The Pettisville girls basketball team kicks off the 2007- 08 season, Friday, Nov. 16 at Wauseon with six returning letterwinners for Jason Waldvogel, head coach.
Waldvogel has spent 11 years at the varsity level, compiling a 115-121 record. Last season the Birds finished 11-10, 6-4 in the Buckeye Border Conference.
Pettisville lost two players from last year’s squad: Danielle Rufenacht and Courtney Lantz. Rufenacht averaged 8 points per game while Lantz averaged 2 ppg.
Returing is Jodi Spotts, a senior; Haley Nofziger, Katie Weber, Brittany Weber and Alexa Short, juniors; and Erica King, a sophomore.
Spotts returns as the team’s leading scorer, tallying 12.6 points per game last year. She also returns as the team’s leading rebounder, averaging 6.9 per game.
“The girls have the willingness to work along with a good amount of experience,” said Waldvogel. “We should be able to shoot the basketball fairly well, along with having decent speed and size.
“It will take some time to develop individual roles between the experienced and inexperienced players, but that is being solved in the preseason.”
Waldvogel looks for Rachel Beck, Chelsea Schmucker, and Ashley Eicher, sophomores, as promising newcomers.
“We want to give 100% each night and keep improving,” said the coach. “We plan to contend night in and night out.
Waldvogel thinks Stryker, with its experienced returning players, is the team to beat in the BBC.
Assisting Waldvogel are Brian Leppelmeier and Lonnie Rufenacht.