Players to watch: Jake Faron, Sr., S; Andrew Foster, Jr., OH; Skyler Mizgate, Sr., MH.
Outlook: The Wolves return nearly all of last year's team and that has longtime coach Matt McKay encouraged that his squad will show improvement this season. Boone Grove has suffered some losses due to football, but all-conference performer Faron is one of the best in the area. "We're going to lean heavily on (Faron, Foster and Mizgate) because we're lacking a bit on the offensive end," McKay said. "We're looking for improvement this year."
Players to watch: Ryan Gibson, Sr., S; Steven Sjoerdsma, Sr., MH.
Outlook: The Wildcats are entering their final season of volleyball with an all-senior roster. "We're hoping to leave a legacy for Hanover Central volleyball," coach Travis Lechien said.
Players to watch: Jerry Fieser, Sr., S.
Outlook: The Hawks graduated a ton of players from last spring's state title squad, but longtime coach Kelly Dickensheets has already reloaded with a talented group of freshmen. "I've got five players coming back and a great group of eighth-graders coming," Dickensheets said after winning the state title. "I just keep doing it for the love of the game."
Player to watch: Matt Stewart, Sr., MH.
Outlook: Coach Josh Birky's attack will revolve around Stewart. The 6-foot-7 middle hitter is a force to deal with on both sides of the ball. Whether it's a thunderous kill or a stone-cold block, the Mustangs will go as far as Stewart takes them this season.
Player to watch: Bryce Guse, Sr., OH.
Outlook: Guse is the only returning varsity letterman for the Tigers this season. Coach Ken Roslansky has spent the majority of early season practices going over fundamentals as all 11 players in the program will be on varsity this season. "I think this is the first ever that we haven't had a junior varsity team," Roslansky said. "We're very young and this group is going to grow together."
Players to watch: Austin Abbett, So., S; Aiden Heinold, Sr., OH.
Outlook: First-year coach Dan Molchan makes a natural progression from junior varsity to varsity after former coach Matt Bien returned to coach the girls. Molchan played at Morgan under his father and is eager to continue the tradition. "It's awesome to go through the hallway and see some of the pictures from when my Dad was here," Molchan said. "Now it's time to put some more up."
Players to watch: Bryce Pappas, Sr., MH; Evan Short, Sr., MH; Joe Nugent, Sr. S.
Outlook: Kevin Labaj takes over the boys program one year after he followed Scott Campbell as the head coach of the girls team. While coaching both teams has been a strain on the schedule, Labaj has been able to rely on a talented group of seniors to lead the team. "We've got experience and I really think that we're the team to beat this year," Labaj said.
— Paul Oren, Times reporter