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Bath



Coach: Doug Davis



Division: II



Years at school, record: 6, 30-76



2008-09 record: 5-17



Returning letterwinners: G *Dre White (Sr., 14.4 ppg, 20 3-pointers); G *Brad Davis (Soph., 10.7 ppg, 46 3-pointers); F *Terence Pollard (Sr., 5.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg); G *Johny Simindinger (Jr., 6.9 ppg; 21 3-pointers); G Dillon Bok (Sr., 3.3 ppg).



Promising newcomers: F Nate Hefner (Soph.).



Team outlook: With four starters back, including top scorers White and Davis, Bath is aiming for a .500 season or better. Defense and rebounding will be the keys to achieving a winning season.



Celina



Coach: Chris Bihn



Division: II



Record at school: 45-50



2008-09 record: 13-9



Returning letterwinners: G *Darin Waterman (Sr.); G *Kahl Knapke (Jr.); C Kahl LaRue (Sr.); C Greg Riemesch (Jr.); F Adam Carr (Sr.); F Nate Bihn (Jr.).



Promising newcomers: G Scott Moeder (Soph.); F John Homan (Jr.).



Team outlook: Celina has experience, but Waterman is the only returning starter. Celina has depth and will use it in an up-tempo game. The Bulldogs want to hit the boards and run their way back to another winning record.



Defiance



Coach: Kirk Lehman



Division: II



Years at school, record: 7, 58-70



2008-09 record: 14-7



Returning letterwinners: C Steven Hammersmith (Sr., 1.7 ppg., 1.1 rpg); F Dace Kime (Sr., 2.5 ppg., 2.5 rpg.); G Alex Nofziger (Sr., 1.6 ppg.); C Eric Stapleton (Jr.).



Promising newcomers: F Preston Pixler (Sr.); G Paul Walsh (Jr.); G Doug Herrett (Soph.); G Josh Scott (Soph.); F Anthony Kidston (Soph.); G Jacob Moore (Soph.).



Team outlook: Defiance has good quickness, but looks to replace the 16 points and 4 rebounds that graduated Alex Keel gave them. Nofziger takes over at the point guard. The team has good size with 6-6 Hammersmith and 6-7 Stapleton, but need to improve their rebounding.



Elida



Coach: Denny Thompson



Division: II



Years at school, record: 4, 30-38



2008-09 record: 16-9 (regional semifinals)



Returning letterwinners: G *Matt Thompson (Sr., 3.8 ppg., 20 3-pointers); G *Reggie McAdams (Soph., 12.3 ppg., 3.8  rpg., 57 3-pointers); F *Alex McAdams (Jr., 6.3 ppg., 7.0 rpg.); F *Desmond Ragin (Sr., 7.3 ppg., 7.1 rpg.); F Michael Knotts (Sr., 5.5 ppg., 4.2 rpg.); G Todd Kraft (Sr., 2.5 ppg.); G Andrew Clevenger (Jr., 1.3 ppg.).



Promising newcomers: G Kevin Kraft (Soph.); G Dalton Martz (Soph.); G Aric Thompson (Fr.).



Team outlook: Elida returns four starters from a team that jelled last last year and went all the way to the regionals. Guard Bo Mathias will be tough to replace. The Bulldogs will look to Reggie McAdams on the outside and Alex McAdams and Ragin on the inside. It’s Year 2 for the new “swing” offense.



Kenton



Coach: Terry Rowe



Division: II



Years at school, record: NA



2008-09 record: 15-9 (district finals)



Returning letterwinners: G *Maty Mauk (Soph., 11.6 ppg.); C *Mark Fackler (Sr., 5.9 ppg., 5.2 rpg.); G Max Morrison (Jr., 2.8 ppg., 3.6 apg.); G Curtis Heydinger (Sr., 2.5 ppg.); C Isaac Jeffers (Soph., 1 ppg., 2 rpg.); F Graham Watkins (Sr.).



Promising newcomers: F Brice Fakler (Soph.); G Dylan Legge (Jr.); F Alex Kissling (Jr.); F Brennan Rolander (Soph. ); G Andrew Johnson (Fr. ).



Team outlook: There’s no replacing all-everything 6-10 Garrick Sherman, who is now at Michigan State. The offense will now look to Mauk, Fackler and others in the post-Sherman era. Defense and rebounding will be huge keys.



Ottawa-Glandorf



Coach: Josh Leslie



Division: III



Years at school, record: NA



2008-09 record: 21-3 (district finals)



Returning letterwinners: F *Quinn Kaufman (Sr.); G Josh Johnson (Sr.); G Brian Laubenthal (Sr.).



Promising newcomers: F Andrew Trenkamp (Jr.); F Landon Pothast (Jr.); G Ryan Kuhlman (Sr.); G Matt Peck (Jr.); F Drew Ellerbrock (Jr.). NEED TO CHECK.



Team outlook: The Titans lost nine seniors and four starters from a year ago. The young Titans will use their depth and athleticism to play a fast-paced game. O-G will continue lean on its defensive pressure and traps.



St. Marys



Coach: Dan Hegemier



Division: II



Years at school, record: First year, (466-169 in 27 years)



2008-09 record: 1-19, 



Returning letterwinners: Derek Roop* (C, junior), Scott Kinkley (F, senior), Devon Fitzgerald (C, junior), Dan Bubp (F, junior)



Promising newcomers: Garrett Fledderjohann (PG, freshman), Michael Huber (G, sophomore), Paul Pfenning (G, senior), Travis Powell (G, senior)



Team outlook: Hegemier takes over a moribound St. Marys program after guiding New Knoxville to 63 straight regular season wins. Hegemier is high on the abilities of Fledderjohann, who is one of a handful of freshmen to start for the coach in three-plus decades.



Shawnee



Coach: Nick Bertke



Division: II



Years at school, record: 6, 67-42



2008-09 record: 16-6



Returning letterwinners: G *Cody Smith (Sr., 16 ppg, 3.8 rpg); G *Trey Howard (Jr., 5.2 ppg); G Garrett Black (Sr., 1.2 ppg); C-F Seth Rosenbauer (Soph., 4.7 ppg., 4.6 rpg.), G Andrew Sayre (Sr., 0.6 ppg.).



Promising newcomers: C Zac Rosenbauer (Sr.); G C.J. Sewell (Sr.); G Jamiil Williams (Jr.); G Clint Spencer (Jr.); G Eddie Kelley (Jr.); C Cory Royster (Soph.).



Team outlook: Providing the Indians are healthy, the backcourt should be a team strength. Shawnee wants to run and press its way through the WBL schedule.



Van Wert



Coach: Dave Froelich



Division: II



Years at school, record: 18, 217-159



2008-09 record: 8-13



Returning letterwinners: G *Jacob Bagley (Sr.); F *Evan Hammons (Sr.); C *Jake Olson (Sr.); G *Corey Clifton (Jr.); F *Austin Fleming (Jr.); G Nathan Williams (Sr.); F Tyler Putman (Sr.); G Jacob Hood (Jr.).



Promising newcomers: G Blake Doidge (Jr.); G Jacob Myers (Soph.); G Reggie Phillips (Soph.).



Team outlook: The Cougars return eight lettermen and five starters this year so it should be a bound-back season. The Cougars will have speed and quickness and hope to push the tempo. Van Wert will look to its defense and rebounding to return to its winning ways.



Wapakoneta



Coach: Matt Bradley



Division: II



Years at school, record: First year



2008-09 record: 0-21



Returning letterwinners: C *Mike Bogan (Sr.); G *Jackson Hayzlett (Sr.); G *Shane Helmstetter (Sr.); G Jordan Ruppert (Sr.); C Jacob Heinl (Sr.); C Justin Steveley (Sr.); G Zane Oen (Sr.); C Tom Georg (Sr.).



Promising newcomers: G Cale Tabler (Jr.); C Kaleb Vondenhuevel (Soph.); G Alex Greve (Fr.).



Team outlook: It’s a new coach and a new system after hitting rock bottom at 0-21 last year. The Redskins will run a flex offense and hope to get transition baskets. Until the offense develops, it will lean on its man-to-man defense.



 



* — denotes starter


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