Lima area high school volleyball team capsules

Amber Greeley is among 10 letter winners back for Shawnee this season.

Amber Greeley is among 10 letter winners back for Shawnee this season.

Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Information provided by coaches, online sources

Western Buckeye League


Division II

Coach: Ginger Stahr (third season)

2017 record: 8-14

2017 WBL finish: 2-7 (tied for seventh)

2017 postseason: Defeated Elida 25-20, 25-23, 25-17; lost 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 to Shawnee in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Kaleigh Ketcham (sr., 111 kills in 2017), Mallory Clark (jr., 88 blocks), Caitlyn Renner (sr., 391 assists), Kali Armstrong (sr., 345 digs, 24 aces), Riley Iiames (sr., 199 digs), Eden Adkins (jr., 102 kills), Paige Williams (sr.), Jasmine Blauvelt (sr.), Kennedi Sullivan (sr.).

Top prospects: Jenna Tracy (soph.), Bella Prices (soph.).

Coach’s comments: We are looking to build on where we ended last year. We should defensively be able to compete with teams. We have worked really hard this summer to get stronger and quicker. I’m hoping their hard work pays off. They have great team chemistry, and the girls are willing to work hard to be a better team. We get better each day, and I’m looking forward to what they accomplish this season.


Division II

Coach: Amy Sutter (seventh season)

2017 record: 16-10

2017 WBL finish: 6-3 (tied for third)

2017 postseason: Defeated Defiance 25-10, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18; defeated St. Marys 28-26, 26-24, 25-21; defeated Shawnee 26-24, 25-21, 25-23; lost 25-8, 24-26, 25-13, 25-11 in regional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Maddy Luebke (sr.), Brooke Robbins (sr.), Emma Lutz (sr.), Jasmine Thees (sr.), Samantha Carlin (soph.)

Top prospects: Kayla Brunswick (jr.), Allison Brown (jr.), Becca Stein (jr.)

Coach’s comments: This is a rebuilding year for us. We’ve lost 12 starters in the last two seasons so we’ve got some key positions to fill and some valuable experience to gain. We’re pretty scrappy defensively so our ability to keep the ball in play will make us competitive. We will need to control the ball as much as possible to be able to feed our biggest hitters in the middle and on the right side. Our outside hitters are coming along, but will need to work to get more consistent in order to be a bigger threat offensively. We’ve been enjoying the offseason getting to know our new team better and working out what each of the player’s roles will be for this fall. It should be another fun year.


Division II

Coach: Traci Sneary (fifth season)

2017 record: 5-18

2017 WBL finish: 1-8 (tied for ninth)

2017 postseason: Lost 25-20, 25-23, 25-17 to Bath in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Lindsay Brocklehurst (sr.), Cheyenne Welch (jr.), Nevaeh Vorhees (jr.), Evelyn Fruech (soph.), Amira Freeman (soph.), McKenzie Miller (soph.)

Top prospects: Kylie Vorhees (fr.), Lauren Engle (soph.), Hailey Little (soph.), Micah Fisher (jr.)

Coach’s comments: We are going to be young agains this year, but we have some great upperclassmen that are ready to lead. They are starting to play together and are getting better every day. When we talk and me we play really well. I think if we put all of the little things together we are going to be competitive.


Division II

Coach: Brooke Bostelman

2017 record: 5-14

2017 WBL finish: 1-8 (tied for ninth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Toledo Central Catholic 25-9, 25-6, 25-8 in sectional finals.


Division III

Coach: Ann Ellerbrock (17th season)

2017 record: 21-4

2017 WBL finish: 9-0 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Allen East 25-16, 25-5, 25-13; defeated Liberty-Benton 25-11, 25-14, 25-17l lost 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 to Coldwater in district finals.

Returning letter winners: Taylor Alt (jr., 278 kills, 30 aces), Claire Eiden (jr, 243 digs), Erica Annesser (jr. 178 kills, 25 aces), Kendra Ellerbrock (sr.), Brianna Schimmoeller (jr.)

Top prospects: Maddie White (soph.), Saleigha Ellerbrock (soph.)

Coach’s comments: The young team will be working hard to define their roles on the team. Working hard to improve daily. They played at a high level this summer and look to continue to be very competitive this year.


Division II

Coach: Amy Knight (eighth season)

2017 record: 18-7

2017 WBL finish: 8-1 (second)

2017 postseason: Defeated Bath 25-17, 25-16, 25-16; defeated Wapakoneta 25-18, 25-13, 25-17; lost 26-24, 25-21, 25-23 to Celina in district finals.

Returning letter winners: Amber Greeley (sr., 168 kills, 90 blocks), Peyton Deubler (sr., 147 kills, 20 blocks), Dayle Aldrich (sr., 44 saves), Caitlin Castronova (sr.), Noelle Webb (sr., 13 blocks), Trinity Gearing (jr., 159 kills, 110 blocks), Kelly Armentrout (jr., 273 kills), Kelsey Fischbach (jr., 323 assists, 90 kills, 121 saves, 40 aces), Leah Stallkamp (jr.), Emily Manuel (soph.)

Top prospects: Kayla Bishop (soph.), Karrington Green (fr.)

Coach’s comments: We have very dedicated, hard workers on our team. That is going to lead us into success this season.

St. Marys

Division II

Coach: Cierra Anderson (first season)

2017 record: 13-12

2017 WBL finish: 6-3 (tied for third)

2017 postseason: Defeated Van Wert 27-29, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19; defeated Wauseon 27-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22; lost 28-26, 26-24, 25-21 to Celina in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Piper Slone (sr.), Aaleyiah Williams (jr.), Cherissa Priddy (jr.), Claire Bertke (jr.)

Top prospects: Carly Caywood (jr.), Haley Felver (soph.), Abbie Young (soph.), Makayla Harbaum (sr.), Karsyn McGlothen (fr.)

Coach’s comments: Just over a .500 record from last season, the Roughriders are coming back to improve their record. With the foundation set by a handful of previous varsity players, they have so far set a platform for the younger classmen to step into. Being my first year as Head Coach for the St. Marys Roughriders, the girls have transitioned extremely well with how things have been ran. We’ve been working on critiquing some fundamentals and bringing in some more position training. One of our key goals is to limit unforced errors. The girls have worked hard throughout preseason and i think they are just as ready as i am to get the season started.

Van Wert

Division II

Coach: Jeff Marbaugh (three years coaching at school)

2017 record: 4-19

2017 WBL finish: 2-7 (tied for seventh)

2017 postseason: Lost 27-29, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19 to St. Marys in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Adrianna Grothause (sr.), Lainy Werts (sr.), Noelle Heffner (sr.), Reagen Priest (sr.), Jamison Clouse (jr.), Katie Coplin (jr.)

Top prospects: Avey Cowan (sr.), Cassie Priest (jr.), Grace Spoor (jr.), Mckenzie Berry (jr.), Jaylyn Rickard (jr.), Izzy Carr (soph.)

Coach’s comments: We lost four senior to graduation. We have six girls back that received a lot of court experience last season. I think that will help us to get a good start to the season. I believe we have a good group of players, and I think we are starting to get that hunger and passion to be a better team. We just have to continue to work on consistency in ball contro. We had a good summer of work and have shown a great attitude about working to be better.


Division I

Coach: Kim Selvey (third season)

2017 record: 13-11

2017 WBL finish: 4-5 (sixth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Bryan 25-20, 12-25, 25-20, 25-12; lost to Shawnee 25-18, 25-13, 25-17 in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Alex Winget (sr., 113 digs), Beth Kohler (sr., 35 digs), Makenzie Wilson (jr., 175 kills, 31 solo blocks, 20 block assists, 31 digs), Kalie Miller (jr.), Emma Nolte (jr., 10 kills, 13 digs in eight games)

Top prospects: Emma Rex (jr.), Emma Horner (jr.), Morgan Voll (jr.), Renae Schulze (jr.), Kaylee Schnippel (jr.), Kirsten Flora (jr.), Chloei Barnett (soph.)

Coach’s comments: Wapakoneta volleyball is excited for the 2018 season. After losing six seniors to graduation, this group is eager to step up and fill those positions. There has been a lot of growth in each player, and the team is coming together and working hard. We hope to continue to improve and get better each day and believe we will be competitive each and every game.

Northwest Conference


Division IV

Coach: Kyleigh Tabor (first season)

2017 record: 18-8

2017 NWC record: 8-0 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Temple Christian 25-11, 25-9, 25-8; defeated Pandora-Gilboa 25-27, 25-10, 25-19, 25-7; defeated Leipsic 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-10; defeated Lima Central Catholic 25-19, 25-15, 25-15; lost to Buckeye Central 24-26, 25-14, 25-16, 25-16 in regional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Sidney Gossard (jr., 55 aces, 222 assists, 145 digs), Raina England (sr., 36 kills, 107 digs), Morgan Swick (sr.), Megan Light (soph., 53 kills, 39 blocks)

Top prospects: Rilan Conley (sr.), Kendal Guagenti (jr.), Miranda Wills (soph.), Aubrey Madison (soph.)

Coach’s comments: I’m very excited for this season. I have been coaching the seniors since they were in seventh grade so we have great team chemistry and a great group of student athletes. Our team will be successful this year if everyone is playing well and if we eliminate errors on our side of the court. We are focusing on our back row and defense and hope to beat teams defensively with losing the big hitters we had in the past. We have a new group of girls to the varsity level who are all dedicated and work extremely hard. It’s exciting to have a new group and starting fresh to force the ball to be moved around to all of our hitters. After the last three seasons of success and winning conference, the girls know that they have big shoes to fill but they are excited for the challenge and will always give full effort which is all I can ask as a coach.

Allen East

Division III

Coach: Laura Basham (third season)

2017 record: 17-6

2017 NWC record: 5-3 (fourth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Van Buren 25-17, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19; lost to Ottawa-Glandorf 25-16, 25-5, 25-13 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Grace Howard (sr.), Alex Briley (sr.), Anamya Truex (jr.), Summer McCloskey (sr.)

Top prospects: Alivia Craig (soph.), Maggie Thullen (sr.), Kristin Whitley (soph.), Maddie Henry (sr.)

Coach’s comments: We graduated six seniors last season, all were starters, if not important parts of the team. We pulled up a few younger athletes who will be a great addition to the team. We’ve had to learn to work together all over again, but I feel like the girls want to be successful, and they get along very well.


Division IV

Coach: Kevin King (third season overall at school)

2017 record: 3-19

2017 NWC record: 1-7 (eighth)

2017 postseason: Lost 25-8, 25-12, 25-6 to Coldwater in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Katie Prater (95 kills, 89 blocks), Arielle O’Neal, Ashley Eachus, Libby Schaadt

Top prospects: Libby Schaadt (jr.), Kylie Stackhouse (fr.)

Coach’s comments: Taking over the program after some time of absence, we will look to develop skills to make us competitive. With a re-focus on aggressive offense and defense we will strive to limit our errors. We have some young players that will need to fill key roles in making this team competitive. Our focus on strategy and fundamentals will prove to be our strength as our lack of experience will need to be overcome.

Columbus Grove

Division IV

Coach: Adam Choi (second season)

2017 record: 18-7

2017 NWC record: 6-2 (third, also third in Putnam Country League at 4-2)

2017 postseason: Defeated North Baltimore 25-7, 25-2, 25-15; defeated Kalida 25-18, 25-16, 25-13; lost to Lima Central Catholic 25-20, 25-15, 25-19 in district semifinals

Returning letter winners: Haley Radabaugh (sr., 153 kills, 100 digs); Peyton Brubaker (sr., 62 kills), Amy Vorst (sr., 325 digs), Rylee Sybert (sr., 447 assists, 214 digs, 127 kills)

Top prospects: Cassie Heilman (jr.), Emily Ridinger (jr.), Becca Choi (jr.), Angel Schnieder (jr.), Abby Gladwell (jr.)

Coach’s comments: We have a strong returning team with potential to compete for league championships in PCL and NWC. We lost two all-state and three all-league seniors, but return a four-year letterman setter (Sybert) poised to set school career record for assists. Team chemistry has been good through summer and scrimmages. Upcoming players had a 20-2 JV season including going undefeated in both PCL and NWC.


Division IV

Coach: Tammy Gregory (13th season)

2017 record: 18-6

2017 NWC record: 7-1 (second)

2017 postseason: Defeated Delphos St. John’s 21-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17, 17-15; lost to Ottoville 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 in sectional finals

Returning letter winners: Lexi Gregory (jr.), Avery McCoy (sr.), Alexis Gregory (jr.), Lauryn Black (jr.), Bailey Gregory (soph.)

Top prospects: Kimber Adams (sr.), Aleigh Chebro (jr.), Raegan Hammons (soph.), Laney Jones (jr.), Maddy Lamp (jr.), Kaylee Wolford (jr.)

Coach’s comments: Expectations continue to be very competitive team throughout our strong schedule. Look to finish at the top of the NWC. Focus on consistency and not allow our opponent to run off continuous points. Each player understands their role, push one another to their limits, and continue to finish strong. Will have players in different positions this season and we need each of them to accept that role and do what is needed for the team. I’m seeing the offense and defense side of things getting better each day through practice and/or scrimmages. Girls are stepping up to the challenges and very eager to get the season going. They trust one another and know not just one player can carry them through. Very pleased with what I’ve seen so far with this group of girls. They are working very hard and know what it takes to be successful. Our defense has been battling and getting most balls up to our setter for the aggressive attack. We have big shoes to fill and maybe stepping into a new role, but I have confidence in this group of girls. They work well together, love competing and determined to achieve their set goals, but most importantly have fun doing it.

Delphos Jefferson

Division IV

Coach: Jacklyn Smith (first season)

2017 record: 8-15

2017 NWC record: 2-6 (seventh)

2017 postseason: Lost to New Knoxville 25-14, 25-14, 25-5 in sectional semifinals

Returning letter winners: Courtney Teman; Jayla Rostorfer, Audrey North

Coach’s comments: We have a ton of potential, and the girls seem like they are really interested in learning. I am excited for this team, and I believe that great things can happen, once we put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. We have a great plan for strength and conditioning and hope that these girls learn something about nutrition that can help them in their future. My goals for this season are for everyone to remain positive (coaches, players, parents, support), to teach the girls more about volleyball and to have fun.


Division III

Coach: Cheri Estle (first season)

2017 record: 12-11

2017 NWC record: 4-4 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Montpelier 25-19, 25-19, 25-10; lost 18-25, 25-16, 25-22 to Fairview in sectional finals

Returning letter winners: Sadie Estle (soph.), Kristin Razo (sr.), Megan Tope (sr.), Mallory Taylor (sr.), Haylee Dominque (sr.), Asia Arellano (sr.), Macy Iler (sr.)

Top prospects: Emma Horstman (sr.), Sydney Price (sr.), Zoe Shepherd (sr.), Jalynn Parrett (soph.), Leigha Egnor (soph.)

Coach’s comments: I was the varsity coach at Paulding, from 1988-1999. The sport has changed somewhat, but this year’s team reminds me of my 1997 squad, who were NWC champs, going 10-0 that year. This team just gels together. There is great senior leadership. They have worked hard in the preseason, plus there is just a great deal of natural athleticism. We have some decent height, and I think we’ll be strong at the net, both hitting and blocking. Plus we are working hard on consistent serving.


Division IV

Coach: Amy Hoback (second season)

2017 record: 2-19

2017 NWC record: 0-8 (ninth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Coldwater 25-3, 25-2, 25-7 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Abby Satterfield (sr., 49 kills, 28 aces), Sarah Woods (sr., 48 assists, 25 digs), Kaitlyn Carpenter (jr., 171 digs), Emma Hoback (jr., 138 assists), Whitney Mulholland (42 kills), Mackenzie Williams (jr)

Top prospects: Alissa Sawmiller (jr.)

Coach’s comments: The team is working hard to be better than last season. Each day players focus on one way they can improve their game. If the girls continue to work hard and give 100 percent effort, they will see success this season - individually and as a team.

Putnam County League


Division IV

Coach: Allison Schmidt (fifth season)

2017 record: 16-7

2017 PCL record: 3-3 (fourth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Lima Central Catholic 25-16, 26-24, 25-18 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Jessica Stauffer (sr.), Breanne Eickholt (sr.), Brooke Bradford (sr.), Kennedy Hiltner (jr.)

Top prospects: Tygre Troyer (soph.), Madelyn Potts (soph.), Mackenzie Rayle (jr.)


Division IV

Coach: Ashley Halker (second season)

2017 record: 7-16

2017 PCL record: 2-4 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Columbus Grove 25-18, 25-16, 25-23 in sectional finals

Returning letter winners: Tara Gerding (sr.), Morgan Mock (sr.), MaClerin Morrissey (sr.), Camryn Hoffman (sr.), MaKenna Hoyt (sr.), Grace Klausing (soph.).

Top prospect: Morgan Mock (sr.), Lydia Vorst (fr.)

Coach’s comments: I am very mcuh so looking forward to this season. This group of girls have worked so hard this summer and their want and drive to always learn and improve is what will help propel us this season. I have some veteran girls back and a few that missed last season due to injury and illness along with a couple of freshman girls who look to be a big help this year. Cannot wait to get the season started.


Division IV

Coach: Brent Newell (fifth season)

2017 record: 20-4

2017 PCL record: 5-1 (second), 10-1 Blanchard Valley Conference (second)

2017 postseason: Defeated Cory-Rawson 25-10, 25-9, 25-6; lost to Ada 14-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-10 in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Hayley Heitmeyer (sr.), Carlee Siefker (sr.), Selena Loredo (sr.), Kacey Dulle (sr.), Lyndie Hazelton (jr.), Brooke Brown (jr.), Ashley Berger (jr.), Aubree Schroeder (jr.), Elizabeth Schecklehoff (soph.)

Top prospects: Peyton Heitmeyer (fr.), McKenna Nunez (soph.), Morgan Schroeder (jr.), Lydia Apple (jr.), Shy Giron (jr.), Jackie Giron (jr.), Josie Hermiller

Coach’s comments: Strengths are nine returning letter winners including Blanchard Valley Conference Player of the Year Hayley Heitmeyer and second team all-league selection Carlee Siefker. Weakness and concern is consistency. Looking to fill the void of Kierra Meyer, lost to graduation. With nine returning letter winner from a 20 win team, Leipsc has the potential for a strong season.

Miller City

Division IV

Coach: Kari Wenzinger (first season)

2017 record: 11-12

2017 PCL record: 0-6 (seventh)

2017 postseason: Lost to LCC 26-24, 27-25, 7-25, 26-24 in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Brittany Kuhlman (sr., 318 assists, 31 aces), Kylie Berner (sr., 135 kills), Makenna Kuhlman (jr.), Sofie van Wezel (jr., 158 kills), Cayla Troyer (jr.), Adrienne Kuhlman (soph., 31 aces)

Top prospect: Abi Lammers (fr.)

Coach’s comments: We have a lot of experience coming back. This group of girls play as a team, are versatile players, quick, and work hard. We have players playing in new positions and a new back row. We have a couple girls moving to positions they have never played before but they worked very hard in the offseason to become familiar with their new position. We graduated a four-year letter winner libero and a defensive specialist so back row will be new and inexperienced. We hope to be competitive in the league and to have a winning season. We hope to have a strong defense and aggressive hitting.


Division IV

Coach: Kelsey Wolfe (fourth season)

2017 record: 23-2

2017 PCL record: 6-0 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Lincolnview 25-18, 25-14, 25-18; defeated Crestview 25-19, 25-18, 25-19; lost to New Bremen 25-19, 25-18, 25-15 in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Quinley Schlagbaum (sr.), Brynlee Hanneman (sr.), Kylee Hoersten (jr.)

Top prospects: Madison Averesch (sr.), Olivia Gamble (sr.), Ashley Herman (sr.), Kambrie Edelbrock (sr.), Taylor Beining (jr.), Sydney Brinkman (soph.), Rachel Kemper (fr.)


Division IV

Coach: Ron Simons (first season)

2017 record: 8-16

2017 PCL record: 1-5 (sixth), 4-7 BVC (eighth)

2017 postseason: Defeated McComb 25-23, 17-25, 11-25, 25-20, 15-2; lost to Ada 25-27, 25-10, 25-19, 25-7 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Addilyn Diller (sr.), Emma Deitering (sr.)

Top prospects: MiKayla Simons (fr.), Lacie Fenstermaker (fr.), Avery Zuercher (fr.)

Coach’s comments: We are a young team with only two seniors for the year. We are very quick and read the ball well, so the outlook looks promising as the year goes on. All in all I think P-G volleyball will surprise some people through the year.

Midwest Athletic Conference


Division III

Coach: Nikki Etzler

2017 record: 28-2

2017 MAC record: 8-1 (tied for first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Bluffton 25-8, 25-12, 25-8; defeated Spencerville 25-3, 25-2, 25-7; defeated Minster 25-12, 25-11, 25-8; defeated Ottawa-Glandorf 25-23, 25-17, 25-21; defeated Pleasant 25-22, 25-14, 25-21; defeated Eastwood 25-20, 25-22, 25-14; defeated Independence 25-19, 25-21, 25-23; lost to Versailles 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 21-25, 15-9.

Delphos St. John’s

Division IV

Coach: Carolyn Dammeyer

2017 record: 10-12

2017 MAC record: 1-8 (ninth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Crestview 21-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-17, 17-15 in sectional semfinals.

Coach’s comments: Roster’s very small with 14 total for both JV and varsity together. Only two returning returning starters and not a whole lot of varsity experience. I graduated four girls with four years of varsity experience in starting positions. My goal with these girls this season is to improve with each day and match and continue with a winning attitude and tradition. We are very young but excited to see how we progress throughout the season, playing in the toughest league in the state. We also play a very tough non-league schedule. These girls are excited, and I feel ready for the challenges and am wanting to work hard.

Fort Recovery

Division IV

Coach: Chelsea Kahlig

2017 MAC record: 6-3 (tied for fourth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Marion Local 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-7 in sectional finals.

Marion Local

Division IV

Coach: Erica Shulze (third season)

2017 record: 14-11

2017 MAC record: 4-5 (sixth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Wayne Trace 25-16, 25-16, 25-15; defeated Fort Recovery 25-16, 25-23, 9-25, 14-25, 15-8; lost to St. Henry 15-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-7 in district semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Carrie Fesenmyer (sr., 436 digs, 25 aces), Rachel Partington (sr., 65 digs), Aubrey Thobe (sr., 140 kills), Brooke Homan (jr., 77 kills, 51 blocks), Natalie Rethman (sr., 430 assists, 48 aces)

Coach’s comments: We will have a great mix of upper and underclassmen on the court. I am very excited about the potential of the this group. We have a very tough schedule that will prepare us for our postseason play.


Division III

Coach: Cami Garman (eight years at school)

2017 record: 14-11

2017 MAC record: 2-7 (eighth)

2017 postseason: Defeated Patrick Henry 25-20, 25-22, 25-15; defeated Perry 25-8, 25-16, 25-16; lost to Coldwater 25-12, 25-11, 25-8 in district semifinals.

Returning starters: Emily Stubbs (jr., 336 digs), Danielle Barhorst (sr., 24 aces, 135 kills, 291 digs), Brooke Wolf (sr., 25 aces, 564 assists, 147 digs)

Top prospects: Kaitlyn Wolf (jr.), Ava Sharp (soph.), Ivy Wolf (soph.), Averi Wolf (jr.), Josie Winner (jr.), Brynn Oldiges (soph.), Macy Gehret (sr.)

New Bremen

Division IV

Coach: Diana Kramer (three years coaching at school)

2017 record: 28-1

2017 MAC record: 8-1 (tied for first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Parkway 25-18, 25-9, 25-20; defeated Ottoville 25-19, 25-18, 25-15; defeated St. Henry 25-19, 8-25, 25-21, 25-11; defeated Jackson Center 25-17, 25-14, 25-19; defated Fort Loramie 19-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-17; defeated New Washington Buckeye Central 22-25, 25-16, 25-23, 25-18; defeated Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas 25-9, 25-18, 25-20 in state final.

Returning letter winners include: Madison Pape (sr.), Taylor Paul (jr.), Abbi Thieman (sr.), Claire Pape (soph.), Rachel Kremer (sr.), Blake Snider (sr.), Elli Roetgerman (soph.), Macy Puthoff (jr.)

Top prospects: Diana Heitkamp (soph.), Josie Reinhart (soph.), Ashton Heitkamp (jr.)

Coach’s comments: The MAC will be very solid again this year. The only thing harder than winning state, is doing it again. That is our goal.

New Knoxville

Division IV

Coach: Morgan Strayer (second season)

2017 record: 12-12

2017 MAC record: 3-6 (seventh)

2017 postseason: Defeated Delphos Jefferson 25-14, 25-14, 25-5; lost to St. Henry 25-11, 25-10, 25-15 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Tayler Doty (sr., 254 kills, 252 digs), Tasia Lauth (sr., 249 kills), Megan Jurosic (jr., 31 blocks, 99 kills), Erin Scott (sr., 304 digs), Morgan Leffel (soph.), Carly Fledderjohann (jr., 648 assists)

Top prospects: Avery Henschen (fr.), Ellie Gabel (fr.)

Coach’s comments: We are really looking forward to the 2018 season. We have five returning starters from last season and a talented freshman class joining the team. We are eager to start the season and have set specific goals we will be working towards throughout the next few months.


Division IV

Coach: Jordan Henkle (third season)

2017 record: 9-15

2017 MAC record: 0-9 (10th)

2017 postseason: Defeated Antwerp 25-18, 19-25, 25-11, 10-25, 15-11; lost to New Bremen 25-18, 25-8, 25-20 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Grace Swander (sr., 128 kills, 34 total blocks), McKenna Johnson (jr., 43 kills, 56 digs), Grace Rogers (jr., 24 aces, 128 digs, 551 assists), Kris Kirby (jr., 140 digs)

Top prospects: Sophia Miller (jr.), Ansley Burtch (jr.), Leah Harshman (jr.), Faith Jacobs (fr.), Gracyn Temple (fr.)

Coach’s comments: We have only one senior on the roster this season so we will start out the season with a little bit of inexperience. Looking forward to seeing the new faces that come onto the varsity team this year and what they can bring to the table. Goals for the season are to get back to .500 or better, win two to three MAC games and a sectional championship. Playing in the MAC, every league night is a battle. I’m hoping to see us come into games ready to compete with anyone that we play and the confidence that we can make plays on our side of the net to push teams every night. It’s a fun group to coach so far, a lot of new varsity players but we want to keep expectations high, we know if we can compete with MAC teams we can compete with anyone in the state.

St. Henry

Division IV

Coach: Tricia Rosenbeck (third season)

2017 record: 20-5

2017 MAC record: 6-3 (tied for fourth)

2017 postseason: Defeated New Knoxville 25-11, 25-10, 25-15; defeated Marion Local 15-25, 18-25, 25-22; lost to New Bremen 25-19, 18-25, 25-21, 25-11 in district finals.

Returning letter winners: Ashley Siefring (sr., 180 kills, 62 digs, 28 aces), Ashlyn Gerlach (sr., 135 digs), Olivia Winner (sr., 103 kills), Addy Vaughn (jr., 363 assists, 172 digs, 153 kills, 20 aces), Carleigh Deitsch (sr., 414 assists, 185 digs, 49 aces)

Top prospects: Danielle Lange (sr.), Hannah Bruns (jr.), Marlee Vaughn (jr.)

Coach’s comments: We are very excited about this season and the athletes that we have on this team. We have an experienced group of young ladies that have very high expectations. The MAC is once again going to be tough, but we are expecting to compete for a league title as well as make a tournament run.

Northwest Central Conference

Hardin Northern

Division IV

Coach: Dorothy Cory (second season)

2017 record: 17-5

2017 NWCC record: 8-0 (first)

2017 postseason: Defeated Old Fort 25-17, 22-25, 25-15, 25-17; lost to Carey 26-28, 25-14, 25-20 in sectional finals.

Returning letter winners: Rylie Bame (sr.), Morgan Pauley (sr.), Emma Miller (sr.), Gabby Weaver (sr.)

Top prospects: Zoey Curtis (sr.), Megan Miller (jr.), Quinn Stewart-Evans (jr.), Renee Newton (soph.), Alex Jackson (jr.), Kennedy Hall (fr.)

Coach’s comments: It’s a rebuilding year. Five starters graduated. We are working on positions and team chemistry.


Division IV

Coach: Kelly Searson (third season)

2017 record: 10-13

2017 NWCC record: 4-4 (fifth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Cory-Rawson 25-19, 27-25, 7-25, 26-24 in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Cassidy Craig (sr., 74 kills, 81 digs, 14 aces), Nicole Werling (sr., 28 digs), Hannah Henderickson (jr., 247 digs, 34 aces)

Top prospects: Rylie Barrington (soph.), Jo Roof (sr.), Jenna Funk (jr.), Cecilia Werner (jr.), Lauren Case (soph.), Maddie Flinn (soph.), Zoe Lambert (fr.)

Coach’s comments: With only two returning starters, we are a very young team. We graduated seven seniors, including five starters, so we will be filling positions with athletes who have a limited varsity experience but great potential. We return senior MH Cassidy Craig and junior libero Hannah Hendrickson. These two should provide the leadership that the rest of the team will need. Barrington will fill the setter’s position after having limited varsity time last season as an outside hitter. Case also saw limited time last season, but is returning to familiar back row play. The remainder of the roster is filled with talent that will develop as the season progresses. These athletes are athletic, coachable and work well together, but will need time to grow into their roles at the varsity level.


Division III

Coach: Gina Shively (13th season)

2017 record: 5-18

2017 NWCC record: 3-5 (sixth)

Returning letter winners: Kelsey Wells (sr.), Aniya Simpson (sr.), Tia Barfield (jr.), Caitlin Shively (jr.), Alyssa Klett (soph.), Annabell Plaugher (soph.)

Top prospects: Ayree Muniz (sr.), Kalie Klett (sr.), Makiah Denson (soph.), Kylee Lane (soph.)

2017 postseason: Lost 25-8, 25-16, 25-16 to Minster.

Coach’s comments: Our team considts of four seniors, two juniors and four sophomores. We return six letter winners from last year’s team. Those six are a strong nucleus for our team this year. With the addition of our newcomers, continuing to work on our strengths, improving our weaknesses and how quickly we gel as a team will determine our success this season.


Division IV

Coach: Darcy Ruppright

2017 record: 7-13

2017 NWCC record: 2-6 (seventh)

2017 postseason: Lost 25-9, 25-17, 25-18 to Arcadia in sectional semifinals.

Upper Scioto Valley

Division IV

Coach: Juli Dearing (second season)

2017 record: 2-19

2017 NWCC record: 1-7 (eighth)

2017 postseason: Lost 25-9, 25-10, 25-6 to Mohawk in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Rylee Leonard (sr.), Maddy Cornell (sr.), Rylee Shepherd (fr.), Lanae Roy (sr.), Avery Sanders (sr.)

Top prospects: Olivia Sloan (sr.), Shyanne Howard (sr.), Allison Moore (soph.)

Temple Christian

Division IV

Coach: Tim Acklin (seventh season)

2017 record: 4-19

2017 NWCC record: 0-8 (ninth)

2017 postseason: Lost to Ada 25-11, 25-9, 25-8 in sectional semifinals.

Returning letter winners: Sophie White (sr., 396 digs, 28 aces), Bethany Whitman (sr.), Lizzie Helser (jr., 83 kills, 26 aces), Anna Acklin (sr., 121 digs, 267 assists)

Top prospects: Audrey Powell (soph.), Jordyn Hayes (soph.), Lydia Winegardner (soph.), Haley Walters (soph.), Lindsey Stump (soph.)

Coach’s comments: After graduating six seniors, Temple’s team for 2018 will consist of four experienced upperclassmen and five first-year varsity underclassmen. With inexperience in several positions, we hope to improve throughout the season and better last year’s record.

Shelby County League

Jackson Center

Division IV

Coach: Kimberly Metz

2017 record: 17-9

2017 SCL record: 7-4

2017 postseason: Defeated Jefferson Township 25-1, 25-2, 25-3; defeated Emmanuel Christian 25-9, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22; defeated Cincinnati Christian 25-7, 25-11, 25-11; lost to New Bremen 25-17, 25-14, 25-19 in regional semifinals.


Division IV

Coach: Bryan Trego

2017 record: 5-16

2017 SCL: 3-9

2017 postseason: Lost to Houston 25-16, 25-20, 25-21 in sectional semifinals



Division IV

Coach: Susan Rossman

2017 record: 7-14

2017 Blanchard Valley Conference record: 3-8

2017 postseason: Defeated Waynesfield-Goshen 25-19, 27-25, 7-25, 26-24

Lima Central Catholic

Division IV

Coach: Wes Horstman (10th season)

2017 record: 13-13

2017 postseason: Defeated Miller City 26-24, 27-25, 7-25, 26-24; defeated Continental 25-16, 26-24, 25-18; defeated Columbus Grove 25-20, 25-15, 25-19; lost to Ada 25-19, 25-15, 25-15 in district finals.

Returning letter winners: Taylor Holbrook (sr., 133 digs), Victoria Lauck (jr., 406 digs), Jocelyn Morrisey (jr., 330 digs, 133 kills), Rosie Williams (jr., 128 kills, 60 blocks), Kassidy Meyer (jr., 228 digs).

Top prospects: Hannah Reipenhoff (jr.), Makenna Mohler (jr.), Sofia Masters (sr.), Kennedy Parker (soph.), Erica King (jr.), Jaylen Roehm (fr.)

Coach’s comments: Solid group of returning letter winners but huge holes to fill. Players stepping into newer or larger roles will be key to success.

Lima Senior

Division I

Coach: Kendra Turner (second season)

2017 record: 5-20

2017 Three Rivers Athletic Conference record:

2017 postseason: Lost to Bowsher 25-21, 21-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-9.

Returning letter winners: Ti’Ara Spivey (sr.), Haley Williams (sr.), Taja Ogelsbee (sr.), Sophie Jolliff (jr.), Lauren Zell (jr.), Ara Rexford (jr.), Lexi Williams (jr.)

Top prospects: Alleah Julien (soph.), Cheyanne Bean (soph.), Dae Janae Moore (sr.)

Coach’s comments: I am excited for this season as we have returned seven varsity lettermen. The girls have worked hard all summer on the ‘small stuff’ to become a better, more cohesive team. We made a great addition to our coaching staff adding Sydney Mohler (LCC grad) as the assistant varsity coach helping mainly with our defensive players. We look forward to the challenges this season and hope for a couple more wins this season.

Amber Greeley is among 10 letter winners back for Shawnee this season. Greeley is among 10 letter winners back for Shawnee this season. Richard Parrish | The Lima News

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