The Evergreen girls basketball team is looking to surprise some teams in the NWOAL despite losing many experienced players from last year’s team that finished 24-3 overall and reached the Division III regional final.
They will have to do so under the direction of first-year head coach Brittaney Cymbolin, an Evergreen alum, who previously coached at Sylvania Northview. She is 105-30 in five years of coaching.
“I think our team will do a great job competing as long as we work together and keep our foot on the gas pedal,” said Cymbolin. “I think this year we may be able to surprise a few people in the league, so we need to come ready to play every game with high intensity.”
Cymbolin takes over for long time coach John Langenderfer who retired after last season’s run in the tournament. The transition could be tough as the Vikings lose five total letter winners, including two girls who were All-Ohio last season.
A notable letter winner who graduated was Haili Mossing, who was first team All-NWOAL, first team District 7, second team all-district and honorable mention All-Ohio. Also, Eden Eisel is gone after she was first team All-NWOAL, first team District 7, first team all-district and third team All-Ohio a season ago.
Others leaving were Rachael Noe (honorable mention all-league, District 7), Kaela Fauble (honorable mention District 7), and Rebecca Jankowiak.
“Our strengths lie in our speed and ability to be coachable,” said Cymbolin of her team.
Back for the Vikings is Alyssa Noe who was second team all-league, second team District 7 and honorable mention all-district. They also return Hannah Herr who made honorable mention in District 7.
But, Cymbolin knows that the switching of coaches may not go as smooth right off the bat.
“The kids are learning a new system and are having to make some adjustments,” she said of her team’s weaknesses.
Due to her being relatively new to the league, Cymbolin did not offer insight on who she favors in the league race. However, it is safe to say that she expects her team to compete.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010