Perrysburg seeks more success (08-07-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:06
Perrysburg's Katie Diehl takes a practice swing. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - Perrysburg's girls golf team had a rebuilding season last fall.
The Yellow Jackets are striving to reap the benefits of their work this season.
They return five players from last season when they finished 7-3 overall and 5-0 in the Northern Lakes League, and tied for second in the league's overall standings.
Among the returnees are senior and four-year letter winner Monica Dorner, the medalist in the NLL tournament and a first-team all-league pick last season; and sophomore Katie Diehl, a third-team All-NLL honoree last season.
Even though the Yellow Jackets had a successful season last fall, they were coming off NLL overall and tournament championships in 2011.
The overall championship is determined from points awarded for each dual-match win and a team's finish in the league tournament.
The Yellow Jackets also advanced to the district tournament in 2011, but graduated five of the top six players from that team.
"We got a lot of needed experience last year and that can only help us,' said Dorner, the team's captain.
Perrysburg's other returning letter winners this season are senior Katie Krieger, and sophomores Macy Tudor and Madison Williams.
"We've really worked hard to improve during the offseason," Williams said. "All of us have played a lot this summer and we played indoors during the winter."
"We're playing well right now," Diehl said. "Everyone's shown a lot of improvement."
Last season's NLL titles were split as Northview won the overall championship and Anthony Wayne claimed the tournament title.
"There's no question we're an improved team from last year and the girls are far more mature than what they were last year," said Perrysburg coach Rick Rettig, who is in his ninth season. "This team has no much potential. Our focus is on being mentally tough and focused, and getting an eye of the tiger attitude. They're such nice girls, it's almost a fault.
"I would love for them to be more aggressive and have more of an I'm going to take what's mine attitude and that kind of an approach ... getting them to have some fearlessness, some swagger, that's what I want to do. If I can do that and if they can get to that point mentally at the end of the year, I like our chances."
Although Perrysburg has five letter winners on its 12-player roster, it still has a young team with only three seniors to go along with five sophomores and four freshmen.
"Our goal is to improve each day, come out better and stronger every time we hit the course," Dorner said. "Winning the league is always in the back of our mind, but as a team, it's about the present and getting better each day."
"We're going to have good competition for spots during our tryouts and all through the season," Rettig said. "That will make the team better."
The Wood County girls high school golf capsules are on page 10.

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