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Winter sports preview capsules

BOWLING

Warren G. Harding (Boys)

¯ COACH: Thomas Burd (81-31)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-7

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Mason McVicker (Jr.)***, Andrew Bowshot (Sr.)**, Everett Burd (Sr.)**, Tamyr Morris (Jr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Braylen Schuller (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders have experience at the varsity level this year. The difference maker, like every year, is spare shooting. If Harding can fill frames consistently, they will be very competitive.

Warren G. Harding (Girls)

¯ COACH: Michelle Schuller (2nd year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 7-3

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Alison Nolen (Sr.)***, Paityn Steinstra (Sr.)**, MyKayla Dorsey (Jr.)**, Marissa Stear (Jr.)**, Keona Crenshaw (Sr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Mikalyn Todd, Lauri Baker, Isabella Brant, Rose Garcia, Kayrna DeCarlo, Hailee Misel, Ah’Shiya Shepard

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders expect to be underestimated this season by their lack of seniors. They plan on using that as motivation as the season progresses.

Howland (Boys)

¯ COACH: Susan Harcacik

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Evan Dehn ***, Chris Guesman *, Tanner Caldwell *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jared Vrabel, Nick Beard

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Coming off a league championship, the Tigers look to repeat as champions and push their limits.

Howland (Girls)

¯ COACH: Anthony Bernard (8th year, 102-48)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-9

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Kayla Bross **, Makayla Marro **, Gillian McMurray *, Lilly Tatum *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Bailey Braham, Hailey Raines, Allison Stabile, Cyenna Ulrich-Cech

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The season’s success will depend on how well the Tigers can become consistent. They will rely on the leadership of juniors Kayla Bross and Makayla Marro due to their experiece. Hailey Raines and Gillian McMurray are expected to fit in with the team well.

Niles (Boys)

¯ COACH: Kevin Zook

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Nathan Zook (Sr.)***, Chris Donahue (Sr.)**, Adam McGinnis (Sr.)*, Jacob Kozak (Sr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Bret Peden (Sr.), Zack Wilson (Sr.), Chris Bonacci (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Nathan Zook qualified to districts last year as an individual and hopes to return this season along with the whole team. Zook and Adam McGinnis are both throwing the ball great. Eight of the 15 members of the team are seniors and are eager to have a successful season.

Niles (Girls)

¯ COACH: Jackie Zook

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Oakwood District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Isabelle Lincoln (Sr.)***, Sophia Bruno (Sr.)***, Shyana Beers (Sr.)***, Sydney Schlabs (Jr.)**, Elyssa Zack (Jr.)**, Catelyn Cowger (Sr.)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The six returning letterwinners have only gotten stronger since last season. In addition, six out of the 13 members of the team are seniors.

Girard (Boys)

¯ COACH: Pete Barta (5th year, 44-16)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-2

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Jonathan Moore (Sr.)***, Brett Ziegler (Sr.)***, Nathan Moore (Sr.)**

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Anthony Moore, Robert Jackson, Thomas Mohn, Josh Shepard, Sam Volpe, Xavier Amirsh, Jason Owens

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Last year’s team was the number one seed in the state tournament. They look forward to working hard to give themselves a chance to win the conference and make it to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year.

Girard (Girls)

¯ COACH: Pete Barta (5th year, 48-10 record)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-0

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters earned): Heidi Trautman (Sr.)***, Rachel Forsback (Jr.)**, Cierra Anzelmo (Jr.)**, Taylor Tillman (Jr.)**, Maddie Moore (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Shianne Bigelow, Sky’lur Jones

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Last year’s team went undefeated and won the Northeast-8. They look forward to working hard to give themselves a chance to make it to the state tournament and fight to bring home a state title.

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