Lima area boys high school soccer capsules

Seth Mahlmeister is among those back for defending WBL champ and regional finalist Elida.  Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Seth Mahlmeister is among those back for defending WBL champ and regional finalist Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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Western Buckeye League


Division II

Coach: David Briggs (second season)

2017 record: 2-15-2

2017 WBL finish: 1-7-1

2017 postseason: Lost 2-1 to Defiance

Returning letter winners: Nate Adams (Jr.); Brenton Brock (Jr.); Zach Garza (Jr.); Noah Kindig (Jr.); Robert Monney (Sr.); Taylor Williams (Sr.); Carson Wireman (Sr.); Jacob Garver (Soph.).

Top prospects: Miguel Reyes (Jr.); Cam Wallace (Jr.); Armando Garcia (Jr.); Evan Parker (Soph.); Jeremy Jeffrey (Soph.); Chad Heberling (Soph.); Dylan Howell (Soph.); Jonathan Wiggins (Soph.): Nate Griffin (Soph.); Harrison Abrams (Soph.); Spencer Coon (Soph.); Keaton Liles (Fr.).

Team outlook: The Wildcats will have a young look after graduating 15 seniors. They will rely heavily on how quickly the sophomores and juniors can develop. Gone is first team all-WBL player Dylan Mohr.


Division II

Coach: Ryan Jenkins

2017 record: 7-9-2

2017 WBL finish: 2-6-1

2017 postseason: Lost 3-0 to Kenton in sectional finals.


Division II

Coach: Tom Thomas (15th season)

2017 record: 19-2

2017 WBL finish: 8-1 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Defiance 2-0; defeated St. Marys 7-2; defeated Kenton 2-0; defeated Sandusky 3-0; lost 4-1 to Bay in regional finals.

Returning letter winners: Corbin Fingerle (Sr., MF); Caleb Jones (Sr., G); Max Parker (Sr., D); Joe Davis (Sr., D); Jon Stotts (Sr., MF); Draek Littler (Jr., F); Logan Johnson (Jr., F); Seth Mahlmesiter (Soph., F).

Goalie: Caleb Jones (Sr.).

Team outlook: The Bulldogs return six starters from a team that won the WBL and reached the regional finals before falling to Bay 4-1. The forward group is strong with Draek Littler (third team all-WBL), Logan Johnson and Seth Mahlmeister, who was a true goal scorer as a freshman last year. Caleb Jones (second team all-WBL) is back as goalkeeper and he has Max Parker back on defense. Graduation did take WBL co-player of the year midfielder Jake Taylor, who was also first team all-state in Division II, and first team all-WBL defender Riley Bartels. Elida hopes to mix in younger players with a solid veteran core.


Division II

Coach: Jamie Bartlett (18th season)

2017 record: 16-2-1

2017 WBL finish: 7-1-1

2017 postseason: Defeated Celina 3-0; defeated Shawnee 2-1; lost 2-0 to Elida in district finals.

Returning letter winners: Hayden Hicks (Sr., F); Drew Hoppe (Sr., F); Landon Bartlett (Sr., MF); Cobe Hegdinger (Sr.); Luke Woodruff (Sr., G); K.P. Miller (Soph.); Reed Cook (Jr.); Hunter LaRue (Jr.); Mike Crawford (Sr.); Grant Walte (Sr.); Isaac Menlee (Sr.); Patrick Bartlett (Jr.); Jacob Zepeda (Sr.); Kobe Kirk (Sr.); Garrett Wise (Sr.).

Goalie: Luke Woodruff (Sr.), 42 saves.

Top prospects: Trevor Brown (Soph.); Riley Risner (Fr.).

Team outlook: Kenton has plenty of a firepower back from a team that reached the district finals last year before falling to Elida. Hayden Hicks (24 goals, 19 assists), Drew Hoppe (22 goals, 4 assists, first team all-WBL) and Landon Bartlett (17 goals, 22 assists, first team all-WBL) are all back to fire away up front. Bartlett was also second team all-state. Also back is Luke Woodruff in goal. Kenton is poised for another run at the WBL flag and hops to make another successful run in the tournament.


Division III

Coach: Kyle Metzger (fourth season)

2017 record: 10-4-3

2017 WBL finish: 5-3-1 (tied for fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost 3-2 to Maumee Valley Country Day in double overtime in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Ethan White (Sr.); Nolan Unterbrink (Sr.); Drew Kuhlman (Sr.); Connor Niese (Sr.); Josh Rosengarten (Sr.); Collin Crumrine (Sr.); Ethan Alt (Jr.); Garret Croy (Jr.).

Goalie: Ethan Alt (Jr.), 63 saves.

Top prospects: Cory Warnecke (Jr.); John Teffenhardt (Sr.); Derek Crumrine (Soph.); Alex Macke (Fr.).

Team outlook: The Titans graduated 13 seniors from last year’s 10-4-3 team. The Titans will rely heavily on a strong defense while the offense jells behind Ethan White (4 goals, 3 assists) and his teammates. Ethan Alt returns in goal. Gone is Bryce Schroeder, who was second team all-state in Division III.


Division II

Coach: Ryan Quatman (fifth season)

2017 record: 12-3-3

2017 WBL finish: 5-2-2 (fourth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Upper Sandusky 9-0; lost 2-1 to Kenton in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Ryan McGuire (Sr.); Ethan Swallow (Sr.); Cameron Tenwalde (Sr.); Jack Fraser (Jr.); Carter Schaaf (Jr); Damien Zeigler (Jr.); Zach Chambers (Soph.); Carter Jensen (Soph.); Landon Hoehn (Soph., G).

Goalie: Landon Hoehn (Soph.), 1.23 GAA, 8 shutouts.

Top prospects: Vincent Rusclo (Sr.), Brock Diehl (Soph.); Andrew Miller (Soph.); Ethan Rosebeck (Soph.); Jacob Miller (Fr.); Connor Neidemire (Fr.).

Team outlook: Shawnee returns eight players from last year’s district finals team, including Ryan McGuire (9 goals, 7 assists), Ethan Swallow (10 goals) and Cameron Tenwalde (5 goals, 1 assist). Sophomore goalkeeper Landon Hoehn was outstanding as a freshman with a 1.23 GAA with eight shutouts. Coach Ryan Quatman expects a more balanced scoring team this year. One big hole, however, is forward Jackson Schaaf graduated and he was first team all-state and the WBL co-player of the year. The Indians are also balanced from scoring forwards, to solid midfielders to a strong goalkeeper. This should make this another successful year at Shawnee.

St. Marys

Division II

2017 record: 14-3-2

2017 WBL finish: 6-2-1 (third)

2017 postseason: Defeated Van Wert 6-1; defeated Wapkoneta 2-0; lost 7-2 to Elida in district semifinals.

Coach: Josh Hertenstein (first season)

Returning letter winners: Ethan Rose (Sr.), Max Mielke (Jr.), Mason King (Jr.), Adam Tobin (Soph.), Spencer Trogdlon (Soph.), Jordan Moore (Sr.), Ethan Stegar (Jr.), Andy Vogel (Jr.), Charlie Krebs (Soph.), Howie Spencer (Sr.), Evan Menker (Jr.), Duncan Fry (Sr.), Noah Vogel (Sr.), Cody Lochard (Sr.).

Goalie: Correy Nelson (Soph.)

Team outlook: Expect 2017 all-WBL Spencer and honorable mention selection Mielke to lead the way for the Roughriders.

Van Wert

Division II

Coach: Matt Hernandez

2017 season: 3-13

2017 WBL finish: 0-9

2017 postseason: Lost 6-1 to St. Marys in sectional semifinals.


Division I

COACH: Keith Rambin (sixth season)

2017 record: 10-6-1

2017 WBL finish 5-3-1 (tied for fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost 2-0 to St. Marys in Division II sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Tristan Gessler (Sr., W); Kyle Lenhart (Sr., D); Hunter Coffey (Sr.); Luke Beach (Sr., MF); Trey Ware (Jr., MF); Payne Harshbarger (Soph.); Tyler Amstutz (Sr., MF); Alex Smithey (Sr., D); Aaron Good (Sr., D); Jeffrey Adkins (Sr., MF); Graham Kneer (Soph., MF); Austin Shulte (Jr., W); Noah Kirby (Sr., W); Connor Foor (Sr., W); Connor Barnett (Sr., G); Mitchell Dorsett (Sr., G).

Goalie: Connor Barnett (Sr.); Mitchell Dorsett (Sr.).

Team outlook: The Redskins have eight starters back, including four-year starter Luke Beach (first team all-WBL) in the midfield. The entire midfield returns, as the Redskins have a total of 44 goals back from their veterans. Wapak hopes to make a run at the WBL flag, then will go on to play in the Division I tournament for the first time.

Northwest Conference


Division III

Coach: Stephen Smucker (six years)

2017 record: 12-6-2

2017 NWC finish: 5-0 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Miller City 7-0; defeated Temple Christian 5-0; defeated Kalida in overtime shootout; lost 4-2 to Ottawa Hills in regional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Luke Young (Sr., F/MF); Jackson Steinmetz (Sr., MF); Andrew Bertka (Sr, D); Jesse Montel (Sr., F); Dakota Clymer (Sr., G); Isaiah Schwaab (Sr., F); Matt Daws (Jr., D); Jayden Mays (Jr., F); Eli Lemley (Soph., MF); Simon Derstein (Soph., MF); Jonathan Shriner (Soph., F/MF); Colin Oglesbee (Soph., MF); Tayton (Kleman (Soph., MF).

Goalie: Dakota Clymer (Sr.), 72 saves.

Top prospects: Jude Spallinger (Fr., MF/F); Drew Heidman (Jr., MF).

Team outlook: A total of 13 veterans return from last year’s NWC championship team which reached the regional semifinals before falling to Ottawa Hills. Gone is Tristan Smucker, who was second team all-state in Division III and the NWC player of the year. Luke Young (9 goals, 11 assists) and Jesse Montel (16 goals, 3 assists, first team all-NWC) will be counted to fill in the offensive void. Also back is first team all-NWC defender Matt Daws and goalkeeper Dakota Clymer. It looks like another promising year for the Pirates and one in which they can make a long tournament run.

Allen East

Division III

Coach: Jason Calvert

2017 season: 4-8-1

2017 NWC finish: 2-2-1 (tied for third) (2-5-1 in final WOSL season)

2017 postseason: Lost 4-0 to Temple Christian in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Mason Dotson (Jr.), Bryce Wilcox (Jr.), Jack Williams (Jr.), Kyle Newland (Jr.), Ethan Reichenbach (Sr.), Landon Gossard (Sr.), Dalton Calvert (Sr.), Braelin Houston (Soph.), Christian Hedrick (Sr.), Sean Higbie (Soph.), Dalton Clum (Sr.), Austin McKenzie (Jr.), Malachi Blakma (Jr.), Jared Shea (Soph.).

Top prospects: Aden Smith (Soph.), Aiden Robey (Fr.), Garett Newland (Fr.), Silas Gillespie (Fr.), Ashton Neff (Fr.), Cyrus Shafer (Fr.), Nolan Kayser (Fr.), Chase Miller (Fr.), Blake Clum (Fr.), Kannon Ruble (Soph.)

Team outlook: The Mustangs return 10 starters and saw an increase in numbers out this season to support some junior varsity matches. With a pool of 24 players, Allen East is looking to improve from last year and be much more competive in 2018 while still building a program.


Division III

Coach: Anson Moody (fourth season)

2017 record: 2-14-1

2017 NWC finish: 2-2-1 (tied for third) (1-7-1 in final WOSL season)

2017 postseason: Lost 2-1 to Miller City in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Daniel Miller; Blaike Kemer; Lizzie Eaton; Kyle Wallis; Adia Welch; Jared Pollock; Ariel Pruden; Clayton Leeth; Creed Jessee; Raegan Boley; Hanna Skaggs; Dylan Schimmoeller; Landon Moody; Aaron Cavinder; Fletcher Collins; Justin Braun; Abby Myers.

Team outlook: The Lancers return nine starters from last year’s team that did finish 2-2-1 in the NWC. They will also mix in girls to the team this year after it was determined that there were not enough to support a girls team this year. Lincolnview hopes to bring the girls team back in the future. With all the veterans, they will be looking to get closer to a .500 record and a winning mark in the NWC.


Division III

Coach: David Clapsaddle (second season)

2017 record: 1-15-1

2017 NWC finish: 1-4 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost 4-0 to Lima Central Catholic in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Charles Clapsaddle (Sr./D), Brandon Brummitt (Sr./MF), Andrew Adams (Soph./F), Jonathan Clapsaddle (Soph./MF), Luke McCullough (Soph./MF), Trace McKinley (Soph./D), Kolya Paschall (Soph./MF), Quincey Porter (Soph./D).

Goalies: Dominic Carnahan (Soph.), Bradley Shroades (Fr.).

Top prospects: Evan Edwards (Jr./MF), Seth Dysinger (Jr./F), Evan Burtch (Fr/D/MF), Zach Gorrell (Fr./MF/F), Julian Panyisiri (Soph./MF/F).

Team outlook: What coach Clapsaddle likes about the team “is they are scrappy, determined and hard-working and a lot of fun to be around. I expect the boys to play with energy and determinination, to be competitive in all their matches, and to demonstrate the tenacity, energy and teamwork they will need to continue to progress.” The Panthers should have good speed overall and also should gain from a year of experience.


Division III

Coach: Josh Van Gorder (first season)

2017 season: 2-13

2017 NWC finish: 0-5 (sixth) (0-9 in WOSL)

2017 postseason: Lost 8-0 to Kalida in sectional semifinals.

Team members: Dominic Adkins, Evan Core, Joel Van Gorder, Noah Kimmet, Isaac Shellenbarger, Grant Hackworth, Eagan Martinez, Peyton Brown, Luke Falke, Riley Webb, Hunter Christman, Jacob Litsey, Seth Clark, Connor Potts, Jaden Shimp, Andrew Pardon, Connor Nielsen, Gabe Schwartz, Zach Ringwald.

Team outlook: With a balance of veteran leadership and fresh newcomers, the team is setting its sights on a season of continual improvement, looking to foster a solid identity and become a NWC contender.


Division III

Coach: Jason Okuly

2017 season:

2017 NWC finish: 4-1 (second) (4-3 in NCOSA)

2017 postseason: Defeated Willard 4-0; lost 3-0 to Mansfield Christian in sectional finals.

Western Ohio Soccer League

New Knoxville

Division III

Coach: Matt Stetler (third season)

2017 record: 6-11-2

2017 WOSL finish 4-5 (sixth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Fort Jennings 1-0; lost 4-0 to Kalida in sectonal finals.

Returning letter winners: Joseph Baende (Sr.); Zach Davis (Sr.); Chris Covert (Jr.); Patrick Covert (Soph.).

Team outlook: Only four players return from last year, but among them are goal scorers Joseph Baende (14 goals, 7 assists), who was first team all-Western Ohio Soccer League, and Chris Covert (10 goals, 4 assists). Sophomore Patrick Covert had four goals as a freshman last year. The Rangers lost six seniors and they all played a vital role to the team’s defense. Those roles will look to be filled so the team can compete in the WOSL.

Temple Christian

Division III

Coach: B.J. McPheron (eighth season)

2017 record: 12-5-2

2017 WOSL finish: 6-2-1 (fourth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Ottoville 1-0; lost 5-0 to Bluffton in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Brody Bowman (Sr.); Dakota Clay (Sr.); Jonathan Acklin (Sr.); Jacob Holloway (Sr.); Joshua Engle (Soph.); Daniel Engle (Soph.); Joseph Engle (Soph.); Austin Hill (Soph.).

Goalie: Cody Motter (Fr.).

Top prospects: Sam Sharik (Sr.); Michael Engle (Soph.); Darrick Clay (Fr.); Cody Motter (Fr, G); Coy Motter (Sr.).

Team outlook: It will be tough to replace scoring machine Cameron Worsham, who broke the school’s career goal scoring record. He was second team all-state in Division III. Also gone is fellow first team all-WOSL player Levi Shenk. The good news is eight lettermen return including Brody Bowman (3 goals, 2 assists), Dakota Clay (1 goal, 1 assist), Jonathan Acklin and Jacob Holloway (3 goals, 6 assists). Freshman Cody Motter takes over in goal. There’s a lot to replace for the Pioneers, but there’s a good mix of veterans and young players to count on.

Lima Central Catholic

Coach: Timothy McNamara

2017 record: 8-7-2

2017 WOSL finish: 5-3-1 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Continental 1-0; lost 3-0 to Kalilda in district semifinals.


Coach: Kevin Lynch

2017 record: 11-4-3 (first)

2017 WOSL finish: 7-1-1

2017 postseason: Defeated Madison Senior 3-0; lost 2-1 in two overtimes to Franklin Monroe in sectional finals.

Jackson Center

Coach: Kevin Lynch

2017 record: 8-5-3

2017 WOSL finish: 6-0-3 (second)

2017 postseason: Lost 3-2 in overtime to Greenon in sectional semifinals.

Putnam County League


Division III

Coach: Brian Stegbauer (eighth season)

2017 record: 11-4-2

2017 PCL finish: 3-0-1 (tied for first)

2017 postseason: Lost 1-0 to Lima Central Catholic in sectional finals.

Returning letterwinners: Cole Bowers (Sr.); Taron Butler (Sr.); Alex Hale (Sr.); Jarret Keck (Sr.); Konnor Okuley (Sr.); Bryce Slattman (Sr.); Noah Becher (Jr.); Trevor Brecht (Jr); Westin Okuley (Soph.).

Goalie: Trevor Brecht (Jr).

Top prospects: Reed Warnement (Soph.); Bryce Recker (Soph.); Wyatt Davis (Fr.); Andrew Hoeffel (Fr.); Gavin Huff (Fr.); Luke Recker (Fr.).

Team outlook: The Pirates lost a core of seniors from last year, but will count on a number of younger players to contribute, including a few freshmen, to have another successful season.


Division III

Coach: Dustin Markward (first season)

2017 record: 12-4-1

2017 PCL finish: 3-2 (third)

2017 postseason: Lost 1-0 to Temple Christian in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Kaiden Trentman (Soph.); Grant Kortokrax (Soph.); Brice Schroeder (Soph.); Kyle Manns (Soph.); Nolan German (Jr.); Joe Miller (Jr.); Joe Miller (Jr.); Dalton Davis (Jr.); Drew Fisher (Jr.); Jayden Schnipke (Sr.): Carson Stoner (Sr.).

Goalie: Kaiden Trentman (Soph.).

Top prospects: Will Horstman (Fr.); Will Miller (Fr.); Caden Eldebrock (Soph.); Brendan Niemeyer (Jr.); Collin Knots (Jr.); Michael Burgei (Jr.); Chaz Spencer (Sr.); Conner Wannemacher (Sr.).

Team outlook: The Big Green’s first-year coach Dustin Markward has 10 veterans from a team that went 12-4-1 last year. And of those 10, only two are seniors. The experienced sophomores and juniors will be counted on to provide another successful season.


Coach: Mark Czubik

2017 record: 11-6-3

2017 PCL finish: 3-0-1 (tied for first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Spencerville 8-0; defeated New Knoxville 4-0; defeated Lima Central Catholic 3-0; lost in overtime shootout to Bluffton in district finals.

Miller City

Coach: Tom Klear

2017 record: 4-13

2017 PCL finish: 1-4 (fourth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Lincolnview 2-1; lost 7-0 to Bluffton in sectional finals.

Fort Jennings

Coach: Greg Luthman

2017 record: 2-15

2017 PCL finish: 0-4 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost 1-0 to New Knoxville in sectional semifinals.


Lima Senior

Division I

Coach: Brad Brock (first season)

2017 record: 8-9-4

2017 Three Rivers Athletic Conference finish: 2-5 (seventh)

2017 postseason: Defeated Start 4-2; lost 11-0 to St. Francis De Sales in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Micah Rex (Sr.); Cole Mericle (Sr.); Chris Bishop (Sr.); Isaiah Mendez (Jr.); Caden Fry (Jr.); Michael Bishop (Jr.); Hunter Smith (Soph.); Andrew Zell (Soph.); Josh Keys (Soph.); Ryan Utendorf (Soph.); Caden Burkland (Soph.); Noah Phillips (Soph.); Zee Williams (Soph.).

Goalie: Kayden Chilcoat (Soph.).

Top prospects: Jaiden Durr (Sr.); Freddy Mendez (Soph.); Logan Messer (Soph); Javier Brito-Diez (Soph.); Keanen Grundisch (Soph.); Kevin Mendez Flores (Soph.); Aaron Bowsher (Fr.); Jordan Priest (Fr.); Fayo Bologan (Soph.).

Team outlook: The Spartans return 13 veterans from last year so they expect to make the leap from 8-9-4 to a winning record this season. There will be a number of young players who will factor into the lineup, as well.


Division III

Coach: TJ Routson

2017 record: 5-11-1

2017 North Central Ohio Soccer Association record:1-4-1 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost 2-1 to Oak Harbor in sectional semifinals.

Top prospects: Jamey Miles (Sr., D), Patrick Dearwester (Sr., D), Tyler Stoodt (Sr., D), Jacob Brown (Sr., D), Gavin Erford (Sr., D), Caleb Camper (Sr., D).

Seth Mahlmeister is among those back for defending WBL champ and regional finalist Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News Mahlmeister is among those back for defending WBL champ and regional finalist Elida. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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