Editor's Note: This is the first of a series.
The project is called the Richland 200.
With the 2019-20 athletic year in the books, each Saturday, the sports pages of the Mansfield News Journal will be full of names of great high school athletes who will take to the athletic fields during the 2020-21 season. The project will wrap up with a Top 5 countdown the week of August 10 with a week-long feature series.
sg飞艇appBut we have a long way to go and only one way to get there. Each week, we will release 15 names of high school athletes who are expected to have big years in 2020-21. Let's take a look at 200-186.
200: John Harris, St. Peter's
sg飞艇appWe kick things off with a John Harris of St. Peter's who will be a junior in the fall. Harris had an impressive freshman season on the track and especially in the 110-meter hurdles. He qualified for the finals in the regional meet in 2019 but didn't run in the finals. His qualifying time was 16.72 and had he matched that time, it would have been the seventh-fastest time in the final heat. He would've been a state qualifier in the spring of 2020 had the season not been canceled. He will be back stronger than ever as a junior.
199: Corbin Herr, Madison
Corbin Herr burst onto the scene for the Madison Rams soccer team last fall as a sophomore on a senior-dominated team and impressed. He earned honorable mention All-District honors as well as second team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference honors last year. He scored six goals and added five assists last season helping the Rams go 14-4-2 and finishing with a district runner-up trophy. He will be back this fall as a junior and will jump right into a leadership role.
198: Riley Fackler, Shelby
sg飞艇appThe Shelby boys cross country team will be looking for some leadership this fall and Fackler will be that guy. As a junior, he ran a 17:21.75 at the regional meet in Tiffin finishing in 49th overall. With the graduation of Caleb Brown and Caden Payne, Fackler will be the senior leader next season as he will take youngsters like Huck Finnigan and Mason Hendrickson under his wing.
197: Natalie Link, Ontario
The Ontario Lady Warriors softball team may not have been able to play a 2020 schedule, but with the loss of one senior, 2021 should be a heck of the year and Link is one of the major reasons why. In 16 games last season, she hit .388 with 19 hits including two home runs and 11 RBIs. She earned honorable mention All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference honors last year and anchors a potent and deep Lady Warriors lineup in 2021.
196: Anna McFarland, Crestview
sg飞艇appThe Crestview Lady Cougars had a historic season on the soccer pitch in 2019 and McFarland had a big hand in that. She scored three goals and handed out seven assists for the Lady Cougars as they went 16-2-1 and claimed the Mid-Buckeye Conference championship. McFarland earned honorable mention All-District and second team All-MBC honors and should have an even bigger year in 2020 as she steps into a bigger role.
195: Morgan Welch, Crestview
As a sophomore, Welch was impressive in 2019. At the regional cross country meet in Tiffin, she ran a 22:12.68 taking 125th and helping the Lady Cougars finish in the Top 15 as a team. She was also a part of the district championship team. As a youngster, she ran in some big-time meets and that experience will only make her better.
194: Ethan McCoy, Ontario
sg飞艇appThe Ontario Warriors boys soccer team was loaded with extremely young talent last season. After going 10-6-3 on the year and really turning it on at the end of the season, the Warriors expect a big 2020 and McCoy is one of the major reasons why. He scored five goals and added four assists last season earning him honorable mention All-District and second team All-Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference honors. Expect much more from McCoy this fall.
193: Brock Talbott, Clear Fork
sg飞艇appTalbott is a 2-sport standout for the Colts excelling in baseball and football in 2019. As a baseball player, he hit .307 in the spring of 2019 with 23 hits and 22 RBIs earning him honorable mention All-MOAC honors. As a football player, he anchored an offensive line that let the Colts pile on the points with a 34.8 points per game average. He didn't get to have another baseball season in 2020, but he will be back better than ever in 2020-21.
192: Rebekah Conrad, Clear Fork
She is an intimidating figure when she walks in a gym and for good reason. In volleyball for the Lady Colts, she earned honorable mention All-MOAC honors after recording 122 kills and 40 blocks as a sophomore. In basketball, she is the tallest player on the court and after a year of floating back and forth between JV and varsity, she should have a much bigger role as a junior with some graduating seniors leaving. I expect big things from Conrad.
191: Madison Genders, Ontario
sg飞艇appMadison Genders was the sixth score for the majority of the cross country season for the Lady Warriors before jumping into the Top 5 during the postseason. She ran a 20:54.0 at the 2019 state cross country meet in the Division II race which claimed the 123rd overall spot as the Lady Warriors claimed the No. 8 spot. Genders was just a sophomore then and as a junior in 2020, is expected to compete in the Top 3 of her team scores. With all the confidence from a stellar sophomore season, she can do it.
190: Briana Perry, Mansfield Senior
Perry plays everything for the Mansfield Senior Lady Tygers. She earned second team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference in softball in 2019 before helping the Lady Tygers earn a basketball tournament win in 2020. She is strong and physical and plays her heart out every time she is on the field and is expected to have a huge senior season in 2020-21.
189: Ashleigh Bechtel, Madison
She scored the biggest goal in Madison Lady Ram soccer history in a 1-0 overtime state semifinal win over Chagrin Falls last fall. It sent the Lady Rams to their first state championship game in girls soccer program history and she is back for more. She earned second team All-Ohio Cardinal Conference honors last season and is the first of many Lady Ram soccer players who will make the Richland 200 list.
188: Hope Barrett, Madison
sg飞艇appWhen I started thinking about this list, I promised I would only include athletes who earned some type of postseason honor or competed at the state level in an individual sport. Then I promised to give myself two wild cards. My first wild card is 2019-20 freshman Hope Barrett. Barrett is the next big thing at Madison as a standout volleyball and softball player. She was slated to start at shortstop for the Lady Rams this spring before the season was canceled. Looking at the lineup the Lady Rams had coming back and Barrett earning a starting spot, she must be pretty darn good.
187: Olivia Schulz, Madison
My second wild card is freshman Olivia Schulz. She played very well on JV in basketball this season, but her sport is softball. Had she had a season, there is no doubt she would have earned some kind of postseason honor. I've seen workout videos online and she is going to be a great softball player for Tim Niswander's Lady Rams. She was penciled to start at second base this spring, but her natural position is at catcher as she soaked up the leadership of Leah Boggs, the Division I catcher for Madison. I have no doubt in a year or so, but Barrett and Schulz will be in the Top 10 of returning athletes.
186: Zeth Goth, Plymouth
Goth had a breakout year in 2019-20 as a sophomore on the basketball court for the Big Red earning honorable mention All-Northwest District in Division IV as well as honorable mention All-Firelands Conference. He was poised to have a big year in baseball as well before the season was canceled. He would have taken over the No. 1 pitcher spot for the Big Red which looked to continue recent success. Goth has a ton of upside and all the potential in the world. He just has to continue working hard and he can be pretty special the next two years.
Jake Furr is the sports reporter for the Mansfield News Journal. He can be reached by phone at 740-244-9934, by email at or on Twitter at @JakeFurr11.