Liana Michael takes over as Piqua volleyball coach after three years as JV coach/varsity assistant.
The Indians are coming off an 11-11 season last year and finished 3-2 in the GWOC North.
Graduating of that team were senior setter Cassidy Sullenberger, a four-year starter; outside hitter Kyla Blankenship and defensive specialist Erin Patrizio and Carly Brown.
Piqua returns a strong group, including senior outside hitter Ashley Brading; senior middle Ashley Ho; junior middle Haley Michael; junior outside hitter Mikayla Schaffner; junior defensive specialists Lauren Williams and Kelsey Magoteaux; and sophomore setter Macie Schaffner.
Ho had 95 kills and 63 blocks a year ago, to go with 12 aces and 55 digs; while Brading had 85 kills and seven blocks.
Michael added 40 kills and 13 blocks, while Mikayla Schaffner had 90 kills and 29 digs.
Magoteaux had 328 digs and seven aces, while Williams had 92 digs and 14 aces.
“Last year, we had a very young team,” Michael said. “This year we are stepping out on the court with experience. We are looking at a very talented and dynamic team this year that we are expecting big things from. Our team goal is to ‘put numbers on the wall’.
“In other words, it has been a long time since we have won a conference, sectional or even district title (2011) — it is time to do it.”
In the first year of the GWOC American North, Tippecanoe will replace Trotwood-Madison and there will be a double round-robin played, doubling the number of conference games.
“We are looking forward to the changes in the GWOC schedule and have been working hard in the off-season to compete and win,” Michael said. “My prediction is a win or tie in the GWOC (American) North (for Piqua). Playing Troy and Tipp twice will be difficult and may lead to a tie situation — we look forward to the challenge.”
Boys Cross Country
Kyle Bowman and Ryan King take over as coaches this season.
Bowman was a Division I runner at Kent State, while King has much experience in long distance running with marathons and ultra marathons.
The Indians finished fourth in the GWOC North last year.
Graduating off that team was Isaiah Garber.
The Indians will be led senior Andy Mayse, a two-time regional qualifier who is coming off advancing to the state meet in track in the 800 and 1,600, placing in th 1,600.
Other returning letterwinners include seniors Dante Kemp, Bradley McPherson and Ryan Reiss; and juniors Austin Harshman, Cameron Brown and Preston Schaeffer.
Girls Cross Country
Bowman and King will coach the girls team as well.
Piqua is coming off a fourth-place finish in the GWOC North.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Kenna Bell, Juliya Hsiang, Ainsleigh Spradlin, and Hannah Van Gorden; juniors Meredith Butt and Lily Stewart; and sophomores Liz Cox and Olivia Ames.
Andy Johnson takes over as Piqua boys golf coach.
Last season, Piqua was 5-7 overall and 2-2 in the GWOC American North.
Graduating off that team were Kyle Ingle and Derrick Gullett.
Returning letterwinners include Derek Jennings, Brennan Hicks, Aaron Davis, Jon Irvin, Kody Poling, Spencer Lavey
Coach’s Comments (Season’s Goals, Expectations):
“I expect our golfers to come out and give their best effort every time they step on the course,” Johnson said. “We have a lot of experience coming back, but we need to work on becoming more consistent. If they are willing to put the time and effort into their game, we should see a vast improvement in not only their scores, but also their confidence.
“My goals are to be competitive in every match we play in this year and have at least one golfer qualify for districts, but I also want them to enjoy playing golf and to want to keep playing golf even after the season is over.”
Piqua plays in the GWOC American North, with Tippecanoe replacing Trotwood-Madison.
Johnson hopes to challenge for one of the top spots.
Cathy Barhorst is back for her fourth season as coach.
The Lady Indians were 8-9 overall last year and 1-2 in the GWOC North.
Graduating off that team were Cassidy Craft (Urbana University) and Sarah Ganger (Grace College).
Returning letterwinners include seniors Anna Klopfenstein and Macy Pruitt; junior Korren Evans and sophomores Kelsey Bachman and Skylar Sloan.
“With 5 returning letter winners and with new golfers (sophomore Regan Branson, and freshman Adde Honeycutt), we look to have a strong team this year,” Barhorst said. “Seniors Anna Klopfenstein and Macey Pruitt are providing a great deal of leadership for our team and have both posted some very good scores so far this season.
“Junior Korren Evans continues to show great improvement. Sophomore Kelsey Bachman will assume the role of # 1 golfer and has already established herself as someone to watch in the GWOC, and sophomore Skylar Sloan is looking to build on a successful freshman season.
“Last year we played a very tough schedule on some very difficult courses and the team felt our record wasn’t as good as it should have been. This season’s schedule is equally difficult, but the team is focused on a improving on last year’s record.”
Barhorst hopes to be very competitive in the GWOC American North.
Flo Loisy makes the switch from girls soccer coach to boys.
6-9-2 league 1-3-1
Graduating off last year’s team were Bradley Hohlbein, Caleb Vallieu, Jon Gerlach, Jared Brandt, Zach Foreman, Nolan Mauer and Tim Fair.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Kadare Atkins and Kameron Ashton; juniors Quentin Evans, Robbie Comstock, Kaden Jones, Wesley Ford and Logan Evans; and sophomores Brandon Grissom and Cade Lyman.
“Being my first year with this group it’s hard to say what my expectations are and season goals,” Loisy said. “Our goals are obviously to be as successful as possible but also to keep building the soccer program and establish a new brand going forward. My expectations for the guys are fairly simple, we stick to the process, we can’t focus on results and outcomes because they are too many moving parts and variables we can’t control.
“What matters to us moving forward are to focus on what we can control, that means the way we play, the way we approach the game, the way we prepare, the way we face adversity. We believe from top to bottom that if we stick with the process, if we stay together, we can have a successful season.”
Losiy hopes to be competitive in the GWOC American North, which has Tippecanoe replacing Trotwood-Madison in the division.
Bret Ritter takes over as coach, with Loisy moving to the boys program.
The Lady Indians are coming off a 4-13 season last year and finished 2-3 in the GWOC North.
Graduating off that team were Riley Branson, Brooke Bubb, Amy Burt, Liz Butt, Kristen Davis, Liz Duer, Ashley Hobbs, Reynna Lavey and Sierra Miller.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Madison Curtner, Katie Evans, Chloe Clark and Claire Went; juniors Makenzie Ellerman, Grace Jennings, Leanna Price, Kelsey Smith , Ally Richardson and Jennouleigha Tipton; and sophomores Claire Bim Merle and Hailey McPherson.
“We are returning a good number of girls and our goal is to be competitive, no matter who we play,” Ritter said.
Ritter isn’t sure what to expect from the GWOC American North, with Tippecanoe replacing Trotwood-Madison in divisional play.