2021-22 News Journal Scholar-Athlete Team: Top 11 girls

Claudia Pifher

School: Buckeye Central

Parents: Scott and Amy Pifher

Academics: 4.4 GPA … 25 on ACT … 1280 on SAT … Academic All-Ohio in Basketball … 2022 Class Valedictorian … Interested in majoring in Actuarial Science or any math-related field.

Athletics: 4-year letterwinner in volleyball … 1,087 career assists … 2021 honorable mention District 6 and Northern 10 Conference … 4-year letterwinner in basketball … 4-time All-Ohioan … Program’s all-time leading scorer with 1,598 points … 4-time first team All-N10 … 4-time first team All-District … 2021 Northwest District Player of the Year … 2021 District 6 Player of the Year … 92 -15 overall record in 4-year basketball career … two N10 Conference championships … Four district championships … one regional championship … one regional runner-up trophy … 107 games started, 83% career free throw percentage, 51% career 3-point percentage, all three stats are in the Top 10 of all-time records in Ohio high school girls basketball.

Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Buckeye Central's Emily Siesel knocks down a shot in the Division IV regional semifinal against Dalton.

Emily Siesel

School: Buckeye Central

Parents: Scott and Mary Siesel

Academics: 4.0 GPA … National Honor Society Member … National Machinery Citizenship Award … Biology Award … N10 Scholar-Athlete Award … Buckeye Central Award of Distinction … Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award … Zeigler / Schebley Scholarship.

Athletics: 2022 Division IV Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association Girls Basketball Player of the Year … 2022 Division IV Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year … 2022 Northwest District Player of the Year … 2022 District 6 Player of the Year. .. 2022 Northern 10 Conference Player of the Year … 2022 Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum Player of the Year … Preferred Walk-on to Bowling Green State University … two-time first team All-N10 … Program record holder for steals in a career, season and game … Holds Top 5 all-time Ohio girls basketball honors for 17 steals in a game, 15 steals in a game and 179 steals in a season.

Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes … National Honor Society … Student Council … Teen Leadership … Young Life … EPIC Youth Church Group.

Sophia Niese

Sophia Niese

School: Shelby

Parents: Chad and Heidi Niese

Academics: 4.41 GPA … four-time Scholar Athlete … four-year Honor Roll student … Academic All-Ohioan.

Athletics: 4-year letterwinner in basketball … two-time Honorable Mention All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference … two-time first team All-MOAC … 2021-22 MOAC Player of the Year … 2021-22 Mansfield News Journal Player of the Year … two-time captain … Division II Northwest District Player of the Year in 2021-22 … Division II District 6 Player of the Year in 2021-22 … First Team All- Ohioan in 2021-22 … Team Captain in Soccer … first team All-MOAC honors … one letter in softball and volleyball.

Activities: 4-H … Campus Life … Year Book … Math League … Shelby Youth Soccer Coach.

Shelby Grover

Shelby Grover

School: Lucas

Parents: Mike and Kathy Grover

Academics: 3.91 GPA … Ohio Scholar … Lucas Academic Honor Society.

Athletics: 3-year letterwinner in Volleyball … 2021 first team All-Mid-Buckeye Conference … first team All-District … honorable mention All-Ohio … 3-year letterwinner in basketball … Division IV Special Mention All-Ohio … Division IV Second Team All-Northwest District … First Team All-Mid-Buckeye Conference … two-time All-Ohioan in basketball … 3-year letterwinner in track … MBC Female MVP … 2022 district long jump and 200-meter dash champion … 2021 All-Ohioan in 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles … 2022 All-Ohioan in long jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles … Division IV state runner -up in 100 hurdles and long jump … three-sport All-Ohioan … owns school records in the 100, 400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump … just a junior.

Activities: Class Officer … Mt. Zion Youth Group … FCCLA.

Reyna Hoffman

Reyna Hoffman

School: Shelby

Parents: Thad and Steph Hoffman

Academics: 4.40 GPA … Schola Athlete … four academic letters, four-year honor roll student … Ranked No. 7 in class … Academic All-Ohio honors.

Athletics: 2-year letterwinner in volleyball … Hustle Award … Honorable Mention All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference … Honorable mention All-District 6 … 2-year letterwinner in cross country … Captain Award … Second team All-MOAC honors … member of the state-qualifying team in 2021 … 4-year letterwinner in swim … first team All-MOAC honors 12 times … two-time district champion … 10 first team district honors … first team All-Ohio in 200 freestyle relay … five-time second team All-Ohioan … Sportsmanship Award … 3-time Top Dog Award … two-time high point award … Captain Award … owns six school records in 200 IM, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 free relay, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay … 4-year letterwinner in track … two Captain Awards .. . first team All-MOAC in as member of 4×800 … second team All-MOAC in 800-meter run … competed at the state level in three sports as a senior.

Activities: Campus Life … Math League … Yearbook Business Editor.

Madison senior Lyndsee Young will make history as the first female state qualifier in Madison wrestling history when she takes the mat at the Ohio High School Wrestling Coaches Association Girls Wresting state meet this weekend.

Lyndsee Young

School: Madison

Parents: Mike and Jessica Young

Academics: 4.0 GPA … Class Valedictorian.

Athletics: 2-year letterwinner in volleyball … 3-year letterwinner in wrestling … 140-pound female State Champion … Just the second wrestling state champion in Madison history … Overall record of 29-15 … 22- 1 record against other female competition … Team 110% Award … Team captain.

Activities: Student Council … Worked an average of 30 hours a week through school.

Morgan Welch

Morgan Welch

School: Crestview

Parents: Mike and Misty Welch

Academics: 4.0 GPA … ACT score of 25 … Full-time CCP Student as junior and senior … four-years in Student Council … three-year member of National Honor Society … four-year Academic All- Ohioan … four-year scholar athlete.

Athletics: four-year letterwinner in cross country … two-year team captain … Rookie of the Year Award … two-time Most Valuable Runner Award … two-time state qualifier … 2021 All-Ohioan .. . two-time team Firelands Conference and District champions … four-year letterwinner in track … two-year team captain … two-time Most Valuable Runner … two-time state qualifier in the 1,600 … Owns school record in the 1,600 and as a member of the 4×400 relay team … Crestview Local School Heisman Athlete … Crestview Athlete of the Year.

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