Mike Albright returns as Newton volleyball coach.
The Lady Indians finished 13-10 overall last year and 7-5 in the CCC.
Graduating off that team was Aubrey Davis.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Allie Wise, Laura Burden and Macey Jamison; juniors Maddie Mollette and Kaitlyn Filburn and sophomore Katie Kauffman.
“We expect to improve on last year’s record,” Albright said. “We have the core of our team returning. We have strong outside hitting, but should be more balanced with our right side and middles. If passing allows, we will run a fast-paced offense.”
Albright expects to compete for a league title this season in the CCC.
Randall Jamison returns as coach.
The Indians were 5-5 overall last year, finished seventh in the CCC, were sectional runner-up and advanced to district.
Returning letterwinners include juniors Brock Jamison, Wade Ferrell and Donovan Osceola and sophomore Milan Bess.
“Having three returning juniors will be a great asset for our team,” Jamison said. “We will be trying to find the scoring fourth person. We look forward to seeing who will step up and that will be a big determining factor to our season’s success.
“With one second year sophomore and one first year sophomore, we will just have to see. We do have a freshman that has a great chance to fill that fourth spot. Overall we will have a little building year and our expectations are to be competitive and see where we land.”
Jamison hopes to be in the top five in the CCC
Brent Hodges returns for his 14th season as coach.
The Indians finished 8-9-3 last season and advanced to the sectional finals for the fourth straight season.
Graduating off last year’s team were Brandon Welbaum, Zane Clymer, Carmon Bass and Cody Alexander.
This year’s roster includes seniors Levi Armentrout, Jonny White and Dustin Coate; juniors Andrew Dilts, Treyton Lavy and Kyle Demido; sophomores Meslon Clymer, Jack Yoder, Austin Evans, Lukus Tebics, Kyle Maslowski, Nick Honeycutt, Seth Courtney, Nick Carlin and Rhett Gipe and freshman John Laughman, Josh Houk and Cody Durst.
“We have another challenging and exciting schedule for the year ahead,” Hodges said. “We finished third in the league last year and everything is looking positive for this season.
“Cross Country Conference play is always tough and we have some tough non-conference games against teams from last year, plus a few more games added this year to help us improve.
“I think the scrimmage games will give us a good early look at a teem full of talented players and then as we enter the season viewing at each and every game as an opportunity for success.”
PLEASANT HILL — Experience won’t be a problem at Newton this season.
“We should be very good this year, having 10 seniors,” Newton coach Jon White said. “Seven of the teams we face this year were ranked in the top 10 in the Miami Valley polls last year.”
At forward, the Indians return senior Trelissa Lavy and junior Erin Sweitzer. Lavy had 13 goals and seven assists last season, while Sweitzer had five goals and seven assists.
In the midfield, senior Madison Tebics returns after scoring five goals and recording three assists last season.
Defensively, Newton returns senior goalie Brittany Ross and senior defender Erica Cavender.
SIDNEY — Lehman lost nine seniors — along with head coach Tony Schroeder — off a team that went 17-2-1, captured a Division III district title and advanced to the regional championship game last year.
In the regional finals, Lehman lost 1-0 to a Hamilton Badin team that went on to win a state title.
“Our mindset is that we have unfinished business,” said new coach Jeremy Lorenzo, an assistant coach at Lehman last season. He was named All-Ohio Division III Assistant Coach of the Year last season. “We had a great senior class last year and a phenomenal season, but we have to look forward and continue to build off of the foundation that has been laid.”
The Cavaliers will be led by senior captains Ashley Keller, McKenna Guillozet and Elizabeth Edwards.
Keller, a striker, scored 26 goals last season. She’ll be joined up top by junior forward Sarah Fuller, a three-year starter. Sophomores Katie Edwards, Kaitrin O’Leary and Madison Cline — all letterwinners last season — also return.
Guillozet and Edwards will anchor the midfield for Lehman. Sophomore Elizabeth Pax and junior Emily Reinhart also will see time in the midfield for the Cavaliers.
On defense, sophomore Hannah Fogt saw plenty of playing time last year. She’ll be joined by sophomores Moriah Pauley and Lexi Caulfield and freshman Molly Safreed. Freshman Kelsey Weber will be replacing four-year starter Grace Frantz in goal.