District 6 Class A field has plenty of talent

From Mirror reports

A wealth of talent returns for the 2018 season as seven Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association all-state players dot area rosters.

District 6, Class 1A will be loaded again as Bishop Carroll Catholic returns the bulk of the starting lineup that advanced to the PIAA state semifinal team including all-staters Anna Haigh, Kayla Repko and Maddie Murphy.

Also in Class 1A, defending D6 champion Northern Cambria returns all-state sophomore Maggie Hogan, and two-time all-state setter Gabby Krug leads D6 contender Bishop Guilfoyle.

All-state outside hitter Lydia Mock will help Chestnut Ridge’s entrance into the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference.

All-state outside hitter Jenna Bauer leads a talented Central Cambria team expected to be in the thick of a deep District 6, Class 2AA race.

Altoona appears headed for its annual showdown with State College in D6 Class 4AAAA.

Altoona

Coach: Karan Price, 38th season

Career record: 450-217

Conference: Independent

Last year’s record: 8-7

Returning starters: Seniors–Emily Albright, Brigid Fox, Ireland McClellan

Other returnees: Seniors–Kaite Cumming, Baylie Horton, Amber Woytowiez. Juniors–Hailey Alwine, Maggie Fox. Sophomores–Rylee Albright, Anna Batrus, Kassie Clawson, Andrea Kiser, Jaylyn Long, Julia Savino, Sarah Weathersbee.

Newcomers: Sophomores–MiJa’Nae White, Rylee Wolfe. Freshmen–Taylor Herist, Jadeyn Price, Evy Stroup, Macy Yost.

Strengths: “We have a solid core of athletic, versatile and competitive players. Offensively, we feel we have a good balance of go-to hitters along the net, but until they become experienced as put-away hitters, we’ll need to rely on our tough serving and scrappy defense to keep us in games until we can rely on our offense to win matches.”

Concerns: “We return only three starters from last year’s team and have some big shoes to fill around them. Thus, we are young in terms of varsity experience. Our team is very aggressive, so we need to keep our unforced errors to a minimum and be patient during long rallies until our offense matures.”

Overall outlook: “We feel we have all the pieces to be a very good and well-rounded team. How fast we can put those pieces together and mold it with experience is the question. We have a very demanding schedule that will push us to grow up quickly. Our team has set very high goals for themselves. Provided we have solid leadership, become more disciplined with details of the game and accept nothing less than our best every single day, we feel confident that our team will be battled-tested, exciting to watch, as well as a definite contender for the District 6 4A title by the end of the season.”

Assistant coaches: John Saboe, Chris Perino, Makenzie Wilt.

Junior high coaches: Chris Perino, Makenzie Wilt.

Bedford

Coach: Stacy Imler, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 9-10

Returning starters: Senior–Daphne Stayer

Other returnees: Senior–Kaitlyn Brunelli

Newcomers: Seniors–Sharees Klavuhn, Clarence Smith, Tristan Stahlman. Juniors–Jocelyn Black, Hannah Lafferty, Jessica Tracy. Sophomores–Raquel Imler, Larissa Cooper.

Strengths: “Working together as a team. Excellent course sense.”

Concerns: None listed

Overall outlook: “With this being a complete rebuilding season, I feel if they continue working hard and working together as a team, we can have a very strong season.”

Assistant coaches: Jennifer Lafferty, Caitlyn Welty

Junior high coaches: Jennifer Foor, Kate Shirey

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Annette Wilkins, 10th season

Career record: 135-39

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 15-4; 11-3 ICC

Returning starters: Senior–Jestelynn Heaton. Juniors–Karlie Feathers, Sakeria Haralson, Bella Kies, Sydney Lechner.

Other returnees: Seniors–Kaelynn Behrens, Cassidy Shawley. Sophomores–Maria Cuevas, Malia Danish, Dakota Woomer, Sicily Yingling.

Newcomers: Senior–Hope Shook. Sophomores–Rebecca Burns, Kia Harris. Freshmen–Abby Watters.

Strengths: “We have a solid group returning that have played well together.”

Concerns: “We have a couple of new players that we are working into the mix.”

Overall outlook: “I am optimistic and excited to see what this group can do together.”

Assistant coaches: Brandon Frazeur, Phoebe Potter

Bishop Carroll Catholic

Coach: Katie Wyland, second season

Career record: 23-5

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 23-5, LHAC 13-3

Returning starters: Seniors–Anna Haigh, Kate Yahner, Liz Keim, Kayla Repko, Caroline Ratchford, Carly Clark, Maddie Murphy. Junior–Mara Yahner.

Other returnees: Seniors–Alivia Lucas. Junirs–Lauren Sichko, Meagan Leahey, Mia Wyland, Jackie Dumm, Rachel Verchereau, Sara Muriceak. Sophomores–Taylor Wahl, Maddie Smith, Ellie Long.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Maddie Gottshall, Caroline Hutsky.

Strengths: “All of our starters are returning and the younger girls have improved to challenge the seniors. They are hard-working girls who want to become the best they can be, and will not stop until they are. Every girl on the team has a positive attitude, and are very respectful of each other. They want to go farther than they did last year. They have very high goals set for themselves.”

Concerns: “They made a far run into the state playoffs last year. I know they have the talent to make it far, they just need to have confidence in their abilities. During the season, when the team hits some bumps, tha they will lose their confidence in themselves and not play like the team I know they are.”

Overall outlook: “This should be a very good year. The girls have a great positive attitude and have been working very hard during the off-season. As long as they keep working hard and have the drive, they can be amongst the top of the LHAC and make a far run into district and state playoffs.”

Assistant coaches: Janelle Gueguen

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic

Coach: Bob Kasun, 13th season

Career record: 183-99

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 11-8

Returning starters: Seniors–Gabb Krug, Pam Lund, Beth Yahner, Rachel Meintel, Alicia Nicolini, Emily Brown. Sophomores–Theresa Haigh.

Other returnees: Seniors–Rachel Resick, Mickie Smith. Juniors–Emily Kasun, Alyssa Erndl, Lexi Kilmartin, Emily Murgas, Maddie Smith, Jaedyn Montler.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Lyzee Wilson. Freshmen–Abby Yahner, Erin Yahner, Amelia Partner, Raven Criscitello.

Strengths: “This team will be anchored by a strong senior class. We have nine seniors who have enjoyed success from junior high to JV to varsity, and have worked extremely hard. Our team depth will help us have very competitive practices.”

Concerns: “The Laurel Highlands (Athletic) Conference is one of the best conferences around from top to bottom. And now, you added a very talented Chestnut Ridge team and it’s even more competitive. You’re in for a battle every match.”

Overall outlook: “We are upbeat about a successful year. Our hopes are to compete for an LHAC championship and a District 6 championship. Class 1A will be loaded again with Northern Cambria and Bishop Carroll, and West Branch is Class 1A again, and they are always strong.”

Assistant coaches: Gary Evangelisto, Rachel Potopa.

Junior high coaches: Rachel Potopa

Cambria Heights

Coach: Paula Lamb, third season

Career record: 15-21

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 10-10

Returning starters: Senior–Olivia Conrad. Juniors–Nicole McCombie, Emily Henry.

Other returnees: Senior–Jocelyn Rezk. Juniors–Abby Becker, Abbie Eckenrode, Emily Hayes, Brenna Packard, Isabella Stanko.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Jenna Baker, Amber Farabaugh, Delia Morchesky, Alyssa Sowers, Julie Westrick. Freshmen–Bryce Burkey, Kendall Conrad, Kadance DellaValle, Shaylee Packard.

Strengths: “The team unity that these girls have is going to take us far. I feel our returning players have had a great chemistry on and off the court, and have made the newcomers feel a part of the right way. We have all-around talented athletes, and with all of their offensive and defensive strengths combined, I feel we have what it takes to really compete this year.”

Concerns: “My only concerns are that we stay healthy, and keep focused one game at a time because the LHAC is tough as always.”

Overall outlook: “Our team goal is to make it to districts again and push through and make it to states. What we accomplished last season is fueling their fire to compete at a high level from the start this season, all the way to the end. We are proud to coach this team of Lady Highlanders.”

Assistant coach: Stacie Packard

Central

Coach: Krista Swope, first season

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 6-9

Returning starters: Rachel McCready, Jocie Miller, Lainie Heuston, Bethany Wyant

Strengths: “We have a lot of returning players whom are great leaders for the newcomers and team morale is high.”

Concerns: None

Overall outlook: “I feelt team chemistry, fundamental improvements and motivation to do well will allow the team to be competitive. The girls are working hard and pushing themselves, which will only make us better.”

Assistant coach: Brandon Meck

Junior high coach: Ken Streilien, Briana Cunningham

Central Cambria

Coach: Jason Layman, second season

Career record: 16-4

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 16-4; LHAC 10-1

Returning starters: Seniors–Jenna Bauer, Emily Muffie, Ashley Grimes, Leah Bracken. Juniors–Liz Bopp, Cassidy Bezek

Other returnees: Seniors–Sydney Shaffer. Juniors–Maggie Kudlawiec, Kiersten Szpala, Taylor Hritz, Julia Mobley.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Aubree Boxler, Tristan Moss, Emma Pileski, Eden Shirk. Freshmen–Jordyn Burkett, Alyssa Link

Strengths: “Our experience from last season with postseason play should play a key role in our success this year. The girls now know what it takes to win an LHAC championship and to make a run at the district (6) championship. We have great senior leadership and the team is 100 percent dedicated to each other and the program. With our returning core, and with the hard work they put in during the offseason, we are a much more solid team with a faster and more aggressive approach to the game.”

Concerns: “We have a big hole to fill from losing our starting libero last season, who was one of the best, if the not the best, in the district. Our younger libero coming up has worked hard during the offseason, and is determined to fill the void and show she is capable of being successful.”

Overall outlook: “I am looking forward to another successful season. Ultimately, the goals are to win the LHAC for the second year in a row, and this year, win District 6. This group is very dedicated to the team and to each other, which can be hard to find in a team.”

Assistant coaches: Kevin Ickes, Cassie Layman.

Junior high coaches: Keith Gilkey, Cassie Gilkey

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Wendy Miller, 24th season

Career record: 261-89

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 25-3

Returning starters: Seniors–Lydia Mockey, Kayla Diehl, Makayla Weyant. Sophomore–Matti McMillen.

Other returnees: Juniors–Alexis Allison, Emily Clark, Lydia Martin. Sophomores–Alaina Lafferty, Lauryn Calhoun

Newcomers: Senior–Allegra Flamini Sophomores–Hannah Davis. Freshmen–Zoie Dunlap,Chandra Sell, Chelsea Harr, Rylie Frankenberry

Strengths: “Very strong leadership in key areas, enthusiasm, and a tight-knit team motivated to improve day to day. We have many girls who can play numerous positions which helps in creating options.”

Concerns: “We continue to strive for consistency in all areas with our returning letterwinners.”

Overall outlook: “I am hopig to see the girls remain tight as a unit as they improve from game to game. They have a lot of potential, and our motto is and will always be to be better today than yesterday by keeping our FACE (fun and family, attitude, communication, effort and energy) up.”

Assistant coaches: Ange Wyles, Hannah Miller

Junior high coaches: Rex Whetstone, Tina Masters

Claysburg-Kimmel

Coach: Allison McMullen, sixth season

Career record: 70-28

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 12-8

Returning starters: Seniors–Justinna Brown, Corryne Weyandt, Emily Claycomb. Juniors–Megan Hartman, Mackenzie Clemens.

Other returnees: Seniors–Jennica Hunter, Jazmin Kennedy. Juniors–Jocelyn Schultz, Gabby McGeary, Christina Hunter.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Harleigh Cavender, Janea Dodson, Maddy Frye, Layla Helsel, Michele Imler, Haileigh Reed, Kassidi Rininger, Jaden Rowe. Freshmen–Rebekah Claar, Bailey Garver

Strengths: “We have a great group of girls who love to play the game. They are quick and have a lot of athletic ability.”

Concerns: “We have a young team and a lot of new players to the varsity level.”

Overall outlook: “We have a lot of talent, and a lot of different options this year, and as always, we are looking forward to a winning season.”

Assistant coach: Kayla Musselman

Junior high coaches: Kayla Musselman, Emily Weyandt

Everett

Coach: Sue Conner, 31st season

Career record: 469-273

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 10-14

Returning starters: Seniors–Tadesa Conner. Sophomore–Aly Daley.

Other returnees: Senior–Lizzy Jay. Sophomore–Annie Nave.

Newcomers: Seniors–Makensie Headley, Elizabeth Jay, Camile Shaffer, Madison Turner. Juniors–Kassidy Clark, Lindsey Foor. Sophomores–Alay Daley, Anastasia Hauze, Phoenix Ruddy, Dayle Sphon, Annabelle Stover. Freshmen–Brooklyn Beegle, Ashlyn Hicks, Ella Hinish, Lainie Treece.

Strengths: “They bring a lot of energy to the court every practice and haven’t been afraid to compete. There are four girls that have club experience, which will be a plus as the girls learn how to play together and gain varsity experience.”

Concerns: “The lack of varsity experience may affect the overall outcome of some games.We need to play together and gain varsity experience. We need to find our team leader and that needs to happen real soon. We only have two setters on the entire team, so we need to keep them healthy.”

Outlook: “Our goals as a team are not in wins and losses, but we feel that if we can be a good teammate and work hard to improve everyday, we will be successful.”

Assistant coaches: Samantha Conner, Heather Cornell, Carrie Hinish.

Junior high coaches: Joann Droz, Caitlyn Collins

Glendale

Coach: Brenda Hewitt, second season

Career record: 9-9

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 9-9

Returning starters: Seniors–Cassidy Hamilton, Raylene Simmers, Jamie Wolfe. Juniors–Katianne Rydbom, Olivia Spanik. Sophomores–Olivia Reese.

Other returnees: Seniors–Rain DeLucia, Kennedy LeMaster, Kimberly Shepler. Juniors–Abby Cherry, Karly Grimes.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Carlie Cann, Samantha Cherry, Hannah Noel, Bailee Wimberly, Cindy Richards, Jasmine Lovell, Kyla Campbell

Strengths: “The attitude of our players. They are driven to work and improve their skills.”

Concerns: None

Overall outlook: “I look for us to be even more competitive this year.”

Assistant coaches: Alyse Croll

Junior high coaches: James Haney

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Jamie McGreal, second season

Career record: 7-9

Conference: Independent

Last year’s record: 7-9

Returning starters: Seniors–Claire Sauerland, Rylee Ritko, Olivia DiPangrazio, Lindsay Everett.

Other returnees: Seniors–Lexi Petre, Mya Burk

Newcomers: Seniors–Haley Butler, Savannah West. Juniors–Allison Barton, Reagan Ferguson, Morgan O’Neill. Sophomores–Isabella George.

Strengths: “Great senior leadership that will help bring positive, dynamic and competitive spirit to the court. We have a great core group of girls that gained valuable experience last year as first-time varsity players, which will allow them to play with more confidence as they know what to expect with our challening matches.”

Concerns: “Staying focused on our mental game to work through mistakes and losses. This will propel us to trust the process throughout the season since we do have a very competitive schedule.”

Overall outlook: “I think we’re gong to have great team chemistry, any time you start with that foundation, your skill set and talent only add to it. The fact that we do have a lot of versatility, both on offense and defense, is a great boost. So our job as a coaching staff is to take these 12 pieces and put them together in the best possible way that really pushes our team to a successful year.”

Assistant coach: Branden McGarvey

Junior high coach: Brad Lear

Huntingdon

Coach: Nakita Gearhart, first season

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 9-10; ML 7-7

Returning starters: Seniors–Mallory Sellers, Alyson Kyper, Haley Goldstone, Emily Kurtz, Amanda Norris, Chrislyn Patrick, Gabrielle Brown. Junior–Kaitlyn McElroy.

Other returnees: Seniors–Kaden Sims, Lauren Itinger. Juniors–Sofia Diinardi, Rachel Kyle, Kennedy Miller, Lauryn Smith, Victoria Thompson. Sophomore–Marissa Low, Natalie Troha, Lilly Waite.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Alisa Beatty, Savanna Fiscus, Abigail Goodman, Jadalyn Grissinger, Tessa Haffey, Madison Lemin, JaedynWike, Julia Zauzig.

Strengths: “We are very upper classmen loaded so it will be great to have all these experienced players returning to be on the team.”

Concerns: “The biggest challenge I see will be to figure out which girls will play best beside each other.”

Overall outlook: “I’m looking forward to a really good season with the hopes that the girls really gel as a team and play as hard as they can.”

Assistant coach: John Pasek.

Junior high coach: Beverly Rubincam

Juniata Valley

Coach: Mary Reed, 14th season

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 12-8

Returning starters: Seniors–Jayda Hoffmaster, Reagan Lightner. Juniors–Hayden Taylor, Halee Smith. Sophomore–Emma Musser.

Other returnees: Juniors–Maddy Beasom, April Boss, Lexie Reed, Madi Dick, Moriah Hall. Sophomores–Olivia Smith, Samantha Robinson, Gretchen Payne, Sadie Porter, Sophia Wood, Maya Hall.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Allison Beatty, Emma Zinobile, Avery Taylor, June Simpson, Mackenzie Houck, Madison Belinda, Kaitlyn Franks.

Strengths: “The returning letterwinners are a crucial part of the starting rotation from last year’s team that boosted the most winning season in Juniata Valley history. Along with the addition of other returning varsity players that had positive contribution and playing time as well.”

Concerns: “Always a concern … keeping our players healthy.”

Overall outlook: “We are looking forward to bettering the best record that has already been posted by these young ladies. They are excited to get started, and definitely are working hard to achieve the goal of postseason play again this year.”

Assistant coach: Ed McEwen

Junior high coaches: Suzanne Yingling, Jennifer Cutshall

Moshannon Valley

Coach: Kenise Buck, third season

Career record: 8-28

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 4-14, ICC 0-8

Returning starters: Seniors–McKenzie McCoy, Emma Kitko, Alexis Knepp, Skylar Barnhart, Tess Randolph.

Other returnees: Juniors–Abby Sage, Bryanna Anderson, Jacey Williams. Sophomores–Kalie Fleck, Alyssa Anderson, Leigha Anderson, Tori Gregg, Casey Reams, Marah Barnhart, Bridget Pedmo, Logan Smeal, Carleigh Dixon, Justice Miller.

Newcomers: Senior–Shyann Droll. Freshmen–Emily Schaefer, Tiffany Vanish.

Strengths: “This group of girls is very hardworking. They ask what they can improve on at home and put in 110 percent effort at practice. They want to be better. Their attitude and work ethic proves this.”

Concerns: “We have some talented sophomores. But, without a junior high proram, they are inexperienced. Even with the seniors, they only have three years under their belt, which makes it tough competing against teams with six-plus years.”

Overall outlook: “I feel confident that we will have a positive season. The players are determined to have a better season than last year and are working hard.”

Assistant coach: Samantha Herto

Northern Bedford

Coach: Terisha Mitchell, second season

Career record: 5-11

Conference: Bedford County and Sideling Hill Leagues

Last year’s record: 5-11

Returning starters: Seniors–Mara Laird, Shyann Zelanko, Cameron Pressel. Junior–Madison Johnson.

Other returnees: Seniors–Ally Ritchey, Shay Resy, Krysta Kennedy. Juniors–Abby Zelanko, Veronica Griffith.

Newcomers: Junior–Raeanna Saulis. Sophomores–Cammie Baer, Lily Lemin, Makayla Kochara. Freshmen–Addie Sipes, Jenna Carberry.

Strengths: “I believe we have a strong group of girls back this year with some talented hitters and two setters that are pretty versatile. They can play as a hitter and setter and that’s not something everyone is blessed with. Our quickness is a plus as well. We are being led by a senior-laden team and I think that is key.”

Concerns: “Keeping everyone healthy.”

Overall outlook: “I think you are going to see a different volleyball team this season then wha you saw last season. Our girls are upbeat and ready for the season to get underway. We are truly blessed with some talent in many different positions. We have some team goals for the season and those goals are not untouchable. Win one game at a time and come out with a .500 record and hopefully get into the playoffs after just missing them by one game last season.”

Assistant coach: Stacy Pressel

Junior high coaches: Briana Hart, Shalonne Sipes

Northern Cambria

Coach: Mike Hogan

Conference: Heritage

Last year’s record: 22-1, HC 16-1

Returning starters: Seniors–Nicole Bearer. Sophomores–Maggie Hogan, Camryn Dumm.

Other returnees: Junior–Sydney Sheredy.

Newcomers: Seniors–Kaitlyn Kudlawiec. Juniors –Jenna Lutch, Autumn Donatelli, Rayna Buza, Brooke Lieb, Zoey Novella, Karlie Kirsch. Sophomores–Emma Kollar, Regan Sheredy, Kayla Boring. Freshmen–Jensen Wiewiora, Loren Donatelli, Ella Dobransky, Rachel Lieb, Jessica Krug.

Strengths: “Northern has a great mix of solid returning players from last year, and an exciting bunch of newcomers for ths year. It’s an exciting, passionate group of kids that will work extremely hard to put a competitive team on the floor.”

Concerns: “Staying healthy is always a concern. Several of our newcomers must make the transition from JV to varsity. Once they do that, we will have a very solid group. Wha we lack in overall team size we will need to overcome with floor speed and execution. If we control first contact, we will have lots of opportunities to win matches.”

Overall outlook: “Very good. We are coming off Heritage and District 6 titles with several experienced players returning. Although our seniors will bem issed, it’s time for the next group of athletes to step it up and show they are of championship caliber.”

Assistant coaches: Jen Dumm.

Junior high coaches: Ashley Miller, Lydia Farabaugh

Penn Cambria

Coach: Leah Montgomery, 20th season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 10-8; LHAC 8-8

Returning starters: Seniors–Macy Sral, Mia McCarthy, Laken Guzic, Makalyn Clapper.

Other returnees: Seniors–Lexi Eckenrode, Kylie Quinn. Juniors–Sarah Moreland, Bella Pettenati, Alli Guzic, Hannah Fitzsimmons. Sophomores–Chloe Guzic, Maddie Laret, Ella Digruilles, Liv Papi, Nevaeh Pastorelli, Lizzy Slovikosky, Joscelin Davison, Kayla Driskel, Catrina Crynock, Amber Moschat.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Isabella Borlie. Freshmen–Kierra Nadolsky, Marissa Conley, Emily Clossin, Daijah Lilly.

Strengths: “A good group of girls that want to play and learn.”

Concerns: “Leadership. Injuries.”

Overall outlook: “If we stay injury free and drama free, and considering their desire to learn, we should improve each week and hopefully improve our record from last year.”

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Dave Eckburg, ninth season

Career record: 195-62

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 24-7, ML 9-5

Returning starters: Seniors–Jadyn Eckberg, Rachel Simpson, Kameryn Harris. Juniors–Kyleigh Kennedy.

Other returnees: Juniors–Kylie Adams, Mandy Romano, Adria Lewis, Kait Miller, Madeline Sparks, Lydia Dixon. Sophomores–Jodan McDonald, Jordyn Williamson, Cece Hite, Lexy Dyke.

Freshmen: Kalista Butler, Isabella Curtorillo, Olivia Curtorillo, London Cutler, Rylee Harris, Paige Jarrett, Janey Johnson, Abby Lumadue, Jayden Perks, Karissa Taylor, Josie Tekely.

Strengths: “We have three experienced seniors who we hope will lead the team this year. We also have the largest roster of players that we have had in some time. That will provide us depth and keep practices competitive.”

Concerns: “We traditionally struggle with having enough height to be a consistent presence at the net. We lost four of our five top passers statistically from last year’s team; so we have to find players to fill that void. The same is true for serving.”

Overall outlook: “Our first goal is to find a team identity. With the blend of players we have, it will be important for us to find out who we are. If we can accomplish that, and keep team goals at the forefront, we should be competitive night in and night out.”

Assistant coaches: Chelsey Markel.

Junior high coaches: Amanda Lumadue

Portage

Coach: Lauren Cordwell, second season

Career record: 7-12

League: WestPAC

Last year’s record: 7-12

Returning starters: Seniors–Summer Viscusi, Isabella Strosnider, Olivia Kissell. Juniors–Caitlyn Papcun, Rhianna Benton.

Other returnees: Seniors–Kaylee Koval, Hailey Krisko, Sierra Crum, Jenna Teno, Isabella Nagy. Juniors–Emma Kissell, Mackenzie Werfel, Lakin Phillips. Sophomores–Kayley Sossong, Kylie Burger.

Newcomers: Senior–Alexia Miller. Sophomores–Megan Semanchik, Justice Giordano. Freshmen–Syndi Sossong, Karli Karalfa, Julia Papcun, Sydney Leturgey.

Strengths: “Solid group of returning starters who have the experience of playing together. Senior-led team who has the determination to be successful.”

Concerns: “Being able to bounce back and push through when behind.”

Overall outlook: “This year looks to be a great year for the team. They have been working hard all preseason to make this a successful year and make the push for the playoffs.”

Assistant coach: Brenna Wright.

Junior high coaches: Tyler Johnson, Kayla Fisher

Tyrone

Coach: Mike Kraft, fifth season

Career record: 22-49

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 9-11

Returning starters: Seniors–Kylee Gooding. Juniors–Ebonee Rice, Brianna Foy. Sophomores–Mattie Cherry, Courtney Williams, Hannah Long.

Other returnees: Juniors–Alexis Umholtz, Logan Johnston. Sophomores–Miranda Goodman, Haven McKinley, Anna-Lynn Fryer, Makenna Bauer.

Newcomers: Juniors–Kaela Smith. Freshmen–Holly Long, Maecy Tuskovich, Carlee Fry, Madison Beamer.

Strengths: “We will return most of our varsity players from last year. Many of our kids have put in some great work in the off-season, and as a result, we have a team with a much higher volleyball IQ. This group is passionate, competitive and hard-working. Their confidence in themselves and each other are way higher this year than in past years.”

Concerns: “Lack of experience in big games could be a challenge initially for us. I foresee us to have more of a target on our backs as we have built a more competitive program. Learning to play with that type of feeling can be new for a lot of these girls who are still very young. We need some big wins early to move us forward.”

Overall outlook: “Very positive. These kids have been working hard since the season ended last year. They got a taste of what playoff volleyball is like last year, and they want to improve themselves this year. That hunger, drive and passion is exciting and contagious, which should be instilled in our players as we enter the preseason.”

Assistant coaches: Bob Oberheim, Alesha Weaver, Grace Redman, Olivia Meyer.

Junior high coaches: Alesha Weaver, Grace Redman, Olivia Meyer

Williamsburg

Coach: Ashley Bem, second season

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: Not reported

Returning starters: Makayla Kipe, Hailee Jones, Emily Smith, Caitlyn Kensinger, Morgan Clouser, Paige Gunnett

Other returnees: Zoie Litzinger

Newcomers: Hope Cober, Ericka Loose, Marissa Harclerode

Strengths: “Each of the girls work on improving each other, which in turn makes them stronger as a team.”

Concerns: “Working better with communication on and off the court.”

Overall outlook: “I think this year will be a whole new start. With having a year under our belts as a team, we are now understanding each other and moving toward the goal together, rather than individually. We want to work together and build each other up.”

Assistant coach: Marina Brubaker

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