The Pettisville girls basketball team is looking to have another successful season with many key players back off last year’s team that finished 18-6 and won a sectional championship in Division IV.
“We want to give 100 percent each night and keep improving,” stated head coach Jason Waldvogel. “We plan to contend night in and night out.”
Back to lead the way for the Blackbirds is Morgan Leppelmeier who was first team All-Buckeye Border Conference, first team District 7, and third team all-district. She averaged 13.4 points and 5.38 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season.
Also returning are Nichole Foor (honorable mention All-BBC, District 7), Sami Tilley (honorable mention All-BBC), Kendal Pursel, Elizabeth Beck and Brandi Schnitkey. Newcomers to the squad are Bekah Liechty, Mikayla Graber, and Danielle King.
“Attitude and the willingness to work,” said Waldvogel on the strengths of his team. “We should be able to shoot the basketball fairly well along with having decent speed and size while being aggressive on defense.”
The Blackbirds’ most notable loss from last year’s squad came with the graduation of Alexa Leppelmeier. She was first team All-BBC and District 7, and honorable mention all-district last season.
Also graduating were Lynnsey Crouch and Tessa Waidelich.
“Individuals will be finding new roles than they have played in the past,” said Waldvogel.
Pettisville, who last season was 11-1 in the BBC and served as league co-champions, hopes to compete for a title in 2017-18.
“I believe the league will be balanced with Stryker bringing back a good nucleus of players,” said Waldvogel of the BBC race. “As in every year we want to try to contend for a top spot.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010