KEY: A= attacker, C= center, D= defense, DR= driver, F= field, G= goalie, P= point, S= set, W= wing, UT = utility
Coaches’ predictions: 1. Okemos, 2. Grand Ledge, 3. Mason, 4. Hotel, 5. Haslett/Waverly/Lansing Christian
Top players: Shianne Buxton (Mason), Olivia Creamer (Okemos), Dawn Hawkins (Okemos), Mallory Haynie (Hotel), Sydney Fountain (Okemos), Taylor Kehren (Grand Ledge), Taylor Lock (Mason), Isabella Morris (Okemos), Catherine Schertzing (Hotel), Sarah Williams (Okemos), Liz Wood (Grand Ledge)
Last year: 2nd
Coach: Mitch Fountain (1st season)
Top returning players: Liz Wood (sr.) A, Taylor Kehren (sr.) D, Rachel Kisnonsky (sr.) UT, Taylor McCrackin (sr.) G, Kelsey Burnham (jr.) UT
Other contributors: Mackenzie Winger (so.) A, Emma Cornell (so.) UT, Beth Wood (jr.) C, Amiya Harris (so.) A
Outlook: The Comets have a mix of senior leadership and youth and expect to compete for a spot in the regional tournament this spring. Wood is a top scorer, while Kisnonsky and Cornell are other key offensive performers. Kehren was a Dream Team performer last spring and is joined by Burnham as a key defensive specialist.
Coach: Randi Cartwright (1st season)
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HOLT/EAST LANSING (HOTEL)
Coach: Ron Marsh (36th season)
Top returning players: Catherine Scherzting (sr.) F, Rachel Bennick (sr.) G, Kelley Siweitzer (jr.) F, Laurel Cullerton (jr.) F, Alexis Lefevre (jr.) F, Angela Laier (jr.) F, Lilly Zink (so.) F, Mallory Haynie (so.) F, Allegra Forma (jr.) F
Other contributors: Cameron Magee (fr.) F, Meckenna Sutterlin (fr.) F, Mara Login (fr.) F
Outlook: Marsh said his Holt/East Lansing combined team is a young group that will look to improve on last year and try to move up in the district standings.
Last year: 4th
Coach: Kristin Higgins (8th season)
Top returning players: Olivia Creamer (sr.) DR, Shianne Buxton (jr.), Kaycee Richmond (sr.) DR, Analiese Guettler (sr.) P, Ashley Grant (jr.) DR, Kerrigan Scharich (so.) W, Taylor Lock (jr.) P
Other contributors: Victoria Nerkowski (fr.) G
Outlook: The Bulldogs lost 10 seniors and have looked to their returning group for leadership. Second and third-year players are in the starting lineup for Mason and Higgins believes that can help continue the progress of the program.
Last year: 18-10-1, 4-0 (1st)
Coach: Matt Latham (5th season)
Top returning players: Sarah Williams (jr.) C, Sydney Fountain (jr.) D, Isabella Morris (jr.) UT, Dawn Hawkins (sr.) G.
Other contributors: Ryan Quillinan (jr.) A, Emma Petroff (so.) A, Taylor Quillinan (jr.) A, Freya Garbaccio (jr.) A
Outlook: The Chiefs returns a small, but hard working group of players that includes reigning LSJ player of the year Williams and Dream Team performers in Fountain and Morris. Okemos aims for a return to the state tournament, which will take place at East Lansing in June.