NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Coach Mark Baker begins his 18th season as the Tigers head coach. Baker is eight wins shy of reaching the 300-victory plateau and has accumulated a winning percentage of 70.5% during his stay (292-122).

Newton Falls returns all five starters from last year’s group in seniors Shelby Fowler and Natalee Albert as well as juniors Chloe Butler, Gigi Morgan and Dani Drake. “We’re looking to Shelby to continue to force [her way] around the basket,” indicates Baker. “Natalee always bring a positive attitude and really supports her teammates. We’ll also look to see much improved guard play from several players including our point guard Dani Drake and Chloe Butler.”

Underclassmen Kennedy Howard, Ryley Lampman, Lilly Saint, Payton Murphy, Logan Elliot and freshman Madison Davis are expected to play critical roles in the success of the Newton Falls’ girls program this winter.

“We’re still, a very young team,” Baker points out. “Although many players got some precious experience last year, I see this group continuing to grow as the season progresses, and hopefully will improve upon [last year]. We don’t have great size, so rebounding will likely be an issue. However, we’ll attempt to combat that with an up tempo [style] to gain extra scoring opportunities.”

The Tigers will open play against Valley Christian on November 18.

Newton Falls Tigers
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Mark Baker
2021-22 Record: 7-17
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sectional Final to Jackson-Milton (58-21)

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 29.3
Scoring Defense: 43.2

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 18 – at Valley Christian
Nov. 21 – at Warren JFK
Nov. 28 – Heartland Christian
Dec. 3 – Southeast
Dec. 5 – at Mineral Ridge
Dec. 8 – at Champion
Dec. 12 – LaBrae
Dec. 15 – at Liberty
Dec. 19 – Crestview
Dec. 28 – Lakeview
Dec. 29 – Southington
Jan. 2 – at Garfield
Jan. 5 – Brookfield
Jan. 9 – Campbell Memorial
Jan. 12 – Champion
Jan. 19 – at LaBrae
Jan. 23 – Liberty
Jan. 26 – at Crestview
Jan. 30 – Garfield
Feb. 2 – at Brookfield
Feb. 6 – at Campbell Memorial
Feb. 9 – at Mathews