Varsity
Football

 
Row 1: Coach Poletta, Coach Sealscott, Ciara Becker, Payton Carter, Kobe Palmer, Korey Oeschle, Trevor Spridgeon, Eric Workman, Storm Pierce, Jacoby Kelly, James Acquaviva, Brock Blythe, Anna Reichert, Coach Syphrit, Coach Harting Row 2:  Ryan Pratt, Nate Place, Jake Hilleary, Chase McHugh, Tristan Wehner, Daniel Magowan, Jordon Danylchuk, TJ Reynolds, Joey Schaufelberger, Thurston Miller Row 3:  Coach Royer, Ries Wise, Jacob Place, Levi Newell, James Hagaman, Anthony Salcido, Ian Cowan, Jalen McCracken, Malachi Battle, Sam Cassidy, Coach Smelser Row 4:  Coach Recker, Colin Place, Mason McHugh, Jake Lautzenheiser, Mason Place, Dru Johnson, Keagan Hammons, Owen Treece, Aden Stripe, Coach Golden Row 5:  Rodney Calvelage, Spencer Blue, Isaiah Bretz, Kolby Barnhart, Zach Mason, Koby Wintersteller, Parker Conrad Row 6:  Drew Bagley, Nathan Temple, Garrett Black, Austin Clay, Butch Eutsler, Tanner Barnhart, Spencer Adams

Row 1: Coach Poletta, Coach Sealscott, Ciara Becker, Payton Carter, Kobe Palmer, Korey Oeschle, Trevor Spridgeon, Eric Workman, Storm Pierce, Jacoby Kelly, James Acquaviva, Brock Blythe, Anna Reichert, Coach Syphrit, Coach Harting

Row 2:  Ryan Pratt, Nate Place, Jake Hilleary, Chase McHugh, Tristan Wehner, Daniel Magowan, Jordon Danylchuk, TJ Reynolds, Joey Schaufelberger, Thurston Miller

Row 3:  Coach Royer, Ries Wise, Jacob Place, Levi Newell, James Hagaman, Anthony Salcido, Ian Cowan, Jalen McCracken, Malachi Battle, Sam Cassidy, Coach Smelser

Row 4:  Coach Recker, Colin Place, Mason McHugh, Jake Lautzenheiser, Mason Place, Dru Johnson, Keagan Hammons, Owen Treece, Aden Stripe, Coach Golden

Row 5:  Rodney Calvelage, Spencer Blue, Isaiah Bretz, Kolby Barnhart, Zach Mason, Koby Wintersteller, Parker Conrad

Row 6:  Drew Bagley, Nathan Temple, Garrett Black, Austin Clay, Butch Eutsler, Tanner Barnhart, Spencer Adams

 


Varsity Schedule

Date Opponent Location Result
August 25 Bryan AWAY W 27-7
September 1 Wapakoneta HOME W 26-20
September 8 St. Mary's AWAY L 34-50
September 15 Ottawa-Glandorf HOME W 19-17
September 22 Lima Shawnee AWAY L 27-35
September 29 Kenton *Homecoming* HOME L 27-35
October 6 Elida AWAY L 27-35
October 13 Lima Bath HOME W 38-6
October 20 Celina HOME L 21-63
October 27 Defiance AWAY W 48-7

Varsity kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.

 

Seniors

 
 
 

Athletic Trainers

Left to Right: Ciara Becker, Brock Blythe, Anna Reichert, Payton Carter

Left to Right:
Ciara Becker, Brock Blythe, Anna Reichert, Payton Carter

 
 


Varsity Roster

Number Name Position Year
#2 Kolby Barnhart WR/OLB Sophomore
#3 Ries Wise WR/DB Freshman
#4 Aden Stripe WR/DB Junior
#5 Thane Cowan WR/DB Senior
#6 Tristan Wehner WR/DE Senior
#7 Owen Treece QB/DB Freshman
#8 Ian Cowan WR/DB Freshman
#9 James Acquaviva RB/LB Senior
#10 Nate Place QB/DB Junior
#11 Jacoby Kelly WR/DB Senior
#12 Thurston Miller RB/LB Junior
#13 Storm Pierce WR Senior
#14 Jake Lautzenheiser K Junior
#15 Blake Henry WR/DB Junior
#16 Jake Hilleary RB/LB Sophomore
#17 Parker Conrad WR/DB Sophomore
#18 Eric Workman WR/LB Senior
#20 Joey Schaufelberger WR/DE Junior
#21 Dru Johnson WR/DB Freshman
#22 TJ Reynolds RB/LB Sophomore
#23 Jalen McCracken RB/DB Junior
#25 Levi Newell RB/LB Sophomore
#26 Mason Mchugh WR/DB Junior
#27 Jacob Place WR/LB Freshman
#28 Rodney Calvelage RB/LB Junior
#30 Anthony Salcido WR/DB Junior
#31 Koby Wintersteller WR/DB Freshman
#34 Sam Cassidy WR/DB Sophomore
#35 Keagan Hammons RB/DL Sophomore
#45 Tanner Barnhart WR/DB Sophomore
#46 James Hagaman WR/DB Freshman
#50 Mason Place OL/DL Junior
#51 Butch Eutsler OL/LB Junior
#52 Korey Oechsle OL/DL Senior
#53 Nathan Temple OL/DL Junior
#54 Jordan Danylchuk OL/LB Senior
#55 Austin Clay OL/DL Junior
#56 Daniel Magowan OL/DL Senior
#57 Kobe Palmer OL/LB Senior
#58 Colin Place OL/DL Sophomore
#59 Zach Mason OL/DL Freshman
#63 Malachi Battle OL/DL Sophomore
#64 Trevor Spridgeon OL/LB Senior
#65 Spencer Blue OL/DL Freshman
#68 Ryan Pratt OL/DL Sophomore
#70 Garrett Black OL/DL Junior
#72 Chase McHugh OL/DL Senior
#75 Spencer Adams OL/DL Sophomore
#81 Isaiah Bretz WR/DB Junior
#87 Drew Bagley WR/DE Junior
 

Junior Varsity
Football

 


Junior Varsity Schedule

Date Opponent Location Result
August 26 Bryan HOME W
September 2 Wapakoneta AWAY L
September 9 St. Mary's HOME L
September 16 Ottawa-Glandorf AWAY W
September 23 Lima Shawnee HOME L
September 30 Kenton AWAY W
October 7 Elida HOME W
October 14 Lima Bath AWAY W
October 21 Celina AWAY L
 
Coach Keith Recker

keith recker

Head Coach
Coach Recker enters his sixth season as the head Varsity Football Coach for the Cougars. This season will be Coach Recker's 12th year of coaching football.  Coach Recker is a graduate of Delphos St. John's High School.  He received his Bachelors Degree from Hillsdale College and Masters in Education from Heidelberg University. Coach Recker is a High School math instructor.  He and his wife, Jodie, have two daughters, Molly, 6, and Natalie, 4, and a son, Logan, who is 2 years old.


Coach Craig Syphrit

Craig Syphrit

Quarterback Coach & Offensive Coordinator
This is Coach Syphrit's eighth season as the Quarterback Coach for the Cougars. This is his second season as the Offensive Coordinator. He is a 2004 graduate of Van Wert High School and a graduate from the Ohio State University where he received his Bachelors and Masters in Middle Childhood Education. Coach Syphrit is a 6th grade teacher at Van Wert Middle School. He and his wife Chelsea have two sons, Cooper and Cayson. 


Coach Kent Smelser

Kent Smelser

Running Back Coach
Coach Smelser has coached football for 35 years and is currently coaching the running backs. He is a Celina High School graduate.  Coach Smelser attended Ohio Northern University and graduated from Bowling Green State University with his Bachelors in Education.  He received his Masters degree from Miami University.  Coach Smelser is the Commissioner for the Western Buckeye League. He and his wife, Jill, have 4 children:  Kyle of Springboro, Ohio, Katlyn of Tampa, Florida,  Morgan of Celina, Ohio and Michael is a senior at Ohio State University majoring in Aviation Engineering. 


Coach Drew Golden

Drew Golden

Offensive Line Coach
This is Coach Golden’s fifth season for the Cougars as the offensive line coach.  Drew graduated from Wapakoneta High School and from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, Middle School Math & Science.  Coach Golden is a 7th grade Science Instructor at Van Wert Middle School.  He is married to Abby.


Coach Steve Sealscott

steve sealscott

Assistant Coach
Coach Sealscott begins his second season as an assistant high school football coach. He is a graduate of Van Wert High School; he received his Bachelors in Education from Bluffton University. Coach Sealscott is an Intervention Specialist instructor for Van Wert Middle School. He and his wife, Whitney, have a daughter, Shay and a son, Colson.


Coach Colton Royer

Colten Royer

Freshman Coach
Coach Royer begins his first year as a freshman football coach for the Cougars.  He is a Van Wert High School graduate and a graduate of Bluffton University where he has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood PK-3rd with 4th and 5th grade endorsement and a Bachelor of Science  in Intervention Specialist.  Coach Royer is a fourth grade Intervention Specialist at Van Wert Elementary.


Coach Josiah Poletta

Josiah Poletta

Defensive Line Coordinator
Coach Poletta is the Varsity and JV defensive line coordinator and this is his first year of coaching for the Cougars.  He has been involved in coaching football for 4 years.  Coach Poletta is a graduate of Hilltop High School in West Unity, Ohio and Defiance College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History.  He is a World History and Sociology instructor for Van Wert High School.  He plans to marry Courtney Bowers in April 2018.


Coach Cole Harting

Cole Harting

Receivers Coach
Coach Harting has been coaching football for five years, and this is his third season with the Cougars coaching the receivers.  He is a graduate of Van Wert High School and the Ohio State University where he obtained his degree in Mathematics.  Coach Harting and his wife, Katie, reside in Van Wert.