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2018

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DELPHOS ST. JOHN’S

The 2018 St. John’s baseball varsity team has, kneeling from left, Jeff Odenweller, Corey Koverman, Adam Gerker, James Garrett III, Chandler Skym, Trent Lindeman, Tony
Sanders and assistant coach Ben Babcock; and standing, head coach Jerry Jackson, Collin Will, Troy Elwer, Dominic Metzger, Luke Reindel, Lincoln Mueller, Matthew Miller,
Devin Cairo and assistant coach Alan Kerns. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

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Pitching, defense key to Blue Jay baseball fortunes


BY JIM METCALFE base/outfielder/pitcher), junior second base- has really worked hard in the off-season ations needed to make plays.
DHI Media Sports Editor man/outfielder/pitcher Adam Gerker, junior to improve velocity and control,” Jackson “We have four key starters returning to
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com outfielder Tony Sanders, freshman catcher continued. “Elwer started three games (17.1 our offensive lineup. Although we have very
Jeff Odenweller and senior designated hitter innings/ERA 6.05); he has a ton of pitch- little varsity experience returning to our
DELPHOS — The St. John’s varsity Corey Koverman. ing experience and is expected to get off lineup, we feel we can manufacture runs by
baseball team fielded a veteran group of six Other players who will see playing time to a strong start this year. Chandler started using our team speed and aggressive contact
seniors last season on their way to a 16-11 depending on who is pitching include senior three games (11 innings/ERA 3.18) and also hitters to produce runs.”
campaign (6-3 in the Midwest Athletic Con- James Garrett III (outfielder/catcher), junior worked really hard in the off-season to be- The junior varsity team will consist of
ference). first baseman/lefty pitcher Luke Reindel, come a very reliable pitcher for this staff. Teman, Sanders, Metzger, Reindel, Gerker,
Those six have moved on due to gradu- junior Dominic Metzger (catcher/outfield- Luke started two games (11.1 innings/ERA Odenweller, sophomore Keaton Jackson,
ation. er/third base), junior infielder/outfielder/ 1.50) and Lincoln has emerged as another
sophomore Adam Bockey, sophomore Blake
Fourth-year head coach Jerry Jackson catcher Carter Teman and freshman pitcher/ starter who is expected to eat up a lot of in-
(overall mark of 39-38) will have another infielder Trent Lindeman. Fischbach, sophomore Collin Muhlenkamp
nings this season.
crew built around six seniors to try and build “As a team we are hoping to build off of “Our bullpen will consist of Matthew, freshman Trent Lindeman, freshman Curtis
off last season’s success. last year’s success; our record of 16-11 re- Collin, Adam and Trent, while anyone of Mueller and classmate Nathan Mosier.
The first three batters in the projected flects veteran players with tons of varsity these young men could get pitching starts “My coaching staff and I are very excited
lineup are veterans back for another go experience. We graduated six seniors off this season.” about this season. We have a great nucleus
round: senior Troy Elwer (3-year starter; last year’s squad; all six were 3- and 4-year Assisting Jackson in the coaching duties of seniors and juniors along with a couple
center field/third base/pitcher), senior starters,” Jackson said. are Alan Kerns, Jon Boggs, Ben Babcock underclassmen who look to bond as a team
3-year starter Collin Will (infielder/pitcher) Among them were catcher Buddy Jack- and Tanner Calvelage. and prove they can compete in every game
and senior 2-year starter Devin Cairo (first son, left-handed pitcher Jacob Youngpeter “Defensively, we need to be very sound in and have the ability to win,” Jackson added.
base/outfielder/pitcher). (University of Toledo), Eric Vogt, Aaron the field. We feel our pitching staff will be “We have a team that is very capable com-
The rest of the expected everyday lineup Reindel, Seth Linder and Josh Warnecke. our strength,” Jackson observed. “Although peting for a MAC title. I look for Versailles
are all new to the varsity level: sophomore Jackson expects that his pitching staff will we lost 58 percent of the pitching staff and Fort Recovery to also contend for the
left-hander Lincoln Mueller (first base/ provide him with a lot of options through due to graduation, we feel we have a hefty MAC title. You can’t forget about St. Henry,
pitcher), junior third baseman/pitcher Chan- the long season, led by Mueller, Will, Skym, amount of strong pitching returning with Minster and Coldwater that could be in the
dler Skym, senior Matthew Miller (first Reindel, Cairo, Koverman, Miller, Elwer, some varsity experience. We have a lot of mix because of their strong pitching.”
Gerker and Lindeman. position players returning with varsity level St. John’s was set to open the 2018 cam-
“We have four starting pitchers returning experience. We will rely on them to make paign at home versus Lima Central Catholic
from last year. Devin started three games sure that the other players are in the proper on Saturday, March 24.
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March 2018 • The Herald Spring Sports • – 5

Lady Blue Jay track and field small and young for 2018
BY JIM METCALFE
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DELPHOS — Steve “Archie” Metcalfe


had a relatively seniorless team last spring —
only two — for the St. John’s girls track and
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He will still have a few veterans back from The 2018 St. John’s girls track and field varsity has, front row from left, Josie Schulte, Elizabeth Gerow, Kaylie Kill, Audrey Fer-
last spring, though they won’t necessarily be guson, Kambrynn Rohr, Elly Wrasman, Addison Mueller, Jenia Freewalt and Emma Reindel; and back row, head coach Steve
upperclassmen. “Archie” Metcalfe, Mykenah Jackson, Leah Hays, Raegan Ulm, Rachel Hellman, Jill Gemmer, Courtney Ebbeskotte and assistant
The veterans including throwing sopho- coaches Tom Pitner and Tim Metcalfe. Absent are Taylor Zuber and assistant coach Nikki Zuber. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
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Blue Jay boys track young but experienced


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boys track and field team has plenty to build
around for 2018.
After all, 11 veterans are back to lend a
hand for the blue-and-gold.
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The 2018 St. John’s boys track and field team has, front from left, has Chase Martin, Adam Schrader, Trent Vonderwell, Braden
Ladd, Cole Gordan and Matt Kahny; second row, Devin Lindeman, Noah Heiing, Jordan Brown, Gunnar Stemen, Colin White,
Jason Gillespie, Canyon Scirocco and Ike Musser; and back, assistant coach Tim Metzner, KC Edsall, Richard Cocuzza, Noah
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Defense key to Wildcat diamond fortunes


BY JIM METCALFE well as in the lineup. outfielder Darnell Simpson, junior infielder explained. “Caleb and freshman Josh Wise-
DHI Media Sports Editor “Offensively, we have a lot to replace by Connor Anspach and sophomore pitcher/ man are in the running for the third outfield
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com losing our top 3 hitters (Stockwell .449 bat- shortstop Logan Herron. spot. First-year senior Diego Gonzalez will
ting average; Herron .418; Mahlie .299). It’s Defensively, Geary boils it down to mak- help provide some depth.
DELPHOS — Jefferson varsity baseball going to take a collective effort to replace ing the simple play time after time through- “With Stockwell and Mahlie graduating,
coach Doug Geary has looked to pitching two .400 hitters; from what I’ve seen so far, out the season and not giving the opposing Logan Herron/Brenen Auer looks to take
and defense to build his Wildcat diamond I like the direction as a whole we are making team killer extra at-bats and outs in order to over the shortstop position. Darius returns
fortunes. with the stick,” Geary said. “On the mound, help his pitching staff out. at second base, along with Hunter Haehn at
That has been an area of major concern we’re looking to replace Stockwell (39 in- “Defensively, our infield is our biggest third. First-year senior Tyler Bratton looks
for his previous seven seasons. nings), Herron (20 innings) and Mahlie (17 question mark. Other than Shrider, we don’t to add depth in the infield. Anspach and
So much so that his 2017 edition went innings).” have guys that are going to strike a bunch of Wiseman are the leading candidates for first
14-13, finishing as Northwest Conference However, he does have nine veterans to guys out, so fielding the routine ball is the base, depending who is on the mound. Ju-
runners-up. build the 2018 campaign around. key. I feel pretty confident our outfield should nior Matt Schroeder (middle infielder), Eli
He begins his eighth season with an 89- Leading the way are third-year senior be a strength defensively,” Geary continued. Lucas (third base/first base) and Logan Hu-
92 mark. Brenen Auer (middle infielder/catcher/ Also, seniors Auer and Caleb Lucas should bert (third base/first base) are working hard
With the loss of 4-year starting shortstop pitcher; played in only seven games his get a lot of innings. Sophomores Braxton to work their way into the mix. Tyler returns
Jace Stockwell (who also split time at catch- junior year before having season-ending Scalf/Logan Herron gave us some solid in- as the DH.”
er due to some injury woes in 2017, as well surgery on his hand), third-year senior first nings on the varsity level last year and we’re Injuries — just like last year with Auer
as spending some time on the mound; first- baseman/outfielder Tyler Shrider, third-year expecting more from them this year. Seven and departed senior Drew Foust — have
team All-NWC), 3-year varsity pitcher/first senior infielder Caleb Lucas, third-year ju- other guys on our roster pitch; we’re hoping aleady claimed one senior expected to lend
baseman/designated hitter Brandan Herron nior middle infielder Darius Shurelds, ju- we can get some guys that develop as the sea- a hand — Dre Reed, out with a torn labrum.
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fielder/pitcher Brett Mahlie, 3-year veteran infielder/first baseman/lefty pitcher Brax- Starting position are expected to come for season. Dre recovered from a torn ACL
Jacob Boop (center field), 2-year veteran ton Scalf, expected to step in as the full-time from Auer, as well as Anspach, and look to that kept him out his junior year but was
Jordan Boop (outfielder) and David Grant centerfielder. solidify the catching position this year. Brax- able to work his way back during the sum-
(outfielder), he has some key positions to Also anticipated to help the Wildcats ton will take over center field and Darnell mer; by the end of summer, he was catching
fill in on the defensive side of the game, as charges in 2018 are part-timers in junior will be on a corner in the outfield,” Geary seven innings,” Geary added. “This year’s
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BY JIM METCALFE more than one position, which for only hav-
DHI Media Sports Editor ing 15 girls, I have at least two backups for
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com each position.”
One of the major concerns for the first-year
DELPHOS — Brad Rostorfer returned to head coach is the loss of two of last year’s
the bench for the Jefferson fast-pitch soft- starting pitchers: Kailyn Hartsock and Liya
ball team in 2017 for the first time in a num- Wollenhaupt; due to graduation, as well as
ber of seasons and went 3-20. catcher Madison Jettinghoff and utility play-
He decided to step into the background as an er Abby Parkins.
assistant this time around. “We lost two out of the
His former assistant last three pitchers from last
spring, Michelle Schuer- year. We have a few girls
man, switched places with stepping up to the plate
him and is now the head so that we have more
coach for the Lady Wild- then one pitcher for our
cats. season,” she added. “Our
Helping her transition to goal is to win one more
the end of the bench is the game than last year, if
return of seven starters not a lot more. We all
from last spring. talked about setting an
Among the veterans back individual goal and a
are senior Sierra Marlow team goal. Almost every-
(outfielder), junior short- one of the girls said they
stop/first baseman Michelle Rode, junior wanted to have confidence, play as a team Kylie Gossett is one of the veteran play-
second sacker Kylie Gossett, junior out- and succeed as a team in this year’s season. ers that new Jefferson fast-pitch soft-
fielder Skye Stevenson, junior catcher/ “Northwest Conference teams to look for ball coach Michelle Schuerman will be
shortstop Ally Hasting, sophomore Audrey are Allen East, Crestview, Columbus Grove depending on in 2018. (DHI Media/File
North (shortstop/pitcher) and sophomore and Bluffton.” Photos)
outfielder/second base Jayla Rostorfer. Promising newcomers Schuerman hopes to
“This is a tight-knit team, one of its help do just that are freshman Noel Warne- The remainder of the roster has senior Deve-
strengths. They all want to succeed in the ment (first base/shortstop), freshman Anna na Menke, freshman Ashlin Schimmoeller
season just as much as I do and I love it!” Fitch (catcher/third base/outfield), fresh- (catcher/outfielder), freshman Kim Schaf-
Schuerman said. “These girls have been man Rileigh Rahrig (outfield/second base) fer (outfielder) and freshman outfielder Tori
putting 110 percent into everything that they and freshman Kate Stevenson (outfield/third White.
are doing. We also have girls that can play base). Besides Rostorfer, other assistant coaches
include Kristi Hageman and Mandy Wras- Audrey North is another one of the re-
man. turning players for Jefferson’s fast-pitch

Jefferson Schuerman was to begin her head coaching softball unit for the new season.
duties on Saturday, March 24, with a dou-

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Kohler’s Lady Wildcat tracksters embark on 2018


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

DELPHOS — The Jefferson girls track and


field unit have struggled with the numbers is-
sue the last couple of seasons.
The numbers seem to be on the upswing in
2018 for fourth-year head coach Karla Kohler
(and 8th season coaching the sport overall) as
16 girls are out for the Lady Wildcats.
Two of them are varsity veterans from a
year ago: senior Brooke Rice and senior Macy
Wallace; while senior Cirstie Deckard and ju-
nior Chloe Kunkleman were on the roster last
spring.
That leaves 12 new members of the roster
that Kohler will rely on to produce points for
the red-and-white Wildcats, including espe-
cially promising newcomers such as junior
Madison McConnahea, freshman Emily Di-
enstberger and classmate Maddie McClure.
Gone from the 2017 edition due to gradu-
ation are Kelsey Berelsman, Tory Krendl,
Mackenzie Hammons and Megan Nagel; as
well as several other underclassmen that de-
cided to sit out the 2018 track and field cam-
paign.

Jefferson Lady Wildcat Track and Field


The 2018 Jefferson girls track and field team has, front from left, Cirstie Deckard, Macy Wallace, Brooke Rice and Jayda Rader;
second row, Rachel Fetzer, Alivia Carpenter, Victoria Redmon, Madison McConnahea, Madison McClure and Hali Haggard; and
“Your local telecommunication provider” third row, head coach Karla Kohler, Emily Dienstberger, Madeline Cory, Alexa Chung, Sarah Schult, Chloe Kunkleman and as-
sistant coach Rick Dienstberger. Absent was Jenna Illig. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
Dave, Mike Randy, Tammy, “Our numbers have increased since last sea- already showing the drive and commitment Alexa Chung, freshman Rachel Fetzer, fresh-
Craig and Gary son, bringing in numerous freshmen, but also coming into the season. We will work hard man Hali Haggard, freshman Jenna Illig and
getting some first-time upperclassmen. I have and continue to challenge the other top teams classmate Jayla Radar.
gained some strong and talented athletes,” in our conference (Northwest Conference).” The newest Lady Wildcat track and field
65 W. 3rd St. Kohler remarked. “I expect a very strong and Expect to make significant contributions season is set to open on Wednesday, March 28,
standout girls team, bringing in many top fin- to the 2018 Lady Wildcats are junior Victoria in a tri-match versus Allen East and Bluffton
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Wallace takes over Jefferson boys track and field


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

DELPHOS — Out with the old, in with


the new.
That might be part of the new mantra for
the Jefferson boys track and field team in
2018.

The previous three years in the program’s


history saw co-coaches Brent Binkley and
Todd Teman.
This year, Eric Wallace takes over solo
as the head coach after being an assistant in
those seasons, though he has a pair of new
faces to help in the coaching duties: Keith
Lenhart, who will help out the middle-dis-
tance and field event performers, and Rick
Dienstberger, who will handle the distance,
shot put and discus events.

Jefferson Boys Track and Field 2018


He will have several veteran perform-
ers back from 2017, including senior Da-
vion Tyson (second year on varsity), senior
Evan Poling (fourth year), senior Cooper The 2018 Jefferson boys track and field team has, front from left, Cooper Chung, Jayden Moore, Davion Tyson and Evan Poling;
Chung (fourth year) and classmate Jayden row two, Jacob McClure, Seth Estle, Derek Hettesheimer, Chandler Coil and Brayden McClure; and back, assistant coach Keith
Moore. Lenhart, Ethan Dunlap, Joshua Radler, John Radler, Logan Teman, Nathan Johnson and coach Eric Wallace. Absent are Kole
Also back are junior Kole McKee (third McKee, Kaden Schrader, Jeffery Caputo, Kane Plescher, Ben McKee and Ayden Dugger. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
year), junior Brayden McClure (third year),
third-year junior Jacob McClure, sopho- go back out this time around. tive and continue to build the program,” sophomore Nathan Johnson, sophomore
more Jeffery Caputo, sophomore Kaden “We are excited that our program con- Wallace said. Ben McKee, freshman Joshua Radler,
Schrader and sophomore Logan Teman. tinues to grow with new faces. Middle dis- Those new faces expected to fill vi- freshman Ethan Dunlap, classmate Seth
Gone from a year ago are the graduat- tance should be a strength this year with tal roles in the 2018 Wildcat program are Estle, along with Ayden Dugger.
ed Adam Rode, Josh Teman, Drew Reiss, the returning starters/letterwinners. Weak- the likes of junior Chandler Coil, sopho- The Wallace tenure was slated to begin
Hunter Binkley and Cole Arroyo, as well nesses will be a lack of numbers for sev- more Kane Plescher, sophomore Derek on Wedneesday, March 28, in a tri-match
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O T T O V I L L E B I G G R E E N
Big Green baseball an experienced bunch for ‘18
BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

OTTOVILLE — Ottoville head baseball


coach Ty Wannemacher had only one senior
on last spring’s Big Green edition.
With a senior-laden — and heavily-experi-
enced unit back — the fifth-year head coach
has high expectations about the possibilities
of his Big Green diamond corps off of last
season’s 4-12 season (3-4 in the Putnam
County League).
This group is fronted by fourth-year senior
Nick Moorman (infielder/pitcher), third-
year senior Zane Martin (infielder/pitcher),
third-year senior Troy Warnecke (outfielder/
pitcher), third-year senior Clayton Schnipke
(infielder/pitcher), third-year senior Andy

Ottoville 2018 Varsity Baseball


Schimmoeller (outfielder/infielder/pitcher/
catcher), veteran classmate Logan Kemper
(infielder/pitcher) and veteran senior Keagan The 2018 Ottoville varisty baseball team has, front from left: Carson Miller, Trae Schlagbaum, Brice Schroeder, Andy Schim-
Leis (infielder/outfielder). moeller, Clayton Schnipke, Cooper Hanneman, Jaden Schnipke and Emerson Calvelage; and back row: Coach Ty Wannemacher,
More experienced help comes in the form Coach David Wurst, Jack Langhals, Nick Moorman, Josh Thorbahn, Logan Kemper, Ryan Suever, Troy Warnecke, Dylan Kem-
of third-year junior Dylan Kemper (infielder/ per, Keagen Leis, Zane Martin and Coach Darren Schimmoeller. (DHI Media/Katie Schnipke Photography)
pitcher) and veteran junior Jaden Schnipke
(outfielder/infielder). “All six freshmen will be fighting the up- eder (infielder/outfielder/pitcher). struggled last season. We have to cut down
“We lost one senior last year in Brad perclassmen for time this year. Many of these “Strengths of this team are depth and ver- on strikeouts tremendously if we want to be
Boecker, who pitched and caught for us. We freshmen will be great role players and help satility! We have a lot of talent and depth this successful this season.
also lost a freshman pitcher and infielder in our team out a lot.” season with 16 men on our team; many can “With all but one of our team coming back
Ryan Suever, who torn his ACL late in bas- Among those newcomers to the varsity are and will play multiple positions,” Wannem- from last year, mixed with great newcomers,
ketball; both will be missed this season,” the the likes of sophomore Emerson Calvelage acher added. “These guys get along very well we should have a fairly decent year this year.
fourth-year head coach with a 28-46 mark (outfielder), freshman Trae Schlagbaum with each other on and off the field. Many We only won four games last year but ended
explained. “We have a big part of our team (outfielder/infielder), freshman Cooper have been playing soccer or basketball to- the year on a hot streak in winning four of
coming back led by seven seniors, all who Hanneman (outfielder), freshman Jack Lang- gether and have developed great relationships our last six games and giving Kalida a run
lettered last season. We have six newcomers hals (catcher/infielder), freshman Josh Thor- with each other. Our batting average isn’t for their money in the tournament, getting
to the program who look to make an impact bahn (infielder/pitcher), freshman Carson quite where we would like it to be, which
beat 3-2. Hopefully we can come together
right off the bat. Miller (infielder) and classmate Brice Schro- is a concern, and our bottom of the lineup
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Less experienced Lady Green take to softball diamonds


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

OTTOVILLE — Ottoville’s fast-pitch


softball crew had some experienced players
for last spring’s season.
They still
strug- gled to
a 1-17 cam-
paign for head
coach Joe
Modica as they
had to endure
a late prepa-
ration time for
some of the
players due to
the suc- cess of
the bas- ketball
team making it to the State semifinals.
Due to graduation and some expected vet-
erans that chose to not go out for another
season this time around, Modica has far less
experience to begin the 2018 campaign.
This year’s Lady Big Green will also have
a slower start than usual due to the basket-
ball team making it all the way to the Divi-
sion IV State finals.
This year’s much less experienced crew
will be led by four veterans: fourth-year
senior Brittany Winhover, third-year junior
Olivia Gamble (outfielder/pitcher), third-
year junior Hunter Boecker (outfielder) and
sophomore Ashlee Landin (outfielder).
Gone via the graduation route from last
spring are 4-year varsity senior Maizee
Brinkman (catcher/infielder) and 4-year
player Taylor Boecker.
Promising newcomers for the Lady Big
Green are freshman Riley Wannemacher,
freshman Kylee Klenz, freshman Allie Ho-
nigford, freshman Brooke Kortokrax, fresh- Lady Big Green Fast-pitch Softball
man Peyton Wannemacher and classmate
Paige Hoersten. The 2018 Ottoville fast-pitch softball unit has, front from left, Hunter Boecker, Riley Wannemacher, Kylee Klenz and Allie Honig-
Assistant coach is Jodi Birr. ford; and back, assistant coach Jodi Birr, Olivia Gamble, Brooke Kortokrax, Peyton Wannemacher, Ashlee Landin, Paige Hoer-
“We have a very young team. We are sten and head coach Joe Modica. Absent was Brittany Winhover. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
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New girls track and field for Ottoville in Cory Eickholt


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor Baker. last year, returning. We hope to make the comers, such as Taylor Beining, Faith Gam-
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com “We lost several seniors that made it down trip back to State with our 4x4 relay team ble, Alexa Honigford and Tori Thomas, will
to State in 2017, including Brooke Mangas and throwers, building upon their successes help the do exactly that.
OTTOVILLE — For the second season in who won the high jump a couple of times,” from last season. Eickholt begins his Lady Big Green
a row, the Ottoville girls track and field team Eickholt said. “We have a motivated and tal- “Our biggest struggle will come with coaching tenure in a quad match with Fort
is off to a late start in its preparations. ented group of seniors, sprinters and throw- scoring points within distance events.” Jennings, Kalida and host Paulding on
After all, the girls basketball team made it ers, several of which made it down to State Eickholt hopes that some promising new- Thursday, March 29.
second straight trip to the Division IV State
tournament, this time falling in the finals to
Minster.
Several of those players are also part of
the track and field team, so once more, the
Lady Big Green might be expected to take
even more time in getting up to speed in the
2018 campaign.
Also slowing down the preparation is
the fact that l0ng-time head coach Vaughn
Horstman decided to hang it up after the
completion of last spring’s State Track Meet.
Further, several long-time varsity athletes
also moved on to the next level after gradu-
ation, so there are holes to fill for new head
coach Cory Eickholt.
Among the departures were fourth-year
senior Brooke Mangas, a 2-time champion
in the high jump that ended up sixth in last
spring’s event with an effort of 5-6 and also
teamed with Madison Knodell (4 years) in
the 4x400-meter relay that finished third at
State in a time of 4:02.42.
Also gone is Alicia Honigford (4 years)
and 2-year varsity performer Rebecca Vio-
let.
Still, highly-honored experience abounds
as the other two members of that 4x4 team
— fourth-year senior Lindsey Schweller and
fourth-year senior Nicole Williams — are
back for more, as is State-qualifying discus
thrower Brynlee Hanneman (12th with a
best of 117-8).
Also back are fourth-year senior Madi-
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cyn Schnipke, third-year junior Madison The 2018 Ottoville girls track and field team has, front from left, Faith Gamble, Kylee Hoersten, Elisa Baker, Madicyn Schnipke,
Averesch, third-year junior Quinley Schlag- Lindsay Schweller, Madison Averesch and Haley Hoersten; and back, Tori Thomas, Quinley Schlagbaum, Brynlee Hanneman,
baum, third-year junior Haley Hoersten, Taylor Beining, Nicole Williams, Alexa Honigford and head coach Cory Eickholt. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)
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Siefker’s swan song paces Ottoville boys tracksters


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

OTTOVILLE — Brendan Siefker has


won all kinds of awards in his high school
running career.
He won last spring’s 1,600-meter run,
edging Hardin Northern’s Nicholas Bame
with a 4:13.69.
That was after a runner-up finish in 2016
in the 1,600-meter run (4:18.84) and fourth
in the 3,200-meter run (9:31.58) in the same
year.
He made it to State as a freshman in the
1,600-meter run but did not run due to a
previously-planned family vacation.
He was second in last fall’s State Cross
Country race, next to Colonel Crawford’s
Chad Johnson, was the same two years ago
to the same person at Hebron and was fourth
as a sophomore.
He also finished fifth in the State’s
3,200-meter run (9:47.17) and 15th in the
State 800-meter run (2:02.91).
The Ottoville senior hopes to go out in
style in this, his final scholastic go-round,
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DHI Media Sports Editor will also be a big part of our team’s success
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com on the mound.
“This is a potential breakout season for
FORT JENNINGS — Matt Dube went Aaron (Kloeppel). He is a solid infielder but
7-15 in his first at the helm of the Fort Jen- we need him to make strides offensively.
nings baseball crew, replacing Eric Schwab Aaron (Sealts) will be a huge part of our
a year ago. success as one of our best pitchers. He will
The second-year head man — who has a also set the table for our run producers as he
41-69 overall mark after serving for a num- leads off our lineup.”
ber of years as the Pandora-Gilboa head With the graduation of letterwinners
coach — has seven letterwinners back from Sam Vetter (4-year varsity player), Connor
a 1-6 Putnam County League team in order Stechschulte (3-year varsity), Austin Lu-
to improve in his sophomore season. ebrecht (3-year varsity), Logan Hardeman
The returning Musketeer players include (1 year) and Devin Miller (1 year), open-
senior first-team all-PCL performer/PCL ings are available for the likes of promis-
Player of the Year/All-Northwest District ing newcomers such as senior Isaac Schuck
pick Brandon Wehri (4th year; .493 batting (outfielder; switch-hitter), junior Connor
average, 34 hits, 10 doubles, 24 runs batted Hoersten (second base/utility), 6-4 sopho-
in; honorable-mention All-State in Division more Thomas Calvelage (third base/pitcher/
IV; pitcher/third base), along with fourth- catcher), sophomore Brad Eickholt (infield-
year senior Aaron Sealts (286 BA, 8 stolen er/catcher), sophomore lefty hitter Logan
bases; 16.1 innings pitched, 3 saves; pitcher/ Schimmoeller (outfielder), sophomore out-
outfielder/shortstop), third-year junior Der- fielder Blake Schram, sophomore Noah Wit-
ek Luersman (.280 BA, 14 SBs; 2.58 earned tler (outfielder/pitcher), 235-pound sopho-
run average; shortstop/pitcher), third-year more Brandon Suever (outfielder/catcher),
junior Aaron Kloeppel (2.51 ERA; .952 6-4 freshman Evan Hoersten (infielder/
fielding average; second base/pitcher), pitcher), freshman Zach Schulte (utility/
third-year junior Nolan Grote (.935 FA; pitcher), freshman Nathan Sealts (infielder)
catcher/third base/outfielder), junior Simon
Smith (1.000 FA; outfielder/pitcher) and
and freshman Eli Zehender (outfielder).
Asssistant coaches are Jeff Swick and
Fort Jennings 2018 Varsity Baseball
lefty-swinging sophomore Kyle Norbeck Matt Menke. The 2018 Fort Jennings varsity baseball team has, front from left, managers Sam Dube,
(.300 BA; 1.000 FA; first base). “Last season was a good learning experi- Brandt Menke, Jarron Swick, Owen Dube and Calvin Menke; row two, statistician
“Brandon needs to back up his PCL POY ence for the guys. They had to adjust to a Kaitlyn Arrizola, Noah Wittler, Eli Zehender, Zach Schulte, Evan Hoersten, Mason
with another huge season if we are to be new coaching staff and philosophy,” Dube Sealts, Logan Schimmoeller and statistician Paige Kloeppel; row three, Matt Menke,
successful as a team. He will lead us both added. “Having a year under their belts will Blake Schram, Brad Eickholt, Brandon Suever, Thomas Calvelage, Kyle Norbeck and
offensively and on the mound; much of our be very important. We graduated a lot of assistant coach Jeff Swick; and back, Connor Hoersten, Aaron Kloeppel, Derek Luers-
success will depend upon him,” Dube said. experience but the young players were able man, Isaac Schuck, Brandon Wehri, Aaron Sealts, Nolan Grote, Simon Smith and head
coach Matt Dube. (DHI Media/Photography by Mac)
“Kyle will be a big part of the team’s of- to get in many games last year; that experi-
fense. He has good power to both fields and ence for them will be valuable for us. We team. Our expectation is to continue to im- 2018 baseball season on Saturday, March
we will rely on him to drive in runs. Derek expect to be a team that hits the ball well. If prove and to be competitive in the PCL.” 24, with a road doubleheader at Lima Senior.
is a natural leader for our team; we expect our pitching is strong, we should be a tough The Musketeers were slated to open the

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Horstman starts 20th year as Fort Jennings track and field coach
BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

FORT JENNINGS — Kevin Horstman is


the only head coach that the Fort Jennings
boys and girls track and field teams have
ever known in the previous 19 years of their
existence.
Make that 20 years out of the 23 seasons
he has been coaching in the sport.
He has 18 girls and 13 boys out for the
2018 seasons.
On the Lady Musketeer side, he has three
key veterans back, led by fourth-year senior
Marissa Krietemeyer (throws), fourth-year
senior Makenna Ricker (hurdles and middle
distance) and third-year junior Madison Nei-
dert (seventh at District in the 800-meter
run) for a 6-36 dual and invitational record
that ended up sixth in the Putnam County
League and 15th in the Division III District.
Notable losses include 4-year letterwinner
Erin Eickholt. In addition, Krietemeyer will
be limited this spring as she recovers from an
injury during basketball season.
As well, junior Abby Grone (sprints) re-
turns.
“With good numbers in the lower classes,
we hope to develop strong athletes by the
end of this spring. Our success will likely
be measured by our improvements, not our
places,” Horstman said. “Weaknesses in-
clude overall depth. We lack numbers in
most events but we have good leadership
from our two seniors.
“The favorite in the PCL is Columbus
Grove.”
The rest of the girls roster has senior Lind-
sey Core (throws), junior Trinity Gilbert Lady Musketeer Track and Field 2018
(throws), junior Lexi Hoersten (hurdles), ju-
nior Lexie Stant (throws), junior Neibi Gar- The Fort Jennings girls track and field team for the newest season has, front from left, Jessie Foust, Marina Lucas, Grace Martz,
lock (throws), sophomore Kristen Luersman Savanna Siebeneck, Emilee Calvelage and Lydia Will; second row, Neibi Garlock, Trinity Gilbert, Kristen Luersman, Abby Grone,
(middle distance), sophomore Mackenna Lexi Hoersten and Mackenna Stechschulte; and back, assistant coach Rob Warnecke, Lexie Stant, Lindsay Core, Madison Neidert,
Marissa Krietemeyer, MaKenna Ricker, Annabelle Wisner and head coach Kevin Horstman. (DHI Media/Photography by Mac)
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Stechschulte (middle distance), sophomore
Annabelle Wisner (sprints), sophomore
Emilee Calvelage (sprints), freshman Jes-
sie Foust (hurdles), freshman Marina Lucas
(sprints), freshman Grace Martz (sprints),
freshman Savanna Siebeneck (sprints) and
freshman Lydia Will (sprints).
The boys team brings back some more
decorated performers, such as fourth-year
senior Ian Finn (middle distance) and fourth-
year senior Jeff Hoersten, who were part of
the seventh-place Regional 3,200-meter re-
lay team, and third-year junior Ian Ricker, a
Regional-qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles.
Notable losses include Kyle Maag (2-time
state qualifier in the 800-meter run) and
Dylan Wiechart (school record-holder in
the 3,200-meter run) from last spring’s 14-
28 dual- and invite-finishing team that was
fourth in the PCL, 10th at Districts and 31st
at Regionals.
On the Musketeer boys team this spring
are junior Ethan Brown (middle distance),
junior Justin Liebrecht (throws), junior
Adam Noriega (sprints), junior Zach Pi-
asecki (sprints), junior Reese Von Sossan
(sprints), junior Alex Wieging, junior Jared
Liebrecht (sprints), freshman Jack Sell-
man (sprints), freshman Derek Weyrauch
(throws) and freshman Eric Wieging (mid-
dle distance).
“Weaknesses include overall depth. We
lack numbers in most events but we have a
strong group of seniors and juniors to build
around,” Horstman added. “We look to be
strong in the middle distance events this

Musketeer Boys Varsity Track and Field


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and sprinter. Our goal is to develop a relay
that can advance in the postseason.
“Favorite in the PCL is Columbus Grove.” The 2018 Fort Jennings varsity boys track and field team has, front from left, Derek Weyrauch, Jack Sellman, Jared Liebrecht and
Assistant coaches Rob Warnecke and Eric Wieging; row two, Ethan Brown, Reese Von Sossan, Zach Piasecki, Ian Ricker and Adam Noriega; and back row, assistant
Mike Knott. coach Rob Warnecke, Alex Wieging, Justin Liebrecht, assistant coach Mike Knott, Ian Finn, Jeffrey Hoersten and head coach
The Fort Jennings track and field teams Kevin Horstman. (DHI Media/Photography by Mac)
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SPENCERVILLE BEARCATS
Thompson takes over Bearcat baseball direction
BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

SPENCERVILLE — Spencerville’s
baseball team ended up with a 14-10 mark
in the 2017 season under then-head coach
Shane Falke.
He decided to step down after last season
with a 2-year mark of 26-21.
In steps in new head man Matt Thomp-
son.
He won’t be the only new face in the
Bearcat dugout as seven letterwinners/start-
ers ended their high school eligibility after
last season.
Thompson will build around three veter-
an starters: fourth-year senior Brady Nolan
(shortstop/pitcher), third-year senior Hunt-
er Stephen (shortstop/outfielder/pitcher)
and seasoned junior catcher/outfielder Kale
Lee.
As well, letterwinners returning and ex-
pected to step into the everyday lineup are
junior first baseman/pitcher Zach Ring-
wald, junior outfielder Jacob Litsey and ju-
nior second sacker Luke Market.
With the loss of veterans such as Justin
Thiery (4 years; outfielder/pitcher), 4-year
veteran Thad Ringwald (first base/outfield-
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expected veteran underclassmen that chose Market, Logan Rex, Cole Market, Treshawn Jones, Drake Mertz, Mason Myers and head coach Matt Thompson. (DHI Media/
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Lady Bearcat softball primed for 2018


BY JIM METCALFE Conference. extra-base hits). Kline were all multiple-year letterwinners
DHI Media Sports Editor Five starters will be a good foundation for Also back are third-year junior Emily that will be missed as we move on in 2018.”
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com the 2018 edition to start. Zak (second base/third base) and senior first Among the promising newcomers that will
The top ‘Cat back is fourth-year senior base/outfielder Leaira Jones. be turned to in 2018 are sophomore Alissa
SPENCERVILLE — Jeff Johnston has shortstop Kara May (2015, 2016, & 2017 “We have a good mix of experienced Sawmiller (outfielder/infielder), sophomore
slowly but steadily built up the Spencerville 1st-team all-NWC; 2015, 2016 & 2017 returning players and youth. We have five Hannan Burnett (pitcher/first base), fresh-
fast-pitch softball program over his five sea- 1st-team all-District, 2016 & 2017 honor- seniors that have been starters since their man Krista Market (outfielder/infielder),
sons as the Lady Bearcat leader. able mention All-State; .678 BA, 61 hits, freshmen season as well as all-NWC play- freshman Gracie Butorac (catcher), fresh-
His mark of 58-58 includes a 14-10 mark 54 RBIs, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs ers,” Johnston said. “They bring a lot of man Makenzie Brown (pitcher/first base),
in 2017, including 5-3 in the Northwest — she set new school individual season re- leadership and offensive firepower to our freshman Makenna Lehman (outfielder/in-
cords for batting average, hits, RBI, doubles team. We also return a senior battery of Ju- fielder), freshman Brianna Regedanz (first
and home runs in 2017), fourth-year senior lie Mulholland at pitcher and Jenna Henline base/outfielder), freshman Victoria Shaw
and captain pitcher/first baseman Julie Mul- at catcher that we will rely on heavily as (catcher/outfielder) and classmate Alyssa
holland (1st-team NWC 2017; 11-7 pitching we develop some younger players in those Mertz (outfielder/infielder).
Roselawn with 144 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings; .489
batting average, 45 hits, 26 runs batted in,
positions. We have a total of seven return-
ing letterwinners (6 seniors & 1 junior), two
“The NWC is a very competitive confer-
ence from top to bottom. Crestview and
Manor 14 extra-base hits), along with fourth-year sophomores and seven freshmen on our ros- Columbus Grove are always very strong
senior catcher/first baseman Jenna Henline ter. programs but in this league, everyone is
420 E. Fourth Street (Honorable Mention NWC 2017 & 2016; “We are very experienced and talented at capable of making a run,” Johnston added.
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Spencerville, OH 45887-0127 hits), fourth-year senior and fourth-year and inexperienced at the bottom. Depth and nior class leads the way and our younger
captain Kendra Johnston (third base; Hon- experience at pitcher and catcher will be our players grow up real fast, we will be a team
orable Mention NWC 2017 & 2016, 2nd- biggest weakness but we are excited to see that can contend for an NWC title in 2018.”
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RBIs, 6 extra-base hits) and senior center-
the younger players grow in those positions.
“We graduated five seniors last year that
Assistant coaches include Lori Schwartz
(head JV coach) and Chuck Mulholland
An HCF, Inc. Nursing Center fielder Bailey Swartz (fourth year; Hon- had played quite a few games throughout (varsity assistant coach).
orable mention NWC 2017, 1st-team all- their careers. Destiny Price, Alix Hamrick, Spencerville was set to open 2018 at home
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Henline; middle, Alissa Sawmiller, Krista Market, Emily Zak, Grace Butorac, Mackenzie Brown, Victoria Shaw, Brianna Regedanz and Alyssa Mertz; and back, assistant
coaches Lori Schwartz and Chuck Mulholland and head coach Jeff Johnston. Absent was Hannah Burnett. (DHI Media/Jim Metcalfe)

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LINCOLNVIEW LANCERS
Startling lineup returns for Fishpaw’s Lancer baseballers
BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com
MIDDLE POINT — Last season’s Lin-
colnview baseball crew was a relatively
youthful club with only two seniors on the
roster.
Eric Fishpaw’s unit suffered as a result,
going 11-12 in 2017.
He hopes this year’s Lancer baseballers
will reap the benefits of an experienced
crew as he looks to add a lot more to the left
side of his 3-year mark of 30-43.
The top Lancer back has to be 3-year
letterman senior Chayten Overholt (senior
shortstop), a first-team All-Northwest Con-
ference pick, as well as picking up All-Ohio
Honorable-Mention accolades (tied for all-
time record for hits in a season).
Also back is 2-year letterwinner Jaden
Youtsey (junior pitcher/shortstop/third base,
an NWC pick as a sophomore), second-team
All-NWC sophomore Gavin Carter (pitch-
er/shortstop/third base), honorable-mention
NWC pick Sam Myers (junior outfielder),
3-year letterwinning senior Ethan Parsons
(pitcher), 2-year letterwinner Ethan Kemler
(6-3 junior left-handed pitcher/outfielder),
2-year letterwinner Brayden Evans (junior
outfielder), veteran Thad Walker (junior
Lincolnview 2018 Baseball Varsity
pitcher/outfielder), veteran Reece Farmer The 2018 Lincolnview varsity baseball team has Chayten Overholt, Jaden Youtsey, Ethan Kemler, Thad Walker, Sam Myers,
(6-3 junior catcher) and veteran Braxton Reece Farmer, Brayden Evans, Ethan Parsons, Braxton Fox, Gavin Carter, Collin Overholt, Creed Jessee, Jake Adams, Drew Mo-
Fox (junior second base), all of whom start- tycka, Aaron Cavinder, Clayton Leeth, Daniel Miller, Adam Berryman, Peter McMaster, Isaiah Peterson, Carson Bowen, Spencer
ed last spring. Richey and head coach Eric Fishpaw. (DHI Media/Heather Marie Photography)
Promising newcomers to replace the
departed seniors in Dylan Lee (2-year let- Northwest Conference Championship at The rest of the Lancer baseball team for freshman second baseman/outfielder Peter
terman) and Nick Motycka (1 year) are the end of the season,” Fishpaw explained. 2018 has senior outfielder Jake Adams, McMaster, freshman outfielder Isaiah Pe-
freshman Collin Overholt (catcher/pitcher/ “Team strengths include: Pitching, Team sophomore outfielder Drew Motycka, fresh- terson, freshman outfielder Carson Bowen
infielder/outfielder) and freshman Creed Defense, Overall Team Speed. man second baseman/pitcher Aaron Cavin- and freshman catcher/infielder/outfielder
Jessee (third base/shortstop/pitcher). “We look to be in the mix at the end of der, freshman first baseman/third baseman/ Spencer Richey.
“We return all nine starters from the the NWC schedule. Teams to look out for pitcher Clayton Leeth, freshman outfielder Lincolnview is set to open the 2018 base-
2017 team and all of our pitchers from last would include Crestview, Columbus Grove Daniel Miller, freshman first baseman/ ball campaign on Tuesday, March 27, at
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Doidge back at Lancer softball helm


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

MIDDLE POINT — Lincolnview’s fast-


pitch softball team has struggled keeping
consistency in its head coaching ranks.
Kylie Owens took over as the head coach
last season and finished 8-13 in 2017.
She had been the fourth head coach in
four seasons.
That only lasted one season.
In steps a “new” coach — Brad Doidge,
who headed the varsity program in 2015
and had done so a few years before then,
returns at the end of the bench for the 2018
Lady Lancers.
He compiled a 161-144 mark in 15 sea-
sons at various times for the Lancer pro-
gram.
Eight letterwinners are back to help
Doidge get re-acquainted in his “old” digs.
Three of those veterans boast post-season
recognition: fourth-year senior Alena Loos-
er (honorable mention All-Northwest Dis-
trict and all-NWC catcher), third-year junior
Lakin Brant (second-team NWC infielder) Lady Lancer Varsity Softball 2018
and third-year junior Morgan Miller (NWC Lincolnview’s varsity fast-pitch softball team for 2018 has Alena Looser, Sidney Jenkins, Marissa Miller, Lakin Brant, Morgan
honorable mention infielder/pitcher). Miller, Amy Beair, Carly Wendel, Lana Carey, Maddie Jenkins, Bethany Martinez, Leah Unger, Tori Boyd, Destiny Brown, Jordan
Also returning for another go-round are Decker, Shiann Kraft, Shania Profit, Hanna Scaggs, Winter Boroff, Destiny Coil, Annie Mendenhall, Jessica Reynolds, Jayda Stutz,
fourth-year senior Sidney Jenkins (infielder/ Hanna Young, head coach Brad Doidge and assistant coaches Kaitlyn Brant and Courtney Williams. (DHI Media/Heather Marie
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Lancer track and field teams sporting youthful looks


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

MIDDLE POINT — Matt Langdon has


had a streak of success for the Lincolnview
boys and girls track and field teams.
As always, he has some parts to replace
due to graduation from previous seasons but
he also has his fair share of talented return-
ees.
This season’s boys team will build around
the likes of junior Karter Tow, junior Jacob
Keysor and junior Alek Bowersock.
“The boys team is coming off of a success-
ful 2017 spring and 2017 fall. Last spring,
we qualified a large number of boys to the
regional meet and ended the season with
two relay school records in the 4x400 and
the 4x400, which both placed fifth in the
Regional finals,” he began. “We also had
Ryan Rager qualify for the State meet in the Lincolnview 2018 Boys Track and Field
400-meter dash but he is currently running The newest Lincolnview boys track and field team has Keegan Cowan, Austin Nally, Braxten Robey, Wayne Dye, Collin Puckett,
for Cedarville College. Karter Tow qualified Logan Williams, Jacob Keysor, Karter Tow, Alek Bowersock, Jorge Salinas, Grant Slusher, Austin Welker, Andrew Robinson,
for the indoor state meet this winter for the Ryan Moody, Dillon Ellerbrock, Jared Rusk, Drew Brenneman, Devon Bill, Evan Cox, Brad Korte, Joe Sadowski, Jerron Taylor,
second consecutive season and competed in Colton Trenkamp, Rickie Welker, Alek Rosbaugh, Dawson Kimmet, Cole Gorman, Camden Miller, Dylan Schimmoeller, Landon
the 3,200-meter run. Moody, Gage West, Sam Wolfrum, Louis Ulrey, Brok Bill, head coach Matt Langdon and assistant coach Curtis Miller. (DHI
“In the fall, the boys cross country team Media/Heather Marie Photography).
qualified for the State meet for the fifth con-
secutive season. Many of the cross country men on the roster, many of whom will be
boys are on the track team, including indi- varsity competitors. The boys team should
vidual State qualifiers Jacob Keysor, Alek be very competitive and I believe you will
Bowersock and Karter Tow. Other regional see a great deal of growth as the season pro-
qualifiers that return this season are Logan gresses.
Williams (junior) and sophomore Brad Korte “We hope to be competitive in the North-
that competed in the Regional final of the west Conference again this season and
4x400 and 4x200.” qualify a large number of athletes to the Re-
However, Rager was not the only signifi- gional meet and again be represented at the
cant loss due to graduation from last year’s State meet in June.”
successful season, according to Langdon. The rest of the boys roster has senior
“The boys did graduate a lot of talent from Keegan Cowan, senior Austin Nall, senior
last year’s team. Casey Garay was part of one Braxten Robey, senior Wayne Dye, junior
of the school record relays and Austin Elick Collin Puckett, junior Jorge Salinas, junior
was a cross country and track State quali- Grant Slusher, junior Austin Welker, junior
fier,” he continued. “This year’s team will Andrew Robinson, junior Ryan Moody,
be much younger as we have a talented and sophomore Dillon Ellerbrock, sophomore
hard-working freshmen class coming into the Jared Rusk, sophomore Drew Brenneman,
program. The boys team will have 11 fresh- (See LANCER TRACK, page 29)
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COLUMBUS GROVE BULLDOGS


Naughton steps in at end of Grove baseball bench
BY JIM METCALFE fielder/pitcher).
DHI Media Sports Editor However, not all is pleasant as Naughton
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com must replace graduated varsity players such
as Ben Ramirez (2 varsity letters), Jake Otto
COLUMBUS GROVE — Tony Castron- (2 letters), Kyle Welty (2 letters), Emilio De
ova’s 2017 Columbus Grove baseball team La Rosa, Reid Stechshulte (4 years), Bran-
ended up 10-8 last spring. don Grigsby, Ethan Blankenmeyer (2 years)
They were 4-4 in the Northwest Confer- and Grant Schroeder (3 letters).
ence and 4-3 in the Putnam County League. Therefore, he will be looking to promising
When they were eliminated from the post- newcomers such as freshman Tayt Birnesser
season and played their final game, Castron- (infielder/pitcher), freshman Blaine Hoff-
ova also ended his 3-season tenure as the man (infielder/pitcher), sophomore Brady
Bulldogs’ head baseball coach. Rudasill (infielder/pitcher) and sophomore
In steps in new head man Eric Naughton, Owen Macke (first base/pitcher) to fill in the
who commences his Grove leadership off a open spots in the everyday lineup.
41-24 mark in two years at a school in Illi- “With many seniors graduating last sea-
nois and 4-11 for a California school. son, the turnover has begun; the talented
Six starters should help make his transi- junior and sophomore classes will now fill
tion to Ohio high school baseball easier. out the 2018 spring roster. Pitching is a big
Among them are second-team all-NWC
pick Nick Woods (third-year junior in-
strength for the upcoming season as three of
the starting pitchers: Woods, Hauenstein and Columbus Grove Varsity Baseball 2018
fielder/pitcher), third-year senior Owen Schneider; will all return to starting pitching Members of the Columbus Grove baseball team (front row, from left) are Owen Fuerst,
Fuerst (outfielder/pitcher), senior first base- roles,” Naughton explained. “Overall, the Logan Malsam, Wyatt Sybert, Evan Dunbar and Kurt Griffith. In the second row are
man Wyatt Sybert, junior 6-3, 220-pound roster has 10 pitchers out of the 14 players Eric Naughton, head coach, Owen Macke, Brady Rudasill, Thomas Otto, Blake Hoff-
catcher/pitcher Brady Hauenstein, junior on the roster. This year’s team is full of ver- man and Dylan Mason. In the third row are Alex Schneider, Dane Schroeder, Nick
outfielder/pitcher Dane Schroeder and soph- satile multi-sport athletes that are capable Woods, Tayt Birnesser and Brady Hauenstein. Not pictured is assistant coach Chris
omore shortstop/pitcher Alex Schneider (in- (See NAUGHTON, page 29) Carpenter. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)

Gallmeier’s softball ‘Dogs ready for strong 2018


BY JIM METCALFE Grove head fast-pitch softball coach Travis saw the team grab first in the Putnam Coun- pitcher Teyah Sautter, senior shortstop Lau-
DHI Media Sports Editor Gallmeier has compiled an impressive 71- ty League (6-0) and second in the Northwest ren Birkemeier, senior third baseman Kali
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com 24 mark in his four previous seasons head- Conference (7-1), ending up as the Division Wilcox, senior outfielder Tori Warnecke,
ing the Lady Bulldogs. IV District runners-up. senior second baseman Madison Nusbaum,
COLUMBUS GROVE — Columbus That includes last spring’s 18-3 mark that With only two letterwinners gone from junior catcher Danielle Bame, junior out-
last year due to graduation — Grace Schro- fielder Joy Stechschulte and sophomore
eder (pitcher/first base) and left fielder Jen- Emily Watt (designated player/outfielder/
ny Ellerbrock — eight returning letterwin- infielder).
ners leave Gallmeier in an enviable position “We return seven starters from a team
to follow up his success with even more in that finished 18-3 and made it to the District
2018. Finals last year. We have a strong group of
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Grothaus looks to add to Grove boys track legacy


BY JIM METCALFE third-year junior Grayson Flores (Sprints),
DHI Media Sports Editor 6-5 third-year junior Hunter Roethlisberger
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com (Shot/Discus), 6-2 junior Dane Selby (High
Jump), sophomore Caiden Watkins (Inter-
COLUMBUS GROVE — Chris Grothaus mediate), sophomore Deuce Alt (Intermedi-
has built up a strong legacy in his 14 years ate), sophomore Evan Hopkins (Pole Vault),
as the Columbus Grove boys track and field sophomore Tanner Smith (Intermediate) and
head man. classmate Breece Pingle (Distance).
He has regularly produced State champi- Besides Roney, the other veteran losses
ons and qualifiers in his time for the Bull- are 4-year varsity letterwinners Boone
dogs, as well as numerous Northwest Con- Brubaker (middle distance/distance), Caid-
ference and Putnam County League titles. en Grothaus (4 years; pole vault and 400
Last year was no different as he had a meters), Ryan Tabler (4 years; hurdles and
double Division III State qualifier and won sprints), Grant Cassidy (4 years; sprints),
the PCL title, as well as finished as NWC Preston Brubaker (4 years; distance) and
runner-up. Logan Ridenour (throws), as well as Lach-
However, that qualifier: Rece Roney
(fourth in the shot put; qualified in the dis-
lan Clymer (sprint relays).
“We are hoping that our depth can give us
Columbus Grove Boys Track and Field 2018
cus; 4-year veteran); and six others are gone a chance to be competitive to win our con- Members of the Columbus Grove boys track team (front row, from left) are Enoch
via graduation. ference titles; that is our biggest strength Jones, Dylan Fruchey, Ross Renner, Caleb Barrientes, Grant Mumaugh, Jordan Bell-
Still, he is primed and loaded for another coming into the season,” Grothaus contin- man, Cody Johnson, Trevor Taylor and Adam Bogart. In the second row are Gray-
successful season in 2018 as 13 lettermen ued. “We do not have the automatic points in son Flores, Hunter Roethlisberger, Dane Selby, Isaiah Deluna, Jarrid Goedde, Kyle
are back. the field events that we have had in the past. Stalnaker and Garrett Nemire. In the third row are Will Nusbaum, Caiden Watkins,
Back for another go-round are senior With the graduation of Roney, Grothaus and Deuce Alt, Rob Langhals, Jacob Bish, Johnny Schmiedebusch, Nathan Maenle, Evan
Enoch Jones (Shot/Discus), senior Dylan Tabler, we will need to find other ways to Hopkins and Tanner Smith. In the fourth row are Jared Basinger, Breece Pingle,
Fruchey (Shot/Discus), senior Ross Renner generate points. Cody Tabler, Zeke Halker, Jon Banal, Derek Birkemeier, Gabe Hardeman and Rea-
(Shot), third-year junior Caleb Barrientes “Overall, we only have three seniors gan Clymer. In the fifth row are Gabe Clement, Ethan Halker, Jeff Myers and Tanner
(Sprints), junior Jordan Bellman (Distance), (See GROTHAUS, page 29) Blankemeyer. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)

Staley’s Lady ‘Dog tracksters have high expectations for 2018


BY JIM METCALFE (sprints; state placer in the 200-meter race, as
DHI Media Sports Editor well as qualifying for the 4x200-meter relay
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com at State), fourth-year senior Carlee McCluer
(hurdles; state-qualifier in the 100 hurdles
COLUMBUS GROVE — The Columbus and 4x200 relay) and fourth-year senior Aly-
Grove girls track and field team had another cea Ruhlen (sprints; state-qualifier 4x200).
successful season in 2017.
With a ton of experienced letterwinners Also back are fourth-year senior Taylor
returning from a District/Northwest Confer- Ellerbrock (distance, regional-placer in the
ence/Putnam County League champion, Tim 3,200-meter run and the 4x800-meter relay),
Staley is primed and ready for his 21st year third-year junior Madisyn Maag (throws,
with high expectations on his mind for the regional-placer in the discus) and sophomore
Lady Bulldogs. Alyssa Ellerbrock (distance, regional-placer
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March 2018 • The Herald Spring Sports • – 27

KALIDA WILDCATS
Inexperienced Kalida ready for hardball 2018
BY JIM METCALFE returnees, along with PBR first-team All- that the extra work transitions into on-field (outfielder), sophomore Matt Kehres (in-
DHI Media Sports Editor State junior Owen Recker (2 years; pitcher/ success this season. We should be strong fielder/outfielder/pitcher), sophomore out-
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com first base; PCL first-team; 80 strikeouts, 17 with a solid pitching staff and defense but fielder Evan Meyers, sophomore outfielder/
walks, 1.1 earned run will need to find a way infielder Alec Edelbrock, sophomore in-
KALIDA — Joe T. Recker has put to- average), junior Trev- to be better offensively fielder/outfielder Gabe Hovest, sophomore
gether a strong coaching resume in his four or Lambert (catcher/ this year. Tyler Klausing (pitcher/infielder/outfield-
seasons of leading the Kalida baseball pro- designated hitter), ju- “The Putnam Coun- er), sophomore Noah Miller (catcher/in-
gram, going 64-34. nior Ethan Schmenk ty League will be the fielder/outfielder), sophomore David Peck
That includes a 12-11 mark from last sea- (designated hitter/ most competitive it (infielder/pitcher), freshman Ayden War-
son, including a tie for the Putnam County outfielder/infielder/ has been in a long necke (catcher/outfielder/infielder), fresh-
League crown at 6-1 and a season that end- pitcher), sophomore time. Each team has a man Brandon Miller (infielder/pitcher/out-
ed in the Division IV District finals. Josh Recker (second legitimate ace pitcher fielder), freshman Luke Erhart (infielder/
This Wildcat edition will have more of an base/shortstop/pitch- and each game will be outfielder), freshman Ryan Lucke (infield-
underclassmen look as only two seniors will er) and sophomore a battle.” er/pitcher/outfielder), freshman Adam Bas-
dot the 21-man roster. Clay Bellmann (out- Having to replace inger (outfielder/infielder) and classmate
Those two seniors: 2-year letterman Kev- fielder/pitcher). three 4-year lettermen in Jeffrey Knueve, Connor Erhart (outfielder).
in Hamburg (infielder/pitcher/outfielder; “We will be very young and inexperi- Noah Lambert and Trent Siebeneck and Kalida’s baseball opener is slated to be
PCL Honorable Mention; .375 batting av- enced in 2018. Our kids have put in more 2-year man Derek Buss due to graduation, on Monday, March 26, at home versus Jef-
erage) and 2-year veteran Josh Klausing off-season work as a group than any previ- Coach Recker will turn to a very young ferson.
(infielder/pitcher); lead a handful-plus of ous years,” Coach Recker said. “Our hope is group of sophomore Zach von der Embse

Buss new head of Kalida softball program


BY JIM METCALFE pect to help the transition for Buss. to be leaders on and off the field,” Buss ex- shortstop/first base), freshman Katelyn
DHI Media Sports Editor That includes second-team all-Putnam plained. “Our juniors and sophomores will Kahle (infielder), freshman Melanie Meyers
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com County League pick Taylor Zeller (senior need to continue to improve their skills and (catcher/infielder) and freshman outfielder
infielder/pitcher), senior pitcher/infielder perform at a high level to help eliminate Mya Schmitz.
KALIDA — Last season’s Kalida fast- Jaylen Vandemark (honorable mention all- weak spots in our lineup. Our talented in- They have to help replace two graduated
pitch softball crew suffered with a down PCL), senior outfielder/shortstop Hannah coming freshmen class will need to quickly letterwinners: Dana Knueve (pitcher/catch-
year, going 4-18. Warn (honorable mention all-PCL), juniir learn the speed and competitiveness of the er) and infielder Kamryn Webken.
The loss to Holgate in the Division IV infielder/catcher Makenna Hoyt, junior in- high school level so they can also become In addition to Vandemark, other assistant
post-season sectionals saw then-head coach fielder/outfielder Hannah Smith and sopho- successful contributors.” coaches include Kristine Vandemark, Dana
Julia Vandemark’s final contest at the helm. more outfielder Delaney Vorst. Among the promising newcomers Buss Knueve and Laine Laudick.
She has moved over into an assistant “This year’s LadyCats are looking to is referring to are senior catcher/infielder The first game of the Buss regime is set
coaching spot this spring, with Randy Buss have a winning season and compete at the Kiona Gray, sophomore outfielder Ella for Thursday, March 29, at Jefferson.
taking over leadership for the LadyCats. top of the PCL. Our seniors are a hardwork- Kaufman, freshman Emily Buss (pitcher/
Six letterwinners back from that crew ex- ing and very talented class who will need
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LadyCats primed for strong 2018 track and field season


BY JIM METCALFE
DHI Media Sports Editor
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com

KALIDA — Kalida’s girls track and field


team was a relatively young and inexperi-
enced unit in 2017.
They still had unprecedented success in
their short, 2-year history of the sport.
Their 4x800-meter relay team, that ended
up 15th in a time of 10:02.12, as well as an
individual 800-meter runner, made it all
the way to the Division III State Track and
Field Meet in Columbus.
The only one of that foursome not back —
the graduated Kelly Doepker in both the 800
(placing 14th in 2:21.98) and 4x8 — leaves
third-year head man Scott Miller dreaming
of bigger and better things in 2018.
Leading the returnees back from last
spring’s Putnam County League runners-up
are senior Taylor Lucke (who qualified for
Regionals in both the 1,600- and 3,200-me-
ter runs) , sophomore Kyla Fortman and
sophomore Madison Langhals, all part of
that 4x8 relay; senior Sarah Klausing, junior
Morgan Mock, junior Maclerin Morrissey,
sophomore McKayla Maag, sophomore
Carlie Rampe, sophomore Abby Maag,
Kalida Track and Field Varsity 2018
The 2018 Kalida boys and girls track and field teams have Morgan Ridinger, Brenna Smith, Hannah Berheide, Kathryn Siebe-
sophomore McKenna Bockrath and sopho- neck, Carlee Recker, Jillian Knueve, Dayna Schimmoeller, Grace Klausing, Kyla Fortman, Madison Langhals, Carlie Rampe,
more Grace Miller. Abby Maag, McKayla Maag, McKenna Bockrath, Kaitlyn Keefer, Larissa Schnipke, Grace Miller, Irene Jimenez-Gonzalez,
With the departure of only one other Alyssa Schulte, Bernadette Basinger, Morgan Mock, Maclerin Morrissey, Taylor Lucke, Kierstan Siebeneck, Sarah Klausing,
senior letterwinner — Bailey Eickholt — Jayce Horstman, Will Zeller, Tanner Schultz, Aden Fersch, Kaden Ellerbrock, Trevor Siefker, Trey Martin, Hayden McKee,
(See LADYCATS, page 29) Brian Edwards, Josh Verhoff, Trevor Vorst, Keith Doepker, Brad Siefker, Grant Laudick, Chandler Hopkins, Carter Moore,
head coach Scott Miller and assistant coaches Steve Myers and Kayla Stechschulte. (DHI Media/Charlie Warnimont)

Miller’s Kalida boys tracksters looking for more success


BY JIM METCALFE KALIDA — For the first time in its brief sion III State Track and Field Meet at vener- Fersch.
DHI Media Sports Editor boys track and field history, the Kalida boys able Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “Our sprint team will again be a strength
jmetcalfe@delphosherald.com had four members go to last spring’s Divi- Two of them are back, while to more this year with three of our top five sprint-
moved on due to graduation. ers back from last year, anchored by juniors

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Head coach Scott Miller — entering his Josh Verhoff and Trevor Vorst. With a few

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Naughton LadyCats
(Continued from Page 25) pionship this season. In the NWC with a (Continued from Page 28) sprinter depth from incoming freshmen,”
playing several positions on the baseball 4-4 finish, the team looks to build off that Miller figures he will field not only an even Miller added. “We are young in our sprints
field. We look for athleticism on the base- and improve in the win column against stronger team of veterans but has plenty and jumps and that is a weakness right now
paths and on defense to be a big part of the some tough competition coming out of the but we are very excited with the group we
2018 season. NWC in 2018.,” Naughton added. “Junior of promising newcomers to help fill in the
gaps. have and look for them to do some nice
“Weaknesses the team could come up Nick Woods is coming off a 2nd-team all-
against this season would be the large make- conference season in the NWC and has been “We have eight incoming freshmen that things and help score points in those areas.
up of underclassmen on the team and the the ace since his freshmen year; we look to were very successful on the track last year in “I think we have some excellent leader-
overall lack of experience at the varsity lev- go deep in the playoffs with Nick’s experi- junior high. I am looking forward to seeing ship and some young talented girls that are
el. Although these boys have been winning ence and the experience of two other start- what they can do and how they can help the working very hard.”
at their level, nine seniors departed from ing pitchers in Hauenstein and Schneider high school team this year,” he said. Further depth is expected to come from
2017, so finding an identity is still in the air. who have pitched in both leagues since their senior Kierstan Siebeneck, junior Irene
The offense is going to have to be productive freshmen year as well. Among those freshmen are Morgan
Ridinger, Brenna Smith, Hannah Berheide, Jimenez-Gonzalez, junior Alyssa Schulte,
and find ways to score to back up the strong “We are looking to compete and be one of
forecasted pitching and defense.” the top competitors in the NWC this season. Kathryn Siebeneck, Carlee Recker, Jillian junior Bernadette Basinger, sophomore
The remainder of the roster has senior out- Crestview, Paulding, Lincolview, Delphos Knueve, Dayna Schimmoeller and Grace Kaitlyn Keefer and sophomore Larissa
fielder Zach Arnold, junior outfielder/pitch- Jefferson and Spencerville should all be Klausing. Schnipke.
er Thomas Otto, junior infielder/pitcher Kurt teams to keep an eye on for heavy competi- “Our overall depth will be a key to suc- The LadyCats’ track and field campaign
Griffith and junior outfielder Dylan Mason. tion this spring.” cess this year and a definite strength of this was slated to commence on Saturday, March
“After last season’s PCL finish — a 3-way Naughton’s Columbus Grove tenure was 24, at the Joe Horn Tiger Relays at Waynes-
tie — the team looks to separate itself in set to begin on Saturday, March 24, at Shaw- team. We return quite a bit of scoring from
last year’s squad in our throws and distance field-Goshen High School.
the league and vie for a conference cham- nee.
squads and have added some additional
Grothaus
(Continued from Page 25) “The NWC is wide open for anyone to
win this year. As always, Bluffton has some
Lancer Track
in our program. We will need to have our (Continued from Page 24)
great athletes and Lincolnview continues to from two years ago in Brayden Langdon,
younger kids to really step up for us. Look sophomore Devon Bill, sophomore Evan
be a solid program,” he added. “In the PCL, who missed the entire 2017 season due to a
for us to improve as the season progresses Cox, sophomore Joe Sadowski, sophomore
look for Kalida to have a breakout year this season-ending injury. She ended the indoor
and hopefully are able to compete for NWC Jerron Taylor, sophomore Colton Tren-
spring with the returning speed they have track season ranked #17 in the 400-meter
and PCL titles.” kamp, freshman Rickie Welker, freshman
from last year.” dash in Division 3.
The head coach hopes that promising Alek Rosbaugh, freshman Dawson Kimmet,
Assistant coaches are Bob Baxter, Cory “We are looking to continue to build the
newcomers such as the 6-4 junior thrower freshman Cole Gorman, freshman Camden
Meuleman, Mike Brodwolf, Caleb Arthur girls track program. We have several key
Cody Johnson (Shot Put), sophomore John- Miller, freshman Dylan Schimmoeller, fresh-
and Jason Jay. parts and are looking to improve as the sea-
ny Schmiedebusch (Distance), freshman man Landon Moody, freshman Gage West,
Grove was set to open the newest cam- son progresses. We are hoping that some of
Jon Banal (Hurdles/Long Jump) and fresh- freshman Sam Wolfrum, freshman Louis Ul-
paign at home in a quad match on Tuesday, our freshmen can immediately contribute so
man Gabe Clement (Pole Vault) will be part rey and classmate Brok Bill.
March 27. that we can be competitive in the NWC. Our
of that youth movement. The girls team will also have its share of ultimate goal is to advance as many athletes
necessary growing pains, according to the as possible down the tournament trail at the

Doidge
head coach. end of the season.”
“The girls team will be very young this The remaainder of the Lady Lancer track
season as three-quarters of the team are ei- and field team has senior Madison Dick-
(Continued from Page 23) len East, Columbus Grove, Crestview and ther a sophomore or freshman; we currently son, senior Makenna Klausing, senior Miah
Ada are the main contenders for the NWC have 14 freshmen on the team. The girls also Katalenas, junior Raegan Boley, junior Sara
outfielder), third-year senior Marissa
title and we are looking to add our name to had a very successful fall in qualifying as a Jean Campbell, junior Madelyn Dunn, junior
Miller (infielder/outfielder), third-year ju-
the list. The rest of the conference is always team to the State cross country meet; a large Jasmine Miller, sophomore Olivia Eversole,
nior Amy Beair (pitcher/infielder), third-
a threat and a solid test.” majority of those girls are on the track team,” sophomore Alexis Miller, freshman Jade
year junior outfielder/infielder Carly Wen- Serving as assistant coaches are Kaitlyn
del and sophomore Lana Carey (infielder/ he added. “Those girls include Madison Ducheney, freshman Hannah Zickefoose,
Brant and Courtney Williams. Langdon (freshman), an individual Regional freshman Delaney Keysor, freshman Arin
outfielder). The rest of the varsity has senior pitcher/
He has a handful-plus of letterwinners to qualifier in cross country, as well as Victoria Williams, freshman Sami Sellers, freshman
infielder Bethany Martinez, junior infielder/ Snyder (sophomore), Madeline Snyder (ju- Madysen Glossett, freshman Ariel Pruden,
replace due to graduation, including second- outfielder/pitcher Maddie Jenkins, junior
team all-NWC pick and 4-year varsity play- nior), Brayden Langdon (junior), Rylee By- freshman Chloe Krendl, freshman Anastasia
outfielder Leah Unger, sophomore Tori Boyd rne (junior) and Dylann Carey (freshman). Kuentzler, freshman Izzy Donnelly, fresh-
er Macala Ashbaugh, Zoe Miller (3 years), (outfielder/infielder), sophomore outfielder/
MaKenzie Kraft (3 years), Allison Berry- The girls team returns the 2017 MVP in Ol- man Kenna Mason and classmate Melody
infielder Destiny Brown, sophomore Jor- ivia Gorman (senior), who was a key mem- Puckett.
man (3 years), McKenzie Davis (2 years) dan Decker (infielder), sophomore Shiann
and Kayla Schroeder (2 years). ber of relays and competed in the high jump Lincolnview opens the 2018 track and
Kraft (infielder), sophomore Shania Profit and the long jump as first-team NWC. The field season on Tuesday, April 3, at home
To replace that group, Doidge will have (outfielder), sophomore Hanna Scaggs (out-
to rely on pronmising newcomers such as girls also return their second-leading scorer versus Ottoville and Crestview.
fielder/infielder), freshman Winter Boroff
junior Maddie Jenkins, as well as several (infielder/pitcher), freshman Destiny Coil
sophomores stepping up from the junior (catcher/infielder), freshman Annie Men-
varsity team and freshmen coming in from denhall (infielder/outfielder/pitcher), fresh-
the junior high program. man Jessica Reynolds (infielder), freshman
“With the talent we have returning, we Jayda Stutz (outfielder) and freshman out-
will try to turn the corner in the Northwest fielder/outfielder Hanna Young.
Conference race and make a solid tourna- The Lady Lancers open the 2018 cam-
ment run. Pitching and timely hitting are key paign on Wednesday, March 28, at Van Wert
factors in winning,” Doidge explained. “Al- County rival Van Wert.
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Schedules
Ottoville Columbus Grove
2018 VARSITY BASEBALL 2018 VARSITY BASEBALL
April 7 Leipsic* Away 2 p.m. April 3 Ottoville* Home 5 p.m.
Date Opponent Site Time Date Opponent Site Time
April 11 Elida Home 5 p.m. April 5 Crestview# Away 5 p.m.
March 27 Ottawa-Glandorf Home 5 p.m. March 24 Shawnee Away 1 p.m.
April 12 Liberty-Benton Away 5 p.m. April 6 Patrick Henry Home 5 p.m.
March 28 Fort Jennings Home 5 p.m. March 26 Arlington Home 5 p.m.
April 13 Miller City* Home 5 p.m. April 9 Paulding# Home 5 p.m.
March 29 Ayersville Away 5 p.m. March 27 Elida Away 5 p.m.
April 16 Ayersville Home 5 p.m. April 10 Miller City* Home 5 p.m.
March 30 Elida Home 5 p.m. March 29 McComb Away 5 p.m.
April 18 Lincolnview Home 5 p.m. April 12 Lincolnview# Away 5 p.m.
April 3 Columbus Grove* Away 5 p.m. March 30 Leipsic* Away 5 p.m.
April 19 St. Marys Memorial Away 5 p.m. April 16 Spencerville# Home 5 p.m.
April 4 Miller City* Away 5 p.m. March 31 Cory-Rawson (DH) Home 11 a.m.
April 20 Holgate Home 5 p.m. April 19 Lima Central Catholic Away 5 p.m.
April 6 Antwerp Home 5 p.m. April 3 Ottoville* Home 5 p.m.
April 24 Jefferson Away 5 p.m. April 20 Continental* Home 5 p.m.
April 9 Continental* Away 5 p.m. April 4 Continental* Home 5 p.m.
April 26 Perry Away 5 p.m. April 23 Bluffton# Home 5 p.m.
April 10 Jefferson Home 5 p.m. April 5 Crestview# Away 5 p.m.
April 30 Ottawa-Glandorf Away 5 p.m. April 24 Leipsic* Away 5 p.m.
April 11 Bluffton Away 5 p.m. April 9 Paulding# Home 5 p.m.
May 1 Antwerp Home 5 p.m. April 26 Jefferson# Away 5 p.m.
April 13 St. John’s Away 5 p.m. April 10 Pandora-Gilboa* Home 5 p.m.
May 3 Pandora-Gilboa* Away 5 p.m. April 27 Pandora-Gilboa* Home 5 p.m.
April 14 Crestview Away 5 p.m. April 11 Miller City* Home 5 p.m.
May 9 Kalida* Home 5 p.m. April 28 Ottawa-Glandorf (DH) Away 11 a.m.
April 17 Leipsic* Home 5 p.m. April 12 Lincolnview# Away 5 p.m.
May 12 Continental* Home Noon April 30 Allen East# Home 5 p.m.
April 20 Pandora-Gilboa* Away 5 p.m. April 16 Spencerville* Home 5 p.m.
* — Putnam County League game May 1 Van Buren Away 5 p.m.
April 21 Upper Sandusky Fifth/Third Field in Toledo 1 p.m. April 17 Fort Jennings* Away 5 p.m.
========== May 2 Kalida* Away 5 p.m.
April 23 Fort Jennings* Away 5 p.m. April 19 Lima Central Catholic Away 5 p.m.
May 3 Ada# Home 5 p.m.
2018 COED TRACK AND FIELD April 20 Kalida* Away 5 p.m.
April 25 April 26 Continental* Home 5 p.m. * - Putnam County League game
Date Opponent Site Time April 23 Bluffton# Home 5 p.m.
April 27 Spencerville Home 5 p.m. # - Northwest Conference game
March 29 FJ/Kalida/Paulding PG 4:30 p.m. April 26 Jefferson# Away 5 p.m.
April 30 Perry Home 5 p.m. ==============
April 3 Lincolnview/Crestview LV 4:30 p.m. April 28 Lima Senior (DH) Away 10 a.m.
May 1 Miller City* Home 5 p.m. 2018 COED VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD
April 5 FJ/PG/Cory-Rawson Home 5 p.m. April 30 Allen East# Home 5 p.m.
May 3 Kalida* Home 5 p.m. Date Opponent Site Time
April 10 Ayersville Away 4:30 p.m. May 3 Ada# Home 5 p.m.
* — Putnam County League game March 27 Quad Home 4:30 p.m.
April 13 Columbus Grove Inv. Away 4:30 p.m. * - Putnam County League game
============= April 6 Bearcat Relays SV 4 p.m.
April 17 SJ/FJ/Arlington Home 5 p.m. # - Northwest Conference game
2018 FAST-PITCH VARSITY SOFTBALL April 13 Bulldog Invitational Home 4:30 p.m.
April 19 Cont./Holgate/CR Away 4:30 p.m. ========
Date Opponent Site Time April 17 Van Buren Quad Away 4:30 p.m.
April 21 St. John’s Invitational Away 9 a.m. 2018 VARSITY FAST-PITCH SOFTBALL
March 27 Wayne Trace Away 5 p.m. April 21 Diller Invitational Ayersville 9 a.m.
April 27 Edgerton Invitational Away 4 p.m. Date Opponent Site Time
March 28 Ada Home 5 p.m. April 24 Grove Tri Home 4:30 p.m.
May 1 Jefferson/VW/LCC Home 5 p.m. March 26 Arlington Home 5 p.m.
March 29 Spencerville Away 5 p.m. April 28 Liberty-Benton Inv. Away 9 a.m.
May 4 PCL CG 4:30 p.m. March 27 Hardin Northern Away 5 p.m.
April 3 Columbus Grove* Away 5 p.m. May 1 Quad meet Bluffton 4:30 p.m.
May 7 Fort Jennings/LCC Home 5 p.m. March 29 McComb Away 5 p.m.
April 4 Shawnee Home 5 p.m. May 4 PCL meet Home 4:30 p.m.
March 30 Liberty-Benton Home 5 p.m.

Staley’s
May 10 NWC Meet SV 4:30 p.m.
March 31 Cory-Rawson (DH) Home 11 a.m.
May 12 NWC meet SV 10 a.m.
April 2 Ayersville Away 5 p.m.

(Continued from Page 26)


Further experienced depth comes via
dles and sprints,” Staley observed. “There
are many returning throwers that could Miller’s
make some noise as the season progresses. (Continued from Page 28) brock and sophomore Trevor Siefker.
fourth-year senior Allison Choi (middle
distance), fourth-year senior Bailey Duni- We look for our seniors and state qualifiers “A little lack of depth overall will be our
qualifying for Regionals,” Miller continued.
fon (sprints, long jump), fourth-year senior to show leadership in practice. Our sopho- challenge. We are excited about the new-
“Also looking forward to see what Jayce
Kayla Reynolds (high jump), third-year ju- mores and freshmen are big classes with a comers we have and believe they can step up
Horstman can do in the mid-distance events
nior Amy Vorst (hurdles, long jump), third- lot of talent.” in those areas to fill the void,” Miller added.
Among the more promising newcom- and Tanner Schultz in the pole vault. All
year junior Autumn Thompson (throws), “We have good numbers back out and excel-
ers are sophomore Leah Dawson (sprints), three will be a big part of our team this year.
junior Addison Bonnell (throws), junior lent leadership by the upperclassmen. I think
sophomore hurdler Abby Gladwell, soph- “Also, we have two new upperclassmen
Lauren Diehl (sprints), junior Peyton Fen- as the season progresses, we will see great
omore pole vaulter Cassie Heilman and out for the first time and excited to see were
bert (throws), sophomore Cassidy Brink- strides in our athletes and we will look to
sprinting classmate Emily Ridinger. they fit in.”
man (throws), sophomore Becca Choi improve upon last year’s finish.”
Also expected to provide depth are fresh- Besides Horstman, Zeller and Schultz,
(sprints), sophomore Makena Doseck (hur- Kalida’s boys track and field campaign
dles), sophomore Leanndra Price (distance), man Lauren Benroth (sprints), freshman other newcomers Miller will be banking on
Ashtyn Bermudez (throws), freshman Mor- was set to begin at the Waynesfield-Goshen
classmate Sydney Witteborg (distance), this spring are junior Hayden McKee, junior
gan Deffenbaugh (distance), freshman Sara Joe Horn Tiger Relays on Saturday, March
sophomore Kaitlyn Herman (sprints), soph- Brian Edwards, junior Brad Siefker, junior
Dipnarine (throws), freshman Erin Down- 24.
omore Paige Langhals (sprints), sophomore Grant Laudick, sophomore Kaden Eller-
ing (distance), freshman Kennedy Flores
Gallmeier
Addison Schafer (distance), sophomore
Abby Shafer (throws) and classmate Mek- (throws), freshman Emily Schumacher
ennah Thompson (distance). (distance), freshman Zoe Stechschulte (dis-
Among the departed via graduation were tance) and classmate Lauryn Wischmeyer (Continued from Page 25) Stringfield, junior Olivia DeLaRosa, soph-
Kirsten Malsam (middle distance, 4x8 re- (sprints). girls who will continue to improve,” Gall- omore Angel Schneider, sophomore Ivy
Assistant coaches include Connie Arthur, meier said. “We look to be competitive in Parker, sophomore Kiara Daniels, sopho-
lay), Leah Myerholtz (middle distance, 4x8
Mike Brodwolf and Kelly Martz. both the PCL and NWC once again and hope more Autumn Renner, sophomore Vanessa
relay), Danielle Caudill (throws), Hallie Gander, freshman Cheyenne Merschman,
Malsam (jumps), Macy McCluer (middle “We hope to defend our NWC and PCL to continue our success in the tournament at
titles. Spencerville will be strong in the the end of the season. Our strength this year freshman Kennedy Smith, freshman Grace
distance), Haley Roe (pole vault), Kara Selhorst, freshman Haylie Basinger and
NWC. Ottoville and Leipsic will both be will be our pitching and defense.”
Sanderson (throws), Alicia Burgei (throws), Gallmeier will not only have a veteran classmate Lyric Dickey.
Liz Martin (throws), Cassidy Oatman good in the PCL,” Staley added.
cast to begin 2018 with but has a boatload of Grove was slated to open Gallmeier’s
(throws) and Jade Clement (sprints). Grove commences the 2018 girls track fifth season on Monday, March 26, at home
and field season with a home quad meet on promising newcomers to provide new start-
“We have a very good senior class return- ers or bench strength: senior Kennedy Os- versus non-league foe Arlington.
ing. Our strengths will be the distance, hur- Tuesday, March 27.
ting, junior Jenna Hardeman, junior Libby
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Schedules
Kalida Lincolnview
2018 VARSITY BASEBALL April 26 Miller City* Away 5 p.m. 2018 VARSITY BASEBALL
Date Opponent Site Time April 27 Lincolnview Home 5 p.m. April 5 Lima Central Catholic Home 5 p.m.
Date Opponent Site Time
March 26 Jefferson Home 5 p.m. May 1 Allen East Home 5 p.m. April 6 Continental Home 5 p.m.
March 27 Fort Recovery Away 5 p.m.
April 7 Crestview/VW/WT CV Noon
March 30 Pandora-Gilboa* Home 5 p.m. May 2 Columbus Grove* Home 5 p.m. March 28 Van Wert Away 4:30 p.m.
April 12 Columbus Grove* Home 5 p.m.
March 31 Elida Away Noon May 3 Hardin Northern Home 5 p.m. March 29 Fort Jennings Away 5 p.m.
April 13 Parkway Home 5 p.m.
April 2 Miller City* Away 5 p.m. May 4 Ayersville Home 5 p.m. March 31 St. John’s Tri Away 11 a.m.
April 14 Celina Quad Away 2 p.m.
April 3 Ayersville Home 5 p.m.
April 6 Patrick Henry Away 5 p.m. May 8 Spencerville Away 5 p.m. April 16 Bluffton* Away 5 p.m.
April 5 Lima Central Catholic Home 5 p.m.
April 7 Crestview Away Noon May 9 Ottoville* Away 5 p.m. April 17 Spencerville* Away 5 p.m.
April 7 Wayne Trace (DH) Home Noon
April 9 St. John’s Home 5 p.m. May 11 Lima Central Catholic Home 5 p.m. April 18 Ottoville Away 5 p.m.
April 9 Spencerville* Away 5 p.m.
April 10 Arlington Home 5 p.m. * - Putnam County League game April 19 Allen East* Home 5 p.m.
April 12 Columbus Grove* Home 5 p.m.
April 21 Hicksville (DH) Away 11 a.m.
April 12 Ft. Jennings* Home 5 p.m. ========== April 15 New Knoxville Fifth/Third Field in Dayton 4 p.m.
April 23 Jefferson* Away 5 p.m.
April 14 McComb Home 2 p.m. 2018 COED VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD April 16 Bluffton* Away 5 p.m.
April 26 Crestview* Away 5 p.m.
April 16 Continental* Away 5 p.m. Date Opponent Site Time April 19 Allen East* Home 5 p.m.
April 27 Kalida Away 5 p.m.
April 20 Hicksville Away 5 p.m.
April 17 Lima Central Catholic Home 5 p.m. March 24 W-G Joe Horn Tiger Relays Away Noon April 28 Marion Local Home 11 a.m.
April 21 Fairview (DH) Away 10 a.m.
April 19 Ottawa-Glandorf Away 5 p.m. March 29 OV/FJ/Paulding Away 4:30 p.m. April 30 Ada* Home 5 p.m.
April 23 Jefferson* Away 5 p.m.
April 20 Columbus Grove* Home 5 p.m. April 3 P-G/Arcadia Away 4:30 p.m. May 3 Paulding* Home 5 p.m.
April 24 Miller City Home 5 p.m.
April 21 Patrick Henry Home 11 p.m. April 7 Crestview/Lima CC Away 11 a.m. May 4 Wayne Trace Away 5 p.m.
April 26 Crestview* Away 5 p.m.
May 8 Antwerp Away 5 p.m.
April 23 Ayersville Home 5 p.m. April 10 Allen East/Bath Away 4:45 p.m. April 27 New Bremen Away 5 p.m.
* — Northwest Conference games
April 24 Leipsic* Home 5 p.m. April 14 Joe Tussing Pat. Inv. Away 9 a.m. April 30 Ada* Home 5 p.m.
===========
April 26 Celina Away 5 p.m. April 17 CG/Van Buren/AE Away 4:30 p.m. May 1 Continental Away 5 p.m.
2018 COED VARSITY TRACK AND FIELD
May 3 Paulding* Home 5 p.m.
April 27 Coldwater Home 5 p.m. April 21 St. John’s Invitational Away 9 a.m. Date Opponent Site Time
May 4 Holgate Away 5 p.m.
April 30 Tinora Away 5 p.m. April 24 St. John’s/SV/Perry Perry 4:30 p.m. April 3 Ottoville/Crestview Home 4:30 p.m.
May 10 Minster Away 5 p.m
May 1 Allen East Home 5 p.m. April 28 Pat Wagner Inv. L-B 9 a.m. April 10 Continental/Paulding Cont. 4:30 p.m.
May 14 Kalida Home 5 p.m.
May 3 Ottoville* Away 5 p.m. May 4 PCL Away 4:30 p.m. April 13 Wayne Trace Inv. Away 4:30 p.m.
* — Northwest Conference games
April 17 Parkway Away 4:30 p.m.
May 4 Liberty-Benton Home 5 p.m. May 7 Wayne Trace Relays Away 4:30 p.m. =============
April 21 St. John’s Invitational Away 9 a.m.
May 8 Spencerville Away 5 p.m. May 10 FJ/Continental Away 4:30 p.m. 2018 FAST-PITCH VARSITY SOFTBALL
April 24 Van Wert County Meet Home 4:30 p.m.
May 12 Holgate Fifth/Third Field 7 p.m. Date Opponent Site Time
April 27 Cardinal Inv. New Bremen 4:30 p.m.
March 28 Van Wert Away 4:30 p.m.
May 14 Lincolnview Away 5 p.m. May 1 SV/LTC Home 4:30 p.m.
March 29 Minster Home 5 p.m.
* - Putnam County League game May 10 NWC SV 4:30 p.m.
April 2 Coldwater Away 5 p.m.
============== May 12 NWC SV 10 a.m.
April 4 Perry Home 5 p.m.
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