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Editor’s note: Schools not included in these pages did not return an information questionnaire sent out through school athletic directors. Winter sports preview capsules, including for basketball, will continue to be published in the Vindicator and Tribune Chronicle. Coaches should send information to sports@tribtoday.com or fax to 330-841-1717 by Dec. 4.

Kennedy

¯ COACH: Sean Zekkour (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 15-9 (lost 64-24 to Bristol in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Independent

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN: Jenna Sajnovsky (Sr.), Faith Hollobaugh (Jr.), Kaycie Martinko (Jr.), Lucy Whetzel (So.), Julia Toth (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Brianna Bradley (Sr.), Jordan Durham (Sr.), Aubree Yokum (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles are excited to see who takes the offensive reins this season after the graduation of Caitlyn Condoleon. It will be the first year some of them are asked to take on a more offensive role. While defense will be the primary identity, Kennedy hopes the offensive game can produce at an efficient level and win a high number of games.

Howland

¯ COACH: Aaron Pounds (1st year, 3rd career, 43-21)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-12 (lost 53-34 to Aurora in sectional bracket finals)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Gillian Powell (Sr.) **, Kylie McClain (Jr.) **, Alyssa Pompelia (Jr.) **, Jamie DeSalvo (Jr.) *, Courtney Clark (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Maddie Menci (Sr.), Olivia Hutchings (Sr.), Alex Stephens (Sr.), Megan Konczal (Sr.), Jen Sindledecker (Jr.), Taylor Lawrence (Jr.), Ky’Renae Matlock (So.), Alyssa Massucci (Fr.), Gia Hoso (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: In his first year as head coach of the Tigers, Pounds looks to continue Howland’s competitive tradition. The focus has been on team culture and defining their new style of play. With five returning letterwinners, the team has a strong foundation to compete in the league and tournament as the other players have opportunities to gain experience.

Champion

¯ COACH: Michael Cole (6th year, 91-34)

¯ LAST YEAR: 21-5 (lost 47-25 to South Range in regional semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Emma Gumont (Sr.) ***, Brooke Whitt (Sr.) ***, Lauren Fife (Sr.) *, Madison Stewart (Sr.) *, Ava Howell (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Mady Jones (Jr.), Lorinda Dodrill (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Flashes are coming off of four consecutive 20-win seasons and consecutive league and district championships. They return their top three scorers from last season’s 21-win team and are adding players from an 18-win JV squad. They expect to compete for league and district titles.

Niles

¯ COACH: MaKayla Butler (3rd year, 15-27)

¯ LAST YEAR: 5-18

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Enna Flanigan (Sr.) *, Arissa Johnson (Sr.) *, Cassie Pleacher (Sr.) *, Alaina Thigpen (So.) *, Abbey Reed (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Katie Heinsleman (Fr.), Maddie Davis (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Red Dragons have a lot of open varsity spots with only two starters returning. The girls are getting in the gym as much as possible and putting in the work to battle in each game. Niles has eight incoming freshmen that are expected to have key roles as the season gets started. Commitment and consistency will be key.

Newton Falls

¯ COACH: Mark Baker (16th year, 252-99)

¯ LAST YEAR: 17-7 (lost 52-31 to Western Reserve in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Bree Hutson (Sr.) ***, Madison Haidet (Sr.) **, Jalynn Nicholas (Sr.) **, Courtney Hankins (Sr.) **

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Morgan Bryner (Sr.), Shelby Fowler (So.), Natalee Albert (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Tigers look to draw from their previous experience to execute at a high level on a regular basis. Many players used their limited offseason to improving their skill and athleticism. They hope to push the tempo of their game quicker than in years past and compete in a very strong Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference.

Brookfield

¯ COACH: Ken Forsythe (3rd year, 24-23)

¯ LAST YEAR: 9-14 (lost 63-31 to Cornerstone Christian in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Anna Reichart (Jr.) **, Audrey Reardon (Jr.) **, MiKayla Jumper (Sr.) *, Autumn Sirochman (Sr.) *, Sophie Hook (So.) *, Katie Gibson (So.) *, Katie Logan (So.) *, MiKenzie Jumper (So.) *, Abby DeJoy (So.) *, Jenae Pugh (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Casey Miller (Sr.), Reese Nale (Jr.), Cailey Wellman (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Warriors are expecting to compete each night with anyone they face. A lot of girls saw the court last season and were able to get solid minutes. They’re still a young team, so growing pains are expected. Size may pose an issue, but if the team plays hard, that’s something that can be overcome. Brookfield’s philosophy is that they don’t need to be the best team all year, they just need to be the best team that night on the court when they play.

Girard

¯ COACH: Andrew Saxon (37th year, 417-329)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-9 (lost 44-37 to Southeast in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Emily Fitzgerald (Sr.) ***, Sophie Griffith (Sr.) ***, Jalaya Brown (Sr.) **, Seyhan Dede (Jr.) **, Emily Drennen (Jr.) **, Sieasia Triplett (So.) *, Madison Logue (Jr.) *, Esra Dede (So.) *, Allison Durkin (So.) *, Abby Rafferty (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Mia Malito (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Indians are coming off a 13-win season after having only three wins the year prior. They look to improve in a few areas and continue to progress further.

Liberty

¯ COACH: Deidre Watson (6th year, 60-69)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-5 (lost 69-53 to Crestview in district semifinals)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Gray Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Ally Jones (Jr.) **, Fatima Elouaddi (Sr.) *, Cianna Smith (So.) *, Demi Watson (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Gianna Micheline (Jr.), Madison Thompson (Fr.), Lourden Dinardo (Fr.), Aaliyah Foster (Fr.), Kylee Thomas (Fr.), Mia Parker (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Leopards are coming off a 19-5 season and look to keep their momentum going. Leadership and team continuity are keys to a successful season.

Hubbard

¯ COACH: Scott Slovesko (2nd year, 3-20)

¯ LAST YEAR: 3-20

¯ LEAGUE: Northeast-8

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Grace Narkum (Jr.) **, Sophie Murphy (So.) *, Mary Frangos (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Eleni Grillis (So.), Livia Reese (So.), Peytyn Slovesko (Fr.), Phoebe Rusnak (Fr.), Gabi Jones (Jr.), Rheanna Barr (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Eagles aim to compete in every game and leave it all on the court. Improvement is a goal and that will come from improved finishing. Hubbard was in a lot of games, but wasn’t able to finish enough.

Mineral Ridge

¯ COACH: Matt Cluse (5th year, 47-48)

¯ LAST YEAR: 12-12 (lost 45-29 to Champion in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference Scarlet Tier

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Morgan Sigley (Sr.) ***, Danielle Aulet (Sr.) ***, Candice Miller (Sr.) **, Rosie Nolder (Sr.) **, Courtney Boyer (Sr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Tera Pagan (Jr.), Isabella Carkido (So.), Teagan Magli (So.), Sam Aulet (Fr.), Aaliyah Wall (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Veteran seniors need to lead by example on and off the court. Numbers are low, so the players on the roster staying healthy is a must. They expect to continue to play hard defense and force other teams to play their best. Going into the year, they need to work on controlling the pace of their game, rebounding and minimizing turnovers.

Lordstown

¯ COACH: Aaron Smalley (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 1-19 (lost 60-18 to Lisbon in first-round sectional)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Ava Spano (Sr.) ***, Emily Knox (Sr.) **, Julia Durig (Sr.) **, Lexie Drewek (Sr.) *, Gracie Eastham (Sr.) *, Jackie Wilk (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : KiLeigh Rice (Jr.), Carly DeBernarod (Fr.), Piper Click (Fr.), Allyson Neal (Jr.), Leanna Limbeck (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Red Devils want to stay competitive in all games and maximize their upperclassmen experience while developing the younger players. If they play as a team and get contributions across the board, Lordstown feels it can win at least half its games and host a playoff game.

Maplewood

¯ COACH: Mark Yoder (24th year, 351-174)

¯ LAST YEAR: 22-2 (lost 47-35 to Bristol in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Marissa Ventura (Jr.) **, Baylie Starcher (Jr.) **, Brooke Smith (Sr.) *, Hannah Gaylog (Jr.) *, Abigail Nay (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Caleigh Richards (Fr.), Madyson Cikush (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The goal for the Rockets is to win at least 20 games and defend the league title.

Badger

¯ COACH: LaVell Turnage (2nd year, 13-11)

¯ LAST YEAR: 13-11 (lost 38-22 to Maplewood in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Grace Popovich (Sr.) **, Madison Rice (Sr.) **, Grace Eucker (Sr.) **, Calena Jablonski (Sr.) *, Addison Thompson (So.) *, Mackenzie Gross (So.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Madison Cauffield (Sr.), Julianna Miller (Jr.), Baylee Smith (So.), Katie Grexla (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Braves need to replace their best shooter from last season’s team. With six returning letterwinners, Badger aims to improve upon its 13-11 record from last season. Competing every night in a strong NAC schedule and challenging non-conference schedule, the team will look to trust each other and play together.

Bristol

¯ COACH: John King (7th year)

¯ LAST YEAR: 19-7 (district finalist)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Brooklyn Mullenax (Sr.) ***, Brittany Mooney (Sr.) ***, Belle Zirzow (Jr.) **, Brooklyn Swiger (Jr.) **, Jaylyn Mullenax (Jr.) **, Ellie Crisp (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Billie Miller (Jr.), Alexis Shafer (Jr.), Brianna McDowell (So.), Brianna Klingensmith (Fr.), Destiny Hunter (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Panthers return a good portion of their district finalist team from last season and look to improve upon last season. If health isn’t an issue, the team has high expectations on the year, but since things aren’t in their control, they’re grateful for every opportunity they get to compete.

Chalker

¯ COACH: Brian Woods (1st year)

¯ LAST YEAR: (lost 63-43 to Lordstown in first-round sectional matchup)

¯ LEAGUE: Northeastern Athletic Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Nancy Wolfe (Sr.), Aleeyah Pack (Sr.), Livia Rhodes (Jr.), Mia Russomanno (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Morgan Brook (Sr.), Bella Woods (So.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: Each day for Chalker will be about learning from mistakes. What they lack in depth and size will be made up by their overall knowledge of the game. To them, it’s not about how big they are, but by how big they play.

Jackson-Milton

¯ COACH: Pat Keney (28th year, 393-205)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-10 (lost 44-30 to McDonald in district semifinal)

¯ LEAGUE: Mahoning Valley Athletic Conference (Scarlet Tier)

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Camryn Mitchell (Sr.) ***, Chelsea Williams (Jr.) **, Selsie Taylor (Sr.) *, Kylie Wilson (Jr.) *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Logan Grunder (Sr.), Paige Grope (So.), Emily Fultz (So.), Ava Darney (Fr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Blue Jays are looking to build on last season’s district semifinal appearance.

Fitch

¯ COACH: Dan Schnurrenberger (5th year, 58-36)

¯ LAST YEAR: 8-15 (lost 68-43 to Hudson in first-round sectional matchup)

¯ LEAGUE: All-American Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Emma Bartlett (Sr.), Chelsie Wheeler (Sr.), Mya McNevin (Sr.), Zayda Creque (So.)

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE: Madison McCann (Sr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Falcons are returning multiple starters and combined with a few new faces, expect to be able to compete every night. Fitch will be able to play fast on both ends of the court. The overall roster is inexperienced, but the Falcons are very athletic.

Cardinal Mooney

¯ COACH: Jason Baker (4th year, 44-25)

¯ LAST YEAR: 14-10 (lost 50-47 to Salem in sectional bracket final)

¯ LEAGUE: Steel Valley Conference

¯ RETURNING LETTERMEN (* – letters won): Katie Hough **, Gia Diorio **, Alaina Scavina **, Gia DiVincenzo **, Angelina Rotanno *, Maddie Trimble *, Maria Fire *

¯ OTHERS EXPECTED TO CONTRIBUTE : Olivia Rouser (So.), Alyssa Rapp (Jr.), Natalie Femia (Jr.)

¯ SEASON OUTLOOK: The Cardinals have a versatile group returning. They expect to compete and play hard each and every night. They have a very difficult scehdule, so playing with great effort and a great attitude is a must.

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