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Fall sports preseason capsules

Boys golf

WARREN G. HARDING RAIDERS

¯ COACH: Thomas Burd (6th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 1-14

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division 1, Tannenhauf Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Everett Burd**, Alex Fox**, Anthony Payiavlas*, Payton Karafa*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Clark Kellar

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders are an inexperienced team when it comes to golfing competitively. Their main focus is to improve throughout the year and respect the honor and tradition of the game of golf.

HOWLAND TIGERS

¯ COACH: Chris Chieffo (2nd year)

¯ LAST YEAR: Conference champions

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division 1, Tannenhauf Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Senior Gage Tomko**, juniors Ethan DeJacimo**, Dillon Shields*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Alex Starcher, Zach Snelson, sophomores Ethan Hurley, Ryan Unger, Cliff Phillips, Hayden Granny, Evan McClain

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Expectations for the Tigers are always high as they look to defend the AAC and Bobby Lewis Invitational titles. The Tigers will be led by senior captain Gage Tomko as well as juniors Ethan DeJacimo and Dillon Shields.

NILES RED DRAGONS

¯ COACH: Tom Velasquez (30-19)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-4

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Tannenhauf Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Seniors Jacob Buttar***, Vince Chieffo***, Robert Shelton**, Dom Fisher*, Anthony Pappada*, junior Chris Loychek**

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomores Anthony Fisher, Dom Ragozzino, Jacob Hefnselmann

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Red Dragons expect to have a good season with six returning starters from a 12-4 season last year.

HUBBARD EAGLES

¯ COACH: David Cooper (3rd year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-11

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Windmill Lakes Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Senior Aidan Schuler*, junior Adam Hettrick*, sophomore Jackson Rusnak*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Brock Lopuchovsky, Noah Johns, sophomore Justin Trinckes, freshmen Lucas Stinson, Joey Green

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles are young and lack experience but are hopeful that their six freshmen keep progressing and continue to improve.

MCDONALD BLUE DEVILS

¯ COACH: Matt Vukovic (4th year, 70-7)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-1

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Riverview Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Seniors Ethan Domitrovich*** (1st team all-league last year, honorable mention all-district), Collin Ruane*, sophomore Michael Porter* (2nd team all-district and all-league)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Nathan Cunningham, sophomores Alex Alcanter, Caden Candel, Matthew Porter, Riley Matig, Calen O’Connell, freshman Caleb Domitrovich

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: McDonald is very young and must find a way to replace the three seniors they lost from last year. Hard work and determination has created a very positive vibe with the team. They will continue to do what they can before the season starts, in hopes of playing their best when it counts.

MINERAL RIDGE RAMS

¯ COACH: Shawn Brown (9th year, 84-73)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-5

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Riverview Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Seniors Dylan Mazzupappa***, Antonio Lamorica***, John Christoff*, juniors Jake Sylak** (1st team all-district and all-league, district qualifier), Chris McMahon**, Nick Allen*, Anthony Raggazzine*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Lauren DeProfio, Meredith Blair, sophomore Blaine Spitler, freshman Hayden Lengyel

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: For the Rams to compete in the MVAC, the seniors must lead the way and get better around the greens. The upperclassman-heavy Rams have experience and are expecting to compete for the MVAC title.

Girls golf

HOWLAND TIGERS

¯ COACH: Anthony Bernard (3rd year, 20-10)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-5

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Tamer Win Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*years lettered): Seniors Madison Schaefer*** (1st-team all-league, district qualifier last year), Lauren Miles**, sophomore Bailey Ulrich*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Alexis Conti, sophomores Gia DelBono, Ella Swartz

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers will look to a trio of sophomores and a lone junior to step up and fill the loss of a strong senior group. The success of the season will be determined by how well the team improves in the short game over the previous year. There will be a lot of youth on the team, but the Tigers also have excellent senior leadership from Lauren Miles and returning district qualifier Madison Schaefer.

LAKEVIEW BULLDOGS

¯ COACH: Mark Novotny (1st year)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Pine Lakes Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Senior Kaileen Stevens**, junior Gracie Nicholas**, sophomores Raegan Schick*, Isabella Shuster*, Arianna Erwin*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Olivia Kelm, sophomores ShayLynn Wall, freshmen Dawn Hughes, Emma Schmader

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With a balance of returning experience and new talent, the Bulldogs are looking to build upon past success and have another winning season.

NILES RED DRAGONS

¯ COACH: Abbey Chieffo (8th year)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Tamer Win Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-years lettered): Junior Miranda Bugos**, sophomore Ryssa Coudriet*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Joslyn Marian, freshmen Marissa Bugos, Jenna Stevens, Harper Sabatino

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Miranda Bugos will take the number one spot on the team and be a true leader for the underclassmen. With only six players and three being freshmen, everyone will gain experience and be expected to compete.

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