The DeSales High School girls basketball team is under the direction of its third coach in four seasons.

The DeSales High School girls basketball team is under the direction of its third coach in four seasons.

Hugo Quint takes over for Chris Joseph, who coached the Stallions for two seasons, guiding them to a 16-6 overall record last season and a second-place finish in the CCL at 8-2, behind Watterson (9-1) and ahead of ahead of Hartley (4-6), CSG (3-7) and Worthington Christian (0-10).

Seeded fourth in the Division II district tournament, the Stallions defeated Whitehall 57-22 in the first round and Caledonia River Valley 62-30 in the second round before losing to fifth-seeded Mifflin 37-32 in a district semifinal.

Quint spent more than 30 years coaching in the South-Western City Schools district before coming to DeSales in 2005 as strength and conditioning coach. He made a point during the preseason to wipe the state clean before evaluating the players.

"I had to fill out (a questionnaire Nov 19)," said Quint, whose team opens on Dec. 10 at home against Jonathan Alder. "It said, 'Who are your top players?' I don't know. I wasn't in the league last year, and we didn't play anybody in our league all summer."

Quint might be reserving judgment about his players until later, but he did say that there has been an adjustment for his team, which played mostly zone defense under Joseph. Quint prefers man-to-man defense.

Among the returnees are seniors Megan Bailey, Katy Becker, Erin Doone, and Michelle Ritter. Doone, a 5-foot-10 forward, is a three-year letterwinner who averaged 10.1 points last season and was second-team all-district.

Also returning are junior Maddie Lockhart and sophomores Kelsey Albanese and Tyler Craig. Rounding out the team are juniors Lynnsee Doran, Kristina Hoying, Kim Parent and sophomore Montana Hoening.

"Having a different coach this year, it's a lot different," Becker said. "We need to learn a lot more things. We need to work on a lot of fundamentals right now and adapt to what he's teaching us, because we have a lot of new plays. It's a big difference."

•The hockey team has taken its share of lumps since becoming a varsity program for the 2006-07 season, but it appeared to make some strides last season.

The Stallions finished 8-28-1 overall and 1-11-1 in the CHC in 2007-08, but improved to 14-17-3 and 6-10 last season.

DeSales placed ninth (12 points) in the CHC last season, behind Dublin Coffman (31), Olentangy Liberty (30), Dublin Jerome (27), Olentangy (20), Worthington Kilbourne (17), Gahanna (16), St. Charles (15) and Upper Arlington (14) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (10), Olentangy Orange (5) and Dublin Scioto (1).

The Stallions defeated St. Charles 3-2 in the first round of the district tournament before losing to Centerville 3-2 in the second round.

"This season is truly a continuation of the transformation of DeSales hockey, which I began last year when I took over as head coach," said second-year coach Bob Heine, whose team opens against Olentangy Orange in the Midwest Thanksgiving Classic on Friday at Chiller Dublin. "This year's focus will be on developing our younger players, continuing to grow and nurture the program and ensure that we maintain a positive atmosphere."

DeSales lost nine players to graduation, including Dominic Locilento, who was named first-team all-CHC last season, and Gordon Jones, who made honorable mention all-CHC.

The Stallions returned seniors Luke DeJarme, Charlie Derr, Joe Salerno, Jake Vasbinder and Ryan Williamson, junior J.P. Mazzocco and sophomores Connor Hines, Chad Janszen, Nigel Mathias and Tyler McClary.

Salerno, the starting goaltender the last three seasons, made honorable mention all-CHC last year.

Watterson and Cincinnati Moeller have joined the CHC, raising the number of teams in the league to 14.

Schedules

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Dec. 10 vs. Jonathan Alder

*Dec. 12 at Columbus School for Girls

*Dec. 19 vs. Watterson

Dec. 21 at Bragging Rights Classic at Columbus State

Dec. 28 at Watterson Christmas Classic

Dec. 29 at Watterson Christmas Classic

Jan. 2 vs. Cincinnati St. Ursula Academy

*Jan. 6 vs. Hartley

*Jan. 9 at Worthington Christian

Jan. 12 at North Union

*Jan. 16 vs. Ready

Jan. 18 at Pickerington Central vs. Cincinnati Wyoming

*Jan. 20 vs. Columbus School for Girls

*Jan. 23 at Watterson

Jan 27 vs. Granville

*Jan. 30 at Hartley

Feb. 1 at Marion Harding

*Feb. 6 vs. Worthington Christian

*Feb. 10 at Ready

Feb. 13 at Pickerington North

*CCL game

HOCKEY

Nov. 27 vs. Olentangy Orange at Midwest Thanksgiving Classic (Chiller Dublin)

Nov. 28 vs. Worthington Kilbourne and Whitehouse Anthony Wayne at Midwest Thanksgiving Classic (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 4 vs. Troy at Kilbourne Invitational (Chiller North)

Dec. 5 vs. St. Charles at Kilbourne Invitational (Chiller North)

Dec. 6 vs. Worthington Kilbourne at Kilbourne Invitational (Chiller North)

Dec. 10 vs. Dublin Scioto at Adam Allgeyer Tournament (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 12 vs. Cincinnati St. Xavier at Adam Allgeyer Tournament (Chiller Dublin)

Dec. 13 vs. Kettering Alter at Adam Allgeyer Tournament (Chiller Dublin)

*Dec. 18 vs. Olentangy Orange (Chiller Easton)

*Dec. 19 vs. Cincinnati Moeller (Cincinnati Gardens)

*Dec. 20 vs. Worthington Kilbourne (Chiller North)

*Jan. 1 vs. Gahanna (Chiller Easton)

*Jan. 2 vs. St. Charles (Chiller Easton)

*Jan. 9 vs. Dublin Jerome (Chiller Easton)

*Jan. 10 vs. Olentangy Liberty (Chiller North)

Jan. 22 vs. Kettering Alter (Chiller Ice Works)

*Jan. 23 vs. Dublin Coffman (Chiller Easton)

Jan. 24 vs. Springboro (Dispatch Ice Haus)

*Jan. 29 vs. Watterson (Dispatch Ice Haus)

*Jan. 30 vs. Thomas Worthington (Chiller North)

*Jan. 31 vs. Dublin Scioto (Chiller Easton)

*Feb. 5 vs. Upper Arlington (Dispatch Ice Haus)

*Feb. 7 vs. Olentangy (Chiller Easton)

*CHC game