Swanton girls basketball replacing strong senior class


By Max Householder - mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com



The 2018-19 Swanton girls basketball team.

The 2018-19 Swanton girls basketball team.


Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton returns six letter winners for the upcoming season.


Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

2018-19 Roster
No.NameGrade
1Kara Truckor11
13Aricka Lutz10
14Morgan Pine11
15Frankie Nelson9
20Jessica Dohm11
22Bridget Harlett12
23Averie Lutz10
24Ashlynn Waddell11
30Maya Vargas11
32Grace Oakes11
33Madison Pettit12
34Jayla Bartolet12
41Adriane Wood12

Swanton girls basketball could be poised for a transition season in 2018-19 with the loss of five talented seniors from a season ago.

However, fourth-year coach Eric Oakes remains optimistic. “I think we have the talent and ability to be a competitive team,” he said.

The Bulldogs will have to replace Sidney Taylor (first team All-NWOAL, league scoring champion, second team District 7), Haley Nelson (second team All-NWOAL, honorable mention District 7), Ally Hendricks (honorable mention All-NWOAL, District 7), Cydney Christensen (honorable mention District 7) and Kirsten Truckor (honorable mention District 7).

Nelson finished her career with 731 points, Taylor had 704 points, and Christensen 533.

Swanton returns six letter winners from last season.

“We should have a deeper bench this year than in years past,” said Oakes. “We have options to go with a bigger lineup at times or go small and try to use speed to our advantage.”

Back for the Dogs are Bridget Harlett, Adrianne Wood, Madison Pettit, Grace Oakes, Averie Lutz and Aricka Lutz. The Lutz twins each averaged over 5 points per game a year ago.

They will be adding newcomers Jessica Dohm, Kara Truckor, Ashlynn Waddell, Jayla Bartolet, Morgan Pine and Maya Vargas.

“Experience – (we) lost a talented senior class of 5 girls that were very athletic and played most of the minutes,” said Oakes on his team’s biggest weakness heading into the season. “It was also a group that played hard and had great pride on the defensive end.”

Coach Oakes predicts his Dogs to finish fifth in the league race. His top four are Delta, Archbold, Bryan and Liberty Center.

Swanton opens league play Jan. 4 against Archbold.

The 2018-19 Swanton girls basketball team.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/11/web1_Swanton-girls.jpgThe 2018-19 Swanton girls basketball team. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

Swanton returns six letter winners for the upcoming season.
https://www.swantonenterprise.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2018/11/web1_Swanton-girl-letterwinners.jpgSwanton returns six letter winners for the upcoming season. Max Householder | Swanton Enterprise

By Max Householder

mhouseholder@aimmediamidwest.com

2018-19 Roster
No. Name Grade
1 Kara Truckor 11
13 Aricka Lutz 10
14 Morgan Pine 11
15 Frankie Nelson 9
20 Jessica Dohm 11
22 Bridget Harlett 12
23 Averie Lutz 10
24 Ashlynn Waddell 11
30 Maya Vargas 11
32 Grace Oakes 11
33 Madison Pettit 12
34 Jayla Bartolet 12
41 Adriane Wood 12

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010

Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010