Marysville High School boys soccer coach Terry Smith challenged his team after its season-opening 1-all tie against visiting Olentangy Liberty on Aug. 23.

Marysville High School boys soccer coach Terry Smith challenged his team after its season-opening 1-all tie against visiting Olentangy Liberty on Aug. 23.

While pleased with his team's effort on the field, Smith was concerned with his players' attitudes and was hoping to tackle the situation as quickly as possible.

"I respect the fact that guys are hungry and want to play, but I don't like the fact that they come with attitudes," said Smith, who is in his fourth season. "It's disappointing."

In a postgame huddle, he told his players: "Some of you will carry this like it's the end of the world because you don't get the playing time you feel you deserve or you feel you should have gotten, so therefore you take it personal and you have an attitude and you carry it with you.

"For some reason, I say this to my young ones all the time, the front of your shirt doesn't have your name on it, so if it has your name on it then you're playing for yourself. If it doesn't have your name on it, you're going to have to find a way to be a little more mature and suck it up. ..."

Once the off-the-field concerns are cleared up, Smith believes the Monarchs can improve on last season's 7-7-3 overall record.

"This team has potential," he said. "We'll sneak up on people because people don't think that we're going to do anything. This is Marysville. We've never had a history of setting the tone, but the last three or four years we have and we're making some changes, some strides, so I think we'll make some noise and that's what you want."

Senior midfielder Kyle Bosch, who is one of 13 returning players, scored in the first half against Liberty to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead. Sophomore goalkeeper Mason Taylor, who was special mention all-OCC-Central Division last season, finished with seven saves.

"We didn't play a good second half," Smith said. "We got lucky to get out with a tie."

Another key returning player is junior midfielder Matthew Walters, who was first-team all-league and second-team all-district last season.

Also back are seniors Tanner Bower (defender), Caleb Kirsch (midfielder), Evan Knowles (forward) and Ethan Pugh (midfielder), juniors Aryn Fisher (defender), Hunter Lowe (defender) and Cameron Morgan (midfielder) and sophomores Cole Bautsch (defen-der), Max Brennan (midfielder) and Luke Kudart (midfielder/defender).

"We're not happy unless we win, that's the goal all the time," Lowe said after the Liberty game. "We definitely need to put in a team effort. We win together, we lose together, and (Aug. 23) we tied together."

Other players are juniors Jesse Boomstra (midfielder/forward), Brett Cingle (midfielder), Dylan Musto (defen-der), Joey Patterson (midfielder), Ryan Peck (mid-fielder/forward) and Zach Rausch (midfielder), sophomores Sam Balderson (midfielder) and Thomas Wolfe (forward) and freshman Ryan Walters (defender).

Last season, Marysville went 3-4 in the OCC-Central to finish sixth behind champion Hilliard Davidson (5-0-2). The Wildcats went on to lose to Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-0 in the Division I state final.

Marysville opens league play Sept. 8 at Davidson, where Smith coached for eight seasons before stepping down in spring 2012. He guided the Wildcats to a state title in 2007.

Volleyball coach feeling optimistic

Third-year girls volleyball coach Randy Cline is confident his team will maintain its high standards after going 16-7 overall a season ago.

The Monarchs were 2-2 before playing Westerville North on Aug. 25.

"This team has potential," Cline said. "We have a very good ball-control team. We don't have a team where we're going to set one player and they're going to pound the ball for us."

Back are seniors Kassidi Davisson (outside hitter), Kennedy Dunn (libero/defensive specialist) and Kendra Thibaut (middle hitter) and juniors Sara Berkland (setter/right-side hitter), Lily Keber (setter/right-side hitter) and Hunter Rivers (outside hitter).

Other players are juniors Dani George (defensive specialist/outside hitter), Heather Harding (right-side hitter), Olivia Herzog (right-side hitter) and Kaylee Rich (outside hitter/right-side hitter) and sophomores Carissa Baker (middle hitter), Madi Bentz (libero/def-ensive specialist) and Rose Whalen (middle hitter).

Marysville opens OCC-Central play Sept. 6 at home against Westland. Last season, the Monarchs went 9-5 in the league to finish third behind perennial powers Dublin Coffman (14-0) and Liberty (12-2).

Liberty, which now is in the OCC-Buckeye, defeated the host Monarchs 25-16, 25-16, 25-12 on Aug. 23. Rivers had 10 kills.

"We match up pretty well skill-wise (with Liberty)," Cline said. "Mentally, we're getting stronger. Mentally, we play very well and then mentally we break down a little bit. We're working on getting more consistent mentally and believing it's a team game and not an individual game."

Marysville won two of three matches in its Spike-Off Classic on Aug. 20 at home, defeating Dublin Jerome 26-24, 13-25, 25-20 and New Albany 25-22, 17-25, 25-10 and losing to Pickerington North 17-25, 25-15, 25-13.

Marysville lost three players to graduation, including middle blocker/outside hitter Monica Miller, who was first-team all-district and all-league. She is playing at Illinois State.

Football team to visit Delaware

The football team will look to avenge a 21-7 loss from a season ago when it plays Friday, Sept. 2, at Delaware.

Marysville had won seven consecutive meetings in the series since 2002.

On Aug. 26, the Monarchs opened against Jonathan Alder and Delaware played Buckeye Valley.

The Pacers went 5-5 last season and are seeking their first winning season since going 6-4 in 2009.

"Delaware is a horsepower team," Marysville coach Morgan Cotter said. "They want to run the football and play physical defense. They just want to go three and four and five yards, grind it out and beat you up."

Delaware is looking to replace Ethan Tucky, who played running back, linebacker and defensive end and now is a freshman linebacker at Boston College. He was the Division II district Defensive Player of the Year last season.

Senior quarterback Cullen Moore rushed for 835 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 634 yards and four scores a year ago. Senior Deven Ward returns at tailback and senior receiver Derrick Buford should be Moore's top target after missing much of last year with an injury.

For Marysville, sophomore Walker Heard was expected to start at quarterback against Jonathan Alder in place of senior Nathan Snyder, who injured his right ankle during a scrimmage against Westerville South on Aug. 9.

Snyder, who has committed to punt at Ball State, said Aug. 23 he was hoping to return by week 3 or 4.

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Schedules

BOYS SOCCER

Aug. 23 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty

Aug. 27 -- at St. Marys Memorial

Sept. 1 -- vs. Jonathan Alder

Sept. 6 -- at Westerville North

*Sept. 8- at Hilliard Davidson

*Sept. 13 -- vs. Westland

Sept. 15 -- vs. Franklin Heights

*Sept. 20 -- at Central Crossing

Sept. 22- at Dublin Scioto

*Sept. 27 -- at Dublin Coffman

Oct 3 -- at Bellefontaine

*Oct. 6 -- vs. Upper Arlington

Oct. 10 -- vs. Olentangy

Oct. 11 -- at Hilliard Darby

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Aug. 20 -- Spike-Off Classic at home

Aug. 23 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty

Aug. 25 -- at Westerville North

Aug. 27 -- Shaner-Wohrer Memorial Tournament at Lancaster

Aug. 30 -- at Franklin Heights

Aug. 31 -- at Watterson

Sept. 1 -- vs. Big Walnut

*Sept. 6 -- vs. Westland

*Sept. 8 -- at Central Crossing

Sept. 10 -- Pickerington North Tournament

*Sept. 13 -- vs. Dublin Coffman

*Sept. 15 -- vs. Upper Arlington

Sept. 19 -- vs. Ready

*Sept. 20 -- at Hilliard Davidson

*Sept. 22 -- at Westland

*Sept. 27 -- vs. Central Crossing

*Sept. 30 -- at Dublin Coffman

*Oct. 6 -- at Upper Arlington

*Oct. 12 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

*League contest

Below are the coming schedules for the Marysville cross country, boys golf, girls golf, girls soccer and girls tennis teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 3 -- Wapakoneta Night Meet

BOYS GOLF

Aug. 29 -- Grandview at Hickory Hills

Aug. 31 -- OCC-Central at Clover Valley

GIRLS GOLF

Aug. 30 -- OCC-Capital at Mentel Memorial

Aug. 31 -- Olentangy Liberty at Darby Creek

Sept. 1 -- Liberty at Scioto Reserve

GIRLS SOCCER

Aug. 30 -- At Pickerington North

Sept. 1 -- At Columbus Academy

GIRLS TENNIS

*Aug. 30 -- At Central Crossing

Aug. 31 -- Home vs. Caledonia River Valley

*Sept. 1 -- At Dublin Coffman

*League contest