The Ticonderoga Sentinels look to be the frontrunners in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II girls' softball again this season.A year ago, Ticonderoga finished 14-0 in the CVAC, but again fell to Northern Adirondack in the Section VII Class C playoffs.The Bobcats lost all-star pitcher Kim Gero, but don't count them out once sectionals roll around.Moriah returns all but one of its players from last season's squad and could also be a force to reckon with in Division II.Division I champion Peru is also missing its all-star pitcher Karyn Christiansen.Class A champion Beekmantown returns Kayleigh McGovern on the hill for her third season, while Northeastern Clinton also brings back its pitcher, Jaylane Rabideau, for her third year on on the mound.Tiffany Reyell is also in place on the pitcher's mound for Saranac and the Chiefs could make some noise in the Division I race.
DiVision IBeekmantownThe Eagles finished last season with a .500 record at 8-8 in the CVAC, but were able to capture the Section VII Class A title with an upset victory over Peru.Beekmantown looks poised to be a threat in the Division I standings with the loss of only two players and the return of all-star pitcher Kayleigh McGovern for her third season.McGovern, however, lost her batterymate Megan Renadette to graduation, but sophomore Courtney Bouyea will look to step in and fill the void.The Eagles return eight of their nine starters from a year ago, including the lone senior first baseman Lindsy Chatland.Chatland will be looked at for her leadership and for strong performances at the plate.Players lostMegan Renadette, Amanda Reil.Players returningLindsy Chatland, Kayleigh McGovern, Kelsie Bradish, Shelbi Collin, Kassandra Costin, Rian Jock, Morgan Kowalowski, Chelsy Chatland, Courtney Bouyea.NewcomersSamantha Warner, Rachel McDuffie, Jessica Rivers, Katelyn O'Connell.
The returning Section VII Class B champion Cougars were hit moderately hard by graduation.All-star centerfielder Courtney Coryea, third baseman Haley Faubert, first baseman Darby Turner and catcher Tiffany Lamberton have all graduated. Also lost is Alex Forey, who elected to play tennis this season.Returning from last season's 13-3 squad is all-star pitcher Jaylane Rabideau. She is now in her third season and a year ago, claimed all 13 victories.Leading hitter and shortstop Rachel Coryea brings back her bat and leadership. Magan Bechard (outfield), Jordan Clark (center field) and Danielle Tierney (second base) also return for Northeastern Clinton.Players lostCourtney Coryea, Haley Faubert, Tiffany Lamberton, Darby Turner, Alex Forey.Players returningJordan Clark, Rachel Coryea, Jaylane Rabideau, Magan Bechard, Lorrielle Bombardier, Danielle Tierney.NewcomersChelsea Barcomb, Jessica Goodine, Sarah Katie Hartigan, Nichole Smith, Chantel LaValley, JohniRae Coryea.
For the second straight year the Indians will have a new coach at the helm.Chris Rehm has moved on and Chad Webb takes over the reins. His first task will be replacing all-star pitcher Karyn Christiansen, who has graduated.Senior Sacha LaBounty will take over on the mound while also splitting time at first base with Katlyn Kilkeary. Kilkeary will also see time at pitcher.Sara Rock makes the shift from third base to shortstop, replacing her departed sister Nicole.Alyssa Felio also returns to the outfield for Peru, one of only three returning starters.Players lostKaryn Christiansen, Nicole Defayette, Jamie Duell, Jenna Mayette, Nicole Rock, Jenna Ruff.Players returningAlyssa Felio, Katlyn Kilkeary, Sacha LaBounty, Sara Rock, Lacey Tourville, Constance Mandeville.NewcomersCortney Neenan, Layla Burczak, Lindsay Duquette, Dannielle West, Jessica Ewald, Morgan Flynn, Marley Tourville.
Vickie McMillan, coach in the 1970s and 80s, returns to coach the Hornets this season.She takes over a squad that last season was 5-9 in the CVAC and lost six of its top players to graduation.Jen Menard should see the majority of the action on the mound this season, while Kelly Wehrenberg returns behind the plate.Alicia Stanton will make the move to shortstop with Jordon Bond at third base.Candace Brown, the team's lone senior, will patrol the outfield for Plattsburgh.Players lostKiernan Patenaude, Emmy Welch, Kaitlyn Parker, Konnor Baker, Amanda Favro, Beth LeClair.
Players returningAlicia Stanton, Jen Menard, Kelly Wehrenberg, Jordon Bond, Candace Brown.NewcomersTori Buck, Dana Curle, Hannah Emery, Caitlyn Hecox, Megan Pepper, Brittany Tourville, Lauren Tyler.
A season ago, the Chiefs were lacking experience in the infield and they finished 5-10 in the CVAC.This season, the infield will be one of its strengths with all four of thefive starters returning, Gone is shortstop Caitlin McNulty.Also returning with another year's experience is pitcher Tiffany Reyell.Reyell will also have her batterymate Jessica Myers back behind the plate.Norlene Romeo returns to patrol the outfield along with Erin Terry and newcomer Nicole Vann.Sami Stoughton (second base), Amanda Durocher (shortstop), Nikki Vaughan (first base) and newcomer Morgan Ashline (third base) give the Chiefs an experienced infield.Players lostCaitlin McNulty, Nicole Lefebrve, Heather Bourdriau, Adelia Clifford, Christian Inman, Alana Rose, Shirley DuBrey, Sarah Meskunas.Players returningSami Stoughton, Tiffany Reyell, Nikki Vaughan, Amanda Durocher, Jessica Myers, Erin Terry, Hilary Miner, Norlene Romeo.NewcomersAmber Parliament, Danielle Fournia, Carissa Fournia, Karriann Inman, Morgan Ashline, Kaleigh Rasco, Nicole Vann, Amber O'Connell.Saranac LakeThe Red Storm are hoping to be competitive with the B schools with the return of six players from a year ago. Three-year starter Brittany Meade, however, is out with an injury.Alissa Beideck will be the primary pitcher for Saranac Lake, with Melissa Mercado the secondary hurler.Around the infield, it will be Ashley Isabella and Rachel Bullard sharing catching and first base, Christine Amell at second, either Glynis Jones and Maegan Meade at shortstop, and Hannah Arnold, Samantha Dora and Samantha Fazioli all working out at third,Heleni Kuma, Hannard Arnold, Fazioli, Megan Benham, McCayla Quinn, Chelsea Lorette and Mercado are vying for spots in the outfield.Players lostNot available.Players returningChristine Amell, Alissa Beideck, Rachel Bullard, Ashley Isabella, Brittany Meade, Maegan Meade.NewcomersHannah Arnold, Samantha Dora, Samantha Fazioli, Glynis Jones, Heleni Kuma, Melissa Mercado, Megan Benham, Chelsea Lorette, McCayla Quinn.
AuSable ValleyThe Patriots fell to the middle of the pack in the Div. II standings last season with a 6-9 CVAC record.AuSable Valley lost just three players from last year's squad in Mackenzie Gordon, Krystal Fuller and Jala Carter.Whitney Vincent returns to the mound with a season's experience while freshman Alex Hoey will also see time on the pitching rubber.The Patriots go from an inexperienced team a year ago to a veteran squad this season as they return seven seniors and 10 players overall.Sam Signor (shortstop) and Brittany Taylor (catcher) each return at key positions for AuSable Valley.Players lostMackenzie Gordon, Krystal Fuller, Jala Carter.Players returningNikki LaBarge, Samantha Signor, Beth Abair, Ashley Bourgeois, Brittany Taylor, Cassandra Wellman, Cassy Booth, Brooke Pray, Whitney Vincent.NewcomersMeghan McBreairity, Alex Hoey.
The Blue Bombers had another rough going last season with a 2-12 CVAC record.Lake Placid lost some key members to graduation, including shortstop Chris Scarpelli and pitcher Jenny Zagrodzki.Senior Jessica Preston and juniors Brae Blair and Casey Fish should all see time on the mound this season.Kindsley Dodson, Kresta Hanson, Ashley Riley and Juliet Barney will be looked upon to provide leadership to a young group.Players lostChris Scarpelli, Sasha Schaffer, Jenny Zagrodzki, Emily Cotton, Kayli Rogers.Players returningKindsley Dodson, Jessica Preston, Kresta Hanson, Ashley Riley, Juliet Barney.NewcomersBrae Blair, Kristine Gaffney, Nadine McKane, Bridget Dellavalle, Casey Fish, Lauren Scarpelli, Molly Ploof, Jillian Ellis.
The Vikings look poised to make a push for the Div. II title as they return eight of their nine starters from last season's 7-9 team.Lost, however, is CVAC all-star catcher Leeann Slattery. Sophomore Courtney Waldron will look to fill the void left by Slattery's departure.Kaylee Sprague returns to the mound with another year's experience.Amanda Breeyear (first base), Megan Munson (second base), Liz Wallace (shortstop) and Ryan Wykes (third base) will patrol the infield again this season.Jen Tesar (left field), Kearstin Petro (center field) and Chelsea Cutting (right field) round out the outfield.Players lostLeeann Slattery.Players returningKaylee Sprague, Courtney Waldron, Amanda Breeyear, Megan Munson, Liz Wallace, Ryan Wykes, Jen Tesar, Kearstin Petro, Chelsea Cutting, Ashleigh Allen.NewcomersKayla Gagnon, Ciara Thompson.
The Bobcats upset top-seed Ticonderoga for the third straight season in the sectionals to retain their Class C title.Northern Adirondack finished the CVAC season at 13-3, but to repeat this season could prove more difficult.Lost are all-star pitcher Kim Gero and all-star outfielder Courtney Bilow.The Bobcats are looking for someone to take over as the starting pitcher with junior Jenna Brunell the top candidate.Catcher Kristen Brunell, outfielder Sarah Trudo and newcomer Heather Byron could also see time at pitcher.Trudo and Kayla Rabideau provide speed at the top of the order while Kristen Brunell, Kayla Supley and Katie Charland will look to provide the power.Players lostKim Gero, Courtney Bilow, Lauren Carter, Alaina Kourofsky, Barb Wolff.Players returningKayla Rabideau, Katie Charland, Kayla Supley, Amanda Tourville, Kristen Brunell, Sarah Trudo.NewcomersHilary Boyea, Emily Snide, Heather Byron, Jenna Brunell, Emily Lashway, Kristen Relation, Ali Greene, Kelsey Tourville, Tia Hicks.
The Knights have the attitude to be successful, but lack experience and depth.Seton Catholic, which has only 11 players on the roster, have four starters returning — junior first baseman Kara Stark, junior second baseman Gretchen Raville, senior third baseman/catcher Mary Emery and junior center fielder Liz Lawrence.Senior pitcher Hannah Menard also returns to the varsity and will start this season.Sophomore shortstop Ariel Masten is a key players among the varsity newcomers.Players lostKatie Rostak, Tricia Rabideau, Amanda Sorrell, Yara LaValley, Kari Lautenschuetz, Kendra Lautenschuetz, Sharon Bowers, Ali Pellerin.Players returningKara Stark, Gretchen Raville, Mary Emery, Hannah Menard, Liz Lawrence, Emily Drollette.NewcomersAriel Masten, Brigid Murnane, Dana Relation, Kelsey Burdo, Samantha Mulcahy.
The Sentinels have been the toast of the CVAC during the regular season, with a perfect 14-0 record last season.Ticonderoga, however, hasn't been able to get past Northern Adirondack in the sectionals for the past three seasons.Again, the Sentinels look strong for a deep run with CVAC MVP Laura Olcott returning to the mound for her senior season.Also returning is CVAC all-star catcher Ariele Vilardo and Div. II all-star's Casondra Collins (outfield) and Anna Besson (shortstop).Ticonderoga returns eight of its starting nine positions from last season.Cheryl Meserve (first base), Samantha Cawley (second base), Jessie Kelly (outfield) and Maranda Wells (outfield) also return for the Sentinels.Newcomers Morgan Jordan (third base) and Julieann Mandy (outfield) should also see time in the lineup.Players lostMary Granger, Marissa Palandrani, Michele Palandrani, Katie Clark, Megan Donohue.Players returningLaura Olcott, Casondra Collins, Jessie Kelly, Cheryl Meserve, Teryn Granger, Anna Besson, Ariele Vilardo, Samantha Cawley, Maranda Wells.NewcomersMorgan Jordan, Julieanne Mandy, Alix Olcott, Sam Sharrow, Aileen Granger.