Lima area Western Buckeye League girls basketball previews


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Shawnee’s Grace Freiberger was named first team all-Western Buckeye League as a freshman.

Shawnee’s Grace Freiberger was named first team all-Western Buckeye League as a freshman.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Chloee Glenn was a first team all-Western Buckeye selection last season.

Ottawa-Glandorf’s Chloee Glenn was a first team all-Western Buckeye selection last season.


Richard Parrish | The Lima News

St. Marys’ Kendall Dieringer (11) returns after being named to the all-Western Buckeye League first team last season.


Don Speck | The Lima News

Ottawa-Glandorf's Erin Kaufman shoots against Waynedale's Alyssa Griser during Thursday's Division III State Semifinal game at UD Arena in Dayton. Richard Parrish | The Lima News


Don Speck | The Lima News

WBL

Bath

Division: II

Coach: Greg Mauk (23rd season)

2020-21 overall record: 22-3

2020-21 league record: 9-0 (first)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 49-37 to Bryan in district semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Lexi Renner (Jr.), Elena Oliver (Jr.), Rachel Clark (Jr.), Anne Oliver (Soph.), Claire Foust (Soph.)

Also on varsity roster: Ava Craddock (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We lost six letter winners to graduation which was over 90% of our scoring. Ava Craddock has returned from Tennessee where she played her sophomore and junior years and scored a total of nearly 800 points those two years. We have a lot of kids coming together for the first time. We are trying to find out who our leaders are and what style of play is going to best fit our personnel. All three returning juniors have played significant minutes since their freshman seasons.

Celina

Division: II

Coach: Branden Rushton (second season)

2020-21 overall record: 2-19

2020-21 league record: 1-8 (10h)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 56-33 to St. Marys in sectional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Kyilla Billingsley (Jr.), Taylor Klingshirn (Jr.), Kira Dirksen (Jr.), Payton Bertke (Jr.), Amelia Lutz (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Zoey Burns (Sr.), Ava Knapke (Soph.), Julia Vehorn (Soph.), Kate Braun (Fr.), Jacci Felver, Maddie Fleck, Kenlee Holstad

Coach’s analysis: This year we are bringing back a varsity core made up of three returning starters and three others with significant varsity playing time. We are excited to take the next step in our program.

Elida

Division: II

Coach: Elise Jenkins (third season)

2020-21 overall record: 8-11

2020-21 league record: 2-5 (eighth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 49-31 to Napoleon in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Addisyn Freeman (Jr.), Elli Mitchell (Sr.), Payton Kuhn (Jr.), Bella Lopez (Jr.), Hadassah Johnson (Jr.)

May start season on varsity roster: Jojo Knight (Soph.)

Coach’s analysis: After experiencing last year and all of its difficulties (short five regular season games due to COVID-10), our team has developed a great energy, appreciation and excitement coming into the 2021 season. I’ve been very pleased with our girls and their work ethic. Upperclassmen are being great leaders and the younger players are displaying a great eagerness to learn. With a guard-heavy roster, our goal is to create our offense through defense. Look for Elida to put high pressure on the ball full court to create easy baskets through the fast break.

Kenton

Division: II

Coach: Jay Bostelman (fourth season)

2020-21 overall record: 8-12

2020-21 league record: 3-6 (tied for sixth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 52-30 to Sandusky Perkins in sectional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Gabi Wetherill (Jr.), Lauren Bartlett (Sr.), Ali Harpel (Jr.), Tatum Miller (Jr.)

Others that may start season on varsity roster: Brynn Butler (Soph.), Emily Pees (Soph.), Macee Heckathorn (Fr.), Sadie Larabee (Fr.), Olivia Nolting (Fr.), Riley Totten (Fr.), Kyla Bostater (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: After graduating eight seniors from the 2020-21 season, we will have all new faces in our lineup. Our girls are looking forward to competing in the WBL and are working hard at becoming a team. We are looking to play fast, push the tempo and play hard pressure defense.

Ottawa-Glandorf

Division: III

Coach: Troy Yant (10th season)

2020-21 overall record: 26-3

2020-21 league record: 8-1 (second)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 45-25 to Berlin Hiland in state finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Kaydree Frey (Sr.), Chloee Schroeder (Sr.), Emma Brinkman (Jr.), Erin Kaufman (Sr.), Chloee Glenn (Jr.), Lily Haselman (Jr.), Myka Aldrich (Soph.), Maggie Verhoff (Soph.), Katie Kaufman (Soph.) .

Others on varsity roster: Kaelyn Grothouse (Fr.), Carlie Brinkman (Fr.), Makenna Siefker (Fr.).

Coach’s analysis: We return four starters from our state runner-up team from last year, and we get Maggie Verhoff back from injury. This will give us a nice nucleus to build around. It will take a while to get everyone on the same page, having had a condensed summer schedule and a long successful soccer season, but we look forward to competing as our team comes together.

Shawnee

Division: II

Coach: Rachel Ciminillo (fourth season)

2020-21 overall record: 15-8

2020-21 league record: 4-4 (tied for fourth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 60-48 in overtime to Toledo Central Catholic in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Hailee Conrad (Sr.), Zoe Smith (Sr.), Tessa Stahler (Sr.), Ania Pearson (Jr.), Zoe Best (Soph.) , Grace Freiberger (Soph.) , Kelly Cooper (Soph.)

Others on varsity roster: Cecelia Worsham (Jr.), Emma Rumbaugh (Jr.), Payten Metzger (Soph.) , Kaleigh Thomas (Soph.), Sydney Burris (Fr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have the chemistry and experience of a veteran team with some new additions we are really excited about. We are playing an upbeat style of basketball that we hope will lead us to a successful season.

St. Marys

Division: II

Coach: Jonathan Burke (fifth season)

2020-21 overall record: 17-6

2020-21 league record: 7-2 (third)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 48-36 to Bryan in sectional finals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Kendall Dieringer (Sr.), Noelle Ruane (Sr.), Karsyn McGlothen (Sr.), Elena Menker (Sr.), Cora Rable (Jr.), Morgan Hesse (Jr.), Reagan Allemeier (Sr.)

Others on varsity roster: Syerra Greber (Soph.), Lily Rammel (Soph.), Ashlie Nuss (Soph.), Reese Rable (Fr.), Ariel Fast (Soph.), Natalie Imwalle (Sr.)

Coach’s analysis: We are looking forward to bringing back a nice veteran lineup and add some young talent. We feel we have a more versatile team this year.

Van Wert

Division: II

Coach: Hannah Phlipot (third season)

2020-21 overall record: 8-12

2020-21 league record: 4-4 (tied for fourth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 68-43 to Shawnee in sectional semifinals.

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Carlee Young (Sr.), Kyra Welch (Jr.), Sofia Houg (Jr.), Lexi Barnhart (Jr.), Sayler Wise (Jr.)

Others on varsity roster: Kayla Krites (Sr.), Emilee Phillips (Sr.), Maria Bagley (Jr.), Erin Schaufelberger (Jr.), Debbie Jones (Soph.), Aerica Farmer (Jr.)

Coach’s analysis: We have a very strong core of returning varsity players. We are looking forward to having an agressive defense who can get out and run.

Wapakoneta

Division: I

Coach: Rusty Allen (14th season)

2020-21 overall record: 8-15

2020-21 league record: 3-6 (tied for sixth)

2021 postseason finish: Lost 52-22 to Toledo Notre Dame Academy in district semfinals

Returning 2020-21 varsity letter winners: Katie Lisi (Sr.), Elisabeth Good (Soph.) , Nikane Ambos (Sr.), Allie Wilson (Sr.), Addy Allen (Sr.), Reagan Courter (Jr.), Alyssa Harrod (Sr.).

Others on varsity roster: Georgia Schroeder (Jr.), Kierra Siefring (Soph.) , Kortney Fullenkamp (Fr.), Hannah Prine (Jr.).

Coach’s analysis: We are just excited to get back to some normalcy this year. Last season we were hit with a lot of players being quarantined and injuries. We have a very solid core group of players returning for us so we are going to rely heavily on their experience.

Shawnee’s Grace Freiberger was named first team all-Western Buckeye League as a freshman.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_Shawnee-Girls-BB-vs-OG-DS2-1.jpgShawnee’s Grace Freiberger was named first team all-Western Buckeye League as a freshman. Don Speck | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf’s Chloee Glenn was a first team all-Western Buckeye selection last season.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-vs-Delta-RP-05-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf’s Chloee Glenn was a first team all-Western Buckeye selection last season. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Kendall Dieringer (11) returns after being named to the all-Western Buckeye League first team last season.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_St.Marys-Girls-BB-vs-New-knox-DS2-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Kendall Dieringer (11) returns after being named to the all-Western Buckeye League first team last season. Don Speck | The Lima News
Ottawa-Glandorf's Erin Kaufman shoots against Waynedale's Alyssa Griser during Thursday's Division III State Semifinal game at UD Arena in Dayton. Richard Parrish | The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/11/web1_OG-vs-Waynedale-RP-06-1.jpgOttawa-Glandorf's Erin Kaufman shoots against Waynedale's Alyssa Griser during Thursday's Division III State Semifinal game at UD Arena in Dayton. Richard Parrish | The Lima NewsDon Speck | The Lima News

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