Here are area girls softball preview capsules. We'll try and round up the rest over the next couple of days.
HEAD COACH: Katie Risner (2nd year, 9-9
2009 RECORD: 9-9 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Courtney Garcia, sr., SS; Alyssa Below, sr, 2B; Ashley Hengsteler, sr., C; Mandy Minard, jr., 2B/SS; Kendal Moses, jr., P/3B; Jenna Mock, jr., OF/SS; Rachelle Palmer, jr., 1B; Sam Greenwell, soph., OF/2B; Hannah Barger, jr., OF; Raven Aurand, soph., OF/2B; Kristin Glick, soph., C/UT; Cristen Cramer, jr., P; Shannon Moses, soph., 3B/OF, Alysha Funk, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Lauren Ward, fr., P; Lauren Conine, fr., 1B; Miranda Palmer, fr., OF; Marie Keefe, fr., 3B/C.
NOTABLE: Moses and Rachelle Palmer were first-team all-BVC selections a year ago. Palmer was second-team all-district and Moses honorable mention all-district. Garcia and Glick were honorable mention all-BVC picks.
HEAD COACH: Gregg Feller (7th year, 84-50).
2009 RECORD: 18-6 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Shaunie Rettig, sr., P; Mary Price, sr., CF; Bailey Streib, sr., C; Tina Brunswick, jr., OF; Jessica Hunter, soph., 2B; Katie Johnson, jr., 1B; Kelsey Norway, sr., OF; Madison Simons, jr., 3B; Abby Streib, jr., OF
TOP PROSPECTS: Mackenzie Heacock, jr., IF; Megan Tossey, jr., OF; Elizabeth Helms, soph., IF/OF; Rachel Helms, fr., OF/P.
NOTABLE: Arlington should be one of the teams to beat in the BVC this season with Rettig back in the pitching circle. She was a first team all-Ohio selection after racking up a 16-4 record with a 0.69 ERA.
HEAD COACH: Dan Gillett (9th year).
2009 RECORD: 10-9 overall, 6-3 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Carrie Bassitt, sr., P/3B; Heather May, sr., C; Leah Fett, sr., OF; Lauren Emans, sr., OF; Shannon McKamey, jr.; Brianna Laing, jr., 2B/SS; Molly Lengyel, jr., OF; Kayla Longworth, soph., P/OF; Ashlin Gable, soph., 1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tori Holcomb, fr., IF; Adrian Rumer, fr., IF; Katie Palte, fr., IF.
NOTABLE: McKamey is back after a terrific sophomore season in which she hit .453 drove in 13 runs and stole 14 bases for the Pirates.
HEAD COACH: Eric Mullholand (9th year, 111-77).
2009 RECORD: 14-12 overall, 5-5 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Hillary Crawford, sr., OF; Tessa Kelbley, sr., P; Lacie Sherman, jr., C/OF; Leah Ritter, jr., P; Haley Johnson, jr., 1B; Morgan Draper, jr., SS; Audrey Walter, jr., OF; Sarah Phoenix, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Erin Boes, soph., 3B; Hannah Tong, fr., P; Chelsie Swartz, jr., 2B; Audrey Hotelling, fr., UT.
NOTABLE: Sherman is back after a sensational sophomore season for the Blue Devils. She was a first-team all-MAL and all-district selection after hitting a robust .425.
HEAD COACH: Jim Wagner
2009 RECORD: Not provided.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ashley Birchmeier, sr., 1B; Paige Gerteman, sr., SS; Amanda Langhals, sr., LF; Lyssa Stechschulte, sr., RF; McKenzie Creely, jr., P; Taylor Haines, jr., 3B/CG; Erica Walker, jr., 3B/C; Cece Utendorf, so., 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Tara Duling, sr., C-OF; Emily Frick, so., P; Katelynn Scott, fr., C.
NOTABLE: Ashley Birchmeier and Paige Gerteman are both four year starters for the Bulldogs. Birchmeier hit .406 last season in earning first team Putnam County League and second team Northwest Conference honors and Gerdeman batted at a .319 clip and was named to the PCL second team.
HEAD COACH: Bruce Purcell (2nd year, 5-8).
2009 RECORD: 5-8 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Rettig, sr., 1B; Hallie Snodgrass, jr., P/SS; Kayla Rossman, jr., P/SS; Nicole Lawrence, jr., CF; Morgan Woodward, soph., C/SS; Kresana Ward, soph., 2B; Carly Marshall, soph., 3B/OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Ashley Flanigan, sr.; Kimberly Launder, soph.; Megan Augustine, fr.; Chris Barlekamp, fr.; Josie Duncan, fr.; Tessa Heitmeyer, fr.; Nicole Hulihan, fr.; Taylor Hummel, fr.; Abbie James, fr.; Celese Montgomery, fr.; Erika Nigh, fr.; Devin Roth, fr.; Shelby Woodward, fr.; Kaitlyn Wolfarth, fr.
NOTABLE: Things will be looking up for the Hornets in the future as Purcell enters his second season as head coach he has 12 freshmen on this season’s roster.
HEAD COACH: Matt Hoiles (12th year, 215-79).
2009 RECORD: 17-10 overall, 10-4 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Emily Reynolds, sr., 2B; Sam Pollard, sr., SS; Vanessa Schwind, sr., 1B; Shelby George, sr., UT; Marissa Lee, sr., P; Morgan Arnold, jr., C; Amanda Peters, jr., OF; Stephanie Barringer, soph., OF; Whitney Striff, soph., UT/P; Sierra Beckford, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Michelle Sander, soph., UT; Brittany George, fr., 3B.
NOTABLE: Elmwood is looking to get back to the top of the SLL standings this season. Arnold was a first team all-conference selection while Lee, Pollard and Reynolds were second team all-league picks.
HEAD COACH: Gabe Sierra (4th year, 69-30).
2009 RECORD: 23-5 overall, 12-2 Northern Ohio League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Samantha Goddard, sr., OF/IF; Aja Hall, sr., IF; Genee Keels, sr., IF; Melanie Nye, sr., P/IF; Taylor Nye, sr., C; Allyson Beechum, jr., IF/P; Raina White, jr., IF; Megan Manns, jr., OF; Trisha Roddy, jr., OF/C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Not available.
NOTABLE: The Redmen should field a solid team on the diamond again this season. Hall hit .464 and Keels is back after batting .341 for the defending NOL champs.
Fostoria St. Wendelin
HEAD COACH: Theresa Webb
2009 RECORD: 19-5 overall, 7-3 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Geroski, sr. SS; Chelcie Rutter, sr., P/2B; Alisha Weis, jr., OF; Katelyn Schiefer, jr., P/3B, Leighanne Stahl, jr., C; Cassi Papenfus, sr., 1B; Brittany Haris, jr., 2B; Tamara Emerine, sr., OF; Meghan Taylor, sr. , OF
TOP PROSPECTS: Colleen Foudesy, fr., IF; Catrina Lang, fr., OF; Sami Birkmire, fr., OF; Audrienne Emerine, fr., Johnna Hoover, fr., IF/C; Katie Statham, so., OF; Meghan Taylor, sr., CF.
NOTABLE: The Mohawks return plenty of talent. Geroski was second-team all-Ohio and hit .375 last season. Rutter was first-team MAL and second-team all-district; Weis hit a team-high .522 and was second-team all-MAL; and Schiefer hit .358 and was second-team all-MAL.
HEAD COACH: DeAnna King (2nd year, 10-13).
2009 RECORD: 10-13 overall, 4-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Chelsey Bloom, sr., 2B/SS/P; Alyssa Cleveland, sr., OF; Morgan Hill, sr., OF; Alex Hossler, sr., P; Liz Bentz, sr., 1B; Taylor Bishop, jr., C/OF; Jocelyn Black, jr., OF/2B; Anne Fruth, jr., CF; Eva Tanner, soph., IF/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jessica Dull, soph.; Kendra Welly, soph.; Lauren Trumpler, fr.
NOTABLE: Tanner earned honorabler mention all-league honors for the Chieftains after posting a 2.83 ERA in 52 innings in the pitcher's circle. Black, meanwhile, is the top returning hitter after posting a .351 average in 2009.
HEAD COACH: Kelly Coble (2md year).
2009 RECORD: 2-15 overall, 1-4 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kelly Kehres, sr., OF/2B; Julia Fuerst, P/1B/3B; Amanda Brinkman, sr., C/OF; Stephanie Verhoff, sr., OF/3B; Emily Turnwald, jr., 3B/SS; Michelle Jorrey, jr., P/SS; Rachel Stechschulte, jr. 2B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Amanda Schulte, jr., OF; Paige Burgei, soph., OF; Julia Vandemark, fr., 3B/OF; Summer Holtkamp, fr., 2B; Courtney Kimmel, jr., C/OF.
NOTABLE: With six returning starters, the Wildcats are looking for big improvement in 2010. Turnwald earned second-team all-PCL honors last season as a sophomore and she will anchor a solid defensive group in the infield.
HEAD COACH: Sarah Simon (2nd year, 9-15).
2009 RECORD: 9-15 overall, 4-9 Suburban Lakes League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Hannah Podach, sr., SS; Rachel Hoffman, sr., IF; Amber Bickford, jr., OF; Abby Durst, soph., P/OF; Kaeyla Wiseman, soph., P/OF; Jessica Hoffman, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Courtney Chalfin, soph., C; Sierraa Ray, fr, C; Kaitlyn Baumer, fr., P.
HEAD COACH: Dennis Warnecke (1st year, 6-13).
2009 RECORD: 6-13 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference; 3-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Emily Gerten, soph., P; Molly Ellerbrock, soph., 2B; Mara Schroeder, soph., OF; Liz Inkrott, soph., OF; Santana Diaz, jr., 1B; Briana Lomeli, jr., 3B; Shari Mangas, jr., SS; Brittny Bohlman, jr., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Emily Westrick, fr., OF; Brooke Krienbrink, fr., 2B/P; Bryce Knisley, fr., OF; Melissa Alt, fr., OF; Kendra Gerten, fr., 1B; Chantel Fantom, soph., OF.
NOTABLE: Leipsic should be improved with eight letterwinners back but the Vikings have no seniors this season. Bohlman earned second team all-conference honors in both the PCL and BVC last season as a sophomore.
HEAD COACH: Jeff Schimmoeller (1st year)
2009 RECORD: No record was provided.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ashley Stamper, sr., OF/IF; Kara Marshall, sr., C; Annie Black, jr., OF; Taylor Stamper, so., IF; Kaitlyn Schimmoeller, so., IF; Erin Hackworth, so., IF/OF; Kelsey Dager, so., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Alyssa Hunker, jr., OF/1B; Kelsie Spieker, so., OF/2B; Stephanie Taylor, so., C; Jerrica Baumlien, sr., OF; Krysta Gorman, fr., P; Becca Dean, fr., P.
NOTABLE: Liberty-Benton returns seven letterwinners in Jeff Schimmoeller's first year at the helm. The Eagles will be counting on their two senior captains Kara Marshall and Ashley Stamper to provide leadership for a relatively young team.
HEAD COACH: Nick Shoop (4th year).
2009 RECORD: 16-7 overall, 9-0 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ellie Hammond, sr., IF; Abbie Joy, soph., P/IF; Rachael Barker, jr., IF; Susan Rader, sr., IF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Haylie Haas, jr., IF; Mallory Schaffner, jr., OF/IF; Kristen Buck, fr., OF/P; Hannah Bundy, fr., IF/P; Sarah Kettels, fr., OF/IF; Karah Kettels, fr., IF.
NOTABLE: McComb is the defending BVC champion but winning the league again this season may be a challenge. The Panthers have just four returning letterwinners and on their 22-player roster, 10 players are freshmen.
HEAD COACH: Emily Haselman (2nd year, 15-7).
2009 RECORD: 15-7 overall, 4-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Trisha Niese, sr., OF; Kayla Schroeder, sr., 1B; Olivia Rump, jr., 2B; Sara Schroeder, jr., OF; Kara Vennekotter, jr., OF; Ali Lammers, soph., SS; Jessica Leis, soph., P; Marissa Schroeder, soph., P; Toni Steffan, soph., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: Taylor Niese, soph., IF; Sami Michel, soph., 2B/OF; Ashley Niese, soph., 3B/SS.
NOTABLE: Steffan is the top returning offensive player for the WIldcats as she hit .400 with a pair of doubles, three triples and 12 RBI last season.
HEAD COACH: Jamie Lininger (7thyear, 98-56).
2009 RECORD: 18-7 overall, 8-2 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Paula Kelbley, sr., OF/1B; Taylor Mathias, sr., P/3B/1B; Sarah Reinhart, sr., 2B; Jami Wagner, sr., OF/2B/SS; JoAnn Borer, jr., C/OF; Danielle Coleman, jr., OF; Kylie Mathias, jr., 2B/OF; Shana Scherger, jr., OF/IF; Megan Mathias, soph., 3B; Paige Noftz, soph., C/OF/P; Brooke Scherger, soph., SS/P; Holly Tiell, soph., OF; Stacey Wank, soph., 1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Cassandra Acree, fr., OF/C; C’Aira Conley, fr., 1B.
NOTABLE: The Blue Jackets will have to replace the offensive punch provided by 2009 graduate Lauren Mathias, who hit .398 with two home runs and 25 RBI.
HEAD COACH: Frankie Hernandez (3rd year, 37-12)
2009 RECORD: 20-6 overall, 8-3 Midland Athletic League
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Taylor Boyer, jr., IF; Andrea Smith, jr., IF; Emily Stewart, Jr. IF; Brianna Ferguson, jr., C; Leona Euler, jr., IF/P; Mackenzie Carpenter, jr., OF; Ciara Hernandez, jr., OF; Andrea Bankey jr., IF; Jessica Frost, so., P/OF; Alli Baker, so., OF/P.
TOP PROSPECTS: Rachel Flores, Courtney Bretz, Paige Cotterman, Ricci Emahiser, Megan Frost, Kelsey Gazarek, Taylor Straley, Megan Wright.
NOTABLE: Usually having no seniors on a roster would be an issue. But Frankie Hernandez’s North Baltimore club returns 10 letterwinners and five players that earned All-Midland Athletic League status. If the returning players provide positive leadership and other players make solid contributions, North Baltimore could be in the hunt for a MAL title and a deep tournament run.
HEAD COACH: Troy Yant (6th year).
2009 RECORD: 8-19 overall, 2-7 Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ashley Hempfling, sr., P/SS; Tara Wehri, sr., SS; Amy Maag, sr., OF/2B; Brittany Zynda, sr., 3B; Katie Ruhe, jr., OF; Kylee Pothast, jr., 1B/P/OF; Sara Basinger, jr., C/OF; Molly Moening, jr., OF/2B; Hayley Kitchen, soph., SS/OF; Jessie Kreinbrink, soph., SS/OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Kari Leatherman, jr., 1B/3B; Alyssa Ebbeskotte, soph., 1B; Taylor Bockrath, soph., SS/C; Molly Closson, fr., UT/C.
NOTABLE: Yant has players back and that could translate into a winning season at O-G this year. Hempfling will be the team's top offensive threat after hitting .316 last season. Hayley Kitchen is also back and was the Titans' No. 1 starting pitcher as a freshmen.
HEAD COACH: Joe Modica & Connie Rhodes.
2009 RECORD: 1-16 overall, 1-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Samantha Modica, sr., P/IF; Kelsey Hoersten, so., OF; Lindsey Eickholt, so., IF; Marissa Nienburg, so., OF; Kendra Kroustop, so., IF/OF; Angelina Keeran, so., OF; Krista Schimmoeller so., IF; Crystal Mathews, so., C.
TOP PROSPECTS: McKenzie Martin, fr., P; Casey Miller, fr., P.
NOTABLE: Ottoville returns eight letterwinners from last year's squad, but Samantha Modica is the only upperclassman on the roster. The experience that the seven returning sophomores got last season should help the Big Green improve.
HEAD COACH: Kurt Mullins (3rd year, 7-37).
2009 RECORD: 5-17 overall, 4-5 Blanchard Valley Conference, 1-5 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kerri Hovest, sr., C/IF/OF; Jessica Watkins, sr., P/OF; Grace Basinger, jr., IF; Kristyn Hovest, jr., IF; Alecycia Prater, jr., IF/OF; Blake Basinger, soph., IF/OF; Ashley Bevins, soph., IF; Stevie Bockrath, soph., OF.
TOP PROSPECTS: Emmy Higbea, jr., OF; Taylor Hiegel, soph., IF/OF; Hope Bockrath, fr., OF/IF; Brianna Kuhlman, fr., IF.
NOTABLE: Look for even more improvement in Mullins' third year in charge of the program. Kristyn Hovest batted .436 and earned first team all-league honors in both conferences last season.
HEAD COACH: Jerry Cook (1st year)
2009 RECORD: 1-17 overall, 0-9 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Dustie Ward, sr., IF. Jenny Hendricks, soph., SS/IF; Melissa Hall, jr., UT; Sabrina Hesson, soph., UF; Ashley Parsell, jr, IF/1B.
TOP PROSPECTS: Abi Blair, fr., C/OF; Kelsie Ward, fr., C/OF; Taylor Kloepfer, fr., P/IF; Holly Chiow, fr., P/IF; Logan Frey, fr., CF/SS; Morgan Hotelling, sr., OF; Haley Carr, fr., OF.
NOTABLE: Hendricks was a first-team all-BVC pick after batting .500 last season. Dustie Ward is a three-year letterwinner. Expect the Wildcats to improve as the season goes along; five freshmen dot the starting lineup.