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April 24, 2014

Panthers look to retain MVAC softball title

Crown Point is coming off of an undefeated Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference season and will look to continue its success. Minerva/Newcomb won Division II in 2013 and will try to unseat the Panthers this season. Elizabethtown-Lewis and Willsboro also hope to be in the mix.

Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive coaching forms from Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Keene or Minerva/Newcomb.

Chazy

The Eagles lost just two players from last season; yet they’re still a young team. There are just three seniors on the roster, and one of those is a newcomer. But four juniors and two freshmen are returning players, and Chazy will rely on their past experience as well as that of seniors Amber Polomsky and Brianna Rotella.

Paige Barcomb pitched in all but two of the Eagles’ games last year, compiling a 6-8 record, and she’s back as a junior. Chazy is expecting to receive contributions from the six new players. The team will be led by first-year coach Frank Cote.

Players lost

Michaela Cahoon, Megan Reynolds

Players returning

Skyler Thomas, Kallie McGrath, Amber Polomsky, Brianna Rotella, Brittany Nestle, Paige Barcomb, Bailey Pepper, Taylor Laurin.

Newcomers

Ashley Gilmore, Rachel Pombrio, Emma Garceau, Ariana Hagan, Cassidy Roberts, Morgan Collins.

Elizabethtown-Lewis

After losing nine players, the Lions are young, which means they have a lot of enthusiasm and energy but are also inexperienced. They have some experience at pitcher; Erika Mitchell was their No. 2 last season, and they’re looking for her to be even better this year. Freshman Alex Simard has shown promise in the circle, and fellow newcomers Kyra Schafer and Nicole Green will also pitch.

Elizabethtown-Lewis is looking to be a spoiler in the MVAC.

Players lost

Jen McGinn, Cheyenne Sousis, Emily Morris, Kylee Cassavaugh, Sierra Wimett, Kaylee Cross, Jessica Spaulding, Crystal Grady, Jazmin Barnes, Chontel St. Dennis.

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