April 15, 2013

Panthers poised to defend titles

Editor’s note: Coaching forms from Minerva/Newcomb were not received by press time.

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Crown Point dominated the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference baseball scene a season ago en route to winning the Division I championship and later adding the Section VII Class D title.

The Panthers return a good share of their starters from a season ago and are expected to be a major force again.

Indian Lake/Long Lake, which won in Division II, also returns a solid nucleus in its bid to repeat.

Division I


The Eagles, who finished 11-3 last year, lost to Crown Point in the Section VII Class D championship game after winning the title the year before.

Chazy figures to be in the thick of things again with the return of seven starters, including its entire pitching staff in seniors Kyle Bisonette, Nathan Reynolds, Jacob Kennedy and Josh Peete.

Senior third baseman Craig Botten, shortstop Bisonette and junior second baseman Hayden Guay will give the Eagles experience in the infield. Reynolds, who will be in his fifth season of varsity baseball, provides talent and experience in the outfield.

Junior outfielder Alec LaPierre also returns as a starter, while senior outfielder Justin Roy started at times a year ago.

Newcomers who could start include sophomore infielder/outfielder Zach Brothers and junior first baseman Dylan Doran.

The biggest concern for Chazy, which expects to be solid offensively one through nine, is behind the plate where Peete, Bisonette and Reynolds will take turns depending on who is pitching.

Players lost

Austin Santor, Michael Ryba, Jordan Barriere.

Players returning

Kyle Bisonette, Nathan Reynolds, Jacob Kennedy, Craig Botten, Josh Peete, Justin Roy, Dylan Garrow, Hayden Guay, Alec LaPierre, Nick Averill.


Zach Brothers, Josh Barriere, Dylan Doran, Dustin Miller, Alex Duprey.

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