New Riegel has continued its winning ways in volleyball since Cindy Walerius moved into the head girls basketball coaching spot and handed the volleyball keys to her son, Drew Cardwell.
Cardwell’s Blue Jackets took a leap from 12-11 in his first year to 16-9 last season, when they reached the district final before running into eventual champion Arlington.
Now, with defending champion Old Fort having been hit hard by graduation, New Riegel could very well make a run at the Sandusky River League River Division title with a crew of nine returning letterwinners. Among the three seniors are third-team all-Ohio hitter Brianna Gillig and all-SBC setter Lindsay Bouillon.
Hopewell-Loudon also advanced to Division IV district play, and the Chieftains’ list of eight returning letterwinners includes all-around standout Jacque Burns and formidable hitter Kenadee Siebenaller.
Also in the Blanchard Valley Conference, coach Mark Bunn has just two returnees back at Van Buren, but he may have the Black Knights back on a winning path after they fashioned a 12-11 record mark.
Another BVC school, Arcadia, has a strong junior class with hitters Tori Green and Emma Saltzman and libero Sydney Ramsey. And at Vanlue, senior Amanda Clymer will lead a group of Wildcats looking to improve on last year’s records of 2-20 overall and 0-11 in the BVC.
In the Northern Buckeye Conference Elmwood senior Zoe Shank will get some help at the net with the additions of classmates Peighton Troike and Taiah Douglas, who formerly played at now-closed St. Wendelin.
No information was available for Old Fort and Lakota.
HEAD COACH: Jacquie Ramsey (7th year, 90-55).
2016 RECORD: 11-12 overall, 4-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Tori Green, jr., MH; Sydney Ramsey, jr., L; Samantha Watkins, jr., OH; Emma Saltzman, sr., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Caity Cramer, soph., S; Lyndee Ward, fr., OH.
NOTABLE: Arcadia improved its season and conference record last season. Five key letterwinners are gone, though, so the Redskins will rely on a quartet of returnees, including Ramsey, the school record-holder for digs in a season and a match.
HEAD COACH: Penny Rayle (7th year).
2016 RECORD: 12-11 overall, 8-6 Northern Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zoe Shank, sr., MH; Jill Hannah, jr., UT; Elisabeth Hall, jr., OH; Anna Veryser, jr., OH; Taiah Douglas, sr., MH; Peighton Troike, sr., OH; Maddie Schroeder, soph., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Maddie Mossbarger, soph., OH; Neveah Vanmeter, soph., DS; Kayla Minich, soph., OH; Madison Hoiles, fr., DS; Courtney Clark, fr., MH.
NOTABLE: The Royals got a boost by the transfers of three letterwinners from area schools. Troike and Douglas lettered last season at now-closed St. Wendelin, and Schroeder was the setter for Bowling Green Christian Academy.
HEAD COACH: Carrie Weaver (3rd year, 25-24).
2016 RECORD: 17-8 overall, 6-5 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Alex Falter, sr., DS; Hailey Coppus, sr., S; Kenadee Siebenaller, sr., MH; Jessie Kreais, sr., RS/OH; Jacque Burns, sr., OH/RS; Chelsey Depinet, jr., DS; Kasey Livesay, soph., RS/DS; Peyton Hoover, soph., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Olivia Savidge, fr., MH.
NOTABLE: With eight returning letterwinners, Hopewell-Loudon will be looking to build on last year’s 17-win season. Senior Jacque Burns earned honorable mention all-BVC honors in 2016.
HEAD COACH: Drew Cardwell (3rd year, 28-20).
2016 RECORD: 16-9 overall, 9-3 Sandusky Bay Conference River Division.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brianna Gillig, sr., OH; Lindsay Bouillon, sr. S; Lauren Theis, sr., DS; Christen Hohman, jr., L; Emily Peters, sr., OH; Madalyn Reinhart, jr., DS; Kaitlyn Kirian, soph., MH; Julia Reinhart, soph., MH; Brooklyn Gillig, soph., DS.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jordan Hohman, fr., MH.
NOTABLE: Look for the Blue Jackets to challenge for the SBC River Division title. Gillig is a third-team all-Ohioan returnee. Bouillon and Hohman also gained all-SBC honors.
HEAD COACH: Mark Bunn (2nd year, 12-11).
2016 RECORD: 12-11 overall, 4-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lydia Reineke, sr., OH; Lindsey Shaw, soph., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Mackenzie Saltzman, jr.; Emma Reineke, soph.; Sydney Leeper, jr.; Sarah Dishong, sr.; Jessica Rinehart, jr.
NOTABLE: In his first season in his second stint as head coach, Bunn got the Black Knights above the .500 mark. Shaw returns after earning honorable mention all-BVC recognition as a freshman.
HEAD COACH: Zack Bame (2nd year, 2-20).
2016 RECORD: 2-20 overall, 0-11 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Amanda Clymer, sr., MH/MB; Bethany Smith, jr., OH; Maliah Snook, soph., MH/MB; Emma Biller, soph., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Madi Yeater, sr., L/DS; Sara Gregory, sr., MB; Lydia Czarnecki, sr., DS; Lauren Kin, soph., OH; Audrey Phillips, fr., S; Emma Franks, fr., MH/MB/OH.
NOTABLE: Nowhere to go for the Wildcats but up after going winless in the BVC a year ago. Second-team all-BVC selection Clymer registered 154 kills, 108 blocks and 27 aces to lead the team last season.
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