Individually, it was an historic season for McComb and Upper Sandusky when they both traveled to the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Dayton for the 2013 state volleyball tournaments.
Collectively, it was also a pretty profound statement for volleyball around the area.
McComb and Upper Sandusky represented two of the best volleyball programs in The Courier’s coverage area … and there were several of them.
Thirteen area programs won 17 or more matches last season. Seven of those had 20-plus wins.
McComb suffered just one loss in 28 matches, that coming to eventual state champion Marion Local in the Division IV semifinals.
Upper Sandusky finished 24-3, the last of its losses being to eventual state champion Versailles in the Division III semifinals.
New Riegel won 25 straight matches before suffering its first loss. That came in the Division IV regional semifinals.
Liberty-Benton won 22 matches. Arlington, Leipsic and Mohawk all won 21. Twenty of the 31 schools in The Courier’s six-county coverage area ended the 2013 season with winning records.
At one point during the 2013 season, five of the 10 schools in the Blanchard Valley Conference were state-ranked. That state-wide recognition extended beyond the regular season as 16 area players earned all-Ohio honors in voting done by the Ohio High School Volleyball Coaches Association.
Six of those all-Ohio players, including Division IV first-teamers Jenna Huffman (McComb), Kara Scherger (New Riegel) and Kelly Nadler (Leipsic), are back for what is shaping up as another banner year for area volleyball. Upper Sandusky returns a second-team Division III all-stater in junior Jenna Holly. Liberty-Benton’s Carrigan Gray and Ottawa-Glandorf’s Niki Ellerbrock are back after earning honorable mention all-Ohio honors.
“There are so many quality players out there and a lot of quality teams in Northwest Ohio,” McComb coach Dave Reinhart said during last fall’s march to the state tournament. “It’s a great area; always has been.”
The folding of some leagues and realignment of others will create some interesting matchups this season.
When the Midland Athletic League disbanded and the BVC expanded, North Baltimore and Hopewell-Loudon, along with Riverdale from the former North Central Conference, joined the Blanchard Valley Conference. McComb entered this season as a strong favorite to defend the crown it won a year ago, but now one of the teams the Panthers will have to get past is a Hopewell-Loudon program that Reinhart guided to five consecutive state championships (1997-2001).
Upper Sandusky, which won the final NCC title, moves over to the Northern-10 this season, where the Rams will be battling Mohawk, Carey and perennial power Buckeye Central for top honors.
After claiming the last league crown in the MAL, New Riegel will be looking to win its first as a member of the Sandusky River League.
Also looking to defend league championships they won a year ago will be Leipsic (Putnam County League), Ottawa-Glandorf (Western Buckeye League and Columbus Grove, which edged Bluffton by one game for the Northwest Conference crown.
Below is a look at the area’s volleyball teams this season. No information was available on teams from North Baltimore, Van Buren and Vanlue.
HEAD COACH: Melissa Gossard (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 17-8 overall, 5-3 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lindsay Walden, sr., MH; Rachel Wildman, jr., OH; Tori Wyss, sr, OH.; Megan Simon, jr., L; Gabby Linnon, sr.. S; Alexis Amburgey, sr., OH; Carlee Marshall, jr., MH; Morgan Sutton, jr., D; Claire Toland, jr., DS.
TOP PROSPECTS: Melina Woods, fr., OH; Ashley Sumner, jr., OH; Haley Wyss, soph., OH.
NOTABLE: Gossard is back for her fourth stint as head coach at the school. She has an 80-66 record in seven seasons as head coach and led the Bulldogs to five sectional titles.
HEAD COACH: Jacquie Ramsey (4th year, 52-21)
2013 RECORD: 18-7 overall, 5-4 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERMEN: Abbie Dauterman, sr., MH; Molly Glick, sr., MH; Madison Mock, sr., S/DS; Hailey Ginnever, sr., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Haley Kieffer, soph., S; Brittney Nye, soph., DS; Brooke Love, sr., L; Lizzie Coward, sr., OH; Sarah Ball, jr., OH; Taylor Warem, soph., RS.
NOTABLE: Expect the Redskins to be competitive again this season. Dauterman and Glick are the squad’s top returnees as they both earned second-team all-district honors last season.
HEAD COACH: Diana Inbody (6th year).
2013 RECORD: 21-5 overall, 6-3 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lindsay Werst, sr., OH; Britnee Johnson, sr., OH; Laura Alexander, jr., MH; Shayna Helms, jr., S; Lauren Willow, soph., MH; Whitney Dodds, soph., L.
TOP PROSPECTS: Abby Dempster, jr., S; Kendra Jolliff, soph., RH; Alex Russell, soph., RH; Aaliyah Comstock, jr., RH/MH; Sierra Nichols, soph., MH/RH; Jayme Webb, soph., MH/RH.
NOTABLE: Werst and Johnson are back from another successful Arlington season a year ago. Werst was a second team all-BVC and all-district selection while Johnson was an all-conference third teamer in 2013. Both are three-year letterwinners.
HEAD COACH: Kevin King (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 15-8 overall, 7-1 Northwest Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Lauren Parkins, sr., MB/L; Kearstin Barry, sr., DS; Samantha Fruchey, jr., MH; Sidney Joseph, sr., S/OH; Kathryn Basinger, sr., OH/OPP; Abby Bryer, sr., OPP.
TOP PROSPECTS: Haley Baker, soph., OH/OPP; Grace Nickels, soph., S/OH; Emily Metzger, soph., OH/OPP; Andie Schmutz, soph., MH.
NOTABLE: Bluffton graduated three all-league players in first-teamers Paige Buroker and Olivia Hunt and second-team pick Kaleigh Oberly. Parkins earned honorable mention all-NWC honors and heads up a strong senior class that a year ago, fell one game shy of claiming the school’s first NWC volleyball title since 2006.
HEAD COACH: Eric Vackert (6th year, 66-55).
2013 RECORD: 16-9 overall, 7-4 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Adrienne Hackworth, sr., OH; Sydney Wentling, jr., S; Claire Allison, sr., DS; Shelby Kin, jr., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Leah Kuhlman, sr., OH; Joanna Worst, sr., DS; Sierra Loper, sr., RS; Sara Craig, jr., M-RS; Lexi Pastterson, jr., DS; Sydney Kin, fr., M; Hannah Zimmerman, fr., OH.
NOTABLE: Wentling, first-team all-Midland Athletic League and all-District 6 in 2013, had 611 assists last year and enters her junior season with a school record 1,255 overall. Shelby Kin (197 kills, 42 blocks) was second-team all-MAL and third-team District 6 in helping the Blue Devils win a sectional championship. Hackworth, a two-year letter winner, had 70 kills and 132 digs last season, and Allison had 289 digs and was 209 of 216 serving with 13 aces.
HEAD COACH: Susan Jones (2nd year, 19-4).
2013 RECORD: 19-4 overall, 8-0 Northwest Conference; 5-1 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sydney McCluer, sr., OGH; Rachel Kohls, sr., DS; Hope Schroeder, sr., OG/DS; Kristin Wynn, sr., MH; Briana Glass, sr. S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Jade Clement, soph., S; Carlee McCluer, fr., OH; Maddie Vorhees, jr., MH; Mackenzie Clymer, jr., RH; Robyn Schumacher, jr., DS; Mikayla Roman, jr. RH; Becca Endicott, sr., RH.
NOTABLE: The Bulldogs lost NWC Player of the Year Julia Wynn to graduation from last year’s league championship club. Sydney McCluer is one of five returning players. She earned all-league honors and led the team in aces in 2013.
HEAD COACH: Allison Streicher (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 2-18 overall, 1-6 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Gabby Young, sr., S; Lindsey Kinilien, jr., OH; Ashley Kindilien, jr., MH; Alexis Doster, jr., S/OH; Briley Collier, soph., MH; Alivia Homier, soph., OH.DS; Keagan Grime, jr., OH/RS.
TOP PROSPECTS: Leah Baker, fr., MH; Sidney Eickholt, fr., S/OH; Amber Logan, fr., OH.
NOTABLE: With five starters back and a 17-player roster things are looking up for the Pirates this season as they try and improve upon last year’s 2-18 campaign.
HEAD COACH: Susan Rossman (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 13-11 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kendra Tuttle, sr., S; Megan Ritter, sr., OH; Adrienne Ford, sr., OH; Dani Badertscher, sr. L; Anna Curth, sr., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Abby Rosendale, jr., MH; Jaden Stahl, sr., OH; Brittney Roth, soph., DS; Emily Heldman, jr., S/RH.
NOTABLE: Ritter is a returning honorable mention all-BVC selection as an outside hitter. Rossman returns to the bench as the team’s head coach.
HEAD COACH: Penny Rayle (4th year, 44-23).
2013 RECORD: 18-6 overall, 11-3 Northern Buckeye Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Jasmine Marsh, sr., OH; Ashley Veryser, sr., MH; Jennah Wilson, sr., S; Katie Peters, sr., OPP; Lindsay George, jr., MH; Sarah Williams, sr., L.
TOP PROSPECTS: Sam Laborie, jr., U; Emily Schmitz, jr., U; Katy Henderson, soph., DS; Jaela Kynard, soph., OH.
NOTABLE: Rayle, who took over a program that went 6-17 in 2010, has gone 11-10, 15-7 and 18-6 in her three years as head coach. Six talented players graduated, three of them all-District 7 selections. Marsh, a second-team pick by Division III District 7 coaches, heads up another solid senior class, though. With Veryser (5-10) and March (5-9) the only players over 5-foot-7, defense, team quickness and execution will be crucial for the Royals.
HEAD COACH: Amy Stultz (2nd year, 3-20).
2013 RECORD: 3-20 overall, 1-13 Northern Buckeye Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Luchauna Smith, sr., MH; Madison Gillig, soph., S/DS; Lexie Fretz, soph., RH; Lil’ana Velasquez, soph., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Justice Lentz, sr., OH; Valencia Cousin, soph., OH; Delela Malagon, fr., L; Asiana Settles, fr., RH; Karly Renz, fr., S; Alexzandra Talley, fr., MH
NOTABLE: Few area teams will be younger than the Redmen this fall. Stultz enters her second season as head coach with a 10-player roster that includes eight freshmen and sophomores.
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HEAD COACH: Stacey Taylor (9th year, 101-84).
2013 RECORD: 12-11 overall, 5-6 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Becca Starn, sr., MH; Allie Rutter, jr. OH/S; Olivia Zimmerman, jr., OH/DS; Chloe Reiter, sr., S; Victoria Walter, jr., MH; Mikayla Gilliland, jr., DS; Hailee Burns, soph., OH/DS; Sophia Volpe, soph., L.
TOP PROSPECTS: Maddie Borer, jr., OH/DS
NOTABLE: The Mohawks have a solid core group of players returning from last year’s team that posted a winning record. Rutter was a second-team all-MAL selection while Starn and Volpe made the league’s honorable mention list.
HEAD COACH: Erika Uitto (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 9-11 overall, 2-7 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Bri Campbell, sr., MH; Addy Bame, sr., OH; Ashton Stevenson, jr., S; Holly Wilson, soph., MH/S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Alanna Roth, jr.; Kaylee Marling, jr.; Shelby Alloway, fr.; Kayla Whitaker, sr., OH; Ashton Stevenson, jr., S; Anna Koehler, soph., OH; Lydia Rush, soph., MH; Bailee Waller, soph., DS; Cassidy Deckling, fr., OH; Madison Robson, fr., S.
NOTABLE: There’s a new coach and plenty of new faces on the floor for Hardin Northern this season as the Polar Bears compete for one last season as a member of the Blanchard Valley Conference.
HEAD COACH: Jay Anderson (15th year).
2013 RECORD: 10-7 overall, 6-6 Buckeye Christian Schools Association.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sarah Wright, sr., H; Hannah Berry, jr., S/H; Nydia Velasquez, soph., S; Bethany Berry, soph., S; Elie Wright, soph., H; Megan Ridenour, soph., H.
TOP PROSPECTS: Olivia Berry, fr.; Olivia Schultz, fr., S/H.
NOTABLE: Hannah Berry was an all-conference selection for the Minutemen last season. With six returning letterwinners, expect significant improvement from Heritage Christian this fall.
HEAD COACH: Krissy Lotycz (3rd year, 22-24).
2013 RECORD: 13-11 overall, 8-3 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Shelbi Sauber, sr., OH/S; Baleigh Searles, soph., DS/L; Alexis Feindel, soph., MH; Michelle Welly, soph., DS; Brooke Arbogast, soph., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Astacia Richardson, jr., RS/UT; Michelle Wilfong, jr., DS; Marissa Shaver, soph., DS/S; Jacque Burns, fr., S; Kenadee Siebenaller, fr., RH; Jessie Kreais, fr., RS; Alex Endicott, fr., DS.
NOTABLE: Five players return for the Chieftains as they enter their first season as a member of the Blanchard Valley Conference. Senior three-year letterwinner Shelbi Sauber is back for the Chieftains after earning second-team all-MAL honors as a junior.
HEAD COACH: Kristen Stechschulte (2nd year, 10-12).
2013 RECORD: 10-12 overall, 3-3 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kylie Osterhage, jr., MH/OH; Allison Recker, jr., MH/OH; Kennedy Hoffman, sr., L; Morgan Niese, sr., MH; Nicole Recker, sr., S; Carlee Miller, soph., OH; Alexis Vorst, sr., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Brooke Kimball, soph., OH/S; Caitlin Stechschulte, sr., MH.
NOTABLE: Last year was a rarity, a sub-.500 season at Kalida. Look for a quick turnaround though as Recker has six returning players, including Kylie Osterhage and Kennedy Hoffman who were honorable mention all-PCL selections last season.
HEAD COACH: Brent Newell (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 21-3 overall, 7-2 Blanchard Valley Conference; 6-0 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brooke Heitmeyer, jr., MF; Shalynn Morman, sr., OH; Kelly Nadler, sr., OH; Emily Ellerbrock, sr., S; Brooke Gerdeman, soph., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Justine Schroeder, jr., DS; Kierra Meyer, fr., OH; Kelsie Gillespie, sr., DS; Lindsey Rieman, soph., RH; Alyssa Schroeder, jr., RH; Brenna Schroeder, sr., DS; Mindy Ellerbrock, soph., DS; Abby Whaley, jr., RH; Mackenzie Williamson, jr., DS.
NOTABLE: Look for Leipsic to challenge defending Blanchard Valley Conference champ McComb. The Vikings are loaded with returning talent including first team all-Ohio selection Kelly Nadler and second team all-PCL picks Emily Ellerbrock and Shalynn Morman.
HEAD COACH: Cristy Gray (5th year).
2013 RECORD: 22-4 overall, 8-1 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNER: Alyson Hughes, sr., RS; Olivia Newman, sr., L; Lauren Kotey, sr., MH; Carrigan Gray, jr., S/OH; Brooke Hoehne, jr., DS; Kelsey May, jr., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Abby Clouse, jr., MH; Sydney Colchagoff, soph., S; Gabby Lyon, soph., DS; McKenzie Murphy, fr., DS; Ashleigh Carpenter, sr., DS.
NOTABLE: Carrigan Gray returns after a terrific sophomore season. She was a first team all-BVC and all-district selection while earning a spot on the honorable mention Division III all-Ohio squad.
HEAD COACH: Dave Reinhart (2nd year, 27-1).
2013 CONFERENCE FINISH: 27-1 overall, 9-0 Blanchard Valley Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Loryn Huffman, soph., S; Samantha Thesourinthone, jr., DS; Jenna Huffman, jr., MH; Molly Leppelmeier, soph., MH; Makenna Babb, soph., OH/DS.
TOP PROSPECTS: Chloe Wilson, soph., RS; Nora Hemminger, OH/DS; Emily Grubb, jr., RS; Jenna Herr, soph., OH/MH; Brittani Harden, soph., L.
NOTABLE: The Panthers are coming off the school’s first trip to the OHSAA state tournament and Reinhart has five returning letterwinners back from last year’s unit including junior Jenna Huffman, a first team all-Ohio selection last season.
HEAD COACH: Cheryl Kreinbrink (4th year).
2013 RECORD: 2-21 overall, 0-6 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Haley Lammers, sr., MH; Kylee Ricker, sr., S; Jana Schroeder, sr., L; Kristin Schmenk, jr., MH; Skylar Niese, soph., OH; Makenna Ricker, soph., OH; Taylor Roth, soph., OH; Chloe Ruck, soph., S; Claire Westrick soph., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Abbey Schroeder, fr., DS.
NOTABLE: Nine letterwinners are back at Miller City this season including honorable mention all-PCL setter Kylee Ricker.
HEAD COACH: Eric Hoover (11th year, 208-42).
2013 RECORD: 21-4 overall, 10-1 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Ali Konkle, sr., OH; Sheyanne Wilhelm, sr., MH/OH; MacKenzie Sowers, sr., L; Stacy Clouse, sr., S; Mya Morris, jr., MH; Stacy Clouse, sr., S.
TOP PROSPECTS: Addie Thierym, soph., MH/OH; Hannah Kieffer, jr., OH/S; Allison Osborn, jr., DS; Emily Conner, soph., MH; Alexis Jenkins, jr., DS; Abby Luhring, jr., OH; Chelsey Trusty, soph., S/DS.
NOTABLE: Four seniors return from last year’s 21-4 team. Mohawk should have enough firepower to challenge Upper Sandusky for the inaugural Northern 10 Conference title.
HEAD COACH: Cindy Walerius (11th year, 185-54).
2013 RECORD: 25-1 overall, 11-0 Midland Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kara Scherger, sr., OH; Taylor Arbogast, sr., OH; Natalie Reinhart, sr., BH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Leah Bouillon, jr., S; Hailey Theis, sr., MH; Mackenzie Reinhart, sr., MH; Brittany Baker, sr., L; Leanne Tiell, sr., MH; Brianna Gillig, fr., MH; Lindsay Bouillon, fr., S; Liz Zoeller, jr., OH; Emily Hohman, soph., L.
NOTABLE: New Riegel may not have many letter winners back from a team whose only loss was in the regional semifinals, but the ones that are back are outstanding. Scherger, an all-around athlete who earned all-Ohio honors in volleyball (1st-team), basketball (honorable mention) and softball (honorable mention), had 315 kills, 364 digs and 86 aces last season. Arbogast, first-team all-league and second-team all-District 6, had 277 kills, 277 digs and 39 aces, and Reinhart had 63 assists.
HEAD COACH: Ann Ellerbrock (13th year, 296-85).
2013 RECORD: 19-6 overall, 8-1 Western Buckeye League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Niki Ellerbrock, sr., OH; Anna Bellman, sr., MH; Olivia Hermiller, jr., RS; Kayla Leatherman, sr., DS; Ashley Stechschulte, sr., L; Madison Stechschulte, sr. S; Jordan Alt, soph., MH; Brooke Eiden, sr., OH; Kylie White, soph., RS; Jenna Warnimont, jr., DS; Lauren Buddelmeyer, jr., S .
TOP PROSPECTS: Emily Annesser, soph.; S; Kianna Siefker, sr., MH; Carly Alt, fr., RS.
NOTABLE: Niki Ellerbrock earned first-team all-league, first-team all District 8, and honorable mention all-Ohio recognition last season. Bellman returns after earning second-team all-WBL honors. As O-G’s head coach, Ann Ellerbrock has built the Titans into one of the WBL’s dominant programs. Over the past decade, O-G is 81-9 in league play, with three outright WBL titles, two co-championships and five runner-up finishes.
HEAD COACH: Andi Wertenberger (9th year).
2013 RECORD: 6-15 overall, 1-4 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brooke Mangas, soph., OH; Annie Lindeman, sr., OH/MH; Alexis Thorbahn, soph., S; Chelse Boecker, sr., UT; Madison Knodell, soph., OH/DS; Nicole Kramer, jr., OH; Morgan Beining, sr., OH; Alicia Honigford, soph., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: CJ Kemper, fr., MH/OH; Maizee Brinkman, soph., OH; Bridget Landin, fr., MH/OH; Emily Landin, fr., OH/DS.
NOTABLE: The Big Green will be a young, yet experienced team this season. Annie Lindeman is the team’s top returning player after landing a spot on the all-PCL first team a year ago.
HEAD COACH: Kristyn Hovest (1st year).
2013 RECORD: 17-7 overall, 3-6 Blanchard Valley Conference; 4-2 Putnam County League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Mackenzie Swary, sr., DS/OH; Kaitlyn Conine, sr., DS; Kayla Rieman, jr, S; Mikaylie Morman, jr., OH/MH; Serena Maag, jr., OH/MH; Alexa Maag, soph., OH/MH; Brittany Hovest, soph., OH/MH.
NOTABLE: Hovest takes the reins at her alma mater and must replace second-team all-Ohioan and Putnam County League MVP Megan Maag.
HEAD COACH: Bretta Hagerty (3rd year, 20-27).
2013 RECORD: 7-17 overall, 2-6 Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Heather Gibson, sr., S; Allicyn Jones, sr., DS; Madi Almanza, sr., DS; Tara Tietje, sr., L; Alison Imbrock, jr., OH; Alyson Prigge, jr., OH; Alexis Miller, jr., OH; Shelby Crouse, jr., MH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Claire Seedorf, soph., OH; Natalie Herder, soph., OH; Courtney Rosebrook, soph., MH.
NOTABLE: The Patriots had no seniors last season so everyone returns which should mean some serious improvement this season. Gibson is back for her third season as the team’s setter.
HEAD COACH: Jenny Young (6th year, 44-59).
2013 RECORD: 6-16 overall, 3-11 North Central Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Kaye Lynn Wise, sr., OH; Taylor Farmer, jr., S; Araeha Dodge, jr., MH; Carrol Pauley, soph., OH; Cara Pauley, soph., DS; Aricka Hill, jr., MH; Janessa Taylor, soph., OH.
TOP PROSPECTS: Taylor Kuenzli, jr., DS/S; Tylynn Headington, jr., OH; Molly Shultis, sr., L; Ashylynn Murray, sr., DS.
NOTABLE: A pair of all-league performers are back as Riverdale begins play in the Blanchard Valley Conference this season. Carrol Pauley was second team all-NCC and third team all-district as a freshman last season while Farmer earned honorable mention all-conference and all-district honors for the Falcons.
HEAD COACH: Matthew McConnaughey (6th year, 69-54).
2013 RECORD: 24-3 overall, 13-1 North Central Conference.
RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Madison Bianchi, sr., DS; Jenna Holly, sr., L; Kalene Johnson, sr., MH; Molly Owens, jr., MB; Ceidyer Niederkohr, sr., OH/DS; Emma Smith, jr., S/OH; Ali Roeder, sr., RS; Taven Wentling, jr., S/DS.
TOP PROSPECTS: Alli Caudill, jr., OH/DS.
NOTABLE: Coming off the school’s first trip to the OHSAA state tournament, Upper Sandusky is looking for more. All but one of last year’s varsity squad returns. But that one graduate will be hard to replace as do-it-all standout Taylor Graboski is now playing at the NCAA Division I level at Valparaiso University.