Putnam County League girls basketball previews


Ottoville’s Nicole Knippen (21) was selected as the Putnam County League’s player of the year as a junior.

Ottoville’s Nicole Knippen (21) was selected as the Putnam County League’s player of the year as a junior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Miller City’s Natalie Koenig (23), here driving against Ottoville’s Jocelyn Geise, received All-Putnam County League first team recognition as a sophomore and junior.

Miller City’s Natalie Koenig (23), here driving against Ottoville’s Jocelyn Geise, received All-Putnam County League first team recognition as a sophomore and junior.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

Kalida’s Grace Klausing, here attempting a shot against Wayne Trace’s Claire Sinn, left, and Rachel Stoller, was named first team All-PCL as a junior.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Columbus Grove information ran with Northwest Conference previews in Tuesday’s edition of The Lima News. Information provided by coaches, athletic directors and PCL Commissioner Daniel Kern and obtained from OHSAA website.

PCL

Continental

Division: IV

Coach: K.C. Knowles (third season)

2019-20 overall record: 11-12

2019-20 league record: 2-5 (sixth)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 46-40 to North Baltimore in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Catelyn Etter (Sr.), Maddie Potts (Sr.)

Others on varsity roster: Jensen Armey (Jr.), Maddie Burke (Sr.), Tygre Troyer (Sr.), Allie Scott (Soph.), Olivia Logan (Soph.), Jensen Prowant (Soph.), Reese Knowles (Soph.), Bryn Tegenkamp (Soph.), Mackenzie Rush (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: Will be looking to rebuild after losing four seniors and three starters from last year’s squad. With the new additions to the team we hope to be competitive come the second part of the season and finish around .500 and middle of the league.

Fort Jennings

Division: IV

Coach: Bill Calvelage (fifth season)

2019-20 overall record: 5-19

2019-20 league record: 1-6 (seventh)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 58-31 to Columbus Grove in sectional finals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Jessie Foust (Sr.), Maddison Dickman (Sr.), Rachel Von Sossan (Soph.), Elizabeth Meyer (Soph.), Abigail Koester (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Aubrey Jacomet (Jr.), Carley Von Sossan (Sr.), Reagan Ricker (Soph.), Madison Ricker (Fr.), Christian Hubert (Soph.), Reilly Fitzpatrick (Sr.), Lydia Dickman (Fr.), Hannah Grote (Fr.), Abigail Browning (Fr.), Fallon Mershman (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: Good team speed, hard working group, five letter winners and three others with some varsity experience. Need to take care of the basketball to keep turnovers to a minimum. Looking to play competitively at beginning of the year and get some early wins. This will build momentum and confidence for the second half of the season. Kalida, Ottoville, and Columbus Grove look to be the top PCL championship contenders.

Kalida

Division: IV

Coach: Adam Huber (11th season)

2019-20 overall record: 19-8

2019-20 league record: 5-2 (third)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 53-28 to Wayne Trace in regional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Grace Klausing (Sr.), Brenna Smith (Sr.), Kathryn Siebeneck (Sr.), Brooke Vennkotter (Jr.), Brooke Erhart (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Mya Schmitz (Sr.), Amanda Unverferth (Jr.), Camille Hovest (Soph.), Livia Recker (Soph.), Allie Stechschulte (Soph.), Kendal Bockrath (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We return a good foundation of five players from our successful season last year and any time you have that kind of experience in varsity games it is huge. We think we will once again be a good defensive team with the ability to be a great, disruptive defense team by the end of the year. We also have a group that doesn’t care who scores or needs the spotlight, we just want to compete and try to win every day. We are going have to have some players step up on the offensive end this season and look to be more of a threat to score for us. We have girls capable of doing it but it’s their turn now to take the next step into more of the focal points in our offense as opposed to complementary players. The PCL is once again going to be a competitve league where you must be ready to play each game. We can see five teams that could be battling it out for the title at the end with others looking to play the spoiler role. We feel we can be in that mix but must improve and compete each day. As a staff we are really looking forward to this upcoming season. Each year is different, and this year is no exception. It was a different kind of offseason once again as due to COVID-19 we focused solely on individual skills as opposed to team play, Although we made strides in individual skill, the uncertainty of our team roles and chemistry will take some time to figure out. As always though, if we come to practice with the right mindset of getting better and winning each day by competing we should be playing our best basketball by the end of the season.

Leipsic

Division: IV

Coach: Gary Kreinbrink (35th season)

2019-20 overall record: 11-12

2019-20 league record: 3-4 (fifth) in PCL; 5-5 (tied for sixth) in BVC

2020 postseason finish: Lost 35-23 to McComb in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Elizabeth Scheckelhoff (Sr.), Josie Hermiller (Jr.), Ally Kirkendall (Jr.), Whitney Langhals (Soph.), Kyrsten Martinez (Soph.), Marisa Hermiller (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Abby Haselman (Soph.), Ava Henry (Fr.), Leah Kirkendall (Fr.), Sydney Schroeder (Soph.), Ashley Schroeder (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: Leipsic will be extremely young with just one senior on the roster in Elizabeth Schekelhoff. However, we return six letter winners from 2019-20. After a successful volleyball campaign — we have gotten a very late start but hopefully with the experience returning we will adjust quickly. We feel we have good depth — and likely will play nine or 10 girls consistently. With an 11-12 record in 2019-20 (our first losing season since 2009) we look forward to turning that around this season.

Miller City

Division: IV

Coach: Ross Heuerman (fifth season)

2019-20 overall record: 14-9

2019-20 league record: 4-3 (fourth)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 46-34 to Delphos St. John’s in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Adrienne Kuhlman (Sr.), Natalie Koenig (Sr.), Maddie Otto (Sr.), Abi Reyna (Sr.), Lauren Hermiller (Sr.), Abi Lammers (Jr.), Abi Teders (Jr.), Carley Hermiller (Soph.), Grace Pfau (Soph.)

Others likely to make varsity roster: Liz Otto (Soph.), Tori Wenzinger (Soph.), Kiana Gable (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a combined 18 years of varsity experience coming back. With a number of girls playing a lot of varsity minutes over the last few seasons, I think our experience and depth will help us have a very competitive and successful season.

Ottoville

Division: IV

Coach: Michelle Leach (second season)

2019-20 overall record: 15-10

2019-20 league record: 6-1 (second)

2020 postseason finish: Lost 60-49 to Wayne Trace in district finals

Returning 2019-20 players: Tori Thomas (Sr.), Alexa Honigford (Sr.), Peyton Wannemacher (Sr.), Riley Wannermacher (Sr.), Elise Kramer (Soph.), Nicole Knippen (Sr.), Grace Gamble (Sr.), Shayla German (Jr.), Faith Gamble (Sr.), Alayna Leis (Sr.)

Others on varsity roster include: Isabelle Furley (Fr.), Skylar Turnwald (Soph.), Becca Turnwald (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: We are concentrating on our defensive efforts hoping we will create a lot of scoring opportunities for us early in the year. Our girls are extremely hard workers that love to compete. There will be a lot of players returning that saw significant playing time last season. We are excited for the opportunity to demonstrate great leadership for many newcomers as we acclimate the younger girls to the speed and intensity of varsity basketball. Our goal is to take care of the basketball, limiting our turnovers each and every game. The Putnam County League is competitve every year and there are several talented teams that will compete for the league championship. Our motto this year is work — we are excited to work hard day in and out in the classroom and on the court. As we move forward throughout the year, I am excited to see our eight seniors’ leadership style and our team’s genuine support for one another. Our student-athletes bring positive energy and are motivated to be competitive at a high level every time we step onto the court.

Pandora-Gilboa

Division: IV

Coach: Kathleen Dysert (second season)

2019-20 overall record: 2-21

2019-20 league record: 0-7 (eighth) in PCL; 0-10 (11th) in BVC

2020 postseason finish: Lost 57-36 to Kalida in sectional semifinals

Returning 2019-20 varsity letter winners: Alexis Augsburger (Sr.), Lexie Neuenschwander (Sr.), Makayla Kinsinger (Sr.), Lacie Fenstermaker (Jr.), Hailey Dysert (Jr.), Tori Duling (Jr.), Taelor Miller (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Alexis McCoy (Sr.), Emme Cherry (Soph.), Vivian Bauman (Fr.), Grace Torres (Soph.), Mckenna Kohli (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: The Rockets have been hit hard early with some key injuries. Despite the setback, coach Dysert is confident that the experienced players who are returning have improved greatly and are up to the challenge. The Rockets are looking to improve in both the BVC and PCL finishes this season.

Ottoville’s Nicole Knippen (21) was selected as the Putnam County League’s player of the year as a junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_Ottoville-vs-Bath-RP-003.jpgOttoville’s Nicole Knippen (21) was selected as the Putnam County League’s player of the year as a junior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Miller City’s Natalie Koenig (23), here driving against Ottoville’s Jocelyn Geise, received All-Putnam County League first team recognition as a sophomore and junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_Ottoville-Girls-BB-vs-Miller-City-DS1-.jpgMiller City’s Natalie Koenig (23), here driving against Ottoville’s Jocelyn Geise, received All-Putnam County League first team recognition as a sophomore and junior. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
Kalida’s Grace Klausing, here attempting a shot against Wayne Trace’s Claire Sinn, left, and Rachel Stoller, was named first team All-PCL as a junior.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/11/web1_Kalida-Girls-BB-vs-Wayne-trace-DS4-2.jpgKalida’s Grace Klausing, here attempting a shot against Wayne Trace’s Claire Sinn, left, and Rachel Stoller, was named first team All-PCL as a junior. Don Speck | The Lima News

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