Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays: Girls basketball preview

Team: Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays

Division: IV

League/conference and division: Midwest Athletic Conference

Head coach: Nate Stant, first season.

Assistant coaches: Rebecca Saine and Rob Gaynier.

2016-17 record, overall/conference: 10-13, 2-7

2016-17 highlights: Madilynn Schulte first team All-MAC; Jessica Giese honorable mention All-MAC.

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Key returners

• Ellie Csukker, 5-8, sr., F; 1 ppg, 1.4 rpg.

• Hannah Bockey, 5-8, sr., F; 2.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg.

• Betty Vorst, 5-9, jr., F/C; 7.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg.

• Taylor Zuber, 5-7, jr., G; returning starter, averaged 3.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists.

Transfer: Hayleigh Bacome, jr., transferred to Elida.

About the Blue Jays: Stant takes over as just the fifth head coach in the 43 years of the program, which has won small-school five state titles. He succeeds Dan “Beeze” Grothouse, who compiled a 393-252 combined record in 28 seasons. A St. John’s grad and the St. John’s Elementary School principal, Stant previously coached Blue Jays freshmen and JV boys teams.

We are a young, hard-working team with good chemistry that shoots fairly well from the perimeter. We are undersized but work very hard to apply strong ball pressure.

Delphos St. John’s girls basketball schedule

7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Dec. 7 Versailles, 6 p.m.

Dec. 12 St. Marys Memorial

Dec. 14 Fort Recovery

Dec. 16 at New Bremen, 2 p.m.

Dec. 18 Lima Shawnee

Dec. 21 Kalida

Dec. 28 at Van Wert, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 at Minster

Jan. 6 Fort Jennings, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 9 at Paulding, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 New Knoxville

Jan. 13 Spencerville, 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 Coldwater

Jan. 20 Crestview

Jan. 23 Lima Bath

Jan. 25 at Parkway

Jan. 30 at Lincolnview, 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 St. Henry

Feb. 8 at Marion Local

Feb. 10 at Ottoville, 2:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 at New Bremen, 7 p.m.

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