Jason Waldvogel, PHS head girls basketball coach, welcomed back four letterwinners from a team that finished 17-8 last year, 10-2 in the Buckeye Border Conference.
Returning are Mikayla Graber, senior guard, 5.3 points per game, honorable mention All-BBC; Jessica McWatters, senior guard, 5.3 ppg; Xavia Borden, junior forward, 1.5 ppg; and Heather Sauder, senior forward.
The Birds lost three players to graduation, including Morgan Leppelmeier, BBC and District 7 Player of the Year and Third Team All- Ohio led the team with 18.2 ppg; Brandi Schnitkey, Second team All-BBC, 9.2 ppg; and Elizabeth Beck, Honorable Mention All-BBC, 5.4 ppg.
Promising newcomers are junior Elise Hartzler, sophomores Taylor Balser and Meleah Plank, and freshmen Alli King, Ellie Grieser, and Leah Beck.
Waldvogel, whose overall coaching record is 319-204 in 23 years, said team strengths for the season are the players’ “willingness to work and play hard. We should be able to shoot the basketball fairly well and play aggressively on defense.”
Weaknesses include the fact that “individuals will be finding new roles than they have played in the past, and the lack of size.
“We want to give 100% each night and keep improving. We plan to contend night in and night out.
“I believe the BBC will be balanced, with Edon and North Central bringing back a good nucleus of players. We want to try to contend for a top spot.”
Lexie King is varsity assistant coach. Charles Nafziger is the junior varsity coach, and Andi Aeschliman is an assistant coach.