If Archbold can fight through the injury bug, they should be a major factor in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball title chase this season.
“We are dealing with several preseason injuries,” said veteran coach Brian Ziegler. “Once healthy we have the potential to have a very successful season. We’ll need to develop depth as the season goes on with the aggressive style we play.”
Back for the Blue Streaks are Andi Peterson (second team All-NWOAL, first team District 7, honorable mention all-district), Lily Krieger (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7), Gabby Nafiziger, Faith Wyse, Sophie Hubby, Naomi Rodriguez and Kayla Boettger.
They have a pair of leading scorers back in Krieger and Andi Peterson, no doubt a strength of the team according to Ziegler. Krieger averaged 9.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game a season ago, while Andi Peterson averaged 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Newcomers to the squad are Hadley Galvan, Kylie Sauder, Addison Moyer and Harley Phillips.
However, they will miss Kamryn Hostetler who was first team All-NWOAL, first team District 7, second team All-Northwest District and honorable mention All-Ohio in 2017-18. She notched nearly 13 (12.8) points per game last season.
Emie Peterson, who was honorable mention All-NWOAL and in District 7, also departs for the Streaks.
“We lost a lot of experience at the guard position to graduation with Kam and Emie,” said Ziegler of Hostetler and Emie Peterson. “You don’t replace a 4-year player like Kam. We’ll need others to step up.”
Last season, the Streaks dropped a winner-take-all game at Delta for the league title. But, they turned around and defeated the Panthers by 17 in the district final. It should be a competitive fight for the league crown.
“We have good coaches and players in the NWOAL making it very balanced,” explained Ziegler. “The league race will be very competitive. Hopefully we’ll be healthy enough to compete for a championship in February.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010