Coach: Jim Meidl, fifth season
Last year: Second, Olympian Conference
Returning letter winners: Lauren Holschbach, sr.; Katie Ziemer, sr.; Riley Grimm, jr.; Hannah Roffers, jr.; Chloe Sebo, jr.;
Outlook: The Panthers return a pair of first-team all-OC selections in catcher Holschbach and pitcher Sebo. Holschbach batted .577 while throwing out 40 percent of steal attempts while Sebo had an earned run average of 1.84. Meidl says Reedsville will be a young team with just four returning starters but has the experience with Sebo and Ziemer on the pitching staff to contend in the top half of the OC.
Coach: Rob Noe, third year
Last year: 11th, Fox River Classic Conference
Returning letter winners: Lainey Braun, sr.; Alex Luedtke, sr.; Sabrina Luedtke, jr.; Shayna Schroeder, sr.; Hannah Spindler, sr.; Sam Kaufman, jr.; Hailee Kotche, jr.; Kaitlyn Sukowaty, so.; Mary Troullier, jr.
Outlook: The Ships return 10 letter winners, something Noe says helps create a strong core of leaders. Noe also feels Lincoln’s team chemistry will be good as there are only four players without any varsity experience. Another strength is the ability of most of the Ships to play multiple positions.
Coach: Sabrina Holden, first season
Last year: Sixth, EWC
Returning letter winners: Jessica Groh, sr.; Stephanie Scholz, sr.; Brenna Spencer, sr.; Dana Fritsch, sr.; Brooke Iserloth, sr.
Outlook: Spencer looks to lead the Raiders after being a first team all-EWC player last season in center field. Kiel has 11 seniors but just five with varsity experience. Holden says she knows she can count on her returning seniors to provide leadership.
Coach: Kirk Shillcox, third year
Last year: Eighth, Eastern Wisconsin Conference
Returning letter winners: Marissa Broehm, sr.; Bailee Walesh, jr.; Brooke Shillcox, jr.; Mariah Broehm, jr.; Erica Fidler, jr.; Ali Hansen, so.; Kim Dimmick, so.
Outlook: Shortstop Walesh figures to lead the team after being named a second team all-EWC selection having batted .459 a season ago. Shillcox is confident his young squad will improve from last season with seven returning starters.
Coach: Matt Menges, second year; Don Menges, 10th year
Last year: Fourth, OC
Returning letter winners: Callie Brice, sr.,; Karis Gast, sr.,; MacKayla Menges, jr.; Kaitlin Radue, sr.; Ryley Schetter, sr.; Emily Unke, sr.; Hannah Yagodinski, sr.;
Outlook: The Lancers were dealt a blow when junior Arianna Neumeyer tore her ACL at the end of basketball. Lutheran will look towards strong senior leadership and good speed at the top of the order according to Matt. One area of concern for Menges is a lack of experienced pitching but he feels if they can find the strike zone Lutheran could be competitive in the OC.
Coach: Dawn Krueger, second year
Last year: Fourth, OC
Returning letter winners: Lindsay Bries, sr.; Kelly Junk, sr.,; Tayler Krause, jr.; Amber Pantzlaff, jr.; Kendra Krejcarek, jr.; Kaitlyn Schetter, jr.
Outlook: Krause, a second team all-OC selection last season, returns after leading the conference in slugging percentage (.948) while tying with teammate Pantzlaff for the OC lead in RBIs (20) and home runs (three). Krueger is encouraged by the return of pitcher Bries who she feels can help lead the pitching staff.
Coach: Louis Vigue, 18th year
Last year: Seventh, OC
Returning letter winners: Tiffany Abts, sr.; Katy Orth, sr.; McKenzie Miller, sr.; Alex Mihalakakos, sr.; Erin Jagemann, sr.; Hannah Severin, jr.; Riley Wetenkamp, so.
Outlook: The Jets return a first team all-OC selection in Abts and pair of second teamers in Orth and Severin. Abts tied for the OC lead with 20 RBIs and three homers while Orth batted .357 and scored 20 runs and Severin hit six doubles and batted .455. Vigue expects Roncalli to be a balanced squad with quality pitching and good hitting. He says while some players are learning no positions he’s confident in their athletic abilities to adjust.