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Winter sports preview capsules

SWIMMING

Boardman (Boys)

¯ COACH: Carlo Cordon (2nd year, 12-0)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-0

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Canton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters earned): Noah Basista , Matthew DunLany , Will Linker , Jordan Stackpole , Teddy Andevins , Siman Mascola

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: River Flatley, Carter Cailor, Caleb Satterfield, Andrew Yocum, Ethan DunLany

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Spartans aim to repeat as NEAC and All-American Conference champions and return to the state championships.

Boardman (Girls)

¯ COACH: Carlo Cordon (2nd year, 11-1)

¯ LAST YEAR: 11-1

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Canton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters earned): Alyssa DiNapoli , Sarah Varga , Madison Rizzioti , Abby Yocum *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Hayley Ho, Lexi Mihok

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Boardman would like to win the AAC title again as well as contend for one of the top two spots at the NEAC Championship.

Howland

¯ COACH: Aaron Wirtz

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Akron District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters earned): 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 (-letters earned): 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

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.

Liberty (Boys)

¯ COACH: Mike Mikulich (7th year)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters earned): 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 (-letters earned): 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.