SIDNEY — Greg Snipes returns for his 20th season as Lehman Cathloic volleyball coach.
The Lady Cavaliers graduated Olivia Slagle, Ava Schmitz, Margo Baker and Ellie Sargent off last year’s team that finished 15-9 overall and 6-0 in the Northwest Central Conference.
“A lot of returning faces, along with some new ones have us excited about the upcoming season,” Snipes said. “Our goals would be to win the league and be playing at the highest level possible during the tournament run. The regular season schedule should get us ready for that.”
Returning letterwinners include seniors Madeline Smith, Marianne Hissong, Allie Hall, Adriana Sehlhorst and Michelle Duritsch and juniors Sidney Chapman and Madison Hussey.
The outside hitters will be Chapman and sophomore Maddie McFarland.
The middles will be Hissong and Hall, with Smith handling the setting duries.
The opposite hitters will be sophomore Ellie Scott and Duritsch.
The liberos will be Hussey and and Sehlhorst, with junior Camille Odle and sophomore Hailey Wick seeing time at defensive specialist.
Sophomore Lauren Larger will see time at both outside and opposite hitter.
Lehman will look to defend their NWCC title.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Kyle Hermiller returns for his second season as coach.
Graduating off last year’s NWCC champion were John Schmiesing, Erik Jackson, Teddy Jackson and Derek Gaier.
Returning letterwinners include senior Malachi Bezy and juniors Isaiah Winhoven, Brandon Simmons and Blake Leffel.
“Our boys lost a strong senior class last year, but we hope to rebound well and focus on getting all of our returning members new PR’s, get our new runners up to speed, and get some individuals through to regionals,” Hermiller said.
He hopes to finish in the top two in the NWCC.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Hermiller is also the girls coach.
The two-time defending NWCC champions lost no one to graduation.
They will be led by previous state qualifiers senior Caroline Heitmeyer, junior Jenna Zimmerman and sophomore Alanna O’Leary.
Also returning are senior Janelle Gravunder and sophomores Clare Schmiesing, Caitlin Swallow, Theresa Flood and Leah Peoples.
“Our girls team had no seniors last year, so we are returning a strong group, and are looking forward to adding in some new runners,” Hermiller said. “Having three previous state qualifiers on the team should help us have a strong showing at districts and regionals. If all members are able to stay healthy throughout the year, there is a chance that we could send the team to state.”
Hermiller has high hopes for a third straight NWCC title.
Eric Harlamert, the longtime Sidney High boys soccer coach, takes over as the head golf coach for the Cavaliers.
He’s played golf for better than 40 years and has been to golf schools and academies.
“I’m an avid golfer and I’m looking forward to this,” he said. “We’re playing and working really hard and I think we have a good chance for success.”
There are 11 players out for the team, including six players who lettered on last year’s Northwest Central Conference championship team.
The lettermen include Zach Scott, Tyler Scott, Tyler Lachey, Ryan Schmidt, Avery Pickerall and Adam Vanderhorst.
They are joined by newcomers Griffen West, Cole Gilardi, Athan Whitney, Zach Bopp and Zach Haas. Gilardi and Whitney are just freshmen.
Tom Wiseman takes over as the boys soccer coach.
The Cavaliers were 9-7-3 overall last season and 5-1-1 in the WOSL
Graduating off that team were Kyle Caulfield, Nick Earhart, Dylan Sherman, Travis Thornton and Josh West.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Alex Wiseman, Ian Smith, Connor Thobe an Nick Neumeier; juniors John-Henry Frantz, Trey Kerrigan, Jacob Schmiesing, Eli Baker and Joshua Armstrong; and sophomores Jake Emrick, Tim Buechter, Max Hamlin and Ryan Goettemoeller; and freshman Dahlton Black, Michael Denning, David Potts and Conor O’Leary.
The team’s goals include 10-regular season wins, 40-plus goals scored and 20 or less goals allowed, the WOSL and sectional titles.
“We have increased focus on physical conditioning,” Wiseman said. “We need to keep possession and increase our win percentage on 50-50 balls. We will allow players more offensive creativity, with increased focus on shooting percentage (hitting shots on frame). Aggressive mistakes can be be forgiven, lazy mistakes won’t be tolerated. We want to increase team unity.”
Wiseman feels he has 8 to 9 players that can play anywhere on the field and one of the best defensive teams in the Miami Valley in D-III.
Some of the challenges will be increasing offensive efficiency and output, replace Lehman career saves leader Nick Earhart and still having an inexperienced bench.
“We have eight freshman,” Wiseman said. “That is one of the biggest freshman classes in awhile. This will help building the program over the next few years. Former coach Tom Thornton left the program in good shape, enabling us to move the program to the next level. As assistant coach the last two years, I learned a lot abou tthe on-field technical and tactical aspects of the game from Thornton, former assistant coach Cody Stachler (now assistant at Troy Christian) and girls coach Jermey Lorenzo.”
Wiseman expects the WOSL to be a challenge.
“With the loss of WOSL Player of the Year Nick Earhart and a first-year head coach, many predict we will fall into the middle of the WOSL,” Wiseman said. “We truly believe we will challenge for the league championship.”
He see Lima Central Catholic as the team to beat and expects Botkins, Temple Christian and Fairlawn to be strong as well.
Jeremy Lorenzo reutrns for his second season as Lehman girls soccer coach.
Last year, the Lady Cavaliers finished 13-1-2 in the regular season, 16-2-2 overall, won the Western Ohio Soccer League and district champions.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Claudia Fantone, Sarah Fuller and Emily Reinhart; juniors Madison Cline, Katie Edwards, Hannah Fogt, Kaitrin O’Leary and Moriah Pauley; and sophomores Abby Jones, Molly Safreed, Amanda Titterington, Brogan McIver and Kelsey Weber.
Top newcomers include freshman Grace Monnin, Samantha Edwards and Grace Olding.
“We have high expectations every year for our program — win the league, district, region, and state,” Lorenzo said. “Our goals are simple – give 110 percent today and be better tomorrow. Last year, not many gave us a chance, replacing eight senior starters. However, we repeated as district champions before getting knocked off by division III foe Cincinnati Summit Country Day 1-0 in a rematch of an early season draw. We just came off two very physical games with Newton and Preble Shawnee and were still grieving over our loss of midfield star Katie Edwards who suffered a season ending knee injury in the district finals. We fought hard but we were beat up, not very deep, and out of gas.
“I learned a lot as a head coach last season. I made the mistake of not putting trust in my bench early on. This came back to bite us in the regionals. My girls left it all out there and I take full responsibility for our exit out of the tournament.”
Lorenzo is looking forward to the upcoming season.
“This season, I have a new challenge in front of me,” he said. “We are extremely deep and talented. The challenge now is finding out where our talented players will help us the most and how far we will go into the bench. We had a great off season, but the elephant in the room is who will replace our All-Ohio striker Ashley Keller, who scored 46 goals in two seasons at Lehman and is off to play college soccer. Three-year starter Sarah Fuller, senior, leads the charge after an amazing junior year, scoring 23 goals. Sarah is in the best shape of her life and is determined to lead this team to greatness.”
Juniors Madison Cline and Emily OLeary are both two-year varsity winners at the striker position and have played on the big stage two years in a row.
“They both have stepped up when needed and are itching to make a larger impact,” Lorenzo said. “Freshman newcomer Samantha Edwards is being compared to Ashley Keller due to her physical strength, break-away speed, and nose for the net. However, time will tell.
“Junior Elizabeth Pax, who was fighting for a starting spot last season prior to suffering a preseason ending knee injury, will see time on the front line and can hurt any defense from distance. Grace Olding, another impressive freshman, is fast, strong, and can play anywhere. I’m excited about Olding. She can hurt a defense from distance or beat a defense with break away speed.”
Lorenzo likes his midfield group as well.
“Our midfield was sort of a question mark early, graduating senior captains Elizabeth Edwards and McKenna Guillozet,” he said. “However, junior Katie Edwards is back stronger than ever and freshman standout, Grace Monnin, who has the potential to be one of the Lehman greats, in addition to senior captain Emily Reinhart, all look to excel in the midfield this year. Returning letterman Abby Jones, sophomore, and freshman Carly Edwards are fighting for time over the holding midfielder spot and both bring a different dynamic to the table.”
The defense is an experienced group.
“Last year’s back line anchored by juniors Pauley, Caulfield, Fogt, and sophomores Safreed and Titterington was one of the best of D-III last season,” Lorenzo said. “Seniors Fatone, Lee, Vazquez, and junior Kate Hemm will also challenge for time on the back line.
“Our goal keeper situation is much different from last season. Last year, Kelsey Weber was our lone goal keeper and stepped up to the challenge, playing like a veteran in big games. This year, we have three incoming goal keepers who are all extremely talented and have various strengths to add to the team. Camille Brown is a promising sophomore transfer and freshman Grace Brandt and Hannah Giguere are both very talented.”
Lorenzo looks forward to getting the season going.
“We are excited to get into the game schedule,” he said. “I think the WOSL will be stronger this year and our non-league schedule is harder than ever, playing six teams who won or lost in the district finals and 2 state finalists. Our season gets underway with a bang at Cincinnati Madeira and then on the road against district rival Troy Christian and at Celina. We will be tested very early. We know that we have a hard road in front of us and there may be bumps along the way. As long as we strive to improve every time we play, things will fall into place come October.”
Tim Ungericht takes over as Lehman girls tennis coach.
The Lady Cavaliers are coming off a 1-19 season.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Diana Gibson and Emma Simpson, junior Allison Briggs and sophomores Melanie Brunner and Alex Read.
Top newcomers include freshman Ann Pennaparra and Sara Gibson.
“With five returning lettermen, we should vastly improve on last year’s record,” Ungericht said.
Luke Gronneberg | Sidney Daily News