Mark Wise brings a wealth of experience to his new position as girls soccer coach at Westerville South High School.
Wise coached the Upper Arlington girls team from 2009-13 and was the girls coach at Reynoldsburg from 2001-08. He also is director of the Upper Arlington Soccer Academy and owner of Columbus Eagles FC, a member of the Women's Premier Soccer League.
He replaced Brandi Tanler, who resigned after five years with the program.
"I like what I see so far," Wise said. "They're young and they don't have a whole lot of experience at the varsity level, but they are working hard, learning and we'll do well for where we're at. We are in a building situation, but we'll do well."
Last year, South enjoyed its first winning season since going 9-8-2 in 2005, finishing 11-5-1 overall.
South's season ended in a Division I district semifinal, falling 3-0 to a Watterson team that went on to win a district title and was a regional runner-up.
The Wildcats opened Aug. 16 by losing at Worthington Christian 5-1. Sophomore returnee Kambra Crist (forward) scored for South.
South lost seven players to graduation, but returns 10 who saw time at the varsity level.
Senior midfielder/forward Lauren Frank is the captain.
Other returnees are seniors Karen Hernandez (forward), Tricia Roederer (midfielder) and Asia Williams (midfielder), juniors Desiree Clark (midfielder), Toni Lytus (defender), Maisha Lyshe (defender) and Chloe Marburger (defender) and sophomore Gabby Marinelli (midfielder).
Junior Sam Ricker is replacing 2014 graduate Cara Calland in goal. Last season, Calland was named second-team all-OCC-Cardinal Division.
Other players are senior Charley Goodwin (defender), juniors Katie Beck (forward) and Ndemazea Ndobegang (defender) and sophomore Sydney Smith (midfielder).
Last season, the Wildcats went 4-2-1 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish third behind Dublin Jerome (5-1-1) and Hilliard Bradley (5-2).
"The OCC is a challenge," Wise said. "Our OCC division is tough. It's going to be difficult for us in some of those games, but I'm counting on teamwork. I'm counting on hard work to try to outplay some of the guys that might have a little better skill. ... We have good cohesion on the team."
Seniors are driving force for Central
Central is looking to build on a season in which it finished 11-3-4 overall after losing to Worthington Kilbourne 1-0 in double overtime in a Division I district semifinal.
The Warhawks opened Aug. 16 by winning at Olentangy Orange 1-0. Senior midfielder Marissa Conkins scored and senior goalie Trisha Hogue had two saves.
"I do like what I see," coach Devon Cannon said. "We have a lot of potential. We have a lot of young players that are coming along, but the seniors are really going to be what makes the engine go for us this year."
Senior defender Kenna Pollard was second-team all-league last season, and sophomore defender Kennedy Wells was honorable mention all-league.
Senior forward Mariah Moarefdoust scored eight goals.
Other returnees are seniors Valerie Brown (midfielder), Nicole Dollar (midfielder), Brooke Frasure (midfielder), Taylor Howell (forward), Bailey Pence (forward), Allison Ubry (defender) and Rachel Wozniak (goalie) and sophomores Madyson Burtner (midfielder) and Quinn Libby (midfielder).
Other players are senior Abi Uwadiae (goalie), sophomores Emma Dyer (midfielder), Allison Mack (forward), Jackie Rothney (defender), Nadia Swaney (midfielder) and Alexis Todd (forward) and freshmen Arianna Kellum (goalie), Toni Kuhns (midfielder), Madison Seabury (midfielder) and Leah Wunsch (forward).
Last season, the Warhawks finished fourth in the OCC-Cardinal at 3-1-3.
"I have a great group of girls to work with, a great program and a great school. That makes it easy for me to do the job," Cannon said.
North coach looking for improvement
North coach Brett Weiss returns for a second season as the Warriors look to improve on last year's 3-11-3 record.
The Warriors went 2-3-2 in the OCC-Cardinal to finish sixth. They lost to Grove City 2-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament.
North opened at home Aug. 19 against Olentangy Liberty.
"We always want to improve," Weiss said. "There's a lot to improve on from last year. ... This year we have a lot coming back. We have a lot of experience because we (played) 15 people a lot of the time last year. We should be experienced if all else fails."
Senior goalie Taylor Johnson was second-team all-league last season. She finished with 110 saves.
Senior defender Morgan Pearce was special mention all-league and senior forward Peri Wiley was honorable mention all-league after leading the team with six goals.
Also back are seniors Hayley Hotchkiss (midfielder), Jenna Philibin (midfielder), Caitlin Pierson (midfielder) and Emily Siemer (midfielder), juniors Macey Fuller (midfielder), Chelsea Hibbitt (defender), Jennifer Markley (midfielder), Ronni Royer (forward) and Ashley Walden (forward) and sophomores Abby Gruber (defender), Alley Miltko (forward) and Karli Royer (forward).
Other players are seniors Nikki Post (goalie) and Katie Trimmer (midfielder) and freshman Katelyn Chernauskas (defender).
Aug. 16 -- at Olentangy Orange
Aug. 19 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
Aug. 23 -- at Reynoldsburg
*Aug. 26 -- at Dublin Scioto
Aug. 30 -- at Delaware
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Canal Winchester
Sept. 4 -- vs. Gahanna
*Sept. 9 -- at Hilliard Bradley
*Sept. 15 -- vs. Westerville North
Sept. 18 -- vs. Olentangy
*Sept. 22 -- at Westerville South
Sept. 25 -- at New Albany
*Sept. 30 -- vs. Hilliard Darby
Oct. 2 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Oct. 7 -- at Dublin Jerome
Oct. 9 -- vs. Upper Arlington
Aug. 19 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty
Aug. 21 -- vs. Marysville
*Aug. 26 -- at Hilliard Darby
Aug. 28 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
Sept. 6 -- at Beavercreek
*Sept. 9 -- at Dublin Jerome
Sept. 13 -- at DeSales
*Sept. 15 -- at Westerville Central
Sept. 18 -- vs. Dublin Coffman
*Sept. 23 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
Sept. 25 -- at Grove City
*Sept. 30 -- at Canal Winchester
Oct. 2 -- vs. Thomas Worthington
*Oct. 7 -- vs. Westerville South
Aug. 16 -- at Worthington Christian
Aug. 21 -- at New Albany
*Aug. 26 -- at Canal Winchester
Aug. 28 -- vs. Big Walnut
*Sept. 2 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley
Sept. 4 -- vs. Olentangy
*Sept. 9 -- vs. Dublin Scioto
Sept. 11 -- vs. Worthington Kilbourne
*Sept. 16 -- at Hilliard Darby
Sept. 18 -- at DeSales
*Sept. 22 -- vs. Westerville Central
Sept. 24 -- at Granville
Sept. 27 -- at Watterson
*Sept. 30 -- vs. Dublin Jerome
*Oct. 7 -- at Westerville North
Oct. 9 -- vs. Gahanna