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April 22, 2014

Chiefs, Sentinels look to repeat in CVAC softball

The 2013 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I champion Saranac Chiefs should still be a top contender in 2014 despite losing several key contributors, including Pitcher of the Year Kourtnie Campbell.

The Chiefs should see plenty of competition again this season from both Plattsburgh and Peru, while Beekmantown and Northeastern Clinton should see bounce-back seasons. Saranac Lake will be a wild card as it returns just three players from last year’s team.

In Division II, Ticonderoga will look to repeat as champions, but also lost some major athletes in Player of the Year Katie Palandrani and starting pitcher Jordan McKee.

Runner-up Lake Placid will again be a tough opponent, Northern Adirondack should be much improved from a year ago, while AuSable Valley should be one of the better teams in the conference.

NOTE: Coaching forms from Moriah were not received in time to be included in the spring preview.

AUSABLE VALLEY

Pitching is always a key factor in CVAC softball and the Patriots return a good one in Madison Rondeau, who went 9-5 a season ago.

AuSable Valley returns nine players from a year ago, including seven starters. Logan Snow (first base) and Miranda Sheffer (shortstop) are both coming off CVAC all-star performances and will be looked at again to provide pop to the Patriots’ batting lineup.

Tiffany Evans (third base), Alyssa Baughn (third base) and Kendra Niemann (catcher) are all returners to the infield.

Priscilla Coats, Mirissa O’Neill, Vanessa Garrow, Lindsay Christian, Lindsay Brown, Shelby Bourgeois and Kylee Brunell will all be competing for the starting outfield positions.

AuSable Valley

Players lost

Sumra Sikandar, Deanna Dashnaw, Marissa Prentiss.

Players returning

Logan Snow, Miranda Sheffer, Alyssa Baughn, Tiffany Evens, Mirissa O’Neill, Lindsay Christian, Madison Rondeau, Kendra Niemann, Priscilla Coats.

Newcomers

Lindsay Brown, Kylee Brunell, Shelby Bourgeois, Vanessa Garrow.

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