RAVENNA — The Ravenna girls basketball season ended in the Class C2 state championship game last year. It was a battle against Superior but a poor fourth quarter haunted the Bluejays.
They finished with a 22-6 mark last year.
The Bluejays, who are now in Class C1, return the reigning Hub Territory Player of the Year in senior guard Jordyn Fiddelke. She was Ravenna’s go-to player and created havoc for opposing defenses due to her remarkable playmaking abilities despite being 5-foot-3.
She averaged 19.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 steals per game last season.
Senior forward McKenna Schmidt and sophomore forward Callie Coulter also return to the starting lineup. Senior forward Krystal Meyers and sophomore forward Allyson Larsen are returning letterwinners.
The Bluejays will have to replace seniors Megan Miigerl and Brooklyn Fiddelke in the starting lineup. Both played critical roles in Ravenna’s run to the state championship game.
Ravenna will try to qualify for the state tournament for the third consecutive year.
“We have some good returning players, but we need to have some younger girls fill some key roles,” coach Noah Maulsby said. “We have the chance to have a good season, as long as we stay healthy and get increased scoring from some of our younger girls. Building depth and staying healthy will also be key.”
Ravenna coach James Habe has four starters back from last season’s 15-9 season.
Junior guards Jake Jarzynka and Kooper Schirmer, senior guard Caleb Mundorf and sophomore forward Trey Mieth are the team’s returning starters. The notable absence is 6-4 forward Josh Bauer, who graduated.
MarKel Miigerl, a 6-3 junior forward, is a returning letterwinner and figures to slide into the starting rotation this year.
“We have some big shoes to fill as a result of graduation,” Habe said, “but we return a solid group of experienced players who experienced some success both last winter and during their fall seasons that we hope to carry over into the winter season.
“If we can find a way to become better defensively and all buy into rebounding, we have a chance to be very competitive.”
Brett Mauler takes over the wrestling program from Dom Reicks, who sat in the lead chair for 35 years.
Senior Alex Chapa at 170 pounds and senior Jadden Treffer at 132 pounds are Ravenna’s two returning state qualifiers from last season.
The program also returns multiple letterwinners from last year’s team that posted a 6-7 mark in duals. Sophomore Quenton Ackley at 120 pounds, sophomore Jesse Drahota at 145, junior Tyler Wetzel at 160, sophomore Devin Fisher at 182 and junior Colton Hervert at 152 are returners for the Bluejays.
“We will have 17 wrestlers, and if we can move guys around correctly we should fill all 14 weight classes,” Mauler said. “I am expecting big things from my two returning state qualifiers, as this is their last shot to put a state metal around their neck.
“I also look for a couple of the underclassmen to step up and take that next big jump in their wrestling skills.”