBC second-teamer (Keeley) and an honorable mention runner (Eufracio) among its five veterans, but the Redmen still face plenty of challenges. Thereʼs youth, with no one older than a sophomore, and numbers, with only six on the team. “Itʼs going to be kind of a little bumpy start to get going,” Cousin said. “Just canʼt lose anybody,” she said. Still, the goals this year are to

work hard, develop individual growth and advance at the end of the season, Cousin said. “We chit-chatted some about some of the expectations. They definitely want to make some sort of impression on the league,” she said. “And also, just try to improve PR so that way, by the end of the season, they have more of an opportunity to advance to a higher level of competition.” But where youth is a disadvantage, Cousin thinks the experience of those sophomores should pay off because the group will be together for the next few years. “I think thatʼs an advantage, and I think having them and only one incoming freshman, they can take her under their wing and bring her up pretty quick from that junior high level racing to a higher level of competition,” she said.

winners and different classes, but there are also similarities among the runners. “Looking at the kids that lettered last year and looking at the kids that are new coming in, theyʼre all athletes. They know what it takes to be a competitor,” Cousin said. “In the younger kids, ... Iʼve really seen these [veterans] pulling these kids to get up there and step up to the plate and be a competitor and bring your ʻAʼ game to prac-

Fostoria Golf: (front, left) Tyler Agapiou, Dalton Cook, Colin Bernal-Danner, Zavian Tey (back) Kyle Hopkins, Trey Yates, Robby Crotty, Jeremiah Brough, Brian Oestreich.

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And that should help junior veteran quarterback Dom Fuller as he faces competition from junior Rayshawn Yarn and freshman Jayden Stanton, Kelly said. “I think the thing for him that’s going to help us a lot is when we run the ball, it takes a lot of pressure off him having to think to throw the ball, which he struggled with [last year],” Kelly said.

“Play action is the best friend of guys who have struggled throwing the ball.” Other letterwinners are back in key positions, but there are holes to fill. “Offensive line will probably be the biggest one,” Kelly said. “We’ve got some guys that have some experience — a little, and some have more — but it’s still going to be kind of a work in progress up front,” he said. The offensive line features the return of junior center Isaiah Brough, senior tackle Deante Lincoln,

Coach: Amy Stultz, first year. 2012: 2-20, 1-13 Northern Buckeye Conference Returning letterwinners: Seniors Kierra Settles (OH, 5-5); Taylor Tucker (OH, 5-7); Amarie Matthews (MH, 5-9). Junior Jada Hampton (OH, 5-9). Others: Senior Christina Cleveland (S, 5-8). Juniors Luchauna Smith (MH, 5-10); Sydney Vilaisack (DS, 5-0). Freshmen Lexie Fretz (OH, 5-7); Liliaʼna Velazquez (S, 5-5); Madison Gillig (L, 5-5). Outlook: The four veterans are all upperclassmen and three others are also on the squad, but the Redmen will feature youth and inexperience this year. Three freshman will play on the varsity — one starting — and another eight are in the program. “Weʼre going to use what we have this year. One thing that I found they didnʼt have last year were the numbers to be versatile, so when someone got tired and maybe got a little bit sloppy, they didnʼt have somebody to put in for them,” Stultz said. “We do have the numbers this year that we can handle versatility and be flexible. “In the end, itʼs all going to shake out well,” she said. But there are hurdles to clear she said. Smith is the tallest at 5-10 and only a couple other Redmen stand 5-9, but Stultz said they can still jump well enough. They also have to learn to communicate on the court, and the younger players have to get used to playing against opponents who are two and three years older than them. “The freshmen, I noticed with our first scrimmage, the freshmen were very intimidated by the upperclassmen. And not because the upperclassmen were trying to be intimidating, theyʼre just not used to them yet,” Stultz said. “We have a lot of talent, we just have to learn to use that talent together,” she said.

Fostoria Cross Country: (front, left) Austin Struble, Austyn Ray, Aquiles Estrada, Zack Vitt, Hariket Bilodia (middle) Raven Rodgers, Anastasia Gross, Keeley May, Andrea Keckler, Taylor Keeley, Adrianna Eufracio (back) Traci Papenfus, Alan Cross, Sam Grine, Hunter Kauffman, C.J. Matheny, Peter Nunez, Kim Cousin.

Fostoria Boys Cross Country

Coach: Kim Cousin. 2012: Sixth in Northern Buckeye Conference Returning letterwinners: Senior C.J. Matheney. Sophomores Sam Grine; Aquiles Estrada. Others: Seniors Alan Cross; Peter Nuñez; Austyn Ray. Sophomores Hunter Kauffman; Hariket Bilodia; Austin Sauber; Zach Vitt. Freshman Tyler Schernego. Outlook: There are veterans, non-letter-

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and the sophomore combination of guard Brystan Baeder and tackle Micah Randall. Senior Keegan Green and juniors J.J. Fuller and Alex Navarro all return as fullbacks, with junior Deandre Cannon and junior Juan Mendez at receiver. They’ll all show up on defense in what Kelly calls the Fostoria 50. The odd front should compliment the Redmen’s more aggressive approach this year, he said. “We’re going to be attacking, aggressive. We’re going to tackle, we’re

tice every day and just put forth your best effort,” she said. “They all seem to get along, they push each other,” she said. “We have the numbers and I really believe they can do well as long as they stay together.” Matheney returns after gaining firstteam NBC honors in cross country and running at the regional track meet. The other two veterans bring experience, and Cross — who sat out last year after running as a freshman and sophomore — and Nuñez each bring talent to the team, Cousin said.

And the numbers are good, she added, though the Redmen find themselves with no juniors and just one freshman. However, Cousin thinks that latter class might see an increase during the first few weeks of school. “I think that number will change once school starts, as far as the freshmen go,” she said. “Sometimes itʼs hard to get incoming freshmen to switch their level of thinking and I really believe that once school starts, then Iʼm probably going to gain maybe a couple more boys, which would be really nice.”

Coach: Brian Oestreich, third season. 2012: Seventh in Northern Buckeye Conference Returning letterwinner: Junior Robby Crotty. Others: Senior Colin Bernal-Danner. Junior Kaleb Bemis. Sophomores Tyler Agapiou; Dugan Smith. Freshmen Trey Yates; Jeremiah Brough; Dalton Cook; Kyle Hopkins; Zavien Tey. Outlook: Fostoria returns just one veteran from a team which finished seventh in the Northern Buckeye Conference for the second year in a row. And with only one senior on this yearʼs team, the focus is on the future. “Weʼre not going to be any good this year, but weʼre definitely moving in the right direction,” Oestreich said. “Weʼve got some kids who are very coachable, who are working at it, trying to get better and theyʼre having some fun. Thatʼs what I think is most important.”

Youth will play a big role in the team getting better, with two sophomores and five freshmen on the 10-member team. “Theyʼre going to hopefully carry us for a couple years to come,” Oestreich said. “Our best golfer is a freshman, Trey Yates. We donʼt want to put too much pressure on him, but weʼre hoping he does well. Weʼre trying to surround him with a few other pieces. Heʼs a hard worker and a very good student of the game.” With only one senior and one returning letterwinner, Oestreich hopes the rest of the Redmen mirror that this year and next as they try to build up the program. “We havenʼt really talked too much about goals. Our only main concern right now is good, solid contact and trying to get better,” he said. “Our goal is to try to compete here and in the next couple years. “Weʼve got a real good group of guys and I think theyʼre having a blast so far,” Oestreich said.

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going to fill [running lanes],” he said. “That’s a change from last year when we were predominately a 4-3 defense.” Lincoln and Brough will lineup at tackle and Randall will man one of the end spots. Baeder, Navarro, J.J. Fuller and Green will take turns at linebacker, with Cannon and Dom Fuller playing corner and Mendez lining up at strong safety. The other positions are still up for grabs. But whoever plays where, Kelly said he and the Redmen — especially the juniors —

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Head coach: Jim Kelly, second season. 2012: 0-10, 0-7 NBC. Assistant coaches: Ray Tittle, Jeremy Robbins, Sam Meek, Dante Johnson, Paul Shoemaker, Julian Magallanes, Bryan Bernal, Shane Parsons, Jon Ottney, Doug Shaver. No.Name 2 Rayshawn Yarn 3 C.J. Twinning 6 Deandre Cannon 9 Jalen Williams 10 Skyler Cramer 12 Jayden Stanton 15 Allen Heacock 16 Dominque Fuller 20 Keegan Green 21 J.J. Fuller 22 Maurice Haskins 24 Chris Hampton 25 Donovan Vogel 26 Tony Velasquez 30 Xavier Galvan 31 Juan Mendez 32 Tysen Latta 33 Tyrone Taylor 35 Rolando Silva 36 Zack Jimmison 40 Chad Spangler 43 Ryan Phillips 44 Alex Navarro 48 Kaleb Danko 50 Deante Lincoln 52 Isaiah Brough 53 Marcos Esquivel 55 Deandre Bunley 57 Jordan Mathius 58 Kyle Kreh 60 Eric Struble 62 Gage Scott 63 Bobby Melton 64 Darien Tey 65 Caleb Peace 66 Brystan Baeder 72 Gabe Thompson 73 Micah Robinson 75 Jarrett Lorenzen 80 Tyler Myers 81 DaeʼMeir Johnson 83 Carl Wilson 89 Malik Slaughter 87 Jimmie Cooper 93 Trent Dukes 96 Michael Barchus

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Redmen looking at ‘Year One’ BY JOHN MONTGOMERY

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FOSTORIA — The second year of Jim Kelly’s tenure at Fostoria begins this fall, but the Redmen’s mentor said it seems as if he’s starting all over again. The reasons vary from the late start he got in 2012 to the holes left by graduation, leading to a lot more instruction instead of tweaking now. “The first thing we did this year, when I brought all the coaches in, I said, ‘This is a lot about teaching.’ In some ways, it’s almost like it’s Year One for us because last year, getting hired in so late, it was hard to develop relationships with the seniors because some of them I didn’t see until the first day,” Kelly said. “We don’t have a lot of letterwinners; we have a few,” he said. “What we grad-

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uated were guys who’d played a lot of varsity football.” Fostoria lost 17 players to graduation last year and only return 10 veterans this fall, leaving plenty of spots to be filled. And chances are, youth will help do that since the 46-man team has eight sophomores — including two letterwinners — and 18 freshmen. “We’re young, there’s no question about that,” Kelly said. And in search of a win. The Redmen (0-10, 0-7 Northern Buckeye Conference) haven’t won since beating Rossford 30-21 in the 2011 season finale, and last year was a constant struggle. The Redmen only scored two or more touchdowns in a game twice. Only two losses were by 15 or fewer points — 227 to Otsego and 14-6 to Elmwood — with the Redmen getting shut out three times. Opponents beat Fostoria by an average of 46.4-7.9. Changing that momentum will be key, Kelly said, adding that wins won’t come easily. Fostoria hasn’t beaten perennial power Ottawa-Glandorf since the opening game of the 2008 season and the last win over Bowling Green came in 2009. Week 3 opponent Sandusky Perkins, a newcomer to the FHS schedule, was edged by a point in last year’s Division III regional semifinals by eventual state runner-up Bellevue. After that comes the NBC portion of the schedule, and Fostoria has yet to beat

either Genoa or Eastwood since the conference began in 2011. “The biggest hurdle will just be getting that first win, and if they don’t win at first, how do you handle defeat and getting back on the horse, so to speak,” Kelly said. “That’s where us as coaches come in and keep the focus because it’s a long season and we expect to compete at a high level all the time around here.” Getting there means changing the team’s identity into a physical squad, Kelly said, starting on offense. Last year’s team started as a spread team because of its personnel, but injuries and other situations led to the Redmen being more run-oriented near the end of the season. This fall, the spread is out and the “I” and a full-house backfield are in. That doesn’t mean the Redmen won’t throw, just that they plan to set it up more, Kelly said. “We’ve got to be able to run the ball. We’ve got to be able to be physical off the snap, run the football. If we can run the ball well, then it opens up things in the passing game. But we have to cater to our strengths, and we have a lot of running backs; on the team, we’ve got twentyfive offensive linemen,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to ... be able to identify ourselves with being a physically strong and physical football team, and that starts with running the football.”

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Coach: Krissy Lotycz, second season. 2012: 10-12, 6-5 MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Courtney Burns (MH/Setter); Kassie Shaver (OH); Kassie Welly (Lib.). Juniors Shelbi Sauber (Setter/OH). Sophomore Tiana Opp (OH). Others: Freshmen Brooklyn Arbogast (MH); Alexis Feindel (OH); Baleigh Searles (DS); Michelle Welly (DS). Outlook: A good deal of Hopewell-Loudonʼs success this season will likely depend on the development of the teamʼs freshmen. Four freshmen are likely to see significant varsity time, but Lotycz feels there is a lot of talent in the group. “I think freshman-wise, theyʼll add a lot of talent for us,” she said. “A lot of the freshmen played club volleyball and there is a lot of athleticism in that class. “There will be times the inexperience will show, theyʼll have their fair share of freshmen mistakes. Our upperclassmen will have to be patient working with

them, getting up to the level expected on varsity. So far theyʼve been doing a great job taking them under their wing.” One senior that will be relied upon heavily is Burns, who returns after being among the MAL leaders a year ago with 241 kills. “Sheʼs going to determine our success based on her performance and motivation out of the middle,” Lotycz said. “She will contribute so much for us offensively and defensively. Sheʼs been willing to step up to the challenge and accept her role to carry us and get us to where we want to be.” Burns is also going be looked at to handle a lot of the setting duties as well. “Courtney has amazing hands, she can put the ball right on the money,” Lotycz said. “Sheʻs smart enough to read the floor and knows when to mix it up. She likes to take control; sheʼs willing to step up and take control and be the quarterback of the team. Sheʼs so versatile and so athletic. Sheʼs able to play defense and sheʼs able to set the ball.”

Hopewell-Loudon volleyball: (front, left) Kassie Shaver, Courtney Burns, Kassie Welly (middle) Morgan Searles, Sierra Beers, Marissa Shaver, Haeleah Williams, Hailey Schroeder, Makenzie Bouillon, Emma Kirby (back) Elaine DiCesare, Astacia Richardson, Alexis Feindel, Baleigh Searles, Hannah Williams, Shelbi Sauber, Michelle Welly, Brooke Arbogast, Tiana Opp, Krissy Lotycz.

Shaver contributed 133 kills for the Chieftains last year and Lotycz will be looking to her for more this season. “Sheʼs growing to become an all-the-way-around player,” Lotycz said. “As a hitter, and a fulltime varsity member, sheʼll have a

Coach: Paul Jones, 17th season. 2012: Midland Athletic League champion. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Morgan Brant; Allison Arnold. Junior Leah Reinhart. Sophomore Caitlin Somers. Others: Juniors Taylor Kline, Kiley Siegel. Sophomore Kensy Siegel. Freshmen Katie Arnold; Lizzie Erlanger; Grace Portentoso; Lauren Shaver and Keely Hoover. Outlook: Seven runners, including five tournament runners, graduated from last yearʼs MAL championship and regional qualifying team. Jones will lean on the experience he does have coming back to carry the team, especially in the early part of the season. “Two runners from the regional qualifying team, Leah Reinhart

and Morgan Brant, return this season, so their experience should be a plus,” Jones said. “Leah Reinhart came off a strong track season, put in a lot of summer miles and should be our leader on the course.” With only 12 on the roster, including five freshmen, numbers are an issue for Jones. But he likes the potential they have, once they gain experience running varsity races. “I donʼt know that we will be real strong at the beginning of the year, but hopefully as the freshmen gain some 5K experience, we will be at our peak when the league meet and tournaments roll around,” he said. “This is the smallest team we have had in a number of years, but they are a very good group to coach and work very hard. They seem very excited about the season.”

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lot of weight on her shoulders.” Lotycz will also be looking for a lot of offense out of Sauber, whom she describes as being “very explosive. She can attack out of nowhere.” A lot of the defense at the net will led by Opp, from whom Lotycz

Coach: Bob Maurer. 2012: 3rd in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Aric Creeger; Jarid Gelinas. Junior Bryce Gorrell. Others: Juniors Garrett Sendelbach; Samantha Gosche. Sophomores Waleed Salem; Ryan Blaser. Freshmen Cody Kirian; Nick Elsass; Deavan Gosche; Hudson Hill; Drayton Trumbull. Outlook: The Chieftain top three of Creeger, Gelinas and Gorrell can carry the team a long way. So far in the early season theyʼve had Hopewell-Loudon consistently toward the top of the board at tournaments. “The top three are playing very well,” Maurer said. “How they play is going to determine how we finish.” But to be a complete team, Maurer needs someone to step up to be a consistent fourth. Thatʼs where Sendelbach comes into play. After sitting out the season a year ago, Sendelbach came back out and has already paid dividends.

“Garrett played for us two years ago, he came back this year,” Maurer said. “We were having to take scores of 119 as our fourth man. Heʼs been shooting in the high 90s and coming down every time he plays.” Gorrell narrowly missed out on a trip to state as an individual a year ago. In the past year, Maurer says his star junior has been working hard and improving his game, playing in American Junior Golf Association events. “Heʼs been playing a lot of AJGA tournaments all over the nation. Heʼs been playing good and winning points,” Maurer said. “Heʼs really working hard on improving his game.” Maurer sees not only the potential for Gorrell to make it far, but for the whole team to play deep into the postseason. But for that to happen, the back end of the lineup has to produce. “We need to get our No. 4 and 5 man to get lower scores,” he said. “Everybody has to play their best golf to advance.”

Hopewell-Loudon Girls Cross Country: (front, left) Leah Reinhart, Tayler Kline, Lizzie Erlanger, Lauren Shaver, Caitlin Somers, Keely Hoover (back) Paul Jones, Grace Portentoso, Allison Arnold, Morgan Brant, Katie Arnold, Kensy Siegel, Kiley Siegel

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2012: 4-6, 3-4 Midland Athletic League Head coach: Jeremy Nutter. Assistant coaches: Dave Long, Andy Amlin, Matt Rader, Joe Hudok, Andrew Brose. No.Name 3 Trent Ardner 4 Trenton Burns 5 Austin Tooker 6 Derek Runion 7 Ben Bodart 8 Eli Tooker 9 Tyler Rohe 10 Jackson Sebetto 11 Dillon Williams 12 Hunter Sadler 17 Jordan Stewart 19 Dylan Hammond 20 Cody Malone 22 Logan Tyree 25 Braden Park 29 Rex Miller 30 Anson Tran 32 Matt Huth 33 Ryan Lommerse 34 Noah Breidenbach 35 Ben Hulse 51 Wesley Armon 52 Christian Potteiger 53 Noah Babcock 54 Elijah Bustillos 57 Tristan Molotla 58 LRay Burns 64 Jason Keller 70 Weston Hill 71 Adam Foos 74 Adam Bour 75 Grant Gosche 85 Brennen Kieffer 88 Zach Clouse

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Chieftains looking for strong final run in the MAL BY TONY MALUSO

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BASCOM — Six of the past 10 years, Hopewell-Loudon has claimed a Midland Athletic League championship. As the league enters its final year and the Chieftains prepare to say goodbye to longtime rivals, a seventh — and final — title holds that much more meaning. “I think that’s a pretty important goal for our seniors, knowing that this is the last go-around in the MAL,” HopewellLoudon coach Jeremy Nutter said. “Obviously it’s a little bittersweet. We won’t have some of our rivalries that have been so good to us over the years. If it’s got to end, it’d be nice to end it on a championship, for sure.” The Chieftains will move into the Blanchard Valley Conference in 2014. They were able to keep Calvert on their schedule as a non-conference game, but this year will be the last time for the foreseeable future they face-off against traditional rivals. “What a great league this has been for us the last 23 years. I grew up playing in it, coached in it at Seneca East, coached

in it here,” Nutter said. “Familiar faces, familiar rivalries. It’s good, solid football in this league. It will be a shame not to have Carey on the schedule or Mohawk or Seneca East. We were fortunate, though, to keep Calvert on the schedule week 1 in 2014.” Improving on last year’s 3-4 league mark might be tough considering the Chieftains have to replace Mark Bouillon, last year’s MAL leader in rushing (114.8 ypg) and scoring (18 TDs, 110 points). To replace that production, the Chieftains will be doing a lot of running west. Not directionally. But behind left tackle Weston Hill, who Nutter says “might be one of the best offensive linemen I’ve ever coached.” Cody Malone was H-L’s second leading rusher a year ago (79 carries, 555 yards) and moves into the primary ball carrying role. But Nutter says there are others ready to step up and run with the ball. “We have two more pretty solid running backs,” he said. “Matt Huth’s a junior, and a sophomore that’s really stuck out to me is Noah Breidenbach. He’s done a nice job so far in camp carrying the ball. He’s quick on his cuts. He reads

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things properly. I think all three will get some touches.” Last year’s Chieftains featured a solid ground attack, while in years prior, due to the personnel, they liked to throw the ball. This year Nutter says the team should be able to strike an ideal balance. “We’re probably as balanced as we’ve ever been at my time here,” he said. “Two years ago we were probably more pass heavy and last year we gave it to Mark a lot. This year I think we can get that ideal 50-50 split, take what the defense gives us and be able to do both.” The quarterback job is still up in the air. Junior Derek Runion is competing with sophomore Austin Tooker for the job. Don’t expect the two to split time though. Nutter says by the time the first ball is kicked off, one of them will win the job. “Throughout camp it’s been a pretty good battle,” he said. “Right now Derek probably has the edge on the younger guy just in terms of experience. That will be a race right down to the wire I’m sure. We’ll go with the guy that gives us the best chance to win.

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Seneca East Boys Cross Country

Coach: Doug Mason 2012: Division III state champions Returning letterwinners: Seniors Jason Willman; Ben Frankurt; Robby Schaffer; Alex Buckley. Juniors Carson Pipher; Wes Pipher; Jared Stockmaster; Michael Szabo; Bryce Watson; Brady McWilliams. Sophomores Elliott Hoepf; Tommy Sollis. Others: Junior Daniel Cook. Sophomores Noah Nichols; Jeff Shook. Freshmen Andy Bordner; Connor Caudill; Collin Gibbs; Jared Kaiser; Garrick Manning; Jacob Margraf; Jacob Skidmore; Gunner Wilson. Outlook: Seneca East reached the pinnacle last season. The Tigers won the Division III state championship in 2012, giving its community something to cherish for years and years. So, what can the Tigers do for an encore? A repeat title isnʼt impossible or even unlikely, simply based on the runners Seneca East brings back. Of the scoring runners, only Karl

Burgderfer doesnʼt return off last yearʼs squad. But Mason said this year will be a challenge, starting with replacing Burgderfer. “We had one senior, the fifth man on that team, that was very invaluable, actually,” Mason said. Invaluable because it was Burgderferʼs finish that secured the championship. “It goes to show you how vital that fifth man is, and weʼve got some big shoes to replace because Karl had a big senior year,” Mason said. Besides that, Mason said everyoneʼs aware how daunting repeating is. “Youʼre remembered for what you do next. Itʼs so difficult to repeat,” he said. “That drive, that motivation. I told them, ʻHow good do you want to be?ʼ Itʼs tough to repeat as a champion, and I see why now. You have to battle. No doubt about it. Leading the Tigers is Willman, the top runner from a season ago. Mason said the senior actually is in

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Seneca East Boys Cross Country: (front, left) Andy Bordner, Tommy Solis, Garrick Manning, Alex Buckley, Ben Frankart, Jason Willman, Rob Schaffer, Noah Nichols, Michael Szabo, Daniel Cook, Gunner Wilson (back) Doug Mason, Connor Caudill, Jacob Skidmore, Colin Gibbs, Brady McWilliams, Carson Pipher, Bryce Watson, Wes Pipher, Jared Stockmaster, Elliott Hoepf, Jacob Margraf Matt Schock a better spot than he was last year at this time. In August of 2012, Willman still was recovering from an injury. “Heʼs obviously ahead of where he was last year [when he] couldnʼt train,” Mason said. “Heʼs learned how to cope and deal. Heʼs an in-

credible talent, incredible person.” And while everyone is talking about a team championship, Mason said Willman is capable of another title. “He has a chance to be individual state champion in Division III,” Mason said. “If he stays healthy

Seneca East Girls Cross Country

Coach: Paul Dymond 2012: Ninth in MAL Returning letterwinner: Senior Alyssa England. Others: Juniors Kirsten Camp; Jaclyn Willman. Sophomore Courtney Leis. Outlook: Seneca East returns its one of its best runner runners from last year in England, but thatʼs it. When Dymond talked about his team last week, he had just four girls on the roster. England was the only one who earned a letter last season who is back. Anna Willman, one of the top runners in

Seneca East Volleyball

Coach: Nicole Chaffee 2012: 6-14 Returning letterwinners: Seniors Kristen Bowerman (MH); Rachel Bauman (S/OH); Cameil Ruffing (MH); Holly Bordner (L). Sophomore Mykayla Ruffing (S). Others: Senior Kylie Ruffing (OH). Junior Caitlin Sauers (DS). Sophomores Paige Reichert (RH); Kayleen England (OH); Freshman Sydney Carr (DS). Outlook: Chaffee is in her second season with the Tigers, and brings back a squad with some experience. Five seniors populate Seneca Eastʼs roster, four of whom return from last year. “I can tell that right now our senior leadership is strong and weʼre coming together more, like what I envisioned for my pro-

gram,” Chaffee said. “Basically weʼre just building on our skills and starting to come together.” Chaffee said Bauman and her middle hitters will be her “go-to girls.” She also said she has a team that should be able to move around the court. “I think weʼre very versatile,” she said. “I have girls that can play in different places. They know the court well. They have a good mindset of the court.” Chaffee didnʼt make specific predictions on how the Tigers would do in the MAL, just saying she wants them to be competitive. “I guess we just want to be strong competitors in everything we do and putting our best game forward,” she said.

Seneca East Golf

Coach: Gary Manasco 2012: 10th in MAL Returning Letterwinners: Senior Braden Nagel. Juniors Austin Holmer; Jack Daniel. Sophomores Riley Kalb; Shelby Bumb. Others: Junior Alyson Groves. Sophomores Scott Sanford; Eric Allgyre; Andrew Zellner; Christian Miller; Tyrus Debold; Donovan Meyers. Freshmen Lauren Willman; Johnny Diehm. Outlook: Itʼs a team without much experience. Only five of the golfers on the roster earned a letter last season. But Manasco is impressed with some of his younger talent, especially Diehm, a freshman. “Heʼs got a very pretty swing,” Manasco said. “His length has improved over the summer.” Manasco said heʼs keeping his expectations for the Tigers realistic. “Are we the best in the league? No, and thatʼs OK,” he said. “I think we have opportunities to show our talent. We know weʼre growing. We have that opportunity.”

Seneca East Golf: (front, left) Alex Forehand, Christian Miller, Alyson Groves, Joe Lattimore (middle) Jaden Love, Eric Allgyre, Drewe Tipple, Alivia Lucius, Andrew Zellner, Ryan Shock, Shelby Bumb, Thomas Lynch (back) Lauren Willman, Scott Sanford, Jack Daniel, Braden Nagel, Riley Kalb, Johnny Diehm, Braedon Tipple

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and trains the way he needs to train, he might have a shot at it at the end of the year.” A look at the junior class also has to give Tigers fans high expectations. “Our junior class is incredible,” Mason said.

Seneca East Girls Cross Country: (from, left) Paul Dymond, Anna Willman, Jaclyn Willman, Alyssa England, Courtney Leis

the Midland Athletic League as a junior last season, is out due to injury. Dymond did say he is trying to bring in some more runners. “Weʼre still in the process of trying to build a strong program,” Dymond said. “Iʼve got some good runners and good potential. Itʼs a matter of getting 5-7 runners to complete the puzzle.” Dymond said he is expecting Camp to be his No. 1 runner, but is also expecting good years from England and Jaclyn Willman. The important thing is staying healthy. “Cross countryʼs a brutal sport; you just pound out the miles and it wears on the kids,” Dymond said. “All the girls are working hard, and the new ones I have, Iʼve seen improvement from them.”

Seneca East Volleyball: (front, left) Kayleen England, Kylie Ruffing, Mykayla Ruffing (middle) Paige Reichert, Rachel Bauman, Holly Bordner, Caitlin Sauers (back) Cameil Ruffing, Kristin Bowerman, Nickie Chaffee.

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2012: 7-3 (4-3 MAL). Head coach: Ed Phillips. Assistant coaches: Kevin Dick; Justin Ruffing; George Parks; Jarron Reesman; Ted Weaver; Jeremy Cornwell. No.Name

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ATTICA — Seneca East has had some good seasons under Ed Phillips. But the squad’s goal has eluded the Tigers to this point, and it has eluded the program since 2004. The Tigers want to make the playoffs. “Absolutely,” Phillips responded when asked if the postseason is a driving motivator for him, his staff and his players. “That’s what everybody wants. We want that greatness. We want that special year. Last year, it was about two plays away from being that: The St. Joe game and the tight one against Calvert. If we had turned the tides in those two games we could have been where we

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wanted to be, and we weren’t.” The Tigers are coming off a 7-3 campaign, but a 34-27 loss to St. Joe and a 28-21 defeat at the hands of the Senecas in back-to-back weeks still stick with Phillips. It was another season of being close, but not being there. “That’s life, and that’s what drives you,” he said. “You’ve got to have that motor to keep going after it. We’ve had some good seasons, but we do. We want that great one, there’s no doubt.” Phillips believes this could be that year. “Yeah, I think we’ve got the bullets in the gun,” he said. “I think without a doubt we’ve got some really good playmakers and we’ve got a mix of youth and experience, but our youth is pretty talented.” On offense, the Tigers will be led by quarterback Ethan Caudill, who threw for 1,522 yards with 14 touchdowns. Both of those totals were second in the Midland Athletic League. He was a dynamic presence, also rushing for 305 yards. “Ethan’s a fourth-year guy for us now, and it’s just like second nature to him now,” Phillips said. “He’s run everything we’ve got so many times that the biggest difference I’m noticing now is there is no delay between when he gets the ball and pulling the trigger. He makes his reads quick and gets the job done.”

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Phillips said Caudill is one of the team’s leaders. “He’s a lead by example kind of guy, and he’s really quiet,” Phillips said. “But he just goes about his thing and gets it done and shows up to the weight room every day, and there’s no doubt that he gets us going offensively.” At running back, Phillips said the “bulk of the carries” will go to Cory Depinet and Alex Scheiber. Cale Felter also is in the mix. “In Scheiber and Depinet, we’ve got two really dynamic guys,” Phillips said. “Both running and catching the football.” Phillips said the Tigers success will depend greatly on how their offensive line does. “They key is our offensive line coming together and doing the job,” he said. “I believe we’ve got the playmakers, and I’ll tell you what, from day one back in June when we started working, our offensive line has worked their butts off, and they’re coming along and doing a really good job right now in the run and the pass game.” Owen Best and Eric Depinet are returning starters up front, while Josh Waggoner will also play on the line. Garrett Boesser and Joe Roth will be a pair of newcomers to it.

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Columbian Soccer

Coach: Rob Ochier, third season. 2012: 7-8-1. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Mike Brady (MF); Zach Digby (D); Adam Stevens (D); Garrett Bean (MF); Hunter Stark (MF); Spencer Pauly (MF); Sam Smith (D); Tyler Bowers (D); Christian Kiesel (F); John Funk (D); Josh Gibson (GK); Peyton Demith (D). Juniors Alec Demith (F); Nathaniel Gilmer (MF) Others: Seniors Blake BorerMiller (MF); Justin Warren (MF); Nolan Miller (F). Juniors Jay Gase (MF); Aaron Arnold (MF); Eric Shermer (GK). Sophomore Kevin Miller (MF). Outlook: Thereʼs a lot of reasons for optimism with the Columbian soccer team. Fourteen reasons, to be exact. Thatʼs the number of letterwinners returning to Ochierʼs squad this season. As a result, the excitement level is high surrounding the team. “This is probably the most excited Iʼve been going into a season,” he said. “With an

experienced team, players with the knowledge of the game, and the skill the have, it makes me pretty excited for the season.” Highlighting the roster is a large and highly-skilled senior class that Ochier says has a lot of chemistry due to years of being on the field together. “This senior class has been a key part of the varsity roster for three years now, they have a lot of varsity time, and a lot of time playing together playing as kids,” he said. “Theyʼve been around the game a number of years. They have great team chemistry and are working together really well. In practice, most of the time is spent fine tuning things a little bit here and there, and teaching the younger guys whoʼll be coming up the next couple years.” Brady, Kiesel and Pauly are all back after they shared the team lead in goals a season ago with eight. Demith returns as the leading point scorer with six goals and six assists. All will be looked upon to play a big role in the Tornado offense.

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Columbian Soccer: (front, left) Jay Gase, Kevin Miller, Blake Borer-Miller, Mike Brady, Alec Demith, Spencer Pauly, Garrett Bean (middle) Nolan Miller, Aaron Arnold, Christian Kiesel, Hunter Stark, Tyler Bowers, John Funk (back) Rob Ochier, Zach Digby, Nathaniel Gilmer, Samuel Smith, Joshua Gibson, Adam Stevens, Peyton Demith, Justin Warren, Dave Pool. Meanwhile, Ochier feels the defense is a real solid anchored by Gibson, now in his third year manning the goal. “Overall, I have six seniors I can put back at defense so weʼre very

Columbian Volleyball: (front, left) Jourdan Hoffman, Sydney Saum, Tessa Fuhrer, Michaela Sharlow, Taylor Reinbolt, Annie Demith, Brandy Phillips (back) Megan Simon, Hailee Distel, Madison Williams, Haley Sendelbach, Alyssa Price, Sydney Schank, Bill Bonham, Erin Patrizi.

experienced there,” Ochier said. “Josh Gibson is in his third year as varsity goalkeeper. My defense, I think, is going to be very tough, a strong point of our team as well. “I donʼt see too many holes in

our roster. We have had some injuries that have really effected us. Hopefully that gets a little better in the next couple weeks. But, I think with our experience and our ability, weʼll be in pretty good shape.”

Columbian Volleyball

Coach: Bill Bonham, first season. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Tessa Fuhrer (S); Alyssa Price (MH/OH); Annie Demith (DS); Jourdan Hoffman (S); Madison Williams (OH). Juniors Michaela Sharlow (DS/OH); Sydney Schank (OH); Haley Sendelbach (MH). Others: Juniors Brandy Phillips (OH); Hailee Distel (OH). Sophomores Taylor Reinbolt (OH); Sydney Saum (DS). Outlook: Last year Bonhamʼs season ended at Wright State as he guided Buckeye Central to the state semifinals. This year he comes over to Columbian where there is a difference in the culture, which heʼs trying to change. “Fundamentals and discipline,” Bonham listed as the main things heʼs had to work on since coming over to Tiffin. “The difference here compared to Buckeye is, the kids at Buckeye are playing volleyball since first grade. Here thereʼs a late start.” To make up the difference, Bonham said he team has spent a lot of practice time working simply on fundamentals and handling the ball. “Just touch the ball as often as we can,” he said. “Weʼve had the luxury of our boosters stepping up and buying a ball machine. We do a lot of repetitive fundamental passing and getting touches in the gym. “We have avoided a lot of team drills. We focused our summer on individual training. You gotta learn to walk before you learn to run. Weʼve installed a lot of funda-

mental breakdown controlled training. The girls might think itʼs boring but itʼs paying off.” Bonham isnʼt the only transplant from the Buckeye Central Final Four team, as Williams also transferred to Tiffin for her senior year. She joins a senior class that Bonham will be looking to a lot on the court. “Thereʼs five seniors; physically they need to step up a little more,” he said. “You always expect more out of your seniors and itʼs no different with this class, thereʼs talent there. Weʼre going to look to Madison for a lot out on the court. Our setters have been doing a good job as leaders, which is what you want from your setters. “Weʼre going to look at our seniors first and we also got a pretty good junior class with talent. Haley and Michaela are a couple really good juniors with experience, they take care of things on the floor.” However, Bonham says there are a lot of talented underclassmen who will challenge for playing time. “We have pretty big hopes, some really good freshmen and sophomores coming up that will get some time,” he said. “Taylor Reinbolt is one weʼre pretty excited about. One thing we like about her is, she just plays; sheʼs pretty care free. She loves being on the floor and playing the game, but is not reckless. She takes care of the ball and doesnʼt make mistakes. She gives us a spark in our defense.”

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The memories of 2012 are probably still fresh in the minds of Columbian faithful. A 10-0 regular season and Northern Ohio League title don’t get forgotten easily. But for Brian Colatruglio, those memories are just that. The 2013 Tornadoes are a new group looking to make their own mark. “What I enjoy the most about high school football is that every season is a completely new experience,” he said. “New group of kids, new group of leaders. We got some new coaches. Everything we did last year, the last three years, is all great. We’re pleased to win the NOL and go 10-0, but this is a completely different group. They got their own personalities, their own strengths and weaknesses.” Colatruglio doesn’t like using the word “defend” when talking about the NOL. He prefers to look at is as his team trying to win the NOL title, rather defending last year’s title. “(Alabama coach) Nick Saban says all the time ‘you don’t defend anything.’ This is a new year,” Colatruglio said. “We’re going to try to win the NOL. We’re going to try to make the playoffs. We’re not defending anything.” That being said, winning the league title a year ago does put a target on the backs of this year’s squad. But Colatruglio said that just comes with being a part of one of northwest Ohio’s top programs. “It comes with being a part of Tiffin Columbian football,” he said. “We’re always going to have a target on our back in our league. The tradition that’s been established here the past 20 years is pretty strong. That’s part of the responsibility of being part of this team.” Columbian brings back a good amount of experience, especially on the line. But, there are several holes in the skill positions that need filled. Jack Jacoby, who has been a fixture in the Columbian backfield the past two years graduated, as did Mike Rohrbach, last year’s starting quarterback. Rohrbach’s duties will be turned over to sophomore Stone Simmons who Colatruglio says is the same sort of drop-back passer. He even compared

Simmons to a former quarterback of his at Hopewell-Loudon who was with Colatruglio in two state finals appearances. “He’s a young guy but he’s got a big arm,” Colatruglio said. “He’s more like Mike, and at this age he reminds me a lot of Tyler Brown that I had at Hopewell. He’s the tall, strong-armed pocket quarterback. I think we’re going to look a little bit different than what we’ve probably looked the last couple years.” Ryan Lynch, the team’s secondleading rusher from a season ago, moves up to become the primary ball carrier. Spencer Franklin and Jace Hurt also will get carries and Tyler Gillig will be the fullback, giving Columbian a good set of backs. “We got some real quality depth at running back,” Colatruglio said. “Ryan’s going to be our workhorse for sure, but we got some other guys. Spencer Franklin is going to be a nice change of pace. He’s a little bit smaller, a really quick kid, got great feet. He will give us a little different look in the backfield.” Wide receiver is an area where the cupboard was left pretty bare. “We don’t have a starting receiver that caught a ball in a varsity game last year,” Colatruglio admitted. “We have two senior starters at split end — they just haven’t played — in Nate Hoyda and Jeffrey Crawford. But they’re solid. They waited their turn; they sat behind two two-year starters. They’re ready to go.” Derek Dryfuse will start at right end while sophomore Cody Kimmet and freshman Russ Yeast will be the slot receivers. Colatruglio admitted it isn’t often a freshman gets such a prominent role at Columbian, but he feels Yeast can handle the job. “That will be the first freshman that I’ve started, but he’s earned it. He can be a special player,” Colatruglio said. “[A freshman starting] hasn’t happened since I’ve been here. I know coach Gilbert had a few, but it’s a pretty short list. He’s earned it. He’s ready to play at that level.” The offensive line in anchored by Isiah Moore, who Colatruglio says is “probably the best football player I’ve ever coached.” The senior has already received offers from Toledo and Kent State and Colatruglio says more are likely to come in.

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“He’s just a big time football player,” Colatruglio said. “It’s not very often a player can dominate a game of football from the offensive line position, but he’s somebody who can. There’s no secret, we’re going to run left a lot.” Moore is joined on the line by Austin Thallman at left guard, Nevin Lantz at center, Ian O’Donnell at right guard and Frazier Daniel at right tackle. “It’s the strength of our team,” Colatruglio said of the line. “As good as we were the last two years, this group is bigger and stronger and more athletic than those two groups that we’ve had. This could be the best offensive line that we’ve had here, and that’s saying something ’cause we’ve been pretty good, but these five guys are extremely talented. We’re going to be fun to watch.” Colatruglio says there will be more rotation of bodies on the defensive end of the ball. Dryfuse and Chase Keller will start as defensive ends with Zach Young also seeing a lot of time. Reed Vaughn and three-year starter Codey Chance will anchor the line as tackles. At inside linebacker, Colatruglio has what he says are four solid seniors who can all be effective in Lynch, Gillig, Hurt and Andy Schwartz. Jacob Dickman and Ross Pauly will start at outside linebackers with Issac Theis and Roman Williams rotating in. Crawford, Trevor O’Conner and Josh Briggs will man the corners and Hoyda returns as the starting free safety. Columbian will have to get through the first three weeks of the season without senior Donovan Walker, who will sit out due to disciplinary issues. But once on the field, Walker will bring another dynamic to the Tornado offense. “He’s one of our most talented players,” Colatruglio said. “Offensive we’re going to put him in a position to get the ball in his hands.” The early schedule, though, will be a good measuring stick to see where this Tornado team stacks up. Clyde is back as the week 1 opponent, but Mansfield and Fostoria are off the schedule, replaced by Maumee and Anthony Wayne. “Our non-league schedule, this is the best we’ve had 1-2-3,” Columbian said. “With Clyde, Maumee and Anthony Wayne, we gotta be ready to go. Those are three good football teams. Some really good programs that play in good leagues. We’re going to have to be ready to go from the start.”

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Coach: Nikki Hintze. 2012: Third in NOL; regional qualifiers. Returning letterwinners: Senior Marisa Stephens. Juniors Abrie Smith; Katie Brickner. Sophomores Lexi Desjardins; Cassandra Gooding; Amanda Schwartz; Lindsay Young; Lydia Vallery. Others: Freshmen Derra Cheatham; Cana Ingalls; Beca Kimmet; Annie Masella; Cheyenne Fitch; Sam Fry; Bri Coffman; Hahna Shook. Outlook: Last year Columbian grabbed the fourth and final team regional qualifying spot at its Division II district at Galion. Five of the seven who ran in the regional race are back this year to make another run deep into the postseason, but things will be a bit tougher this year as the Tornadoes have been moved to Division I. Hintze though said she as a team that be very competitive in the upper division. “This group is more capable than any group Iʼve had, so I donʼt think the move is a bad thing. This group is definitely capable of suc-

ceeding in Division I,” she said. “It can only help us when it comes down to our league meet. Weʼll be running against excellent teams, teams weʼve never run against before and it will only help us down the road.” Last year, Columbian relied on a lot of youth with four freshmen and a sophomore in its top seven. Hintze feels with the experience of running a regional race already under their belt, the group will only get better. “Last year a good bulk of our varsity team was freshman and they did awesome,” she said. “To see that group come in with experience is going to be huge.” Added to that group is another talented freshman class, and good leadership from the upperclassmen to bring out the best in them. “We do have a good chunk of freshmen again; we are going to have some freshmen running for those varsity spots,” Hintze said. “Marisa and Abrie are leading the team right now and know how to push that group and get the most out of them.”

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Columbian Girls Cross Country: (front, left) Alexis Desjardins, Cassandra Gooding, Amanda Schwartz, Lindsay Young, Bre Coffman, Lydia Vallery, Katie Brickner, Abrie Smith, Marisa Stephens. (back) Beca Kimmet, Samantha Fry, Cana Ingalls, Hahna Shook, Cheyene Fitch, Derra Cheatham, coach Nikki Hintze

Hintze said practices are going well with times equal to where they were a year ago. Only, thereʼs more people hitting those times. “Our times so far are very comparable to last year except

Columbian Boys Cross Country: (front, left) Dathan Liming, Tanner Schreiner, Kyler Lange, Chris Gates, Tyler Mesnard (back) John Kihorany, Adam Forrest, Adam Young, Brandon Gibson, Tyler Lewis.

there are more girls at that time,” she said. “Where we had four girls last year, we have eight this year. “So far with practices, we have an awesome pack. There are eight girls that are running up to-

gether and coming together like any coach would want. They are really running together as a team. Thereʼs no one that really runs out in front. They run together and push each other and run as a team.”

Columbian Boys Cross Country

Coach: John Kihorany. 2012: Third in Northern Ohio League. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Adam Young; Brandon Gibson; Chris Gates. Junior Tyler Mesnard. Sophomore Adam Forrest. Others: Senior Tyler Lewis. Juniors Evyn Stevens; Kyler Lange. Freshmen Dathan Liming; Tanner Schreiner. Outlook: In Gibsonʼs first year running cross country, all he was able to accomplish was a top-50 finish at Novemberʼs state meet. From what Kihorany has seen during the summer, there doesnʼt seem to be any kind of letdown. “Heʼs followed along with putting in a great season of summer mileage,” Kihorany said. “Chris and Tyler are kind of following along as well, putting in all the work now and hopefully it will pay off.” Gates and Lewis give the team a strong top three and Kihorany said the underclassmen are doing what they can to make the team as strong as it possibly can be. “A lot of people know we have the 1-2-3 punch coming back,” he said. “The kids that are underneath those three are working really hard

to make the team score as long as possible. Everyoneʼs buying into the program and working real hard and hoping for the best.” According to Kihorany, spots 4-7 on the varsity lineup are up for grabs and everybody is fighting to earn a spot. “Thereʼs competition for every single spot after those top three,” he said. “We have a couple freshman that are trying to get into those spots and seniors that donʼt want to give those spots up. We have a daily competition and I think itʼs great.” Gibson is looking for a return trip to state, and Gates and Lewis are more than capable to give him some company this time around. “Thatʼs the goal,” Kihorany said. “Theyʼre shooting for that. Everyone went down to watch (Gibson) run and saw what a great time it was. They want to be down there, only racing this time and not watching. Thatʼs their primary goal. “I think theyʼre very, very hungry, to put it point blank. Theyʼre very hungry to get out and race and get all the rewards for running all the miles theyʼve run this summer.”

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Calvert Tennis

Coach: Karen Kapelka-Kwiat. Returning Letterwinners: Seniors CeCi Burtis; Margaret Bowers; Stasia Huth-Fretz; Regina Hoepf; Cassie Recker. Juniors Madison Daniel; Nicole Fretz; Samantha Gase; Lindsay Horn. Sophomore Kerrigan Kwiat. Others: Junior Samantha Gase. Freshmen Bradlee Warnement; Laura Haley. Outlook: Calvertʼs roster has a wealth of experience, starting with the five seniors that are back “These girls have been with me

Calvert Tennis: (front, left) Linday Horn, Madison Daniel, CeCi Burtis, Margaret Bowers, Stasia Huth-Fretz, Samantha Gase (back) Laura Haley, Bradlee Warnement, Cassie Recker, Kerrigan Kwiat, Regina Hoepf, Nicole Fretz, Karen Kapelka-Kwiat.

Calvert Girls Cross Country

Coach: Stewart Behm. 2013: Fourth in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Olivia Smith; Kate Brickner; Emma Brodman. Sophomores Morgan Smith; Sydney Berlekamp; Corinne Harris; Katie Tiell. Others: Senior Carmella Fabrizio. Outlook: With the talent Behm has back, success for the Senecas looks likely. Thereʼs only one thing that could stand in the way: Injuries. “At this point we just have to keep everybody healthy,” Behm said. “A 1-2 punch like Morgan and Olivia, you can have a pretty strong team.” The Senecas have just eight runners on the roster. That doesnʼt amount to much depth, even on a team with the Smiths and Brodman. “Overall, anyone of those top five or six girls, something happens, itʼs gonna be tough to replace them this year,” Behm said. Behm said he thinks thereʼs potential for some strong finishes. “I think thereʼs a lot of potential especially for the sophomores, theyʼre a little more experienced,” he said. “Iʼd like to see that little pack move up there and get a little bit closer.”

Calvert Boys Cross Country

Coach Stewart Behm. 2012: Fifth in MAL. Returning letterwinners: Seniors Ren Boehler; Shane Boehler. Junior Connor Behm. Sophomore John Brodman. Others: Senior Zach Dutro. Sophomore Sam Shelt Palm. Outlook: For the Senecas, itʼs all about staying healthy. Stewart Behm has just six runners on his roster, so any injuries would prove detrimental to the success they desire. One of its runners, Dutro, also plays on the schoolʼs soccer team.

Calvert lost its top runner from a season ago in Austin Schultz. Behm said heʼs looking for big things from Brodman. “Even for a sophomore he can step up,” Behm said. What the coach likes about this team is the work ethic. “I know when they leave the front steps of Calvert that when I say go on a 45-minute hard run, it will be a 45minute hard run,” Behm said. But again, it comes down to one thing. “I have got to keep them healthy,” he said.

Calvert Soccer: (front, left) Jacob Zimmerman, Frederick Fabrizio, Isaac Best, Drew Ronski, Connor Stocker, Zach Dutro, Amanda Traxler, Ryan Gase (back) Scott Felgar, Ammon Best, Zack Reinhart, Michael Bennett, Anthony Traxler, Kory Wise, Jack Burtis, Karissa Wise, Mike Fabrizio.

Calvert Soccer

Coach: Mike Fabrizio 2012: 0-11 Returning Letterwinners: Seniors Zach Dutro (MF); Zack Reinhart (MF); Michael Bennett (MF). Juniors Ammon Best (S); Jack Burtis (MF); Anthony Traxler (GK); Cory Wise (D); Jacob Zimmerman (MF). Others: Senior Amanda Traxler (D). Freshmen Isaac Best (MF); Ryan Gase (MF); Drew Ronski (MF); Connor Stocker (D); Karissa Wise (D); Fred Fabrizio (S/MF). Outlook: Calvert is coming off a winless season, but Fabrizio said the program is headed in the right direction For one, he said the players are committed to getting better. “Weʼve made a lot of improvement from last year,” Fabrizio said. “[We did] some offseason work and a lot of the guys have participated in the offseason workouts.” In addition to that, the coach has more players to work with. “Our numbers are improved; weʼve got a lot of freshman that have played a lot of soccer, so theyʼre going to help us,” he said. The Senecas also have a new assistant coach, Scott Felgar, who Fabrizio said is working well with the players. “Scott has really helped the kids on the tactical side of things,” Fabrizio said. Offensively, the coach said he expects the team to be led by Best and Fred Fabrizio. “Theyʼre the two guys we look to put the ball in the back of the net,” he said.

since I started coaching tennis for Calvert and just been an amazing core to the team,” Kapelka-Kwiat said. “These girls have really helped build the team to where we are today and I look forward to the upcoming season.” Along with the seniors, the Senecas return five other players, including Daniel, who Kapelka said has “pretty much been my No. 1 singles for the last three years. “She has very strong tennis skills and plays tennis all year long,” Kapelka-Kwiat said.

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Coach: Greg Hendrix, second season 2012: 17-8. Returning Letterwinners: Juniors Kelsey Hendrix (Lib); Haley Felter (MH); Meridith Lucius (OH); Megan Casale (S); Sophomores Amber Perry (MH); Danielle Kontak (DS); Lindsay Bickley (OH); Taylor Ritzler (DS). Others: Seniors Ashley Perry (OH); Emily Lutz (OH). Junior Lauren Somodi (DS). Outlook: Calvert had a good season a year ago, but it couldnʼt quite beat out Mohawk for the Midland Athletic League title. The Senecas were young and inexperienced last season, which Hendrix said may have accounted for some close losses. This year, he said, that shouldnʼt be an issue. “Weʼre just ready to take one step forward,” Hendrix said. “We were young last year, we canʼt use that as an excuse anymore. The kids have to break

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through that wall.” To help get through that wall, the coach said the team will lean on Lucius and Perry. “Itʼs Meridithʼs third year,” Hendrix said. Sheʼs been through the wars, played a lot ... weʼre gonna rely on her.” Hendrix said Perry had a strong freshman year. “Amber Perry was a freshman and stepped up and was just a rock, providing presence in the middle,” Hendrix said. “Sheʼs ready to take the next step.” Hendrix also praised the play of Felter, who he said is a good complement to Perry. “There arenʼt that many players the quality of Haley Felter,” he said. Hendrix said there is potential for a big season. “Itʼs a process of learning how to win and weʼre ready to do it,” he said. “Now weʼve got the experience to go with the talent.”

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Calvert Volleyball: (front, left) Lauren Somodi, Danielle Kontak, Kelsey Hendrix, Taylor Ritzler, Megan Casale (middle) Ashley Perry, Meridith Lucius (back) Greg Hendrix, Emily Lutz, Amber Perry, Haley Felter, Lindsay Bickley, Samantha Ritzler.

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“It’s very similar. The difference, obviously is Dan Kwiat was our big middle linebacker, so because of that, we’re going to adjust to a 4-2-5 look,” Fox said. “In that we have two quick, powerful middle linebackers to combine making one big Dan. But beyond that, if anything we’re just so much faster than we’ve been in the past.” At the linebacker spots, Depinet (the squad’s leading tackler) and Recker will man the inside. “So those two guys are very good inside, and both of them were that Miketype backer, but they were just not 200 pounds like Dan was.” Fox said that duo will be aided by the strength the Senecas have up front. Calvert Golf: Christina Park, Jack Burtis, Bryan Kennedy, Matt Huffmon, Henry Burns, Margaret “What’s very fortunate is that, in front of them is All-Ohio Marcus Somers, reBowers, Kristan Bowers, Bob Williams turning starter Matt Ianntuono, returning guard Austin Perry. So when you have recoach Bob Williams. “When we play our Coach: Bob Williams, second season turning starters in front of you, it feels dual matches, my three guys are playing Returning letterwinner: Junior Henry their three guys, we take their fourth score pretty good, in that we can change our Burns. scheme and be OK,” Fox said. and are adding a stroke. But thatʼs unoffiOthers: Sophomores Matt Huffmon; And there’s more depth on the line. cial. Every match is a forfeit.” Bryan Kennedy. “Devin Stith is playing a little defensive Williams said heʼs keeping it simple. Outlook: Calvert has but three playing “Weʼre very young, and my goal for this end, but again, we have a lot of guys that, golfers on the team this year, and the reseason is to season them so that next sea- for the first time in three years, we’re able sult is that the team will forfeit all its son they will be an effective force,” he matches. to say, we’ve got a second D-line to come But the Senecas still will be competing. said. “Itʼs a transition year, itʼs a growing in, give them a rest that’s... not too many “The MAL is being great,” said Calvert

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steps down from our first D-line,” Fox said. “Noah Francis, a guy I didn’t mention on offense, is a kid that’s going to be able to play, and Jesse Gase will do some stuff on our defensive line.” In the secondary, Calvert returns more experience. “We looked at our personnel, and we knew the kind of guys we had. We knew we had to have Tyler Long and Austin Ball both on our defense,” Fox said. “So to accommodate that, we put those two guys as our outside safeties, so they’ll be rolling up to our outside linebackers position. Tyler being his third year starting, Austin being close to his third year starting, so we feel good there. Our middle free safety will be our only kid who never started and that’s Drew Ritzler, but he’s come along. Great football mind. Then our two corners return, Donavon Stith and Dan Reineke. We just feel good about what those guys do. It still leaves us our utility defensive back, Mike Smith. In special teams, Smith is back to kick and punt, carrying on a family tradition. His brother, Stephen, was an all-state kicker for Calvert before moving on to Heidelberg. “(Mike) has a personal goal to be better than his brother,” Fox said. “He’s not that far off.” Fox said Reineke, Donavon Stith and Ball will act as the team’s kick and punt returners.

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Index

2013 Fall Sports

Bettsville

Stories by: Zach Baker, Tony Maluso, Aaron Korte, John Montgomery

Golf Volleyball

Volleyball

29 29

Buckeye Central

Football Cross Country Golf Volleyball

Photos by: Pat Gaietto, Kyle Hunter, Rob Ledwedge, John Montgomery, Aaron Korte

Calvert

Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Tennis

Mohawk and Old Fort photos by Lifetouch Photo Studio

C ALVERT S ENECAS

28 28 29 29 4 2 3 4 4

3

Carey

Cross Country Football Golf Volleyball

Columbian

Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Tennis Volleyball

Fostoria

Cross Country Football

23 22 23 23

5 6 25 7 7, 25 7 14 13

Golf Tennis Volleyball

14 15 14

Hopewell-Loudon

Cross Country Football Golf Volleyball

Lakota

Cross Country Football Golf Volleyball

11, 25 10 11 11

Mohawk

Cross Country Football

24 24 25 24 18 17

Golf Soccer Volleyball

New Riegel

Cross Country Golf Volleyball

Old Fort

Cross Country Golf Soccer Volleyball

Seneca East

Cross Country Football

19 19 18

21 21 21 20 20 23 20 9 8

Golf Volleyball

St. Wendelin

Cross Country Football Golf Volleyball

9 9

15 16 15 16

Upper Sandusky

Cross Country Football Golf Volleyball Tennis Soccer

27, 30 26 30 27 30 27

2012: 6-4 (5-2 MAL).

Head coach: Todd Fox.

Assistant coaches: Mike Hart; Pat Her-

ron; Brian Long; Alex Lucius; Aaron Smith; Adam Smith; Ryan Szablewski; Dan Traxler.

No.Name 2

Austin Prenzlin

4

Michael Smith

3 5 7 8

Ht. Wt. Pos. Grade

5-8 127 WR/DB

Tyler Long

6-2 180 QB/DB

Peyton Deats

5-10 145 QB/DB

10 11

5-11 145 K/WR/DB 11

Drew Ronski

5-4 95

Drew Ritzler

15 Nick Felter

RB/LB

21 Donavon Stith

9

6-0 140 QB/DB

10

6-1 160 WR/DB

9

5-10 146 WR/DB

18 Corbin Kantner

9

5-9 145 WR/DB

10 11

22 Austin Ball

5-10 150 RB/DB

12

24 Dan Reineke

5-10 161 WR/DB

12

29 Devin Stith

5-11 165 RB/LB

10

23 Anthony Traxler

5-10 152 TE/DE

25 Cody Kuhn

5-5 120 WR/DB

33 Mitch Depinet

12

5-5 155 RB/LB

9

5-10 186 RB/LB

43 Tanner Smith

5-10 163 RB/LB

50 Austin Perry

6-2 232 OL/DL

44 Bailey Hickman

6-0 185 RB/LB

53 Andrew Brodman 57 Jesse Gase

58 Matt Iannantuono 61 Cameron Felter

11

5-8 172 TE/LB

34 Adam Recker 35 Fred Fabrizio

11

5-8 177 OL/DL

5-7 191 OL/DL

5-10 222 OL/DL

10 9

10

12 9 9

11

6-0 215 OL/DL

11

65 Tyler Clouse

5-7 224 OL/DL

9

71 Noah Francis

5-10 208 OL/DL

63 Nick Martorana

5-2 180 OL/DL

68 Will Wagner

5-8 256 OL/DL

72 Aaron Englehart

6-1 192 OL/DL

74 Shawn Willman

5-9 224 OL/DL

75 Marcus Somers 77 Marcus King

10

12 9

12

6-2 286 OL/DL

11

82 Bryce Loudenslager 5-10 165 TE/DL 87 Alex Keller

9

6-1 208 OL/DL

6-1 265 OL/DL

79 Dominic Bickley

9

6-1 146 WR/DB

11

9 9

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Sept. 20

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Sept. 7

Sept. 13 Sept. 27

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Oct. 5

CAREY

Oct. 25

MOHAWK

Oct. 11

Oct. 19 Nov. 1

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Calvert has eyes on the prize BY ZACH BAKER

Sports Editor zbaker@advertiser-tribune.com

Todd Fox used the politically correct cliché, but then his optimism overwhelmed him. The fourth-year Calvert coach has the Senecas thinking big this year. He didn’t seem to want to say how big, at least at first. “Ultimately, we’re gonna go one game at a time, but we have high expectations this season,” he said. So far, so good. Nothing out of the ordinary with that sound byte. But then... “We want to compete at every level for championships, not only in our league, but we want to compete in the playoffs, and for a state championship,” Fox said. OK then. The Senecas are coming off back-toback playoff appearances, and have a boatload of starters returning. But it’s not just experience. It’s quality experience, and the Calvert mentor knows it. So why hide it? “We know we have an expectation and a purpose to do some special things,” he said. “It’s a special team, and it’s been evidenced from December of last year to now. The leadership, the work ethic, it’s just special. We use the slogan ‘we do everything with a purpose.’ And they’ve done that from day one, and (the players and staff) work with a purpose every day.” When you talk about Calvert’s veteran players, you have to start on the offensive line. That’s because the team returns all five of its starters there, and has a sixth player who gained valuable playing time in ’12. “So we feel we have six starters returning, and then we have a junior that’s stepped up in Jesse Gase, so we feel very confident in our O-line,” Fox said. “Last

year we came into the season with two starters coming back, and they developed. This year we have six guys that have at least 12 games experience in front of them, and some of them have started for three years, so we’re pretty excited about what those guys can do. We’re doing things now that are in the next level of our playbook that we couldn’t do before, already in the preseason. So we’re excited [about] what they can do.” Matt Ianntuono is back at center, with Cameron Felter returning at right guard. Marcus Somers, a three-year starter, is at left guard. Austin Perry will be the left tackle while Aaron Engelhart is at right tackle. Marcus King is the squad’s sixth man. “He’s talented enough that on most lines, I think he’d be starting, but we’re very fortunate with the returning chemistry and the five guys we have,” Fox said. Fox said he also feels fortunate with his starting quarterback, Tyler Long. The junior is coming off a brilliant season in which he rushed for 896 yards and scored 12 touchdowns. He also threw for 995 yards and six scores. “Tyler’s a special player. Last year was his first time at quarterback since the junior high days,” Fox said. And this year, Fox said he expects Long to be a more prolific passer. “Obviously last year you looked at him, and it’s kind of by design of their coach, me [that he ran so much],” Fox said. “I like to run the ball. But he has developed his passing game, his passing abilities throughout the year. He’s got a great receiving core, a sound receiving core, they’ve got some timing down, so we expect big things out of him, both ways.” Fox said Drew Ritzler and Peyton Deats will be the backups. As for those receivers, Fox listed three right away: Dan Reineke, Mike Smith

and Donavon Stith. “All three of the guys are very good in the open field,” Fox said. “And then we have Devin Stith, he’s a tight endslash-split out receiver on the opposite side. All these receivers are so good in the open field that we feel confident. They’ve been working together. And then you’ve got Drew Ritzler again, who will be the multi-back that will be at the receiver, and Austin Prenzlin. We just feel good that these guys have some great open field speed. We may not have that blazer, seam guy that’s going to outrun everybody, but their ability to find those openings are great.” Of course, any Fox team usually has a strong backfield. The Senecas lost Dan Kwiat and his 776 yards on the ground to graduation, but the coach likes what he has there. “We lost Dan Kwiat, and that’s a big loss,” Fox said. “But Austin Ball had an early injury last season, and really never got in the groove, maybe a couple games here and there, and then of course Dan took it over. But Austin Ball, from his sophomore year, I think had 14 touchdowns. So we feel confident that he’s a different back than Dan was; he has a little bit quicker vision and he’s a little bit quicker.” And Fox said they have depth there. “We also have some young guys. Adam Recker will be the next guy in; a sophomore. He’s a Dan Kwiat build, but faster,” Fox said. “Bailey Hickman’s come along a long way, and Tanner Smith has come a long way. So we feel we have a stable of backs who can continue our running game style and our type of ballgame.” Fox said Devin Stith and Mitch Depinet will play at tight end. On defense, the Senecas will make a few tweaks, mainly due to the graduation of Kwiat, the team’s star linebacker. ■ see CALVERT, 3

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