First-year Whetstone High School girls basketball coach Torrie Ruffin is hoping to put her stamp on the program this season.
Ruffin, a 2012 Mifflin graduate and 2016 Bluffton University graduate, was an assistant with the Braves last season under Rickie McClanahan when the team finished 6-17 overall. McClanahan coached Whetstone for just one season.
"My goal is to incorporate an entire system that will allow us to be successful in years to come," Ruffin said.
"I think this year will be a reset for the entire program as we try to instill those things that I believe will give us future success."
With eight freshmen in the program, including four who are on the 11-player varsity roster, the five seniors will be asked to help incorporate what Ruffin is seeking.
Whetstone, which opened Nov. 27 against Briggs, will play host to Westland on Friday, Dec. 1, before beginning City League-North Division play Tuesday, Dec. 5, at International.
"We have a good group of young, talented and hard-working girls," Ruffin said. "Our tentative varsity roster consists of four freshmen. With the leadership of our older girls, it makes for a great group."
The Braves return three starters in seniors Hannah Rizzi (5-foot-6, guard), Whitney Staggs (5-9, forward) and Haylee Thomas-Speigle (5-7, point guard).
"Whitney is really athletic and a great all-around player, and Haylee is very athletic, tough and just a smart player," Ruffin said. "Hannah is a good shooter and great leader and role model. Those three will have to lead us on and off the court."
Staggs, a third-year starter, was named first-team all-league last season when the Braves went 4-10 in the City-North to place sixth, behind Northland (14-0), Centennial (12-2), Beechcroft (9-5), Mifflin (8-6) and Linden-McKinley (7-7) and ahead of International (2-12) and East (0-14).
Other returning letterwinners are senior Yonna Coleman (5-4, guard), junior Mariyanna Lacy (5-4, guard) and sophomore Lauren Armstrong (5-9, forward).
Freshmen Amelia Morris (5-5, guard) and Macy Staggs (6-0, center) were expected to be in the starting lineup to open the season.
Completing the roster are senior Sierra Bell (5-8, center) and freshmen Grace Brigle (5-6, guard) and Megan Harrison (5-9, forward).
"To have success this season, the girls must continue to trust in the process and the program being built," Ruffin said. "Our goals are to build off of what was started last year and continue to create a program."
Nov. 27 -- at Briggs
Dec. 1 -- vs. Westland
*Dec. 5 -- at International
*Dec. 8 -- at East
*Dec. 12 -- vs. Linden-McKinley
*Dec. 15 -- vs. Beechcroft
Dec. 16 -- vs. Delaware
*Dec. 19 -- at Northland
Dec. 21 -- at West
*Dec. 22 -- at Mifflin
*Jan. 9 -- vs. Centennial
Jan. 11 -- vs. Centerburg
*Jan. 12 -- vs. International
*Jan. 16 -- vs. East
*Jan. 19 -- at Linden-McKinley
*Jan. 23 -- at Beechcroft
*Jan. 26 -- vs. Northland
*Jan. 30 -- vs. Mifflin
*Feb. 2 -- at Centennial
Feb. 3 -- vs. Independence
Below are the coming schedules for the Whetstone boys basketball, bowling, swimming & diving and wrestling teams:
Nov. 30 -- Home vs. Dublin Scioto
Dec. 6 -- At Granville
*Nov. 27 -- Eastmoor Academy at Eastland Lanes
*Nov. 29 -- Worthington Kilbourne at Sequoia Pro Bowl
*Dec. 4 -- West at Sequoia Pro Bowl
*Dec. 5 -- South at Sequoia Pro Bowl
SWIMMING & DIVING
Nov. 27 -- Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Darby and Hilliard Davidson at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 4 -- Delaware and Village Academy at Columbus Aquatics Center
Dec. 6 -- Home vs. Beechcroft, Linden-McKinley and South