Lady Vikings looks for return to state


Miami County Cross Country Invitational at Milton-Union High School on October 3, 2015.


Rob Kiser/Call File Photo Danielle Mannier returns for the Miami East girls soccer team.


Colton Weldy, 19, controls the ball for the Vikings.


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CASSTOWN — Dan Peterson takes over as Miami East volleyball coach.

The Lady Vikings are coming off a 24-5 season, going 12-0 in the CCC and advancing to the D-III Final Four after winning sectional, district and regional titles.

Graduating off last year’s team were Emma Monnin, Lindsey Black, Kati Runner and Karson Mahoney.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Carly Gump, Taylor McCuiston, Reagan Morrett, Jillian Wesco, Alyssa Westgerdes and Sidney Pelfrey; and juniors Jonni Parker and Kydall Hellyer.

“The number one goal for the team is to make it back to state and finish it off this time,” Peterson said. “With a strong core of our Final Four team from last year returning that is a realistic goal and one that has been in our minds all through spring and summer training.”

Peterson expects the Lady Vikings to defend the league title.

Boys Cross Country

Alan Russell is back for his eighth season as coach.

The Vikings finished second to Newton in the CCC last year.

Graduating off that team were Ben Marlow, Brandon Mack and Hunter Sharp.

Returning letter winners include seniors Luke Mengos and Justin DeWeese; juniors Taton Bertsch and John Savini; and sophomores Eric Austerman, Keagan Carsey; Gavin Horne and Noah Shook.

Horne was a state qualifier last season as a freshman.

“I think this will be the best boys team Miami East has had in quite some time,” Russell said. “Last year, we were second place in the Cross Country Conference league meet and we narrowly missed earning a qualifying spot for the regional race (from the District race). We will look to improve on what we were able to accomplish last season.”

Russell hopes that will lead to a league title.

Girls Cross Country

Russell is also the girls coach.

The Lady Vikings are coming off a second-place finish in the CCC a year ago.

Returning letterwinners are seniors Marie Ewing and Lorenza Savini and junior Lindsey Yingst.

“The girl’s team had a tremendous season a year ago,” Russell said. “We placed second at the Cross County Conference league meet (to Covington). We will look to improving on that placement this season. The team also qualified for the state cross country race for the first time in school history last season. We will put together another successful season this year and earn more post-season qualifying berths.”

Russell hopes to continue to be one of the top teams in the CCC.

Boys Golf

Terry Henley returns as Miami East boys golf coach.

The Vikings have been very successful in his first three seasons, going 20-2 in the CCC last season.

Graduating off that team were Kley Karadak, Scot Kirby, Devyn Carson, Ryan Haney and Jeremy Clark.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Dylan Martinez and Walker Henley.

“Our goal is to win the league and advance to state,” Henley said. “We have a young, inexperienced team with six freshman, all of which have very little golf course play but our coachable.”

Henley hopes to do well in the CCC.

“I am not certain if many teams lost as many starters as we did,” Henley said. “But, I am an optimist and believe we can be in the top two with the right breaks and development of our inexperienced players.”

Girls Golf

Bruce Vanover returns as coach for a team that went 18-4 last year qualified for district.

“I know the squad will be young, bur not inexperienced,” Vanover said. “We should improve as the season goes on.”

Miami East lost Kiera Fellers, Megan Pettit and Megan Thompson to graduation a year ago.

Returning letterwinners are senior Maggie Bergman and junior Emily Rowley.

“After a season where we had a JV team for the first time, the numbers have settled back down to seven golfers,” Vanover said. “The exciting thing about this team, which will include three freshman, is all seven golfers are taking lessons and should get better as the season goes on.”

Vanovers will count on leadership from Bergman (3-year letterwinner and Rowley (2-year letterwinner) for leadership.

“The team is hoping to improve on their third place finish at sectionals and seventh place finish at district a year ago,” Vanover said. “This team would really like to qualify for district again. This would be a major achievement after what we lost to graduation.”

Vanover also hopes to defend the CCC title at the CCC tournament.

Boys Soccer

Adam Bell returns for his fifth season as coach.

The Vikings are coming off a 16-3-0 season.

Graduating off that team were Devyn Carson, Shelby Elifritz, Brad Jenkins, Grant McCalister and Ethan Remy.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Luke Mengos, Weston Hodge and Kyler Bradley; juniors Kaleb Elifritz, Dylan Hahn, Jackson Davis, Dalton Taynor and Colton Weldy; and sophomores Parker Heim, Wesley Southerly and Jakob Brunke.

“We want to continue to be a feared and a competitive program in Division 3 soccer,” Bell said.

The Vikings hope again to do very well in CCC play.

Girls Soccer

Longtime coach Emalie Carson is back for the Lady Vikings

The Lady Vikings were 10-5-2 overall last season and 5-0-1 in the CCC.

Graduating off that team were Emily Holicki, Steph Hammond, Autumn Taylor and Kelsey Kirchner.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Katie Bodenmiller, Sage Hunley, Emma Linn, Danielle Mannier and Brynne Snodgrass; juniors Haley Demmitt and Hailey Weaver; and sophomores Cerstin Gross, Whitley Gross, Grace McCalister, Maddie Miller, and Savannah Nehring.

“As always, our goal during the regular season is to win the league,” Carson said. “We also want to do well enough to put us in a good position for tournament seeding. We have a lot back from last year, but we’ve also made some drastic changes. The girls have responded well over the summer. Now it’s a matter of having everyone here and getting them used to one another.”

Carson has high expectations in the CCC.

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Miami County Cross Country Invitational at Milton-Union High School on October 3, 2015.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_lorenzasavini.jpgMiami County Cross Country Invitational at Milton-Union High School on October 3, 2015.

Rob Kiser/Call File Photo Danielle Mannier returns for the Miami East girls soccer team.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_daniellemannier2.jpgRob Kiser/Call File Photo Danielle Mannier returns for the Miami East girls soccer team.

Colton Weldy, 19, controls the ball for the Vikings.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_coltonweldy.jpgColton Weldy, 19, controls the ball for the Vikings.
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