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Columbus Grove

Football ......................................... 4 Girls Soccer .................................. 8 Volleyball ..................................... 9 Golf ............................................. 10

Delphos St. John’s

Elida

Football ....................................... 34 Volleyball ................................... 35 Golf ............................................. 35 Cross Country ............................. 36 Football ....................................... 37 Volleyball ................................... 38 Boys Soccer ................................ 39 Girls Soccer ................................ 39 Cross Country ............................. 40 Girls Tennis ................................ 41 Volleyball ................................... 42 Girls Soccer ................................ 43 Boys Soccer ................................43 Cross Country ............................. 44 Volleyball ................................... 45 Boys Soccer ................................ 46 Girls Soccer ................................ 47 Golf ............................................. 46 Cross Country ............................. 51 Volleyball .................................... 48 Cross Country ............................. 48 Girls Soccer ................................ 48 Football ....................................... 48 Football ....................................... 50

Football ....................................... 13 Cross Country ............................. 17 Volleyball ................................... 19 Boys Golf .................................... 18 Girls Soccer ................................ 20

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Boys Soccer ................................ 23 Girls Soccer ................................ 24 Golf ............................................. 25

Lincolnview

Spencerville

Football ....................................... 26 Cross Country ............................. 27 Volleyball ................................... 28 Golf/Soccer ................................. 29

Van Wert

Ottoville

Golf ............................................. 30 Cross Country ............................. 31 Soccer ......................................... 32 Volleyball ................................... 33

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com DELPHOS — With a rebuilt offensive line heading into 2011, thirdyear Jefferson head football coach Bub Lindeman will look to his defense — a strong suit for the last several seasons that gave up 25.4 points and 263.6 George yards per game last fall — to hold the line until that unit can make the adjustment to the speed of the varsity game. As well, he must replace 16 seniors off last fall’s 5-5 campaign (5-3 in the Northwest Conference) that used up their eligibility last fall but Rode must do so with a roster of 10 seniors and 32 total players from sophomore through senior. Trenton Gossman (8 pancake blocks), Zac Lumpkins (4), AJ Cross (2), Gabe Gehr (2) — all of whom earned at least two varsity letters — started up front a year ago and graduated, with right guard-turned-center Justin Rode (5-10, 210, senior; 5 pancakes) the only full-time starting veteran back in that group as the center. Also back on that side — which put up averages of 20.2 points and 253.4 yards per — are tailback Curtis Miller (6-2, 230, senior; 153 rushes, 635 yards, 11 scores), fullback Quinten Wessell (5-11, 230, junior) and parttime starter Darren Edinger (5-9, 170, senior) at right guard. Neubert “We do have 13 lettermen, with four starters back on either side of the ball. The line is a concern coming into the season, with our emphasis on running the football out of our multiple-I,” Lindeman (11-9) began. “The kids we have there have made great Boop strides, not only during preseason but in our off-season workouts. We made great strides in the weight room overall; we are definitely much stronger and bigger physically and have improved our speed overall. We had great attendance the whole time and the kids really worked hard to get to this point.” Lindeman has to find replacements for skill players like third-year guys

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“We do have 13 lettermen, with four starters back on either side of the ball. The line is a concern coming into the season, with our emphasis on running the football out of our multiple-I. The kids we have there have made great strides, not only during preseason but in our off-season workouts. We made great strides in the weight room overall; we are definitely much stronger and bigger physically and have improved our speed overall. We had great attendance the whole time and the kids really worked hard to get to this point.”
Bub Lindeman, — head coach, Jefferson football

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guys going both ways much of the time. We are searching for enough depth to give them a rest at some point, especially early.” Miller (48 solos, 16 assists, 5 for loss) returns at the Mike linebacker spot, Rode (44 and Klinger 25, 6 for loss; 3 fumble recoveries) at the 3-technique tackle and Wessell (48 and 24) at the nose, along with cornerback Klinger (25 and 14; 3 picks). Gone from a year ago on that side of the pigskin are such as third-year lettermen Cross (27 and 5) up front, defensive backs Bonifas (41 and 6), Ebbeskotte (21 and 4; 3 picks) and Antalis (27 and 8), linebackers Lumpkins (45 and 14), Leach (30 and 11) and Jordan Vorst (69 and 17 - led the team), end Richardson (43 and 8, 11 for loss; 7 sacks) and linemen Gossman, Gehr, Zach Morris and Justin Bame, as well as Mike West and Nate Staples. Providing backup possibilities on the offensive side are the likes of wideouts in junior Truesdale Austin Lee (5-11, 137), Tyler Mox (5-8, 142, sophomore), Joe Gorman (5-7, 138, sophomore), Kurt Wollenhaupt (5-2, 127, freshman) and Trevor Dudgeon (5-6, 136, freshman); freshmen quarterbacks Gaige Wrasman (5-2, 114) and Nick Fitch (6-0, 170); and running backs in letterman senior Braxton Hammons (5-10, 186), Chris Truesdale (5-8, 146, senior), junior Zac Bland (5-11, 195), Zavier Buzard (5-10, 176, sophomore), Jordan Herron (5-9, 207, sophomore), Ryan Kerby (5-7, 150, sophomore), Derek Foust (5-6, 146, freshman), Jordan McCann (5-11, 178, freshman) and Aaron Parkins (5-8, 145, freshman). Line possibilities include Kellen Elwer (5-8, 175, senior), Jared Boop (5-11, 330, senior), Hammons Seth Wollenhaupt (6-0, 150, junior), Colin McConnahea (6-1, 195, junior), Chris Martin (5-10, 164, sophomore), Justin Stewart (5-9, 190, sophomore), Aaron Culp (6-0, 186, sophomore), Isaac Illig (5-10, 176, sophomore), Tyler Rice (5-9, 166, sophomore), Adam Crabtree (6-1, 250, sophomore), Shane Wilson (6-2, 243, sophomore), Dominic Munoz (6-0, 150, freshman), Brandon Reynolds (5-8, 145,
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line in particular but with also a lot of starting spots open, it comes down to how quickly the new guys can go from Saturday-morning intensity to Friday nights under the lights. “We also do not have much depth with only 32 upperclassmen and 18 freshmen out of 50. We must stay healthy because we are having a lot of

“Defensively, we are remaining in the 4-3 but instead of being a read-and-react scheme, we are going to be much more aggressive. We want to dictate to the offense. Where we will struggle is lack of experience and physical maturity with only 10 seniors. Our offensive line in particular but with also a lot of starting spots open, it comes down to how quickly the new guys can go from Saturday-morning intensity to Friday nights under the lights.”
— Bub Lindeman, head coach, Jefferson football

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freshman), Tyler Foust (6-0, 174, freshman), Tyler Talboom (6-0, 164, freshman), Jordan Blackburn (5-6, 125, freshman), Reid Corzine (5-9, 146, freshman), Warren Poling (5-7, 126, freshman), Miller Alec Lindeman (5-7, 182, freshman), Casey King (5-11, 185, freshman) and William Legge (5-10, 234, freshman). Projected new starters in the defense are cornerback George, outside linebackers Hammons and Edinger, Kortokrax at free safety, Bland at defensive end and either Illig, Kimmett or McConnahea at the other end, Depth comes up front in the form of Stant, Ketcham, Boop, Herron, Martin, Stewart, Culp, Rice, Crabtree, Wilson,

King, Munoz, T. Foust, Blackburn, Corzine, Poling, Lindeman and Legge; linebackers in letterman Elwer (14 solos, 2 assists), S. Wollenhaupt, T h o m p s o n , Jettinghoff, D. Foust, McCann, Reynolds, Parkins and Talboom; and Elwer defensive backs Neubert, Truesdale, Lee, Buzard, Mox, Kerby, Gorman, K. Wollenhaupt, Wrasman, Fitch and Dudgeon. Punting will be Kortokrax, with Lee the point-after touchdown/field goal kicker and Wessell kicking off. Assistant coaches are Jeff Stant, Edinger Scott Boggs, Ben Rahrig, Jon Kroeger, Andrew Cano and Jason Cross. “The same two teams that have been leading the NWC: LCC and Ada; are the same two I pick for this year. Columbus Grove should be pretty competitive,” Lindeman added. “Crestview and Allen East have new head coaches, so you’re never sure what they are doing, but I’ve heard good things about both.” Jefferson hosts Northwood Friday, Aug. 26, to commence the new campaign.

“The same two teams that have been leading the NWC: LCC and Ada; are the same two I pick for this year. Columbus Grove should be pretty competitive. Crestview and Allen East have new head coaches, so you’re never sure what they are doing, but I’ve heard good things about both.”
— Bub Lindeman, head coach, Jefferson football

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DELPHOS — Jefferson’s girls soccer team finished 2010 on a down note, going 0-142. However, that team only had one senior — senior defender Alex Rostorfer, who took Bevington home three letters — and was in somewhat of a rebuilding mode. With all 11 starters returning, third-year head coach Lindsey Drerup (6-21-3) has her eyes on much more success in 2011. Five of them will Hayley Drerup be in their third seasons of starting (and fourth as varsity players) in senior Cassidy Bevington (goalkeeper), senior Hayley Drerup (midfield/defense), senior Megan Gilden (midfield/defense), Gilden senior Carla Horstman (midfield/forward) and classmate Elizabeth Schosker (forward). As well, those entering their second seasons of starting and third as letterwinners are the likes of junior Sydney Drerup (forward) and
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Jefferson’s girls soccer team for the coming campaign has, front from left, Elisabeth Miller, Corrine Metzger, ballgirl Macy Poling, Jenna Moreo and Bailey Miller; middle, Paige Miller, Sydney Drerup, Madison Flack, Dena Frye, Jordyn Radler, Rachel Miller and Kylee Haehn; and back, assistant coach Ata John Achilov, Cassidy Bevington, Carla Horstman, Elizabeth Schosker, head coach Lindsey Drerup, Megan Gilden, Amanda Vorst, Hayley Drerup and assistant coach Kayla Giller.

“We are very excited about having an NWC title up for grabs in girls varsity soccer. I feel the toughest competitors for the title are going to be Bluffton, Lima Central Catholic and Crestview.”
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DELPHOS — In 2010, April Merschman took over the Jefferson volleyball reins for long-time coach Diane Wilson. This fall brings another change in the leadership of the Lady Wildcats with 4-year junior high coach Joy Early taking over. She won’t be the only new face in the varsity program as seven seniors graduated in the spring, including two fourth-year varsity players in 4-year starter Kristin Klausing and 3-year starting jumping Clarkson jack Bridget Culp. As well, four 2-year letterwinners departed with their diplomas: Morgan Fischbach, Melissa Shobe, Shelbi Brown and Amanda Hamilton, along with letterwinner Lauren Claypool. With only two experienced volleyballers back from 2010: junior Fallon Van Dyke — one of the setters in Early’s planned 6-2 offensive Goodwin set — and sophomore Katie Goergens; Early will need some time to find a cohesive starting six and capable backups. Two of those she expects to step into the holes in the lineup are sophomore Rileigh Stockwell and sophomore Kamie Pulford, the other setter in the 6-2. “We have several underclassmen that are showing great promise,” Early noted. “Still, we have very little experience. Since we lost those seven seniors last year, many of our upperclassmen lack playing time at

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“We have to improve our course management, consistency and confidence; if we do that, we have four players capable of scoring in the 40s on a regular basis. The players get along so well and are very coachable. They are eager to improve and have the tools to be successful.”
— Chad Brinkman, head Jefferson golf coach

The Wildcats already have two matches under their belts for 2011.

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(Continued from Page 8) transitions. This season, we are expecting to utilize different formations and defensive mindsets.” Drerup, who struggled with injuries that depleted a less-than-deep roster to begin with, is looking for those newcomers in junior Madison Flack, freshman forSchosker ward Kylee Haehn, freshman Bailey Miller, freshman Elisabeth Miller and classmate Jordyn Radler to give the starters a break and provide more punch and versatility to the roster. She is also excited about the Northwest Conference crowning a girls soccer champion for the first time. “We are very excited about having an NWC title up for grabs in girls varsity soccer. I feel the toughest competitors for the title are going to be Bluffton, Lima Central Catholic and Crestview,” she added. Jefferson opened the 2011 campaign Monday, Aug. 22, at Van Wert.

junior Rachel Miller (forward/ midfield), along with secondyear starters in senior Amanda Vorst (forward), junior Paige Miller (midfield), junior Jenna Moreo (midfield/defense) and junior Corrine Metzger (forward). Vorst “Our most important goal of the season is to bring home as many wins as possible, which I feel is very possible. Another goal of ours is to keep taking progressive steps forward toward improving,” Coach Drerup noted. “Too many times last season, we took one step forward and two steps back. As far as strengths go, having a majority of our team being returning starters is a plus as they know the lay of the land; however, our incoming newcomers do express a lot of potential, so I look for them to really step up this season as well. “Our weaknesses again come from the midfield; we aim to work on gaining control of the midfield to ease our offense-to-defense

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year is over; it’s time to move on. “We lost a lot of experienced players, a lot of size, speed and athleticism and they won’t be easy to replace.” Among the major losses from the offense of a year ago were basically the entire line: fourth-year left tackle Austin Vogt (25 pancake blocks; Univ. Of Indianapolis) and right guard Derek Klaus (15) and quarterback Jordan Jostpille Leininger (162 rushes, 1,234 yards, 12 scores; 83-of-158 passing, 1,398 yards, 19 TDs, 3 picks; preferred walk-on at BGSU on defense), third-season linemen left guard Joey Grubenhoff (16 pancakes; missed four games due to injury) and center Alex Recker (16 pancakes) and first-year right tackle Seth Knebel. Also gone are wideout Tyler Bergfeld (28 catches, 541 yards, 10 TDs), tailback Evan Burgei (218 rushes, 1,673 yards, 27 scores; 10 grabs, 119 yards, 2 TDs), wideout AJ Klausing (7 catches, 192 yards, 2 tallies), tight end/fullback Chris Pohlman (prefered walk-on at BGSU), wide receiver Joe Haggard (5 grabs, 68 yards, 2 tallies) and tight end Justin Grothouse (9 catches, 145 yards, 1). The defense will be without the 2-time defending Division VI Bergfeld Defensive Player of the Year in Mike linebacker Pohlman (77 solos, 54 assists), outside linebacker Dylan Dancer (55 solos, 48 assists, 5 fumble recoveries), fourth-year starting free safety Bergfeld (23 tackles, 4 picks; 18 picks for his career), Klausing at strong safety (36 solos, 15 assists), Recker (28 solos, 23 assists, 2 sacks, 16 QB harassments) and Klaus (45 solos, 21 assists, 10 sacks, 33 quarterback harass-

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(Continued from Page 14) ing 78 solos and 57 assists), cornerback/ turned/free safety Ryan Densel (32 and 9; 5 picks) and right cornerback Calvelage (17 and 6; 3 picks; also expected to do the punting). Depth for established starters Neumeier includes left tackles Aaron Ledyard (6-3, 192, senior), Spencer Ginter (6-3, 230, sophomore) and Dylan Stump (5-10, 205, junior); fullback Brett Schwinnen (5-11, 185, junior), Luke MacLennan (5-10, 170, sophomore) and Brock Bonifas (5-10, 200, junior); and split — Todd Schulte, ends Andrew Metzger head football coach (6-3, 163, junior), Lisk

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never left, they were that excited. I would say the team speed we have this year is comparable to last year. We have some very good athletes Also, we have enough depth in many positions that most of our starters will be able Lucius to go one way; those that go both ways — which we will have, especially early on with the veterans — we’ll be able to spell. “Our biggest concerns are the lack of overall varsity game experience; we’re going to have to get that in a hurry with our nonleague and MAC schedule. They don’t allow Looser you to take your time to grow up. We have had to slow things down as far as putting things in; we have had to focus on more reps, fundamentals and technique. We don’t have near the size, either.” Assistant coaches are Adam Lee, Steve “Peanut” Recker, Jerry Jackson, Dick Clark, Dan Metzger, Sean Lindeman Hulihan, Jason Bockey, Dr. Jerry Burgei and Neil Miller. “We all know that the key to our offense is the offensive line and we are searching for the right combination. We have seen steady improvement so far and we’ll have to continue to see that throughout the year,” Schulte added. “It’s going to be Clark a matter of them getting comfortable with our game plan, especially running the football. We want to be good at a couple of things early and hope we get better at more as we go. We have enough competition and depth that may be that who we start at the beginning won’t be by the end. We want that kind of competitiveness. “We have a lot of unanswered questions now; our goal is to get them answered as soon as we can.” The new-look Jays open 2011 Saturday, Aug. 27, at Lima Central Catholic.

Jay harriers still struggling with numbers
“With only three boys and two girls running this year, we will not be able to compete as a team, so we will be looking at improving individually this year with the hope of getting some individual awards at the meets. We have a very challenging schedule this year with the meets having between 100 and 250 runners in each race. We open our season at home with 15 other schools coming to Stadium Park for the Blue Jay Invitational.”
— Steve Hellman, head cross country coach

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com DELPHOS — The St. John’s cross country teams have been fighting the numbers game for years. That will be no different this fall as only five total runners are out for 2011 for second-year head coach Steve Hellman. However, one of the girls is sophomore standout Megan Joseph, a regional qualifier as a freshman last fall. “She was my only high school girl last year. She set her personal record of 20:00 — the fourth fastest in school history — at the Midwest Athletic Conference meet last year where she earned honorable-mention all-league,” Hellman noted. “She missed qualifying for state by less than 30 seconds. Our goal for her this year is to qualify for state and be all-league at the MAC meet. I look for her to be in the top 10 at each meet this year.”

Blue Jays cross country

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The 2011 St. John’s cross country team has, left to right, junior Todd Rode, junior Teresa Pohlman, sophomore Megan Joseph, coach Steve Hellman, freshman Anthony Hale and sophomore Aaron Hellman.

The other veterans are all on the boys side: junior Todd Rode (third year on varsity) and sophomore Aaron Hellman. “Todd had a PR of 22:32 last year. He has shown lots of improvement this summer over

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St. John’s golfers loaded with veterans
DELPHOS — With seven letterwinners back from a 4-6 dualmeet season in 2010, second-year St. John’s boys golf coach John Klausing has a veteran crew. “We qualified for districts as a team last year. This year, with the returning letterwinners, we should see great strides in our game and finish well; we have high expectations for a lot of success this year,” Klausing noted. With only Ryan Edelbrock and James Klausing gone via graduation from last year’s group, Coach Klausing will build this year’s campaign around third-year varsity players in senior Cody Kundert, senior Isaac Klausing, senior Eric Bergfeld and junior Nick Kayser. As well, three others lettered a year ago: junior Cole Fischbach, junior Craig Klausing and junior Sean Flanagan. Coach Klausing will have six more participants on his unit to provide depth and competition in 2011: senior Matthew Warnecke, senior Anthony Buzzard, junior Aaron Miller (lettered as a freshman), junior Drew Wagner, sophomore T.J Hoersten and freshman Jordan Keirns. Assisting Klausing in the coaching ranks are Jim Warnecke, Tom Rekart and Dean Bowersock.

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com DELPHOS — St. John’s volleyball coach Kellie Sterling is confident she has a team full of enough veterans to improve upon last fall’s 9-15 mark. With third-year senior starter Shelby Reindel (5-11 middle Reindel hitter) leading the Blue and Gold into 2011, Sterling expects to add a few more victories to her 19-29 2-year mark as the head coach. Along with Reindel, other starters/letterwinners back from 2010 are Heather Vogt (5-9 junior middle hitter), Katrina Etzkorn (5-2 junior defensive specialist), Emily Horstman (5-5 junior Winhover defensive specialist/outside hitter) and classmate Bailie Hulihan (5-5 outside hitter). “Even though we may look young

Lady Jay varsity volleyballers

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The 2011 edition of the St. John’s varsity volleyball team has, kneeling from left, Nicole Winhover, Lindsey Wannemacher, Madison Zuber, Emily Horstman, Katrina Etzkorn and Christie Carder; and standing, head coach Kellie Sterling, Bailie Hulihan, Lauren Utrup, Heather Vogt, Shelby Reindel, Paige Lucas, Maggie Wehri and Rebekah Fischer.

on paper, having both of my middle hitters, two of my defensive specialists and an outside hitter returning will bring the experience that is needed. In addition to this, one of our major strengths this year is that I have a handful of girls that Wehri can be placed in any position and do well at it,” Sterling explained. “This year, we need to focus more on keeping the ball in play and minimizing our errors. Every point is critical in rally-scoring and this is where we can improve on from last year. We will need to concentrate on consistency and defense.” With the graduation of four girls who

lettered last fall: Katie Wallenhorst, Tiffany Geise, Melanie Mansfield and Gabrielle Metzner; Sterling will turn to a crop of promising newcomers: Nicole Winhover (5-6 senior defensive specialist), Maggie Wehri (5-7 senior right-side hitter), Christie Carder (5-5 junior setter), Lauren Utrup (5-6 junior right-side hitter), Madison Zuber (5-7 junior defensive specialist/outside hitter) and Lindsey Wannemacher (5-2 junior setter). The rest of the varsity has Paige Lucas (5-7 sophomore setter) and freshman Rebekah Fischer (5-7 middle hitter). The junior varsity unit has Lucas, Fischer and sophomores Brittany Claypool (5-6 outside hitter), Kaylie Youngpeter (5-5 outside hitter), Sam Schwinnen (5-6 outside hitter), Maddie Burgei (5-3 defensive specialist), Alicia Buettner (5-8 middle hitter) and Gwen

Neumeier (5-2 defensive specialist). The freshmen team has Lydia Schwinnen (5-5 right-side hitter), Alaina Backus (5-4 middle hitter), Lexi Martz (5-1 defensive specialist), Haleigh Dewyer (5-3 outside hitter), Kestley Hulihan (5-4 outside hitter), Kaity Gardis (5-9 middle hitter), Sam Kramer (5-4 setter) and Colleen Schulte (5-7 setter). “We play in one of the toughest leagues in the area (Midwest Athletic Conference) and with that comes a lot of tradition like Marion Local and St. Henry; however, there are many teams in the MAC that can surprise you at any time because of the competitive nature of the league,” she added. The Lady Blue Jays visit Van Wert Monday, Aug. 29, to start the 2011 season.

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Munoz has lots of holes to fill on pitch

DELPHOS — St. John’s had the best girls soccer program in its history, making it to the regionals for the first time ever before seeing its season end at 16-3-2. However, nine letterwinning players graduated in the spring and two more chose not to go out for third-year head coach John Munoz (21-13-6), so an encore might be a rough road to hoe. With five of those seniors taking 15 letters with them: Alicia Ankerman, Samantha Stant, Bailey Calvelage, Emma Boggs and Alyssa Berelsman; three more taking six letters in Becca Saine, Cassie Schimmoeller and Kaitin Schwieterman; and a ninth in Sarah Shrider, who lettered last year; MuSee MUNOZ, page 22

Blue Jay soccer 2011

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(Continued from Page 17) five years with a PR of 19:55. With the loss of our No. 1 runner (Jason Michel), he is looking at moving up to be our #1 runner this year. I am looking for him to get under 19:00 this year and constantly being in the top half of each meet.” The other loss via graduation beside Michel (4-year varsity letterwinner) is Chris Goodwin, a 3-year letterman. There will only be one other boy — freshman Anthony Hale — and one other girl — junior Teresa Pohlman — on the roster. “Anthony had a good junior high season last year. I am looking for him to compete for the #2 runner this year,” Hellman said. “This is Teresa’s first year of running. She has had a good summer of conditioning and I expect her to improve a lot as she get used to running. “With only three boys and two girls running this year, we will not be able to compete as a team, so we will be looking at improving individually this year with the hope of getting some individual awards at the meets. We have a very challenging schedule this year with the meets having between 100 and 250 runners in each race. We open our season at home with 15 other schools coming to Stadium Park for the Blue Jay Invitational. “Just as all the other sports, our league meet is very competitive. Last year in the girls race, the first seven girls times would have set our school record with Minster, Versailles and Coldwater leading the way. On the boys side, it will be Minster, St. Henry and Coldwater as the top teams. “I have five junior-high runners competing this year: Curtis Pohlman, Nick Pohlman, Patrick Stevenson, Anna Mueller and Maria GiambrunoFuge.” The opener is Saturday, Aug. 27, with a 9 a.m. start.

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“Just as all the other sports, our league meet is very competitive. Last year in the girls race, the first seven girls times would have set our school record with Minster, Versailles and Coldwater leading the way. On the boys side, it will be Minster, St. Henry and Coldwater as the top teams.”
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FORT JENNINGS — Gregg Luthman roamed the Fort Jennings boys soccer sideline for several seasons earlier in this century. He returns to the Musketeer sideline this fall and will help inaugurate a new field. He takes over for 2-year coach Bill Romes. His team will miss fourth-year varsity player Austin Norbeck (midfield), third-year veterans in Tyler Good (goalkeeper), Jared Calvelage (defense), Andrew Huntsman (defense), Brad Trentman (midfield) and Ryan Schuerman (midfield/forward) and 2-year veterans Andrew Louth (midfield/ forward) and Ryan Kraner (defense) due to graduation. Third-year senior Aaron Schnipke (forward) and classmate Brian Wurst (midfield) will be two key cogs for Luthman. Other experienced performers are senior defenders Jeremy Kohli, Nick Verhoff and Ethan Schimmoeller, senior Tyler Wiedeman (forward), Jason Berelsman (goalkeeper) and midfielder Jeremy Schimmoeller, as well as sophomore Seth Ricker (midfield). The rest of the roster will come from the junior varsity ranks a year ago or newcomers to the high school team in senior Petey Van Loo; juniors Adam Kleman, Chad Recker, Tyler Neidert, Dylan Eldridge and Drew Stechschulte; sophomores Spencer Dray, Jared Hoersten, Craig Stewart, Garrett Berelsman, Dylan Van Loo; and freshmen Austin Kehres, Chad Wurst, Mark Metzger, Connor Wallenhorst, Evan Recker and Alex Vetter. Assistant coaches are Bill Calvelage and Alex Maag. Fort Jennings takes on host Elida in tonight’s Elida Soccer Classic to open 2011.

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FORT JENNINGS — Rodney Wagner begins his 10th season at the helm of the Fort Jennings girls soccer program with a 104-58-17 mark at the school. With a brand-new soccer field to inaugurate this fall, that will be one of the few brand-new parts of his team as he will have seven returning starters and seven other letterwinners from that 11-6-3 team (2-1-1 in the Putnam County League) in 2010. This will also be the season when girls soccer goes to three divisions, with the Lady Musketeers falling into the Division III ranks. Returning to man starting spots in the front line are the likes of senior fourth-year varsity player Morgan Schroeder (midfielder), senior Kelsey Von Lehmden (third year; goalkeeper) and classmates Andrea Heitmeyer (fullback), Cassie Kaverman (midfielder) and Gina Clay (midfielder); and thirdyear juniors Macy Schroeder (forward) and Lori Bruskotter (fullback). Other veterans are juniors Kristen Maag (midfielder), Katlin Stechschulte (midfielder), Elaina Maag (midfielder), Marissa Mesker (forward) and Jenna Von Sossan (midfielder); and 10th-graders Cassie Horstman (fullback) and Ashley Gable (forward). “We return those starters and the other girls that played last season; they have a good understanding of the game. We have girls that can score — we scored 50 goals last season in 19 games — and yet we are a strong defensive-minded team; we only gave up one goal a game last season,” Wagner noted. “We try to be a good ball-control team; we like the possession game because of you can control the ball, it’s hard for the opponent to score.” Despite those positives, Wagner has concerns. “As with any team, the health during the season is our main concern. We had a few injuries this summer but hope to have everyone back by the start of the season,” Wagner continued. “Any area to address is how we start the season; we are always slow-starting but changes in the start of the year from last season may help with that. “Team chemistry is another area we focus on; a good team plays together and doesn’t care about anything but the team.” He will have to find replacements for five players that took 17 varsity letters with them upon graduation: 4-year players Alyssa Piasecki (fullback), Lauren Verhoff (forward) and Taylor

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Members of the Fort Jennings girls soccer team are (first row, from left) Ashley Gable, Cassie Kaverman, Gina Clay, Andrea Heitmeyer, Morgan Schroeder and Jamie Saum. In the second row are Nicole Ricker, Elaina Maag, Lori Bruskotter, Kaitlin Stechschulte, Macy Schroeder, Kristen Maag, Emily Grone and Keri Eickholt. In the third row are Marissa Good, Alyssa Louth, Lindsey Korte, Cassie Horstman, Marissa Mesker, Jenna Calvelage, Alyssa Wiedeman, Sarah Chandler, Hannah Clay and Erin Osting. The coaches are Jim Buettner, assistant, Rodney Wagner, head coach, and Jason Wagner, assistant. Not pictured are Brittany Inkrott, Gina Stechschulte, Kelsey Von Lehmden, Jenna Von Sossan, Martina Weems and Mara Brown.
Wallenhorst (midfield), 3-year player Mindy Merricle (fullback) and 2-year player Melissa Krietemeyer (fullback). With a boatload of players who got serious playing time on last fall’s junior varsity squad: second-year letterwinners in juniors Gina Stechschulte (fullback), Martina Weems (forward/ midfielder) and Mara Brown (midfielder/fullback); along with junior Brittany Inkrott (forward/midfielder) and sophomores Emily Grone (goalkeeper/ forward), Jamie Saum (fullback), Marissa Good (forward) and Nicole Ricker (fullback/forward); Wagner and his coaching staff don’t have to start from scratch in plugging those girls into any openings or providing even more depth. “We have good speed overall and girls that are not afraid to play the ball while it is in the air. With our speed, we are looking to attack and score but still be a strong defensive unit,” he said. Eight freshmen are coming into the high school program, keeping the tradition going for the Lady Musketeers to have plenty of numbers: Erin Osting (goalkeeper), Hannah Clay (midfielder), Alyssa Louth (midfielder), Alyssa Wiedeman (fullback), Jenna Calvelage (forward/midfielder), Keri Eickholt (forward/midfielder), Lindsey Korte (goalkeeper/fullback) and Sarah Chandler (midfielder/forward). The PCL race shapes up early for the Musketeers. “It’s always tough for us because we play three of our four league games the second and third weeks of the season. Filling the gaps from last season and good team chemistry should give us a chance at a PCL title this year,” Wagner added. “Continental was a little down last year but they are always tough; they look to be a lot stronger this time and Coach (Toby) Bidlack always has a way of getting his team prepared for the season. Kalida has a very good program under Coach (Dave) Kehres; they return a lot of starters and won the league last fall. “Miller City has a bunch of girls that play physical and never quit; they are well-coached and do a lot of the basics well. Ottoville has a new coach and probably a different style this season, which makes it hard to call, but I know the coaches and I think they will give every team a run for its money. “Kalida, as defending champions, has to be considered the favorites but when PCL teams get together, it’s hard to tell who is coming out on top that day.” Jim Buettner and Jason Wagner are the assistant coaches. Jennings commenced 2011 Monday, Aug. 22, versus Wapakoneta.

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The 2011 Spencerville gridiron team has, front from left, Austin Lotz, Nate Stidham, Dylan Layman, Toby Williams, Austin Schleeter, Josh Decker, Jared Rex, Tyler Shumate, Daniel Binkley, Calvin Grigsby, Niko Molina, Zach Gay, Brandon Ball and Skyler Holmes; row two, Bryce Ringwald, Cole Roberts, Coleman McCormick, Hunter Patton, Lucas Shumate, Greg Miller, Dominick Corso, Lucas Krouskop, Derek Goecke, Danny Settlemire, Dusty Settlemire, Devon Cook, John Smith, Jacob Lowry and Zach Somers; third row, Kyler Oden, Cole Bellows, Dakota Sutherland, Elijah Hawk, Logan Vandemark, Gabe Davisson, Ben Bowers, Anthony Schuh, Aaron Crider, Garrett Hittle, Jordan Wagner, Zach Bockey, Kyle Schwartz, Trevor McMichael and Grant Goecke; back, Athletic Trainer Anna Quick, assistant coaches Todd Merriman, Rick Orr, Sarren Sharp and Tom McCormick, head coach John Zerbe and assistant coach Jim Morris. Absent is assistant coach Shane Falke. By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com SPENCERVILLE — The Spencerville varsity football program has endured backto-back 0-10 campaigns. Third-year coach John Zerbe hopes that the losing streak will end quickly in 2011 with 16 returning starters back from last year’s edition. Whereas in 2010, the team lacked seniors and overall experience, this year’s crew has experience and more than a few seniors. Seniors returning for their third seasons of varsity including Jared Rex (WR/DB), Daniel Binkley (RB/DB), Austin Lotz (RB/ LB), Tyler Shumate (OL/LB) and Brandon Ball (WR/DB), as well as second-year seniors Calvin Grigsby (WR/DB), Austin Schleeter (TE/LB) and Josh Decker (OL/ DL). Juniors back for their third campaigns include Derek Goecke (QB/DB) and Lucas Krouskop (OL/DL). Juniors returning for their second years of varsity time are Cole Roberts (RB/DB), Dominick Corso (TE/DL), Devon Cook (WR/DB), John Smith (RB/DB), Coleman McCormick (OL/DL) and Lucas Shumate (OL/DL). As well, senior Nate Stidham (OL/DL) and junior Hunter Patton (QB/DB) return as lettermen. “We lost two starters on offense and two on defense. With all the experience back, that will be a strength, as will simple physical maturity,” Zerbe noted. “Our strength is improved and so is our speed. “However, depth is always an issue at a small school such as ours. We have to stay healthy.” Among those looking to step in for departed seniors Levi Krouskop (TE/ LB), Keaton Vandemark (OL/LB), Aaron Patterson (OL/DL), Trevor Hardeman (WR/ DB) and Devlin Hinojosa (OL/DL) are promising newcomers Niko Molina and sophomores Anthony Schuh (RB/LB) and Ben Bowers (RB/DB). The Bearcats are also switching offensive philosophies, going from the spread attack to a Wing-T. “We want to play physical, hard-nosed football in changing our offense to the Wing-T. Adding former Jefferson Head Coach Jim Morris as offensive coordinator has been a huge asset to coaching staff and players,” Zerbe added. “Defensive Coordinator Rick Orr has simplified an aggressive defensive scheme. Todd Merriman and Darren Sharp have done a phenomenal job coaching the defensive line and secondary. We understand no one will give us credit until we start winning games. We want our play on the field to do the talking. “Our goal this year is one thing — win.” Spencerville begins the 2011 campaign Friday, Aug. 26, at Indian Lake.
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Spencerville boys runners

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The 2011 Spencerville boys cross country unit has, from left, head coach Brian McMichael, Kyle Sawmiller, Keith Lenhart, Caleb Vogt, Joe Wisher, Matthew Hurles and Aaron Heffner.

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Wilker inherits Lady Bearcat volleyballers

The Delphos Herald SPENCERVILLE — The Spencerville volleyball program will have its third head coach in as many seasons. Meghan Mohr took over for longtime coach Tom Wegesin in 2010. This time, it will be Keri Wilker taking over for Mohr. Wilker will build this edition of Lady Bearcats around fourth-year seniors Taylor Elchert (middle/outside hitter) and Shanna German (right-side/ middle hitter), along with second-year Jim Metcalfe photo senior Devan Hanjora (left-side hit- Bearcat volleyball 2011 ter). She also has veteran seniors Morgan The 2011 Spencerville varsity volleyball squad has, front from left, Shelby Mullholland, Morgan Pugh, Jackie Bowsher, Alli Pugh (middle) and classmate Jackie Gilroy, Schuylar Miller and Katie Merriman; and standing, Taylor Elchert, Devan Hanjora, Abbie Lee, Abby Freewalt, Shanna Bowsher (setter/defensive specialist). German and head coach Keri Wicker. Having to replace the likes of third-year letterwinner Brittany Kill (left-side/middle hitter) and veterans Bearcats Ashley Hook (setter/right-side hitter) (Continued from Page 27) was 6th in the Regional. With hard work, they should be and Taylor Numbers (right-side hitter/ among the favorites to win the NWC title and to advance in defensive specialist) due to graduagone are Rachael Rex and Kelsey Oden. the tournament at the end of the season.. tion, Wilker needs some newcomers Still, he has two fourth-year seniors to build this edi“Our goals are to finish in the top three teams in each to step in and contribute in 2011. tion around: No. 2 runner Cortney Miller and No. 4 Alexa meet, defend the NWC title and advance to the regional meet Among them are junior Abbie Brown, as well as third-year junior Jennifer Burnett (No. 6 and on to state. I put us atop the NWC, followed by Bluffton, Lee, junior Alli Gilroy, junior Shelby runner) and veteran 10th-graders Tori Hardesty (No. 5 run- LCC and Crestview.” Mulholland, junior Abby Freewalt, ner) and Ashley Keiber (No. 7). The junior high girls has two runners: eighth-grader freshman Schylar Miller and classHe will also have solid depth with six promising new- Kennedy Sharp and seventh-grader Lexi Gilroy. mate Katie Merriman. comers: senior Mackenzie Miller, sophomores Karri On the boys side in junior high are eighth-graders Jacob The junior varsity team has Lee, Purdy, Caitlin Wurst and Jenna Kahle; and freshmen Kacie Cook and David Wisher and seventh-graders Bailey Croft, Gilroy, Merriman, sophomore Louise Mulholland and Schylar Miller. Chandler Kahle, Dominic Brown, Thad Ringwald and Keith Andreassen and freshmen Megan “The team has upperclass leadership, meet experience Nielsen. Miller, Amanda Crider, Cierra Adams, and works hard in practice. What we have to improve upon Bev Wisher is the assistant coach. Alysa Smith and Chelsea Hanjora. is developing team front-runners and running in a pack,” Spencerville opens the campaign he added. “The team has good experience and leadership The Bearcats open the 2011 harrier season Saturday, Aug. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at St. John’s. returning from the 2010 team that won the NWC title and 26, at the St. John’s Invitational.

Spencerville golfers young and inexperienced
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com SPENCERVILLE — Mike Harmon won the Northwest Conference Golf Coach of the Year award in 2010 after his team finished 21-6 overall, 14-4 in the NWC, good for third place. The Bearcats also ended up third in the conference tournament. The Division III program will only have three letterwinners back from that team for Harmon, who enters 2011 with an 86-59 overall mark, 59-41 in the NWC. “We have a lot of new guys this year and I think any of them could step up and make a difference for the team. The first week of practice will answer a lot of questions,” Harmon said. “Our strength is our desire to get better and learn the game. Evan Crites hits the ball very well and knows the game well. His strength is also experience.” The junior Crites is the most experience Bearcat linkster entering his third year on varsity and finishing second-team all-NWC last fall with a 40.3-per-nine average. Lone senior Rick Brunswick returns for his second season (52.1) and sophomore James Schaad (56.2) is the only other returnee. “Evan’s goal is to compete in the state tournament and I expect him to make a pretty good run at it. He also hopes to follow his brother
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Bearcat soccer entering junior campaign
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s co-ed soccer team is entering its third season of existence in 2011. In the mind of head coach Dean Brown (2-30 in two years, 1-16 a year ago), now is the time to step up and be competitive. He expects that to happen with the return of seven starters and three more letterwinners from last year’s unit. Back to take up positions in the starting 11 are Chris Dardio (senior goalkeeper), senior Zach Gay (midfield), senior Austin Swartz (forward), Austin Oehlhof (junior forward), Travis Patterson (sophomore midfield), Cole Hefner (sophomore midfield) and sophomore Nate Gaddy (defense). In particular, Brown singled out Swartz up front, Gay in the center midfield, Patterson and Hefner in the midfield, Gaddy in the center defense and Dardio as the netminder as key cogs for his team. Also back to lend an experience hand to are senior Otis King (defense), senior Caitlin Roberts (midfield) and sophomore Tricia Riley (midfield). With only the loss of two key players — Leigh Dardio and Garrett Croft — Brown has a lot more numbers to work with than a year ago. Among them are Kelli Ley (senior midfield), Joe Mark (senior midfield), Katie Kerchefski (junior midfield), Joey Mullen (junior defense), James Luma (sophomore defense) and Byron Gay (freshman defense). “We are a co-ed team. There are four girls who will contribute to our team efforts this year,” Brown added. “We play a 4-4-2 set with a diamond midfield and a flatback-four defense. “This is the third year of our soccer program at Spencerville High School. The team needs to step up and play more competitively this year.” The Bearcats opened 2011 at home Monday, Aug. 22, versus Continental.

The 2011 Spencerville boys golf crew has, front row, left to right, Chance Campbell, Evan Crites, Caleb Yahl and Rick Brunswick; and back, Dane Gelivera, Derik German, Dylan Layman, Kasey Lee, James Schaad and head coach Mike Harmon. Absent is Nick Davisson.

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The Bearcats 2011 co-ed soccer team has Chris Dardio, Tricia Riley, Caitlin Roberts, Austin Oehlhof, Nate Gaddy, Kelli Ley, Byron Gay, Otis King, James Luma, Travis Patterson, Joey Mullen, Austin Swartz, Katie Kerchefski, Zach Gay, Cole Hefner and Joe Mark and head coach Dean Brown.

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

Brown’s crew ready for 2011 golf campaign

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OTTOVILLE — Ottoville’s golf team didn’t have a single senior on last year’s Putnam County League championship unit. That unit finished 18-1 in dual matches and ended up as district qualifiers. With six letterwinners returning, led by fourth-year senior Kyle Karhoff, ninth-year head coach Jim Brown looks for even bigger and better things in 2011. “We have everyone returning from last year’s varsity team; experience will be a huge benefit heading into this season. We will also be deeper with good golfers as our younger players have improved,” Brown, holding a career record of 109-35, noted. “At the same time, we are looking for consistency, especially with our 4-5-6 players on varsity.” Third-year Travis Maag is the only other senior on this edition but this is still a veteran group. Three 11th-graders are back for another go-round: third-year player Zach Weber and second-year guys Derek Schimmoeller and Craig Odenweller; as well as veteran sophomore Luke Schimmoeller. Four newcomers will try to add depth to the varsity roster and provide competition: junior Logan Kortokrax, sophomore Matt Turnwald, sophomore Ryan Kemper and freshman Wesley Markward. Being defending champions with a veteran crew doesn’t mean the Big Green can rest of its laurels, according to Brown. “I believe that we will battle with Kalida for the top spot in the PCL but there are good golfers on each of the other teams that could make them sleepers in the PCL,” Brown ended.

The Ottoville golf team for 2011 has, front from left, Craig Odenweller, Ryan Kemper, Matt Turnwald, Wesley Markward and Derek Schimmoeller; and back, coach Jim Brown, Zach Weber, Luke Schimmoeller, Travis Maag, Kyle Karhoff and Logan Kortokrax.

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“We have everyone returning from last year’s varsity team; experience will be a huge benefit heading into this season. We will also be deeper with good golfers as our younger players have improved. At the same time, we are looking for consistency, especially with our 4-5-6 players on varsity.”
— Jim Brown, Ottoville golf coach

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The 2011 Ottoville boys cross country team has, kneeling from left, James Tiller, John Landwehr, Brandon Kimmet, Matt Niemeyer and Ryan Kimmet; and standing, head coach Bob Kaple, Andy Horstman, Seth Bendele, Jacob Turnwald, Mark Waldick and Jonathan Tiller. Absent are Jason Turnwald and D’Angelo Bevly.

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As well, fourth-year seniors such as Caitlyn Landin (midfield/ defense), Holly Von Sossan (midfield/defense) and Jenna Warnecke (midfield/defense), along with thirdyear juniors Casey Miller (defense/ midfield), Marissa Pohlabel (midfield/ defense), Kendra Koester (forward/ midfield) and Monica Buettner (midfield/defense), provide Kimmet plenty of veteran options to plug into the mix. That versatility should be a plus for this year’s edition of the Lady Green, as well as speed. “We have speed up front, in the middle and in the back. With that positive, we hope to have a successful season,” Kimmet began. “We have seven seniors this year as compared to three last fall, which should help, but we only have three freshmen go out this year.” The Big Green only have to replace three departed graduates but one of them is 3-year starting goalkeeper
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OTTOVILLE — A new coach is almost all the newness that the Ottoville girls soccer team will have for 2011 as eight starters and seven more letterwinners are back for the 2011 campaign. Long-time assistant coach Tim Kimmet takes over the head position for Kevin Krouskop, whose last Lady Big Green unit finished 11-4 a year ago. This version of Lady Green “kickers” will revolve around six fourth-year varsity letterwinners, including returning front-liners in seniors Lauren Koch (forward/midfield), Kendra Krouskop (midfield/forward) and April Horstman (defense/midfield), along with thirdyear juniors Nicole Vorst (defense/ midfield), Rachel Turnwald (forward/ midfield) and Rachel Beining (midfield/goalkeeper); and second-year sophomores Monica Sarka (defense/ midfield) and Kendra Eickholt (midfield/forward).

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The Ottoville girls soccer unit for 2011 has, seated from left, Jenna Warnecke, Lauren Koch, Kendra Krouskop, Caitlyn Landin and April Horstman; kneeling, Monica Buettner, Amy Tumblin, Monica Sarka, Lauren Kramer, Rachel Beining, Holly Von Sossan, Danielle Trenkamp, Haley Landwehr and Courtney Von Sossan; and standing, assistant coach Scott Crossgrove, head coach Tim Kimmet, Kendra Koester, Kendra Eickholt, Casey Miller, Marissa Pohlabel, Nicole Vorst, Lexi Wannemacher, Megan Schnipke, Rachel Turnwald and assistant coach Brian Eickholt.

Experienced Ottoville boys ready for ‘kicking’ action
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com OTTOVILLE — Ottoville’s boys soccer team made it all the way to the Division III regional semifinals last fall, falling to Ottawa Hills. Five starters and two more lettermen — six of whom earned postseason honors — are gone from that 18-2 district title-winning unit (4-1 in the Putnam County League). However, the cupboard is not bare for fifth-year head coach Eric Gerker (57-17-4 at Ottoville, 65-24-4 over-

all) as six starters and seven other experienced hands return in hopes of equalling and surpassing last season’s success. Five of those starters are seniors, led by fourth-year varsity player and third-year starter on defense Greg Rue (defense/sweeper, 2 goals/5 assists; 2010, 2009 PCL 2nd Team), third-year starter on defense Blake Gerdeman (defense/midfield) and The 2011 Ottoville boys varsity soccer unit has, front from left, Jordan Kelch, Austin Meyer, third-year players Sam Beining (for- Austin Schroeder, Matt Burgei, Evan Laudick and Josh Schroeder; middle, Anthony Eickholt, ward, 10 goals/4 assists; (2009 PCL Austin Honigford, Lucas Maag, Logan Gable, Sam Beining, Alex Horstman and Dylan Klima; Honorable Mention, 2010 PCL 1st and back, assistant coach Dustin Markward, Austin Markward, Blake Gerdeman, Kenny Jackson, Brian Hohlbein, Greg Rue, Cory Fischer, Grant Altenburger, Adam Beining, Bryant See BOYS READY, page 55 Landin, Collin Bendele and head coach Eric Gerker. Absent is Julia Trejo.

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com OTTOVILLE — Susan Jones has a 36-34 mark in her three seasons of coaching the varsity volleyball program at Ottoville High School after serving as junior varsity coach for two. She finished her third year for the Lady Green at 12-12. She has four starters and three other letterwinners back from that team in 2010, so she has high hopes for more wins. It’s not just experience she is hoping will take her Lady Green far this campaign. “We have great experience,” she began. “We also have great athletic ability and a strong group of middle hitters. “What we need to improve upon is our defense.” The four returning front-liners include third-year senior Megan Bendele (middle hitter/blocker), along with second-year senior Kaitlyn Ditto (setter) and secondyear juniors Abby Siefker (middle hitter) and Tonya Kaufman (setter/outside hitter). Along with that quartet are the experienced trio of senior Sarah Luersman (defensive specialist), senior Kylee Schweller (outside hitter) and senior Marissa Nienberg (defensive specialist/ right-side hitter). Jones is expecting newcomers such as junior Tammy Wannemacher (defensive specialist/outside hitter), sophomore Nikki Burgei (middle hitter) and sophomore Taylor Mangas (outside hitter) to step into the varsity rotation. Jones said good-bye to five players that used up their eligibility last fall, including fourth-year varsity players Tasha Kaufman and Jamie Rieger, third-year players Gayle Rayman

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and Bridget Miller and veteran Julie Schmersal, The junior varsity team, headed by Kirt Martz, has Mangas, Burgei, sophomores Jenna Horstman (setter), Melissa Burgei (outside hitter), Kelsey Miller (outside hitter) and Kara Schimmoeller (outside hitter/defensive specialist): and frosh Annie Lindeman (middle hitter), Robyn Turnwald (defensive specialist), Megan Rissler (defensive specialist), Lindsey Wannemacher (right-side hitter), Chelsea Boecker (setter), Morgan Beining (outside hitter) and Megan Lambert (defensive specialist). “We want to win the Putnam County League all by ourselves. That is our goal this year,” Jones added. The Lady Green embarks on that hopedfor result Monday, Aug. 29, at home versus non-league foe Parkway.

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Nikki Kimmet, along with 2-year players Lynn Beining (midfield/defense) and Brooke Miller (midfield/forward). One of the most promising newcomers at Kimmet’s disposal is freshman Haley Landwehr. The remainder of the Lady Green varsity roster for 2011 has senior Lauren Kramer, sophomore Amy Tumblin (midfield/defense), sophomore Danielle Trenkamp (defense/midfield), sophomore Megan Schnipke (defense/midfield), freshman Courtney Von Sossan and classmate Lexi Wannemacher. The Putnam County League promises another tough road to hoe in 2011. Katie Schnipke Photography photo “There are no weak teams in the PCL. It will be another tough race,” The Ottoville 2011 varsity volleyball team has, front from left, Kaitlyn Ditto and Sarah Kimmet added. Luersman; middle, Kylee Schweller, Megan Bendele and Marissa Nienberg; and back, Brian Eickholt and Scott Crossgrove assistant coach Kirt Martz, Tammy Wannemacher, Taylor Mangas, Abby Siefker, Nikki are the assistant coaches for the Lady Burgei, Tonya Kaufman and head coach Susan Jones. Green.

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

Travis leads Grove gridders into 2011

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COLUMBUS GROVE — Scott Palte hopes his seventh year at the helm of the Columbus Grove gridiron program will be as good, if not more so, than his sixth a year ago — 7-3, including 6-2 in the Northwest Conference. That way he can add to his 39-24 career mark at his alma mater. He will do that behind veterans to his “Jet” offense — a more up-tempo attack that put up 36.9 points and 392.5 yards per game last fall — such as fourth-year starting quarterback Jordan Travis (6-1, 180, senior; 128-of-213 passing, 1,942 yards, 24 TDs, 6 picks), third-year starters in guard Gavin Windau (5-11, 190, senior) and slotback Wade Heffner (6-4, 180, senior; 78 rushes, 577 yards, 6 scores; 19 receptions, 242 yards, 1) and second-year left guard Trent Reed (5-10, 190, senior). He also returns third-year starters at linebacker (Windau) and in the secondary (Travis and Heffner) to his 4-2-5 scheme — ceding 23.0 points and 293.5 yards per — that is better able to handle the spread offenses that are in vogue. Other returning starters to that unit are senior noseguard Blake Neu (6-4, 290) and defensive back Collin Grothaus (5-10, 155). Palte lost a solid crew of veteran seniors from last fall, especially two-way linemen like Spencer Wolfe and Greg Martin, two-way skill players Jacob Miller (47 carries, 303 yards, 6; 12 catches, 192 yards, 1) and Colby Meuleman (40 grabs, 813 yards, 12 tallies, two-way players Luke Kohls (34 grabs, 540 yards, 6) and Devin Verhoff (58 rushes, 251 yards, 3) and others such as linemen Ryan Birkmeier, Devin Ricker and Josh Utrup, linebacker Brock Graham and defensive back Dakota Fischer. Expect the likes of Neu (offensive tackle), Collin Grothaus (slotback) and Reed (defensive end) to be in the mix as twoway starters. As well, lettermen such as seniors Trent Kerns (5-10, 185, fullback/linebacker; 49 rushes, 345 yards, 2) and Zach Barrientes (5-7, 150, split end/secondary; 37 totes, 172 yards, 1; 21 catches, 134 yards, 3) likely will become starters. Possibilities to step into the starting lineup are lettermen such as Other potential fill-ins include seniors Connor Kohls (5-11, 165, the heir apparent as the kicker for Luke Kohls), Dylan Kleman (5-10, 155, SE/DB), Aaron Vorst (6-3, 170, SE/DB) and Bryant Clymer (6-2, 175, OL/DE); juniors Adam Johnson (5-11, 220, OL/DT), Christian Butler (5-11, 230, OL/DT), Dakota Vogt (6-0, 180, SB/LB), Blake Hoffman (5-10, 160, SB/DB), Trey Roney (6-0, 265, OL/DT), Hunter Giesige (6-0, 155, QB/LB), Derek Rieman (6-2, 180, SE/DB), Jeremy Moser (5-10, 180, FB/LB), Matt Jay (6-1, 210, SE/DE), Brandon Benroth (5-8, 170, OL/LB), Trevor Schroeder (5-10, 235, OL/

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Members of the Columbus Grove football team for 2011 (front row, from left) are Gavin Windau, Aaron Vorst, Wade Heffner, Blake Neu, Jordan Travis, Connor Kohls and Zach Barrientes. In the second row are Dylan Kleman, Trent Reed, Trent Kerns, Bryant Clymer, Derek Rieman, Hunter Giesige, Brandon Benroth and Jeremy Moser. In the third row are Thomas Martin, Blake Hoffman, Trevor Schroeder, Trent Vorst, Matt Jay, Bobby Lopez, Dakota Vogt, Collin Grothaus and Trey Roney. In the fourth row are Bryce Sharrits, Logan Douglas, Riley Brubaker, Mason Smith, Alec Gladwell, Zach Brinkman, Christian Butler and Jace Darbyshire. In the fifth row are Andrew Burgei, David Bogart, Tanner Neu, Alex Burgei, Will Selhorst, Trevor Haines, Tyler Schroeder, Josh Verhoff and Alex Shaffer. In the sixth row are Alex Walker, Noah Kohls, Travis Ellerbrock, Christian Stechschulte, Joey Warnecke, Hunter Halker, Thomas Prichard and David Martin. Coaches are Steven Palte, Brian Schroeder, Eric Siefker, Ned Stechschulte, Jeremy Wyant and Jason Wright. Not pictured is head coach Scott Palte.
155, OL/DE), Hunter Halker (5-11, 140, SE/DE), Alex Shaffer (5-10, 275, OL/DT), David Bogart (5-10, 150, SB/DB), Joey Warnecke (5-7, 150, FB/LB), Thomas Prichard (5-8, 155, SB/LB), Dylan Owen (5-6, 135, SE/DB), David Martin (5-9, 145, SB/LB), Bryce Sharrits (5-8, 135, SB/LB), Christian Stechschulte (5-6, 135, OL/DT), Noah Kohls (6-0, 175, OL/ DE) and Travis Ellerbrock (5-9, 165, OL/DT). Assistant coaches are Steven Palte, Brian Schroeder, Eric Siefker, Ned Stechschulte, Jeremy Wyant and Jason Wright. Grove heads to archrival Pandora−Gilboa Friday, Aug. 26, to commence the new season.

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus Grove head volleyball coach Kelly Lepley hopes that last season’s 8-16 mark is simply a blip on the screen after her inaugural 22-4 mark in 2009 after taking over for successful coach Jody Benda. With four returning starters — including thirdyear starters in senior Anna Ricker (5-10 middle/ outside hitter) and classmate Nicole Langhals (5-3 setter), as well as second-year starters in senior Riley Eversole (5-9 outside hitter) and 6-0 sophomore Julia Wynn (middle hitter) — she figures the turnaround will be made much easier. “We are a good offensive team. Our offensive style is quick and our goal is to stay one step ahead of our opponents,” Lepley asserted. “We have some big hitters this year and a talented group of defensive players that are able to put the ball where it needs to be to score points offensively. “We need to make sure we are a threat at every hitting position and not just one or two. We will work on spreading out the offense so that we can score points from all three hitting positions.” Lepley is hoping that five promising newcomers to the varsity ranks will help compensate for the loss of three graduated 2-year starters: Emily Karhoff (libero/defensive specialist), Stephanie Etzkorn (5-8 outside hitter) and Rachael Stechschulte (5-9 setter/right-side hitter); and provide more depth to this year’s crew. Those varsity rookies include senior Taylor Harman (5-5 libero/defensive specialist), sophomore Rachel Shumacher (5-3 setter/defensive specialist), sophomore Elizabeth Selhorst (5-7 outside/right-side hitter), 10th-grader Emily Tabler (5-8 right-side hitter) and classmate Samantha Stechschulte (5-8 middle hitter). The final member of the varsity is junior Faith Huff (5-11 middle hitter). Assisting Lepley in the coaching duties are varsity assistant Tiffany Clem, junior varsity coach Angela Schroeder and freshmen coach Kelsey McCluer. Playing in two leagues: the Northwest Conference and Putnam County League; brings its nightly challenges to the Lady Bulldogs. Lepley has high expectations her crew will succeed in both this fall. “I look for us to be in the top half of both the Northwest Conference and the Putnam County League,” she added. “The team has been working very hard in the offseason to make sure this season is successful. Our returning letterwinners, as well as our newcomers, are determined to continue the tradition of excellence that is Columbus Grove volleyball.” Columbus Grove commences the new season in a road tri-match on Saturday, Aug. 27.

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Members of the 2011 Columbus Grove volleyball team (front row, front left) are Taylor Harman, Nicole Langhals and Rachel Schumacher. In the second row are Emily Tabler, Elizabeth Selhorst, Sammi Stechschulte and Riley Eversole. In the back row are Tiffany Clem, assistant coach, Anna Ricker, Julia Wynn, Faith Huff and Kelly Lepley, head coach.

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Grove boys led by state-qualifier Graham
“This group has worked very hard this summer. My veterans who went to camp put in 3-a-day practices and have been leading by example all summer,” Schnipke added. “They know how hard work pays off and that work ethic is rubbing off on the younger runners. This group doesn’t complain; they just go about their business and put in the miles to make themselves better.” “We know what we are getting with Jake; he is going to be in the top five about every race and now, with the track season Alex had last spring, he will be right there with him. Grant and Troy are going to give me everything they have every meet. If Nick can stay healthy, he is going to contribute; that guy loves cross country. And I think Josh and Drew are going to surprise some people this year; they have been working hard and have improved immensely. Now, you throw in Colton and Jerry and we have the makings of a very, very fine team. All of these guys have worked so hard, I can’t wait to see the payoff at our meets. It is going to be a very exciting year for our boys cross country team. I am looking forward to it. “Some of the top competitors in the area will be Crestview, Spencerville, Lincolnview and Ottawa-Glandorf.” The final two memebrs of this 17-team varsity roster are freshmen Corey Schroeder, Alex Tabler and Cody Wischmeyer. Grove started the season Aug. 23 at the Early Bird Invitational at Indian Lake.

Jay has top 3 runners back from 2010
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

COLUMBUS GROVE — Terry Schnipke has great cause for optimism surrounding the 2011 Columbus Grove boys cross country team. That is because the sixth-year head coach returns four members from last year’s team that won the Northwest Conference and advanced to the regionals. The team’s top runner, Jake Graham, returns as part of a potent junior class. He qualified for the state meet at Scioto Downs last year, finishing 36th overall in a tough field. The biggest losses for the Bulldogs will be the #2 runner from last year, Kurt Meyer; the #4 runner from last year, Devin Luginbill; and the #7 runner from a year ago, Jacob Schroeder. “All those young men graduated and left a legacy of hard work for the current team to emulate,” Schnipke noted. In addition to Graham, the top returning runners for Grove will be juniors Alex Shafer, Grant Schroeder, Nick Schmiesing and Troy Meyer. Other veteran runners who are looking to break into the top seven include senior captains Josh Stephens and Drew Schroeder, as well as juniors Darrion Gant and Tregg Keysor and sophomores Will Vorhees and Cody Reynolds. Some promising newcomers who could vie for varsity spots include freshmen Colton Grothaus, Jerry Kesselmeyer and Elisha Jones.

Members of the Columbus Grove boys cross country team (front row, from left) are Alex Shafer, Grant Schroeder, Jake Graham, Cody Reynolds and Darrion Grant. In the second row are Colton Grothaus, Alex Tabler, Cody Wischmeyer, Jerry Kesselmeyer, Troy Meyer and Tregg Keysor. In the back row are Will Vorhees, Nick Schmiesing, Drew Schroeder, Elisha Jones, Josh Stephens and Terry Schnipke, head coach.

Grove boys harriers

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Senior Amber Herron (No. 1) is in her third season of varsity, while No. 2 runner and classmate Cece Utendorf is COLUMBUS GROVE — The in her second season and third harrier Columbus Grove girls cross country Kayla Parlette is in her second season as team finished 13th at the Division III a sophomore. regionals in 2010. Senior Jorgi Schramm, sophomore Head coach Jason Jay begins his fifth Brooke Schnipke and classmate Micah year at the helm with three letterwinners Stechschulte did get some varsity time — the top three runners — back from last year but it was on a part-time basis. that team. Nikki Ricker and Cora Diller exhausted their eligibility a year ago. “We need to gain some race experience with the number of new team members we have this season,” Jay added. “Our expectations are high this year. Our top runners GENERAL CONTRACTORS are looking strong thus far and I am expecting a few of our newer members to really come on strong once 1201 CRESTWOOD DRIVE they compete in a few races.” LIMA, OHIO 45805 Those would include junior Alexa Halker, junior Quincy Miller, Steve Roebuck junior Melissa Amstutz, junior President Heidi Stechschulte, junior Sienna Gerdeman, sophomore Lindsay Ph. (419) 227-2000 Langhals, freshman Alexis Ricker Fax (419) 227-3500 and frosh Megan Langhals. The Lady Bulldogs started the Email: season Aug. 23 at the Early Bird m1201w@mandwconst.com Invitational at Indian Lake.

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Members of the Columbus Grove girls cross country team (front row, from left) are Kayla Parlette, Micah Stechschulte, Megan Langhals and Melissa Amstutz. In the second row are Alexis Ricker, Cece Utendorf, Jorgi Schramm, Amber Herron and Brooke Schnipke. In the back row row are Heidi Stechschulte, Quincy Miller, Alexa Halker, Lindsay Langhals and Jason Jay, head coach. Not pictured is Sienna Gerdeman.

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Elida gridders seek encore from 2010
The Delphos Herald ELIDA — The Elida football team finished 9-3 a year ago, winning its first-ever playoff game (Division III) and finishing tied for second in the Western Buckeye League at 7-2. Fifth-year head coach Jason Carpenter is hoping his 12 seniors can help the upsurge the program is on and do even better this time around. The 1-back spread offense will be keyed by senior third-year starting quarterback Reggie McAdams. He has plenty of veteran skill people around him, including senior scatback Colin Blymyer and outside targets Nathan Jenkins (also kicker), Jeremy Newby and Austin Etzler. As well, letterman Anthony Sumpter is in the mix as a starter in one of those spots. With the offensive line missing last year’s starters Trevor Leis, Tyler Thompson, Nate Sackinger and Kurt Hafeken, plus another starter that chose not to go out this fall, that is the key to the fortunes of Elida on that side of the pigskin. Also gone are the graduated Rikki Le, twoway starter Alex McAdams and linebacker Ross Harmon. Back for the 4-4 “Arizona Swarm” defense are the likes of Sumpter and McAdams, in the secondary, senior Ian Dukehart at end and junior linebackers Quentin Poling and KJ Russell. As well, seniors such as Josh Kemper, Casey Troyer, Mario Musgrove, Theran Carroll, Josh Dawson and Keaton Greeley are chomping at the bit. The rest of the roster has Brandon Smiley, Nickoli Sackinger, Scott Gross, Dominic Painter, Jesse Wheeler, Nick Pauff, Trent Long, Mitch Knotts, Deshea Hughes, Jaylin Morris, Brandon Stinson, Kyle Fay, Jarrod Wehinger, Aaron Fay, Tyler Smith, Jordan Greeley, Avery Sumpter, Chris Groh, Kyle Hambleton, Tyler Fay, Chance Weitz, Seanquez Frye, Dakota Rolfe, Garrett Bell, Dwayne Brown, Treg Mort, Shane Lengefeld, Tony Onwuegbuchu, Jihad Reeder, Clark Etzler, Sean

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The Elida 2011 football unit has, 1st row (l-r): Josh Kemper, Reggie McAdams, Nathan Jenkins, Colin Blymyer, Casey Troyer, Jeremy Newby, Maurio Musgrove, Theran Carroll, Ian Dukehart, Josh Dawson, Keaton Greeley and Austin Etzler; 2nd row (l-r): Brandon Smiley, Nickoli Sackinger, Scott Gross, Dominic Painter, Jesse Wheeler, Nick Pauff, Quentin Poling, KJ Russell, Trent Long, Mitch Knotts, Deshea Hughes, Anthony Sumpter and Jaylin Morris; 3rd row (l-r): Brandon Stinson, Kyle Fay, Jarrod Wehinger, Aaron Fay, Tyler Smith, Jordan Greeley, Avery Sumpter, Chris Groh, Kyle Hambleton, Tyler Fay, Chance Weitz, Seanquez Frye, Dakota Rolfe and Garrett Bell; 4th row (l-r): Dwayne Brown, Treg Mort, Shane Lengefeld, Tony Onwuegbuchu, Jihad Reeder, Clark Etzler, Sean Cook, Jesse Guerrero, Bradon Conn, Ryan Simpson, Andrew Troyer, Patrick Brockert, Jared Blymyer, Henwin Cuffy and Demere Brown; 5th row (l-r): Traevon Hurns, Quinn Searcy, Damien Eaton, Tyler Heaphy, Desmend White, Austin Lopez, Alec Cahill, Christian Moran, Kyle Rapp, Durand Finch and Amari Gooding; and 6th row (l-r): Head Coach Jason Carpenter, assistant coaches Jay Terry, Kyle Harmon, Dan Larimore, Jeff Thomas, Mo Sumpter and Al Clum and Trainer Sarah Carpenter. Not pictured: Josh Holler.

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2011 Elida volleyballers
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ELIDA — Tom Thomas begins his eighth year as the Elida boys varsity soccer head man. He’ll do so with a senior cast of Brennan Nelson, Joe Burnett, Josh Line, Adam Troyer, Trey Bowman and Zac Siefker. The rest of the roster has Steven Tooker, JJ Jenks, Tyler Brickner, Drew Laing, Steven Williams, Riley Overholt, Jerod Houston, Austin Calvelage, AJ Siefker, Brice Coolidge and Spencer Sciranka. Scott Warris returns as the assistant coach. Elida begins the campaign by hosting its own Soccer Classic tonight, Aug. 25: they take on Fort Jennings and Bluffton battles Ridgewood (Chicago, Ill.) High School.

Bulldog soccer 2011

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The 2011 Elida boys soccer varsity team has, 1st row (l-r): Steven Tooker, JJ Jenks, Tyler Brickner, Drew Laing, Steven Williams, Riley Overholt and Jerod Houston; and 2nd row (l-r): Head Coach Tom Thomas, Austin Calvelage, AJ Siefker, Trey Bowman, Josh Line, Brice Coolidge, Brennan Nelson, Zachary Siefker, Spencer Sciranka, Joe Burnett, Adam Troyer and Assistant Coach Scott Warris.

By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

Lady ’Dawgs young for pitch in 2011
Bulldogs. All is not lost for Overholt as Elida returns five starters, including senior fourth-year goalkeeper Kaitlyn Morrisey, 3-year starting forward Beth Boyle (senior) and 3-year starting junior center midfielder Shannon Boroff. “Though we are young, we are fortunate to return those three in particular to build around,” Overholt began. Two other starters are back in junior Kala Bowsher (defense) and classmate Jena Wensole (midfield/defense), as well as letterwinners Lindsey Hall (sophomore forward) and Cassidy Slusher (sophomore forward/midfield). Overholt figures he has some capable replacements — though they won’t be nearly as experienced — for the likes of the graduated Lindsey Peters (MF), Kaylin Duffy (MF/F), Kayla Smith (DEF), Destiny Lee (MF/F) and Jordan Haidle (DEF) (a combined 19 years of starting experience); Hope Bowman (MF) and Maggie Wheeler (MF) — six letters; Jenna Graham, Kylisha Helenius, Katie May and Kayla Erb-Lane. Expected to step into the open spots in the starting 11 or be off the bench are Jenn Eilerman (senior midfield), Corissa Evans (senior midfield), Klaynesha Ingram (senior forward/defense), Alisha Brenneman (sophomore defense), Ashlyn Erman (sophomore defense) and Brett
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ELIDA — Brady Overholt lost 11 seniors from last fall’s 7-9-2 girls soccer edition that ended up runners-up in the Division II sectional and fourth in the Western Buckeye League. That means that his third team will battle youth and inexperience overall as he tries to improve upon his 18-172 career mark at the helm of the Lady

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Elida runners prepared for 2011

ELIDA — Craig Kerns had 34 members combined for his boys and girls cross country units last fall — 21 on the boys side and 13 for the Lady Bulldogs. This fall, he doesn’t have quite as many harriers this time around, with a total 19 for the boys and 10 for the girls. On the boys side, he has third-year varsity lettermen Jordan Coulter, Mike Lee, Chris Radebaugh, Keaton Brenneman and Kane Brookman, as well as secondyear runners Asa Swihart, Ben Kerber, Jon Reese, Tim Hill, Josh Ballard, Jesse Stauffer and Sam Kerber. Newcomers include Chris Reyes, Logan Malone, Alex Dukehart, Tyler Dunlap, Glenn McVey, Ardie Sayoto and Zachary Shoup. On the Lady ’Dawgs side, Kerns returns third-year varsity runners Mikki Marling, Torrye Brinkman, Angela McVey and Brittany Moening, along with secondyear performers Erin Quaintance, Rachel Kerber and Ashley Radebaugh. New runners are Haley Morales, Cassidy Vaden and Kaiti Hinegardner. Elida is in the Celina Rotary Invitational Saturday, Aug. 27, to begin the new season.

Elida cross country teams 2011

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The Elida boys and girls cross country teams for the upcoming campaign have, 1st row (l-r): Chris Reyes, Kane Brookman, Jordan Coulter, Logan Malone, Alex Dukehart and Asa Swihart; 2nd row (l-r): Head Coach Craig Kerns, Mike Lee, Jon Reese, Keaton Brenneman, Ben Kerber, Sam Kerber, Tim Hill and Chris Radebaugh; and 3rd row (l-r): Rachel Kerber, Erin Quaintance, Haley Morales, Cassidy Vaden, Torrye Brinkman, Ashley Radebaugh, Mikki Marling and Kaiti Hinegardner. Not pictured: Josh Ballard, Tyler Dunlap, Angela McVey, Glenn McVey, Brittany Moening, Ardie Sayoto, Zachary Shoup and Jesse Stauffer.

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Lady Bulldog soccer 2011
The Elida varsity girls soccer team for the new season has, 1st row (l-r): Cassidy Slusher, Lindsey Hall, Erika Stoodt, Beth Boyle, Kaitlyn Morrisey, Shannon Boroff, Gina Culp, Alisha Brenneman and Brett Pauff; and 2nd row (l-r): Assistant Coach Elise Jenkins, Jenn Eilerman, Corissa Evans, Klaynesha Ingram, Rachel Foust, Ali Shaw-Roberts, Jena Wensole, Ashlyn Erman, Brooke Schimpf, Kala Bowsher and Head Coach Brady Overholt.

Pauff (freshman midfield/forward). “After losing 11 seniors, we are young, but we definitely have the athletic ability to compete. Our strengths will be with our speed and ability to play continuous nonstop pressure from all 11 girls on the field; we hope to outwork our opponent by playing a nonstop pressure game the entire 80 minutes,” Overholt added. “We have quite a bit of speed up front and in the midfield and look to move the ball around fast. We must work on our possession ability up front and team defense. “As always, St. Marys and Celina will have strong programs, as will Shawnee. Bath returns many solid players as well. I see 5-6 teams fighting it out and nothing will probably be decided until the final week of WBL play.” Former player Elsie Jenkins is assistant coach. Elida began the 2011 season on Tuesday, Aug. 23, versus Coldwater.

Inexperienced Lady ’Dawgs hope for hard-court success in 2011
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com ELIDA — Elida returns a pair of co-coaches for its 2011 girls tennis campaign: Jamie Hilborn and Quinn Whittaker. However, the Lady Bulldogs will be minus four third-year varsity players this fall that were key parts of a 9-6 dual-meet team a year ago (fifth in the Western Buckeye League). With the graduation of Jessica Adkins and Emily Fernandez, both singles players, and the doubles duo of Caitlin Kales and Kassidee Fletcher, Hilborn and Whittaker have their work cut out for them. Those graduations leave them with only two starters/letterwinners to build the 2011 unit around: senior Monica Tieu and classmate Robin Klaus. They will also be relying on some promising newcomers such as senior Abby Orians, junior Katelyn Shook, junior Erin Kesler, junior Lauren Greeley and sophomore Hailey Hurst to make their contributions. The remainder of the 2011 varsity and junior varsity roster has sophomore Emily Siefker, sophomore Patrice Yumul, sophomore Aubrey Williams, sophomore Elizabeth White, sophomore Jenny Stringfield, sophomore Ashley Radebaugh, freshman Ashley Faye, freshman Summer Slusher, freshman Jensen Green and freshman Jenna Mekolites. “We have a tennis team that is very hard-working. They want to keep improving so they are able to finish in the top of the league,” Hilborn noted. “We have a young team, with only two returning letterwinners. We also don’t have the depth that we did last year but we will build it. “In our league, I predict Celina, Shawnee and Van Wert are teams to watch out for.”

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Elida girls tennis

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The Elida girls tennis squad for 2011 has, 1st row (l-r): Erin Kesler, Abigail Orians, Robin Klaus, Monica Tieu and Katelyn Shook; 2nd row (l-r): Lauren Greeley, Ashley Fay, Summer Slusher, Jensen Green, Jenna Mekolites and Aubrey Williams; and 3rd row (l-r): Co-Head Coach Quinn Whittaker, Patrice Yumul, Hailey Hurst, Elizabeth White, Emily Siefker, C’era Savage and Co-Head Coach Jamie Hilborn.

Gallmeier looking for consistency on the links
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com COLUMBUS GROVE — Travis Gallmeier has built up a solid Division III golf program at Columbus Grove in its second go-round, accumulating a 71-31 overall mark in his three previous campaigns. The fourth-year coach hopes to continue that trend as he welcomes back five lettermen from the district tournament qualifiers of 2010 that ended up 26-4, 16-2 in the Northwest Conference for a runner-up finish. That crew of Bulldogs also ended up second in the conference tournament and third in the Putnam County League. Third man Taylor Giesige (45 average over nine holes) is the top returnee from the third-place team in the Sycamore Sectional, with fellow senior Matt Silver (47 average) last year’s fifth man and third senior Jeff Birkmeier (50) the No. 8 guy. As well, a pair of 11th-graders: sixth man Jacob Roebke (51) and seventh man Kody Griffith (47); also are back for another go-round. “We have five of our top eight back from a team that finished in second place and advanced to the District tournament last season. We look to continue this success in the upcoming season,” Gallmeier noted. With the loss of their top two golfers: Matt Jennell and Clay Bryan; and No. 4 Bret Schroeder due to graduation, Gallmeier will need at least two from a group of seven newcomers to fill

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

LadyCats rebounding from unusual net season
KALIDA — Long-time Kalida volleyball head coach Jeremy Stober has built up a strong coaching resume in his 13 seasons at the helm (201-99 career record). Last year was slightly different for the LadyCats as they fielded a very young and inexperienced squad that ended up 10-13 (3-3 in the Putnam County League) and bowing out in five sets in the sectional finals. However, Stober is counting on the fact that those young Ladycats found a way to get better as the season progressed and return nine letterwinners and three seniors to help Stober reload a championship atmosphere. Key returnees include seniors Brandi Merschman (6-0 right-side hitter), Haley McIntyre (5-10 middle hitter) and Halie Zenz (5-7 setter/outside hitter), along with underclassmen juniors Julia Vandemark (5-5 defensive specialist), Kayla Siefker (5-9 middle hitter), Amy Smith (5-8 outside/right-side hitter) and Andrea Bellmann (5’-9 middle hitter) and sophomores Alexis Decker (5-5 setter) and Jim Metcalfe photo Elizabeth Turnwald (5-8 outside hitter). “We’re still a young team trying to find an identity and build more depth. While The 2011 edition of the Kalida volleyball varsity has, seated from left, Julia Vandemark, Halie Zenz, Haley McIntyre, Brandi we do have some experience in various Merschman and Alexis Decker; and standing, manager Jakob Stober, head coach Jeremy Stober, Carrie Gerding, Elizabeth positions, the biggest challenge in front of Turnwald, Andrea Bellmann, Amy Smith, Kristi Honigfort and assistant coach Jamie Huber. Absent is Kayla Siefker. us is the need to continue improving our ing personnel from last season. Each ball control and team defense while devel- as those individuals in the skilled posi- for them to gain confidence. “We also need to work hard on finish- night is going to be a new challenge in oping a consistent serve-receive,” Stober tions continue to gain confidence and noted. “These skills need to improve for experience. Even the returning letterwin- ing matches; being competitive in a tough the PCL with several teams having new us to reach our potential. The team will ners are playing different positions than non-league schedule only makes you bet- coaches and players. The league race show continued improvement and growth they did last season, which will take time ter come tournament time but being able looks towards the favorite Leipsic returnto finish is what separates average teams ing the most veteran players but anyone and championship teams which we need of 3-4 teams could end up challenging for to learn how to do.” the league championship as volleyball Graduating from last year’s team were continues to grow stronger in the offEmily Turnwald, a 3-year letterwinner, season in Northwest Ohio and in Putnam first-team All-PCL selection and 3rd- County. Team All-Ohioan, as well as Jill Wehri “The old adage you must come to play and Christy Ellerbrock. every night in the Putnam County League Stober hopes to add to the legacy of is true if you expect to compete for a JON EDELBROCK LadyCat volleyball that includes 13 PCL title.” 614 Ottawa St. (US 224 E.) titles, 13 sectional crowns, eight district Assisting Stober in the coaching duties Kalida, OH 45853 titles, five regional semifinals and one are varsity assistant Jamie Huber and Office 419-532-2622 To experience state semifinalist berth. junior varsity Jessica Krouse. Mobile 419-235-2304 “We hope to be competitive in the Rounding out the varsity roster are Fax 419-532-2608 The Meadows difference traditionally-balanced PCL. Leadership junior Carrie Gerding (5-8 MH/RH), call to arrange a tour! Lawn and Garden and team chemistry must be present from junior Kristi Honigfort (5-6 OH/DS) and Equipment this young group of athletes to be success- sophomore Elizabeth Turnwald (5-9 OH). 755 Ottawa St. ful,” he added. “The league is very equal Kalida commences 2011 by hosting 419-532-2961 this season; many teams have return- Van Wert Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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Czubik’s crew loaded with seniors
August 2011 • The Delphos Herald Fall Sports – Kahle (midfield/forward; 7 goals, 11 assists) and Derek Korte (forward; 2 goals, 3 assists), 3-year and firstteam All-District performer Kristopher Osterhage (defense; 7 goals), secondyear guys Cody Horstman (midfielder; 3 assists) and first-team All-Stater Logan Recker (defense/midfield; 2 goals, 3 assists) and veteran Tyler Hoffman (midfield). Newcomers to the varsity ranks include senior Ben vonderEmbse (midfield/defense); junior Ryan Korte (midfield/forward); and sophomores Trevor Guisinger (midfield), Kyle Kehres (defense), Andrew Krouse (defense) and Adam Langhals (midfield/forward). The junior varsity crew has juniors Rob Kleman (goalkeeper/defense), Adam Knueve (defense), Dustin Rosselit (forward) and Eric Warnecke (defense); 10th-graders Ryan Kahle (midfield) and Michael Schroeder (midfield); and freshmen Ben Burkhart (defense/midfield), Jacob Dunn (defense/midfield), Trevor Holtkamp (forward), Brent Hovest (goalkeeper/ forward), Devin Kortorkax (midfield), Luke Langhals (midfield), Cole Miller (defense), Logan Roebke (defense), Derrick Schimmoeller (defense/midfield), Michael Schroeder (goalkeeper/defense/midfield), Austin Schulte (defense), Ryan Siefker (midfield) and Blaine Warnimont (midfield/forward). The Wildcats opened 2011 at Wapakoneta Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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KALIDA — Kalida boys soccer coach Mark Czubik has built up quite a resume with his defense. He expects that to remain a strength in 2011 as last year’s crew only gave up four goals in 19 matches, with secondyear goalkeeper Drew Stechschulte and his mates registering 15 shutouts. As well, despite the loss of seven letterwinners from a year ago, taking with them 20 letters, Czubik still has a mature unit with 12 lettermen ready for action in 2011. Among them are 11 seniors, led by third-year varsity stalwarts in Tyler Erhart (midfield), Nick Guisinger (defense), Tyler Heitmeyer (midfield/ defense), Tyler Kortokrax (midfield; 4 assists), Austin Roebke (defense; once he returns from injury), Cody Schnipke (forward; 15 goals, 2 assists) and Kevan Unverferth (midfield/forward; 4 goals, 4 assists), along with second-year seniors in Stechschulte (40 saves versus 94 shots), Nathan Kortokrax (defense/midfield) and Eric Hill (midfield/defense). Junior Ryan Erhart (midfield/ defense) and sophomore Ian Richey (midfield/defense; 3 goals, 2 assists) also return. The long-time coach has to replace seven who graduated last spring, including fourth-year players Brandon Kahle (forward/midfield; 6 assists), Jeremy

Wildcat boys soccer

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The Kalida varsity boys soccer team for 2011 has, front from left, Trevor Guisinger, Nick Guisinger, Kyle Kehres, Tyler Erhart, Ian Richey and Adam Langhals; middle, Eric Hill, Kevan Unverferth, Andrew Krouse, Drew Stechschulte, Ben vonderEmbse, Cody Schnipke and Ryan Erhart; and standing, head coach Mark Czubik, Tyler Heitmeyer, Austin Roebke, Nathan Kortokrax, Ryan Korte and Tyler Kortokrax.

LadyCats hope 13 a lucky number in 2011
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com KALIDA — Kalida’s girls soccer team ended 2010 with a 10-6-1 mark, including 3-1 in the Putnam County League. With 13 letterwinners returning for sixth-year head coach Dave Kehres (46-29-10), the LadyCats hope for even better success in 2011. He has two fourth-year seniors to build this edition around: Nicole Kaufman (forward/defense) and Marissa Smith (midfield/forward), as well as third-year senior Alexis Wurth (defense). Three juniors are also back for their third seasons on varsity: Summer

Holtkamp (forward/midfield), Skylar Basinger (midfield/defense) and Kaylyn Verhoff (defense). That is not all of the experienced hands Kehres has back from 2010: senior Erika Brinkman (forward/ goalkeeper); junior Emily Schnipke (forward/midfield/defense); and sophomores Kiersten Recker (defense), Nicole Reindel (midfield/forward), Whitney Smith (defense/midfield), Justine Verhoff (midfield/forward) and Sarah Verhoff (goalkeeper/forward). All this experience, plus plenty of reinforcements from nine newcomers to the varsity level, gives Kehres great depth and versatility, with almost every girl capable of playing two or more
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LadyCat soccer
Kalida’s girls soccer unit for the new season has, front from left, Marissa Smith, Lindsey Erhart, Makenna Vorst, Molly Ellerbrock and Skylar Basinger; second row, Kaylyn Verhoff, Kiersten Recker, Sarah Verhoff, Justine Verhoff, Erika Brinkman and Mariah Doepker; third row, Emily McElroy, Whitney Smith, Megan Vine, Nicole Reindel and Summer Holtkamp; and back, assistant coach Brent Bockrath, Nicole Kaufman, Jackie Gardner, Lana Tschuor, Emily Schnipke, Alexis Wurth, Courtney Buss and head coach Dave Kehres.

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Kalida has growing running program
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com Randy Zeller; and freshmen Logan Roebke, Austin Vorst, Mitchell Kerner, Spencer Vorst and Grant Zeller. The only letterman lost is senior Austin Roebke, sitting out the season with an injury. On the LadyCat side, Schnippel will build around fourth-year seniors Amanda Giesige and Deanna Kahle, second-year juniors Jessica Doepker (who made it to the state meet as an individual for the first time in either program’s history), Summer Holtkamp and Katie Schmitz; and second-year 10th-graders Katelyn Kortokrax and Paige Wurth, all part of a regional-qualifying squad. Three newcomers to the varsity fill out the roster: senior Lora Tschuor; and freshmen Becca Brinkman and Jackie Gardner. The LadyCats only lost one via graduation: Sam Edwards. “We have two outstanding freshmen runners that we are excited about. Experience will be a big strength with six of our top seven runners returning from last year’s Regional team,” Schnippel added. “We are looking to build on that success and the school’s first state qualifier, Jessica Doepker, from last year. “To do that, the team will need to continue to improve and replace last year’s senior leader and number 2 runner, Sam Edwards.” Kalida opens 2011 Saturday, Aug. 27, at the St. John’s Invitational.

KALIDA — Kalida’s boys cross country coach Scott Miller and girls head man Rob Schnippel have a “problem” most coaches would be envious about: growing numbers. The fifth-year program has the highest out they have ever had, with Miller’s crew consisting of 17 harriers and the LadyCats having 10. That means far more interesting practices for both. “We’re excited to have seven new freshmen and sophomores that have been working hard and pushing the upperclassmen,” Miller noted. “We now have experience and depth. With seven new runners and losing no one from last year’s team, it has created depth with a nice mix of youth and experience. That combination has created a competitiveness for varsity spots at practice that will make our team better. “We are excited about the upcoming season and look for continued improvement throughout the season.” Back for more are three fourthyear seniors in Neil Gerding, Jordan Laudick and Connor Schmenk, third-year seniors Jared Zeller, Levi Blake and Derek Siefker and thirdyear juniors Eric Warnecke, Jordan Wurth and Joel Zeller. Newcomers to the varsity include junior Damon Birkemeier; sophomores Trevor Guisinger and

Kalida boys XC 2011

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The 2011 Kalida boys cross country team has, front from left, Randy Zeller and Jordan Laudick; row two, Levi Blake, Austin Vorst, manager Austin Roebke, Damon Birkemeier and Jordan Wurth; row three, Mitchell Kerner, Trevor Guisinger, Grant Zeller, Logan Roebke, Spencer Vorst and Joel Zeller; and standing, assistant coach Rob Schnippel, Eric Warnecke, Connor Schmenk, Jared Zeller, Derek Siefker, Neil Gerding and head coach Scott Miller.

LadyCats
(Continued from Page 43) positions on the field. However, he does have to replace four seniors, three of who were 4-year varsity players in Samantha Edwards (midfield), Chelsea Kahle (midfield/defense) and Amanda Schulte (midfield) and veteran Miranda Schulte (forward/ midfield). “We should be strong on defense; we should be able to execute our game plan well,” Kehres noted. “What we need to find is more consistency on offense. We are in a new season and have new team chemistry; that still equals lofty goals.” The remainder of the varsity roster has senior Lana Tschuor (forward); junior Emily McElroy (midfield/forward); and freshmen Courtney Buss (forward/midfield), Mariah Doepker (midfield/ defense), Molly Ellerbrock (midfield), Lindsey Erhart (forward/ midfield), Jackie Gardner (midfield/forward), Megan Vine (midfield) and Makenna Vorst (forward/ midfield). “The PCL should be evenlymatched and balanced. All games should be fun and exciting,” Kehres added. Assisting Kehres in the coaching is Brent Bockrath. Kalida opened at home versus Lima Senior on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

LadyCat harriers 2011

Kalida’s girls harriers for the new campaign has, front from left, Jackie Gardner, Deanna Kahle and Summer Holtkamp; second row, Jessica Doepker, Lora Tschuor, Amanda Giesige and Katie Schmitz; and standing, head coach Rob Schnippel, Becca Brinkman, Paige Wurth, Katelyn Kortokrax and assistant coach Scott Miller.

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Byrne’s Lancers an inexperienced net crew
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview’s volleyball unit doesn’t have a lot of experience back from last fall’s version. With only a trio of starters — and no other letterwinners — back, third-year head coach Heather Byrne has to hope for her Division IV Northwest Conference crew to grow up quickly to compete in 2011. The three returnees are senior Carley Springer (outside/right-side hitter), junior Jodie Doner (outside hitter) and Ashley McClure (sophomore outside hitter). Their job this season will be hampered by the loss of seven seniors, including fourth-year setter Paige McClure, third-year starters Courtney Tunis (middle hitter), Emily Osting (outside hitter) and Calista Dowdy (outside hitter); second-year letterwinners Audrey Bowen (middle hitter/blocker) and Kayla Lehman (defensive specialist); and Danyelle Mercer. “Our team lost a majority of its starters and players last year due to graduation. We are looking for the upcoming players to get more comfortable on the varsity level court,” Byrne assessed. “Experience is a big thing we are missing this year. The team has improved on its hitting, serving and serve-receive. We continue to work on speeding up our transitioning and offense. “The team goal for the season is to make the next day better than the previous day.” Promising newcomers to the varsity wars senior Becca Adam looks to take over the setting duties from Paige McClure, while junior Whitney Miller is likely the libero. The remainder of players at Byrne’s disposal include senior Beth Army (right-side hitter), senior Sam Shaffer (defensive specialist), junior Lauren Calvert (middle hitter/blocker), Kelsey Mohr (sophomore right-side hitter/ setter) and Devanne Springer (freshman middle hitter and blocker/setter). The Lady Lancers commence the new campaign Monday, Aug. 29, at Continental.

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Lincolnview boys ready for varsity soccer
(defense/forward), Jaquobe Markward (midfield) and Evan Williams (forward/ defense); and 10th-graders Bryce Campbell (midfield), Doug Hicks (midfield), Dalton Kayser (defense) and Conner McCleery (midfield/goalie). Five freshmen will complete the roster: Reid Jarvis, Jacob Pollock, Dalton Schmersal, Wyatt Schmersal and Tyler Wannemacher. “One of the things we do well at is pushing up and trying to put the other team offsides. What we need to do a better job at is marking once the ball is down in our 18-yard box,” McCleery added. “I am looking forward to the upcoming year. As a coach I never played soccer in high school or in college. My son got interested in it thru the local YMCA and I thought it would be great to get it started at our school. Over the past seven years, I have come to love the game of soccer. This is now seven years later and this will be the first year we will participate in the state tournament. Last year we had a lot of firsts for us and a lot of success. The year before that we were a club team. “We need to play more during the offseason. That is a must as we go forward into the future.” The Lancer boys opened their first varsity season Saturday, Aug. 20, at Lima Senior.

RURAL MIDDLE POINT — 2011 will be a transition year for the Lincolnview boys soccer unit. It will be their inaugural foray into the varsity wars after spending last season on the junior varsity level. Therefore, learning how to play at the varsity level, with appropriate varsity intensity, will be a concern for second-year head coach Mark McCleery. The Division III Lancers did finish 2010 at 6-4-3. “I didn’t expect as good of a season as we had last year, so I am optimistic about this year. We played mostly JV games last year and are playing mostly varsity games this year but I have almost everyone back from last year,” McCleery explained. “This is our first year as a varsity sport. We have some really great athletes but lack the experience of a lot of other teams.” He has 14 players that were on that JV team a year ago, led by seniors Mike Klausing (midfield), Clayton Longstreth (forward/defense), Kevin Markward (forward/defense) and Joseph Shoppell (forward/defense); juniors Nick Daeger (defense), Mark Evans (goalie/forward), Nathan Johnston (defense), Nick Leeth

Lincolnview soccer 2011

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Lincolnview Lady golf 2011

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RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Kevin Losh begins his 10th year at the helm of the Division III Lincolnview boys golf team. Last year’s team was inexperienced from the start as he had to replace six letterwinners from the season before. This year, he has a bit more experience returning with three lettermen back from a 4-27 edition in 2010. Junior Brooks Ludwig, sophomore Troy Patterson and sophomore Logan Miller are
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1st row, (l to r): Jordan Ludwig, Kennedy Mengerink, Joanne Myers, Claire Clay and Julia Thatcher. 2nd row: Hannah McCleery, Sarah Harris, Brooke Teman and Lydia Myers. 3rd row: Coach Katrina Smith, Cassie Hale, Brittany Foust, Ali Gorman, Kaylee Thatcher and Haley McAbee.

Lady Lancer soccer 2011

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RURAL MIDDLE POINT — The Lincolnview girls soccer program has been working its way to this moment the last two seasons of junior varsity action: playing its first varsity soccer matchup this fall. Head coach Katrina Smith, entering her first head varsity season, will have a team in the Division III ranks, a first for girls soccer in Ohio. Nine of her players on this team gained experience the last two seasons as JV players, including lone senior Brooke Teman (defense/ midfield). Four experienced juniors lend a hand: Ali Gorman (midfield/defense), Haley McAbee (forward/midfield), Sarah Harris (forward/ midfield) and Kaylee Thatcher (forward/midfield); as well as four 10th-graders: Jordan Ludwig (midfield/goalkeeper), Joanne Myers (defense), Lydia Myers (defense) and Cassie Hale (forward/defense). “One of our strong points is that we have several returning players that have made an impact the last few years of our JV program, including our entire starting defense and our top goal scorers. As a whole the team has great team unity and enthusiasm,” Smith noted.

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“This enthusiasm and dedication to the sport is what I look to keep our team competitive at the varsity level. “What we need to work on is playing a full game. We start strong but tend to lose a bit of our enthusiasm in the second half. I believe a lot of this stems from not having a large roster and that limits us on our substitutions.” As well, learning how to play at the varsity level is also something that a first-year program has to deal with. Smith will only have five other players for a roster of 14, all newcomers to the high school ranks: sophomore Kennedy Mengerink (midfield/forward), freshman Brittany Foust (goalkeeper/defense), Julia Thatcher (midfield/forward), Hannah McCleery (forward/ defense) and Claire Clay (midfield/defense). “This is our first season as a varsity team, as well as the first season for Northwest Conference in girls soccer. I look for our program to be successful this year and to transition well from junior varsity play to varsity competition,” Smith added. “I believe we will have a strong showing in the conference and hope to finish in the top 4. Overall, we are looking forward to varsity play and having a chance to make a name for ourselves in northwest Ohio soccer.” The Lady Lancers opened the season Aug. 20 at Lima Senior.

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Smith new leader of Lady Cougar volleyballers
defense and setting is the name of the game. “We will have a strong hitting team this year,” she noted. “We have several players returning with varsity experience. “What we need to work on is our defensive game to get the ball to our setters to take advantage of those hitters.” She has two starters back from a year ago, both of whom will be relied on to lead the hitting attack: senior outside hitter Molly Gamble and senior middle hitter Danielle Hitchcock. As well, five other letterwinners are back to lend a hand: junior middle hitter Ashlee Dowdy, junior outside hitter Maggie Allmandinger, junior outside hitter Sydney Collins, junior setter Millie Murphy and sophomore setter Claire Gamble. Four more are expected to make a successful jump from either the junior varsity, freshmen or eighth-grade level to varsity in 2011: junior middle hitter Melissa Bono, junior defensive specialist Kelsey Saylor, sophomore outside hitter Taylor Doidge and freshman setter Riley Jones. The JV team has Saylor, Bono, Doidge, Gamble, Jones, sophomores Sydney Dull (setter), Cheyenne Handy (outside/middle hitter), McKenna Merkle (defensive specialist) and

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VAN WERT — Van Wert’s volleyball team struggled in 2010, finishing 4-19. Vicki Smith will now be the head coach trying to get the Lady Cougars turned around for the 2011 campaign. This is her first year at the Cougar helm but she has compiled a 160-49 career record in 11 seasons at various schools, so she knows a thing or two about successful volleyball. As most volleyball coaches will tell you,

Lady Cougars trying to establish solid soccer program
By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com experience and become more competitive. What we lack in experience we hope to make up for with hard work and heart.” Leading the starters back from a year ago are seniors Ali Poling (midfield/defense), Madeline Blackmore (midfield) and Lindsay Lamb (forward), along with sophomores Lauren Mathew (midfield), Hannah Hulbert (midfield), Claire White (defense) and Amanda Clay (defense). Nouza also brings back three other letterwinners: seniors Courtney Van Horne (forward/midfield), Miranda Rickard (goalkeeper/defense) and Courtney Neuenschwander (defense). He hopes to particularly meld newcoming sophomore Harley Danylchuk (forward) and solid freshmen Emily Bair (goalkeeper/ defense), Alea Hill (defense), Courtney Byrd (forward/keeper) and Cassy Zartman (forward) into the mix in 2011 and continue building his program. The remainder of the Cougar girls soccer team for the 2011 season has juniors Taylor Hollar (defense), Paige Levan (midfield/keeper), Corrine Nouza (forward), Morella Mills (forward/ midfield) and Sierra Kesler (midfield); sophomores Natalie Lamb (forward), Rachel Gordon

Audrey Nicolai (defensive specialist); and frosh Alexis Dowdy (middle hitter) and McKenzie Collins (outside hitter). The freshman roster has setter Alexa Dunlap, Hannah Stemen, Autumn Saam, Sam Rohrbacher, Natasha Light, outside hitter Saige Royer, Kelsey Dotson and Kelsey Spridgeon. As far as Western Buckeye League play, Smith has high expectations. “I would like us to be a contender for the WBL this year,” she added. The Lady Cougars begin the Smith tenure Monday, Aug. 29, at home versus St. John’s.

VAN WERT — Van Wert’s girls soccer unit had its inaugural foray into the varsity wars last fall, compiling an 0-13-3 record in 2010. Head coach Rich Nouza has seven returning starters back from that campaign but is still trying to establish the Lady Cougars as they head into 2011. “We are still inexperienced, so we will be playing more of a defensive and counter-attacking style,” Nouza noted. “We are looking to gain

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Moody heads up Cougar 2011 harriers
As well, second-year varsity runners are junior captain Jacey Eikenbary, classmate Kelsey Wagner, sophomore Andi Foster, sophomore Courtney Smith and classmate Karlyn Koontz. Three freshmen are expected to add needed depth for 2011: Schealissa Williams, Becky Anderson and Whitney Myers. “This group of young ladies is one of the closest groups of girls that I have worked with. They will sacrifice anything to help each other out and I look for that to benefit us on the course,” Moody began. “We lack front-runners this year, so the Van Wert pack will have to position itself in the top 25 percent of races if we are to be successful. “After a disappointing second-place finish in the WBL last year, we look to get back atop the WBL and make a run at a state berth for the ninth time in 15 years. We feel we are one of the best teams in the WBL, District and Region and look to prove others wrong.” On the boys side, five veterans from a team that ended up fourth at districts, 10th at regionals and fifth in the conference will lead the upcoming edition: starters in senior Luke Brubaker, junior Jared Fleming, classmate Kase Schalois and 10th-grader Eric Easley; along with letterwinning junior Spencer Prichard. Five newcomers will look to get into the top seven at each race, as well as provide depth: senior Nathan Stevens and frosh Conner Holliday, Nick Keber, Reed Baxter and Jordan Butler.

(defense) and Olivia McKeddie (defense); and freshman Hannah Putt (forward). Larry Lamb is an assistant coach. “We are building a program from scratch in only our second varsity season,” Nouza added. “We have a lot of inexperienced players but we are working hard and will be a scrappy team. “The Western Buckeye League is an extremely tough league. St. Marys, Celina, OttawaGlandorf, Shawnee, Elida and Bath are excellent teams.” Van Wert opened its season Monday, Aug. 22, at home versus Jefferson.

VAN WERT — Van Wert’s girls cross country unit finished fourth at the Division II districts and seventh in the regionals a year ago for head coach Brendon Moody. The Lady Cougars finished 108-41 in 2010, including second in the Western Buckeye League, and he has amassed a 258-76 career mark. Moody now adds the title of boys head coach as he steps in for Mark Altstaetter. On the girls side, he has seven veterans to build the 2011 edition around, especially senior 3-year veteran and captain Sydney Riethman and 2-year junior Raechel Scheidt.

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“We should do well in most of the larger races by having 2-3 guys finishing near the front, which will help our team score,” Moody ended. “We will be young, so getting our underclassman experience at 5k and teaching them to run at the front of the chase pack will be a key to our success. “With a strong freshman class coming in, I look to build off of their previous success and when we add that to a solid returning core group of runners, this has the possibility of being a great year for this team.” Assistant coaches for both squads are Kimberly Laudick, Betty Holliday and Kylee Moody. Van Wert opens 2011 at the Wayne Trace Invitational Tuesday, Aug. 30.

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fourth-year varsity player and a district qualifier as a junior. He was our No. 1 Trevor as conference player of the year man. It won’t be the same without him, this year,” Harmon continued. “James nor without our no. 3 man who went and Rick hopefully will both be a big over to football.” surprise. Both got much better during Kip Lee was the only other departhe season last year and both played a ture from 2010 due to exhausting his little this summer. eligibility. “We lost Trevor to graduation; he The lone junior on the team — was NWC player of the year in 2010, a Kasey Lee — will look to fill in the blanks, as will sophomores Cole Wilson and Caleb Yahl and high school newcomSales and Service ers Dane Gelivera, Chance Campbell and Derik German. 650 W. Ervin Rd., Van Wert “With a lot of new guys, 419-238-5902 we will work a lot of the GMC - The Chevy - An basics and rules of the game. Professional American The short game is a big one Grade Revolution LEEKINSTLE.COM for everybody; they need to work on getting chip shots closer and staying away from the 3-putts holes,” Harmon explained. “Course management will be an issue with the inexperience; putting is always a concern for most golfers. “I think any one of our young golfers could surprise us this year. Golf is a funny

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com Jones (6-0, 190, RB/LB), Trevor Saylor (5-10, 215, OL/DL) and Zach Burdette (5-10, 160, WR/DB). Owens is looking for newcomers such as seniors Nick Leary (5-11, 173, WR/DB), Nate Mladenovic (5-9, 184, WR/DB) and Shawn Clouatre (5-7, 133, WR/DB) and juniors Shayne Goings (5-7, 290, OL/DL) and Justin Lare (5-10, 140, WR/DB) to be immediate contributors in 2011. What he won’t have are the graduated Tyler Torrey, Daniel Lichtensteiger, Joey Overmyer, Josh Staten, Rob Cook and eight other seniors. “We are looking to instill the attitude in our team that the players prepare to win week in and week out, no matter the opponent. We stress discipline, attitude, playing as a team and sportsmanship,” Owens added. “We will look for leadership from our returning juniors and seniors to guide us through a successful season. We look to compete in each one of our games this season. “Early on leaders in the conference look to be Lima Central Catholic, Ada and Columbus Grove.” Others with the potential to see playing time in 2011 include senior Paul Clouatre (6-1, 196, OL/DL); juniors Venice Roberts (6-2, 190, WR/LB), Phil Michael (5-11, 253,

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OL/DL), Nick Small (6-2, 230, OL/DL) and Matt Fleming (5-11, 152, WR/DB); sophomores Dylan Henry (5-11, 175, QB/DB), Lucas Clark (6-0, 205, OL/DB), Scott Miller (6-2, 205, DL/OL), Jon Young (5-11, 205, OL/DL), Tyler Klausing (5-11, 192, OL/ DL) and Daniel Miller (5-7, 212, OL/DL); and freshmen Malcolm Oliver (5-11, 182, RB/DB), Zack Jellison (5-5, 120, WR/DB), Preston Zaleski (5-7, 130, QB/DB), Alex Cunningham (5-6, 120, WR/DB), Donovan Carmean (5-7, 130, RB/DB), Jake Tatum (5-4, 107, RB/DB), Nate Owens (5-10, 170, RB/LB), Jamie Moore (5-5, 115, WR/ DB), Jake Lippi (6-0, 160, WR/LB), Justin Overmyer (5-8, 170, RB/LB), Jordan Roop (5-10, 198, OL/LB), Seth Moser (5-7, 198, OL/LB), Nick Jellison (5-8, 170, OL/DL), Corbin Grubb (5-10, 219, OL/DL), Alec Riehle (6-3, 255, OL/DL) and Jordan Comer (5-9, 160, WR/LB). The Knights open 2011 Friday, Aug. 26, at Parkway. See today’s regular paper for Crestview girls soccer preview.
BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 22 Antwerp Aug. 25 Wayne Trace Inv. Aug. 29 L’view/Paulding/Bluffton* Sept. 1 Paulding/Ada* Sept. 6 Allen East/Bluffton* Sept. 8 S’ville/L’view/P’ding* Sept. 10 Antwerp Inv. Sept. 12 Jefferson/Ada* Sept. 15 L’view/Allen East/LCC* Sept. 19 Jefferson/L’view/Bluff.* Sept. 22 NWC Tournament Sept. 26 Wapakoneta Sept. 27 Fort Jennings * - Northwest Conference match All home matches at Hickory Sticks, Van Wert GIRLS GOLF Aug. 29 Lincolnview Aug. 30 Coldwater Sept. 8 Lincolnview Sept. 15 Lincolnview Sept. 19 L’view/LCC (JV) Sept. 22 Willow Bend Inv. Sept. 29 Wayne Trace Inv. All home matches at Hickory Sticks, Van Wert CROSS COUNTRY Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Sept. 3 Columbus Grove Inv. Sept. 10 Spencerville Inv. Sept. 24 VWC Hospital Inv. Sept. 27 LCC/Lima Senior Oct. 6 Coldwater Oct. 15 NWC Meet FOOTBALL Aug. 26 Parkway Sept. 2 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 9 Wayne Trace Sept. 16 Bluffton* Sept. 23 Allen East* Sept. 30 Jefferson* Oct. 7 Ada* Oct. 14 Spencerville* Oct. 21 Columbus Grove* Oct. 28 Paulding* * - Northwest Conference game GIRLS SOCCER Aug. 23 Continental Aug. 25 Cory-Rawson Aug. 30 Lincolnview* Sept. 3 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 13 St. John’s Sept. 15 Fort Jennings Sept. 17 Ada* Sept. 20 Allen East* Sept. 22 Lima Senior Sept. 24 Kenton Sept. 27 Ottoville Sept. 29 Jefferson* Oct. 1 Van Wert Oct. 4 Coldwater Oct. 10 Bluffton* Oct. 13 Kalida * - Northwest Conference match VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Aug. 30 Coldwater Sept. 3 Archbold/Stryker Sept. 8 Wayne Trace Sept. 12 Parkway Sept. 13 Jefferson* Sept. 15 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 17 Kalida/Antwerp Sept. 20 Lincolnview* Sept. 22 Paulding * Sept. 26 Van Wert Sept. 27 Spencerville* Sept. 29 Allen East* Oct. 1 Lady Knight Inv. Oct. 4 Bluffton* Oct. 6 Columbus Grove* Oct. 8 St. John’s Oct. 11 Ada* Oct. 15 Hicksville * - Northwest Conference match

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By JIM METCALFE jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com RURAL MIDDLE POINT — Long-time Lincolnview cross country coach Matt Langdon returns almost his entire boys team intact from 2010. Not so much on the girls side as he lost five girls that left with 15 varsity letters evenly split between them. “The boys team only lost one member from last year’s team — Jack Frank — and return all of their top seven. The boys have worked very hard over the summer and are in great physical shape for the upcoming season,” Langdon began. “We had a very productive week at Cross Country Camp in Hocking Hills; during that week, we were able to really see what potential that they have and came home very excited to get into some races. “Three emerged as the front-runners: Jeff Jacomet (junior), Bayley Tow (freshman) and Lucas Myers (senior). Following those boys should be a group of six or seven who could all see time as varsity runners. It has been exciting to see the boys come around again after several years of struggling for numbers and depth. We currently have 17 boys on the team; 14 of those are underclassmen. The boys have really taken ownership of this season and are doing a lot of things the right way. We hope that translates into some success in 2011.” This edition of the boys team still only has three seniors: third-year veterans Myers, Brandon Jacomet and Levi Brake; along with third-year juniors in Jeff Jacomet, Austin Treesh, Nick Germann and Angelo Katalenas and second-year Austin Sealscott. As well, sophomores Ben Bilimek, Zach Keith, Doug Hicks and Travis Lippi are ready to make their marks in 2011, as well as freshman Tow, Troy Thompson, Tyler Brant, Micah Germann and Alex Rodriguez. On the Lady Lancer side, the loss of Casey Patterson, Taylar Boroff, Brianna Johnston, Kelsey Clemons and Kirsten Barnhart leaves Langdon with not as much experience nor as many runners to choose from, going from 11 last fall to seven this time. “Unlike the boys team, the girls lost a large number of their core from last year due to graduation. The girls do return several of their top 5 from 2010 but will have to face the challenge of staying healthy all season, as we do not have the depth to cover injuries to any of our runners,” he added. “The girls have worked very hard over the summer as well and, like the boys, had a great week of camp. The returning girls showed great improvement and that has really excited them. When all of our girls are healthy and participating, we will be fine. “They are being led by two returning seniors, Kerri Grothaus (second season) and Karissa Burns (third). Both have a lot of experience and are looking to have strong seasons for us.” In addition, Langdon has third-year senior Sabrina Barnhart and veteran senior Madelyn Jones, as well as experienced sophomores Taylor Miller and Haley McAbee. Sophomore Tori Abdul is the only newcomer. In the junior high ranks, the boys have two eighth-graders: Spencer Trisel and Brandon Reynolds; and eight seventh-graders in Trevor Neate, Austin Leeth, Hayden Ludwig, Colin Burns, Skyler Whitaker, Carter Gorman, Braden Thatcher and Scott Cowling. The Lady Lancers only have eighth-grader Hannah McCleery. Lincolnview commences 2011 at the St. John’s Invitational Saturday, Aug. 27.

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1st row (l to r): Travis Lippi, Austin Sealscott, Tyler Brant, Alex Rodriguez, Micah Germann and Austin Treesh. 2nd row: Jeff Jacomet, Bayley Tow, Angelo Katalenas, Nick Germann, Doug Hicks and Troy Thompson. 3rd row: Ben Bilimek, Brandon Jacomet, Lucas Myers, Levi Brake, Zach Keith and Coach Matt Langdon.

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Members of the girls cross country team are: Madelyn Jones, Sabrina Barnhart, Haley McAbee. Coach Matt Langdon, Kerri Grothaus, Taylor Miller, Karissa Burns and Tori Abdul.

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back for the Blue and Yellow. However, for Losh to improve his overall coaching mark of 224-151, he must replace the top linkster from a year ago, Taylor Hoehn. “He was a 3-year letterwinner, too. The veterans we do have are still young, with no

seniors,” Losh asserted. “Behind them are newcomers to the varsity level. How quickly they become accustomed to the varsity level in golf, gain experience in how you have to play at this level and how to play it the right way will be key.” Losh lost only one other golfer to graduation last fall: Zach Kreischer.

He will be depending on the likes of promising newcomers in senior Wes Collins, freshman Damon Norton and freshman Justis Dowdy to compete with the likes of Lima Central Catholic and the rest of the Northwest Conference. “Most coaches will say the same thing at this point: their golfers have to improve

every day in every aspect of game and course management and have fun. We’re no different,” he added. The Lady Lancers have four girls on the team for 2011 for Coach Rob Welch; third year juniors Kaitlyn Brant, Amanda Kocab and second year players Holly Diller and Macey Ashbaugh.

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BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 23 Ottoville* Aug. 27 Springbrook Inv. Aug. 30 Van Buren Sept. 6 Tinora/Antwerp Sept. 13 Liberty-Benton/Bath Sept. 16 Ft. Jennings* Sept. 17 Delphos Country Club Inv. Sept. 20 Miller City* Sept. 24 Bryan Inv. Sept. 26 PCL (Miller City Hosting) * - Putnam County League meet All home matches at Country Acres ---CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Sept. 3 Wapakoneta Sept. 10 Bearcat Inv. Sept. 17 Blue/Gold Inv. Sept. 24 VW Hospital Inv. (host Linc.) Sept. 27 Bath Inv. Oct. 1 Kalida Inv. Oct. 4 PCL meet Oct. 8 Antwerp Inv. Oct. 22 Districts ---BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 23 Wapakoneta Aug. 27 Van Buren Aug. 29 Shawnee Sept. 1 Ft. Jennings* Sept. 3 Celina Sept. 8 Temple Christian Sept. 13 Miller City* Sept. 16 Pettisville Sept. 20 Pandora-Gilboa* Sept. 23 Continental* Sept. 29 Elida Oct. 1 Defiance Oct. 4 Cory-Rawson Oct. 7 Ottoville* Oct. 11 Bluffton Oct. 15 Ottawa-Glandorf

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Oct. 17 Sectionals * - Putnam County League match ---GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 23 Lima Senior Aug. 31 Lima Cent. Cath. Sept. 3 Wauseon Sept. 7 Miller City* Sept. 9 Ft. Jennings* Sept. 12 Jefferson Sept. 17 Cory-Rawson Sept. 20 St. John’s Sept. 24 Bath Sept. 29 Archbold Oct. 1 Bluffton Oct. 3 Ottoville* Oct. 6 Bryan Oct. 8 Liberty Center Oct. 11 Continental* Oct. 13 Crestview Oct. 17 Sectionals * - Putnam County League match ---VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Aug. 30 Van Wert Sept. 2 Ottoville* Sept. 8 Lincolnview Sept. 10 Pioneer Inv. Sept. 13 Continental* Sept. 15 Ayersville Sept. 17 Antwerp/Crestview Sept. 20 Wapakoneta Sept. 22 Van Buren Sept. 24 St. John’s Sept. 27 Miller City* Sept. 29 Archbold Oct. 1 Van Wert Inv.(Varsity Only) Oct. 6 Leipsic* Oct. 10 Columbus Grove* Oct. 11 Pandora-Gilboa* Oct. 13 Jefferson Oct. 22 Sectionals * - Putnam County League match

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Ottoville
GOLF Date Opponent Site Aug. 22 Wayne Trace Home Aug. 23 Kalida Home Aug. 24 Lincolnview/Miller City Home Aug. 27 Springbrook Inv. Lima Aug. 29 Leipsic Pike Run Aug. 31 Bath Hawthorne Sept. 8 Ayers./Archbold Country Acres Sept. 10 Panther Inv. Stryker Sept. 17 Delphos Inv. DCC Sept. 19 St. John’s/LCC/Lib.-BentonShawnee Sept. 20 Parkway Deerfield Sept. 21 Columbus Grove/MC/Leip.*Pike Run Sept. 26 PCL Pike Run * - Putnam County League match All home matches at Delphos Country Club ----CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Site Aug. 23 Indian Lake Away Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Away Aug. 30 Wayne Trace Inv. Away Sept. 3 Columbus Grove Inv. Away Sept. 10 Spencerville Inv. Away Sept. 13 Lima Senior Away Sept. 17 Ottawa-Glandorf Inv. Away Sept. 24 Lincolnview Away Oct. 1 Allen East Away Oct. 4 PCL Away Oct. 8 Antwerp Away Oct. 11 Ottawa-Glandorf Away ---BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Site Aug. 20 Lehman Catholic Away Aug. 22 Lincolnview (JV) Home Aug. 22 Van Wert Home Aug. 24 Riverdale Away Aug. 27 Bryan Home Aug. 30 Van Buren Home Sept. 1 Lima Senior Away Sept. 3 Ottawa-Glandorf (JV) Home Sept. 10 Continental (JV) Home Sept. 10 Pandora-Gilboa* Home Sept. 12 Continental* Away Sept. 15 Lima C.C. Home Sept. 20 Ada Away Sept. 22 Ft. Jennings (JV) Away Sept. 24 St. Marys Mem. Home Sept. 26 Temple Christian Sept. 30 Miller City* Oct. 7 Kalida* Oct. 11 Ft. Jennings* Oct. 13 Bluffton (JV) Oct. 14 New Knoxville * - Putnam County League match ----GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 20 Wapakoneta Aug. 25 Jefferson Aug. 27 Bryan Sept. 1 Lima Senior Sept. 7 Cory-Rawson Sept. 13 Lima C.C. Sept. 15 Miller City* Sept. 19 Liberty-Benton Sept. 23 Ft. Jennings* Sept. 26 Ada Sept. 27 Crestview Oct. 3 Kalida* Oct. 6 Continental* Oct. 8 Bath Oct. 11 St. John’s Oct. 13 Ft. Jennings* * - Putnam County League match ---VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Aug. 29 Parkway Aug. 30 Lincolnview Sept. 2 Kalida* Sept. 8 Jefferson Sept. 10 Van Wert Sept. 13 USV Sept. 15 Wayne Trace Sept. 19 Columbus Grove* Sept. 22 Miller City* Sept. 24 McComb/Bluffton Sept. 26 Ottawa-Glandorf Sept. 27 Pandora-Gilboa* Sept. 29 Leipsic* Oct. 1 St. John’s Oct. 3 Ayersville Oct. 8 Coldwater (Tri-match) Oct. 11 Temple Christian Oct. 13 Continental* * - Putnam County League match Away Away Home Home Home Home 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.

Time 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Time 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. noon 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m.

Site Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home

Time 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m.

BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Site Aug. 22 Shawnee* Away Aug. 23 Coldwater/Parkway Home Aug. 25 Kenton* Home Aug. 29 St. Mary’s Mem.* Away Sept. 1 Elida* Away Sept. 6 Bath* Home Sept. 8 Celina* Home Sept. 12 Defiance* Away Sept. 15 Wapakoneta* Home Sept. 17 Jordan Moeller Mem. Elks Sept. 19 Ottawa-Glandorf* Home Sept. 2 WBL O.G. Sept. 24 Bryan Inv. Away Sept. 27 Elida/LCC Elida * - Western Buckeye League match All home matches at Hickory Sticks, Van Wert ---CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Site Aug. 30 Wayne Trace Inv. Away Sept. 3 Columbus Grove Inv. Away Sept. 10 Tiffin Inv. Away Sept. 17 OG Inv. Away Sept. 24 V.W.County Inv.(Lincolnview) Home Oct. 1 Midwest Meet of Champions Away Oct. 6 Coldwater Away Oct. 15 WBL Meet Kenton Oct. 22 District Ottawa Oct. 29 Regional Tiffin Nov. 5 State Columbus ---FOOTBALL Date Opponent Site Aug. 26 Bryan Away Sept. 2 Shawnee* Away Sept. 9 Kenton* Home Sept. 16 Elida* Away Sept. 23 Bath* Home Sept. 30 Celina* Home Oct. 7 Defiance* Away Oct. 14 Wapakoneta* Home Oct. 21 St. Mary’s Mem.* Away Oct. 28 Ottawa-Glandorf* Home * - Western Buckeye League game ---GIRLS TENNIS Date Opponent Site Aug. 22 Shawnee* Home Aug. 23 Lima Cent. Cath. Home Aug. 25 Kenton* Away Aug. 27 Lima Inv. Away Aug. 29 St. Mary’s Mem.* Home Aug. 30 Bryan Home Sept. 1 Elida* Home Sept. 6 Bath* Away Sept. 8 Celina* Away Sept. 10 Elida Duals Away Sept. 12 Defiance* Home Sept. 15 Wapakoneta* Away Sept. 19 Ottawa-Glandorf* Away Sept. 22 Lima Senior Away Sept. 27 Bluffton Away Sept. 29 WBL UNOH Oct. 1 WBL UNOH Oct. 4 Lima Cent. Cath. Away * - Western Buckeye League match ----

Van Wert
Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 5 p.m. TBA 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Time 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. TBA TBA TBA Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 22 Ottoville Aug. 25 Lincolnview Aug. 29 Lima Cent. Cath. Sept. 1 *Shawnee Sept. 3 Temple Christian Sept. 8 *Kenton Sept. 10 Fort Jennings Sept. 13 *Elida Sept. 15 Lima Senior Sept. 19 *Bath Sept. 22 *Celina Sept. 27 *Defiance Oct. 3 *Wapakoneta Oct. 6 *St. Mary’s Mem. Oct. 10 Spencerville Oct. 13 *Ottawa-Glandorf * - Western Buckeye League match ----GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 22 Jefferson Aug. 30 Shawnee* Sept. 6 Kenton* Sept. 12 Elida* Sept. 15 Bath* Sept. 20 Celina* Sept. 22 Miller City Sept. 26 Defiance* Sept. 27 Botkins Sept. 29 Wapakoneta* Oct. 1 Crestview Oct. 4 St. Mary’s Mem.* Oct. 8 Bryan Oct. 10 Liberty-Benton Oct. 11 Ottawa-Glandorf* Oct. 13 Coldwater * - Western Buckeye League match ---VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Aug. 29 St. John’s Aug. 30 Kalida Sept. 1 *Shawnee Sept. 8 *Kenton Sept. 10 Ottoville Sept. 12 Coldwater Sept. 15 *Elida Sept. 17 Paulding Sept. 20 *Defiance Sept. 22 *Bath Sept. 24 Wayne Trace/Bryan (V/JV) Sept. 26 Crestview Sept. 29 *Celina Oct. 1 Van Wert Inv. Home Oct. 6 *Wapakoneta Oct. 11 *St. Mary’s Mem. Oct. 13 *Ottawa-Glandorf Oct. 15 L’view/Antwerp (V) Oct. 15 Antwerp (JV) * - Western Buckeye League match

Site Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Away Home

Time 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

Site Home Home Away Home Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Home Away Away

Time 5:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m.

Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Site Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Home Away Home Home Away 9 a.m. Away Home Away Home Home

Time 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m.

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Site Home Away Home Home Home Home Home Away Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Away Home

Time 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

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BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 22 Wapakoneta* Aug. 25 St. Marys Mem.* Aug. 29 Celina* Sept. 1 Van Wert* Sept. 6 Shawnee* Sept. 8 Kenton* Sept. 9 McLean Inv. Sept. 12 Ottawa-Glandorf* Sept. 15 Bath* Sept. 17 Classic by the Bay Sept. 19 Defiance* Sept. 22 WBL Tournament Sept. 27 LCC & VW * - Western Buckeye League match ---CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Aug. 27 Celina Rotary Inv. Sept. 3 Wapak Night Meet Sept. 6 Quad Meet Sept. 10 Spencerville Inv. Sept. 13 Lincolnview Sept. 17 OG Blue/Gold Inv. Sept. 20 OG/Shawnee Sept. 24 Sidney Inv. Oct. 1 Kalida Inv. Oct. 4 Allen County Meet Oct. 6 Coldwater Lions Inv. ---FOOTBALL Date Opponent Aug. 26 Henry Ford Sept. 2 Wapakoneta* Sept. 9 St. Marys Mem.* Sept. 16 Van Wert* Sept. 23 Shawnee* Sept. 30 Kenton* (Parent’s Night) Oct. 7 Ottawa-Glan.* (Homecoming) Oct. 14 Bath* Oct. 21 Celina* Oct. 28 Defiance* * - Western Buckeye League game ---BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 25/27 Elida Soccer Classic Sept. 1 Wapakoneta* Sept. 8 St. Marys Mem.* Sept. 10 Sylvania Southview Sept. 13 Van Wert* Sept. 19 Shawnee* Sept. 22 Kenton* Sept. 27 Ottawa-Glandorf* Sept. 29 Kalida Oct. 1 Lima Senior Oct. 3 Bath* Oct. 6 Celina* Oct. 8 Napoleon Oct. 10 Lima Cent. Cath. Oct. 13 Defiance* * - Western Buckeye League match ----

Elida
Site Time Away 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 5 p.m. Shelby CC 9 a.m. Home 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Away 11 a.m. Home 5 p.m. OG 9 a.m. VW 4:30 p.m.

S C H E D U L E S
Site Home Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Time 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. noon
GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 23 Ada/Bluffton* Aug. 24 Spencerville* Aug. 27 Springbrook Inv. Aug. 29 Bluffton/Paulding* Aug. 31 Spencerville/AE/LCC Sept. 6 Columbus Grove* Sept. 7 Col. Grove/L’view* Sept. 12 Ada/Crestview* Sept. 13 Allen East* Sept. 17 Delphos CC Inv. Sept. 19 L’view/C’view* Sept. 22 NWC Invitational * - Northwest Conference meet ---FOOTBALL Date Opponent Aug. 26 Northwood Sept. 2 Paulding* Sept. 9 Bluffton* Sept. 16 Allen East* Sept. 24 Lima Cent. Cath. Sept. 30 Crestview* Oct. 7 Columbus Grove* Oct. 14 Lehman Catholic Oct. 21 Ada* Oct. 28 Spencerville* * - Northwest Conference game ---GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 22 Van Wert Aug. 25 Ottoville Aug. 27 Lima Cent. Cath.* Aug. 29 Miller City Sept. 8 St. John’s

Site Away Away Bath Away Home Away OG Away Away Faurot Away Site Home Away Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home

Time 9:30 a.m. 7:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Site Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Away Away Away Home Away Home

Time 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 7 p.m. TBA

GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 23 Coldwater Aug. 24 Maumee Aug. 30 Wapakoneta* Sept. 3 Sylvania Southview Sept. 6 St. Marys Mem.* Sept. 12 Van Wert* Sept. 15 Shawnee* Sept. 17 St. John’s Sept. 20 Kenton* Sept. 21 Riverdale(Youth Night) Sept. 26 Ottawa-Glandorf* Sept. 29 Bath* Oct. 4 Celina*(Parent’s Night) Oct. 6 Liberty-Benton Oct. 11 Defiance* Oct. 15 Fort Jennings(Senior Day) * - Western Buckeye League match ---GIRLS TENNIS Date Opponent Aug. 22 Wapakoneta* Aug. 23 Sidney Lehman Aug. 25 St. Marys Mem.* Aug. 29 Celina* Sept. 1 Van Wert* Sept. 6 Shawnee* Sept. 8 Kenton* Sept. 10 Elida Inv. Sept. 12 Ottawa-Glandorf* Sept. 15 Bath* Sept. 17 Bryan Sept. 19 Defiance* Sept. 20 Bluffton Sept. 22 Findlay Sept. 26 Sidney Sept. 28 Lima Senior Sept. 29 WBL Oct. 1 WBL Oct. 6 Sectionals Oct. 8 Sectionals * - Western Buckeye League match ---VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY) Date Opponent Aug. 27 Leipsic Aug. 30 Hardin Northern Sept. 1 Wapakoneta* Sept. 8 St. Marys Mem.* Sept. 10 Lima Senior Tri-match Sept. 15 Van Wert* Sept. 22 Shawnee*(Parent’s Night) Sept. 24 Rebel Spikes Tourney Sept. 28 Miller City Sept. 29 Kenton* Oct. 1 Van Wert Inv. Oct. 4 Ottawa-Glandorf* Oct. 6 Bath* Oct. 8 Mohawk Tri-match Oct. 11 Celina (Senior Night) Oct. 13 Defiance* * - Western Buckeye League match

Delphos Jefferson
Site Away Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Away Home Hickory Away Time 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. TBA

Sept. 12 Kalida Home 5 p.m. Sept. 15 Lincolnview* Home 5 p.m. Sept. 19 Ada* Away 5 p.m. Sept. 24 Continental Away 10 a.m. Sept. 27 Fort Jennings Away 5 p.m. Sept. 29 Crestview* Home 5 p.m. Oct. 6 Bluffton* Away 7 p.m. Oct. 8 Lima Senior Away 2:30 p.m. Oct. 10 Cory-Rawson Away 5 p.m. Oct. 13 Allen East* Home 5 p.m. * - Northwest Conference match all home matches at the Fort Jennings High School field. ---VOLLEYBALL Date Opponent Aug. 29 Waynesfield-Goshen Aug. 30 Perry Sept. 7 Miller City Sept. 8 Ottoville Sept. 10 Pandora-Gilboa Sept. 12 Antwerp Sept. 13 Crestview* Sept. 15 Ada* Sept. 20 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 22 Lincolnview* Sept. 24 Ayersville Sept. 26 Temple Christian Sept. 27 Paulding* Sept. 29 Spencerville* Oct. 4 Allen East* Oct. 6 Bluffton* Oct. 8 Leipsic Oct. 10 Wayne Trace Oct. 11 Columbus Grove* Oct. 13 Kalida * - Northwest Conference match

Site Home Home Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Away UNOH UNOH UNOH UNOH

Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 8 a.m.

Site Home Away Home Away Home Home Away Away Home Away

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Site Away Home Away Home A

Time 5:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

Site H Home Home Away Away Away Home Away Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home Away Home

Time 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

Site Time Home 11:30 a.m. Away 7:30 p.m. Home 7 p.m. Home 7 p.m. Away 1 p.m. Away 7 p.m. Home 7 p.m. Tol. Bowsher 9 a.m. Home 7 p.m. Away 7 p.m. Away 9 a.m. Away 7 p.m. Home 7 p.m. Away 10 a.m. Home 7 p.m. Away 7 p.m.

BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 24 Ada Aug. 25 Wayne Trace Invitational Aug. 29 Miller City Sept. 8 Arlington Sept. 12 Leip./Miller Cty. Sept. 16 Kalida Sept. 17 Delphos CC Invitational Sept. 19 PCL meet (host Miller Cty.) Sept. 21 Otto./Col. Grove/Miller City Sept. 27 Crestview Sept. 29 Sectionals ---BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 24 JV Quad Match Aug. 25 Soccer Classic: Ridgewood HS (Chi.) vs. Bluffton Aug. 25 Classic: FJ vs. Elida Aug. 27 Elida Soccer Classic Semis and Finals Aug. 29 Ottawa-Glandorf Sept. 1 Kalida* Sept. 8 Continental* Sept. 10 Van Wert Sept. 13 Cort-Rawson Sept. 16 Miller City* Sept. 19 Findlay (JV) Sept. 20 Van Buren Sept. 22 Ottoville (JV) Sept. 24 New Knoxville

Fort Jennings
Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. noon 4:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 9 a.m. Time TBA 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5/7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 am.

Site Bluffton Pleasant Vall. DCC Syc. Springs Pike Run Country Acres DCC Pike Run Pike Run DCC Auglaize CC Site Lincolnview Elida Elida Elida Away Away Home Away Home Home Home Home Home Away

Sept. 26 Riverdale Home 5 p.m. Oct. 1 St. Marys Mem. Home noon Oct. 1 St. Peter and Paul (JV) Home 10 a.m. Oct. 3 Miller City (JV) Away 5 p.m. Oct. 6 Lima Tem. Christ. Away 5 p.m. Oct. 8 Pandora-Gil.* Away 11 a.m. Oct. 11 Ottoville* Away 7 p.m. Oct. 15 Shawnee Away 1 p.m. * - Putnam County League match, on home matches at new field ---GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 22 Wapakoneta Home 5 p.m. Aug. 26 Lincolnview (JV) Home 5 p.m. Aug. 27 St. John’s Home 11 a.m. Aug. 31 Miller City* Home 5 p.m. Sept. 7 Continental* Away 5 p.m. Sept. 9 Kalida* Away 5 p.m. Sept. 15 Crestview Away 5 p.m. Sept. 17 Bath Home 1 p.m. Sept. 19 Bluffton Away 7 p.m. Sept. 22 New Knoxville (JV) Home 6 p.m. Sept. 23 Ottoville* Home 5 p.m. Sept. 27 Jefferson Home 5 p.m. Sept. 29 Lincolnview Away 5 p.m. Oct. 4 Allen East Home 5 p.m. Oct. 6 Van Buren Home 5 p.m. Oct. 10 St. Marys Mem. Away 7 p.m. Oct. 13 Ottoville Away 7 p.m. Oct. 14 Miller City (JV) Away 5 p.m. Oct. 15 Elida Away noon * - Putnam County League match, on home matches at new field

GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 22 Ada* Aug. 24 Jefferson* Aug. 29 Lincolnview* Aug. 30 Allen East* Sept. 1 Allen East* Sept. 6 Jefferson/LCC/Ada* Sept. 7 Jefferson/Lincolnview* Sept. 12 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 13 Spencerville* Sept. 17 Delphos CC Inv. Sept. 21 Leipsic# Sept. 22 NWC Golf Inv. Sept. 26 PCL Tournament Sept. 29 Sectional * - Northwest Conference match # - Putnam County League match All home matches at Country Acres, Kalida ---CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Aug. 23 Early Bird Inv. Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Sept. 3 Grove Invitational Sept. 10 Tiffin Carnival Sept. 13 Ft. Loramie Inv. Sept. 17 Galion Inv. Sept. 20 Ohio Caverns Inv. Sept. 24 Van Wert Inv. Oct. 1 Booster Inv. Oct. 4 Old Shoe Inv. Oct. 8 Rocket Inv. Oct. 15 NWC meet Oct. 22 Districts Oct. 29 Regionals Nov. 5 State Meet -----

Columbus Grove
Site Time Away 4 p.m. Away 4 p.m. Away 4 p.m. Away 4 p.m. Home 4 p.m. Home 4 p.m. Delphos 4 p.m. Away 4 p.m. Home 4 p.m. Away 8:30 a.m. Away 4 p.m. Away 9 a.m. Away noon Away TBA

Site Time Ind. Lake 4:30 p.m. Away 9 a.m. Home 9 a.m. Away 9 a.m. Away 4 p.m. Home TBA Away 5 p.m. Away 9 a.m. Away 9 a.m. Ottawa 4 p.m. Anna 9 a.m. Away 10 a.m. Ottawa 1 p.m. Tiffin 11 a.m. Columbus 11 a.m.

VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Aug. 27 Tri-Match Aug. 30 Leipsic# Sept. 3 Arlington Sept. 10 Tri-Match Sept. 13 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 14 Miller City# Sept. 15 Lincolnview* Sept. 17 St. John’s Sept. 19 Ottoville# Sept. 20 Paulding* Sept. 22 Spencerville* Sept. 27 Allen East* Sept. 29 Bluffton* Oct. 1 Continental# Oct. 4 Ada* Oct. 6 Crestview* Oct. 8 Pandora-Gilboa# Oct. 10 Kalida# Oct. 11 Jefferson* Oct. 15 Ottawa-Glandorf * - Northwest Conference match # - Putnam County League match ----FOOTBALL Date Opponent Aug. 26 Pandora-Gilboa Sept. 2 Allen East* Sept. 9 Ada* Sept. 17 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 23 Spencerville* Sept. 30 Evergreen Oct. 7 Jefferson* Oct. 14 Paulding* Oct. 21 Crestview* Oct. 28 Bluffton* * - Northwest Conference game

Site Away Home Home Away Away Away Home Home Home Away Home Away Home Away Away Away Away Away Home Away

Time 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m.

Site Away Away Home Away Home Home Home Away Away Home

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

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S C H E D U L E S
Away Home Away Away Away Away Home Away Home Home Away Home Home Away 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. TBA BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Aug. 24 Parkway* Aug. 25 Minster* Aug. 31 Versailles* Sept. 1 Fort Recovery* Sept. 8 New Knoxville* Sept. 12 Coldwater* Sept. 15 Marion Local* Sept. 17 Delphos CC Invitational Sept. 19 LCC/Liberty-Benton Sept. 22 St. Henry* Sept. 24 MAC * - Midwest Athletic Conference match ---CROSS COUNTRY Date Time Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Aug. 30 Wayne Trace Inv. Sept. 3 Columbus Grove Inv. Sept. 10 Spencerville Inv. Sept. 13 Fort Loramie Inv. Sept. 17 Ottawa-Glandorf Inv. Sept. 24 Van Wert Inv. Oct. 4 Allen County Inv. Oct. 6 Coldwater Lions Inv. Oct. 13 MAC ---GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 23 St. Marys Mem. Aug. 27 Fort Jennings Sept. 3 Lima Senior Sept. 6 Coldwater Sept. 8 Jefferson Sept. 10 Ottawa-Glandorf Sept. 13 Crestview Sept. 15 Continental Sept. 17 Elida Sept. 20 Kalida Sept. 22 Lehman Catholic Sept. 26 Miller City

BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 24 Jefferson/C.Grove* Home 10 a.m. Aug. 27 Allen East Tournament Springbrook 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31 Jefferson/LCC/Allen East* Delphos 4 p.m. Sept. 7 Ada/Allen East* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 8 L’view/C’view/Paulding* Hickory 4 p.m. Sept. 10 North Baltimore Inv. Birch Run 8 a.m. Sept. 13 Col. Grove/Bluffton* C. Grove 4 P.m. Sept. 14 Lincolnview/Bluffton* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 19 Paulding/Allen East* Paulding 4 p.m. Sept. 22 NWC Hawthorne Hills 8 a.m. Sept. 23 NWC (Rain Date) Hawthorne Hills 8 a.m. * - Northwest Conference match All home matches at Tamarac ----CO-ED SOCCER Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 22 Continental Home 5 p.m. Aug. 25 Kick-Off Classic (Mar. Harding) Bath 5 p.m. Aug. 27 Kick-Off Classic Bath 5 p.m. Aug. 30 Botkins Home 5 p.m. Sept. 1 Lincolnview Home 5 p.m. Sept. 6 Fairlawn Away 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 Liberty-Benton Away 5 p.m. Sept. 17 Indian Lake Home 11 a.m. Sept. 19 Cory-Rawson Home 5 p.m. Sept. 22 Miller City Home 5 p.m. Sept. 29 Pandora-Gilboa Away 5 p.m. Oct. 4 New Knoxville Away 5 p.m. Oct. 8 Lima Cent. Cath. Home 11 a.m. Oct. 10 Van Wert Home 5 p.m. Oct. 13 Lincolnview Away 5 p.m. Oct. 17 Sectionals Away TBA ---VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 30 St. John’s Away 5:30 p.m. Sept. 1 Wayne Trace Home 6 p.m. Sept. 3 St. Marys Inv. Home 10 a.m. Sept. 6 New Knoxville Home 6 p.m. Sept. 10 Kalida Inv. Away 9 a.m. Sept. 10 New Bremen Inv.(JV) Away 9 a.m.

Sept. 12 Waynesfield-Goshen Sept. 13 Ada* Sept. 15 Allen East* Sept. 20 Bluffton* Sept. 22 Columbus Grove* Sept. 26 Perry Sept. 27 Crestview* Sept. 29 Jefferson* Oct. 3 Temple Christian Oct. 4 Lima Cent. Cath.* Oct. 6 Lincolnview* Oct. 10 Minster Oct. 11 Paulding* Oct. 18 Sectionals * - Northwest Conference match ----CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Sept. 3 Col. Grove Inv. Sept. 6 Perry/Shawnee Sept. 10 Bearcat Inv. Sept. 17 Ottawa-Glandorf Inv. Sept. 24 Van Wert Inv. Oct. 1 Botkins Invitational Oct. 4 Allen County Inv. Oct. 8 Anna Inv. Oct. 15 NWC Oct. 22 Districts ----FOOTBALL Date Opponent Aug. 26 Indian Lake Sept. 2 Ada* Sept. 9 Allen East*(Cheer Legacy Night) Sept. 16 Paulding*(Homecoming) Sept. 23 Columbus Grove* Sept. 30 Lima Cent. Cath.* Oct. 7 Bluffton* Oct. 14 Crestview*(Parent’s Night) Oct. 21 Troy Christian Oct. 28 Jefferson* * - Northwest Conference game

Delphos St. John’s
Site Home Away Home Away Home Home Home Home LCC Away Fox’s Den Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 8 a.m.

Opponent Home Away Away Away Away Away Away Away Away C’water

Site 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m.

Site Away Away Home Home Away Reservoir Away Faurot Away Paulding Troy Site Away Away Home Home Away Away Away Home Home Home

Time 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. TBA Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Site Time Away 5 p.m. Away 11 a.m. Away 12:30 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 5 p.m. Home 11 a.m. Away 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 11 a.m./1 p.m. Home 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 5 p.m.

Oct. 1 Wapakoneta Oct. 6 Bath Oct. 11 Ottoville Oct. 13 Lima Cent. Cath. -----VOLLEYBALL (VARSITY/JV) Date Opponent Aug. 29 Van Wert Aug. 30 Spencerville Sept. 1 Coldwater* Sept. 3 Kenton Sept. 7 Lima Cent. Cath. Sept. 8 Marion Local* Sept. 10 Pioneer Invite Sept. 12 Miller City Sept. 15 St. Henry* Sept. 17 Columbus Grove Sept. 20 Parkway* Sept. 22 Minster* Sept. 24 Kalida Sept. 26 Lincolnview Oct. 1 Ottoville Oct. 6 Versailles* Oct. 8 Crestview Oct. 11 Fort Recovery* Oct. 13 New Knoxville* * - Midwest Athletic Conference match ---FOOTBALL Date Opponent Aug. 27 Lima Central Catholic Sept. 2 Detroit Catholic Central Sept. 10 Minster* Sept. 16 Anna* Sept. 23 St. Henry* Sept. 30 Versailles* Oct. 7 Coldwater* Oct. 14 Fort Recovery* Oct. 22 Marion Local* Oct. 28 New Bremen* * - Midwest Athletic Conference game

Home Away Home Away Site Away Home Home Away Home Home Kalida Away Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Home Away Away Home

11 a.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. Time 6 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 6 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Site Away Home Home Away Home Away Away Home Home Away

Time 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

BOYS GOLF Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 22 Hicksville Home 4 p.m. Aug. 23 Ada/Bluffton* Bluffton 4:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Ottoville Away 4 p.m. Aug. 25 Wayne Trace Inv. Pleas.Vall. 4 p.m. Aug. 29 Ada/Columbus Grove* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 1 Col. Grove/Allen East* Country Acres 4 p.m. Sept. 7 Jefferson* Away 4 p.m. Sept. 8 Spencerville/Paulding* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 10 Antwerp Inv. Away 8:30 a.m. Sept. 14 Spencerville/Bluffton* Tamarac 4 p.m. Sept. 15 LCC/Allen East* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 19 Jefferson* Home 4 p.m. Sept. 22 NWC Tourney Hawthorne 9 a.m. * - Northwest Conference match All home matches at Hickory Sticks Golf Course, Van Wert ----GIRLS GOLF Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 22 Antwerp Home 4 p.m. Aug. 29 Crestview Away 4 p.m. Aug. 30 Parkway Away 4 p.m. Sept. 1 Defiance/A’ville/Antwerp Auglaize 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3 Lima Cent. Cath. Inv. Away 9 a.m. Sept. 7 Wapakoneta Home 4 p.m. Sept. 8 Crestview Home 4 p.m. Sept. 12 Minster Away 4:30 p.m. Sept. 15 Crestview Away 4 p.m. Sept. 19 Lima Cent. Cath. Home 4 p.m. Sept. 20 Parkway Home 4 p.m. Sept. 22 Willow Bend Inv. Away 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 Wayne Trace Inv. Pleas.Vall. 4 p.m. All home matches at Hickory Sticks Golf Course, Van Wert ----CROSS COUNTRY Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 27 St. John’s Inv. Away 9 a.m. Aug. 30 Wayne Trace Inv. Away 4:30 p.m. Sept. 3 Columbus Grove Inv. Away 9 a.m. Sept. 10 Spencerville Inv. Away 9 a.m. Sept. 13 Elida Away 5 p.m. Sept. 17 Ottawa-Glandorf Away 1 p.m. Sept. 24 Van Wert Home 9 a.m. Sept. 1 Edgerton Away 9 a.m. Sept. 6 Coldwater Away 5 p.m. Sept. 15 NWC Meet Paulding 10 a.m. ---BOYS SOCCER Date Opponent Site Time Aug. 20 Lima Senior Away noon

Lincolnview

Aug. 23 Ft. Wayne Fusion Aug. 25 Van Wert Sept. 1 Spencerville Sept. 22 Woodlan (Fort Wayne) Sept. 24 Liberty Center Sept. 26 Pandora-Gilboa Sept. 27 Lima Cent. Cath. Oct. 1 Grant County Oct. 8 Bryan Oct. 13 Spencerville * - Northwest Conference match ---GIRLS SOCCER Date Opponent Aug. 20 Lima Senior Aug. 29 Botkins Aug. 30 Crestview* Sept. 8 Bluffton* Sept. 15 Jefferson* Sept. 17 Coldwater Sept. 20 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 24 Liberty Center Sept. 27 Allen East* Sept. 29 Fort Jennings Oct. 1 Grant County Oct. 3 Ada* Oct. 6 New Knoxville Oct. 10 Allen East* * - Northwest Conference match ---VOLLEYBALL Date Opponent Aug. 29 Continental Aug. 30 Ottoville Sept. 8 Kalida Sept. 13 Bluffton* Sept. 15 Columbus Grove* Sept. 19 Parkway Sept. 20 Crestview* Sept. 22 Jefferson* Sept. 24 Minster Inv. Sept. 26 St. John’s Sept. 27 Lima Cent. Cath.* Sept. 29 Ada* Oct. 1 Wayne Trace/H’ville Oct. 4 Paulding* Oct. 6 Spencerville* Oct. 10 New Knoxville Oct. 11 Allen East* Oct. 15 Van Wert/Antwerp * - Northwest Conference match

Home 5 p.m. Home 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Kreager Park 5 p.m. Away 4 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Away 5 p.m. Home 1 p.m. Away 11 a.m. Home 5 p.m.

Site Away Away Home Away Away Home Home Away Home Home Home Away Home Away

Time 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

Site Away Home Home Home Away Home Home Away Away Away Home Home WT Away Home Away Away VW

Time 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 9 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m.

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Team, Honorable Mention All-District), Josh Schroeder (midfield, 4 goals/2 assists) and Adam Beining (forward, 4 goals/ 4 assists). Junior Matt Burgei (2010 PCL Honorable Mention) returns for his third season as the starting sweeper. As well, veterans looking to either step into the starting 11 or provide experienced punch off the bench are thirdyear seniors Julian Trejo (midfield) and Austin Markward (the likely starter at goalkeeper), second-year 12th-graders Evan Laudick (midfield/forward) and Kenny Jackson (midfield), third-year juniors Dylan Klima (forward/midfield) and Bryan Hohlbein (defense) and second-year junior Anthony Eickholt (forward). “With a solid core of players returning that saw varsity time last year, we should be solid in our passing and possession game. Plenty of experience returns on the offensive end with Schroeder, Eickholt and Sam/Adam Beining,” Gerker began. “We should have a solid defense with three starters returning and all of their top substitutes off the bench from 2010. We will also have a deep and experienced bench as 18 roster players saw varsity time in 2010; mix in

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a few prospects from the sophomore and freshman classes and we should have an overall roster with great depth.” That should also include top prospects such as sophomores Alex Horstman (forward/midfield), Lucus Maag (forward) and Jordan Kelch (defense/sweeper) and freshmen Brandt Landin (midfield) and Austin Honigford (defense). Still, with the graduation of those seven lettermen: Nate Turnwald (2010, 2009 PCL 1st Team, 2010 PCL POY, 2009 All-District 2nd Team, 2010 All-District 1st Team, 2010 2nd Team All-State D-3), Scottie Pohlman (2010, 2009 PCL 1st Team, 2010 All-District 2nd Team), Logan Kaverman (PCL Honorable Mention 2010), Kyle Kroeger (2010 2nd Team), Matt Honigford (2010, 2009 PCL 2nd Team), Travis Eickholt (2010 PCL Honorable Mention) and Colin Buettner, Gerker has some issues to address. “A concern will be overall team speed. With speedsters Turnwald, Eickholt and Honigford lost to graduation, a more technical and deliberate style of play will be incorporated this year,” he added. “We look to be a very competitive team with plenty of experience at all positions. We

will focus on consistency in our play and look to improve throughout the year and look to be very competitive in the PCL as well as our non-league matches.” The remainder of the varsity roster has juniors Austin Schroeder (defense/midfield), Austin Meyer (defense), Cory Fischer (defense), Grant Altenburger (forward/midfield), Logan Gable (midfield) and Lucus Manns (defense); and freshman Colin Bendele (keeper). Gerker figures the PCL will be loaded again with top teams Kalida, Miller City, Ottoville and Continental. As well, he numbers Kalida, along with Ottawa Hills, Archbold and Van Buren, as top-notch teams in the Division III ranks. The junior varsity team, headed up by varsity assistant Dustin Markward, has Meyer, Altenburger, Manns, Gable (defense), Fischer, Austin Schroeder, Horstman (midfield/forward), Maag (midfield/forward), Kelch, Landin, Honigford (defense/sweeper), Bendele and freshmen Joel Beining (midfield), Garicyn Schnipke (midfield), Jordan Gudakunst (defense/midfield) and Joe Van Oss (defense). Ottoville opened the season on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Sidney Lehman.

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