Girl’s Basketball

Girls’ Basketball got its start in the 1925-26 school year, and was a varsity sport for three years before being dropped from the curriculum.  In those early years, Hildegarde Fleck was coach.  The sport re-entered the curriculum in 1973-74 under Coach Mary Landon for one year.  Kathleen Koester took over head duties in 1974-75.  Mike Cool became head coach for one year in the 1979-80 season, producing the school’s first ever sectional championship.  Steve Zirger took over from 1980-86, producing three sectional championships, the school’s first and only district title, and a regional runner-up finish in 1982-83.  This team’s 20-3 record rates as the best ever.  The Senecas’ advance to the regional finals is also the furthest tournament advance in school history.  Coach Zirger has the highest winning percentage in Calvert Girls’ Basketball history (.696).  Ted Rombach took over in mid-season for Zirger in 1986-87 and won the sectional title during his inaugural year.  He continued until stepping down after the 1988-89 season.  Jim Welty was named head coach for the 1989-90 season and handled the chores for one season.  Andy Altenburger was appointed to the position in 1990-91, taking the school’s sixth sectional crown in 1991-92.  After Altenburger’s four seasons, Jim Kuhn was named Head Coach before the 1994-95 season.  By far Kuhn’s best season was his 1998-99 Lady Senecas, who finished the year 18-3.  After seven years as the head coach, Jim Kuhn hung up his whistle with a 93-58 record, the most wins in Lady Senecas history.  Rob Ritzler took over before the 2001-2002 season.  Coach Ritzler’s fourth and final season was also his best.  In 2004-05, the team finished tied for 2nd in the MAL and ended the year with a 16-6 record.  Jeremy Bliss was hired to follow coach Ritzler for the 2005-06 season and did so until the end of the 2006-07 season.  Calvert hired Paul Jones before the 2007-08 season to lead the Lady Senecas, producing a winning record of 14-8 in his second year.  Coach Jones resigned for personal reasons after two games into the 09-10 season, with Pat Herron being named interim coach.  Herron coached the 09-10 season, stepping down after its conclusion.  Tim Ritzler was named the Head Girls basketball Coach short thereafter, and continues in that post today.