Delta boys soccer may be bringing in a new coach this season, but don’t expect them to have a down year by any means. Fresh off a 2014 season which saw the Panthers go 9-4-2, a host of letter winners back will make the transition an easy one for new head coach Charlie Franklin.
Coach Franklin is excited about the group he is inheriting.
“Delta should perform well this season,” said Franklin. “Delta has a lot of young but strong talent on the team.”
Another reason they should do well is that along with returning letter winners, perhaps most importantly, they return keeper Cade Long who was second team All-NWOAL last season.
Also back for the Panthers are Daryl Titsworth (honorable mention All-NWOAL), Ethan Myers (honorable mention All-NWOAL), William Cupp, Owen Jagodzinski, Josh Bronson, Elliot Schneider and Kyle Hadley.
Franklin lists weaknesses for his team as having several freshmen on the roster, as well as losing most of their starting offensive line. They also lost part of their defensive line, according to the coach.
Gone from last year’s team are Noah Munger (first team All-NWOAL), Ben Albring (first team All-NWOAL), Noah Mattin (honorable mention All-NWOAL) and Travis Barnes.
They will look to fill the void with newcomers John Mlynarek, Jarren Heinemann, Payton Webster, Tyler McCullough, Brent Garmenn, Kaleb Circle, Kaleb Kistner, Kaden Pirrwitcz, Logan Albring, Anthony Russell and Jared Gilders.
The Panthers were in competition for the league crown last season, but Franklin says it is unknown who the favorites are this year.
“The league is open this season,” he said. “With several new coaching staff’s and new players, it is undetermined who the team will be to watch this year.”
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010