What Might Have Been: Girls Discus
Senior took the first four spots in the AA discus last season, led by the dominant Mallory Kauffman, who captured the discus title handily last season. The one to beat this season looks like it would have been Hickory's Molly Piso, who is yet another talented thrower in Hickory history. Piso, a senior, placed fifth as a sophomore and holds the top returning toss, a best of 134-3, which she launched to win the D10 crown.
A host of talented juniors would have been hot on her case, looking to snag the win. United's Maizee Fry has a very consistent season in the discus that led to her sixth place finish at states. Quaker Valley's Claire Kuzma (seventh) and Burgettstown's Miranda Schramm (eighth) make up the other medalists that would return to the circle this season with a shot to take the top spot.
Ashlyn Giles of Schuylkill Valley would have been worth watching for. She had a best of 127-3 from last season, but didn't compete qualify for states last year. In her junior year, Giles would have been a threat in this field, as well.
It was quite the breakthrough sophomore season last year for Council Rock South's Siniru Iheoma, and she was looking to keep it rolling into her junior season. Iheoma won the AAA discus with room to spare, throwing 149-9 at Ship, just off her season best of 152-7, which she set to win the District 1 crown.
Iheoma was likely just getting started in the discus, and 2020 would have likely been a big spring for the junior. As the lone returning medalists to boot, Iheoma would certainly be the big favorite for another state title.
One that could stand in her way would be Maria Deaviz of Souderton. A late-season injury derailed her hopes at a state title last year, but Deaviz, who had a big winter in the shot put could have also been in line for a strong discus season outdoors this year. She threw a best of 146-10 for the win at the Henderson Invitational last spring. She could definitely give Iheoma a good run for her money while healthy this spring.
Wilson's Olivia Moyer, Easton's Jaiden Martellucci, Upper Darby's Kayla Thorpe, Penn Manor's Jayln Clow (ninth at states last year), and Hempfield Area's Isabella Gera (tenth at states last year) are among the other strong slingers that would have been back this season.