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From TC to BG BY ZACH BAKER

Sports Editor zbaker@advertiser-tribune.com

The team, the school and the level are all different. But for Jill Stein, it’s still the same as when she was just a kid, and the same as when she was leading Columbian’s girls basketball team to back-toback undefeated seasons and regional appearances. “I get butterflies every time we go out and hear the crowd start to roar,” said Stein, now a senior post for Bowling Green State University. “It’s awesome.” Now, of course, Stein plays in front of bigger crowds than she usually played in front of as a high schooler. And her role is different. Playing under then-Columbian coach Larry Kisabeth, Stein turned in double-doubles like it was nothing. She teamed with two other bigs — Lexi Rohrbach and Megan Miller — to create what became the area’s best girls team, and some of the best teams in the program’s history. Miller and Rohrbach have each found success in the Ohio Athletic Conference. Rohrbach as one of the most fearsome posts in the conference (after watching her team go against her last season, thenHeidelberg women’s coach Marcie Alberts called Rohbach the best defensive player in the league), and Miller as a key contributor on Heidelberg’s team. Stein, meanwhile, was recruited to Bowling Green by then-coach Curt Miller. Going to a Division I school was a tough transition for Stein, who was used to dominating opponents. Her first season at BG was one where she had to learn first, play second. “There’s a huge transition,” Stein said of playing at the D-I college level after being in high school. “The speed of the game, the intensity of the game, the demand, the difference in strength, even.” And there were other variables. When Stein arrived on campus, the Falcons had six senior post players on a team that won the Mid-American Conference tournament and advanced to March Mad-

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“I have never been a huge scoring contributor until the past 10 or so games last season, and even then, I'm not your go-to, All-American type player. I'm more, a glue kid is what we call it. I'm the one that holds everyone else together and does the little things like get rebounds and a few blocked shots here and there and some steals.” ---- Former Columbian Tornado, now Bowling Green Falcon Jill Stein ness. Simply put, Stein had to wait her turn. “I kind of knew coming in that my freshman year was going to be a big learning year for me, and a lot of my learning would come in practice playing against those older players,” she said. “I might not see as much time on the floor, but learning from them and being able to play with them, and all of their experience would teach almost as much as playing time experience.” Stein averaged a little more than a point and a rebound her freshman year. She said her sophomore season also was a learning experience. But Stein did see more time. She played in 30 of BG’s games and averaged more than 11 minutes a game. Her numbers only slightly improved, but Stein was getting more comfortable. “[I] was still kind of feeling it out a little bit, and being more comfortable with myself and finding my own rhythm,” she said. And then, things turned upside down when Miller resigned to take the job at Indiana [where he apparently has retained an affinity for area players. Clyde star Amanda Cahill signed a Letter of Intent a few weeks ago to play for him]. Stein admitted to being concerned after Miller left. “There’s was a definite stage of, like a limbo feeling when the administration was doing all the interviewing,” she said.

Stein certainly had a candidate she was comfortable with — Jennifer Roos. Roos was Miller’s top assistant at BG, spending 13 years in the BG program. More than that, she was someone Stein said the players knew and wanted to play for. But Roos getting the job wasn’t a certainty. “We knew that Coach Roos had a good chance to get the position, but the athletic director, who was Greg Christopher at the time, made it very clear that they would go through the natural process and make it very fair interviewing process and give whoever was the appropriate candidate a chance,” Stein said. “There were a few months where we were a little bit nervous, because our whole team ... we loved Coach Roos and we wanted her to get the job. We didn’t necessarily want someone who was gonna come in and possibly bring in a whole new system, and we were going to have to learn a whole new set of plays and a whole new philosophy of things.” Stein didn’t need to worry. Roos got the job. And Stein responded with her best season. The first big moment for Stein came before the 2012-13 season even started. Her teammates named her a captain. It was a role Stein said she was ready for. ■ see STEIN, 4

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Index

Bettsville

Boys Basketball

7

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

24 24 24

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling Swimming

3 3 4 2

Carey

Buckeye Central Calvert

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

21 24 21

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Swimming Wrestling

4 6 5 5

Bowling Boys Basketball Girls Basketball

9 10 11

Columbian

Fostoria

Calvert Swimming

Swimming Wrestling

10 10, 11

Lakota

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Bowling Wrestling

15 15 16 14

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

8 8 9

Hopewell-Loudon

St. Wendelin

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Swimming Wrestling

Mohawk

7 20 20 20

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

17 16 16, 17

Bowling Boys Basketball Girls Basketball

6, 13 18 13

New Riegel

Old Fort

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball

14 14

Seneca East

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling

19 18, 19 18

Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Swimming

22 22 23

Upper Sandusky

First-year coach Tori Harris has seven swimmers in the pool this year. Included in that group is a strong group of seniors and a pair of sophomores who already have swam into Calvert’s record books. “We have a small team, but real strong leadership on girls team with seniors Emma Brodman, Carmella Fabrizio and Amanda Traxler. They bring a lot of experience to the table. We have two sophomores that went to districts last year in Corinne Harris and Katie Tiell. They are both record holders for Calvert and are focusing on surpassing their accomplishments. “They’re both working extremely hard at practice and are focused,” Tiell said. “They’ve got real high goals. Katie would like to return [to districts] in two events. Corinne would like to be on the podium in both events.” Harris is new to the varsity coaching ranks, but not to the pool. Harris was a swimmer at Calvert during her high school years, then went on to swim at Cleveland State. She’s also been the swim coach at the Tiffin YMCA for 11 years. Corinne Harris was a top-10 performer in two events at last year’s district meet. She finished seventh in the 200 freestyle and ninth in the 100. She likely will also start competing in backstroke and butterfly events. Tiell placed 11th in the 500 freestyle at last year’s district meet. Her and Fabrizio will handle the distance events for the Senecas with Tiell also adding the butterfly to her repertoire. Brodman will swim the breaststroke while Traxler, who competed mostly in freestyle last year in her first year as a swimmer, who will also swimming backstroke and the individual medley. The sixth swimmer on the girls side is junior Amber Burks, a newcomer to the sport. “She’s a brand new swimmer, never swam competitively before. But she’s really shown a lot of progress over the past few weeks,” Harris said. “As a junior I think she’ll be doing freestyle and backstroke.” With so many girls able to do so many disciplines, Harris says the relays will be a strong point for her team. “As a team, our relays are going to be strong and we’ll will also be improved individually,” she said. The lone male swimmer for Calvert is Anthony Traxler. “He’ll be doing freestyle and butterfly,” Harris said. Calvert swimming: (front, left) Emma Brodman, Amanda Traxler, Carmella Fabrizio (back) Amber Burks, Corinne Harris, Katie “We’ve been working hard and I’m hoping he keeps getTiell, Tori Harris. ting better as this year goes on.”

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Calvert Girls Basketball

2012-13: 17-7, 8-2 Midland Athletic League Coach: Tim Ritzler

Assistant Coach: Rob Ritzler No.

Name

4

Danielle Kontak

1 3

10 12 20 22 23

Calvert girls basketball: (front, left) Margaret Bowers, Ashley Perry, Emma Sullivan, Kate Brickner, Nicole Bickley, Samantha Beckley (back) Tim Ritzler, Taylor Ritzler, Kerrigan Kwiat, Amber Perry, Lindsay Bickley, Danielle Kontak, Sydney Allen, Rob Ritzler.

Calvert has picked up a lot of Midland Athletic League titles during the league’s 29 years in various sports. But none have come from the girls basketball team. That’s one thing coach Tim Ritzler wants to change in the league’s final year. “We expect the same thing we expected last year. We should finish toward the top of the league and be in contention for the title,” Ritzler said. “Calvert has never won a title in girls basketball, you want to get one before the league’s over.” To aid in the quest, Ritzler has a lot of depth in a roster that sports a good mix of experienced veterans and talented youth. “We have six seniors and a few sophomores to mix in,” he said. “It’s a good blend of experience and youth. I hope the

sophomores continue to grow.” Three starters return for Ritzler, but he says the starting lineup is far from a set thing. “It’ll vary this year on how we’ll match up with someone,” Ritzler said. “Kate Bricker and Nicole Bickley are back for us and have been doing well. We have Taylor Ritzler at point guard right now. But a lot will ride on who we play and how we want to go against them.” Ritzler looks to use a 10-girl rotation. Seniors Samantha Beckley and Margaret Bowers will join Beckley in the front court while Emma Sullivan and Ashley Perry will add depth along the perimeter. Sophomores Danielle Kontak, Lindsay Bickley and Amber Perry all look to play

Calvert Boys Basketball

24 32 34 50

Emma Sullivan Taylor Ritzler

Ht.

5-6

5-6 5-5

Pos. G

G

10

G

10

G

Ashley Perry

5-6

G

Kate Brickner

5-6

G

Kerrigan Kwiat

Samantha Beckley

5-6 5-9

Grade

12

F

10

12

12

12

Margaret Bowers

6-0

F

12

Amber Perry

6-1

F

10

Sydney Allen

Lindsay Bickley Nicole Bickley

key minutes as well. But just because they’re underclassmen doesn’t mean they don’t have experience. Ritzler had several of them on the floor as freshmen playing in more than just mop-up duty. “I think that was a goal of ours last year,” he said. “We knew as freshmen they could contribute last year. We wanted to get them some experience last year so it wasn’t a complete shock to their system this year. The experience they got against good quality competition at the varsity level was valuable.” Ritzler said the offense might have some slight tweaks to it. With the graduation of Megan Funkhouser, Calvert might not rely on the outside shot as

5-4

5-9

5-11

G F

F

10

10

12

much. “(The offense) won’t change a whole lot,” he said. “Losing Megan, losing that outside shooting might change things a little bit. Nicole in the post is playing really well so far so we might go inside a bit more.” Brickner returns as one of the teams top scorers in the backcourt. But Ritzler is looking for someone to step up to take some of the scoring load off her shoulders. “She had a real nice last year, but now she won’t catch anyone by surprise,” Ritzler said. “A lot of teams are going to game plan against her and we’re looking for others to step up and take pressure off her offensively.”

2012-13: 5-18, 4-7 Midland Athletic League Coach: Ted Willman

Assistant Coaches: Don Frank, Doug Mason No.

Name

5

Michael Smith

1

10 12 20 22 24 30 35 42

Ht.

Pos.

Grade

Mike Bennett

6-3

G

12

Billy Burns

6-1

G

11

Drew Ritzler

6-0

G

10

Austin Ball

5-10

G

12

Connor Behm Donavon Stith

5-10

5-10

5-10

G

G

G

11

11

11

Devin Stith

6-1

F

10

Austin Perry

6-2

F

12

Marcus Somers

It’s a problem that’s not new for Calvert coach Ted Willman. For the thirdstraight year, the Seneca football team played all the way to Week 12, meaning a late start for the basketball team, which had several key members busy on the gridiron. “In our situation, I’ve been at Calvert for 23 years, the last couple years we dealt with that,” he said. “I’ve been around it. In a school our size, especially with tradition of football at Calvert, you expect it. You just hope they came out healthy. It’s a long, collision-sport type of season, and for the most part, our kids are healthy. We did a lot of up-and-down stuff the first few days. The football guys were kind of sore, having to get used to using different muscles. But the effort was really good. It’s just about compacting what we need to do to get ready for our first game.” Even though he hasn’t had much practice time with his full team, he said he learned a lot about his players from what he saw over the course of the football season. “I was disappointed for them when they started out 1-4 and disappointed when they lost to Delphos (St. John’s), but seeing that all come together, I was proud

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6-1

F

12

of the way they turned their season around. They’re winners.” Willman says the lineup will be in flux as the football players get more into basketball shape, and he can see which guys fit best together. “We’re going to be a little deeper than we have been in the past. We’ll play 8-10 guys. We’re kind of young, got some guys that even though they got experience, they didn’t have many minutes. We’re going to be playing a lot of guys to see what five guys fit in with everyone else. “Until we see who plays well with who, and who can play what spots, it will be a bit of trial and error.” Willman has four seniors on his roster, including Austin Ball in the backcourt, forwards Austin Perry and Marcus Somers, and Michael Bennett, who Willman said can play anywhere. “Michael Bennett is probably our most versatile player. He’s the one kid that

will be required to play all five positions,” Willman said. “He’s a longer, lanky type of kid. He can shoot the ball, handles the ball well, but he’s also 6-3.” At his disposal as well are a couple juniors who got varsity time last year in Michael Smith and Donavon Stith. Connor Behm is another junior that doesn’t have the experience, but Willman said has worked hard in the offseason and can really help the team this year. Rounding out the roster is Billy Burns, a transfer from New Riegel who

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Travis Salyer was an assistant with Calvert and helped Joe Brodman wrestle his way to the state tournament. Salyer returns to the program now as head coach, and is looking to guide another Brodman to the pinnacle. John Brodman (120 pounds) is a returning district qualifier and Salyer thinks he has the ability and drive to get to the next level. “He’s a hard worker, works hard everyday,” Salyer said. “He wants to be down at the state tournament this year. His goal is to be there like his brother was. I was his brother‘s coach and was with him down there. John’s starting to make the step to that next level. He’s learning a lot. It’s all up to him at this point. I can give him the tools he needs, then working the way he does, we’re hoping we can get him to that next level.” As a sophomore, Brodman is a veteran on the Seneca squad of four. Another sophomore, Phillip Boes returns and is expected to wrestle at 138 or 145. “He’s a young kid, not too much experience, but he works hard in the room,” Salyer said. “He shows that he some potential. Just needs to keep working hard and hopefully by the end of the year, he can get a winning record. He’s looking to have a better season than last year.” Rounding out the roster is a pair of first-year wrestlers in sophomore Noah Francis (195) and freshman D.J. Bickley (285). Both were late additions to the team after playing on the Calvert football team that went into the second week of the playoffs. “Noah Francis is a first-year wrestler, a pretty athletic kid, pretty strong,” Salyer said. “... We’re going over the basics with him and he’s catching on pretty well. He wants to win a league title and he’s working hard. “D.J. Bickley is another first-year wrestler. He came out because he wants to wrestle to get better at football. He wants to come in, get a workout every day. Haven’t had much time with him yet ‘cause of the football season. But he wants to come out and do the best he can. He’s got good size, he’s built pretty good for a freshman.” Salyer said having a young team works out well with

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Calvert wrestling: (front, left): Phillip Boes, Noah Francis, John Brodman (back) Anthony Hamons, Travis Salyer.

him coming in as a new coach. “Once you get a young team, you got to have them believe in you and you have to believe in them. It’s a twoway street,” Salyer said. “Once you get that across you can develop them the way you like to. You can control what they’re learning and how they’re learning. They’re more willing to listen and take what you teach them, they’re willing to listen to everything you have to say. You can mold them into what you’re looking for in a wrestler, keep them on the right track.” Salyer was an ’06 graduate of Willard, where he was a three-time state qualifier and a fourth-place finisher his

Columbian boys basketball: (front, left) Matt Zirger, Alec Demith, Josh Flint, Donovan Walker, Spencer Pauly, Ryan Baker (back) Shawn Daniel, Bill Beaston, Derek Bell, Cody Daniel, Isiah Moore, Derek Dryfuse, Jake Adams, Greg Weber, Travett Gilliland.

It’s nothing new for Bill Beaston. Every year Columbian’s football team makes a playoff run. Every year Beaston — TC’s boys basketball coach — has to wait around for his football players to become basketball players. But this year, the Tornadoes have a little more experience, which makes the transition smoother. “We feel like this year, things were more review,” Beaston said of the learning process. “People were picking up things quicker.” The Tornadoes lost their top scorer, Bryce Lonsway, to graduation. Beaston

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said the point guard position, which Lonsway occupied, likely will be filled by a few players. “I don’t know we’re necessarily looking for one [to replace Lonsway],” Beaston said. “Alec Demith and Spencer Pauly will handle the ball. They’ll be more facilitators as opposed to scorers.” Columbian’s best attribute may be its size, with Derek Dryfuse (6-foot-6) and Cody Daniel (6-6) returning to the post spots. The Tornadoes also will get back Isiah Moore (6-5), an all-state offensive lineman who sat out last season with a shoulder injury.

“I have always been, even in high school at Columbian, a very vocal person and a very vocal player,” she said, “and carrying that into college with me was something I could do easily. Even as a freshman I would talk a lot, even though my talk didn’t matter much then. That was just something ... I try to hold people accountable as well as myself accountable and just lead by example and do the little things and try to always be working hard.” It paid off on the court. Stein’s numbers last season were decent (5.6 points, 4.8 rebounds a game), but that doesn’t tell the whole story. Stein turned things up in the final weeks of the season, really beginning to shine in the MAC tournament. In the tournament, which ended with a loss to Central Michigan in the finals, Stein racked up 38 points and 22 rebounds. She continued her strong play in three women’s NIT games, where she scored 35 points and added 21 rebounds. She was an offensive force in an NIT win over Duquesne, where she scored 16 points. “Our goal every year as a team and individually is to be playing our best basketball in March,” Stein said. “So that was a really important time for me, and as one of our three co-captains, I felt a little responsibility to not let my seniors down and my team down and just to really step up and play the way I know I’m capable of playing.” After the season, Stein was named the team’s Impact Player of the Year. But despite the big numbers she put up at the end of last season, Stein said she’s not a star like she was in high school. But she’s still very valuable. “I have never been a huge scoring contributor until the past 10 or so games last season, and even then, I’m not your go-to, All-American-type player,” Stein said candidly. “I’m more, a glue kid is what we call it. I’m the ones that holds everyone else together and does the little things like get rebounds and a few blocked shots here and there and some steals.” Stein admitted she was expecting a little more from herself offensively this season. “Right now I feel like I can be contributing a little more

senior year. Salyer’s coach at Willard was Todd Fox, current Calvert football coach. His staff includes Tom Gayhart and Anthony Hamons, another former state qualifier from Willard. With the coaches almost equaling the wrestlers, Salyer says he thinks that will help the development of the younger squad. “There’s going to be a lot of one-on-one time,” he said. “We’ll be able to work personally with the kids. I look to see a lot of improvement as the season goes on. We don’t have a lot of guys, but it should be a pretty exciting season. You can really see the improvement the last couple weeks.”

Columbian Boys Basketball

2012-13: 7-16 Coach: Bill Beaston Assistants: Greg Weber, Brian Rothrock, Zach Overturf, Dave Hossler No. Name. Ht. Grade 1 Alec Demith 5-9 11 2 Spencer Pauly 5-8 12 4 Matt Zirger 5-8 11 12 Josh Flint 5-11 12 22 Derek Bell 5-11 11 23 Donovan Walker 5-11 12 24 Ryan Baker 5-9 11 32 Jake Adams 5-11 11 33 Derek Dryfuse 6-6 11 34 Cody Daniel 6-6 11 42 Isiah Moore 6-5 12 44 Stone Simmons 6-3 10

Beaston said the Tornadoes’ size gives them an edge against most Northern Ohio League squads. “We’ve got the rosters [of other teams],” Beaston said. “There are kids close to equal height, nobody bigger. That’s a point of emphasis on our offense: It needs to go inside.” At the other guard spots, Donovan Walker and Josh Flint will see time. “They bring some experience; those guys are really athletic,” Beaston said. “I think we can do a lot of things defensively.” Beaston said he has more depth this season than in years past.

than I am scoring-wise, but otherwise I feel like I’m doing very well with rebounding and assists and all those other intangible things that we always talk about in our program,” Stein said. But here’s the thing: The interview with Stein was done a day before the Falcons went to Value City Arena to play Ohio State. Remember what Stein said about big games? Stein was big for the Falcons, with eight points and a team-best 10 rebounds. She also had a block in 32 minutes as BG beat the Buckeyes 62-50. Stein is now averaging better than six points and almost 10 rebounds a game. “I think how I ended last year is kind of how I expect myself to start this year,” she said. “And the same from my team.” Well, so far the team is 6-1, scoring wins over Michigan and OSU. Stein’s dedication to her team comes as no surprise to current Columbian coach Katie Fazekas, who was an assistant for Kisabeth when Stein was in high school. “She’s that perfect combination as a player,” Fazekas said. “She’s gonna be a great coach.” Stein still talks regularly with Fazekas and Kisabeth. In some ways, her relationship with Fazekas has come full circle. “She was kind of my sounding board in high school, and still is for me now,” Stein said. “If I have kind of a rough game or a practice or something, she’ll call me up and we’ll talk through it. She’ll give me that encouraging advice that I need to hear, and now that she’s the head coach at Columbian, if she has a rough game or a rough practice or something, she’ll give me a call, and I’ll kind of do the same for her.” Stein remains close with Kisabeth, who she credits for much of her success. “Every time I go home I try to have lunch with Coach Kisabeth, and he’s not coaching as much anymore, so he has some more free time,” Stein said. “He’s always keeping himself busy of course, but we really try to stay in touch, and he’ll always make it up to a few games, and those games are really important to me. He was a very influential factor in my high school career and did a lot of important things for me, and we made some really cool memories together.” And those memories remain important to Stein, who recognizes how special those years at TC were.

“We feel we can get eight, nine deep if we need to,” he said. In the NOL, Beaston said it starts with defending champ Norwalk. “They’re the favorites ’til someone beats them,” Beaston said. “Ontario has a good group of players coming back; if their skill matches their athleticism, the team can make a push.” Beaston didn’t go as far as to say that Columbian is a contender for the league, but did say the Tornadoes could be a factor. Beaston said TC may not win the NOL, but “I think we can have a say in who does and who doesn’t.”

“That was a really exciting time, and I don’t know that we’ll ever be able, in our college careers, to recreate something like that, because it just doesn’t happen very often, and I don’t know how long it will be until it happens at Columbian again,” Stein said. “Just the fun we had with each other made the winning come easy. We were all willing to work hard for it. “It was a very balanced, contributing group,” Stein said of her TC teammates. “It was just going out and doing what you love to do with your best friends.” And for Stein, some things don’t change.

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Chad Long has depth, high expectations and a returning state finalist. So yeah, things are pretty good for Columbian wrestling right now. It starts with Seth Williams, an Ohio State commit who lost in the state finals at 152 pounds last season. Long said Williams will shift to the 170-pound class this season, but the expectations for him are as high as they get. “Oh, yeah,” Long said. “Our expectations are for him to wrestle hard for three straight periods, no breaks, no cruise control, which is something he’d pick and choose to do in the past. Our goal is to win state and try breaking our opponents along the way.” Long has another returning state qualifier in Mason Correll, who is moving to fill Williams’ old spot at 152. “Mason has an unorthodox style of wrestling,” Long said. “He ‘s more aggressive, more confident than he’s been in the past.” Long said he’s also has high hopes for Roman Williams, a 145-pounder who missed out on sectionals last year after not making weight. “I think he had an outside shot at state if he’d made weight,” Long said. “He did a lot of wrestling in offseason.” Others Long said he’s been impressed with so far are Tyler Mesnard (160 pounds), Lalo Ludwick (106) and Drew Huffman (113). The Tornadoes have 35 athletes out on the team this season, with the coach saying TC has two wrestlers at each class, with three at heavyweight.

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Columbian wrestling: (front, left) Oliver Stevens-White, Tyler Mesnard, Mason Correll, Roman Williams, Lalo Ludwig, Austin Bell (second) Reese Keller, Kyler Lange, Kameron Niederkohr, Mason Hill, Aaron Fuhrer, Jacob Reyes, Brenden Phounsavath (third) Drew Hoffman, Alan Zimmerman, Joey Krajewski, Tyler Eisenhower, Kaleeb Gibson, Kaleb Chance (back) Chad Long, Dennie Uhl, Seth Williams, Jaron Burns, Cain Lachner, Alijah Fuller, Justin Akers, Cole Ludwig, William Hurt, Shaun Conley.

But Long said it’s not just the numbers that have him the NOL.” Long said he expects the Tornadoes to take some excited. “They’re hard-working kids, the best I’ve had since time to gel, but that doesn’t doesn’t concern him. “I don’t care how we start the season as long as I’ve been at Columbian,” Long said. “I think we have a shot. I’d be disappointed if we weren’t at the top of we’re ready at the end,” he said.

Columbian Swimming

Coach Donna Hudacek says her Columbian swim team spans the entire experience spectrum. “We don’t have kids in the middle,” she said. “We have a bunch of veterans and some new swimmers. We’re at the extremes.” At the experienced end is Chris Gates, who scored top10 finishes at districts last year in the 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. The Columbian boys also return district qualifiers in Braden Kuhn, Nate Ramsdell, Isaac Lewis and Adam Young. Columbian also set three relay teams to districts. “Chris, we’re looking for him to move up and get him to state this year,” Hudacek said. “Braden Kuhn is another senior who went to districts last year. He’s also an important part of our relays. I’m looking for good results in our 200 relay. ... Braden is looking strong at the beginning of the season. Adam Young dropped a lot of time in his 500 free at districts last year. Isaac Lewis

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is a sophomore, he swims the 50 freestyle, He’s developing and coming long. Nate Ramsdell went to districts in the 100 fly. That could be a good event for him too, that can score some points. Also we have Justin Schwartz, he was new to swimming last year. He really developed nicely, he was on a relay that went to districts. We think we’ll do very well in our relays.. The rest of the team is rounded out by young swimmers, but Hudacek said the veterans have stepped up in helping out the younger kids. “Along with doing their training, every time we’re working on something new, we have one of the experienced kids come over and demonstrate. Just explaining it, it’s hard to picture what it looks like. We’ll have someone come over to show them so they know ‘Yeah I know what that’s supposed to look like now, so I can go and duplicate that.”

On the girls side, Natalie Howard returns after finishing eighth at districts in the 100 butterfly as a sophomore. Hudacek says if everything goes right, she has a chance to make it to state this year. Lindsay Young was a freshman district qualifier in the backstroke and on a pair of qualifying relay teams. Hudacek says her and a few others who swam on district qualifying relay teams last year can have good years. Including a few new swimmers to varsity who show a lot of promise. “Lindsay Young was on our district team last year in backstroke and two of the relays. We’re looking for her, she’s just a sophomore, to do good things,” Hudacek said. “Lydia Vallery didn’t go to districts, but I see some potential with her. Jordan Jarrett swam at districts last year and is coming back. Alexis Dejardins was on a district relay team. She’s got some determination in her approach to practices this

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year. She can do some nice things too. “A couple of new kids, Cameron Sharlow is a freshman, she’s back to swimming after doing age-group swimming. She’s got a number of years of swimming experience. Some kids are brand new but look really good. Bre Cooper, she has a nice breaststroke that looks real promising.”

Columbian swimming: (front, left) Brooklyn Brown, Sagan Kahler, Fran Scholl, Lydia Vallery, Natalie Howard, Regina Smith, Alexis Desjardins, Bre Coffman, Eden Stephey (middle) Dan Chevalier, Kamryn Sharlow, Bre Cooper, Sam Krintzline, Claire McClellan, Katie Garrison, Jordan Jarrett, Damon Prenzlin, Ashley Hopple (back) Susan HeringHoward, Donna Hudacek, Nate Ramsdell, Isaac Lewis, Eline Widman, Braden Kuhn, Adam Young, Lindsay Young, Justin Schwartz, Chris Gates.

Hudacek said with some of the newcomers, it will take some time to see where they fit in. “There will be a lot of mixing it up with these girls,” she said. “With so many of them that are new to it, even those that have the age-group experience, high school is a different pace, a different set of events. What they start doing at the begin-

ning of the season, they might not be swimming at the end of the year. “It will be a different year with a small number of experienced boys and a lot of newer girls. I think it will be a good year, but I’m not sure where everyone’s going to fit in. We’ll move them around and see where everyone fits. I’m excited for the year.”

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Katie Fazekas likes the way her team fights. Coming off a 7-15 season, Columbian returns one of its top scorers in Valesha Province, a senior guard in Marisa Stephens, and two senior forwards in McKenzie Zimmerman and Payge Smith. But what Fazekas is impressed with is her squad’s work ethic. “I think this team will outwork most teams that I have had,” she said. “They’re tenacious, they want to win, they work hard. They’re scrappy. I think we may be a little

New Riegel Bowling

Plenty of experience returns to the alleys for both of New Riegel’s bowling teams, putting the Blue Jackets into position for success. “Good cooperation out of New Riegel, ever since we started a program 13 years ago there,” coach Herb Thibodeau said. “Just as probably as strong as they’ve ever been, and that‘s probably because of Aaron [Reinhart]. He seems to have a draw, kind of a leadership draw.” The girls bring back six bowlers after reaching the district tournament. Two-time senior all-star Amanda Weinandy and classmate Mikayla Theis, who has an all-star award of her own, head up the Blue Jackets once again. “Amanda should lead the way. The Theis girl should be in there some place,” Thibodeau said.

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faster than last year when we have the right lineups in to be faster.” The Tornadoes don’t have much size on its varsity roster. Smith and forward Laura Heminger are the team’s tallest players, each listed at 5-foot-8. Fazekas said Heminger could play a big roll for TC. “Laura Heminger is gonna be a big step up for us,” she said. “She’s coming off the JV team. As of now she’s our sixth man, she’s competing for that starting spot.” Fazekas said that aside from Province, who scored in

“The Theis girl and Amanda Weinandy, you’re going to see them score,” he said. Senior Shaiann Morton and sophomores Kat Clark and Chelsea Werling are the other veterans. Completing the team are senior Ruthann Schreiner and freshmen Sierra Baker and Kathleen Schalk. Meanwhile, the boys bring back their entire team and add a pair freshman “The boys look pretty good. They all return,” Thibodeau said. “New Riegel is looking good, they’ve got about nine or 10 boys that want to bowl,” he said. Seniors Jarrett Mullholand and Aaron Reinhart and juniors Mitchell Bumb, Jared Coleman, Levi Nye, Jordan Orians and Aaron Schalk are the returning rollers for the Blue Jackets. They are joined by freshmen Dylan Reinhart and Drew Werling.

double digits in TC’s first two games of this season, will need consistent contributions on offense. “Offense,” Fazekas said when asked if she had a concern. “We’re gonna have to find offense other than Valesha. She does a great job for us, but we can’t depend on her to bail us out every time.” Fazekas said she’s hoping the Tornadoes can make a move in the Northern Ohio League. “I would like to compete for the three-four spot,” she said. “I think that’s realistic.”

Buckeye Central Boys Basketball

Buckeye Central coach Phil Loy expects his team to have a successful season. “I thought we had a really good preseason. I like the way we were playing,” said Loy. “We just have to make sure that we are healthy. We’re not completely healthy, but I think we’ll be okay if we just continue to play hard like we did all preseason.” Four returning lettermen will play a huge role in that success. “Senior Cade Kaple and junior Austin Wurm had good years for me last season. They were our leading scorers and rebounders,” said Loy. “Grant Loy is injured at the moment, but he’ll be back. And, I expect big things from senior Stone Wurm.” Loy is not only looking for big things from last year’s stars, but he

believes he has few new weapons this year. “Scott Hidner is a sophomore who will see a lot of time this season, I can see him having a good year at the guard position,” Loy said. “I’m hoping our two big men, 6-5 senior Sam Robertson and 6-4 junior Seth Olives, have a very solid year as well.” With some returning star power, and some promising young men looking to step up and make an impact, Loy believes his teams goals are very realistic. “We won’t be the only good team in our league, but we’ve set our goal to win the league and I think that’s very reasonable,” he said. “Also, I think winning a sectional or district title would be obtainable as well.”

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A big part of the preseason is used for tinkering with the lineup, trying to find who works best with whom and what they can do well. St. Wendelin has been doing that to the max this year — not so much out of curiosity as necessity. Four veterans are or have been out of the practice rotation due to injuries, another letterwinner will miss the whole season due to a knee issue and two other players are nursing ailments. And while all that has caused problems, coach Jim Rutter said it’s also opened up a few opportunities for the Mohawks (7-16,

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St. Wendelin boys basketball: (front, left) Dominic Guillen, Nick Root, Donovan Scudder, Peter Campbell, Brady Rutter (back) Doug Guillen, Steven Murray, Gabe Walters, Cole Frankart, Jim Rutter.

3-9 Midland Athletic League). “It’s been difficult as far as getting any type of continuity, but the one thing that is happening ... is the fact we’ve used three freshmen quite a bit in our two scrimmages so far. So they’re getting valuable experience that they wouldn’t have gotten on the varsity level to this point,” Rutter said. “We’re hoping that that helps create a little bit of depth as we go. “If and when we ever get healthy, we’ve got experience, a little bit of experience coming back,” he said. “We bring back a lot of kids that have been on the varsity floor. We’ve got seven kids that have experience.”

That begins with the veterans. Senior center Gabe Walters (6-4) returns after gaining MAL honorable mention status and averaging 9.4 points and seven rebounds per game. Seniors Nick Root (5-9, G) and Brady Rutter (5-10, G) and junior Donovan Scudder (5-10, G) are the other returning letterwinners. Rutter and Walters, both three-year letterwinners, return as starters, with Root also back in the starting lineup. Scudder is out until the end of December with a broken ankle. Senior Steven Murray (6-1, F), junior Cole Frankart (6-2, F) and sophomore Peter Camp-

bell (5-9, G) also bring back some varsity experience, although they didn’t letter last year. “We struggled for a little bit, and then towards the middle of last year it all started looking like it was falling into place for the kids,” coach Rutter said. “If and when we get everybody back, we have a solid seven kids that we can rely on, I’m hoping at that time we find a freshman or two in there that will fit in, also.” Freshmen Cyle Smith (6-0, G, F), Brayden Moon (5-9, G), Jacob Sellers (5-9, G) and Andrew Schetter (6-6, C) fill out the rest of the team that will have some work to do to replace what’s gone.

Bettsville Basketball

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Bettsville basketball: (front, left) Kaitlyn Dymond, Erin Smalley, Isiah Nevel, Kasey Hossler, Kyle Hager (back) Jason Halka, Daniel Lee, Levi Robinson, Kennith Stander, Josh Tiell, Dayna Dymond.

Bettsville has more players on its roster than games on its schedule this year. A snafu between changing athletic directors led to the Bobcats not planning on a season for a few months, but the desire to field a team picked up again when school started in the fall and Jason Halka was hired to be the coach. He inherits a Bettsville (0-23, 0-11 Midland Athletic League) team that hasn’t won a game since the 2011-12 season and is plagued by other challenges — only one letterwinner, four girls among its 10 players and a lack of height. “We lack overall height and basketball experience. The constant coaching turnover has left our numbers depleted and an overall interest in basketball down,” Halka said. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t positives, he added. “Our team is doing all the things our coaching staff is asking of them. We are relatively young and very coachable,” he said. “Any one of our players could step up and be a

major contributor to this year’s team.” Sophomore guard Kasey Hossler is definitely one who will be looked up to do that. He’s the lone veteran and returns after averaging 4.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and two steals per game. Senior guard Kennith Stander is the only other Bobcat who saw varsity action last year, playing in six games. Juniors Daniel Lee (G, F), Ellie Holland (F) and Kaitlyn Dymond (F), sophomores Levi Robinson (G, F), Josh Tiell (C), Erin Smalley (G) and Kyle Hager (F), and freshman Dayna Dymond (C) complete the team, which will not compete in the MAL this year. They will compete to get better, though. “We have a new coach-

ing staff where our goal is to build our program by creating a positive mental attitude that focuses on the process of getting better on a daily basis instead of focusing on the results. We are trying to build a competitive atmosphere during practice with a game-like feel so our team will have success during practice that will carry over into the games,” Halka said. “We want to focus on the things that we can control and have a plan in place when adversity strikes. We want to reward little successes and continually build off of those successes,” he said. “We will work hard one day at a time and if we accomplish our goals that we have set as a team for practices and games then we will be successful regardless of the outcome.”

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Hopewell-Loudon Boys Basketball

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Hopewell-Loudon boys basketball: (front, left) Daniel Lommerse, Luke Jameson, Tyler Fedele, Travis Milligan, Carter Coffman (second) Ryan Depinet, Ben Bodart, Colton Feathers, Weston Hill, Tyler Smith (third) Ryan Martinez, Garret Sendelbach, Waleed Salem, Jackson Sebetto, Gauge Sadler, Steve Brickner (back) Adam Smith, Patric Gase, Ryan Steinmetz, Tyler Imes, Ryan Lommerse, Bryce Gorrell, Junior Coffman.

Over the course of a season, it’s natural for a team to expect its fair share of bumps and bruises. Hopewell-Loudon coach Adam Smith is hoping his team is getting it all out of the way now. “We got some size inside. But, right now it all appears to be either sick or hurt,” Smith said. “We haven’t been able to see it all together yet. Weston Hill is still recovering from a knee injury from football season. Tyler Imes has been sick, and Ryan Steinmetz tweaked an ankle the other day in practice. Our three big guys inside have yet to be together on the floor.”

Once Smith gets everyone back, he says the interior game will undoubtedly be the strength of the team. “In the season when everyone’s healthy, that’s got to be our strength,” Smith said. “We can pound it inside. Most people will try taking Weston or Tyler away, but that will open up Ryan on the other side.” While health might be the only thing separating the Chieftains from having a dominant frontcourt, the backcourt is a question mark. Last year, Smith said his team suffered from trying to move a natural shooting

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guard to the point guard spot. He is looking for someone to fill the role running the point. “Point guard is either going to be Waleed Salem or a freshman Gauge Sadler. We’re going to leave Garret (Sendelbach) and Ryan Lommerse at shooting guard. Ryan could also play post if there’s a situation like now. I told our guards that our season lies with them. We need one of the point guards to emerge and fill the role.” A big part of that includes cutting down on turnovers and being able to handle pres-

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sure from opposing teams. Smith said that was a season-long problem as year ago. “We got to limit our turnovers from last year. We really struggled against pressure,” he said. “When we got teams in the half-court game we competed with anyone. When New Riegel pressed us, when Carey pressed us, when Old Fort pressed us, we had no answer for it. But, when we got in half-court, people struggled with our size. “We got to be able to break pressure and handle presses enough that we can get the ball down the floor and run our offense.”

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As soon as the calender hit Oct. 25, Hopewell-Loudon hit the ground running. There were a lot of holes to fill in terms of six graduating seniors from last year’s team. The problem is magnified by the fact that HopewellLoudon didn’t have a junior varsity team last year to give game experience to the girls that would be stepping up this year. To fix the problem, coach Rod Daniel set forth an aggressive preseason schedule to build up the experience level of this year’s Chieftains. “Early on, the first week to 10 days, we had a couple quick scrimmages for that fact,” he said. “We wanted to see where they’re at. So far the talk is, ‘Not having a JV is going to kill you.’ But, they’ve really stepped up and almost made up the time lost. And, to be quite honest, we’ve had some great teams we’ve scrimmaged and they’ve really played well. “We lost six seniors to graduation, but we’re bringing back four letterwinners, three with substantial playing time. We got some young kids,

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some inexperienced girls with not a lot of playing time. But with our scrimmages, so far they’ve gelled well. I’m happy with where they’re at.” Topping the list of returners is Courtney Burns. Burns, a three-year letterwinner, averaged 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists on her way to a second team MAL selection a season ago. “She’s definitely one that we can center things around,” Daniel said. “She did come off a really nice season for us last year as a junior. Her and Aleta Daniel have stepped up and been leaders of a young group. Last June in open gyms and in the weight room and in practices, they’ve really taken the young girls under their wings. They’ve shown a lot of leadership so far.” Aleta Daniel, another three-year letterwinner, averaged 5.9 points while dishing out 4.3 assists a game last year. Coach Daniel says the guard is capable of increasing her production this year, while defenses will likely gear to stopping Burns.

Hopewell-Loudon girls basketball: (front, left) Courtney “Everyone’s going to key on (Burns). But Aleta has really im- Burns, Hope Brickner, Shaina Bouillon, Aleta Daniel, Morgan proved her game over the summer Searles (back) Rod Daniel, Sicily Leiter, Brook Arbogast, Gabby and worked very hard,” he said. “We Gregg, Alexis Feindel, Abby Park, Kiley Siegel, Adam Bumb. got a combo there that we think can do well for us.” The rest of the lineup doesn’t include much experience, but Daniel says the pieces are there and are fitting together nicely. “Hope Brickner (3.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg) is coming back for us. She’ll be our focal player in the post. She does a lot of the little things correct, does a lot of rebounding for us,” Daniel You Will Always Get FAIR said. “Abby Park has really come on RATES With Us! for us the last few scrimmages. We had a girl come over from St. WenCall today for a policy review delin, Sicily Leiter that adds another dimension with her quickness. All these freshmen we have come off really great eighth grade years, but they’re going from eighth grade and Bascom 419-937-2205 now we’re going to to thrust them into varsity minutes. Gabby Gregg, Good Luck Brook Arbogast, Alexis Feindel, To All they’ve really gelled with our group. Teams! They’ve really stepped up and are really going to be able to help us.”

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Hopewell-Loudon Wrestling

Hopewell-Loudon has never won a Midland Athletic League wrestling title. For coach Travis Traxler, in his second year guiding the program, there’s no better way to go out than picking up the school’s first title. And in the process, scoring a measure of revenge from years gone by. “We have some goals in mind. We have some teams that, in the years before I got here, were beating us up pretty bad. We have some dates marked down on the calender that we’re looking forward to,” he said. “Hopewell has never won a league title. Last year we knew going into the league tournament Carey was the clear favorite. But, we went from sixth place and scoring a quarter of the points Carey scored to being a close second place. We expect to be going into the league meet looking to win. It’s never happened at Hopewell-Loudon before,” he said. “This year it’s in our building. We got a new school, new facilities and we’re hosting the MAL tournament. Our kids are very focused on winning.” Traxler has the team to accomplish those goals. Eleven starters return from last year, including four district qualifiers in Chet Swartzmiller (113), Alex Brock (132), Damion Vitt (138) and Tristan Myers (170). Brock and Vitt were MAL champions last year. While those four are expected to be the backbone of the team, there are several others Traxler is expecting big things from, including a pair of sophomores who nearly made it to districts last year. “Both Braxton Young and Elijah Bustillos were a point from going to districts,” he said. “They’re both sophomores and can take the next step this year. Also, Dakota

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Hopewell-Loudon wrestling: (front, left) Haeleah Williams, Tianna Opp, Alex Sanchez, Bernie Somers, Chet Swartzmiller, Damion Vitt, Michele Weaver, Sierra Beers (middle) Kole Freeman, Christian Potteiger, Elancio Velazquez, Dakota Magers, Tristan Myers, Ryan Blaser, Zach Clouse, Nikos Portentoso, Kristin Martinez (back) Travis Traxler, Alex Brock, Elijah Bustillos, Bryce Steinhauser, Brennen Keiffer, Vollie Brock, Braxton Young, Chris Sears, Devin Marik.

Magers, he’s a senior and he’s done his time. It’s time for him to start winning. Same with Zach Clouse, too. “We got two freshman and they can both win. I’d be surprised if Dylan Hammonds doesn’t win 25 matches for us,” Traxler said. The Chieftains should have every spot in the lineup filled this year, although it may take shuffling people around from their natural weights. But, Traxler says that should pay off in the long run. “We can make a full lineup, but we might have to bump some spots around,” he said. “We can take some of the more advanced kids and shift them in the lineup to

make it full. It will put them against tougher competition and also fill some holes.” Individually, Traxler says it’s very possible for a number of Chieftains, if they keep progressing, to end their year at state. “That’s the goal,” he said. “Every kid that I have stepping on the mat, we want to push them as far down the line as we can. Do I think I got kids that can make it to Columbus? Sure. I got four or five kids that are right on the bubble. They can be right there in that third to sixth spot at districts. They have to get through the season healthy ... and keep progressing as the year goes on.”

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Fostoria bowling: (front, left) Shelby Lamb, Alex Hersch, Breanna Butler, Taylor Everding, Jan Thibodeau (back) Herb Thibodeau, Dalton Cook, Austin Craddolph, Brandon Connin, Trey Yates, Michael Collins.

A little talent and a lot of rebuilding are ahead for Fostoria’s bowling program this year. “We got decimated, we lost everything but one senior to graduation last year for the boys. So we’re rebuilding there,” coach Herb Thibodeau said. “And the girls are pretty much the same; it’s back to rebuilding the program,” he said. Senior Brandon Connin is the lone boy back for FHS, but he enters the season as a three-time all-star. Seniors Kaleb Danko and Austin Craddolph, sophomore Michael Thomas, and freshmen Michael Collins, Trey Yates, Jordan Craddolph and Dalton Cook complete the team. “[Experience] is kind of shallow; even though you have three seniors, you only have one with real good experience,” Thibodeau said. The girls bring back a little more.

Senior Alex Hersch, a two-time all-star, tops the list of three veterans for the Redmen after reaching the district as an individual. Classmates Paige Nelson and Yessenia Ramirez also return for the Redmen after earning their first letter last year. While it’s nice to have veterans back, Thibodeau said that doesn’t always guarantee success. “If you’ve only done something for one or two years and then you compete with or against people who have had a lot of experience, ... there are some girls out there, they just get out there and they lay that ball out and stretch right out across the lane,” he said. “They look better than most of my men in adult bowling leagues. That kind of intimidates you a little bit, and that’s what makes it tough.” Juniors Breanna Butler and Shelby Lamb and freshmen Stevie King and Josie Rumschlag round out the team.

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Fostoria Boys Basketball

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Fostoria boys basketball: (front, left) Kobey Bemis, Deandre Cannon, Kaleb Bemis, Voshon Cousin, Ricky Medina, Tony Mauricio (back) Rick Renz, Kagen Brown, Clay Renz, Rayshon Martin, Hunter Abell, Drew Stennett, Aaron Sheets, Gabe Sierra.

Fostoria returns to its Rick Renz roots this winter, steering away from the glitz to the substance of basketball. “We’ve totally changed our way of doing business this year. We have different expectations for our kids. We are going to become kind of what we were when I first got here, as far as very defensive-oriented,” said Renz, who begins his 10th year with the Redmen. “You’re not going to see a Fostoria team that’s pressing full court the whole game or anything like that. We just do not have the horses for that this year. “We’ve got to be a team that runs in spurts, but we also need to be able to execute our offense, play off the high-percentage shots,” he said.

That could be challenging. The Redmen (4-10, 2-12 Northern Buckeye Conference) bring back five veterans, but only return a combined 23.1 points per game. “We’ve got holes to fill,” Renz said. “We’ve got some big holes in our starting lineup to fill and on the bench,” he said. Junior forward Rayshon Martin (6-3) heads up the veterans, bringing back 5.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and two blocks per game. Seniors Tony Mauricio (6-0, G, 4.5 ppg, 2 apg, 2 rpg), Hunter Abell (6-3, F, 4.3 ppg, 4 rpg) and Drew Stennett (6-3, F, 3.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and junior Kaleb Bemis (5-9, PG,

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battle an overall lack of height while curbing a desire to launch a lot of 3-pointers, Renz said. “We’re going to get the ball in certain players’ hands in spots where they can do some damage. Instead of everyone coming down, trying to fire, fire, fire, we want to work the high-percentage shot with the kids who shoot the ball well from that spot,” he said. “Not a lot of varsity experience returning and height will be an issue again this season for us,” he said. “We are hoping a solid defense and good executing offense can counterbalance the lack of overall height. Shooting will also be an issue for us this season.”

FOSTORIA — Fostoria’s team will have a lot learning to go with the swimming this year as only four of the 18 Redmen are letterwinners. “We’re starting all over. We have an idea where we’d kind of like them to be,” coach Amy Stultz said. “Luckily we have have a lot of numbers, a lot of freshmen and sophomores,” she said. “We have the ability to rebuild, but we are starting over.” They’ll start over without four graduates, including a girls statequalifier in Ashlyn Roberts, who now swims for Wright State. Trey Sander is another 2013 graduate now swimming in college, hitting the pool for Tiffin University’s men. Seniors Harsh Bilodiya and Alex Souders, junior Cyenna Lindsey and sophomore Blake Bush are the returning leaders now for the Redmen. Seniors Daniel Bennett, Emmanuel Clawson and Vanessa Rodriguez; juniors Kaitlyn Gonyer and Luchauna Smith; sophomores Jacob Clauss, Aquiles Estrada, Adriana Eufracio, Juliana Sanchez, Taylor Keeley and Dyan Weimerskirch; and freshmen Brittany Elliott, Maddie Gillig and Devon Warnemont complete the team. That gives the boys and girls team each nine swimmers, enough to field some relays, such as the medley which will allows for the teaching of all four strokes — freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and backstroke. Because of the numbers and the lack of overall experience, Stultz said the focus this year will be on getting better meet by meet. “We really never won meets before. When you’re swimming against teams with 20, 30 kids, it makes it hard to win. But we can Fostoria swimming: (front, left) Juliana Sanchez, Taylor Keeley, Adriana Eufracio, Sierra Valenti, Brittany Elliott improve [times],” she said. (middle) Cyenna Lindsey, Aquiles Estrada, Vanessa Rodriguez, Maddie Gillig, Dylan Wiemerskirch, Blake Bush (back) “I don’t think the kids get too discouraged when they see the imKenny Hark, Brandon Gonzales, Alex Souders, Luchauna Smith, Harsh Bilodiya. provement,” she said.

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Fostoria wrestling: (front, left) Hariket Bilodiya, Jaycee Fuerstenau, Jason Lenz, Zack Jimmison, Austin Struble, Zavien Tey (middle) Anthony Hill-Hernandez, Elliot Hossler, Gabe Thompson, Lance Smith, Zack Vitt, Gage Scott, Keegan Green (back) Jesus Holquin, C.J. Matheny, Alex Jackson, Xavier Galvan, Denny Brant, Jarret Lornezen, Caleb Gooding, Luke Leonard, Nick Davis.

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Fostoria enters the year young and fairly inexperienced, but also filled with athletes. “We’ve got a lot of kids. We ended last year with 11, right now we have 19. Looking at the 19, I think they’re all going to be here at the end,” coach Nick Davis said. “Numbers are great. A huge benefit to numbers is the kids get a variety to wrestle in practice. With 11 kids, you have very limited options. The more kids you get in the room, then the more options a kid has [to wrestle against], the more different styles the kid sees,” he said. The Redmen (2-15, 0-7 Northern Buckeye Conference, eighth in NBC Tournament, eighth NBC overall) send 19 to the mat this year, allowing them to fill all 14 weight classes. Nine of them are returning letterwinners, but five of the veterans are sophomores. In fact, 13 of the wrestlers come from the two youngest grades and several others on the team are first-time wrestlers. Those are welcome challenges, Davis said. “I’m happy to have 19 guys. I love having that many in the [wrestling] room, it’s awesome,” he said. “I like having these first-year seniors. It kills me they didn’t come out as freshmen or seventh graders or eighth graders or anything like that, but I love having those guys. I love having them in the room, it’s good to get to know them. It’s good to see them at least go out there and try and be out working on the wrestling mat. It’s a tough sport, it’s not a sport for everybody, and I understand that. It’s a grind.”

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2012-13: 1-22, 1-13 Northern Buckeye Conference. Head coach: J.T. Bates, first season. Assistant coaches: Clayton Moore, Jessica Sheline, Chad Krukmeyer. No. Name Ht. Pos. G 1 Erica Moore 5-6 G 11 2 Felicia Magallanes 5-2 G 12 3 Kierra Settles 5-7 P 12 5 Lexie Fretz 5-8 P 9 10 Eliza Sanchez 5-2 G 10 11 Jada Hampton 5-9 G 11 12 Liliaʼna Velazques 5-6 G 9 20 Sydney Vilaisack 5-2 G 11 22 Olivia Valenti 5-2 G 10 23 Deija Williams 5-7 G 9 32 Alexus Smith 5-7 P 11 33 Lila Lentz 5-7 P 11 44 Sierra Cannon 5-9 P 9

Fostoria girls basketball: (front, left) Lila Lentz, Erica Moore, Eliza Sanchez, Kierra Settles, Felicia Magallanes, Jada Hampton, Alexus Smith (back) Olivia Valenti, Deija Williams, Lexie Fretz, Chad Krukmeyer, J.T. Bates, Clayton Moore, Sierra Cannon, Lilia’na Velazques, Sydney Vilaisack.

Fostoria has plenty to improve upon for this winter, and the Redmen have the veterans to lead the way. But any improvement will have to come after starting all over. Seven letterwinners return to help usher in J.T. Bates’ first season as a girls coach and he said that experience — Fostoria had no seniors last year — will help as the Redmen transition to his style. “It’s a big advantage to have returning letterwinners. They’ve been through the battles; they’re battle-tested,” said Bates, who coached boys teams at Arcadia and Mohawk in the past. “It is a brand new system. It’s a brand new everything. It’s a brand new mindset, just an approach. The way we approach things are a lot different than what they’ve had in the past,” he said. “They’re learning it and they’re picking it up quick. Their experience helps them to pick it up faster,

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Junior Luke Leonard (120, 126, 132) heads up the veterans after taking second in the NBC last year and finishing as a district placer. Senior Keegan Green (120, 126, 132) and sophomores Lance Smith (126, 132)

so it’s coming. It’s gotten a lot better from the summer to where it is now.” To the point where the Redmen are ready to win. The Redmen (1-22, 1-13 Northern Buckeye Conference) have just one victory in two years, and that came last season. Turning that around is a definite goal, Bates said, but that won’t be the way he gauges progress. “Success isn’t going to be measured so much in wins and losses this season as taking the steps in the right direction to turn this whole thing around,” he said. “My biggest thing with these guys is to not measure the success that we have with our wins and losses. We’re going to win games, it’s going to happen. But I just want them to feel success from little things — when we do a drill correctly, when we make the proper pass in a game,

when somebody takes a charge,” he said. “When we do those little things, I want us to get excited about those things, and not focus on the things we do poorly — don’t let one turnover led to a 10-0 run by the other team.” Fostoria has a base to build upon with its veterans. The junior guard duo of Jada Hampton (10.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg) and Erica Moore (9.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg) combined for 19.4 points and 6.4 rebounds last year. Senior post Kierra Settles (4.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg), junior post Alexus Smith (3 ppg, 5 rpg), junior Lila Lenz (1 ppg, 1.2 rpg), sophomore guard Olivia Valenti (1.6 ppg, 1 rpg) and senior guard Eliza Sanchez (1 ppg) also contributed in various ways last year. The rest of the team includes senior Felicia Magallanes (G), junior Sydney Vilaisack (G) and freshmen Lexie Fretz

(P), Lilia’na Velazques (G), Deija Williams (G) and Sierra Cannon (P). Depth and height are concerns. Hampton and Cannon are the tallest at 5-9, with Fretz checking in at 5-8, but the latter two are freshmen. The Redmen have 13 on varsity, but only 15 in the program. But Bates said the Redmen are athletic, work hard in practice and have shown a eagerness to get better. “There’s a lot of things pointing us in the right direction. We’re just going to continue to build upon them,” Bates said. “They’re soaking everything up like sponges. I feel that we are really starting to bond as a team. There was some separation early in the summer when we got in and we took the program over, and that has been erased,” he said. “We really are one unit, so I can say our teamwork and our camaraderie are strengths for us.”

and Elliot Hossler (138) add to a solid base after reaching the district last season, and senior C.J. Matheny (152, 160), a district qualifier two seasons ago, is back after an injury kept him out last year. Senior Deante Lincoln (285) and sophomores Austin Struble (113), Hariket Bilodiya (120, 126) and Zack Vitt (132, 138) round out the veterans. The rest of the team includes seniors

Caleb Gooding (145) and Alex Jackson (195, 220), sophomores Brandon Gonzales (106), Cordero Diaz (145) and Darius Johnson (285), and freshmen Zavien Tey (120), Zack Jimmison (138), Xavier Galvan (152, 160), Jarret Lorenzen (170) and Gage Scott (182, 195). They’ll all have to step up to replace Tony Reynolds, a two-time state-placer (sixth in 2012, second in 2013) who is now a redshirt freshman for Ohio Univer-

sity. While that kind of individual talent will be difficult to match, Davis feels the team effort should be better this year. “We will be solid overall and fill most of the lineup with only one or two. I have a lot of freshmen and sophomores, along with some inexperienced upperclassmen,” he said. “We have some very solid individuals that our young wrestlers can learn from and use as positive models of success.”

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2012-13: 17-6, 8-2 Midland Athletic League Coach: Steve Lucius, 29th season

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Steve Lucius may know a thing or two about the Midland Athletic League. He’s only been a head coach as long as the league has existed. And in 28 previous seasons, he’s had a pretty good track record with 13 firstplace finishes and 10 runner-up showings. “When I took over, the league had just started. It’s really bittersweet,” Lucius said of the MAL’s final campaign. “I’m kind of sad. It’s been a hell of a league. It’s meant a lot over the years. St. Joe, Calvert, Mohawk, Carey, St. Wendelin, North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon have all had their success. It’s been a lot of great games. You only play one time and you have to have your A-game every night. At the same time, it’s also allowed us to schedule some really tough nonleague games. I’m really disappointed to see it go away and I think a lot of the girls basketball coaches in the league would say the same.”

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New Riegel girls basketball: (front, left) Cassidy Eddington, Kaitlyn Kirian, Lauren Zoeller, Taylor Kirian, Lauren Ladd, Morgan Noftz, Brooklyn Depinet (back) Steve Lucius, Kara Scherger, Leah Bouillon, Hailey Theis, Taylor Arbogast, Elizabeth Zoeller, Mark Theis.

The fight for the final league title should be just as intense as the recent seasons have been. The Blue Jackets, 17-6 last year with an 8-2 mark in the league, lose one starter to graduation, but bring back four and a total of seven letterwinners. “I have a lot of experience and I have kids who have played varsity for three, four years. It’s a veteran crew. We got a late start because of volleyball, but that’s OK,” Lucius said. “That was a really nice season they had. They’ve been successful in softball, basketball and volleyball. They’re winners and they expect to win. They have talent but they know they have to work hard to win. They know that and all the sports reinforce that.” Kara Scherger returns to run the point this year. “She started last year and she’s made a lot of improvements; she’s stronger and just tougher,” Lucius said.

Returning to the posts are Lauren Ladd and Taylor Kirian “We don’t have a lot of size, but Ladd gives us the majority of our size,” Lucius said of his three-year senior starter. Taylor Arbogast will be primarily a wing for the Blue Jackets but Lucius said he’ll use her all over the court throughout the season. Morgan Noftz figures to see time at guard as well as fellow letterwinner Hailey Theis and newcomers Leah Bouillon, Mackenzie Reinhart and Elizabeth Zoeller. Letterwinner Lauren Zoeller will backup at the post spots and Theis figures into the rotation there as well. “It should be really tough again. Carey and Calvert has just about everyone back and they’ll be really strong. There’s a lot of good teams,” Lucius said of the MAL. “We have people back too so we hope to be in the hunt. I’m sure (the league title)

would mean a lot because it’s the last go around.” After 23 seasons of either winning the league or finishing runner-up, there’s a standard been set in the small town. “There’s expectations (in the community to win it) probably, I suppose. Year in, year out we’re up there. We’ve been really fortunate we’ve had a lot of good players come through the system,” Lucius said. “It’s OK to have those expectations.” It’s not just an expectation of that community but of Lucius’ team as well. “Our goals are always to win a league championship and sectional and district championships. We focus on a regional championship,” Lucius said. “We have to stay healthy and the key for us is to get better. You better be at a higher level in February and March or you’re not going to survive in the tournament. We can’t be complacent just because we have talent.”

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Lakota wrestling: (front, left) Bobby Arriaga, Brendon Biddle, John Moes, Lauro Quintero, Jacob Sattler (middle) Andrew Hovis, Madison Jaso, Jordan Jaso, Caleb Tolento, Dakota Kroeger, Ethan Hermon (back) Dan Jordan, Jared Wolph, Cody Carver, Sam Kern, Rick Whetsel.

Old Fort Girls Basketball

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After playing its first game of the season, Old Fort’s 2013-14 team already has the same amount of wins that it had all of last year. Old Fort was 1-22 in the 2012-13 season and opened up the season with a 48-41 win over Woodmore. A young team with no seniors, looking solely to each other for leadership, Old Fort is taking steps forward as a work in progress. “Our girls came into the summer ready to work, focusing on what we needed to work on,” coach Jenny

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Lakota’s wrestling team won’t fill every weight class this year, but the Raiders will fill more than they expected to. Six veterans shore up this year’s group of 13 grapplers, including two-time district qualifier junior Jordan Jaso (145/152) and Bobby Arriaga (170), the team’s lone senior, who reached the district last year. Junior Caleb Tolento (126/132) also returns after taking second in the Midland Athletic League last year and fifth at the sectional, and junior Jared Wolph (182) and sophomores Dakota Kroeger (120) and Cody Carver (220) also come back for the Raiders (8-11, sixth in Midland Athletic League Tournament). Junior John Moes (138), sophomore Jacob Sattler (120/126) and freshmen Brendon Biddle (126/132), Andrew Hovis (132), Ethan Harmon (145/152), Madison Jaso (160) and Lauro Quintero (195) fill out the roster. Tolento and Quintero were unexpected additions this year. While Tolento wrestled last season, his presence this season was in doubt until just recently. Quintero, meanwhile, transferred in after attending junior high at Rossford. One presence Lakota will miss is senior Mac Flanagan. The 285pounder is out for the year after injuring his knee in football. “Not filling a couple weight classes will be the biggest setback. Losing our heavyweight is a big void,” coach Rick Whetsel said. “We have good experience coming back and we have four very good freshmen from the junior high out this year,” he said.

Old Fort girls basketball: (front, left) Ashlyn Magers, Aly Pence, Jazmine Woodruff (second) Peyton Miller, Sam Hartsel, Addi Reineck, Sara Bell, Sammy Miller, Michaela Davidson, Shelby Bilger, Mackenzie Ward (back) Mark Miller, Jenny Miller, Jordan Magers, Alli Adelsperger, Alyssa Pence, Hali Kimmet, Jim Menkhoff, Greg Woodruff.

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ballclub. “We are making forward progress with a great group of experienced coaches. You look back at coaches you’ve had in the past and find a new appreciation for them,” she said. “I feel like knowing the game on the court is one thing, but to know it from the sideline is a completely different world. “We have a real sense of team here, to open the season with a win after all of the hard work we put in is well deserved,” she said.

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Old Fort boys basketball: (front left) Hunter Perry, Maison Steyer, Jordan Bryon, Brad Bannister (back) Brock Cleveland, Chris Anstead, Elijah Cleveland, Jake Wilson, Jon Lotycz, Adam Alexander, Eric Hoover.

The last year of MAL basketball is upon us and Old Fort coach Eric Hoover is confident that his team is hungry enough to take more than just a piece of the MAL crown. Last year the Stockaders finished in a three-way tie for the championship with Fremont St. Joe and New Riegel. Each team finished 10-1 in the MAL. Old Fort was picked to finish third in the coaching poll, and Hoover says his team feels no pressure on what to expect out of the season. “It was nice grabbing a piece title last year. Yet, being that it is the last year of the MAL, we are looking to win the last title outright,” said Hoover. “We don’t feel any added pressure, we know what we expect out of our team.”

Old Fort has first team MAL standout Hunter Perry, and one returning letter winner in Brad Bannister. Hoover says that his two returning seniors are going to be key in leadership roles on the team. “You know, Perry has been here before and knows what we run. He is going to be instrumental in showing the type of things we are looking for on offense,” Hoover said. The new adjustments

that face Old Fort include getting players situated in their ideal position. Most of the players who join the varsity squad are players who have played JV for the better part of the last year. “Every year is a different challenge, it fits the type of school this is,” he said. “The coaches adjust well to finding where to place the players. We bring up a lot of kids from the JV and the kids respond well to their assignments.”

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2012-13: 8-15, 3-8 Midland Athletic League. Head coach: Tim Walsh (118-181), fifth season. Assistant coaches: Dustin Nejedly, D.J. Dyer, Jordan Rupert. No. Name Ht. Pos. Grade 1 Dakota Bowling 5-6 G 9 2 Colin Timmons 6-1 W/P 12 3 Casey Monroe 5-7 G/W 11 5 Josh Kirkpatrick 6-0 W/P 12 20 Josh Mason 5-10 G/W 10 33 Hunter Chalfin 5-9 G/W 10 34 Spencer King 6-0 P/W 10 41 William Riddle 6-1 P 11 44 Kyle Below 6-3 P 12 50 Kevin Crowe 6-5 P 12

Lakota boys basketball: (front, left) Josh Kirkpatrick, Kevin Crowe, Kyle Below, Colin Timmons (middle) Dustin Nejedly, Dakota Bowling, Hunter Chalfin, Casey Monroe, Josh Mason, DJ Dyer (back) Tim Walsh, William Riddle, Spencer King, Jordan Ruppert.

The lack of returning experience is a bit misleading, but the amount of inexperience is not as Lakota returns only three veterans and will have a lot of youth on the court. “The three returning kids, this is their third year on varsity so that will help a lot. The question mark is how quickly these other kids come along,” coach Tim Walsh said. “There’s quite a bit that the others have to learn and hopefully the three experienced kids will bring them along,” he said. Senior Colin Timmons, who will play guard and forward, heads up the veterans after turning in 10 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3

assists and 2.3 steals per game last year on his way to an honorable mention Midland Athletic League award. Fellow seniors Kyle Below and Josh Kirkpatrick are the other two letterwinners for the Raiders (8-15, 3-8 Midland Athletic League). Below averaged 4.3 points, four rebounds and 1.4 steals at the post, while Kirkpatrick, a guard and wing, tallied six points, three boards and 2.1 assists per game. Freshman point guard Dakota Bowling will join them as a starter. Senior Kevin Crowe (P), juniors

William Riddle (P) and Casey Monroe (G, W) and sophomores Spencer King (P, W), Hunter Chalfin (W) and Josh Mason (W) complete a team not blessed with height, but one Walsh said has plenty of speed. “We’ve got pretty good speed overall. Even Below at 6-3 in the post, he’s not slow,” he said. “We do have good speed, it’s just a matter of getting everything in sync and these guys realizing when it’s the right time to run and when it’s the right time to slow down. “You just can’t run all the time. You’ve got to have some discipline,” Walsh said. “We could use our speed to our advantage,

providing we do it the right way.” That will be important if the Raiders want to turn in a good year in the MAL’s final season, Walsh said, since New Riegel will probably again contend fort the title with Carey, St. Joe, Calvert, HopewellLoudon and Seneca East. And while he said the Raiders aren’t setting their sights on the league title, Walsh said they are looking to get better and compete at a higher level. “Our goals are simply game to game,” he said. “We don’t talk about we’re going to win the league. We have our team and individual goals game to game.”

Lakota Girls Basketball

2012-13: 4-19, 1-9 Midland Athletic League. Head coach: Mike Miller (8-37), third season. Assistant coach: Craig Mintz. No. Name Ht. 10 Cariss Reese 5-8 21 Taylor Smith 5-11 24 Morgan Mowry 5-11 25 Bree Long-Meyer 5-8 31 Katie Park 5-11 32 Paige Alloway 5-4 34 Paige Paxson 5-9 44 Destiney Long-Meyer 5-11 45 Morgan Gangwer 5-7 50 Alex McDole 5-6

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Coming off a 4-19 season and opening with a 95-20 loss, it might seem strange for Lakota coach Mike Miller to be satisfied. Sure, any loss is unwanted. But when it comes to Clyde, whose only loss last year came at the state semifinals, the amount of disappointment for a Division IV coach whose team returns only three veterans is graded on a curve. And for Miller, the curve is up. That’s because two days after dropping the opener in the Clyde Turkey Shootout, the Raiders beat Columbian, another Division II school, by a 53-44 margin. “I was kind of hoping when we came out of the weekend that we’d get a split. We were pretty sure we were not going to win the Clyde game, but we had some goals in the Clyde game that we reached and the girls got some confidence from that,” Miller said. “I had some other coaches call and ask me how we even scored 20 points against them. “We played much better than I thought we would. Just need to work with our guards, that’s our biggest weakness right now,” he said. “We’ve got inexperienced guards and a lot of careless turnovers. But the girls were able to take some positives out of that [Clyde] game and they played the whole game without quitting.” Quitting is something he said he won’t have to worry about this year, with an aggressive defense and overall

good team speed. Team leadership will also help with that. Junior Katie Park (5-11, F, C) returns after averaging 7.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game en route to honorable mention District 7 status. Senior Morgan Mowry (5-11, F, 3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and junior Morgan Gangwer (5-7, G, F, 3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.7 spg) are also back for the Raiders (1-9 Midland Athletic League). Seniors Cariss Reese (5-8, G), Taylor Smith (5-11, F) and Alex McDole (5-6, F), juniors Paige Alloway (5-4, G), Paige Paxson (5-9, F, C) and Destiney Long-Meyer (5-11, F), and sophomore Bree Long-Meyer (5-8, G, F) complete the team. They’ll be asked to replace six players, including Stephanie Miller (6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg) and Rachel Feick (3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg), who combined for 18.3 points and 13.4 rebounds in each game. And the transition hasn’t always been smooth, Miller said, especially on offense. But he thinks that will change. “Taking longer than I expected to pick up some of our offensive plays. Defensively, we can be very tough. We have a lot of quickness, a lot of speed that I’ve never had before,” he said. “Right now, it’s just on the offensive end where we’re struggling, and that’s just because of our inexperienced guards. “We keep working with them and it could be the year we turn things around,” Miller said.

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Lakota bowling: (front, left) Jan Thibodeau, Taylor Carr, Alaina Bickford, Aubrey Bickford, Allison Strausbaugh, Laura Reiter (back) Raven Graham, Jalan Batey, Cody Steiner, Jacob Stewart, Nathan Bowen, Corey Damschroder, Herb Thibodeau.

Mohawk Girls Basketball

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Appearances can be deceiving. Looking at the Mohawk girls roster and the eight seniors it boasts, one would assume that a veteran squad is there to ease the transition to new coach Mike Beck. But Beck says that’s not necessarily the case. “Everybody that talks to me keeps talking about that, but it’s really not that true,” Beck said when asked about taking over a veteran team. “We got 10 varsity players. Only two have a lot of varsity experience or played a lot of varsity minutes. There’s eight seniors, but it’s a big difference between JV and varsity basketball.” Beck is a veteran of the coaching ranks. He enters his 35th year of coaching overall, previously serving at Olentangy and spending the last 12 years at Marion

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bodeau said should turn in a competitive season, especially when going up against a rival. “Between them and New Riegel, it should be interesting matches,” he said. “They should bring some glory to their school this year.” The boys bring back five veterans, but that’s all the Raiders have. “They just can’t seem to get their act together to get the boys out,” Thibodeau said. “Having a hard time getting five or six guys together.” Juniors Corey Damschroeder, Cody Steiner and Jacob Stewart and sophomores Jalan Batey and Nathan Bowen make up the Raiders this winter.

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Mohawk girls basketball: (front, left) Taylor McClain, Brooke Weinandy, Clara Adelsperger, Charlotte Moes (middle) Hannah Luhring, Julie Adelsperger, Kasey Adelsperger, Brooke Weininger (back) Mike Beck, Brad Weaver, Bailee Daughenbaugh, Ally Weinandy, Allison Price, Megan Cleveland, Rodney Gilliland, Bo Trusty.

Pleasant most recently coaching JV boys. He said he was looking to get back into head coaching to finish his career and after talking with Mohawk Athletic Director Erik Baker, he felt the job with the Warriors was a good fit. Beck says he plans to bring him some of his own philosophies but still keep what’s already familiar to the players. “My base defense is man-to-man,” he said. “I like to use pressure defenses. In zones I like to create pressure by trapping. Offensively, we kept the same motion offense. We used that this summer. It’s less for them to have to learn in a new system. And they seem to work pretty well with that.” Beck says one of the keys to success is having good guard play. However, with the Warriors losing last year’s starting

guards to graduation, there will be new bodies stepping into those roles. “They graduated their three top guards. That’s been a huge challenge for us,” he said. “I don’t care what size you have or whatever, you have to have guards that can play. Most college coaches, high school coaches will, pro coaches will testify to that. Good guard play is key to winning games.” The starting five for the Warriors will consist entirely of seniors. Taylor McClain will open the year as the starting point guard with Julie Adelsperger moving to the two-guard spot, after playing a forward role last year. Brooke Weinandy will work as a wing while the other two Adelsperger sisters, Kasey and Clara will be forwards. Beck is also looking to get key minutes

from a pair of sophomores, Ally Weinandy and Megan Cleveland. “I saw it in the summer, the two sophomores have earned their way into the top seven playing spots,” he said. “They play really well on defense and rebound extremely well. If they can improve their offensive game, it’ll really help us.” For now he says the lineup is set, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be shakeups as the year goes on. “Thing can change,” he said. “For now, it’s a set lineup. But I’m always looking for those who might improve or change during the year. I can’t say it’ll be the same lineup for all 22 games. I always try to figure out who, different ways to figure out who to start. Always looking for people to fit into my philosophy and are extremely coachable.”

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2012-13: 7-15, 4-7 Midland Athletic League Coach: Michael Mathey, first season No.

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Michael Mathey has played basketball at many levels. He starred in high school at Elgin, collegiately at West Liberty State in West Virginia, and internationally in Germany. Now he hopes to translate all his playing experience into a successful coaching career. He’s coached at the AAU level and was an assistant previously at his alma mater, but now he picks up his first varsity job taking over a Warriors program getting its third head coach in as many years. When asked what to expect out of his team, Mathey said expect an up-tempo style.

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“We want to get up and down a little bit,” he said. “We want to put pressure on defense. As soon as we get the ball, we’re looking to score. And we want to put pressure on their offense. As soon as they get the ball, we’re looking to play defense and make them work for everything. “We’re going to have to mix it up, get creative on offense, play inside-out. Drive the ball, if we don’t have it, kick ball out. We’re looking to get a lot of hustle points.” In order to get ready for a fast-paced style on game nights, Mathey said he and his staff have been putting the players

through hard practices, but they’ve responded positively. “They play hard. We’ve been putting them through some tough, grueling practices, probably tougher than they’ve been used to,” he said. “They’ve responded pretty well. You have your better days than other days, but for the most part, the better days have outweighed the other ones.” Mathey pointed out Mitch Parker and Gunnar Johnson as players he’s looking for to lead the team this year. “Mitch Parker is a senior leader; he played a lot last year. Gunnar Johnson is another good player,” Mathey said. “Both

play hard, know how to play. I’m looking for big things from them to carry us.” Mathey also labeled Grant Gucker as a player who stood out during the team’s scrimmages. He also said rebounding is going to be key for his team, and is counting on all his players to pull down boards, not just the post guys. “We do have a couple guys with some height,” he said. “When it comes down to rebounding, I expect everybody to rebound, from my guards to my wings, everybody. It’s not about how big you. Rebounding is about who wants it the most.”

Baird and Kevin Lonsway. A good portion of the team is made up of a big freshman class, one in which Cook is excited to see take the mat. “They have come in with a good work ethic which, I have to attribute that to coach Rice, our junior high coach, and Bret Margraf for getting those guys where there at,” Cook said. “They come in and just work. Especially coming from a freshman group, typically they’re the ones that aren’t too go-getters. But this group, they come and bust their tails. Regardless of what they’re doing, they

keep their nose to the grindstone. It’s going to help throughout the entire team because we do have so many kids this year.” Cook is expecting to see a lot of competition for the varsity spots, and says the lineup could be in flux as the year progresses. “I anticipate a lot of back and forth this year,” Cook said. “Having such a big group of people, the guys that might not make varsity lineup to start will push themselves to get to the point where they push the guy that might have that spot, and might take it over by the end of the year. That is what we have been missing for the longest time.” There is one glaring departure from

Mohawk’s roster as three-time state qualifier Grant Price has graduated. Cook says getting Mohawk represented in Columbus again this year will be a challenge, but feels he has some kids that have the potential to make a deep run. “Districts, we’ll definitely have some guys make it out of sectionals, I feel,” he said. “That next level, I think, is going to be a challenge for the entire team. But I think it can happen with a few of the guys. I think as far as goal-wise, that’s something Kevin Lonsway, that’s one of his goals, and Tyler Baird. Also a couple of the freshmen have that goal as well. If things go right, and they put the time and effort in over the course of the year, they can make that a reality.”

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It’s the hand coach Bud Cook has been waiting to be dealt. After 13 wrestlers on his roster a year ago, and nine the year before that, Cook has finally hit blackjack. Twenty-one wrestlers will strap on the singlets for the Warriors this year, a pleasant change for the veteran mentor. “Things are starting to be where I wanted to see them for a long time,” he said. “We’re finally getting another cycle of athletes coming through.” Cook brings back only four letterwinners including district qualifiers in Tyler

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New Riegel Boys Basketball

2012-13: 21-5, 10-1 Midland Athletic League Coach: David Losey, first season

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New Riegel boys basketball: (front, left) Travis Williams, Blaine Hughes, Tim Ink, Grant Lescallett (back) Aaron Acree, Chad Cassidy, Michael Kirian, Jake Dryfuse, Austin Mathias.

The shoes are large. Real large. Todd Aichholz had a pretty strong resume in his seven years at New Riegel. Four consecutive Midland Athletic League titles. A record of 114-44. Throw in a decision by a school board to replace Aichholz with his JV coach which left mixed feelings in the community, and new boys basketball Dave Losey has a tall task. Losey said he understands what’s in front of him. “It’s just being able to continue to grow the program,” Losey said. “We’ve been successful over the years and there’s high expectations in this community. It’s about being able to maintain that level of success and go a little higher.” The Blue Jackets are going to have a decidedly different look as Losey said he’s scrapping the old offense and defense New Riegel has employed the last seven years.

“Offensively, (we’re) probably not going to look the same. We’ve changed a lot as far as overall system,” Losey said. “We’ll still look to get up and down and put pressure on teams on offense and defense. It will be a little different look than people have seen in the past.” It’s not the only different look. The Blue Jackets lose eight letterwinners off last year’s team. He brings back just Jake Dryfuse, and he’s the team’s lone senior. “It’s nice to have that experience. It’s certainly an asset,” Losey said. “He understands the expectations and he’s been a good leader by example.” The huge advantage Losey has though is that he’s coached many of the kids he’ll have on varsity this season since they played under him on JV. Losey said his team doesn’t really use a point guard, but ball handling duties will go to Blaine Hughes or Grant Lescallet. At the other guard spot, Tim Ink stands

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to get the start. Losey said Hughes could see some time here as well as Travis Williams and Alex Theis. Who will play at the forwards and center spots will depend largely on whether the Blue Jackets are using a small lineup or big lineup. Aaron Acree, Austin Mathias and Hughes can all manage the three spot and Dryfuse may slide into the spot when the Blue Jackets go big. But Dryfuse will primarily be the four. Acree could see time at the four as well as Michael Kirian. Kirian will spell Chad Cassidy or Dryfuse at the center spot. That’s the lineup Losey will have to try to defend the team’s four-year streak of MAL crowns. “The expectations are tough. I’m not sure what to expect since we’re so young,” Losey said. “Carey with what they have returning and the experience has to be a front runner. After that, hopefully we’re right in the mix. I think there’s a group of

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teams there that can compete.” It’s a league Losey is sad to see go. “I think it’s a great league. It’s been good for the area. I consider it the best small school league in the area,” Losey said. “I think it’s a shame it will split up after this year. It’s been a good league for us. It has allows our boys to play good competition without traveling halfway across the state.” With so much youth, Losey said he knows there will be growing pains this season but he’s not going to measure success by wins and losses but rather by how well the team listens and grows. “It’s a good group of kids and they’re working extremely hard. They want desperately to play well,” Losey said. “It’s about being patient and growing. When we play like our age, like they think they should because they’re younger, they struggle. But when we play aggressive, we can play with anyone. Time will tell how good we can be.”

Due to deadline constraints, the Seneca East wrestling preview will appear next week in The A-T’s daily sports section.

Seneca East Girls Basketball

By just about any standard, Dave Stallings’ first season as Seneca East girls coach was a success. Behind Ashton Daniel’s terrific senior season, the Tigers finished 14-10, and came within a basket of making the district semifinals. But this season will present some challenges for Stallings and the Tigers. Three-fifths of SE’s starting five — including SE career point leader Daniel — are gone. The team has only one returning senior on its roster in Brittany Brookes. But that isn’t to say Seneca East doesn’t have experience. Along with Brookes, the Tigers return key contributors Hannah Hahler and Seina Adachi. Kirsten Camp also returns to the Seneca East fold after being away. Stallings said he expects Brookes to “step up,” and she did in the season opener against Buckeye Central, where she scored 12 points. Hahler has put up impressive numbers in her career, but Stallings said she can be even better. “As a sophomore she

stepped up as a leader, even [with] having the four seniors we did have,” Stallings said. “This year she’s stepped up as a leader in practice, I have to teach her to be selfish.” Hahler stands at better than six feet tall. Her brother, Ben, went down as one of Seneca East’s best big men. He gradu-

ated last spring. Stallings said Hannah is capable of taking over games the way Ben did the last few years. “If she wants to dominate she could dominate,” he said. In Adachi, Stallings has a player who exceeded his expectations last year. The shooting guard

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came to SE from Japan, and Stallings said he had every intention of easing her in. That soon became tough. “We kind kept her in the background on purpose, she turned out to be

kind of hard to keep in the background at the end of the year. Seina just plays.” Stallings said Paige Reichert and Amber Enders also could see time in the starting lineup, but nothing is finalized.

“We’re just trying to fill the holes,” he said. Stallings said he didn’t want to predict where Seneca East would finish in the MAL, but said the Tigers could be tough “when the girls finally mesh.”

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2012-13: 13-9, 7-4 Midland Athletic League Coach: Joe Nowak, first year

Assistants: Don Vogt, Craig Turek No.

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Seneca East has a new boys basketball coach, but only in the strictest definition. Joe Nowak takes over the program this year after spending the last five seasons as the school’s junior varsity coach. The players know and are familiar with Nowak, a Woodmore graduate who played college basketball at Defiance. In truth, this year’s Tiger team may not look much different than the JV team Nowak led last season. Senior guard Ethan Caudill and senior forward Adam Hall are

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Seneca East boys basketball: (front, left) Tyrus DeBold, Corey Coppes, Ryan Marvin, Chase Chapman, Cole Wurm (middle) Johnny Diehm, Braedon Tipple, Hunter Saylors, Josh Waggoner, Adam Hall, Ethan Caudill, Jack Daniel, Drewe Tipple (back) Don Vogt, Joe Nowak, Zach Aichholz, Brennan Martin, Brady Ferres, Riley Kalb, Connor Lucius, Craig Turek.

the only two players who played varsity for the team last season, and Nowak said the two have really helped to create a good atmosphere. “Right now we’re trying to look at setting a tone in practice,” Nowak said. “Ethan and Adam have really made strides in going strong in drills and going hard in everything we do.” The team lost its best player from last season — Ben Hahler — to graduation. Hahler was the league-leader in rebounds

and was the Tigers’ top scorer last year. “Ben did some great things,” Nowak said. “I was fortunate to work with him for four years. It does leave a big void.” The only two players listed as posts on the roster are freshmen —Brennan Martin and Brady Ferris. In fact, more than a fourth of the team’s roster is comprised of freshmen, with guard Johnny Diehm also listed. Nowak said he’s “excited” about the youth on the team. But perhaps because of it, he said he taking a simple approach to

Seneca East girls basketball: (front, left) Brittany Brookes, Amy Martin, Jenna Larick (middle) Amber Enders, Alexis Hall, Lex McClimans, Seina Adachi (back) Kirsten Bumb, Paige Reichart, Hannah Hahler, Kirsten Camp. Story on Page 18

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practice. He’s also changing the team’s defensive philosophy. “For the past few years, we were a zone team we’re gonna change defenses a little bit, try to get back to the basics, a man-toman style,” he said. Nowak said he believes the Tigers can be good this season. “I don’t think there’s anybody out there we can’t compete with on a nightly basis,” he said. “The challenge is to get the guys to believe it too.”

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St. Wendelin will have a definite individual focus this year in the pool. Just six Mohawks will swim this winter, with the girls team having four swimmers and the boys having two. Senior Maddie Statham and junior Sammie Digby are the returning veterans for the girls team, with freshmen Jaden Ogg and Lauren Meyers joining them.

Ogg and Meyers do bring some experience after swimming in the YMCA program, but they still have a bit to learn, coach Amy Stultz said. “They’re just new,” she said. “Swimming at the high school level is just different.” The boys team will feature junior veteran Zach Recker and newcomer sophomore Michael Noel.

St. Wendelin swimming: (front, left) Jaden Ogg, Maddie Statham, Zach Recker, Michael Noel, Sammie Digby, Lauren Meyers.

St. Wendelin Girls Basketball

2012-13: 15-8, 6-4 Midland Athletic League.

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The challenges keep mounting for St. Wendelin. The Mohawks (15-8, 6-4 Midland Athletic League) graduated four starters, had three players transfer and two players choose not to come out this year, leaving them with only 11 players in the program — no JV team, and no freshman team. St. Wendelin does return five veterans, including a starter from last year’s squad, but a lack of depth and a lack of guards will challenge the team. “That’s where we’re hurting. We can field five girls that have some varsity experience.After that, we have no experience whatsoever,” coach Aaron Smith said.

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“We have no guards in the system right now, so Allie Rutter and [Makenzie] McAfee are trying to learn to be guards,” he said. “It’s tough. If we’re all healthy, I think our first five can compete. If we get in foul trouble, if we get an injury or anything like that, it’s just going to be a long season.” Rutter (3.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg) returns after lettering as a freshman and McAfee (3 ppg, 2.2 rpg) is back for her junior season. Sophomore Kamryn Troike is back as a starter after averaging 8.8 points and 7.7 rebounds last year and should do even better this winter, Smith said. “Now she’s back-cutting, picking and rolling, running the floor.

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St. Wendelin girls basketball: (front, left) Hannah Smith, Hannah Meyers. (middle) Michaela Frohnen, Krystal Krout, Taylor Williams, Edy Mowrey, Cailin Reineck (back) Bob Gase, Makenzie McAfee, Hunter Weidner, Kamryn Troike, Aaron Smith, Allie Rutter, Hailee Burns, Roger Holman.

She understands it now and she knows when she gets the ball she can score,” he said. “She’s pretty good. She’ll make us a tough matchup for certain teams.” Seniors Taylor Williams (1.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1 spg) and Edy Mowry round out the returning letterwinners. Junior Matchima Sukaphiboon, sophomores Krystal Krout and Hunter Weidner, and freshmen Hailee Burns, Cailin Reineck and Michaela Frohnen complete the team. And they’ll be expected to help out and not just watch from the bench. “We’ve got a couple freshman that are very good athletes.

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They’re going to have to step up and play varsity basketball,” Smith said. “We have a couple sophomores that played JV last year. None of them are really ready for varsity but we don’t have the luxury to wait for them. They’re going to have to step in in game situations and try to perform to the best level they can.” And that level isn’t always at the top. “We can’t run, we can’t press, because we don’t have the numbers, and we can’t afford to get in foul trouble,” he said. “So we’re just going to have to come up with a specific game plan for every team we play; instead of saying ‘here’s who we are, try to beat us,’

we’ve got to figure out what to do we have to be to try to beat somebody.” At least St. Wendelin has figured that out, opening the year with a 57-42 win over Elmwood. But the challenges don’t let up, with MAL foes HopewellLoudon, New Riegel, Carey and Mohawk dotting the schedule right after that. “We don’t have a big learning curve schedule where we build up to some of the top teams,” Smith said. “New Riegel, Mohawk and Carey are the top three teams in the MAL, and you want to play them after you win a little bit. They got everybody coming back.”

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St. Wendelin wrestling: (front, left) Cole Williams, Rob Park, Austin Turner, Caleb Colburn (middle) Nick DeHaven, Isaiah Cassidy, Joe DeHaven, Maco Gonzalez, Jessica Holman (back) Eric Perkins, Luke Volkmer, Devin Frankart, Spencer Hipsher, Zac Dixon, Nick Frisch.

For the first time in several years, the numbers are up for St. Wendelin wrestling. Four veterans and eight others hit the mat this winter for the Mohawks, forcing coach Nick Frisch to work a bit more. “It’s a little different having almost an entire team,” Frisch said. “It’s nice. I’m kind of excited. It’s going to be a whole new season, especially for me,” he said. “To actually go to a tournament and be busy all the time will be new.” Senior Cole Williams (132, 140) heads up the veterans after taking second in the Midland Athletic League at 120 pounds and ending fifth at 126 in the sectional. Seniors Caleb Colburn (182) and Austin Turner (182, 195) and junior Rob Park (170, 182) round out the list of letterwinners looking to better last year’s team finish of ninth at the MAL Tournament. The rest of the team features a lot of youth and inexperience — sophomores Zac Dixon (132) and Joey DeHaven (145), and freshmen Jessica Holman (106), Nick DeHaven (113), Isaiah Cassidy (126, 132), Maco Gonzalez (132), Spencer Hipsher (145, 152), Luke Volkmer (145, 152) and Devin Frankart (145, 152). “A lot of them haven’t

wrestled before. They have never wrestled ever in their life, so it’s been a challenge. There’s just a lot to go over in a short amount of time,” Frisch said. “This year, it’s a little different, especially with a lot of freshmen and a lot of new people who never wrestled before,” he said. And while the new depth is nice, Frisch said the log jams at a few of the weights will force some lineup shuffling. “We can fill most of the weight classes,” he said, “but there’s going to be a

spot somewhere where somebody’s probably going to … bump up and have somebody go down.” But that’s a challenge Frisch will gladly take, since the numbers and competition should help the program. “We have a lot of inexperienced kids, but they might end up doing pretty decent, too,” Frisch said. “They’re catching on pretty fast. “I think it’s good that all these kids are out because that means there’s a future to wrestling [here],” he said.

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Carey boys basketball: (front, left), Nolan Roszman, Matthew Holsinger (middle) Abel LaRoche, Alex Distel, Nathanyal Griffin, Bryan Powers, Zach Boes, Laine Wentling (back) C.J. Kin, Kevin Bame, Evan Rymer, Heth Smallwood, Jared Wentling, Jamie Young, Rick DeMoss.

It’s never easy replacing an all-state player, but Carey coach C.J. Kin is comfortable with his team. “Yeah, we’re pretty confident,” said Kin, whose team is coming off a 17-8 year. The Blue Devils head into the season without their all-state player from last season, Justin Meek, who graduated. “I did graduate Justin, and he did so many things for us last year,” Kin said. Still, there’s plenty of talent back. Carey’s Matthew Holsinger, the team’s quarterback during football season, is ex-

pected to start at the point, while Bryan Powers (the MAL’s specialty player of the year in football) will man the shooting guard spot. Jared Wentling is expected to play the 3, with Zach Boes at forward and junior Evan Rymer and senior Laine Wentling splitting time at post. If some of these names sound familiar, they should. As Kin well knows, Carey is a football town. “When you coach at Carey [you know], football’s first and foremost,” Kin said. “I

know I have to deal with the season, but kids come out bigger and stronger [because of it].” But as good as Carey’s football team has been over the years, Kin has built a solid program himself. The Blue Devils advanced to the Division III districts last year, and usually are among the MAL’s upper echelon teams. Kin said he’s expecting another big season. Despite the loss of Meek, he brings back Holsinger, Boes and Wentling.

Carey wrestling: (front, left) Landon Pitts, Lane Hoose, Justin Schlack, Jevyn Pratt, Kody Sherman, Dylan Kincade, Casey May, Adric Stombach (second) Kyler Dyer, Jonathon Racheter, Zach Brodman, Brent Mullholand, Carter Smith, Cody Ferguson, Brady Mullholand, Mason Feucht (third) Conner Lewis, Noah Billock, Seth Rehus, Bryce Tackett, Caden Johnson, Marcus O'Flaherty, Ryan Pratt, Tom Racheter (back) Xavi Boes, Deryk Sammet, Zach Sauber, Dylan Pratt, Nick Walker, Bailey Griffin, Tyler Higgins, Andrew Stoepfel, Riley Bakies.

“The three juniors all started last year and had excellent seasons,” he said. “Going into every year we look at trying to win the league. We knew last year we were young and hopefully will build on that.” Kin said he expects the Blue Devils to be at their best come February and March. “We’re more tournament tested,” he said. “[We return four starters who played in district semis... it’s not all about what you can do in the regular season, it’s what you do in the postseason.”

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Todd Pratt has a team that has talent and has depth. That’s just about any wrestling coach’s dream, right? The Carey mentor sounded pleased when asked about the Blue Devils’ prospects this year. “Things are looking really good,” Pratt said. “We’ve got a big team, the biggest team I’ve had in Carey. Kids are going hard and I think we’re going to be pretty good.” Carey’s been better than “pretty good” in recent seasons. It won its third Midland Athletic League title in as many years in ‘13. Still, Carey did absorb some losses. Brayden Leist, a state qualifier, graduated, as did four others. One of Carey’s best wrestlers on this year’s roster, senior Tyler Higgins, is coming off shoulder surgery. Pratt said Higgins, a three-time district qualifier, will be “wait and see.”

The Blue Devils also bring back Dylan Pratt, the coach’s son, at 138 pounds. Pratt was 19-8 last season, but wrestled behind Leist. “He’s working hard,” coach Pratt said. “He’s been behind Brayden for the last three years, this is his time to step into the [spotlight].” Carey also brings back Zach Brodman, last season’s sectional champion at 145 pounds, and the Midland Athletic League’s runner up at that weight class. Also returning are former district qualifiers Zach Sauber (195 pounds) and Deryk Sammet (120) and 152pound MAL champ Cody Ferguson. Pratt said the pieces are in place for a run at the final MAL title. “If everything goes according to plan, we should be near the top,” the coach said. “Once again, anything can happen, we’ve had the success the last few years, now we have target on our back.”

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Upper Sandusky girls basketball: (front, left) Jaime Calvin, Keely Stover, Taylor Graboski, Amber Cox, Emma Smith (back) Natasha Graboski, Kassandra Webster, Ayana Getz, Kalene Johnson, Sierra Carey, Jenna Holly, Taven Wentling, Brent Fahle, Brad Kinnear.

Needless to say, Upper Sandusky girls basketball coach Brent Fahle has not had the best offseason. It was looking good enough. Coming off an 18-5 campaign and an undefeated 13-0 jaunt through the North Central Conference, Fahle lost four seniors but just two starters. Into summer league, the Rams were looking formidable. He lost one player to a rules violation and then came the injuries. Ayana Getz tore her ACL. Out for the year. Jaime Calvin broke an ankle. Out until 2014. Sierra Carey busted her ankle in soccer. Out until 2014. Jaya Smalley, because things seem to happen in threes, broke her ankle as well. Out until 2014. “I have four kids on crutches right now and all four had a chance to play varsity,” Fahle said.

The losses are costly to say the least because it will trim Fahle’s rotation to about seven players. The trickledown effect will have an economic impact of the Rams’ dividend paying defense. “Everything has changed. We’re trying to put some pieces together and we’re going to change some things. We’re not going to press as much because of the lack of depth,” Fahle said. “You know we like to get up and down the floor. Not sure we’ll be able to do that on defense. We’ll have to pick and choose our spots when we do that.” Many of the changes in the roster came during fall sports. Add in a run to state for the volleyball team which included four of the Rams’ starters and it potentially spells a rough go early in the season. “We’re just trying to get better each day,” Fahle said. “We’re trying to get people in the right position skill wise every day and trying to put together a solid successful team again.”

Upper Sandusky boys basketball: (front, left) Wes Vent, Derek Clark, Cody Clifford, Brad Roeder, Blaine Watkins, Seth Frey (back) Jeff Winslow, Cody Collins, Andre Myers, Collin Gardner, Carson Mittermaier, Paul Gnepper, Kyle Bradley.

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If you were to watch the Upper Sandusky offense in the last few years, it would kind of be like driving in a car with a 15-year-old in driver’s education. Accelerate. Hit the brakes hard. Accelerate. From Keith Diebler’s frenetic up-tempo style to Shane Adam’s deliberate slow-down game, the Rams have been a contrast in styles to say the least. Both have driven the Rams to different levels of success. Enter Jeff Winslow, and he’s one who likes the accelerator a bit. “We’ll be a happy medium between the two styles. We like to have our defense create our offense and get out and run,” Winslow said. “We like to get up the floor shoot a layup. While we like the layups, we’ll also kick it in and then back out and shoot 3s.” The defense will be tweaked too but not too much. “We’ll be a pressing team. Maybe not trap as much but we’ll speed the game up and play full court defense,” Winslow said. We’d like to make it a full court game.” The new coach takes over for a team that was 13-11 last year, including an 8-5 mark in the North Central Conference. He’s been a head coach previously at Monroeville and Huron over six seasons and has 10 years as a varsity assistant at Western Reserve. The nice thing for Winslow is he brings back six letterwinners. The not-so-nice thing? He loses the bulk of his scoring to graduation. Cody Clifford returns to the Rams after playing the last couple seasons as primarily as wing. But he’s been a point guard all the rest of his childhood and he’ll assume his natural position this season.’ Backing him up will be one of Upper’s more versatile kids, Cody Collins. The senior can play guard as well as post and will move between the spots depending on the lineup on the floor. Collins, Seth Frey and Brad Roeder, all letterwinners, figure to rotate between shooting guard and the small forward roles. The team’s lone freshman, Wes Vent, will start at power forward. “He’s going to be a player. He has a lot of ability and potential,” Winslow said. “He’s going to open some eyes up as he grows.” At the center spot will be letterwinners Andre Myers and Carson Mittermaier as well as Collin Gardner, who is back out for hoops after taking his sophomore year off. Mittermaier is still recovering from a knee injury but is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. “When he comes back I assume he’ll get a lot of minutes,” Winslow said. “He was a name often mentioned by coaches when I was looking into the job. He’s a swing too, so he can play some four for us as well.” With the height the Rams have, Winslow expects the Rams to be strong on the offensive and defensive glass as well as playing good defense.

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2012-13: 18-5, 13-0 North Central Conference Coach: Brent Fahle, third season No. Name Ht. Grade 3 Jenna Holly 5-6 11 4 Jaime Calvin 5-5 11 5 Emma Smith 5-6 10 10 Taven Wentling 5-6 10 11 Kalene Johnson 5-8 11 15 Sierra Carey 5-8 9 21 Ayana Getz 5-7 9 22 Amber Cox 5-5 12 25 Keely Stover 5-4 12 44 Taylor Graboski 6-1 12

The delay to the start of basketball season is some Fahle would take any year because of the residual effects. “When you have five kids and four of them are starters, it hurt a little bit but it’s great for the school and those girls,” Fahle said. “But legs in volleyball and legs in basketball are different. It will take a little while to get their legs but we’ll be fine. Success can breed success. You want to it carry over and we’re hoping it does with basketball.” The Rams return three letterwinners: Taylor Graboski, Kalene Johnson and Amber Cox. Even Cox is still getting her legs back. She tore her ACL in the girls basketball sectional finals last season and was only recently cleared to play. She’ll return to the shooting guard spot. Backing her up will be fellow senior Keely Stover. Point guard would have been manned by Carey but in her place will be Emma Smith. Cox could also see some time there

as well. Jenna Holly will handle the chores at small forward with Taven Wentling coming off the bench. Power forward will be Johnson with Graboski back at center. The latter might see some time at other positions on the court as well. Sure the depth and inexperience hurt the Rams, but Fahle said not all hope is lost. “I think we can play solid half court defense. Rebounding and passing the basketball and being effective as we receive the pass,” Fahle said. The Rams also will be a favorite target on the NCC docket too since they are the reigning champ. It’s also the final season of the NCC, a league the Rams haven’t been a part of long. “I think it’s one of those things. We’ve been in the league for three years,” Fahle said. “But anytime you can win a league championship, doesn’t matter the league, you’re excited and you want to do it.”

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Upper Sandusky girls swimming: (front, left) Allison Kesler, Paulina May (second) Hannah Barth, Taylor Phillips, Abby Young, Taylor Risley, Mallory Weininger (third) Ashley Cano, Amber Cox, Emily Theil, Monica Boes, Amber Hildebrand, Katy Willis (back) Riley Fox, Kamryn Huston, Shyanne Green, Grace Miller, Allie Sanders.

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UPPER SANDUSKY – New Upper Sandusky swim coach Justin Richardson is jumping into a pool of familiarity. A 1997 Colonel Crawford grad takes over a Rams program that competes in the same league as he did when he was in school, including against a coach who helped guide him when he was an Eagle. “I’m really excited about this year. Our numbers are really high,” he said. “You always expect the numbers to go a little down when there’s a coaching transition. But I’ve been really fortunate. We have 11 guys and 16 girls. I’m pretty excited about what I’ve seen in the pool. The kids are already sporting personal best times.” Practices are one of many things that have changed for the Rams. Now in the pool four days a week with a lifting and weight training day on Friday, Richardson said the change was a challenge at first. “The pace of practices are different,” said Richardson, who was an assistant coach in Lima City Schools prior to coming to Upper Sandusky. “Most of the groaning and eye rolling is done. The volume and intensity has increased. The re-

sponse to that has been pretty positive. But it’s strenuous on the front end.” Richardson said the tide turned when his team started to see results in their times even before their first meet. “I can tell already now from practice times and they’re asking what their times are when they finish,” Richardson said. “You can tell there’s enthusiasm and that’s infectious in a good way.” It’s fed already into the goals for the Rams. “These kids have goals and ambitions to break some records this year and some personal best times and I see that happening,” Richardson said. They’ll aiming to do that in the league that Richardson is quite familiar with. “I’m happy to be swimming with the NCC again. Wynford is a fairly recent start-up and they’re continuing with the program. Bucyrus has had a program for a long time. I see us having a strong competition against Wynford and Bucyrus,” Richardson said. “Colonel Crawford has had a long storied program. They lost a lot to graduation. I will be interested to see

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Upper Sandusky boys swimming: (front, left) Donald Barth, Ross Dible (second) Drew Barth, Evan Scheck (third) Jeran Ward, Mitch Fogle, Bailey Ray, Alec MaGinn (back) Jered Woody, Nathan Morrison, Ryan Outland, Nathaniel Stansberry

how they fill the ranks. There were a number of state swimmers that have moved on. They tend to reload. It will be interesting to be swimming against one of my former coaches.” Junior Drew Barth will lead the effort for the boys. A record breaker in the 200 free and 200 IM, Richardson said Barth is motivated. “He has already come back with a vengeance in practice,” he said. “He’s determined to improve on the records he set as a sophomore.” Speaking of goals, fellow junior Evan Scheck has his eye on getting the 500 free record. Mitch Fogle (breast/butterfly), Jeran Ward (butterfly/free/IM), Donald Barth (sprints) and Bailey Ray (back) return to the pool for the Rams. “We have an incoming group of freshman that are fairly strong,” Richardson said. “Ryan Outland, an incoming freshmen, has put himself in a position to help out in meets. He has ambitions of records and upper lever participation.” The girls return as many letterwinners as the boys do in total teammembers: 11. Allison Kesler did very well in a number of events for the Rams, including the breaststroke, butterfly and some freestyle.

“As a senior, I’m looking for her to step up and fill one of our leadership roles,” Richardson said. He’ll be seeking the same from fellow senior Paulina May (butterfly/free). But he’s also seeing some leadership from junior Hannah Barth, who is limited right now with a shoulder injury. “She’ll be breaststroke only while she recovers,” Richardson said. “But she’s been helping out the younger swimmers. It’s great for a junior to step up in that kind of leadership role.” Kaitlyn Huston is another junior that’s caught the eye of Richardson. “She’s got her mind set on breaking the 500 free record,” he said. “Since we have two years for this, I plan on it happening. If we can’t get it by this year, I guarantee it happens next year.” Richardson has a bevy of other returning letterwinners back in the fold: Taylor Risley (distance free), Mallory Weininger(back/free), Abby Young (butterfly/breast/IM), Ashley Cano (sprinter), Monica Boes (butterfly/breast), Amber Hildebrand (butterfly/breast/free/relays) and Emily Thiel (back/free/breast). Add in Amber Cox and Kamryn Huston as some new faces to watch and the Rams look formidable.

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A hallmark for Carey’s basketball team during Phil Vaughn’s tenure as coach has been its consistency. Year after year, the Blue Devils play tough, disciplined basketball that puts them near the top of the Midland Athletic League standings. This year, despite a key loss, it looks like more of the same. Hannah Tong, an all-state selection last season, graduated. But she was the only senior on a team that went 21-5. “We have an experienced club,” Vaughn said. “Hannah was a big loss, but the girls we have back, if they play hard, they will play well together.” That’s because this particular group of girls have been playing together for years, and are familiar with the system Vaughn and his coaching staff have in place. “You always throw around some new wrinkles,” Vaughn said. “But for the most part you come back to what you’ve done.” The Blue Devils return just about everyone but Tong from

last season’s squad, including guard Makenzie Wentling and forwards Dana Newell and Shelby Seifert. Vaughn didn’t tip his hand on a starting five. “We don’t know because there’s great competition at all the spots,” he said. “We don’t look at it as who’s starting; we’re pretty confident that there’s enough competition to push each other and the five on the floor will be competitive.” Carey won the Midland Athletic League title outright last season and figures to be one of the favorites again this year, in the MAL’s swan song. “We don’t discuss a lot of that stuff,” Vaughn said. “But I’m sure every coach wants to win its league whether it’s folding up or not.” When asked what has made his program so consistent, Vaughn deflected credit, giving it to the girls in his program. “They’re eager to learn, they work hard,” he said. “The kids we have are the key.”

Carey girls basketball: (front, left) Joanna Worst, Haley Hoepf, Makenzie Wentling, Ali Rymer (middle) Abby Hall, Mary Jo Bash, Logan Johnson, Hannah Draper, Mikayla Putnam, Gwen Wentling (back) Jim Anderson, Claire Allison, Shelby Seifert, Shelby Kin, Sydney Wentling, Laura Hunt, Phil Vaughn.

Buckeye Central boys basketball: (front, left) Aaron Clady, Terry Oswald, Stone Wurm, Sam Robertson, Cade Kaple, Phil Loy, Mitch Robinett (back) Nash Ehresman, Warren Wechter, Brice Brennaman, Seth Ollis, Austin Wurm, Grant Loy, Ray Stahl, Cole Stacklin, Scott Heydinger.

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Buckeye Central girls basketball: (front, left) Maddie Fagan, Hailey Hildebrand, Sierra Hanes, Brooke Karl, Kilee Kimmel, Ashley Pifher, Alexis Mills, Emily Weithman (back) Greg Moore, Allison Biglin, Isabelle Biglin, Genna Delarber, Sarah Heydinger, Miranda Wurm, Kelsee Rehm, Ken Brubaker.

Buckeye Central coach Greg Moore is looking to his seniors to lead a young team. “Senior Kilee Kimmel has come out and played really well. She’s averaging 18 points a game right now two games into our season,” Moore said. “Brooke Karl is averaging 14 rebounds a game right now and she’s also our second leading scorer.” These seniors are not only there to be leaders on the floor though, they also have the responsibility of helping their teammates grow. “Those two are definitely our leaders, but we’re developing some great talents in Hailey Hildebrand, Jenna Delarber and Emily Weithman.” Moore said. “We’ve got to develop a stronger bench. Overall, we’re a young team, real young.” Being a young team means that there’s

a lot of things to work on improving. “We’ve just got to come together chemistry-wise, keep working hard and developing that work ethic,” Moore said. “We have to learn to rebound the ball and become better shooters and those things will come to us through hard work and practicing great work ethic.” As far as expectations for this season, coach Moore hasn’t set out any unobtainable brass rings. He’s focused on the present and working towards a better future. “Our goal is to get better everyday. Even if it’s only one percent better, thats an improvement,” he said. “If we work hard, good things will happen and everything will fall into place. We just take things one day at a time right now, and we will continue to improve every day.”

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Buckeye Central wrestling: (front, left) David Durnwald, Marcus Miller, Ethan Summers, Tim Showman (back) Autumn Brady, Cody Roberts, Clay McCarthy, Chris Smith, Nathan Arnold, John Nelson, Skylar Johnson.

Coach Chris Smith doesn’t live in a fantasy world, he knows the reality of having a smaller class size at Buckeye Central. “The depth just isn’t there for us this year,” said Smith. “We graduated some good seniors last year.” Smith will turn the team’s primary focus to being successful at individual goals. “The reality is that having a smaller team means we forfeit a lot of points,” Smith said. “So we’ve set a lot of individual goals this year and to have success, that,s where we need to focus.” The keys to obtaining that success? “Hard work and determination,” Smith said. “As simple as that may sound, that’s just it. The foundation for any type of success always starts with the basics.”

Practicing those basics of hard work and determination, Smith expects to see improvement out of some of his returning players. “I hope to have some big wins out of senior Clay McCarthy and sophomore Cody Roberts,” Smith said. “It isn’t always about wins and losses. When you’re the smaller dog in the fight, sometimes it’s about more. Molding and shaping these young men for future success, instilling the value of hard work and determination, even when the odds are stacked against you, is perhaps the greatest lessoned to be learned this season. “There is always something to fight for, especially in the competitive world of sports, when things seem dim that’s when you find the stars that shine the brightest.”

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