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Bath



Coach: Britt Munson



Years, career record: Third season, 1-32-1



Division: II



Last year’s record: 1-15-1



Returning letterwinners: 9



Top returning players: F Drew Loudon; D Nate Shepler; MF Shane Naylor; D Alex Lauf; G Brad Brock.



Promising newcomers: F Logan Rockhold; MF Conner Rockhold; D Caleb Norton.



Outlook: The Wildcats have a young team that has better ball skills and field awareness than in past years. They still need to develop more offense. The goal is to finish above .500.



Bluffton



Coach: Dave Fett



Years, career record: 11th season, 108-53-28



Division: III



Last year’s record: 14-5 (district finals)



Returning letterwinners: 8



Top returning players: F Jaden August (18 goals); G Fred Freeman; D Matt Suderman; D Dave Yoder.



Promising newcomers: MF Dave Hooley; MF Jackson Bush.



Outlook: The Pirates will field a young team, but do return all-state F August and all-district G Freeman. The Pirates will be solid on defense, but need to replace their midfield. All-state F Patrick Garlock also graduated.



Continental



Coach: Steve Deken



Years, career record: 10th season, 80-57-17



Division: III



Last year’s record: 7-7-2



Returning letterwinners: 14



Top returning players: MF Damon Schmidt; MF Chris Baden; D Ben Schwarzman; D Jacob Recker; MF Michael Recker; F Rex Louiselle; F David Slattman; MF Jeff Prowant; G Scott Deken; F Dylan Geckle; MF Jacob Fry; MF Adrian Slattman; F Austin Sharp; F Nick Keck.



Outlook: The Pirates are loaded with experience. They also have above average team speed. The Pirates will work on getting more shots on goal.



Elida



Coach: Tom Thomas



Years, career record: Fifth season, 52-34-10



Division: II



Last year’s record: 9-8-2 (district semifinals)



Returning letterwinners: 9



Top returning players: MF Jared Stump; MF Dustin Turner; G Brandon Good; D Cory Stewart; D Matt Thompson; F Ryan Musgrave; F Cody Sanderson.



Promising newcomers: MF Trey Bowman.



Outlook: The Bulldogs should be strong on defense and in the midfield. Elida hopes its experience will translate into more scoring opportunities.



Fort Jennings



Coach: Bill Romes



Years, career record: First year



Division: III



Last year’s record: 3-13-1



Returning letterwinners: 13



Top returning players: D Nate Pitney; MF-D Cory Schimmoeller; G Tyler Good; F-MF Austin Norbeck; D Jared Cavlelage; MF Brad Trentman; MF-F Ryan Schuerman; D Andrew Huntsman.



Promising newcomers: MF Kevin Stewart; D Jeremy Neidert; D Adam Osting; D-MF Todd Kleman; D Ben Schnipke; G Alex VonLehmden.



Outlook: First-year coach Bill Romes inherits 13 lettermen and eight starters from last year. The Musketeers hope the experience translates into a return to the team’s winning tradition. The club’s strength is moving the ball, but will work on defense and the transition game.



Kalida



Coach: Mark Czubik



Years, career record: 20th season, 269-70-44



Division: III



Last year’s record: 14-3-1 (district semifinals)



Returning letterwinners: 10



Top returning players: F Jordan Basinger; G Michael Bockrath; MF Nate Edwards; D Jeff Gerding; D-MF Brant Kahle; D Ryan Unverferth; F-MF Brandon Kahle; F-MF Jeremy Kahle; F-MF Derek Korte; D Kristopher Osterhage.



Promising newcomers: MF-D Logan Recker; D Nick Guisinger; MF-F Tyler Kortokrax; MF-F Cody Schnipke; MF-F Kevin Unverferth.



Outlook: Kalida will be strong in goal with Bockrath (0.60 GAA, 11 shutouts), but he will be without the starting defenders from a year ago. The Wildcats have a good solid young nucleus, but only four starters return. Veteran Basinger (6 goals) will lead the offense. Coach Czubik is shooting for his 21st straight winning season.



Lima Central Catholic



Coach: Bryan Burkholder



Years, career record: Fourth season, 25-20-8



Division: III



Last year’s record: 9-8



Returning letterwinners: 17



Top returning players: D Brian Bruin; D Noah Burkholder; D Chris Butorac; G Mark Hawk; D Jared Klaus; F A.J. Lamoreau; D Tim McNamara; F-D Josh Niese; D Ryan Parker; D Will Paton; D Anthony Patterson; F-D Mac Stanford.



Promising newcomers: D Joe Cunningham; F Jose Dominguez; F-D Doug Sodders; F-D Chris Walters.



Outlook: The T-Birds will rally around their 12 seniors. The defense should be a strength. The offense needs to replace 20-goal scorer Shawn Ritchie.



Lima Senior



Coach: Mitch Monfort



Years, career record: Second season, 1-16



Division: I



Last year’s record: 1-16



Returning letterwinners: 6



Top returning players: MF Sir Hamby; F Ryan Stalder; F Justin Rapp; D Austin Beggin; MF Quientin Starkey; D Arthur Johnson.



Outlook: Coach Mitch Monfort has been impressed by his team’s work ethic. The Spartans will work on controlling the tempo of the game and ball movement.



Ottawa-Glandorf



Coach: Mike Weihrauch



Years, career record: 13th season, 159-42-32



Division: III



Last year’s record: 14-1-4



Returning letterwinners: 12



Top returning players: F-MF Jordan Alt; F-D Andrew Trenkamp; D Corey Myers; D Cory Ellerbrock; G Nick Leatherman; F Cory Hosler; MF Jay Inkrott; MF Brian Michel.



Promising newcomers: Andy Ellerbrock; Tony Ellerbrock; Jason Fischer; Colin Haneman; Nate Brickner; T.J. Metzger.



Outlook: The core returns from last year’s Western Buckeye League champions, including all-district Leatherman. The Titans have good size and speed and just need to fill in a few spots on defense. O-G should once again be in the WBL title hunt.



Ottoville



Coach: Eric Gerker



Years, career record: Third season, 39-14-3



Division: III



Last year’s record: 14-4-2 (regional semifinals)



Returning letterwinners: 7



Top returning players: Adam Brickner; Matt Honigford; Nate Turnwald; Logan Kaverman; Scottie Pohlman; Josh Schroeder; Greg Rue.



Promising newcomers: Matt Hoffman; Kyle Koester; Travis Eickholt; Kyle Kroeger; Sam Beining.



Outlook: The Big Green will have a young look, with only three seniors on the roster. The team will lean heavily on a talented group of underclassmen.



Pandora-Gilboa



Coach: Jill Hovest



Years, career record: Second season, NA



Division: III



Last year’s record: NA



Returning letterwinners: 11



Top returning players: D Zach Niese; MF Ely Verhoff; MF Sam Tinerjina; SWP Ross Hovest; G Michael Kahle; MF Renee Peckinpaugh; D Jesse Suter; F Brad Doyle; Brent Russell; F Austin Daley; F Keaton Daley.



Promising newcomers: D-F Airzar Lopez; MF Gabe Augsburger; MF-F Tyler Schortgen; MF Zack Oaks; MF Joliffe Aldridge; F Kristy Howe; Keri Conine; MF-F Ashley Williams; MF Caleb Tinerjina.



Outlook: Coach Hovest said her team communicates well. It has good balance, between offense and defense, and good depth. Eleven lettermen return, including sweeper Hovest and goalkeeper Kahle.



Shawnee



Coach: Dick Hagen



Years, career record: 23rd season, 264-117-53



Division: II



Last year’s record: 17-4-1 (regional finals)



Returning letterwinners: 8



Top returning players: MF Garrett Black; F Matt Birum; D Christian Loayza; F Ryan Magee; F Nathan Aller; D Christian Vogelgesang; G Austin Howard; Colin McDermitt.



Promising newcomers: F Clark Heinz; D Hunter Pay; MF Nick Pratt; D Tim Taviano; D Joe Goodman.



Outlook: A strong offensive nucleus returns from last year’s regional finals team. The defense needs to be revamped after the flat-back four was hit by graduation. Young players will be counted on to mix with the veterans as Shawnee makes another run at a WBL title.



Spencerville



Coach: Dean Brown



Years, career record: First year



Division: III



Last year’s record: First-year program



Returning letterwinners: 0



Promising newcomers: F Garrett Croft; G Josiah McNulty.



Outlook: Veteran coach Dean Brown begins the program at Spencerville. The Bearcats will work on executing set plays and their individual skills. The goal will be to be competitive and improve as the year goes on.



Temple Christian



Coach: Dave Shannon



Years, career record: Fourth season, 40-6-6



Division: III



Last year’s record: 15-2-2 (district finals)



Returning letterwinners: 14



Top returning players: MF Tyler Sutton; D Austin Sutton; MF Brandon High; MF Jeremy Young; F Josh Link; G Josh Weiss; F Elisah Shannon; F Zach White; STP Micah Lanning; MF Marcus Craig.



Promising newcomers: MF Evan Sutton; MF Seth Schwerin; D Josh Kroehler; D Andrew Rhodes.



Outlook: The Pioneers are loaded. They return nine juniors who started a year ago on a team that went 15-2-2 and reached the district finals. The Pioneers’ strengths include experience (10 starters back), ball skills, passing and speed. Josh Weiss is one of the top goalkeepers in the state.



Van Wert



Coach: Derek Stemen



Years, career record: Second season, 5-25-2



Division: II



Last year’s record: 2-12-1



Returning letterwinners: 13



Top returning players: MF Tyler Munroe; D Curtis Bartz; F David Racster; D Jonathan Foster; F Brad Almindinger; MF Gary Espinoza; G-MF Jacob Hood; MF Tyler Money; MF Nathan Knodel; Joe Speakman.



Promising newcomers: D Alex Bair; MF Jon Lisa; D Trevor Pearson; D Nathan Antus; F Caleb Markward; F Curt Cavalage; G-F Jack Moonshower; G-F Joe Moonshower; MF Logan Ruppert; MF-D Nathan Bullock.



Outlook: The team is young, but coach Stemen likes its work ethic. He feels this team has a good understanding of the game.



Wapakoneta



Coach: Marc Dyrness



Years, career record: Third season, 7-24-4



Division: II



Last year’s record: 5-12-1



Returning letterwinners: 7



Top returning players: MF Andy Faller; G Mickie Grothause; MF Taz Henderson; MF-F Jordan Houston; MF Mitch Johnson; F Pegdraig Murphy; D-MF Caleb Wasmund.



Promising newcomers: D-MF Joey Jose; F Justin Orphal; MF Colin Mankin; D Nick Duff; D Josh Byrne.



Outlook: The young Redskins expect to put pressure on the opposition and take advantage of the transition game. The Redskins will work on team defense.



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