Press-Republican

April 16, 2013

CVAC softball teams boast strong arms


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Editor’s Note: Coaching forms from Northern Adirondack, Beekmantown and Lake Placid were not received by press time.

The Saranac softball team finished first in Division I of the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference last year, and the Chiefs lost some key players from that team. But they’ve returned two pitchers and several other contributors and hope to be back in the hunt.



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Peru, which finished right behind Saranac, has a number of returning players, and an experienced Plattsburgh team will look to challenge both of them.

In Division II, defending champion Ticonderoga boasts strong pitching and will look to repeat.

AuSable Valley

The Patriots have talent in the pitching circle in returning sophomore Madison Rondeau, and they also have two of their top hitters back — Logan Snow and Miranda Sheffer. Snow has moved from second base to first, and Sheffer is a shortstop; both are strong defensive players.

AuSable Valley has just two seniors with varsity experience — Sumra Sikandar and Marissa Prentiss — and five returning players overall. Some of the 11 new players will have to make significant contributions in order for the Patriots to contend.

Players lost

Alexis Facteau, Emily Plumadore, Christine Darrah, Jessica Baker.

Returning players

Sumra Sikandar, Marissa Prentiss, Logan Snow, Miranda Sheffer, Madison Rondeau.

Newcomers

Alyssa Baughn, Tiffany Evens, Lindsay Christian, Deanna Dashnaw, Nichole Pulsifer, Mirassa O’Neill, Miranda O’Neill, Bryce Douglass, Haley Sprague, Kendra Niemann, Pricilla Coates.

Moriah

Pitcher Taylor Sprague, catcher Lauren Brace and shortstop Madison Stahl will be looked to for leadership on a young team. The Vikings have just one other returning player, outfielder Tori Fleury.

Moriah has 10 new faces on the roster. Sophomores Caitlin Pelkey, Sadie Fosco and Lauren Cross are expected to start in the infield, while classmate Shelby MacDougal will likely play in the outfield.

Players lost

Hailey Chapuk, Emily Cutting, Lindsay Brace, Amanda French, Symantha Wright, Jasmine Callis, Jen Chappell, Whitney Salerno, Corinne Slycord, Sara Rancour.

Returning players

Taylor Sprague, Lauren Brace, Madison Stahl, Tori Fleury.

Newcomers

Caitlin Pelkey, Sadie Fosco, Lauren Cross, Shelby MacDougal, Kayla Curran, Blake Bigelow, Nicole French, Courtney Burch, Christina Lashway, Ashley Shores.

Northeastern Clinton

With seniors Jennifer Favro and Stephanie LaValley in the circle, the Cougars expect pitching to be one of their strengths. They have an experienced roster with six seniors and nine total returning players.

The Cougars work hard and are fundamentally sound, and they expect to be competitive in the conference this season.

Players lost

Bianca Grimshaw, Vada Loya, Kourtney Rabideau, Ashley Moran, Patricia Lapan.

Returning players

Madalyn Tucker, Michaela McDonough, Taylor Rabideau, Emily Boyer, Krista Connelly, Caroline Perrea, Jennifer Favro, Amanda Harvey, Stephanie LaValley.

Newcomers

Casey Frederick, Katie Matott, Paige Dominic, Taylor Jarvis, Erin Niles, Krista White, Ashley Boire.

Peru

The Indians should have a strong infield that will include seniors Linzee Wright, Brianna Padron and Nicole Breton. They also have a returning pitcher in sophomore Kelly Neenan.

There is inexperience at some positions. But the Indians, who returned seven players, have strong senior leadership and good team chemistry.

Players lost

Dani Dayton, Taylor Rock, Paige Moore, Breanna Martineau, Liz Uliva.

Returning players

Linzee Wright, Brianna Padron, Alexis McKee, Nicole Breton, Shannon Bombard, Sam Fletcher, Kelly Neenan.

Newcomers

Katie Uliva, Maddy Flynn, Brittany Miner, Kara Barber, Kaylee Padron.

Plattsburgh High

With eight returning players and some talented newcomers, the Hornets should have a strong team. Karlie Neale, an All-Star last season, will be behind the plate, and Jamie Bedard returns as the pitching ace. Alyssa Pobocik, Hailey McLaughlin and Lauren Stanley are also solid pitchers.

Plattsburgh will have returning players starting at all but one infield position and has plenty of depth. The Hornets expect to be a good hitting team with a lineup that features both power and speed.

Players lost

Courtney Pfeiffer, Lyndale Nephew, Shannon Olson.

Returning players

Kolbi Lyon, Karlie Neale, Lauren Stanley, Hailey McLaughlin, Jamie Bedard, Cieara Duquette, Madison Trombley, Courtney Rohrig.

Newcomers

Amanda McMahon, Rachel Bedard, Deanna LaBarge, Elexis Stanley, Madison Bushey, Marina Caramia, Bailey Harney, Alyssa Pobocik.

Saranac

The Chiefs expect pitching to be their strong point this season — Kourtnie Campbell, a senior, and sophomore Tori Trim have both returned. They have four other returning players, all seniors.

Saranac does have a lack of experience at some positions, and the team’s success will depend on how well the younger players adjust to varsity softball. The Chiefs hope to be back in contention in Division I.

Players lost

Alisha Ducatte, Olivia Furnia, Jade Lakers, Heather Vaughn, Sarah LoTemplio, Heather Durocher, Emily Vann, Hope Cayea.

Returning players

Kourtnie Campbell, Sam Aierle, Ashley Terry, Beth Plumadore, Abby Joyal, Tori Trim.

Newcomers

Summer Gillespie, Emma Webster, Shelby Lottie, Taylor Brewer, Brette Campbell.

Saranac Lake

The Red Storm have a veteran team; there are nine seniors on the roster, all of whom have varsity experience. Eight of them are expected to be in the starting lineup. Saranac Lake lost just three players from last year’s team and has just two newcomers.

A core group players together on a summer club team, and that should boost the level of play on the varsity squad. The Red Storm hope to finish in the top half of the standings.

Players lost

Chelsea LaFountain, Gabrielle Lewis, Christina Rabideau.

Returning players

Sydney Battistoni, Megan Kilroy, Jordy McDougall, Jen McGuoirk, Megan Moody, Serra Nye, Shannon Stevens, Brittany Tschirhart, Nicole Viscardo.

Newcomers

Brittany Woodruff, Jennifer Ward.

Ticonderoga

The Sentinels boast an experienced battery. Pitchers Kylie Austin, a junior, and Jordan McKee, a senior, are both back from last year, and they’ll be throwing to senior Katie Palandrani.

In all, eight players have returned. The team has to fill three starting positions and will be looking for players to step up and take over those roles. The Sentinels have their sights set on defending the Class C title.

Players lost

Emilee Namer, Autumn Olcott, Melissa Pockett, Carie Bevins.

Returning players

Meg Campney, Andrea Rich, Katie Palandrani, Jaelyn Granger, Jordan McKee, Kylie Austin, Lexie Moore.

Newcomers

Maura Jebb, Sadie Hamel, Logan Mars, Taylor Dorsett, Jenette Coon.