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Ready to repeat: Lady Colts return starting lineup from last year’s championship team

Mirror file photo Maggie Hogan (6) returns for Northern Cambria this fall.

How do you top a PIAA Class 1A state championship? If you don’t know, then you might want to follow the Northern Cambria girls volleyball team because that is what they are trying to do this fall.

Coach Mike Hogan believes he has enough back in the form of Camryn Dumm, Rayna Buzza and Maggie Hogan to do just that. The fact that the Lady Colts return their entire starting lineup helps, too.

Area teams who were hit hard by graduation include Bishop Guilfoyle, Hollidaysburg, Central Cambria and state semifinalist Bishop Carroll. Also not back this year, long-time Altoona coach Karan Price, who retired after nearly 40 years at the helm. She is being replaced by John Saboe, the boys coach at Altoona. The Lady Lions do have Ireland McClellan back, who is a PVCA District 6 two-time all-star.

Altoona

Coach: John Saboe, first season

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Independent

Last year’s record: 7-8

Returning starters: Senior–Ireland McClellan. Junior–Julia Savino.

Other returnees: Juniors–Rylee Albright, Anna Batrus, Kassie Clawson, Andrea Kiser, Jaylyn Long, MiJa’Nae White, Rylee Wolfe. Sophomores–Jadeyn Price, Evy Stroup, Macy Yost.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Gretta Moyer, Kaylee Smith, Arize Counsemen, Emma Clouser, Brooke Davis, Peyton Daniel, Brooke Hann, Keira Mayhue, Niya Perez, Kyah Shraff, Nyelah Strobel, Julia Veneziano.

Strengths: “We have a solid core of athletic, versatile and competitive players. Offensively, we feel we have a young group that has a ton of potential to develop into the go-to hitters that we need.”

Concerns: “We return only two 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: “As always, we have a demanding schedule that will push us to grow up quickly. And, once again, our team has set very high goals for themselves. Provided that we have solid leadership, focused discipline and attention to detail, we feel confident that our team will be battled-tested, exciting to watch and a definite contender for the District 6 4A title by the end of the season.”

Assistant coaches: Mitchell Snyder, Chris Perino, Makenzie Negri, John Albright, Karan Price, Dave Swartz.

Bedford

Coach: Stacy Imler, second season

Career record: 1-19

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 1-19

Returning starters: Seniors–Jocelyn Black, Hannah Lafferty, Jessica Tracy. Juniors–Racquel Imler.

Other returnees: Junior–Larissa Cooper. Sophomores–Emma Harclerode, Natalie Lippincott, Riley Stahlman, Brianna Woodring. Sophomore–Riley Stayer.

Newcomers: Junior–Abby Bagley. Sophomore–Riley Ruffley.

Strengths: “Extremely hard-working team. Strong servers.”

Concerns: “Height. Keeping everyone injury-free and healthy. Continuing to work as a team, staying positive and keeping a competitive edge.”

Overall outlook: “They have been playing together non-stop since last season and are meshing well. We will need to stay consistent and tough, while playing in a strong and competitive conference.”

Assistant coaches: Jennifer Lafferty, Caitlyn Welty

Junior high coaches: Karah Wertz, Julie Wertz

Bellwood-Antis

Coach: Annette Wilkins, 11th season

Career record: 150-43

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 15-4

Returning starters: Seniors–Karlie Feathers, Sakeria Haralson, Bella Kies, Sydney Lechner.

Other returnees: Juniors–Maria Cuevas, Malia Danish, Dakota Woomer, Sicily Yingling, Rebecca Burns. Sophomore–Abby Watters.

Newcomers: Sophomore–Willow Conrad. Freshmen–Brielle Campbell, Alexis Lovrich, Hailee McConnell, Ava Miller, Rylee Poorman, Hailey Simon, Ashlyn Snyder, Kaylee Snyder, Lydia Worthing

Strengths: “We have a good core returning that have played well together.”

Concerns: “We have a lot of incoming freshmen who we are trying to work in.”

Overall outlook: “It should be an interesting season.”

Assistant coach: Heather Quick

Junior high coach: Brandon Frazeur, Mariah Gallice

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Katie Wyland, fourth season

Career record: 58-16

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 23-3

Returning starters: Seniors–Mara Yahner, Sara Muriceak.

Other returnees: Senior–Mia Wyland. Juniors–Ellie Long, Taylor Wahl, Madalyn Gottshall.

Newcomers: Juniors–Madita Dieseler. Sophomores–Makaylah Koscho, Emma Becquet, Tia Bradley, Kallie Gailey, Shy Burger. Freshman–Madison Ostinowsy, Katie Ludwig, Cami Myers.

Strengths: “They all have great attitudes and respect each other. They are working hard this offseason to become better. We have strong leadership this year, girls are not afraid to step up and take over.”

Concerns: “We have a very young team with very little experience. They have grown a lot over the offseason but I need some of the young players to step up and take on the responsibility.”

Overall outlook: “I want this team to have fun and enjoy the season. If we can do that, we will a successful season. I would like to make district playoffs to give the younger girls the experience.”

Assistant coaches: Janelle Gueguen

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Bob Kasun, 15th season

Career record: 198-105

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 15-6

Returning starters: Juniors–Lyzee Wilson, Teresa Haigh.

Other returnees: Seniors–Emily Kasun, Lexi Kilmartin, Emily Murgas, Alyssa Erndl. Junior–Jaedyn Montler. Sophomores–Abby Yahner, Erin Yahner, Amelia Partner, Raven Criscitello, Caitlyn McConnell.

Newcomers: Freshmen–LeAnna Biddle, Riley Brennan, Grace Broadrick, Maddie Myers, Lia Simanski.

Strengths: “This team has great chemistry and is a hard-working, coachable group. We have some players who have waited their turn for an opportunity, and they are anxious to display their talents.”

Concerns: “Our lineup will feature a lot of new starters, but the LHAC and our non-league schedule will help us be battle-tested by the District 6 playoffs.”

Overall outlook: “This team has great potential to be a strong contender in District 6. This team blends talent with team chemistry and players who are hungry to succeed.”

Assistant coaches: Gary Evangelisto, Rachel Potopa, Niki Gioiosa

Junior high coaches: Rachel Potopa, Nicole Kiser

Cambria Heights

Coach: Doug Farabaugh, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 11-9

Returning starters: Seniors–Emily Hener, Nikki McCombie, Bella Stanko. Sophomore–Shaylee Packard.

Other returnees: Seniors–Brenna Packard, Emily Hayes. Junior–Delia Morchesky. Sophomore–Kendall Conrad.

Newcomers: Juniors–Amber Farabaugh, Julie Westrick, Jenna Baker, Lakin Forst, Skylar Kovac, Alyssa Sowers. Sophomores–Kadence Della Valle, Grace Jasper, Morgan Link, Carly Mezzello, Courtney Venesky

Strengths: “We worked hard this offseason to increase our skill level and to learn to come back from mistakes. Emily Henry and Nikki McCombie will lead the team. We have two solid defensive players in Amber Farabaugh and Bella Stanko to run the back row. We feel physically ready to play long rallies and hope to outlast teams to win points.”

Concerns: “Replacing two starting outside hitters from last year. One of our goals this season is to serve more aggressively. We know that when serving more aggressively, we’re going to have misses and we’ll have to play hard to make up for them.”

Overall outlook: “We want to continue to challenge ourselves to play at a high level. We’re continuing to come together as a team. Playing in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference provides us with tough competition night in and night out. We want to be competing for one of the top spots in the conference and to make it back to the (Class 2A) playoffs.”

Assistant coaches: Cindy Farabaugh, Nancy Hayes, Eric Sowers, Mike Poole

Central

Coach: Brad Heuston, first season

Career record: 0-0

Last year: 8-11

Conference: Mountain League

Returning starters: Seniors–Lainie Heuston, Erin Brumbaugh, Jenna Carder, Hannah Lingenfelter. Juniors–Brinley Bowers, Kiera Berkheimer.

Other returnees: Juniors–Abbie Kitt, Annie Kitt, McKenzie Saylor, Eliana Eicher, Chayla Corley, Kirsten White. Sophomore–Haylie Mingle.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Brooke Claar, Faith Brumbaugh, Addie Smith, Aubree Berkheimer, Sydney Mahoney, Jenna Haney. Freshmen–Kirsten Ayers, Maya Hazenstab, Alex Klotz.

Strengths: “Great work ethic. We had a lot of players put in time during the offseason, and a desire to get better.”

Concerns: “We are not a tall team. We play in a very difficult league with a lot of great teams, and our early-season schedule is very difficult;”

Outlook: “Our goal is to make the playoffs. We haven’t made the playoffs since 2016. We want to win at least 50 percent of our league games.”

Assistant coach: Ken Streilein

Junior high coaches: Brianna Cunningham, Becky Bianconi

Central Cambria

Coach: Jason Layman, third season

Career record: 35-8

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 19-4

Returning starters: Seniors–Liz Bopp, Cass Bezek, Maggie Kudlawiec.

Other returnees: Seniors–Julia Mobley, Taylor Hritz, Kiersten Szpala. Juniors–Emma Pileski, Eden Shirk. Sophomores–Jordyn Burkett, Alyssa Link, Deanne Long.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Anna Benko, Leah Burggraf, Casey Buynack, Hayley Evans, Madison Kim, Kate Kudlawiec, Hannah Ray, Gabby Shirk. Freshmen–Erika Burket, Kami Kamzik, Allie Malay.

Strengths: “Blocking and defense will be our two main weapons this year. We are big in the middle, and expect a lot of blocking out of our middies. Also, our setter and opposite have nice height, and I expect a lot of good blocks from them as well. Our libero and defensive specialists are quick to every ball, and do not let much hit the floor. Their scrappy play on the court will allow our offense to open up the defenders and score some points.”

Concern: “Serving is one area that we need to work on. Not only serving tough, but effectively. We need to ensure we are keying on the correct receiver and placing our serves between players, not right at them. With a tough serve, we need to ensure we are not missing serves and need to maintain a high team serving percentage.”

Overall outlook: “I look for us to be in postseason play again this year, and if we continue to grow throughout the season, I see us making another run at an LHAC championship and at districts. Our goal every year is to qualify for postseason play and start fresh once the regular season has ended. Once we get to that point, anything can happen.”

Assistant coaches: Kevin Ickes, Abbie Young

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Tina Domonkos, first season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 15-13

Returning starters: Seniors–Alexis Allison, Lydia Martin. Juniors–Alaina Lafferty, Matti McMillen. Sophomores–Chelsea Harr, Chandra Sell, Riley Frankenberry, Zoie Dunlap.

Other returnees: Juniors–Lauryn Calhoun, Hannah Davis. Sophomores–Haylee Fischer.

Newcomers: Seniors–Charlotte Brimbeuf. Sophomores–Rhianna Dunn, Ryley Ansell, Jaylyn Jezeski, Kaitlyn Herman. Freshmen–Leah Winegardner, Belle Bosch.

Strengths: “(We) always play well as a team. They have an ability to always lift each other up both on and off the court. They are coachable and their love for the game is absolutely inspiring to see and be a part of. This team has a strong foundation, thanks to their former coach (Wendy) Miller.”

Concerns: “The transition taking place as both (assistant coach) Sam (Corbin) and I are new coaches to the team. As with anything, change is always challenging but I think with time, everything will work itself out for the better.”

Overall outlook: “I strongly feel that, if we can work on staying focused and out of our heads and build our confidence, this team has an amazing amount of potential to be a great team. They are extremely athletic and enthusiastic about volleyball. Their determination and drive is amazing. We are looking forward to seeing their growth this season and how they adjust and transform as athletes.”

Assistant coaches: Samantha Corbin, Jeff Corbin

Junior high coaches: Rex Whetstone, Alexis Whetstone

Claysburg-Kimmel

Coach: Julie Cavender, first season

Career record: 0-0

League: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 15-5

Returning starters: Seniors–Megan Hartman, Jocelyn Shultz.

Other returnees: Seniors–Mackenzie Clemens, Christina Hunter, Gabby McGeary. Juniors–Harleigh Cavender, Madison Frye, Logan Mock, Haileigh Reed, Janea Dodson, Layla Helsel, Michele Imler. Sophomores–Bekah Claar, Bailey Garver.

Newcomers: Senior–Brielle Gergely, Allison Walter. Junior–Kalei Carson.

Strengths: “Strong group of returning letterwinners and depth at all positions.”

Concerns: “Staying healthy the entire season.”

Overall outlook: “Great group of athletic girls that have fun while they are out on the court.”

Assistant coach: Tony Cavender

Junior high coaches: “Kayla Musselman, Emily Weyandt

Everett

Coach: Sue Conner, 32nd season

Career record: 480-284

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 11-11 overall, 10-7 in ICC

Returning starters: Juniors–Aly Daley, Annie Nave. Sophomores–Brooklyn Beegle, Ashlyn Hicks, Ella Hinish.

Other returnees: Seniors–Kassidy Clark, Lindsey Foor. Juniors–Anastasia Hauze, Dayle Sphon, Anna Belle Stover. Sophomore–Lainie Treece.

Newcomers: Junior–Lydia Dupont. Sophomores–Hailey Burchfield, Kaitlyn Maliszewski, Liah Ramsey. Freshmen–Braelin Downs, Danae Mobus, McKenna Richards, Saige Williams.

Strengths: We have five of the six starters back from last season, plus club ball experience for half of the starters. They work well as a team. They’re cohesive.”

Concerns: “We only have two setters on JV and varsity combined. We want to work on playing to the level we’re capable of for most of the games.”

Overall outlook: “I love our energy on the court when we get going. I want them to become more mentally tough and not give up when things get rough. We are looking for great leadership from several people. I would love to do better than .500 with the experience we have coming back.”

Assistant coaches: Samantha Conner, Heather Cornell, Carrie Hinish

Junior high coaches: Joann Droz, Caitlyn Collins

Glendale

Coach: Brenda Hewitt, third season

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors–Olivia Spanik, Katianne Rydbom. Junior–Olivia Reese. Sophomores–Kyla Campbell, Hanna Noel.

Other returnees: Senior–Karly Grimes. Juniors–Carlie Cann, Sam Cherry. Sophomore–Bailee Wimberly.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Riley Best, Jocelyn Mooney, Alyssa Sinclair.

Strengths: “We have a lot of experience returning and great leadership among the girls.”

Concerns: None

Overall outlook: “I look for good things from this group. They have the drive to work and push each other to be better. I’m looking to advance in the playoffs this year.”

Assistant coach: Alyse Croll.

Junior high coaches: James Haney, Shannon Dudurich

Hollidaysburg

Coach: Dean Grenfell, first season

Conference: Independent

Returning players: Seniors–Allison Barton, Reagan Ferguson, Morgan O’Neill, Izzy George, Sydney McGinnis, Lauren Simpson.

Newcomers: Seniors–Briaona Boykin, Mia LeCrone, Erica Streily. Juniors–Rylee Lear, Emma McCall. Sophomores–Joelle DeLattre, Bridgett Everett, Sydney Keagy, Lexi Woodring.

Strengths: “Senior leadership, consistency and energy.”

Concerns: “Coach lacking knowledge of opponents.”

Overall outlook: “We look to have a strong season using our energy and passion for playing with each other to lead us to success.”

Assistant coaches: Ted Bloom, Brandon Stitt

Junior high coach: Amber Wiley

Juniata Valley

Coach: Mary Reed, 15th season

Conference: Inter-County Conference

Last year’s record: 11-7

Returning starters: Seniors–Hayden Taylor, Madison Beasom, Madison Dick, Lexie Reed, April Boss, Morial Hall. Juniors–Emma Musser, Olivia Smith, Maya Hall.

Other returnees: Senior–Brookie Boonie. Juniors–Samantha Robinson, Gretchen Payne. Sophomores–Addison Beatty, Emma Zinobile, Avery Taylor, Kaitlyn Franks, Mackenzie Houck, Jordan Medina

Newcomers: Freshmen–Katie Payne, Skye Robinson, Adalyn Brower.

Strengths: “This year we are fortunate to return the majority of our starting team from last season, making it easy to pick up where we left off. Strong leadership from our seniors and experience from our juniors. We are looking toward an exciting year.”

Concerns: “Always trying to keep everyone healthy.”

Overall outlook: “Let’s get this party started! This group is hungry and ready to play. We coaches are excited to see what they will accomplish. Always looking forward to a winning season and another trip to the district playoffs.”

Moshannon Valley

Coach: Bob Lewis, first season

Career record: 0-0

Conference: Inter-County Conference: Moshannon Valley League

Last year’s record: 6-14

Returning starters: Junior–Tori Gregg

Other returnees: Juniors–Casey Ream, Kalie Fleck, Alyssa Anderson.

Newcomers: Seniors–Jacey Williams, Abby Sage, Bryanna Anderson. Juniors–Carleigh Dixon, Justice Miller, Bridget Pedmo. Sophomores–Emily Schaefer, Melena Templeton, Tiffany Vanish.

Strengths: “This team is very competitive, talented, hard-working and knowledgeable of the game. Each player gives 100 percent during practice and they push each other to improve day in and day out. There is also plenty of depth at each position.”

Concerns: “Lack of experience at the varsity level”

Overall outlook: “I am extremely excited and optimistic for the upcoming season. The players and coaches within the program have set goals of achieving a winning season, winning our division in the ICC and qualifying for the District 6 playoffs.”

Assistant coach: Samantha Herto

Northern Bedford

Coach: Terisha Mitchell, third season

Conference: Inter-County

Last year’s record: 6-12

Returning starters: Senior–Madison Johnson

Other returnees: Seniors–Veronica Griffith, Abby Zelanko, Raeanna Shaulis. Juniors–Lily Lemin, Makayla Kochara.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Riley Cottle, Kaili Long, Becca Shriver, Alexandra Griffith, Maddie Walker, Lauren Over, Alayna Bowser, Jaida Pensyl, Lydia Byler, Jenna Carberry, Addie Sipes, Lindsey Koontz.

Strengths: “Versatility.”

Concerns: “Staying healthy and some inexperience.”

Overall outlook: “We have some inexperience this season but we are optimistic. We have a good group of girls that have been working hard at practice and are upbeat and ready for the season to get underway. So, we are looking for them to carry their hard work over into the regular season.”

Assistant coach: Shalonne Sipes.

Junior high coaches: Briana Hart, Hannah Miller

Northern Cambria

Coach: Mike Hogan, 29th season

Conference: Heritage

Last year’s record: 21-2 overall; 13-1 in HC

Returning starters: Seniors–Autumn Donatelli, Brooke Lieb, Rayna Buza, Jenna Lutch. Juniors–Camryn Dumm, Maggie Hogan.

Other returnees: Seniors–Zoe Novella. Juniors–Emma Kolar, Kayla Boring. Sophomores–Ella Dobransky, Rachel Lieb, Jessia Krug.

Newcomers: Sophomores–Jensen Wiewiora, Loren Donatelli. Freshmen–Malyana Boring, Katelyn Feighner, Madison Hassen, Morgan Hassen, Arla Homady, Laci Lanzendorfer, Alivia McCracken, Kenzie Formeck.

Strengths: “Great mix of solid returning players and an exciting bunch of newcomers. An exciting, passionate group of kids that will work extremely hard to put a competitive team on the floor. What really separates this group from most other groups is their ability to perform their best in the biggest games.”

Concerns: “Staying healthy in high school sports is always a concern. Several of our newcomers must make the transition from JV to varsity. What we lack in overall team size we will need to overcome with floor speed and execution.”

Overall outlook: “I have one of the strongest groups of returning players that I have ever had the opportunity to work with. This group will bring experience, leadership, skill and determination back to NC as they attempt something that has never been done in school history and that is repeat as state champs.”

Assistant coach: Jen Dumm

Junior high coach: Kim McCracken

Penn Cambria

Coach: Leah Montgomery, 22nd season

Conference: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 14-6

Returning starters: Juniors–Maddi Laret, Chloe Guzic.

Other returnees: Seniors–Sarah Moreland, Allie Guzic, Hannah Fitzsimmons, Bella Pettenati. Juniors–Ella Digruilles, Lizzy Slovikosky, Joscelin Davison, Liv Papi, Nevaeh Pastorelli, Kayla Driskel, Amber Moschgat, Isabelle Borlie. Sophomores–Marissa Conley, Daijah Lilly, Kiera Nadolsky, Emily Clawson

Newcomers: Sophomore–Amiya Wilt. Freshmen–Lynlee Noonan, Kaylee Mento, Georgia Borlie

Overall outlook: “We are a young team looking for leadership, confidence and to stay healthy. We have been working hard and hopefully we will continue to grow throughout the year.”

Philipsburg-Osceola

Coach: Dave Eckberg, 10th season

Career record: 215-76

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 20-14

Returning starters: Seniors–Adria Lewis, Mandy Romano, Kyleigh Kennedy. Juniors–Jordyn Williamson, Jordan McDonald, Cece Hite. Sophomores–London Cutler, Paige Jarrett, Kalista Butler.

Other returnees: Sophomores–Janey Johnson, Abby Lumadue, Rylee Harris, Olivia Curtorillo, Isabella Curtorillo, Josie Tekely, Jayden Perks.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Jocey Williams, Mykenna Bryan, Starcia Baney, Harley Adams, Olivia Williamson, Emily Herr, Willow Phillips, Reagen Thorpe.

Strengths: “We have a deep varsity group which allows our practices to be more challenging. All of the players benefit from the increase in intensity.”

Concerns: “We need to strengthen our ball control and limit our unforced errors.”

Overall outlook: “We want to be competitive in all of our matches and tournaments and be playing our best volleyball at the end of October.”

Assistant coaches: Chelsey Markel.

Junior high coaches: Mandy Lumadue, Amber Geiswhite

Portage

Coach: Lauren Cordwell, third season

Career record: 16-23

Conference: West-PAC

Last year’s record: 9-11

Returning starters: Seniors–Rhianne Benton, Emma Kissell, Caitlyn Papcun

Other returnees: Seniors–Lakin Phillips, Mackenzie Werfel. Juniors–Kylie Berger, Kayley Sossong, Megan Semanchik. Sophomores–Julia Papcun, Syndi Sossong, Sydney Leturgey, Karli Karalfa.

Newcomers: Juniors–Samantha Adams, Shyenne Thompson. Freshmen–Lexi Slanoc, Keira Sossong, Bella Single

Strengths: “The girls are working hard and putting in the effort to make this a successful season.”

Concerns: “We lost nine seniors from last year’s team. We look to rebuild this year. The younger players are stepping up to fill those positions.”

Overall outlook: “We look to continue to build on the success of last year’s team. The goal is to play every game to the best of our abilities and get back to the playoffs.”

Assistant coach: Brenna Wright

Junior high coaches: Tyler Johnson, Kayla Fisher

Tussey Mountain

Coach: Jessica Snively, first season

League: Inter-County Conference

Returning starters: Seniors–Sophie Brumbaugh, Amelia Felty, Cara Defibaugh. Juniors–Meghan Molosky, Ashlyn Eltman. Sophomores–Kiersten Baker, Karly Schiffel.

Other returnees: Sophomores–Kelsey Miller, Rhiannon Fisher, Katelynn Treece, Paige Shauf, Faith Brown.

Newcomers: Freshmen–Brooke Horton, Jayclyn Seace, Makenzie Kline, Jordan Foor, Aireanna Bollman.

Strengths: “I believe we have a strong team. Many of the girls have been playing together since junior high and know each other very well. We have a very small team, but within that team, we have some experienced leaders. So far this year, the girls have displayed a positive attitude, and a desire to do well. They have worked well pulling each other up, and giving each other positive reinforcement. They are each other’s fans.”

Concerns: “Everyone has off nights. I have explained this to the girls over and over. I don’t want an off night to bring them down as a team.”

Overall outlook: “I foresee our team doing very well. As long as the girls realize that they can do it like they know they can, then I foresee a great season. I want them to believe in themselves like I believe in them.”

Assistant coach: Ashley Young

Junior high coaches: “Sandy Kay Rickabaugh, Kathy Angelo.

Tyrone

Coach: Mike Kraft, sixth season

Career record: 41-58

Conference: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 18-5

Returning starters: Seniors–Brianna Foy, Ebonee Rice. Juniors–Mattie Cherry, Courtney Williams, Makenna Bauer.

Other returnees: Senior–Alexis Umholtz. Juniors–Miranda Goodman, Anna-Lynn Fryer. Sophomores–Maecy Tuskovich, Holly Long, Carlee Fry.

Newcomers: Sophomore–Kaitlyn Houck. Freshmen–Reagan Irons, Piper Christine, Elaina Gehlman, Vivian Sciarillo, Hailey Houck, Gianna Maloney, Tasanee Hensley.

Strengths: “Only graduated one senior last year so a lot of consistency with the players returning. This is the most competitive group I’ve had heading into my sixth year at Tyrone. They earned the program’s first-ever playoff victory last season and are eager to continue building on the success of their last couple of years. We also have more depth than I’ve had before, which increases the level of competition in the practice gym.”

Concerns: “Injuries. We fell short last year with two untimely injuries, one occuring right at the end of the regular season heading into the playoffs”

Overall outlook: “Positive and confident. Last year we were still considered inferior to many teams we played. This year, the girls are playing with an edge that you can really only get from a great deal of high-level playing experience.”

Assistant coaches: Bob Oberheim, Alesha Weaver, Grace Redman, Mike Anthony

Junior high coaches: Alesha Weaver, Grace Redman, Mike Anthony

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