CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – South Range has put together an exceptional five-year run as they’ve compiled a winning percentage of 72.7%, winning 93 of 128 games and not suffering through a losing campaign during that stretch.

This year, South Range will be without three key seniors in Lexi Giles (13.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.0 spg), Mallory Vidman (3.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Hannah Heikkinen (3.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

Coach Jeff Fishel points out, “We have a group of girls that know our system. We’ll have to get to work early and focus on what we do well on improving our weaknesses as the season goes on. We’re focusing on the process and improving every day. We have some nice depth. Our younger players will have to catch on quickly.”

Leading the team into the 2022-23 season will be Emma Cunningham. Last winter, #20 averaged 6.6 points and grabbed 5.1 rebounds.

“We’re excited about Emma,” notes Fishel. “She has been a key part to our success in each of her first three years. She knows she’ll have to fulfill more of a leadership role this year but as far as her play goes – we’re just going to ask her to do her thing and play her game just like she always has. She’s a very smart offensive player. Her size and length makes her a disruptive defender.”

Also returning is junior Devin Sauerwein – who averaged 2.9 points and 1.5 boards last year.

Sydney Penick, Maddie Dado, Giada Pauline, Liv Yeagley, Ella Crumbacher and Cece Foster will be counted on as they make a step up in competition and will be relied upon within the program. South Range welcomes a large freshman class that the coaching staff is excited about.

The Raiders will open play versus Springfield on November 21.

South Range Raiders
Fast Facts
Head Coach: Jeff Fishel
2021-22 Record: 15-9 (12-2), 2nd place in Northeast 8
2021-22 Post-Season Finish: Lost in Sectional Final to Waterloo, 45-37

2021-22 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 35.5
Scoring Defense: 35.7

2021-22 Individual Leaders
Scoring: Lexi Giles, 13.5
Rebounding: Hannah Heikkinen – 5.4
Assists: Lexi Giles – 1.6
Steals: Lexi Giles – 3.9
Free Throw Percentage: Grace McQuiston – 70.0%
Three-Point Percentage: Lexi Giles – 31.9%

2022-23 Schedule
Nov. 21 – at Springfield
Nov. 28 – Boardman
Dec. 5 – at Ursuline
Dec. 8 – at Hubbard
Dec. 12 – at Jefferson
Dec. 15 – Poland
Dec. 19 – Niles
Dec. 22 – at Lakeview
Dec. 28 – Hilliard Davidson
Dec. 29 – Cardinal Mooney
Jan. 5 – at Girard
Jan. 9 – at Struthers
Jan. 12 – Hubbard
Jan. 19 – Jefferson
Jan. 23 – at Poland
Jan. 26 – at Niles
Jan. 30 – Lakeview
Feb. 2 – Girard
Feb. 6 – Struthers
Feb. 9 – at Western Reserve
Feb. 11- at Brookfield