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Wood County softball capsules (03-26-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:12
NORTHERN LAKES LEAGUE
BOWLING GREEN
Coach: Jim Cress, fifth season.
2013 record: 6-21 overall, 1-13 in the NLL.
Returning letter winners: Seniors - Kelsey Parker, infielder; Hanna Williford, pitcher/outfielder; Hanna Addy, catcher; and Reagan Morman, infielder. Juniors - Emily Sidle, infielder; Anna Szabo, infielder, outfielder; Harper Craft, outfielder; and Kenzie White, outfielder. Sophomores - Angie Hoffsis, infielder, outfielder.
Coach's comment: "The players have responded well to the increased intensity and expectations in practices this year. The younger players are challenging returning lettermen for starting spots and the internal competition is the best it's been in a while.  We're going to put the best team on the field for each game, and expect to compete in every game, and improve significantly upon last year's record."
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Elmwood softball aims for repeat title (03-26-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:03
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File photo. Elmwood varsity softball coach Matt Hoiles congratulates player Olivia Myers (32) during a game against Liberty Center last season. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
JERRY CITY -  Most know about the tradition Elmwood's softball program has built over the last 15 years.
The Royals have won 301 games since Matt Hoiles took over.
And with eight letter winners back from last year's Northern Buckeye Conference championship team, Elmwood expects nothing less than to repeat.
"It's a relief knowing that we have a lot of experienced girls here. They know what to expect and they know what they have to do," said center fielder Madison Arnold, who batted .410 last season with 30 RBI.
Elmwood also returns junior starting pitcher Miranda Benschoter. Benschoter was 21-4 with a 1.81 ERA and 181 strikeouts last season. She has developed immensely since her freshman year, and Hoiles expects her to be one of if not the top pitcher in the conference this year.
"I've seen a different Miranda Benschoter this year," Hoiles said. "She is now older and her speed has increased and her movement on the ball has increased. That's come with strength, but I also think she understands now. … She's come back this year with a lot of knowledge of what hurt her the previous two years and she's worked on it."
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'Jackets try to regain NLL title (03-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by THOMAS SCHMELTZ Sentinel Sports Writer   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:34
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Perrysburg's Troy Weider returns the ball during practice at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The boys tennis program at Perrysburg High School has arguably the most successful Northern Lakes League program over the last 20 years.
The Yellow Jackets have captured an estimated 12 NLL titles in that time span, according to fourth-year tennis coach Mark Weider.
But Perrysburg, even with the state's best singles player, failed to capture that championship a year ago. In fact, the 'Jackets are in the midst of a two-year title drought.
Perrysburg last won an NLL title is 2011 before placing second in each of the last two years. Now the 'Jackets are ready to feel that championship jubilation again.
"We just didn't get it done last year, so we want to get it done this year. That's our goal," Weider said. "We talk about it every day. You're hungrier when you don't win."
Perrysburg finished second in the NLL last year at 5-2, losing dual matches to Southview and Northview. Southview was 7-0 and went on to win the NLL tournament.
"We didn't win it last year and we had the best player in the state playing for us," Weider said. "It's truly a team competition because it's not just about one guy. It's about the whole seven."
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:51
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County boys tennis capsules (03-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:35
NORTHERN LAKES LEAGUE
BOWLING GREEN
Coach: Andy Drumm, first season.
2013 record: Fifth in the NLL.
Returning letter winners: Juniors Ryan Motsinger, Austin Ezzone and Joe Buzzelli.
Coach's comment: "We are a fairly young team that is improving.  I expect the team to be competitive in a lot of matches this season. Our goal is to finish in the top four of the NLL.  It is going to take a complete team effort with contributions from underclassmen to be successful."

PERRYSBURG
Coach: Mark Weider, fourth season.
2013 record: Second in the NLL.
Returning letterwinners: Seniors - Troy Weider. Juniors - Mitchel Skotynsky. Sophomores - Justin Weider, Austin Riffer and Alejandro Balibrea.
Coach's comment: See related story.
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Appold to play volleyball at OSU (03-25-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:28
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Audra Appold
PERRYSBURG - Audra Appold didn't wait long to decide on where she'll play college volleyball.
Only a junior, the Perrysburg High School standout has verbally committed to play at Ohio State.
Appold earned a scholarship to play for the Buckeyes.
The 5-foot-11 outside hitter had 391 kills and 284 digs last fall. She also was a third-team All-Ohio selection, and was the Northern Lakes League and District 7 player of the year.
"(OSU) was close to home," Appold said. "It's a great conference to play volleyball. Great academics. I like the challenge. I liked the coaches and the players, too.
"It's great competition every night. The girls you play against are big and strong. That challenges me every day to work my hardest and become a better passer, and a stronger hitter and server."
The OSU coaching staff watched Appold play last fall and she visited the school in November. She committed to OSU earlier this month.
Appold also received interest from Ohio University, Northwestern, Georgia and Kansas.
The Buckeyes were 18-14 overall and 6-14 in the Big Ten Conference last season, but were 23-11, 13-7 in 2012 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:29
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