Wauseon girls basketball ended the year strong a season ago, and are now looking to carry that momentum into the 2019-20 campaign. They lose just one letter winner off last year’s team which finished 12-12, tying for third in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League with a 4-3 record.
“We are looking to pick up where we left off last season and continue to build,” said head coach Dan Seiler, entering his second season at the helm. “We have experience coming back and looking to become consistent each and every game.”
The Indians return a bulk of their production from last year’s squad, including sophomore Marisa Seiler (first team All-NWOAL, second team District 7, honorable mention All-Northwest District) who led the team in scoring at 14.3 points per game. She also pulled down five rebounds a game.
Sydney Zirkle (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7/All-Northwest District) returns after averaging 12.5 points per game and leading the team in rebounding at over seven a game last season. Sam Aeschliman (honorable mention all-league, District 7) is back after averaging 9.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds in 2018-19.
Other returning letter winners for the Indians include Chelsie Raabe (2.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Autumn Pelok (2.5 ppg, 3 rpg), Mercedes Osley, Delanie Roush, Amanda Wendt, Eliana Barajas and Kadence Carroll.
“I feel the strongest area of my team is experience,” said coach Seiler.
They will have to replace Alexis Suarez who averaged 2.4 points per game in her senior season. Suarez was honorable mention all-league and in District 7.
Coach Seiler is hoping to get more consistent play out of his team this season.
With many key players returning, Wauseon will be very much a player in the league race.
“I hope to be one of the league contenders this season,” said Seiler. “Our girls worked hard over the summer and continue to work hard in practice. I think the league will be very competitive this season. We’re hoping to get better with every game.”
Wauseon travels to Anthony Wayne Tuesday to begin the season. They are also at Archbold for a non-league contest Friday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010