Southern Tier Athletic Conference
HEAD COACH: Mark Prutsman
LAST SEASON: 5-13
KEY RETURNERS: Seniors Lindsey Prutsman, Sarah Trifoso, Megan Lewis; juniors Caitlin Price, Karissa Gurnsey, Gillian McGannon, Cierra Capo, Sydney Hollasch, Emily Baker; sophomores Catherine Quinlan, Lauren Fie, Olivia LeBaron.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Freshman Taylor Herberger
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “It’s my first year as varsity girls basketball coach. We are looking to grow the program and improve upon last year. The girls are working extremely hard and I am excited and hopeful that we can improve as the year goes on and become a team that can challenge people on a nightly basis.”
HEAD COACH: Jake Dailey
LAST SEASON: 0-15
KEY RETURNERS: Senior guards Kaitlyn Weaver, McKenna Backer and Melissa Erway; junior wing Abbie Topping.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Sophomore guard Anasah Demember, sophomore wing Jaida Washington, junior guard Lauren Szerszen.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “We had a strong summer program and had a very good fall preseason workout. We are looking to be more aggressive on defense and coming into this season hungry and ready to compete with the top teams in our league. Again the STAC is strong from top to bottom and this should make for some great games this year.”
HEAD COACH:Andy Scott
LAST SEASON: 17-4 (won STAC West and Section 4 Class AA titles).
KEY RETURNERS: Junior forwards Amanda Schiefen and Katie Reasons; senior guards Ellie Leszyk, Abbey Benesh, Jen LaViola; senior forward Erin Strollo, junior guard Shannon Titus.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Sophomore guards Rachel Stermer, Marianne Cites; freshman guard Tatum Benesh, freshman forward Jess Schiefen, sophomore forward Emily Smith, junior guard Kayla Tyler, junior forward Sara McCawley.
KEY LOSSES: Horseheads lost all-conference players Tess Wicks and Jen Chalk to graduation, then unexpectedly lost junior forward Marlea Nolan to a turn ACL suffered during volleyball. Nolan was one of the team’s starters last season.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “We have all the pieces to eventually make a successful run. With seven returners and seven newcomers, we have kids in two different spots right now. Once everyone catches up and gets on the same page, we should put an excellent product on the floor. The JV was 16-2 last year and has many girls who will factor into our game plans this year. With great leadership and unselfish team play, I think this team has the potential to make a lot of great things happen.”
Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Elmira Notre Dame
HEAD COACH: Maurice Rankins
LAST SEASON: 15-4
KEY RETURNERS: Senior guard/forward Sheridan Heine, senior forward/center Emily Carson, senior guard Megan Herrick, senior guard/forward Ramona Sonner-Myers, junior guard Kaylyn Curran, junior forward/center Megan O’Dell, sophomore guard/forward Mia Hanlen, freshman guard Mackenzie Maloney.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Junior guard/forward Brook Harvey, freshman guard Arianna Bulkley, eighth-grade forward/center Mary Foster.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “I am very proud to represent the Notre Dame Crusaders and our players will work hard in each practice to be prepared for each game. It is an awesome opportunity to coach for a high school that is rich in both tradition and success. Every young lady in the program has high expectations that inspire each coach to live up to them.”
HEAD COACH: Greg Gavich
LAST SEASON: 3-15
KEY RETURNERS: The lone starter back is senior guard Trisha Williams. Also back are senior forwards Jordan Zoeke and Mikayla Curren.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Junior forwards Addi Rhodes, Brooke Collins, Hailie Searles and Breanna Struble; junior guard Callie Stillman, eighth-grade guard/forward Gillian Clark, eighth-grade guard Nakiaha Robinson.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “This is easily the most inexperienced team we’ve had here in a long time. Hopefully by the second half of the season we will show improvement and have the rebuilding process under way.”
Thomas A. Edison
HEAD COACH: Terry Day
LAST SEASON: 7-11
KEY RETURNERS: Senior forwards Katelyn Warren and Kayla Lockner; senior guard Michelle Woychak, junior center Caitlin Yartym.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Junior guards Cassie Amberg, Brittany Antinow, Gabbi Friebis, Lindsey Moore; senior guard Casidhe Elston, senior forward Maria Forte, junior forward Keondra Genung, sophomore forward Emma Straight.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “We graduated eight players from last year’s team, so we’re looking for leadership and production from our four returners and for our newcomers to step up and contribute right away. This is a great group to work with. They work hard and we’re looking forward to seeing what the season brings.”
HEAD COACH: Alicia Learn
LAST SEASON: 9-10
KEY RETURNERS: Senior guard Victoria Goehner, senior center Alex Naylor, junior forward Madison Gates, junior guards Alexis Gonzalez and Halle Phillips; sophomore guards Madison Myers and Amanda Cherock.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Junior guard Keziah Fraboni, junior center Justice Heiderich and junior forward Tamijah Lawton-Stone.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “This team is determined and hardworking. I am looking forward to a great season.”
HEAD COACH: Robert Kelly
LAST SEASON: 19-1 (won IAC South Large School and overall IAC Large School titles)
KEY RETURNERS: Junior guards Emiley Myers and Kylie Newman; senior forwards Reylyn Schwartzhoff and McKhenna Mattison, senior guard Jordan Raupers.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: Junior guard Kiana Manual, junior forward Katie McEvoy.
COACH’S OUTLOOK: “As we get to know each other better, we are getting better with each day. If we continue to work hard and play hard good things can happen for us.