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SWIMMING

Howland

¯ COACH: Aaron Wirtz

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Akron District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Corinne Daniels***, Jared Mindek ** Josephine Carannante**, Francesca Elisco**, Madison Fluent**, Malorie Fluent**, Mackenzie Karabin**, Mia Pantalone**, Madison Schaefer**, Alyssa Tarr**, Alyssa Baker*, Rachel Delida*, Mia DeMalio*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Gianna Carbone, Noelle DelGarbino

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers are expecting to send two relays to the district meet as well as six individual swimmers. Jared Mindek is expected to return to the state meet as well.

Hubbard

¯ COACH: Aaron Wirtz

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Akron District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Noah Johns***, Colin McConnell**, Declan O’Hara***, Adam Yoder**, Grace Basham *, David Barnes*, Sam Esposito*, Dom Panozzo*, Nate Wirtz*, Sam Wirtz*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ryan Grigsby, Giovanni Walley

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles look to send two relays to the district meet as well as four individuals. If all goes well, Dom Panozzo will qualify for the state meet, giving Hubbard its first qualifier since 2013.

BOWLING

Champion (Girls)

¯ COACH: Lindsay Willforth (5th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-6

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Wickliffe District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Megan Crevier (Sr.)***, Kate Huffman (Sr.)***, Rebekkah Angell (Sr.)***, Mikayla Bloom (Jr.)**, Elaine Quarles (Jr.)*, Natalie Gardner (So.)*, Ashley Nicholas (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Bailey Schleisinger, Cara Carroll, Hannah Gano, Kelsey Champlin, Krysa Dickson, Kyra Dickson, Samantha Peebles, Brooklyn Piros, Brianna Williams, Hannah Youngblood, Analese Rakijasic, Amy Strimple

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Flashes have a roster of nearly 20 this season and return seven letterwinners from last season. They look to have a successful season and aim to advance past sectionals again.

Liberty (Boys)

¯ COACH: Mike Mikulich (7th year)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Nick Spisak (Sr.)***, Virgis Vinsow (Sr.)***, Andrew Baumeier (Sr.)***, Brennan Romain (Jr.)**

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Joseph Nohra, Jacob Callahan, Stephen Baker, Zachary Zimbaroi, Bannon Elston, Thomas Krakar, Xavier Gibson

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With all returning members from last year and the new athletes that joing the team, the Liberty coaches have plenty of talent to choose from. They expect the season to be promising.

Liberty (Girls)

¯ COACH: Mackenzie Olesky (2nd year, 6-10)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-10

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Mckenzie McBride (Jr.)**, Majaia Underwood (Jr.)**, Samantha Baker (Jr.)*, Madyson Bartlett (Jr.)*, Anna Pugh (So.)*, Cassandra Dross (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Paige Romain (Fr.), Sara Weririck (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Leopards expect to have a promising season returning all but one of their bowlers from last season. They look forward to the upward progress of the program and are excited for the year to start.

Maplewood

¯ COACH: Tom Rink

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Wickliffe District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Cody Farmer (Sr.)***, Elana Caraballo (Jr.)**, Austin Turner (Sr.)**, Hanna Ward Jr.)**, Ricky Miller (Jr.)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rockets are looking for Cody Farmer to return to the state level as well as Elana Caraballo. If they work hard, it’s definitely possible.

Bloomfield (Girls)

¯ COACH: Kevin Vegoda (6th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 5-9

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Wickliffe District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Hailey Anderson ***, Barb Coblentz ***, Kenzie Hamilton ***, Alyssa Fenstermaker *, Erica Westfall *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Shyla Markley, Bella Golembowski, Jocelyn Bates, Mya Mitchell

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With three returning varsity members, the Cardinals expect to be compete in the varsity matches. They expect to be very young with four to nine members being either freshmen or sophomores. There’s a slight learning curve expected, but hopes are high.

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