Boys high school soccer capsules


Coaches provided this year’s team information. Capsules will be updated as information is provided.

WOSL

Lima Central Catholic

Division: III

Coach: Timothy McNamara (third season)

2019 overall record: 9-10

2019 league record: 4-3 (tied for fourth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to Kalida in district semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Trevor Longmeier (sr.), Nathan Davisson (sr.), Nathanial Bruno (sr.), Aaron Simmons (sr.), Brayden Truex (jr.), Frankie McDonald (jr.), Kaden Odom (jr.), Oli Bruno (soph.), Justin Bauman (soph.), Jacob Scarberry (soph.), Aidan Scheckelhoff (soph.), Michael Taflinger (soph.), Justin Davisson (soph.)

Others that may start season on varsity roster: Anthony Guagenti (sr.), Daniel Cox (soph.), Jacob Venturella (fr.), Sam Mayers (fr.), Alex Arellano (fr.), Sebastian Pierce (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We graduated nine players from last season, so we will be looking to rebuild and replace a lot of starting spots this season. Our returning starters have stepped up to take on those leadership roles and are pushing the team to improve. We have a strong group of underclassmen including four freshmen, who are looking to step into the team and make an impact. Though this may be a rebuilding year, our team is very committed, and I am optimistic of what this team can achieve.

New Knoxville

Division: III

Coach: Matthew Stetler (fifth season)

2019 overall record: 6-11

2019 league record: 2-5 (sixth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 4-1 to Lima Central Catholic in opening round

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Patrick Covert (sr.), Ryland Dyrness (sr.), Carson Bierlein (jr.), Carter Piehl (jr.), Josh Deitsch (jr.)

Promising newcomers: Troy Dwenger (fr.), Luke Stachler (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Every player gives maximum effort for the team. We need to work on communication and cohesiveness. We have a lot of new moving part with five freshmen that will get substantial playing time. So it will be important for them to understand the speed and physically of soccer at the high school level is a big leap from middle school. We have worked hard over the summer with strength and agility. Our league is very competitive and our goal is to finish in the top half with a winning record. Botkins is the resounding favorite along with Jackson Center, LCC and Temple Christian.

Temple Christian

Division: III

Coach: BJ McPheron (1oth season)

2019 overall record: 7-9-1

2019 league record: 4-3 (tied for fourth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost to Lima Central 3-2 on penalty kicks (no other goals scored) in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Preston Patrick (sr.), Daniel Engle (sr.), Joshua Engle (sr.), Joseph Engle (sr.), Michael Engle (sr.), Austin Hill (sr.), Cody Motter (jr.), Darrick Clay (jr.), Van Heffner (jr.), Ethan Wright (soph.), Caleb Kiser (soph.)

Promising newcomers: Connor Watkins (sr.), Quinten Waters (fr.), Josiah Menke (fr.), Carter Green (fr.), Dawson Clay (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: With a good group of upperclassman returning we look to have a strong understanding of what it takes to compete night and night out and let that trickle down to the rest of the team. We will have some new roles to fill and getting guys in the right spots on the pitch will be a growing and learning process. With a near .500 record in 2019 we hope to improve on that this season. We will have to come together as a unit each day but with the experience we have we hope to have a productive and exciting season.

WBL

Bath

Division: III

Coach: David Briggs (fourth season)

2019 overall record: 5-10-3

2019 league record: 2-5-2 (seventh)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 1-0 to Celina in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Austin Miller (jr.), Will Miller (jr.), Keaton Liles (jr.), Evan Parker (sr.), Nate Griffin (sr.), Dylan Howell (sr.), Jonathan Wiggins (sr.), Harrison Abrams (sr.), Chad Heberling (sr.), Jeremny Jeffrey (sr.), Tanner Delacerda (sr.), Jacob Garver (sr.), Ricky Deppe (soph.), Skylar Blauvelt (jr.), Kyran Johnson (soph.)

Others that may start season on varsity roster: Cody Willoughby (soph.), Cohen Callahan (soph.), Mason Schleeter (sr.), Zander Hermans (jr.), Vincent Boafed (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are returning 15 varsity letter winners from last season and will look to build momentum early on. We have an experienced group of players returning that understand the system and looking to prove themselves to the rest of the league.

Celina

Division: II

Coach: Ryan Jenkins (12th season)

2019 overall record: 118-67-18

2019 league record: 6-3 (third)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 3-0 to Kenton in district semifinals

Returning 2019 starters: Jaden Jones (sr.), Nathan Wilson (sr.), Jacob Hathaway (jr.), Cale Schmitmeyer (sr.), Reeves Black (sr.), Mitchell Weitz (sr.), Dalton Leiss (sr.)

Incoming players: Logan Seitz (sr.), Jack Duncan (sr.), Isaac Garrett (sr.), Clayden Martin (sr.), Ramsey Cox (jr.), Clayton Duncan (jr.), Craddock Bridge (sr.), Brayden Shaw (jr.), Isaiah Glass (soph.), Lucas Billerman (soph.), Logan Smith (jr.)

Coach’s analysis: After a solid 2019 season, we are looking to continue to build off that success. Shawnee won the WBL last year and looks to be very strong again. There will be many strong teams in the league this year and we are hoping to be in the mix. We are returning 14 letter winners and have 11 seniors, so we do return some varsity experience. The guys have been working hard to prepare and hope to have a chance to compete this fall.

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Tommy Thomas (17th season)

2019 overall record: 9-6-2

2019 league record: 4-4-1 (sixth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to Bath in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Aidan Bartels (sr.), Logan Develvis (sr.), Scott Holmgren (sr.), Dawson Kendall (sr.), Preston Layman (sr.), Tyler Long (sr.), Sam Purtee (sr.), Jackson Davis (jr.), Jonathan Flores (jr.), Jamir Manley (jr.), Austin Miller (jr.), Jeremiah Wilson (jr.), Elijah Barraza (soph.), Grant Hardeman (soph.), Ethan Thomas (soph.)

Others likely to start season on varsity roster: Carter Gronas (jr.), Lukas Kaye (jr.), Andrew Cockerell (jr.), Camden Howard (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: With the departure of two seniors from last year’s squad, this year’s team returns 15 letter winners. The majority of last year’s team included first year varsity players, and they experienced first hand what it takes at the varsity level. The 2019 players’ growth and maturity from the 2019 season will serve as motivation for the 2020 campaign, with the goal to compete at high level each and every night.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Erick Grasley

2019 overall record: 11-4-4

2019 league record: 4-2-3 (fourth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to Shawnee in district finals

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: II

Coach: Kyle Metzger (sixth season)

2019 overall record: 7-8-3

2019 league record: 4-3-2 (fifth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 7-0 to Ottawa-Glandorf in district semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Dylan Birkemeier, Carson Fuka, Luke Brickner, Jaden Lehman, Carter Welch, Alex Macke, Austin Birkemeier, Blaize Heuerman, Jeramy Hermiller, Derek Crumrine, Nate Maag, Kieffer Phillips

Promising newcomers: Jackson Heringhaus, Mike Evers, Owen Kidd, Carter Lammers, Jordan Schroeder

Coach’s analysis: What we do well: Team movement, ability to move as a unit. Defending as a team. We need to work on finishing. I believe we defend and move the ball up the field very well, but finishing off the chances we create on offense will be critical for us. I believe that we will be very competitive this year. We are returning a lot of lettermen that have gained a lot of experience from last year.

Shawnee

Division: II

Coach: Ryan Quatman (seventh season)

2019 overall record: 19-2

2019 league record: 9-0 (first)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 3-2 to Lexington in regional championship

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Zach Chambers (sr.), Landon Hoehn (sr.), Carter Jensen (sr.), Ethan Rosebeck (sr.), Brayden Ward (sr.), Jake Fraser (jr.), Jacob Miller (jr.), Connor Neidemire (jr.), Matteo Fusillo (soph.), Austin Miller (soph.)

Promising newcomers: Anthony Best (jr.), Sam Tenwalde (soph.), Alex McGuire (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We attack well with a fast paced, veteran team, graduating three starting seniors last year. We need to work on team defending, communication, building up on offense. We expect to defend our WBL title and make another deep state tournament run.

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Jay Hertenstein (third season)

2019 overall record: 10-4-4

2019 league record: 6-1-2 (second)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 to Ottawa-Glandorf in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Austin Hertenstein (sr.), Ryan Ibrahim (sr.), Andrew Ibrahim (sr.), Charlie Krebs (sr.), Adam Tobin (sr.), Spencer Trogdlon (sr.), Preston Wilson (sr.), Trey Leatherman (jr.), Joey Vanderhorst (jr.), Kyle Steininger (jr.)

Others possible varsity performers: Connor Milner (jr.), AJ Dieringer (soph.), Easton Craft (soph.), Jack Hertenstein (soph.), Quinn Holtzapple (soph.), Josh Sudman (soph.), Cody Birt (fr.), Wyatt Chapman (fr.), Aiden Jeffries (fr.), Reese Triplett (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The coaching staff is excited for this season! While our strong and reliable Class of 2021 is eager to finish their high school careers with a statement, their leadership and undertaking of the underclassman is only proving for successful years to come. The attendance and dedication with the offseason workouts is the best the program has seen. Our trainers have been preparing our players for a strong season. They have bought in and are excited to show their hard work on the pitch. St. Marys soccer (at all levels) continues to be the largest in the area and Memorial soccer is excited to show everyone we are from Rider Country.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Tim Brown (first season)

2019 overall record: 3-13-1

2019 league record: 0-9 (10th)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 8-0 to St. Marys in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Serafin Hernandez (sr.), Coltin McCloud (sr.), Gage Lutz (sr.), Micah Rager (sr.), Macein Bigham (sr.), Christian Eberle (jr.), Nate Evans (jr.), Ethan Mooney (jr.), Sam Moonshower (jr.).

Others that may start season on varsity roster: Jaden Weaks (jr.), Jayden Cook (fr.), Nicholas Kraner (jr.), Joaquin Estrada (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: The Cougars have a simple goal of improving every time we step onto the pitch. After graduating nine seniors from last season’s team the 2020 Cougars will be inexperienced, but the players are eager for their opportunity to represent Van Wert soccer. Playing in the always tough Western Buckeye League is a challenge we look forward to measuring our progress against. Good luck to all area soccer teams and especially our friendly rivals in the WBL.

Wapakoneta

Division: II

Coach: Keith Ramblin (eighth season)

2019 overall record: 6-8-4

2019 league record: 1-5-3 (ninth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 3-0 to Kenton in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Graham Kneer (sr.), Brady Schlenker (sr.), Christian Mowery (sr.), Kaleb Place (sr.), Collin Lenhart (jr.), Peyton Debell (jr.), Connor Lause (soph.), Connor Coffey (soph.), Keaton Lenhart (soph.), Dylan Whitehead (soph.), Adian Schneider (soph.), Gavin Ainsworth (soph.)

Promising varsity newcomers: Mason Longsworth (sr.), Kyle Beach (fr.), Austin Bump (fr.), Preston Meyer (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Wapakoneta graduated 12 seniors and had three other players move out of the district in the spring of 2019. When the fall season of 2019 began, 10 new starting positions needed to be filled, six of those were filled by freshmen. 2019 was certainly a “re-build” year. Being able to return 10 starters will hopefully give us the experience we need to be able to compete in a very competitive WBL.Much like last year, we will once again be guided by youth as we look to start two freshmen and five sophomores. Despite our youth, our young players are extremely skilled and will get a lot of help from our returning upperclassmen. The Redskins, much like every other team in Ohio, are just excited to finally be able to get back out on the field to play and compete. No matter how the season plays out, we will just be grateful for having the opportunity to participate.

NWC

Ada

Division: III

Coach: Jason Okuly

2019 overall record: 8-8-1

2019 conference record: 3-2 (third)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 3-2 to Cory-Rawson in sectional semifinals

Allen East

Division: III

Coach: Lamar Houston (first season)

2019 overall record: 8-7-3

2019 conference record: 4-1 (second)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-0 to Continental in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Braelin Houston, Jared Shea, Silas Gillespie, Ashton Neff, Aiden Robie, Kannon Ruble, Braylen Kennedy

Promising newcomers: Isen Schafer, Emilio Rettig, Zane Newland, Cole Barton, Spencer Coon

Coach’s analysis: We have good team speed and we communicate well at times which helps to balance out some of our flaws. We need to work on our first touch. We also need to work on attacking and defending as a team. This season looks to be an interesting one. We have seven returning starters from last year’s team who have all shown improvement and have gotten stronger. Our hope is that our new players will mesh quickly and form better team chemistry which could lead us to greater success.

Bluffton

Division: III

Coach: Steve Smucker (sixth season)

2019 overall record: 17-3-2

2019 conference record: 5-0 (first)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 4-0 to Columbus Wellington School in state championship

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Jon Schriner, Jude Spallinger, Kaden Basil, Tayton Kleman, Simon Derstine, Thad Mittendorf, Asher Antrim, Collin Oglesbee, Josh Mehaffie, Eli Lemley, Nic Essinger

Promising newcomers: Eden Nygaard, Adam Fredritz, Nolan Huffman

Coach’s analysis: We will continue to work at organizing defensively and limiting opponents’ opportunities. We need to improve our attacking on set pieces. We return 9 of 11 starters from a team that advanced to the state final. We look to improve on last year with a seasoned group of seniors. We must be better than we were last year and still look to improve our “rough edges.” We look forward to a competitive season and want to make our mark on it.

Lincolnview

Division: III

Coach: Anson Moody

2019 conference record: 1-3-1 (tied for fourth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 in overtime to Spencerville in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Caden Hanf (soph.), Jayce Schimmoeller (soph.), Corbin Evans (soph.), Miah Miller (jr.), Zach Van Cleave (jr.), Ethan Crow (jr.), Tristan Taylor (jr.), Fletcher Collins (sr.), Cole Gorman (sr.), Justin Braun (sr.), Ariel Pruden (sr.), Clayton Leeth (sr.), Dylan Schimmoeller (sr.), Landon Moody (sr.)

Coach’s analysis: This season we are lucky to be returning seven seniors , five of which are returning starters. We also have a very large group on seven incoming freshmen. These 23 athletes have been training hard all summer in preparation for a full 2020 season. We are very fortunate to have such a big group of seniors that can mentor the younger athletes for the future. This season should be a fun ride for fans to follow, with our senior forward Clayton Leeth just three goals from breaking the boys school scoring record currently held by his older brother Austin that was set his senior season,

Paulding

Division: III

Coach: Dalton Bradford

2019 overall record: 3-13-1

2019 conference record: 0-5 (sixth)

2019 postseason finish: Lost 5-0 to Miller City in sectional semifinals

Spencerville

Division: III

Coach: Josh Van Gorder

2019 overall record: 4-11-1

2019 league record: 1-5 (seventh) in WOSL; 1-3-1 (tied for fourth) in NWC

2019 postseason finish: Lost 7-0 to Kalida in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Ryan Kaverman (soph.), Noah Kimmet (soph.), Noah Kimmet (sr.), Dominic Adkins (sr.), Will Gallaspie (soph.), Emerson Layman (soph.), Joel Van Gorder (jr.), Gabe Schwartz (sr.)

Promising newcomers: Isaiah Stewart (fr.), Brennan Lehman (fr.), Beau Miller (fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are a well-conditioned team. We work hard together and continue to improve. We are a young team. That necessitates a quick learning time. We will continue to work through the season to mature. I look forward to our boys competing in every game. We will challenge many teams this year. The soccer program at Spencerville continues to grow. This team will run as one.

PCL

Continental

Division: III

Coach: Brian Stegbauer (11th season)

2019 overall record: 11-6-1

2019 league record: 2-2

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-1 in match that went to penalty kicks to Ottoville in district semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Westin Okuley (sr.), Bryce Recker (sr.), Reed Warnement (sr.), Wyatt Davis (jr.), Andrew Hoeffel (jr.), Rhenn Armey (soph.), Konnor Knipp Williams (soph.)

Others possible varsity performers: Alex Sharritis (soph.), Elijah Mays (soph.)

Coach’s analysis: I feel like this year the team is bonding well and pushing each other daily to get better. After the past few months these kids (like all kids) need a break from the negative of COVID-19 and just need to play. We are trying some new things to fit the skill set of players we have. This has been a learning process and will continue to be as the season progresses. All the guys have been working hard and willing to learn their new roles. As the weeks move forward we will continually improve. We are very young as a group so this will pay large dividends in the future.

Fort Jennings

Division: III

Coach: Greg Luthman (11th season)

2019 overall record: 0-17

2019 league record: 0-4

2019 postseason finish: Lost 2-0 Allen East in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Seth Bullock (jr.), Cody Horstman (sr.), Justin Landwehr (sr.), Jared Liebrecht (sr.), Jack Sellman (sr.), Eric Wieging (sr.), Ryan Edinger (soph.), Gavin Gilbert (jr.), Jon Grote (jr.), Andrew Aldrich (soph.), Brayden Calvelage (soph.), Chase Neidert (soph.), Trent Siefker (soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Carsen Siebeneck (fr.), mason German (fr.), Bryce Gasser (fr.), Will Lucas (jr.),

Coach’s analysis: The players have come with an attitude of one befitting any Musketeer. They will outhustle, outthink, be the most intense, play quicker and harder, be the best at defending collectively, and out focus their opponent to their best ability every moment on the pitch. The Putnamc County League will be a tough brutal grind to the end as usual. Continental, Kalida, Miller City and Ottoville are always geared to be unrelenting as opponents. Fort Jennings will be hunting for the top nevertheless. Being second place in 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 and achieving the championship in 2015 demands of us our best to achieve the best. The fire to achieve again one of the top two spots is in their heart.

Kalida

Division: III

Coach: Mark Czubik (33rd season)

2019 overall record: 14-5-1

2019 league record: 4-0

2019 postseason finish: Lost 3-0 to Ottawa Hills in regional semifinals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Evan Stechschulte (soph.), Grant Vorst (jr.), Brandon Miller (sr.), Adam Siefker (jr.), Drew Fersch (soph.), Adam Basinger (sr.), Gabe Roof (jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Tanner Schultz (sr.), Dawson Schultz (soph.), Cole Nienberg (jr.), Brady Fersch (fr.), Jacob Geckle (soph.), Logan Bockrath (jr.), Dominic Bockrath (soph.), Jaden Smith (soph.), E.J. Miller (soph.), Dyllan Bendele (soph).

Miller City

Division: III

Coach: Kevin Deitering (second season)

2019 overall record: 6-11-1

2019 league record: 1-3

2019 postseason finish: Lost 4-1 to Ottoville in sectional finals

Returning 2019 varsity letter winners: Brent Verhoff, Joseph Deitering, Samuel Ellerbrock, Mason Rieman, Phillip Ellerbrock

Promising newcomers: TJ Michel, several freshmen

Coach’s analysis: We have a very hard working group of players this year. We have several freshmen who will be playing lots of minutes so we need to get stronger and gain meaningful experience. We lost seven seniors from last season and will really miss their experience and leadership. However, this year’s incoming freshmen are very athletic and eager to improve and most of our upperclassmen worked hard to improve. I think our program will continue to improve this year.

Ottoville

Division: III

Coach: Dustin Markward (third season)

2019 overall record: 16-2-1

2019 league record: 3-1

Others

Lima Senior

Division: I

Coach: Hunter Vermillion

2019 conference record: 0-7 (eighth) in TRAC

2019 postseason finish: Lost 10-0 to Toledo St. John’s in sectional finals

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