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Spring sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: Despite the fact the high school spring sports season in Ohio has been canceled before it even got started, the Vindicator / Tribune Chronicle sports department is completing its publication of capsule profiles of area teams. Capsule information is provided by coaches. Readers should approach the capsules with the attitude of “What could have been.” Despite not getting the chance to play, the student-athletes who had been working hard in preparation for the season deserve recognition.

Baseball

Crestview

¯ COACH: Kory Whitacre (3rd year, 26-20)

¯ LAST YEAR: 15-10 (lost 10-0 to Rootstown in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jordan Van Pelt (Sr), Dale McGoogan (Sr), Keith Berger (Jr), Kyle Saunders (Jr), Joey Hawkins Jr), Carter Blakeman (So), Sam Campbell (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Corey Dewell; juniors Connor Hughes and Eli Riffle; sophomores Daniel Fitzgerald, Ethan Carney, Zach Peters and Matthew Gilbert; and freshmen Matthew Lindsay, Tyler Milhorn, Kirkland Miller, Matthew Strank, Cade Hancox, Hunter Duvall, Drew Heiland, Jesse McKee, Lukas Cox and Carlos Valle

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rebels hoped to follow the great leadership of their senior group to compete in the AAC Blue. After graduating seven seniors, the Rebels were going to rely on several young, but experienced pitchers.

Campbell

¯ COACH: Jeff Jackson (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-15 (lost 13-3 to Mogadore in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Joey Michaels (Sr), Antoni Galouzis (Sr)*, Jenry Falcon , Collin Michaels , Zachara Luciano , Harry Echevarria , Jacob Jackson

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: James Shuger, Anthony Kindinis, Nafirie Falcon, Anthony Ramun, DJ Ifft

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With a group of hard workers, the Red Devils were young but expected to have a promising season. Every player was able to play multiple positions and the pitching staff was five-deep. The three seniors, Michaels, Galouzis and Falcon all are great leaders.

Columbiana

¯ COACH: Ryan Wolf (6th year, 79-57)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-11 (lost 10-0 to United Local in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Chase Franken (Sr), Brady Dixon (Jr), Tyler Andersen (Jr), Ryan Fahs (Sr), Logan Hoschar (Sr), Hunter Zentner (Sr), Matt Mazei (Sr), Zachary Pleska (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Quenton Cross, Carter Pasco, Jakob Cross and Hunter Mackall; juniors Joey Wilczak, Daniel Wilczak and Cameron Sloan; sophomores Riley McElwain, Trevor Dearing, Eddie Clancy and Carson Dota; and freshman Seth Spooner

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Clippers were expected to compete for the EOAC title thise season with solid pitching depth, led by three-time all-league performer Franken. Eight seniors would have provided experience and depth. Columbiana was solid defensively behind its pitching and had good speed so it could have used more of a running game. The Clippers also had a good mix of power in the middle of the lineup.

Western Reserve

¯ COACH: Ed Anthony (11th year, 186-69)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-8 (lost 9-5 to East Palestine in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Nick Nemi (Jr), Jake Papagallo (Jr), Seth Phillips (Jr), Dom Bengala (Jr)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Aaron Jackson and Ryan Burlaw, and juniors Alex Mayorga, Mike Vancise, Jacob Buchman, Brock Miller and Nick Cavoulas

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Devils had just two seniors, three returning starters and four returning lettermen, but the team was working hard and making progress. The goal was to be competitive in the MVAC and against a tough non-conference schedule

Lowellville

¯ COACH: Dan Dougherty (2nd year, 13-10)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-10 (lost 3-1 to Lisbon in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Vinnie Kacir (Sr), Michael Donatelli (Sr), Cole Bunofsky (Jr), Francisco Rivera-Ocasio (Jr), Michael Melillo (Jr), Anthony Lucido (So), Brandon Simmons (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Dylan Okular, Kevin Johnson and Brady Bunofsky

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rockets returned three starters and have a large group of freshmen that were expected to get varsity experience. Seniors Kacir and Donatelli were expected to be great leaders for an inexperienced team that was hoping its pitching developed quickly.

Softball

Springfield

¯ COACH: Dan McKinstry (1st year at Springfield; 215-178 in 17 years at East Palestine)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-9 (lost 6-2 to South Range in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Rebecca Catlos (Sr), Mya Duskey (Sr), Molly Pontius (Sr), Carlee Bacon (Jr), Abigail Joseph (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomore’s Briana Holt, Harley Shoemaker and Sarah Themar, and freshmen Madison Lesnak, Haleigh McCalla, Gianna Piccuta, Emily Gurthung, Lillie Zoldan and Hannah Leipply.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers returned all-league players Bacon, Joseph and Pontius and expected to be competitive with Joseph returning in the circle. Springfield’s younger girls have played a lot of summer ball which should help with the learning curve. The Tigers were working hard and excited to get started.

Mineral Ridge

¯ COACH: John Scheckelhoff (3 years, 28-26)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-7 (lost 10-2 to Springfield in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Riley Ladd , Morgan Sigley , Haley Taylor , Chelsey Christy , Hannah Baird , Rosie Nolder , Aleigh Whittaker , Maddie Fields , Courtney Boyer , Megan Gerberry , Cheyene Ferguson

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ursuline transfer Kaylee Repp and freshman Maddie Klonen

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rams, with 11 returning letter winners, looked to be very strong this season and were optimistic regarding a deep tournament run.

Western Reserve

¯ COACH: Joe Serensky (15 years, 235-108)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-12 (lost 7-1 to Girard in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Morgan Donithan (Sr), Alyssa Serensky (Sr), Hailey Smarr (Sr), Emma Heater (Sr), Elizabeth Deal (Jr), Alaina Welsch (Jr), Jenna Heater (Jr), Madison Gatto (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Joanie Dagnan, Lindsey Knauf, Emmy McCracken, Olivia Altiere, Alexa Abrams, Maggie Byers, Hannah Heath

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Devils were expected to surprise and be competitive in the league, with a potential good tournament run back in Division IV. Donithan and Serensky lead the returning stars with Donithan the team’s starting catcher since here freshman season.

Jackson-Milton

¯ COACH: Mariah Ciccolelli (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-14 (lost 10-0 to McDonald in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Katie Mitchell (Sr), Abby Spalding (Sr), Megan Fultz (Sr), Spencer Christopher (Sr), Lynzi Satterlee (Sr), Julia Bogden (Sr), Kaylie Carson (Sr), Camryn Mitchell (Jr), Dana Saunders (Jr), Logan Grunder (Jr), Jenna Jones (Jr), Chelsea Williams (So), Kaitlynn Bierdeman (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Darien Arther, sophomore Megan Finnie and freshmen Paige Grope, Emily Fultz, Mia Greco, Samantha Savage, Kaylee Johnson, Adalee Evans, Camelia Blackmon and Lyndsey Sarver

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Jays’ eight seniors have been great leaders, setting expectations to beat last year’s nine-win total. All-league performers Mitchell and Spalding would help J-M in those big games against competitive teams.

Sebring

¯ COACH: Jason Whaley (3 years

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-21 (lost 10-0 to Jackson-Milton in sectional first round

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kendra Shields (Sr), Emma Whaley (Jr), Jamie Metzger (Jr), Abby Dostroph (Jr)&, Delaney Reggi (So), Devyn Reggi (So), Trinity Kelly (Sr)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomores Kayla Caliguire, Olivia Hawk and Kalyn Mudrick, and freshmen Alexis Byrd, Saddie Barker, Carli Ruzek and Brianna St. Peter

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Trojans’ strength was expected to be speed on the bases and the ability to play small ball. Sebring returned several key players with an additional year of experience. Expectations were to be competitive in the league and to create a family atmosphere, supporting one another.

Boys track

Struthers

¯ COACH: Lou Mateo (5 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Aiden Hall (Jr), Vinny Macciome (Jr), Carmen Lorubbio (So)*, Kolten Blough (Sr), Josh Lowe (Jr), Brandon Serrano (Sr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Dom Farrar, Colin Mateo, Sean Adams

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Wildcats had a solid group of sprinters led by Hall who finished fourth at state in the 400, was MVP in the NE-8 meet and won the 200 at the Mahoning County meet. Struthers had high hopes for its underclassmen.

Springfield

¯ COACH: Joe Antonucci (6 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Garrett Walker (Sr), Garrett Stallsmith (Sr), Sean Thompson (Sr), Dante Argiro (Jr), Austin Tindell (Jr), Mitchell Miglets (Jr), Coleson Kertesz (Jr), Beau Brungard (So), Jake Joyce (So), Bo Snyder (So), Zeek Worsencroft (So), Marshal Yelkin (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Clayton Nezbeth and sophomore Joey Sandine

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers were planning to compete at the top of their game, hoping to make a strong performance in invitationals, district, regional and state. Walker, Argiro and Tindell return from a state runner-up finish in the 4×200 relay.

Columbiana

¯ COACH: Andrew Morrow (3 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: Placed third in the EOAC meet

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Joey Bable (Sr), Jack Carney (Sr), Joshua Chaffee (Sr), Andrew Schach (Sr), Justin Rydarowicz (Sr), Kaden Green (Jr), Gabe Heinrich (Jr), Jacob Kamperman (Jr), Matt Morocco (Jr), Collin Schick (Jr), Drake Daugherty (So), Tony Kocanjer (So)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Bable was to return after finishing seventh at state in the long jump and leading the hurdles/sprints group. Schach and Green were back from a solid distance relay group.

Mineral Ridge

¯ COACH: Ron Toth (24th year, record)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-4, won Western Reserve Relays

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): John Beshara (Sr), Dylan Hvisc (Sr), Randall Miller (Jr), Shawn Osborn (Jr), Triston Weiss (Jr), Joshua Domitrovich (So), Eric Shepherd (So)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rams had decent depth returning with letter winners back in all phases except the throwing events.

Valley Christian

¯ COACH: Monica Perkins (3 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Portage Trails Conference County Division

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Luis Velazquez (Jr), Brandon Paige (Jr), Tyrone Lindsey (Jr), Lohron Brown Sr), Zavion Howard (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Juniors Sekou Stanley, Izaiah McKinley and Isaiah Carter; sophomores Kwane Austin, Michael Gongaware and Aiden Lambert; and freshmen Tyree Washington, Philip Spradley, Alijah Gibson, Jhordan Pete and John Jones

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles were in position to be able to compete as a team with enough numbers to fill all the events. Paige, Lindsey and Brown all have experience running at state either as individuals or on relay teams. The Eagles were confident they could compete for podium spots at Columbus again.

Sebring

¯ COACH: Kyle Billingsley

¯ LAST YEAR: Finished eighth in Mahoning County meet

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Isiaiah Bivins (Sr), Lucas Billingsley (Jr), David McDonald (Jr), Jospeh Stanford (Jr), Elijah Frederick (So), Noah Frederick (So), Andrew Latham (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Dane Harshman and juniors Anthony Calderone, Keegan Harshman and Cody Horning.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Trojans returned seasoned distance runners and a decent sprint relay group, plus an influx of numbers in both areas.

Lowellville

¯ COACH: Bobby Ballone (2nd year)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Anthony Sanchez (Jr), Kenton Peterson (Jr), Billy Novak (Jr), Francisco Rivera-Ocasio (Jr), Giovanni Docherty (So), Vincent Layko (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Vinny Ballone, Brady Bunofsky, Ryan Hvisdak, Anthony Lucente, Alex Modelski

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The young Rockets — no seniors — were talented and looked to compete on every level. Lowellville expected to have a solid, balanced team with goals of being competitive in the county and league meets. The Rockets are excited for the future.

Girls track

Struthers

¯ COACH: Lou Mateo (5 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jesenia Delacruz (Jr), Ellie Teneva (So), Harley Fussnecker (So), Cadence Carbon (So), Kiersten Donahue (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Emily Vo, Abby Donnadio, Emily Dunn

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Wildcats were going to be a young team with four of the five returning letter winners just sophomores.

Springfield

¯ COACH: Sara Friedenberger (1st year)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ PARTICIPANTS: Seniors Macy Centofanti, Brittany Furbee, Courtney Hughes, Lexi Nezbeth, Julianna Sandine, Gianna Santangelo, Paige Smith; juniors Paityn Blinsky, Ava DiMalolo, Macy Doran, Mikayla Hanley, Kylee Kosek, Brooke O’Donnell, Lexi Wonner; sophomores Bella Brown, Kailey Campbell, Marissa Davanzo, Kaila LaMorticella, Mary Grace Mason, Darah McKinney, Cherokee Mellott, Angelina Sandine, Kylie Wright; freshmen Caitlyn Capellili, Elizabeth Davis, Graciella Ebert, Haleigh McCalla

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers were planning to compete at the top of their game, hoping to make a strong performance in invitationals and the postseason.

Columbiana

¯ COACH: Crystal Boggs (7th year)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Trinity Strohecker (Sr), Augusta Clark (Jr), Destiny Kulka (Jr), Lily Marsco (Jr), Bridget Szabo (Jr), Morgan Dunlap (Jr), Kaleigh Krahenbill (So), Julia Rapp (So), Alexia Stoy (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Breanna Yerke and sophomore Monica Cobbin

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Clippers were looking for some help from their younger athletes to fill holes left by graduation. Columbiana looked strong in the sprints with those girls competing in 3-4 events because of the Clippers’ small numbers.

Mineral Ridge

¯ COACH: Ron Toth (24th year, record)

¯ LAST YEAR: District runner-up and MVAC runner-up

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Lizzy Panic (Sr), Josie Shultz (Sr), Pryce Allen (Jr), Danielle Aulet (Jr), Katelyn Lesko (Jr), Emma Rich (Jr), Riley Cowles (So), Sylvia Traw (So)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rams looked to follow up on a solid season a year ago with an experienced but young nucleus.

Leetonia

¯ COACH: Josh Good (1st year)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Samantha Evans (Sr), Destiny Cannon (Jr), Madison Gregory (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomore Haley Orndoff and freshmen Molly Gibson, Tasia Less and Alexandra Bellos

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Evans, as the only senior, was the Bears’ leader, with Gibson looking for a breakout year in the throws.

Jackson-Milton

¯ COACH: Kayla Morrison (3 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Grace McDevitt (Sr), Rena Costello (Sr), Bailey Estes (Sr), Alyssa Deak (Sr), Kelsie Taylor (Jr)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Katie Campbell, Kalliope Ivari, Chloe Scandy and MaKayleigh Aliff

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: McDevitt leads an experienced senior group as a regional qualifier in the throws. With low numbers, the Blue Jays are focused on individual events and are hard-working and determined.

Valley Christian

¯ COACH: Monica Perkins (3 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Portage Trails Conference County Division

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kennedy Tucker (Jr), Amari Austin (Sr), Ronashia Gilbert (So), Dezarye Dean (Jr), MiKaela Tensley (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Juniors Olivia Kitchen, Abigail Woodward and Kristen Gill; sophomores Naudia Beck, Mia Cole, Tyla Chatman, Kyiel Turner and Genasia Walker; and freshmen DiAndre Tensley, Savannah Kitchen, Jada Baty and Leniya Haskins

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles were thinking positive with a solid returning group and a good influx of newcomers. Valley Christian’s sprinting group was especially expected to find success.

Sebring

¯ COACH: Kyle Billingsley

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kalyla Caliguire (So), Kalyn Mudrick (So), Katie Perkins (So), Mary Quinn (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomore Hailee Tewksberry and freshman Tiyra Woods

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Sebring has a young team that was working on improving. The sprint relay group was expected to have some success.

Lacrosse

Canfield girls

¯ COACH: MeLynda Guerrieri (3rd year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-4

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Region 6

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Geena Cianciola (Sr), Mara Guerierri (Sr), Isabella Kelty (Sr), Athena Poullas (Sr), Grace Ramun (Sr), Tara Santoro (Sr), Angie Savich (Sr), Alli Stanko (Sr), Paige Christoff (Jr), Sarah Grohovsky (So), Lily-Ann LaComb (So), Elena Martin (So), Emily Wilson (So), Ally Wilson (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Juniors Morgan Bowmen, Emma Daprile, Delaney Pallo and sophomores Hannah Bricker, Bryanna Corll, Karley D’Aoolito, Riley Kostelic, Gwen Lolakis, Taylor Stansloski and Jenna Vrabel

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: In the program’s third season, the Cardinals were looking to improve on last year’s regional semifinal achievement. The goal with a very experienced team was to win the regional and advance to state. The Cardinals’ success also shows up in the fact four girls will play at the college level: Guerierri, Seton Hill; Kelty, Walsh; Poullas, John Carroll; Santoro, Mount Union.

Spring sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: Capsule information is provided by coaches. More capsules will be printed next Sunday. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spring sports season, these can be viewed as previews of the actual season, or from an angle of “what could have been.” Regardless, the student-athletes who have been working hard in preparation for the season deserve recognition.

Baseball

Warren G. Harding

¯ COACH: Andrew Burnett (6th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-12 (lost 4-2 to Kenston in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Hudson District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Brandon Arnold , Cavin Stouffer , Cameron Knupp , Dakota Simons , Robert Jakubec , Jordan Adkins , Noah Murray , Elijah Taylor , Brett Brown , Dashawn Gunther-Putnam , Dontai Kellar , David Devlin *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Carson Peterson, Quincy Brown, Michael Jones, Dom Heckman, Jutin Abel

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders have seven returning starters and expect to surprise a lot of people this year. Harding returns its top two pitchers and top three batting average hitters. The Raiders are a hard-working group with a great mental and physical approach to the game. Several juniors played significant innings in the last couple of years and some sophomores are poised to contribute. The Raiders are out to prove something to themselves and others in the tough AAC Red Tier.

Howland

¯ COACH: Zack Byler (2 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 11-14 (lost 11-4 to Cardinal Mooney in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Garrett Deemer (Sr), Joseph Perfette (Sr), Gage Tomko (Sr), Cameron Durig Sr), Angelo Fronzaglio (Sr), Vincent Marimpietri (Sr), Zachary Snelson (Sr), Matthew Stambolia (Sr), Joshua McCleery (Jr), Jared Mindek (Jr), Austen Price (Jr), Braden Gebhardt (So), Luca Massucci (So), Ian Merkel (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Carson Lewis, sophomore Anthony Massucci and freshman Nicholas Lewis

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With 14 returning lettermen, the Tigers are experienced with a well-rounded team led by all-conference players Tomko, Fronzaglio and McCleery. With consistently good, disciplined behavior, Howland has enough talent to put together a winning season.

Hubbard

¯ COACH: John Schiraldi (8th year, 107-87)

¯ LAST YEAR: 17-12 (lost 1-0 to Poland in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Joe Barr (Sr), Nate Bencetic (Sr), Evan Jarvis (Jr), Andrew Frank (Jr), Kobe Krisuk (Jr), Tristan Adamson (Jr), Hayden Fox (Jr), Joe Langley (Jr), Dylan Durkos (Jr), Jace Markle (Jr), Ian Wukelich (So), Mike Zapka (So), Robby Kist (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Josh Wilcox and Jordan Serrano; juniors Dyllan Geraci, Dom Micheline and Albert Gerlick; and sophomore Josh Ruban

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles have a good mix of youth and experienced players, led by two-time first-team all-conference player Jarvis. Hubbard is looking forward to competing in the competitive NE-8 race.

Grand Valley

¯ COACH: Matthew Brumit (5 years, 69-24)

¯ LAST YEAR: 15-8 (lost 6-3 to Ashtabula Edgewood in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Chagrin Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Niles District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Daniel Gearhart (Sr), David Nye (Sr), Gordon Seger (Sr), Derek Jackson (Jr), Hagan Hejduk (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Sebastian Wilson and sophomores Dane Sparks and Zach Hall

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Mustangs are looking to compete in their new CVC alignment, hoping to be consistent day-in and day-out. Grand Valley is led by three veteran players in Seger, Nye and Jackson.

East Palestine

¯ COACH: Bill Sattler (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-8 (lost 9-1 to South Range in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Zion Figley (Jr), Sean Helpy (Jr), Brandon Turcola (Jr), Dalton Vance (Sr), Cameron Wischerman (Sr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Daniel Dellick, juniors Trent Watson-Cope and James Bucklus, sophomore Brady Kridler, and freshmen Patrick Bender, Hunter Bourne and Alex Cannon

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs are optimistic despite losing several key players and having low numbers. The pitching should be strong with Helpy, Vance, Turcola and Figley returning. Helpy, Vance and Wischerman should lead the offense.

Windham

¯ COACH: Zack Burns

¯ LAST YEAR: 11-11 (lost 4-0 to Maplewood in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Fairport Harbor District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Cole Bryson (Sr.), Seth Strausbaugh (Jr.), Landen Stanley (So.), Kaleb Beckwith (So.), Mikylen Jones (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Zach Turk (Fr.), Wyatt Hanshaw (Fr.), James Hood (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bombers are a very young team with only two seniors and are very inexperienced at the varsity level. They hope to be competitive in their conference games and get better each day.

Softball

Howland

¯ COACH: Amanda Toth (4 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-17 (lost 12-2 to Ursuline in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Youngstown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Marissa Miller (Sr), Madison Osborn (Sr), Gabby Thomas (Sr), Mia D’Andrea (Sr), Bailee Beasom (Jr), Madison Fluent (Jr), Halee Hall (Jr), Liz Potts (Jr), Jennifer Sindledecker (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Brynn Diglaw, Brenna Firmi

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tiger return nine letter winners led by Miller and Beasom, both AAC-Red second-teamers. The strong veteran leadership, combined with a strong freshman class should make Howland competitive. The Tigers work had, but have fun while doing it.

West Branch

¯ COACH: Sis Woods (34 years, 454-387)

¯ LAST YEAR: 24-4 (lost 9-7 to Ursuline in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Buckeye Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Canton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Peyton Alazaus (Sr), Riley Mesler (Sr), Jordan Anderson (Jr), Destany Blake (Jr), Sidney Milliken (Jr), Sam Morris (Jr), Jaci Thomas (Jr), Ryley Pittman (So), Sydney Mercer (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomores Skyler Greeneisen and Morgan Loudon

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Warriors return seven starters including their pitcher, Anderson, and catcher, Morris. With experience and leadership, plus solid pitching depth, West Branch is poised to compete in the competitive EBC and make a deep tournament run.

Garfield

¯ COACH: Tina Faulhaber (13 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-11 (lost 2-1 to Newton Falls in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Portage Trails Conference County Division

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, LaBrae District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Madi VanKirk (Sr); Catarena Sommers (Jr), Sommer Bourne (Jr), Ketley Fresch (So), Caydence McGranahan (So), Hannah Smith (Sr), Andreya Grunder (Sr), Sydney Seamon (So), Alyssa Kleinhen (Jr), Annabelle Moore (So), Ella Brann (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Sandy Rand and freshmen Kyndall Hahn, Kayaira Sly and Riley Swigonski

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Experience will be a huge asset for Garfield with 11 returning veterans. Garfield has some great weapons on both sides of the game with some newcomers bringing good speed and energy.

South Range

¯ COACH: James Hanek (15 years, 215-127)

¯ LAST YEAR: 24-6 (lost 8-6 to Canton Central Catholic in district final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kris Scandy (Sr), Jacob Gehring (Jr), Trey Pancake (Jr), Brandon Mikos (Jr), Dylan Dominguez (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Nolan Shannon, Matt Lucas and Justin Marrie; juniors Dominic Pasquale, Michael Perry and Garrett Sheets; sophomores Michael Markulin, Cory Penick and Stephen Rohan; and freshman William Skripac

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders expect to lean on their pitching, especially early. South Range has good depth in that position, especially with Gehring at the top of the rotation. Defensively, there are a couple of key positions to fill, but the Raiders feel good about the guys expected to step in. Offensively, South Range had the potential to be good with some new bats and a few top hitters returning.

Crestview

¯ COACH: Greg Eskra (4 years, 42-35)

¯ LAST YEAR: 22-8 (lost 4-3 to South Range in district final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, South Range District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Taylor Mellington (Sr), Madi Wick (Sr), Shianna Mathes (Jr), Ashton Hughes (So), Kaedyn Sutton (So), McKenna Schultz (So), Kayla Deily (So), Karyn Moore (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Juniors Jensyn Seabrook, Adysin Mercer and Kalynn Snyder, sophomore Alexis Smith and freshman Joanie Wood

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rebels lost four key players to graduation, including their shortstop and second baseman, and have eight lettermen, five of them sophomores. Sutton returns as pitcher and Moore at catcher to help to lead the young team.

East Palestine

¯ COACH: Logan Gatchel (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 17-7 (lost 3-2 to McDonald in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, South Range District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Harlie Detrick (Sr), Jade McBride (Sr), Kenzie Johnston (Sr), Caitlin Mohney (Sr), McKenna Griffith (Jr), Morgan Rutledge (Jr), Ivy Burkett (Jr), Marisa Noel (Jr), Joclyn Fristik (Jr), Madison Telishak (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Paige Thomas, junior Abbie Andre and sophomore Gia Brestelli

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With 10 letter winners returning, the Bulldogs are looking to be competitive in the EOAC and maybe win another title.

Pymatuning Valley

¯ COACH: Andrew Gray (13 years, 221-97)

¯ LAST YEAR: Lost 16-4 to Garfield in sectional first round

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, LaBrae District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kari Clute (Sr), Allison Graves (Sr), Allison Stokes (Jr), Abby Corson (Jr), Larissa Kidd (Sr), Victoria Day (Sr), Kayla Pawlowski (Jr), Madisyn Gabriel (Sr), Angolia Wiser (Jr)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Maddy Munger, junior Tayler Kiser and freshmen Baleigh Aldeman and Brooke Gray

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The program has won just nine games over the last four seasons so the Lakers’ goal is to compete in every game. PV will go back to the fundamentals and re-teach everything. The Lakers were working hard and excited about playing this year.

Bloomfield

¯ COACH: Amanda Ihrig (2nd year, 6-10)

¯ LAST YEAR: 6-10 (lost 10-0 to Maplewood in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Warren District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Lizzie Defranco (Sr.), Paige Haskins (Jr.), Hailey Root (Jr.), Olivia Foster (Jr.), Ruthie Kaiser (Jr.), Alyssa Fenstermaker (So.), Delilah Post (So.), Alley Phillips (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Erica Westfall, Kyla Shaffer, Abigail Foster, Ava Chapin, Shyla Markley

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals look forward to a promising season. With many girls returning with a lot of exeperience and a lot of new freshman with great potential, Bloomfield aims to top the successes of last season.

Boys track

Niles

¯ COACH: James Fedor Sr. (14 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Micah Curry (Sr), Anthony Elbon (Sr), Nate Longberry (Sr), Ryan Cline (Jr), Logan Davis (Jr), Nathan Lanham (Jr), Phillip Vaughn (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Billy Moss, Anthony Palumbo, Devin Valeriani and Dylan Bell; junior Zachery Thorp; sophomores Kross Naples and David Wilson; freshmen Logan Crummel and Ashton Russo

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Most of the Red Dragons’ veterans are in the distance and middle distance groups and big things are expected there. The younger athletes showed plenty of potential in middle school and could contribute to the team’s success. Niles hopes to get several athletes to Columbus.

Poland

¯ COACH: Mark Brungard (5 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-6

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jet Bailey, Geno Gallo, Charles Kish, Dante Parente, Anthony Gallo, Karter Kellegren, Seth Kollar, Nate Williams, Andrew Biggs, Felix Pownell*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs expect strong contributions from the distance group. The springs and throwing events look to rebuild after the departure of a strong senior class.

Ursuline

¯ COACH: George Stroia (35 years)

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Brady Leugers (Sr), Angelo Naples (Sr), Nick LaPlante (Jr), Aiden Murphy (Jr), Jack Scudier (Jr), Zach Simon (Jr), Patrick Wilson (Jr), Clancy Chrystal (So), Dylan Sztary (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Matthew Reardon (Jr)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Newcomer Reardon earned all-state in the indoor season in the 60-meter hurdles and long jump.

Leetonia

¯ COACH: Nick Hulea (1st year)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Tim Johnson, Josh Jackson, Seth Poskuli

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bears are a small group, but are expected to give their best effort at every opportunity.

Jackson-Milton

¯ COACH: Nathan Brook (7th year)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Ryan Staton , Michael Liberato , Noah Davis, Sean Lengyel , Mitchell Newhard , Cole Graham *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Eythan Evans, Jakob Fay, Michael Woloschak, Mark Martin, Michael French

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Jays are looking to improve on last year’s successes and are excited to see what this year has in store.

Crestview

¯ COACH: Greg Woolman (8 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: Division III state runner-up

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Dakota Shaffer (Sr), Ethan Powell (Jr), William Hardenbrook (Jr), Brandon Yanssens (Jr), Mitchell Auer (So), Mickey McEwen (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Dalton Rothwell, juniors Colin Wonner and Austin Mellington, sophomores Cutter Crane, Ryan Emch, Jack Yerkey, Kyle Peters and Jamie Hoffer, and freshmen Nick Novac and Russell Hetrick.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rebels are looking to build off the success from last year when Powell and Yanssens were part of state-championship units in the 4×100-meter relay and the 4×200-meter relay. Crestview brings back a lot of talent and has some solid newcomers who will fill some of the open spots. The Rebels have an opportunity to be as successful ast last season and add success in some new events.

Pymatuning Valley

¯ COACH: Kevin Brown (16 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 10-8

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Gabe Warsing (Sr), Noah Wilkerson (Sr), Scott Pezzano (Sr), Alex Holz (Sr), Williams Campbell (Sr), Jake Edelman (Sr), Cole Hartman (Jr), Eric Heym (Jr), Ryan Heym (Jr), Andrew Hitchcock (Jr), Mason Inman (Jr), Gabe Incaid (Jr), Michael Spencer (Jr), Victor Verba (Jr), Garrett Smith (So), Jansen Smith (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Tanner Rhoades, sophomore Andrew Root and freshmen Harrison Babic and Mason Summers

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Lakers are strong in every event and should be a contender in the NAC.

Girls track

Howland

¯ COACH: Bill Jones (3 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 7-3, Trumbull County meet runner-up

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Katrina Altawil , Maria Dellimuti , Mariah Lerakis , Elenie McNally , Zhane Ramsey , Madison Schaefer , Jaydah Wilson , Haylee Adgate , Josephine Carannante , Christina Haught , Gianna Merlo , Gabrielle Reuschling , Chloe Schultz , Madeline Scott , Madison Sisler , Molly Yasnowski , Saylor Biggin , Lexi Collins , Maria Glaros , Victoria Gorospe , Lauren Null , Mariah Quarles

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers have plenty of letter winners returning and have added a good freshman group. Dellimutti and Sisler, the district high jump champ, both were second team all-AAC Red last year and they lead a deep team. Howland, coming off a solid indoor season, should be able to fill every event with talented athletes.

Poland

¯ COACH: Gabby Massey (13th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-1

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Ava Izenour, Sydney Norris, Gabby Romano, Gianna Stanich, Jackie Grisdale, Ella Harrell, Chloe Kosco, Mia Musolino, Halle Sebest, Abby Chow

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs are an experienced team with strong upperclassmen in both the sprint and distance events. Poland qualified for state in four events, with three earning podium spots. The goal remains to return to state.

Ursuline

¯ COACH: George Stroia (32 years)

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kim Henderson (Sr), Miyah Martin (Jr), Grace Campbell (So)*

Grand Valley

¯ COACH: Kurtis Fisher (12 years)

¯ LEAGUE: Chagrin Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Cuyahoga Heights District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Barbara Jackson (Sr), Alanna Bragg (Jr), Kat Clason (Jr), Olivia Prah (Jr), Madison Roskos (Jr), Maddie Kreig (So), Maggie Waldo (So), Annabell Hlebak (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Junior Jessica Parker, sophomores Aleshia Plott, Payton Swyers and Madisyn Millikin, and freshmen Maggie McGovern, Carissa Murduck, Ella Vannelli and Layla Walken

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Mustangs are very young but will compete hard in their new conference. Grand Valley hopes to be in the top half of the conference.

Bristol

¯ COACH: Michael Austin (8th year)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Cuyahoga Heights District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Sydney Fenstermaker , Ariel Kimal , Lizzie Imhoff , Maddie Miller , Katie Webb , Hannah Woolf , Brooklyn Swiger , Lydia Havlock , Haley Johnson , Becky Bontrager

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Cassidy Barnett, Morgan Nelson, Amy Byler, Morgan Charlton, Brionna Bash

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Panthers look to continue to build upon the success the program has seen over the past six years. They expect to compete at a very high level in the NAC and also in tournaments. Sydney Fenstermaker returns for her senior year as an All-Ohioan in the shot put and will be a leader for the team. The newcomers will be expected to step up, learn from the experienced athletes, and make a name for themselves.

Crestview

¯ COACH: Tanja Simione (10 years, 39-15)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-2, league runner-up

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Bedford District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kirstin Mills (Sr), Lydia Smith (Sr), Sidney Rambo (Sr), Preslyn Wolfe (Sr), Tanner Hoffer (Sr), Meadow Balmat (Jr), Payton Huff (Jr), Anna Marr (Jr), Krista Perry (Jr), Sophia Carr (So), Maddie Cline (So), Kendra Greaves (So), Emily Hill (So), Francis Lewis (So), Lainie Mecure (So), Trinity Miller (So), Lucy Montgomery (So), Shelby Rambo (So), Isabella Rothwell (So), Araya Shaffer (So), Maci Shaffer (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Laney Ericson, Ashleigh Hodge, Kendra Jackson, Isabella Zimmerman and Joanie Wood.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Rebels return plenty of talent, including Sidney Rambo, who finished third in the state in the discus, and league champions Shelby Rambo and Lainie Mecure. Crestview is hoping to win the league title and advance several individuals to regional and state.

Tennis

Howland

¯ COACH: Jerry Young (4 years, 39-15)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-3

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Solon Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Hunter Slyk (Sr), Greg Moosally (Jr), Gavin Walls (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Alexander Bakeris (Fr), Ethan Kelly (Sr), Ethan Huly (So), Ryan Unger (So), Jack Loges (Fr), Xavier Hileman (Fr), Panayiotis Glaros (Jr), Thomas Awaida (Jr), Nick Kotsatos (Fr), Vasili Glaros (Fr), Christian Sinsich (Sr), Max Parise (Jr), Saud Mahgoub (So)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers look to have another strong season with returning experienced players and the addition of several up-and-comers to the roster

Ursuline

¯ COACH: Kent Blacksher (4th year, 41-3)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-0; runnerup to Wellington in OTCA state team tournament

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Greg Morgione (Sr), Gavin Blacksher (Jr), Josh Khavari (Jr), Glenn Christopher (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Juniors Brian White and JJ Creighton; sophomores Dean Boyd and Ian Scheetz; and freshman Dylan Khavari

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Irish enter the season ranked eighth in the state preseason rankings, led by Morgione, who was state runner-up in singles a year ago. Blacksher and Khavari were state quarterfinalists in doubles. All three are expected to compete for state titles this spring.

Lacrosse

Cardinal Mooney boys

¯ COACH: Chris Joss (6 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 4-10

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Region 6

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): AJ Glenellen (Sr), Aaron Joss (Sr), Dino D’Alesio (Sr), Michael Scavina (Sr), Matt Brennan (Sr), Zach Saunders (Sr), Steven Van Such (Sr), Andrew Philibin (Sr), Joe Kordupel (Sr), Cody Clegg (Sr), Chris Ugolini (Sr), Nick Spirko (Jr), Liam Gatesman (Jr), Brian Philibin (Jr), Brandon Evans (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Will Varley, Joey Sfara and Antonio D’Alisio

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals are optimistic with a hugh senior class, but must stay healthy. 2019 was an injury-riddled season with Mooney sending out its expected starting unit for just two games.

Cardinal Mooney girls

¯ COACH: Toni Chahine (4th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-3

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Region 6

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Angela Proia, Annie Driscoll, Anna Wollet, Annie Daprile, Ashley Femia, Angelina Rotunno, Ava Szalay, Katie Enright, Lia Fecko, Lucy Graziano, Maeghan Williams, Mariah Farragher, Nicole Rotunno, Olivia Alfano, Raneen Musleh

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Courtney Enright, Lexi Hughes, Lexi Fecko, Madison Richey, Maggie McGlone, Natalie DeSantis, Savanna VanSuch, Shayla Berger, Sophia Sdregas, Sophia Graziano

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Mooney has strong numbers returning, having lost just two players from a year ago. The Cardinals have 10 seniors with a lot of varsity experience, so the strength of schedule was increased in hopes of another successful season.

Spring sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: Capsule information is provided by coaches. More capsules will be printed the next two to three Sundays. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spring sports season, these can be viewed as previews of the actual season, or from an angle of “what could have been.” Regardless, the student-athletes who have been working hard in preparation for the season deserve recognition.

Baseball

Austintown Fitch

¯ COACH: Joe Paris (4th year, 46-26)

¯ LAST YEAR: 18-8 (lost 5-2 to Uniontown Lake in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Hudson District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Lorenzo Russo, Gabe Faunda, Patrick Coleman, Alarik Sierra, Jake Lawrence, Derek Franken, Joe Roth, TJ Pirich, Casey Bokesch, Trey Giannini.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcons return seven defensive starters so should be strong defensively. Though they did lose their top three hitters, the Falcons return three college-bound players, Russo (Eastern Gateway), Faunda (Malone) and Coleman (Walsh), who is expected to be the mound ace.

Chaney

¯ COACH: Eric Gruber (1st year at Chaney, coached in Florida for 10 years)

¯ LAST YEAR: 2-12, (lost 23-0 to Alliance in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Kaydin Brown (So), Noah Cohen (So), Michael Doucette (Sr), Thomas Hollander (Sr), Christian Lebron-Rivera (Jr), Jeremy Letson (So), Alberto Peterson (So), Carlos Peterson (So)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jose Rivera, Marquis Sly, Reynaldo Torres-Aguirre

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With many returning players, the Cowboys are confident in year two of the program. A good offseason of work has Chaney believing its pitching staff should be solid. The team motto is “Every pitch, every out, every inning”

Niles

¯ COACH: Mike Guarnieri (11th year, 180-111)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-9 (lost 8-7 to Poland in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Joe Gallo (Sr), Brandon Hayes (Sr), David Mays (Sr), Vincent Chieffo (Sr), Seth McMillon (Sr), Dominic Fisher (Sr), Zach Leonard (Jr), Chase Sudzina (Jr), Anthony Fisher (So), Andrew Huffman (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kolton Christopher, Zach Macik, Mike Guarnieri

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Red Dragons have excellent senior leadership led by Gallo, a first-team All-NE8 choice last year. Mays and Leonard both made All-NE8 second team. The athletic Dragons expect to compete every day.

Poland

¯ COACH: Richard Murray (16th year, 277-135)

¯ LAST YEAR: 20-7, Division II Struthers District champion (lost 11-0 to Gilmour Academy in regional semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (*-letters won): Zachary Yaskulka, Mason McCurdy, Mike Kushner, Stephen Carney, Jake Bacon, Tyler Berry, Jarrett Shurilla, A.J. Patellis

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Billy Hunter, Andrew Parker, Mike Galterio, Anthony Perry, Dino Angelilli, Mason Planey, Nate Hayes, Vinny Cercel, Cole Corey

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs have just five returning starters, but have good senior leadership and potential as they pursue the goals of winning the NE-8 and advancing in tournament play.

Struthers

¯ COACH: Michael Medvec (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 7-18 (lost 8-5 to Salem in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Anthony Monaco (Sr), Jared Laczko (Sr), Robert Tomko (Sr), Bill Opritza (Sr), Jeremy Clemente (Sr), Jacob McQueen (Jr), Dante DeChellis (Jr), Eric Davis (Jr), Drew Day (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Seniors Declan Sekol, Dontre Mastronarde and Nick Marshall, and freshmen Chance Laczko, Olindo Pezzone, Alec Grzyb, Austin McCullough and James DeChellis.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Wildcats expect to compete in every game, including in the difficult Northeast-8. The team’s goal is to do the little things right and the wins will follow.

Champion

¯ COACH: Rick Yauger (6th year, 90-22)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-5 (lost 10-5 to Ashtabula Edgewood in district final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Niles District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Abe Bayus (Sr), Ethan Davenport (Sr), Aaron Ellsworth (Jr), Adam Fisher (Jr), Zach Bickel (Jr), Brandon Dykes (Jr), Jack O’Shaughnessy (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomores Nathan Holt, Kale Klingeman and Collin Brainard, and freshmen Tyler Skaggs, Joseph Fell, Matthew Russell and Micah Nolan.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Golden Flashes will be young but talented with a deep pitching staff. Champion hopes to compete in a very good league and hopes to be playing its best baseball come tournament time.

Badger

¯ COACH: Bill Hamilton (2nd year, 4-12)

¯ LAST YEAR: 4-12 (lost 2-1 to Newbury in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Fairport Harbor District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Logan Lendak (Sr.), Nick Centofanti (Sr.), Steven Long (Jr.), Matt Lendak (Jr.), Carter Burnett (So.), Jack Lendak (So.), Jacob Baker (So.), Rodric Hartman (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Tim Steh (Jr.), Heath Stanhope (So.), Brad Hamilton (Fr.), Trey Davis (Fr.), Cole Burnett (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Braves are returning eight lettermen and are looking to build off a strong finish last year, but the offense will need to be consistent in order to compete.

Mathews

¯ COACH: Jared Terlecky (8th year, 127-36)

¯ LAST YEAR: (lost 3-2 to Springfield in regional semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Fairport Harbor District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Zach Rhodanz (Sr.), Ethan Hall (Sr.), Jake Williams (Sr.), Jon Goff (Sr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Alex Nicholson (Fr.), Christian Murdrey (Fr.), Sam Roth (Jr.), Declan Stitt (Jr.), Ray Snyder (Jr.), Denis Schwartz (Jr.), Dimitrius Rhea (Sr.), Ethan Petak (Fr.), Jacob Williams (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Mustangs return three starters from last year’s district champion team. They have talent, but they need to adjust to playing baseball at a varsity level. Mathews expects to compete for a league and district championship, but knows the road won’t be an easy one.

Leetonia

¯ COACH: Paul Gray (2nd year, 1-18)

¯ LAST YEAR: 1-18 (lost 10-0 to Lisbon in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Seffen Howefie , Toby Heekman , Dylan Lennon , Brayden Dukes , Luke Gregorino , Micah Whittmore , Patrick Hull , Jordan Baker , Jacob McCool

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bears are looking to improve each day and get better as a team to continue to grow the baseball program. The team goal is to go every game and compete from start to finish.

Softball

Warren G. Harding

¯ COACH: Meaghan Coe (3rd year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-14 (lost 12-2 to Solon in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Hudson District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Michelle Stanton, Taylor Baughman, Karlie Heilman, Kaylee Galloway, Rachel Gilronan, Camryn Stewart

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ryan Gump, Kerrigan Riley, Ally Hafner, Emily Trisler, Marissa Steer, Brooke Greene, Caleena Trimble, Brooklyn Brown, Vai Berry, Mikalyn Todd

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Coaching staff is excited to see where the program is going to go. Returners are hungry to prove what kind of mark they will leave. New faces are ready to compete.

Hubbard

¯ COACH: Joe Zagorec (2nd year, 14-9)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-9 (lost 9-2 to Cardinal Mooney in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Youngstown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jackie Adler (Sr), Hannah Kist (Sr), Lexi Flower (Sr), Sydney Bowser (Jr), Emily Filicky (Jr), Kailah Gregory (Jr), Haley Croyle (So), Jordyn Juillerat (So), Lexi Najdusak (So), Grace Narkum (So), Gillian Ryser (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Riley Kachaylo, Aubree Neale and Kaitlyn Shane

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The season looks bright with honorable mention all-district players Adler and Kist returning as three-year letter winners. The Eagles grew stronger each game last season with very few seniors on the squad. Pitchers Croyle, Narkum and Ryser did the bulk of the pitching last year as freshmen and all have gotten stronger.

Poland

¯ COACH: Jim Serich (4th year, 57-19)

¯ LAST YEAR: 29-1 (lost 6-3 to Plain City Jonathan Alder in state semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Youngstown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Ally Nittoli (Sr), Brooke Bobbey (Sr), Kaili Gross (Sr), Racheal Wolfe (Sr), Camryn Lattanzio (Jr), Jackie Grisdale (Jr), Abby Farber (So), Emily Denny (So), Connie Cougras (So), Kenzie Szolek (So)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs return seven starters, including college-bound Nittoli (Mount Union) at first base and Bobbey (St. Bonaventure) as OF-pitcher, from a state final four team. The team is focused on getting better every ractice and doing the little things the right way.

Champion

¯ COACH: Cheryl Weaver (21st year, 440-102)

¯ LAST YEAR: s30-2 (won 5-0 over Cardington-Lincoln in state final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, LaBrae District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Abbi Grace (Sr), Sophie Howell (Sr), Allison Smith (Sr), Savannah Dodrill (Sr), Emma Gumont (Jr), Cassidy Shaffer (Jr), Brooklyn Whitt (Jr), Lauren Fife (Jr)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Golden Flashes are shooting for their fourth straight state title and seventh since 2011. They lost three starters from last year but returning senior pitchers Allison Smith (Ohio State bound) and Sophie Howell (Youngstown State), plus an outstanding group of juniors.

Leetonia

¯ COACH: Dan Dennis (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 1-20 (lost 26-1 to Columbiana in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Tarah Ferry , Chloe Dale , Haileigh Brock , Megan Roslo , Delamey Roller , Skyler Davis , Autumn Shingler , Cheyenne Shafer , Allie Francosky , Gracie Duko

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kaitlin Shingler, Maddie Holisky, Sammi Solomon

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bears aim to have fun while learning the game. They look to try and establish a winning tradition by being very coachable. They’re eager to learn, an energetic group and hard workers.

Boys track

Austintown Fitch

¯ COACH: Seth Steiner (6th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 5-0, Mahoning County champion, AAC Red Tier champion

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Christian Armstrong (Sr), Nate Leskovac (Jr), Reggie Floyd (Jr), Tyrese Bandy (Jr), Kyree Long (Jr), Corbin Roby (Jr), Derek Phillips (Sr), Garrett Hogan (Jr), Alec Herman (Jr), Donnie Ellis (So), Adam Emerick (So), Tyree Mitchell (So), Tyler Evans (So), Jaymes Soles (So), Jameire Robinson (Jr)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomore Dom Krohn and freshmen Jamell James, Gianni Maley, Nick Tibolla, Brody Herman, NJosiah Berni, Jayden Eley, Muhammad Riaz

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcons will be a young team in 2020 with only a few seniors, but they return a large group of talented underclassmen who gained valuable experience last year in big meets. Fitch’s distance group is much improved after an impressive indoor campagin. The talented freshman group won the junior high state meet last year with top performers in a wide variety of events.

Girls track

Austintown Fitch

¯ COACH: Sam Cassano (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 4-1, Mahoning County champion

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Alena Williams (Sr), Madison Skelly (Sr), Taylor Bailey (Sr), Adria Ingram (Sr), Shania Stiers-Royal (Sr), Logan Franczkowski (Sr), Allison Krohn (Sr), Jenna Rodgers (Jr), Rylie Connolly (Jr), Kristin Yeager (So), Kenzie Chine (So), Kylee Madison (Jr),

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Freshmen Madison Bucko, Aidyn Connolly, Andrea Moore, Chloe Orsborn.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcons have great leadership in the upper classes — including seniors Alena Williams (sprinter, signed with Ashland) and Madison Skelly (pole vault, YSU) — and some solid underclassmen who should contribute immediately. With multiple athletes who have seen action at the state meet and many others with big meet experience, the Falcons look to build on their third-place finish at the district last year.

Boardman

¯ COACH: Rick Sypert (6th year, 46-9)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-1, AAC Red Tier champion

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division 1, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Keimanni Boyd (Sr), Jordan Solmen (Sr), Kennedy Page (Sr), Raegan Burkey (Jr), Alayna Cuevas (Jr), Lanny Kilpatrick (Jr), Bailey Moore (Jr), Ryleigh Neill (Jr), Tara Pasvanis (Jr), Annia Robles (Jr), Gracie Beil (Jr), Isabelle Dwyer (Jr), Julia Gorby (Jr), Shayne Harris (Jr), Syrenna Ramahi (Jr), Emma Tokarsky (Jr), Destinee Hayes (So), Hailey Ho (So), Maddy Smith (So)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Sophomores Dre’Ana Elliot, Khadija Hadidan and Kat Taghaboni; and freshmen Lauren Bero, Bella Martin, Lexxi Mihok, Reagan Smith and Gia Triveri.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With plenty of depth and experience, the Spartans are certainly contenders for their fourth straight AAC Red Tier championship, as well as for district honors. Boardman has an opportunity to send athletes to state in multiple events.

West Branch

¯ COACH: Mike Falasca (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 2-7

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Buckeye Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Salem District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jessica Bock (Sr), Abie Davis (Sr), Carlyu Scarpitti (Sr), Ariana Ormiston (Sr), Dana Wilke (Sr), Amanda Davidson (Jr), Ava Decker (Jr), Emma Egli (Jr), Alexa Gossett (Jr), Kaytee Greiner (Jr), Kaylyn Hicks (Jr), Hannah Schubert (Jr), Alex Weingart (Jr), Natalie Zurbrugg (Jr), Liana Gabrelcik (So), Katie Kent (So), Danielle Koneval (So), Anna Lippiatt (So), Belle Norris (So), Tori Shields (So)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Warriors are very young with a good group of sprinters and hurdlers. West Branch lacked depth last year, but should be better this season.

Boys tennis

Austintown Fitch

¯ COACH: Mallory Silvestri (2nd year, 2-18)

¯ LAST YEAR: 2-18

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Canton Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Jake Kerpsack (Sr), Connor Gessner (Sr), Zach Dahl (Sr), Frank Faber (Sr), Nathan Ferguson (Jr), Jack Kovacs (So), David Mossholder (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Senior Josh Yeager; juniors Preston Smith, Joe Bartholomew, Joey Hughes, Parker Webb, Justin Mosser; sophomores Andrew Lightner and Brendon Klem; and freshmen Kyle Mosser, Walter Pankey and Adran Puz.

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcons have a lot of promise with many new faces and new skill sets. The team was in good shape and had been working on lifting during the offseason to develop more strength and agility.

West Branch

¯ COACH: Elaine Bonar (32nd year, 186-348)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-7

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Buckeye Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Boardman Sectional

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): J.D. Brain (Jr), Justin Cederbloom (Jr), Jeff Legros (Jr), Seth Ayers (Jr)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Noah Johnson (Fr), Sky Tran (Jr), Aaron Brown (Fr), Marah Smith (Jr)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Warriors’ goals including finishing near the top in the Northeastern Tennis League and in the middle of the Eastern Buckeye Conference.

Spring sports preview capsules

Editor’s note: Capsule information is provided by coaches. More capsules will be printed the next two Sundays. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the spring sports season, these can be viewed as previews of the actual season, or from an angle of what could have been. Regardless, the student-athletes who had been working hard in preparation for the season deserve recognition.

Baseball

Boardman

¯ COACH: Joe Gabriel (7th year, 87-86)

¯ LAST YEAR: 16-13 (lost 9-2 to Massillon Jackson in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Hudson District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Connor Miller (Jr.), Tyler Peterson (Jr.), Mason Smith (Sr.), Jim Goske (Sr.), Ty Ventresco, Charlie Davis (Jr.), Marco Stilliana (Jr.), Nate Fleming (So.), Jason Triveri (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Carmen Quattro (Sr.), Carmen Cavalier (Sr.), Carmine Lamanna (Jr.), Patrick Hubert (Jr.), John Hyde (Jr.), Griffin Widrig (So.), Seth Cervello (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Boardman brings back a good amount of talent from the prior season, including their starting pitchers and catcher. They look to bounce back after last season and need to make a strong start to make it happen. They look to make a regional for the first time in a long time and will need their seniors to lead the way.

Lakeview

¯ COACH: Mike Johnson (3rd year, 39-31)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-13 (lost 3-2 to Geneva in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Gates Mills District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Austin Vogt (Sr.), Brendon Kilpatrick (Jr.), Nick Demonica (Jr.), Matt McRoberts (Sr.), Eli Boivin (So.), Jake Wilms (So.), Gavin Mauger (So.), Cal Rinck (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Colton Chadwick (Sr.), Stephen Pavlansky (So.), Anthony Caruso (So.), Gino Lazzari (Fr.), Tyler Capan (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With a good core of returning players and an excellent starting pitching duo, the Bulldogs expect to compete for a league title and a run at a district title.

Ursuline

¯ COACH: Matt Weymer (5th year, 44-59)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-15 (lost 7-1 to South Range in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Colin Balas (Sr.), Vince Armeni (Sr.), Jeremy Kreuzmieser (Sr.), Andrew Jabella (Sr.), Dante Walker (Jr.), Jonah Kirchner (Jr.), Joey Carasella (So.), Brady Shannon (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Drew Gerchak (Sr.), Justin Grayson (Sr.), Trent Hill (So.), Tre Ciavarella (So.), Drew Kirila (Fr.), Luca Ricchiuti (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Irish bring back a lot of varsity experience and hope to make a run at the wide open Division II District at Struthers. Pitching will be the biggest question mark.

Cardinal Mooney

¯ COACH: Al Francischelli (12th year, 198-81)

¯ LAST YEAR: 7-16 (lost 11-4 to Howland in sectional first round)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Ethan Shaw (Jr.), Colin Rushen (Sr.), Walt Sweeney (Sr.), Ian Francis (Jr.), Jordan Sheehan (Jr.), Mickey Valesquez (Jr.), Matt Womer (Jr.), Zach Hyrb (Fr.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Steve Hiner (Jr.), Nico Mascerella (Jr.), Joe Scott (Jr.), Jim Campbell (So.), Christian Colosimo (So.), Cole Litman (So.), Jack Pepperney (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals are a young team with only two seniors on the roster, but they return eight lettermen. Strengths are defense and speed and they have a very promising pitching staff.

Springfield

¯ COACH: Terry Dobson (5th year, 70-27)

¯ LAST YEAR: 26-4 (lost 16-2 to Jeromesville Hillsdale in regional final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Struthers District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Drew Clark (Sr.), Chris Thompson (Jr.), Mitchell Seymour (Jr.), John Silke (Sr.) Nick Silke (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Ryan McFadden (Sr.), Noah Barrett (Sr.), Nico Vaparides (Sr.), Evan Ohlin (Sr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers have a lot of question marks and their younger players are adding stiff competition at all positions. With a very competitive schedule, Springfield looks to battle every game.

Maplewood

¯ COACH: Mark Trevelline

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-10 (lost 7-1 to Mathews in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Fairport Harbor District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Ryan Bedlion , Shane Swogger *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Blaine Flack, Logan Tucker, Caleb Richlands, Braden Webb, Austin Turner

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: This will be a transition year for the Rockets as they lose six seniors from last year’s team. Thirteen of their 18 players are either freshmen or first-year players and have only two seniors on the roster. They have a tough schedule but are more than prepared to work.

Softball

Boardman

¯ COACH: Fred Mootz (2nd year, 20-8)

¯ LAST YEAR: 20-8 (lost 2-0 to Hudson in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Solon District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Lauren Maughan (Sr.), Kathryn O’Horo (Jr.), Nina Scavelli (Jr.), Morgan Cherne (Jr.), Nadia Rawhnoh (So.), Josie Porter (So.), Madison Lester (So.), Dana Haus (So.), Jenna Olexa (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Jenna Madick (So.), Sofia Hoffman (So.), Samantha Hoffman (So.), Cassidy Bryan (So.), Bella Eliser (So.), Lydia Eicher (So.), Emma Haase (So.), Lilly Donatelli (So.), Cami Goske (Fr.), Cali Young (Fr.), Maddie Dravocky (Fr.), Isabella Taylor (Fr.), Natalie Davis (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Spartans are an extremely young team, with only one senior on the roster. The coaching staff has set the bar high for the team however, and they believe they’ll compete for a conference championship as well as a district title. Their season ended in disappointment to Hudson and they look to avenge that with a challenging schedule to push the team to another level.

Lakeview

¯ COACH: Nate Schick (2nd year, 11-14)

¯ LAST YEAR: 11-14 (lost 3-1 to Jefferson in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Jefferson District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Marissa Zocalli (Sr.), Olee Kelm (Jr.), Laura Garvin (Sr.), Madison Stredney (Sr.), Madison Harvey (Sr.), Shelby Hunter (Sr.), Raegan Schick (So.), Abbie Campana (So.), Mariah Tackett (So.), Caly Lantz (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Kylie Imes (So.), Sammy Aey (So.), Gianna Caruso (Fr.), Maggie Pavlansky (Fr.), Ella Chadwick (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Lakeview girls look to compete and gain experience with strong ninth- and 10th-grade classes. The Northeast-8 will showcase many great matchups throughout the season and will be exciting to watch.

Ursuline

¯ COACH: Michael Kernan (19th year, 346-146-2)

¯ LAST YEAR: 25-3 (lost 7-6 to Poland in district final)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Youngstown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Emma Ericson (Sr.), Maris Barbato (Jr.), Julia Nutter (Jr.), Emily Holland (Jr.), Brooklyn Croyle (Jr.), Paige Ogden (So.), Madelyn Miklandric (So.), Alyssa Sheely (So.), Ayva Fedor (So.), Layni Bednar (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Liza Barbato, Grace Sylvester, Grace Durkin

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Irish return their starting pitcher and plenty of experience from a record-setting season. Ursuline set records in regular-season wins with 23, runs scored with 303 and team batting average with .431. They look to improve on those and make it to the regional.

Cardinal Mooney

¯ COACH: Mark Rinehart (31st year, 437-209)

¯ LAST YEAR: 20-5 (lost 8-2 to Poland in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Youngstown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Maddie Filisky (Sr.), Carley Francis (Sr.), Catie Perry (Sr.), CJ Sapp (Sr.), Lexi Diaz (Sr.), Samantha Holden (Jr.), Gia Diorio (Jr.), Gia Divencenzo (Jr.), Alaina Francis (So.), Alaina Scavina (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Elise Armile (Sr.), Marissa Landers (Jr.), Paige Pavlock (Jr.), Maddie Trimble (So.), Marissa Bowman (Fr.), Maria Fire (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: With a 40-8 record over the past two seasons, Mooney returns 10 letterwinners and welcomes talented newcomers to a team hoping to make another tournament run. Strengths will be versatility and depth of pitching that will be tested by a difficult schedule and a loaded district.

South Range

¯ COACH: Jeff DeRose (7th year, 123-63)

¯ LAST YEAR: 20-10 (lost 14-0 to Champion in regional semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, South Range District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Kali Dudich (Sr.), Bree Kohler (Jr.), Jillian Strecansky (Jr.), Emily Protain (Sr.), Izzy Sikora (Jr.), Alyssa Tracy (So.), Reagan Irons (So.)*

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Raiders lost five starters from last season and have big shoes to fill. After last season’s regional appearance, losing five starters leaves a dent in the team’s experience. The freshmen and sophomores are talented and are expected to contribute. They plan to compete for the NE8 title and make a push in the district to make it back to the regional tournament. They’ve challenged themselves with a very tough schedule to make that happen.

LaBrae

¯ COACH: Demetra Noble (9th year, 19-8)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-8 (lost 6-3 to Newton Falls in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, LaBrae District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Natalie Sisler (Sr.), Tiana Drake (Sr.), Sydney Pearce (Sr.), Destiny Goldner (Sr.), Desi Allen (Jr.), Aryana Hartman (Jr.), Helena Meeks (Jr.), Alaydren Beck (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Rachel Davidson (Sr.), Myra Kintz (Jr.), Grace Barnhart (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Vikings expect to be a competitive team with a mix of seasoned players and new, talented athletes. Desi Allen will be the force behind the team with freshman Grace Barnhart aiding her on the mound. Natalie Sisler will use her knowledge and leadership behind the plate.

Newton Falls

¯ COACH: Bill Pelyak (7th year, 139-43)

¯ LAST YEAR: 18-9 (lost 10-0 to Champion in district final)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Blue Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division IV, Jackson-Milton District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (-letters won): Delaney Ginter (Sr.), Katie Wilson (Sr.), Olivia Keorhsen (Jr.), Atlanta Spahlinger (Jr.), Keegan O’Connor (Sr.), Holly Hedge (Jr.), Zoe Macelrath (So.), Emily Knight (So.), Jo’el Hood (So.), Sophie Tvarich (So.), Lexi Drake (So.), Olivia Valot (So.), Madison Powell (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Mya Buck (So.), Paige McGregor (Fr.), Ashley Harvey (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers are going to be a very young team again this season. They will look to grow as the season progresses and make a run in the tournament. Newton Falls drops down to Division IV this season which provides a new test in the postseason.

Boys track

Boardman

¯ COACH: John Phillips (9th year, 72-7)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-1

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Derrick Anderson (Sr.), Alan Cuevas (Sr.), Mitchel Dunham (Sr.), Dane Merdick (Sr.), Isaiah Suarez (Sr.), Brian Yauger (Sr.), Ted Anzevino (Jr.), Jonah Bacho (Jr.), Micah Beckworth (Jr.), Frank Bero (Jr.), Sam Cammack (Jr.). Aiden Glatz (Jr.), Beau Gorby (Jr.), Tyreek Jackson (Jr.), Justin Maloney (Jr.), Cristian Ortiz (Jr.), Daylon Pritchard (Jr.), Brennan Stratton (Jr.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Anthony Marshall (Jr.), DJ Evans (So.), Gerrick Angel (So.), Trey DiPietro (So.), Cam Thompson (So.), Terrence Thomas (So.) Logan Thompson (Fr.), Brady DiPietro (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Spartans return 21 letterwinners from last season’s district runner-up team. They’ll need to develop in field events and short sprints. Their goals are to challenge Fitch in the AAC and build upon last year’s efforts in the district against Solon, Fitch and Kenston.

Howland

¯ COACH: Logan Sheptock (4th year, 154-80)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference Red Tier

¯ POSTSEASON: Division I, Austintown District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (x-letters won): Colton Basile (Sr.), Will Hines (Sr.), Isaac Robertson (Sr.), Andrew Yassall (Sr.), Lane Goble (Jr.), Jaden Louis (Jr.), Nick Mijavec (Jr.), Xiaoyu Kirin (Sr.), Kameron Kramp (Sr.), Kaden McCord (Jr.), Raiden Christianson (Jr.), Christian Darrin (Jr.), Mark Rubino (Jr.), Gage Gibson (Jr.), Jake Snelson (Jr.), Jordan Williams (Jr.), Eric Babinchak (Jr.), Brandon Summerlin (Jr.), Zach Brill (So.), Manny Fakkas (So.), Tim Jones (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Keith Cruse (Sr.), Brayden Gibson (Jr.), Ben Bronson (Fr.), Nick Leasure (Fr.), Brandon Null (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers are looking forward to another great season. With the returning leadership of state qualifier Will Hines, Howland has high goals for 2020. They have a talented roster and return athletes who were out last season with injuries. The team aims to have a high finish at the league meet, winning the Trumbull County meet, having a good showing at regionals and districts and they hope to take one or more athletes to Columbus.

Lakeview

¯ COACH: Mark Swinning (12th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: Northeast-8 co-champions

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Lakeview District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Liam Boivin (Sr.), Nate Charnas (Sr.), Eddie Rygalski (Sr.), Ethan Lewis (Sr.), James Rea (Sr.), Nathan Woofter (Sr.), Kyle Roberts (Jr.), Caleb Carlson (Jr.), Max Matlack (Jr.), Corey Lilley (So.), Chris Bowman (So.), Landon Farr (So.), Glenn Tolliver (So.), Brian Thomas (So.), Charles Pawlosky (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Zac Haley (Fr.), Hayden Rozzo (Fr.), Stefano Makroglou (Fr.), Aidan Schulman (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The preseason top-ranked Bulldogs look to win the Northeast-8, the distirct title and to send as many athletes to Columbus as possible.

East Palestine

¯ COACH: Jim Young (13th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 11-1

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (x-letters won): Cole Rutlege , Josh Welch , Matt Garcia , Dominic Cathers , Gavin Lambert , Jon White , Brandon Turcola , Nevan Lee , Tom Shasteen , Tyler Bistarkey , Dominic Fertch , Parker Bonace *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Colton Hickman, Dominic Ludt, Nate Hebron, Nick Fierro, Aaron Dettmer

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs expect to be solid, but lack depth. They have a very nice group of seniors and are expected to field a team of 25.

Girls track

Lakeview

¯ COACH: Cindy Dickey (11th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: Division II district champions

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ POSTSEASON: Division II, Lakeview District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (x-letters won): Ashley Bowker (Sr.), Abby Langmeyer (Sr.), Megan Zetterquist (Sr.), Courtney DelPuero (Sr.), Kaitlin DeProfio (Jr.), Sydney Dobler (Jr.), Taylor Garvin (Jr.), Calista Hall (Jr.), Caitlin Kachurik (Jr.), Danaysha Mauzy (Jr.), Bella Kakiou (Sr.), Keira Reed (Jr.), Emily Bennett (So.), Rachel Campolito (So.), Hailee Hoover (So.), Kylie Matteotti (So.), Isabella Schuster (So.), Teagan Pierce (So.)*

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Lakeview has over 20 freshmen and newcomers joining the roster

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: WIth an experienced group of returning letterwinners led by senior Ashley Bowker, and a large group of newcomers, the Bulldogs will be very competitive in all events. They look forward to a season of new personal bests and successful accomplishments.

Columbiana

¯ COACH: Crystal Siembido-Boggs (7th year)

¯ LEAGUE: Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference

¯ POSTSEASON: Division III, Springfield District

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Julia Rapp

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Trinity Strohecker, Taylor Casania, Augusta Clark, Emily Hitchcock, Destiny Kulka, Lily Marsco, Rebekah Silver, Bridget Szabo, Kaleigh Krakenbill, Alexia Stoy, Monica Cobbin, Breanna Yerke

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Clippers have a strong set of sprinters that will be running three or four events each due to the small nature of the team. They’re light in the distance events.

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