DNJ 7-AAA POWER POLL
1. Siegel: Returns bulk of lineup from this past season’s state quarterfinalist squad.
2. Oakland: Plenty of talent returns from 2011 District 7-AAA regular-season champion.
3. Blackman: Experience is key to team with 16 juniors and seniors on squad.
4. Smyrna: Senior Holly Vetter leads Lady Bulldogs, who could be a darkhorse for region berth.
5. La Vergne: Lady Wolverines have improved their record the past two seasons.
6. Riverdale: Young Lady Warriors include two freshmen forward and a freshman at goalkeeper.
10 Players to Watch
Emily Anderson, Siegel, Sr.: Standout center midfielder has committed to Austin Peay.
Shelby Coleman, Oakland, Sr.: Reigning District 7-AAA Defensive MVP leads Lady Patriots.
Sierra Franz, Smyrna, So.: Forward was second on team in 2011 with 21 goals scored for the Lady Bulldogs.
Stitch Leek, Riverdale, Jr.: Center midfielder has scored 12 goals and totaled 14 assists in first two seasons for Lady Warriors.
Abby Magnuson, MTCS, Sr.: Midfielder was named Lady Cougars’ MVP in 2011 for her scrappy play.
Lindsey Rose, Oakland, Sr.: Lady Patriots forward scored 15 goals with 14 assists in 2011.
Kufre Udofia, Central Magnet, Jr.: Defending District 8-A/AA MVP plays at defender, but can move around to other positions.
Holly Vetter, Smryna, Sr.: Center midfielder and four-year starter being recruited by Tennessean Wesleyan and others.
Emily Williams, Siegel, Sr.: Center back is standout defender and Tennessee Tech commitment.
Alexis Woodroffe, La Vergne, Sr.: Forward and captain for Lady Wolverines has speed and ability to find the goal.
Central beefs up schedule
Coming off a trip to the Region 4-A/AA tournament in its first varsity season, Central Magnet will have a stronger non-district schedule in 2012.
Central Magnet coach Michael Ruess opens the season this week at La Vergne. The Lady Tigers also will compete in the Franklin County Rebelette Classic and play Merol Hyde Magnet School in non-conference play.
“We wanted to try and beef up our schedule,” Ruess said.
Ruess said the program has added a junior varsity team this season. There are currently 40 players in the third-year high school.
Blackman is the most experienced of any 7-AAA squad this season with 16 juniors and seniors on the roster. Veteran coach Bill Vice doesn’t have a freshman on the varsity roster.
There are nine seniors and seven juniors on the team.
“We are senior and junior loaded,” Vice said. “We only have three sophomores (on the varsity roster), and one of those sophomores is injured.”
Senior Lindsey Williams and junior Elisabeth Webber are captains for the varsity team this season.
Both Smyrna and Riverdale will have its share of freshmen contributors this season.
Smyrna, which returns four senior starters and six seniors overall, has 10 freshmen on its 23-player roster.
Riverdale freshmen Ashton Fogle and Maddison Falter are starting up top for the Lady Warriors, while freshman Kristen Fuller is a goalkeeper.
Riverdale coach Jackie Barnes will lean on four-year player Haleigh Dunning to help direct her young teammates. She starts at defender.