Newton runners look for strong season

Rob Kiser/Call File Photo Ryan Mollette (front) returns for the Newton boys cross country team.

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

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PLEASANT HILL — Tiffany McBride returns as Newton boys cross country coach.

The Indians must replace All-Ohio runner Brady McBride.

“Sophomore Ryan Mollette will try to fill the void of Brady McBride, who was CCC, district and regional champ,” McBride said. “Ryan was fifth in the CCC in 16:46 which is impressive for a freshman. “

He will be joined by teammates of Newton’s regional qualifier from a year ago including junior Tristen Benedict and sophomore Charlie Walker.

Newcomers include freshman Curtis Shellenberger and Toby Hunt.

McBride is hopeful for a top four finish in the CCC.

Girls Cross Country

McBride is also the girls coach.

The Lady Indians will be led by junior Macy Flanary, who set a school record with a 19:35 time at the CCC meet to finish seventh.

“We expect Macy to better that place and time this year as she is a year stronger and a more mature runner,” McBride said. “Macy put in many miles this summer and comes into the season ahead of schedule. We are excited to see her progression.”

Junior Tatum McBride and Lexi Oburn

“Tatum should improve from her first season as a cross country runner last year,” McBride said. “She too has trained hard during the off season. Lexi Oburn returns from last season in which she suffered some injuries. After a good track season and a dedicated offseason, we expect Lexi to be very competitive in races and do well in the league meet at the end of the season.”

McBride is hopeful all three can finish in the top 15 in the CCC.

Boys Golf

Randall Jamison is back as coach after one of the most successful seasons in the Newton boys golf program history.

The Indians finished third at the CCC and advanced to the district tournament, while Brock Jamison advanced to the state tournament.

The Indians lost both Jamison and Wade Ferrell to graduation.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Milan Bess and Grant Bayer, junior Drew Thiesing and sophomores Nate Zielinski, Chet Jamison and Garrett Peters.

“This year will be a team building year,” Randall Jamison said. “Chet Jamison will try to follow in his big brother Brock’s shoes. Brock also was CCC Player of the Year as a junior and runnerup last season. Our goals will be to improve all year and finish strong.

“If we win 50 percent of our matches, it will be a great year. Our goals that we set are realistic and are set to be achieved.”

Jamison hopes to be competitive in the CCC again this year.

Boys Soccer

Longtime coach Brett Hodges returns after one of the most successful seasons in Newton boys soccer history.

The Indians went 13-4-2 overall, 3-2-1 in the CCC and one the team’s first ever sectional title, losing to top-ranked Greeneview in the district finals.

While Newton lost some top players like Treyton Lavy, Kyle Demido, Andrew Dilts, Bryan Delcamp and Kyle Maslowski, the Indians still have one of the top returning rosters in the league/district.

Senior goalie Nelson Clymer is back and brings a career 20 shutouts and 349 saves.

Senior Nick Honeycutt led the team from his striker position a yer ago with 32 goals and seven assists, while being named first team CCC and first team MVSSCA.

Also returning are the defensive backfield of seniors Austin Evans, Nick Carlin and Rhett Gipe and sophomore Britton Schauer, along with with a full supporting cast.

They include seniors Seth Courtney, Luke Tebics, Noah Williams and Jack Yoder; juniors Cody Durst, John Laughman and Josh Houk; sophomore Ricky Landwehr; and freshman Cameron Caldwell, Sam Hunsbarger, Seth Hunt, Dillon Knole, Kleyson Wehrley, Tristen Stewart, Cameron Stine, Will Yoder and Ethan Cook.

“With such talent returning our goals are high,” Hodges said. “If we can avoid injuries and chesitry comes together, we can be contenders not only for a district title, but a state run.”

Hodges expects the CCC to be very competitive, with Bethel, Franklin Monroe and Miami East all challening with Newton for the top spot.

Girls Soccer

Stan Fessler returns for his second season as coach.

The Lady Indians were 5-11-1 overall and 2-4 in the CCC last year.

Graduating off that team were Erin Sweitzer, Rylee Schauer and Alexsis Bryant.

Returning letterwinners include seniors Kassidi Alexander, Holly Bucholtz, Kaylee Kesler, Brittney Kobel, Anna Miller, Morgan Miller and Aliya Stine; juniors Marcy Alexander, Rachel Kirk, Paiton Miller, Layla Robbins and Haley Stine; and sophomores McKenna Demido, Michaela Kirk, Courtney Lucente and Morgan Robbins.

“We struggled last year trying to find the back of the goal,” Fessler said. “We were missing a key player due to ACL injury and some other individual nagging injuries that kept some of the players from playing at 100 percent of their capability. This year we are returning sevenseniors, five of which were starters last year, five juniors, three of which were starters and five sophomores, including one starter.

“We have a great group of eight freshmen and I expect two or three of those may be starters. As we integrate the new players into the team, I expect that we will have a much better season than last year. I hope to finish well above last years’ record and hope to advance several games in the post season.”

Fessler knows Miami East and Bethel will be strong, but hopes for a top two finish in the CCC.

Rob Kiser/Call File Photo Ryan Mollette (front) returns for the Newton boys cross country team. Kiser/Call File Photo Ryan Mollette (front) returns for the Newton boys cross country team.

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