This time, they hope it comes on the track.
With a bundle of returning regional and state placers, the Chargers have their sights set high in 2017. On the girls side, The Lady Chargers bring back a pair of talented individuals who put together successful 2016 seasons. Madison Moyer was a regional qualifier in the 800-meter run while Kennedy Ames advanced in the high jump.
After a fourth place finish in last season’s Sandusky Bay Conference meet, the Chargers lost four seniors but return some key contributors. Edison girls’ coach Dean Shelley is excited for 2017.
“We have 15 returning letter winners from last season,” Shelley said. “Madison Moyer is a returning regional and 2-time state qualifier. Kennedy Ames is a regional qualifier and Jordyn Howard is a 3-year letter winner and is a staple of this team as the lead leg of the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays.”
The Lady Chargers have 35 girls on the roster, something Shelley admits will be a great strength going into bigger invitationals.
“The strength of the team this season will be the depth we have at the distance events, “Shelley said. “This season will be exciting with the new SBC setup and new teams that will compete at the conference meet. Once again, Oak Harbor appears to be the front-runner to win the conference championship.”
Shelley has eight distance runners headlined by Moyer. Also joining the group is Isabel Chasney, Catherine Houser, Grace Kromer, Kaytee Purenciu, Shay Risner, Carlie Shover and Ashley Sneider.
Ames headlines the jump athletes followed by Zoe Grant, Jennifer Otto and Zoe Tucker. Rebekah Klepper is the senior leader in teh hurdles with Madeline Stiles, Jossie Soviak and Grace Wilson joining her. The Lady Chargers have young throw athletes led by Viktoria Straka, Sydney Schuster, Sara Ruckman, Emily Morton and Marissa Lisy.
The Lady Chargers are deepest in the sprints with a total of 13 athletes making up the roster. Olivia Blatnik, Kelsey Schuster, Breanna Brown, Grace Hagelberger, Kayle Harris, Taylor Harris, Emma Houser, Molly Houser, Jordyn Howard, Lillie Klepper, Haley Lloyd, Piper Nickoli and Avery Wolfe make up the sprinters.
For the boys, a trio of athletes have the Chargers looking for even more success.
After a second place finish in the SBC and 11 returning lettermen, the Chargers could capture their first SBC title since 2001. The Chargers bring back three high-profile athletes who saw success last season. State placer in the hurdles and 4x400-meter relay, Bryce Ostheimer comes back for his senior season while Dawson Timbs and Joe Eskra follow up their regional qualifying seasons in the pole vault and relay with hope of another stellar year.
“We have a team of hard-working athletes,” Edison coach Tim Campana said. “We have a returning state placer in Ostheimer in the hurdles and the 1-2 SBC finishers in the pole vault. We have a young distance and sprint group coming in and we are a bit concerned about the throws and jumps area as well. We should be very solid in the hurdles and pole vault.”