Press-Republican

April 24, 2013

CVAC tennis season up for grabs in 2013


Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — Editor’s Note: Coaching forms were not received from AuSable Valley in time for press.

The Peru boys’ and Northeastern Clinton girls’ captured Champlain Valley Athletic Conference tennis titles a season ago, but lose a number of players to graduation and look to rebuild.



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Shawn Bissonette, a Saranac senior who claimed the boys’ Most Valuable Players honors in 2012, is back for another go-around.

The girls’ side will see a new CVAC singles champion crowned.

Peru’s Abby Higgins has graduated, but runner-up Marle Curle and a new crop of players will challenge for the title.

Beekmantown

Even though the Eagles lack experience, they have tremendous athleticism, according to first-year coach Michele Lamontagne.

Beekmantown went 7-1 last year, but lose Bailey Waterbury, Samantha Weaver, Sarah Wang, Alexandra Provost, Euna Mae Namoc, Kellie Manor and Kaylee Maddox to graduation.

Tegan Belrose, Anna Stitt and Olvia Wyand all return from a season ago and are expected to make key contributions.

Players lost

Bailey Waterbury, Samantha Weaver, Sarah Wang, Alexandra Provost, Euna Mae Namoc, Kellie Manor, Kaylee Maddox.

Players returning

Tegan Belrose, Anna Stitt, Olivia Wyand.

Newcomers

Chelsea Bjelko, Maegan Bull, Reese Butler, Lydia Gricoski, Mariya Kalarash, Santana LaBarre Hannah LaFountain, Michaela LaFountain, Teresa Minardi, Evelyn Vicencio, Bethany Simpson.

Lake Placid

George Bailey’s 2012 3-4 boys’ team welcomes back Keegan Barney, Justin Stosiek, David Knapik, Nik Kobe, Matt Jelinek and Steven Jelinek.

The Blue Bombers will be in contention for their class title, and the team is willing to put the effort in, Bailey said.

Joan O’Leary and Victoria O’Leary will start as singles players for the girls’ team

Coach Jen Lawrence welcomes Georgia O’Leary from Northwood Prep, a promising junior.

Lake Placid, though, is a fairly young team with a number of underclassman.

Players lost

Natalia Smith, Serena Hallowell, Nick Stosiek, Alex Jelenik, Joel Silver, Will Coffrin.

Players returning

Joan O’Leary, Victoria O’Leary, Brenna Garrett, Cameron Brooks, Grace McGrew, Liza Marinis, Kayla Hudson, Sophie Morelli, Jasmine Philip, Keegan Barney, Justin Stosiek, David Knapik, Nik Kobe, Matt Jelinek, Steven Jelinek.

Newcomers

Tanner Stanton, Rhiannon Peterson, Georgia O’Leary, Haley Thompson, Michael Morrison.

Northeastern Clinton

The team’s strengths will be found in Ryan Marks, McKenna Hunter and Adam Khater, who are the three returning players that attended the state tournament last year.

Coach Sarah Hanfield said the Cougars own depth with Brendan Boutin, Devan McManus, Troy Tetreault and Jordan Brillotti also returning.

Northeastern Clinton is a young team, though, despite seven of eight players with previous varsity experience.

On the girls’ side, the Cougars lost six starters to graduation, and it will be difficult to replace the strength of those players lineup, Hanfield said.

However, Northeastern Clinton returns Jenna LaValley, Abbie Miller, Aryana Kellison, Aurora Slater and Andrea Mossey.

Players lost

Paige Southwick, Victoria Duprey, Lacie Hogle, Erica Sorrell, Katelynn King, Sarena Foster.

Players returning

Jenna LaValley, Abbie Miller, Aryana Kellison, Aurora Slater, Andrea Mossey, McKenna Hunter, Ryan Marks, Adam Khater, Brendan Boutin, Devan McManus, Troy Tetreault, Jordan Brillotti.

Newcomers

Sarah Babbie, Miranda Menard, Ashley Moran, Alex Sorrell, Austin Tetreault.

Northern Adirondack

The Bobcats, both the boys’ and girls’ teams, return a majority of their roster from a year ago.

Steven Warick, Jared Brunelle, Nolan Fergusson, Justin Kellet and Evan Gagnier will all play critical roles as returning starters on the boys’ side.

Katie Lamb, Taylor Pitts, Katelyn Snide, Maegan Brunelle, Hunter Nantasaeng, Amber St. Andrew, Hannah Charland, Shonni Velasquez, Lacey Jiguere and Amber Collins all return for another go-around.

The team, though, will need to find new players to move into the singles lineup, while some of the younger players will be doubles players, according to coach John Schulz.

Players lost

Tessa King, Ariel Filion, David Miller.

Players returning

Katie Lamb, Taylor Pitts, Katelyn Snide, Maegan Brunelle, Hunter Nantasaeng, Amber St. Andrew, Hannah Charland, Shonni Velasquez, Lacey Jiguere, Amber Collins, Steven Warick, Jared Brunelle, Mitchell Garceau, Danny Hoff, Scott Kellett, Derek Ebersol, Nolan Fergusson, Hunter Favreau, Justin Kellett, Evan Gagnier, Daniel Davis, Eli Viars.

Newcomers

Tylar LaFountain, Tori Goddeau, Ethan Warick, Logan LaFountain, Michael DeCoste, Corey LaFountain, Chad King, John Harriman.

Peru

The Indians return five starters — Connor Bond, Peter Daly, Patrick Demarais, Kyle Kemp and Johnny McAuliffe — from last year’s one-loss team.

However, it will be important for Peru to concentrate on each individual match, according to co-coaches Jim Neyenhouse, Joe Higgins and Linda McAuliffe.

The girls’ team returns Karley Goddeau-Stefaniak, Taylor Higgins, Shania Howard, Kari Kusalonis, Margaret Mitchell and Nicole Mooney from last year’s 3-5 team.

The three co-coaches said the girls’ team is expected to do well, but this year’s race to a CVAC championship will be a competitive one.

Players lost

Samantha Banker, Abby Higgins, Katy Lawliss, Pat Daly, Sean Harrigan, Ernie Rock.

Players returning

Karley Goddeau-Stefaniak, Taylor Higgins, Shania Howard, Kari Kusalonis, Margaret Mitchell, Nicole Mooney, Connor Bond, Camden Brockbank, Peter Daly, Patrick Demarais, Kyle Kemp, Johnny McAuliffe, Matthew Rine.

Newcomers

Danielle Clemons, Lexi Miner, Anna Mitchell, Bryn Mousseau, Zachary Hamilton, Nick Lawliss.

Plattsburgh High

The Hornets will rebuild from the loss of four starters who reached the CVAC Class B championship.

Cathy Whalen, now in her 12th season at the varsity level, looks for underclassman to step up and fill their shoes with experience to develop through the season.

Anthony Girard, Chris Gray and Alex Racine mark all returning players.

For the Plattsburgh High girls’ team, a number of players are back from a season ago.

Kelly Cantwell, Olivia Carlson, Marle Curle, Hanah LeClair, Ashley Marlow and Kelsey Senecal are all returning starters.

Players lost

Chirag Patel, Ryan Tripp, David Ferris, John West, Kalen Lezak, Jake Morrow, Spencer Hall.

Players returning

Kelly Cantwell, Olivia Carlson, Marle Curle, Hanah LeClair, Ashley Marlow, Kelsey Senecal, Anthony Girard, Chris Gray, Alex Racine, Matt Bracy.

Newcomers

Shannon Buskey, Kelli Buskey, Anna Ferris, Claire Fuller, Emilie Kneifel, Kiah Osborne, Adam Dodge, Miguel Cabo, Josh Ferris, Dakota Gowett, Tuan Luu, Guillermo Saguar-Urquiola, Brendan Whalen.

Saranac

Like Northern Adirondack, the Chiefs return all but one of their players from last year’s 4-2 squad.

Shawn Bissonette, who claimed Most Valuable Players honors a year ago, will lead an experienced group that includes Dylan Christopherson, Mark Lapointe, Ryan Wood, Aaron Cross, Matt Bouyea and Alijah Bolliver.

The boys’ team will be much more confident, but will need to improve on closing out matches as well as keeping composure, according to coach Tim Newell.

Saranac does not graduate a single player from last year’s 2-5 girls’ squad.

Anna Dorrance, Kayla Napper, Emma Newell, Kristen Napper, Aimee Eggleston, Olivia Klooster and Lena Menia return and welcome Brooke Layhee and Victoria Legge as doubles players.

Players lost

Joe Tobin.

Players returning

Anna Dorrance, Kayla Napper, Emma Newell, Kristen Napper, Aimee Eggleston, Olivia Klooster, Lena Menia, Shawn Bissonette, Dylan Christopherson, Mark Lapointe, Ryan Wood, Aaron Cross, Matt Bouyea, Alijah Bolliver.

Newcomers

Brooke Layhee, Victoria Legge, Patrick Paquin.

Seton Catholic

The Knights don’t return a single boys’ player, but have a lot of new players with athletic ability and the willingness to learn and improve throughout the season, coach Derek Payne said.

After losing Joe Bridgeman, Elijah Beaudin, Carson Hynes, Ren Wakatsuki and Michael Richter to graduation, Keagan Brigges, Shun Kato, Danh Pham, James Mulligan, Kamil Ali, Chris Tang and Noah Racette will be all step into starting roles.

On the girls’ side, Seton Catholic welcomes back four of their seven players — Kelli Ryan, Shannon Egan, Lauren Richter, Alyse Clark — from 2012.

Payne said his team’s keys will be to gain valuable experience and skill for its athletes as the season progresses.

Players lost

Eva Zalis, Mallory Favreau, Stephanie Kustos, Joe Bridgeman, Elijah Beaudin, Carson Hynes, Ren Wakatsuki, Michael Richter.

Players returning

Kelli Ryan, Shannon Egan, Lauren Richter, Alyse Clark.

Newcomers

Keagan Brigges, Shun Kato, Danh Pham, James Mulligan, Kamil Ali, Chris Tang, Noah Racette.