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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Rismiller to play hoops in Dayton; Lugers playing volleyball at Findlay

by Gary R. Rasberry

Coldwater – Road to College will offer separate tracks and play sports at two distinct venues in Coldwater.

Riley Rismiller will head south to the University of Dayton, where he signed to play college basketball for the Flyers after being called up by a number of Division I programs.

Jenna Lugers, a teammate of Reismiller in both volleyball and basketball, will head north to the University of Findlay to continue her stellar playing career for the Division II Oilers.

Dayton is perfect for Rismiller

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Coldwater’s Riley Reismiller, sitting at right center, will attend the University of Dayton and play basketball with the Flyers. Sitting with Riley are her sister Emily Riesemiller, mother Maggie Riesemiller and father Darren Riesemiller. Standing behind, from left, are Coldwater assistant coach Toby Severing, brothers Sam, Tate and Eli Rismiller and head coach Amy Meyer.

Reesemiller’s continued improvement for the Cavaliers and her AAU team has made the Big 6-5 a highly regarded recruit the past several seasons. Schools from the Big Ten, Atlantic 10, ACC, Big East, and American Athletic Conference have expressed interest.

In the end, a good meeting with Flyers first-year coach Tameka Williams-Jeter proved to be the catalyst for Rismiller to trade her orange and black colors for the red and blue at Dayton.

“I think when I first visited, we connected right away,” said Reismiller, who is looking to major in sports communication. “I’m a person who takes a little bit of opening up to people, but I remember leaving that first visit thinking ‘Wow!’ I really want to come back here and visit again. “”

Williams-Jeter, Chaminade Julian’s 1998 Ohio basketball master who went on to play at UConn and later seven seasons in the WNBA, took on a Flyer team that finished 26-6 and 14-1 last season’s A-10 and made it to the NCAA Tournament. Dayton is 0-3 out of the gate this year.

“They lost a lot of seniors from last year,” Rismiller said. “I knew it was going to be a tough year this year.”

Rismiller averaged 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds for the Cavaliers last season, shooting 51% from the floor and 70% from the foul line. Rismiller was a first-team both MAC and All-District selection and was an All-Ohio special mention last season. Reismiller is close to becoming the seventh Coldwater player to score 1,000 career points, making 918 before the start of the season.

“It’s been a while since we’ve had a championship run,” Reismiller said. “We are just working together to build a better team.”

Lugers joins the talented Oiler squad

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Jenna Lugers of Coldwater, sitting center, will attend the University of Findlay and play volleyball for the Oilers. Sitting with Gina is her parents, Jill and Dennis Lugers. Standing in the back are team assistant coach Cole Itzler, assistant coaches Mike Itzler and Megan Weiner and head coach Nikki Itzler.

For Leugers, the I-75 trip to Findlay seemed a natural choice.

“Academically, it was a perfect fit,” said Leugers, who will major in exercise science. “This school has always been in my head. I had to visit there in the spring. It felt like home right away. Talking to the coaches is great. Everything is so good.”

Leugers will have some familiar teammates next season. Marion local alumnus Alana Pullman had a strong freshman season this year in winning the All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference. St. Henry graduate Hannah Bruns will be a senior next season for the Oilers, who went 18-14 and 14-4 in the G-MAC this past season before losing in the G-MAC quarterfinals to Walsh.

“It’s great to have so many local girls from our neighborhood there. That will bring it closer to home,” Lugers said. “It would be nice to be able to compete on the same team with them this time instead of competing against them.”

The Luggers led the Cavaliers with 3.4 kills per set as Coldwater reached the Division III state championship game for the first time since 2017. The Luggers were first team All-Mac and District 8 and earned Third Team All-Ohio honors.

“I think I’m going to take my love and passion for the sport and bring it every day in Findlay,” Lugers said. “I love sports so much. That’s why I want to continue playing in college.”

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