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Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:19 AM


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Ottoville head boys soccer coach Eric Gerker won’t have his usual deep team as he begins the 2013 season at 11 a.m. today at Spencerville.

He only has 14 players this fall, 11 of them lettermen from a 12-4-1 edition of a year ago (3-1-0 in the Putnam County League).

The two most experienced veterans are fourth-year seniors Alex Horstman (midfielder) and Lucus Maag (forward).

The next two are juniors back for their third seasons of varsity ball: Brandt Landin (midfielder) and Austin Honigford (defender/sweeper).

The remainder of the veterans will enter their second seasons of varsity soccer: Jordan Kelch (senior defender/sweeper), Colin Bendele (junior goalkeeper), Joe Van Oss (junior defender), Joel Beining (junior midfielder/defender), Jared Fanning (sophomore forward), Drew Williams (sophomore midfielder/forward) and Rudy Wenzlick (sophomore defender).

The Big Green open today, then follow that up with a home match versus Van Wert Monday (5 p.m.), a road match at Riverdale Wednesday (5 p.m.), a home match against Bryan 1 p.m. Aug. 24 and an Aug. 27 road contest at Lincolnview (5 p.m.)


The Ottoville Lady Green soccer squad opens 2013 6 p.m. today versus Wapakoneta.

Fourth-year head coach Tim Kimmet will not have quite the depth he has had as 16 players on this year’s edition, with none of them freshmen.

However, 10 of them are veterans from last fall’s 11-7 unit (1-2-1 in the Putnam County League).

Expect strong leadership — especially on the defensive side of the pitch — from experienced seniors Monica Sarka (midfielder), Megan Schnipke (defender), Daniel Trenkamp (goalkeeper) and Amy Tumblin (defender).

As well, two juniors in Courtney Von Sossan (midfielder) and Lexi Wannemacher (midfielder) and sophomores Dana Eickholt (forward), Alena Horstman (defender) and Erica Brickner (defender) are also back to lend a veteran hand.

Besides this evening, the next three outings for the Lady Green and Gold are at home versus Van Wert (6 p.m.) Tuesday, a road match versus Jefferson Thursday (5 p.m.) and a home matchup versus Bryan 11 a.m. Aug. 24.


The Bearcats host Ottoville 11 a.m. this morning but will do so with an extremely youthful unit.

Among its 22 players are one senior — fourth-year midfielder Tricia Riley — one junior in third-year man Byron Gay (goalkeeper/forward), six second-year sophomores (out of seven total) in David Wisher (forward), Billy Sidey (defender), Cole Ward (defender/goalkeeper), Austin Rex (forward), Noah Schweitzer (defender) and Riley Klaus (midfielder); and a baker’s dozen of freshmen.

Besides this afternoon’s contest, the Bearcats will have a home match against Botkins 5 p.m. Aug. 27.


The Lincolnview Lancer boys of co-head coaches Mark McCleery and Nick Evans open 2 p.m. today versus Lima Senior at Lima Stadium.

The third-year program (15-13-5) has a limited bench with only 14 players out, eight of them veteran starters from last fall’s 6-7-5 edition.

Three of those returnees are seniors in Bryce Campbell (midfielder), Dalton Kayser (defender) and Conner McCleery (midfielder/forward).

Four 11th-graders also are back in Austin Leeth (midfielder/forward), Dalton Schmersal (defender/goalkeeper), Wyatt Schmersal (defender) and Tyler Wannemacher (defender).

The Lancers have two other matches in the next two weeks: Tuesday at home (5 p.m.) versus the Fort Wayne Fusion and a home match versus Ottoville Aug. 27 (5 p.m.).


Lincolnview’s girls footballers visit Lima Stadium to battle Lima Senior noon today.

However, the Lady Lancers continue to struggle with the depth issue as only 12 girls dot the 2013 roster.

Expect veteran seniors such as Cassie Hale (forward/defender), Lydia Myers (defender) and Joanne Myers (defender) to lead the effort.

As well, juniors Julia Thatcher (midfielder/forward), Claire Clay (midfielder/defender) and Hannah McCleery (forward/defender).

Other than this afternoon’s matchup, the Lancers will host Crestview in the Northwest Conference opener 5 p.m. Aug. 26.

Last Updated on Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:21 AM

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