Girls basketball team capsules

JOHN F. KENNEDY

¯ COACH: John Condoleon.

¯ LAST YR: 9-14; lost to Mathews, 56-42, in a Division IV Grand Valley District sectional semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: North Coast League White Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Senior Taejah Burney***, Antonella LaMonica***, Julia Lombardi*; junior Genie Orlosky*; sophomores Danielle Bradley*, Kaitlyn Marlatt* and Marikate Roscoe*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomore Athena Burzynski; freshmen Caitlyn Condoleon and Myriah Merten.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME        YR

2    Athena Burzynski        So.

3    Myriah Merten        Fr.

4    Marikate Roscoe        So.

5    Kaytlin Marlatt        So.

10    Antonella LaMonica        Sr.

11    DeAsha Gaston        Jr.

13    Julia Lombardi        Sr.

14    Megan Walsh        So.

20    Danielle Bradley        So.

21    Alexa Chieffo        Fr.

22    Genie Orlosky        Jr.

24    Noami Hermann        So.

30    Skyler Daniels        Fr.

31    Caitlyn Condoleon        Fr.

32    Taejah Burney        Sr.

34    Nailah Thomas        So.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles return three very experienced seniors in Antonella LaMonica, Taejah Burney and Julia Lombardi. Burney and LaMonica are both three-yr letterwinners, with LaMonica being a 20 point per game scorer. In 2015-16, LaMonica was named first team all-Trumbull County, Northeast Ohio Inland District and second team all-Ohio. Two freshmen, Caitlyn Condoleon and Myriah Merten, should see some action this yr.

HOWLAND

¯ COACH: John Diehl, 23rd yr (341-166).

¯ LAST YR: 20-6 (won All-American Conference Red Tier); lost to Lakeview, 47-40, in Division II Austintown Fitch District championship game.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Sara Price***, Izzy Albrecht**, Samarra Caffey**, Leah Pollifrone**, Amber Rodriguez** and Alexis Willoughby*; Kendyl Buckley*, Gabby Hartzell* and Mackenzie Maze*; sophomore Kayla Clark*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Senior Tyra Marrs.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

2    Izzy Albrecht    5-4    Sr.

4    Mackenzie Maze    5-5    Jr.

10    Gabby Hartzell    5-6    Jr.

13    Amber Rodriguez    5-6    Sr.

14    Kendyl Buckley    5-7    Jr.

15    Alexis Willoughby    5-7    Sr.

20    Sara Price    6-1    Sr.

21    Samarra Caffey    5-11    Sr.

22    Leah Pollifrone    5-4    Sr.

24    Serena Campbell    5-4    Sr.

30    Alex Ochman    5-9    So.

32    Tyra Marrs    5-6    Sr.

40    Kayla Clark    6-0    So.

42    Kamryn Buckley    5-7    Jr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers return a wealth of experience from last yr’s district championship runner-up squad. Senior guard Sara Price, a three-yr lettermen who averaged 21.7 points per game last season, leads a group of 10 lettermen, six of which are seniors. Sophomore center Kayla Clark is the youngest letterman, and at 6-foot-1, her and Price (also 6-foot-1), provide ample size for the Tigers.

LAKEVIEW

¯ COACH: Jason Senedak; first yr.

¯ LAST YR: 22-2 (won AAC White Tier); lost to Elyria Catholic, 50-44, in a Division II Region 5 semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Lindsay Carnahan and Jensen Silbaugh; junior Annie Pavlansky.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Seniors Cammie Becker and Leah Franks; junior Lexi Rygalski; sophomores Cait Kelm and Beady Titus; freshman Laura Garvin.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME        YR

Tiffany Bartholomew        Fr

Cammie Becker        Sr

Lindsay Carnahan        Jr

Leah Franks        Sr

Laura Garvin        Fr

Isabella Kakiou        Fr

Cait Kelm        So

Madison Meeker        Sr

Annie Pavlansky        Jr

Hailey Raines        Fr

Lexi Rygalski        Jr

Casey Sandford        So

Lindsey Saxton        Fr

Jensen Silbaugh        Sr

Maddie Stredney        Fr

Beady Titus        So

Cammie Warner        Jr

Megan Zetterquist        Fr

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs return three letterwinners from last yr’s district title team, and also have a new coach in Jason Senedak. Senedak, a former Lakeview JV coach for seven yrs, inherits three really talented lettermen. Pavlansky was a first-team all-district player and Silbaugh was a third-teamer last yr. Several newcomers include senior Cammie Becker, sophomore Cait Kelm and freshman Laura Garvin.

CHAMPION

¯ COACH: Michael Cole.

¯ LAST YR: 13-10; lost to LaBrae, 47-37, in a Division III Ravenna District sectional final.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Erin Sindledecker***, Molly Williams*** and Izzy D’Urso**; juniors Megan Turner**, Marissa Wise** and Alayna Fell*; sophomore Abby White*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomore Abby Gumont; freshman Allison Smith.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

Molly Williams    5-6    Sr.

Erin Sindledecker    5-6    Sr.

Izzy D’Urso    5-6    Sr.

Alayna Fell    5-5    Jr.

Megan Turner    5-9    Jr.

Marissa Wise    5-4    Jr.

Ali Zublena    5-7    Jr.

Jessica Vystrcil    5-6    Jr.

Abby White    5-5    So.

Ali Gumont    5-7    So.

Ali Likens    5-11    So.

Sera Brady    5-5    Fr.

Sophia Howell    5-7    Fr.

Allison Smith    5-9    Fr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Flashes will look to advance to district play this yr, as they’ll return seven lettermen, including three seniors. Three-yr letterwinners Molly Williams and Erin Sindledecker lead the way. Fellow senior Izzy D’Urso is a two-yr letterman, while two of the three juniors, Megan Turner and Marissa Wise, also have two letters. Freshman Allison Smith and sophomore Abby Gumont will look to contribute this season.

LABRAE

¯ COACH: Larry Sanderson    ; third year (23-24).

¯ LAST YR: 14-11; lost to Newton Falls, 64-30, in a Division III Ravenna District semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Haylie Kiser*** and Morgan Meyer***; junior Hannah Hill*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomores Briana Burnett, Alexis Huscroft, Marissa Roberts and Olivia Williams.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

1    Morgan Meyer    5-6    Sr.

5    Paige Wilson    5-4    Fr.

11    Alexis Huscroft    5-4    So.

13    Cassie Smith    5-8    So.

15    Haylie Kiser    5-6    Sr.

21    Marissa Roberts    5-6    So.

25    Hannah Hill    5-9    Jr.

31    Briauna Burnett    5-4    So.

35    Emily Kujala    5-4    So.

43    Olivia Williams    5-8    So.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Vikings return just three lettermen from last yr’s district semifinal team. However, two seniors, both of which are three-yr letterwinners, return. This includes Haylie Kiser and Morgan Meyer. Junior letterman Hannah Hill also returns. Several sophomore newcomers are led by Marissa Roberts and Alexis Huscroft.

NEWTON FALLS

¯ COACH: Mark Baker; 11th yr (178-75).

¯ LAST YR: 25-2 (won All-American Conference Blue Tier)     lost to Chippewa, 51-36, in a Division III Region 9 semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Tori Blandine***, Hannah Harnichar***, Kayla Barreca**, Anga Fowler**, Autumn Hutson** and Ashley Sembach**     juniors Izzy Kline**, Kelli Harrah*, LeighAnn Knorzer* and Leah Mitchell*

¯ NEWCOMERS: N/A.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

2    Autumn Hutson    5-4    Sr.

4    Hannah Harnichar    5-6    Sr.

5    Tori Blandine    5-5    Sr.

10    Anga Fowler    5-6    Sr.

11    Ashley Sembach    5-6    Sr.

14    Kayla Barreca    5-10    Sr.

15    Leighann Knorzer    5-5    Jr.

21    Leah Mitchell    5-8    Jr.

24    Savanna Wilson    5-7    Jr.

25    Kelli Harrah    5-7    Jr.

33    Izzy Kline    5-10    Jr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Newton Falls will return a large senior class from last yr’s district championship-winning squad. Tori Blandine and Hannah Harnichar, both three-yr lettermen, are amongst six returning seniors. Junior power forward Izzy Kline, meanwhile, was a first-team all-AAC, Trumbull County and district selection and led the team in rebounding.

LIBERTY

¯ COACH: Deidre Watson; second yr (7-16).

¯ LAST YR: 7-16; lost to Canton Central Catholic, 66-42, in a Division III Struthers District sectional final.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Juniors Erilynn Stevens** and China Tate*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Melanie Bardol, Zion Jones, Delia Watson and Sharda Williamson.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Leopards return a pair of junior lettermen in Erilynn Stevens and China Tate. Liberty will look for contributions from four newcomers, including Delia Watson, Sharda Williamson, Melanie Bardol and Zion Jones.

BROOKFIELD

¯ COACH: Marc Morgan; third yr (30-36).

¯ LAST YR: 20-6; lost to Newton Falls, 32-28, in the Division III Ravenna District championship game.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Kenzie Drapola***, Maddie Bellis* and Lauren Pesa*; juniors Tori Sheehan* and Dana Sydlowski*; sophomore Bailey Drapola*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Junior Lexi Hammond; sophomore Chloe Willrich.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

0    Marlaina Meric    5-5    Fr.

2    Kenzie Drapola    5-7    Sr.

4    Maddie Bellis    5-5    Sr.

5    Abby Williams    5-5    Fr.

11    Chloe Willrich    5-8    So

12    Katie Rogers    5-8    So

13    Lexi Hammond    5-5    Jr.

14    Gabby Jamieson    5-7    So.

21    Lauren Pesa    5-7    Sr.

23    Ashley Manners    5-5    Fr.

24    Bailey Drapola    5-10    So

30    Dana Sydlowski    6-1    Jr.

32    Tori Sheehan    5-11    Jr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Marc Morgan’s team returns plenty of experience from last yr’s district title game runner-up. Point guard Kenzie Drapola, a three-yr letterman, is amongst six return letterwinners, including three seniors. Fellow seniors Maddie Bellis (shooting guard) and Lauren Pesa (small forward) also return, along with junior power forwards Tori Sheehan and Dana Sydlowski. Sophomore shooting guard Bailey Drapola rounds out the group, while another sophomore, Chloe Willrich, will join junior Lexi Hammond as two players looking to contribute significantly this season.

MATHEWS

¯ COACH: Joe Bornemiss; fourth yr (34-35).

¯ LAST YR: 17-8; lost to Jackson-Milton, 51-30, in a Division IV Mineral Ridge District semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Katarina Schubert***, Paige Sponsler*** and Morgan Williams***; juniors Emily Strama** and Cara Bornemiss*; sophomore Carlie Pratt*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Junior Julia Joaquin     sophomore Leah Bockelman.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Mustangs return a trio of three-yr letterwinning seniors, including Katarina Schubert, Paige Sponsler and Morgan Williams, from last yr’s district semifinal squad. In fact, the Mustangs lost just one senior, overall. They’ll also rely on newcomers Julia Joaquin (junior) and Leah Bockelman (sophomore).

MAPLEWOOD

¯ COACH: Mark Yoder, 20th yr (296-133).

¯ LAST YR: 9-14; lost to Chalker, 47-39, in a Division IV Grand Valley District sectional semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Senior Josie Campbell*; junior Jordan Letcher*     sophomore Heidi Stiffler*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomores Courtney Hubbard and Megan Wajda; freshmen Emily Kohlmorgan, Hannah Letcher and Madison Murray.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

10    Hannah Letcher    5-4    Fr.

11    Jordan Letcher    5-4    Jr.

12    Emily Kohlmorgan    5-8    Fr.

14    Madison Murray    5-9    Fr.

15    Julia Moran    5-3    So

20    Autumn Hanek    5-6    So

21    Megan Wajda    5-5    So

25    Courtney Hubbard    5-5    So

30    Heidi Stiffler    5-7    So

35    Josie Campbell    5-4    Sr.

50    Colleen McCartney    5-6    Fr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Mark Yoder’s squad will have their hands full this season, as the Rockets return just three lettermen, and will feature several underclassmen newcomers. Senior Josie Campell, a forward, leads the group of letterwinners. Junior Jordan Letcher (guard) and Heidi Stiffler (forward) are the others. Three freshmen newcomers include Hannah Letcher, Emily Kohlmorgan and Madison Murray.

BADGER

¯ COACH: Dusty Karr; eighth yr (71-111).

¯ LAST YR: 6-18; lost to Richmond Heights, 79-37, in a Division IV Grand Valley District semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Juniors Chloe Flowers* and Emma Hunkus*; sophomores Madison Karr*, Haylee Mott*, Kiersten Tricker* and Camryn Zec*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Freshmen Lauryn Hamilton, Paige Kramar and Rebecca Litz.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

10    Lauryn Hamilton    Fr.    G

11    Haylee Mott    So.    G

12    Rebecca Litz    Fr.    F

14    Emma Hunkus    Jr.    G

20    Chloe Flowers    Jr.    G

21    Madison Karr    So.    G

23    Paige Kramar    Fr.    G/F

24    Kiersten Tricker    So.    G

44    Camryn Zec    So.    F

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Braves return a young team this season, as they do not a have a single senior on their roster. However, they’ll return six lettermen, including juniors Emma Hunkus and Chloe Flowers, while Camryn Zec leads three sophomores. A trio of freshmen, led by Rebecca Litz, are expected to contribute right away.

BRISTOL

¯ COACH: John King; third year

¯ LAST YR: 3-20; lost to Richmond Heights, 67-24, in a Division IV Grand Valley District sectional semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Senior Hailee Elza***; sophomores Brenna Rimer* and Kendyl Switzer*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Junior Lydia Johnson; sophomores Breanna Songer and Aleesha Tingler; freshmen Marissa Servillo, Alayna Sines, Mackenzie Sloan and Brooke Songer.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Panthers return just three lettermen, and only one senior. Senior Hailee Elza is a three-yr letterwinner who was a first-team all-Northeastern Athletic Conference selection as a junior. She’ll be joined by sophomores Brenna Rimer and Kendyl Switzer. Several underclassmen newcomers include Breanna Songer and Marissa Servillo.

BLOOMFIELD

¯ COACH: Brandy Dunbar; first year

¯ LAST YR: Did not field a team.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: None.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Seniors Seania Ayers and Courtney Masaveg    ;juniors Maggie Coblentz and Kathy Troyer; sophomores Racheal DeFranco, Candace Kirby, Kassidy Parke and Morgan Sulak; freshmen Hailey Anderson and Lizzie DeFranco.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME        YR

20    Racheal DeFranco        So.

21    Maggie Coblentz        Jr.

22    Lizzie DeFranco        Fr.

23    Courtney Masaveg        Sr.

24    Kathy Troyer        Jr.

25    Seania Ayers        Sr.

31    Kassidy Parke        So.

32    Candace Kirby        So.

33    Morgan Sulak        So.

34    Hailey Anderson        Fr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Bloomfield will field its first girls basketball team in six yrs, and will be coached by Brandy Dunbar. She’ll have two seniors and Seania Ayers and Courtney Masaveg. Six of the ten players on the team are underclassmen, including four sophomores.

CHALKER

¯ COACH: Matt Yoder; third year (16-51).

¯ LAST YR: 12-12; lost to Badger, 63-57 F/OT, in a Division IV Grand Valley District sectional final.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stripes Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Senior Brittany Davis*; juniors Emma Baugher**, Hailey Scholten**, Caitlyn Stuart**, Courtney Warnick**;  sophomores Sam Hickkila*, Hailey Page Hobosky*, Kahtriana Hromada*, Shae Keeley*, Madison Kerr*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Hannah Arnold.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

1    Kahtriana Hromada    5-5    So.

4    Bree Elser    5-0    Fr.

10    Caitlyn Stuart    5-10    Jr.

11    Hannah Arnold    5-9    Jr.

12    Brittany Davis    5-9    Sr.

13    Cristiana Salvador    5-7    Sr.

14    Madison Karr    5-11    So.

22    Haley Scholten    5-2    Jr.

25    Paige Habosky    5-5    So.

32    Shae Keeley    5-9    So.

33    Courtney Warnick    5-3    Jr.

34    Emma Baugher    5-9    Jr.

43    Sam Hiekkila    5-4    So.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Wildcats will return plenty of experience from last yr’s sectional final squad, including junior Courtney Warnick. Warnick was a first-team all-NAC and Trumbull County performer, who has 633 career points in two seasons. She’ll be joined by the lone senior returnee in Brittany Davis, an all-NAC and Trumbull County honorable mention, and sophomore Shae Keeley, also an all-NAC honorable mention. In all, Chalker has 11 returning lettermen, 10 of which are sophomores or juniors. Exchange student Hannah Arnold will also join the group this yr.

MCDONALD

¯ COACH: Amy Dolsak, fourth year (35-55).

¯ LAST YR: 20-6; lost to Jackson-Milton, 36-20, in Division IV Mineral Ridge District championship game.

¯ LEAGUE: Inter-Tri County League Blue Dlue Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Senior Samantha Homa***; juniors Abbie Matig** and Hannah Donkers*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Seniors Kendra Kelly and Samantha Stitt; junior Britney Smith; sophomore Olivia Perry.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: After a rough rebuild, McDonald coach Amy Dolsak’s club broke through last season, winning 20 games and appearing in the district title game. Five seniors were lost to graduation, however. But, three returning lettermen bring plenty of experience, led by senior Samantha Homa. Homa, a first-team all-ITCL, second-team all-Inland District and all-Ohio honorable mention in 2015-16, will return for her fourth yr. Juniors Abbie Matig (two letters) and Hannah Donkers (one letter) will join her. Senior guards Kendra Kelly and Samantha Stitt will be expected to contribute this yr.

MINERAL RIDGE

¯ COACH: Matthew Cluse; first year

¯ LAST YR: 2-21; lost to Canton Central Catholic, 60-10, in a Division III Struthers District sectional semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Inter-Tri County League Blue Dlue Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Angelique Bartcher, Anna Bodo, Hannah Breedlove, Noelle Bukovina, Neveah Cruz and Sarah Pezzenti.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Alexa Harkins, Karson Kesner and Kalyn Stricklin.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rams will be led by first-year coach Matthew Cluse, who will inherit seven lettermen. Leading the way is Hannah Breedlove, Anna Bodo and Neveah Cruz. A trio of newcomers includes Alexa Harkins, Karson Kesner and Kalyn Stricklin.

JACKSON-MILTON

¯ COACH: Pat Keney; 29th year.

¯ LAST YR: 23-3; lost to Cornerstone Christian, 46-34, in a Division III Region 13 semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Inter-Tri County League Blue Dlue Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Ashley Totani***, Kaitlyn Totani*** and Katie Rago**; juniors Jordan Fitzpatrick**, Haley Lengyel**, Emily Williams**Michaelina Terranova** and Taylor Hayes*; sophomore Ashley Cameron*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Freshmen Julia Bogden, Kayie Carson, Spenser Christopher, Alyssa Deak, Bailey Estes, Megan Fultz, Grace McDevitt, Courtney Mercer and Abigail Spalding.

SEASON OUTLOOK: Jackson-Milton returns a wealth of experience from last yr’s district championship-winning squad, as nine lettermen come back. Three seniors are led by Ashley and Kaitlyn Totani, while Michaelina Terranova leads five juniors. The Blue Jays have plenty of freshmen newcomers to develop for the future, as well. Nine freshmen will look to make an impact on a Blue Jay team poised to go to state this yr.

AUSTINTOWN FITCH

¯ COACH: Dan Schnurrenberger; first year

¯ LAST YR: 14-9; lost to Roosevelt, 68-59, in a Division I Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary’s District sectional final.

¯ LEAGUE:  All-American Conference Red Tier.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Allexis Sallee***, Natalie Lynn** and Mikaela Hibbs*; juniors Camryn Constance*, Gina DiFrancesco*, Erica DiFrancesco* and Rachael DiFrancesco*; sophomores Sabria Hunter* and Jada Lazaro*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcond return a large group of lettermen (nine) from last yr’s 14-win squad. Two seniors, Allexis Sallee and Natalie Lynn lead the way. Sallee, a three-yr letterwinner, averaged 13.8 points and 4.4 assists per game last yr. Lynn, meanwhile, led the team in field goals and free throw percentage. Several juniors, including Gina, Erica and Rachael DiFrancesco join the two seniors. The Falcons will also have a new coach in Dan Schnurrenberger this yr.

POLAND

¯ COACH: Nick Blanch; seven years (96-65).

¯ LAST YR: 21-3 (All-American Conference White Tier champs); lost to Lakeview, 42-34, in a Division II Austintown-Fitch District semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference White Tier Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Emily Melnek***, Jillian Penman***, Emily Cammack** and Joelle Abi Habib*; juniors Bella Gajdos**, Alea Nicholudis**, Maggie Sebest** and Juliana Blangero*; sophomore Sarah Bury*

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomores Marlie McConnell and Kat Partika.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

2    Sarah Bury    5-6    So.

3    Emily Cammack    5-3    Sr.

10    Kat Partika    5-3    So.

13    Maggie Sebest    5-11    Jr.

14    Jillian Penman    5-8    Sr.

20    Marlie McConnell    5-3    So

23    Bella Gajdos    5-3    Jr.

24    Alea Nicholudis    5-4    Jr.

30    Joelle Abi Habib    5-6    Sr.

32    Juliana Blangero    5-9    Jr.

42    Emily Melnek    5-7    Sr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs return a wealth of experience and depth from last yr’s district semifinal squad. Four senior letterwinners return, and two of them aren’t even starters. Small forward Emily Melnek (10.5 points per game) and power forward Jillian Penman (5.8 ppg) will each letter for their fourth yr. Leading-scorer Bella Gajdos, a three-yr letterwinning junior, also returns. Gajdos averaged 16.8 points per game in 2015-16, while second-leading scorer Sarah Bury, a sophomore, averaged 10.6. Two newcomers in Kat Partika and Marlie McConnell, both sophomores, are the only two players on Poland’s varsity roster without a letter.

WESTERN RESERVE

¯ COACH: Stevie Miller; third year (53-24).

¯ LAST YR: 13-10 (tied for second in ITCL Blue Division); lost to Valley Christian, 51-47, in a Division IV Mineral Ridge District sectional final.

¯ LEAGUE: Inter-Tri County League Blue Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Juniors Gabbie Baranowski and Alexis Hughes.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Seniors Kate Deal and Bryanna Morris; sophomores Erica DeZee, Maddy Owen and Layla Woolf; freshmen Laura Sigworth and Brooke Morris.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

2    Brooke Morris    5-9    Fr.

2    Alexis Chlebus    5-5    Fr.

3    Maddy Owen    5-2    So

4    Alexis Hughes    5-8    Jr.

10    Gracie Baranowski    5-4    Fr.

13    Erica DeZee    5-6    So

13    Taylor Mayorga    5-9    So

14    Bryanna Morris    5-7    Sr.

21    Laura Sigworth    5-6    Fr.

22    Madison Shantz    5-4    Fr.

23    Gabbie Baranowski    5-6    Jr.

24    Nicci DiCioccio    5-5    Fr.

25    Morgan Donathin    5-6    Fr.

32    Alyssa Serensky    5-2    Fr.

33    Emma Heater    5-10    Fr.

35    Layla Woolf    5-7    So

42    Kate Deal    5-5    Sr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Devils return just two lettermen from last yr’s sectional final team. Juniors Alexis Hughes, a 5-foot-7 forward, and Gabbie Baranowski, a 5-6 forward, return. Several newcomers include senior guards Kate Deal and Bryanna Morris, plus, freshmen Laura Sigworth and Brooke Morris.

GARFIELD

¯ COACH: Aaron Gilbert.

¯ LAST YR: 19-6 (11-1, won Portage Trail Conference); lost to Brookfield, 50-48, in Division III Ravenna District semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Portage Trail Conference County Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Taylor Brown, Lauren Jones, Nina Jurcevic, Callie Pfile, Grayson Rose and Brenna Tabor; juniors Kiley Carey, Ashlyn Geddes and Makenna Lawrence.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Junior Emma Trent.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Garfield has experienced back-to-back 19-win seasons and won their first league title in 19 yrs in 2016. With nine returning lettermen (six seniors) the G-Men should be optimistic about another big yr in 2016-17. Grayson Rose (6-foot-2) averaged 18.2 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.3 steals a yr ago, and should stuff the stat sheet once again, this yr. Lauren Jones, meanwhile, averaged 12.7 points, 5.5 boards and 2.7 steals. Emma Trent, a junior, will add depth to the group.

GRAND VALLEY

¯ COACH: Kim Triskett, 16th year (121-202).

¯ LAST YR: 14-9 (10-5 in Northeastern Athletic Conference); lost to LaBrae, 51-39, in a Division III Ravenna District sectional semifinal.

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference Stars Division.

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Seniors Abby Takacs, Cassandra Gallo and Leah Patterson; juniors Allie Holmes, Megan Moodt, Sydni Samsa, Dani Shreve and Abby Triskett; sophomore Genesis Foltz.

¯ NEWCOMERS: Sophomore Angie Wagner.

¯ PERSONNEL:

#    NAME    HT    YR

10    Cassandra Gallo    5-4    Sr.

13    Sydni Samsa    5-5    Jr.

14    Megan Moodt    5-5    Jr.

20    Abby Takacs    5-3    Sr.

22    Leah Patterson    5-7    Sr.

23    Abby Triskett    5-6    Jr.

24    Allie Holmes    5-10    Jr.

25    Genesis Foltz    5-5    So.

35    Dani Shreve    5-10    Jr.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Grand Valley will return plenty of experience from last yr’s 14-9 team, as nine lettermen will take the court for the Mustangs. Three seniors are led by Cassandra Gallo, while Allie Holmes leads five returning junior letterwinners. Holmes and Dani Shreve are both 5-foot-10, as they’ll lead a big frontcourt, on a relatively undersized team. Sophomore Angie Wagner is a newcomer to watch on the Mustangs this season.

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