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Edward Little GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Craig Jipson (fifth year) Last year’s record: 17-3, lost in Eastern A semfinal Returning letter winners: Seniors -

Dirigo ............................14,15 Edward Little .................2,3,6 Gray-New Gloucester...10, 11 Hebron .........................20, 21

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL

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Coach: Mike Adams (ninth year) Last year’s record: 19-3, lost in Class A final Returning letter winners: Seniors — James Philbrook (6-4 center), Yusuf Iman (6-1 guard), Steven Giorgetti (6-2 forward), Omar Abdi (5-10 guard); Junior — Bowen Leary (6-3 forward). Key losses: Corey Therriault (forward), Sean Daigle (forward), Shane Cirello (forward), Dominique Bailey (guard), Tyler Gammon (guard), Cody Goddard (guard). Promising newcomers: Senior — Spencer Emerson (5-9 guard); Juniors — Tim Mains (5-9 guard), Ben Armstrong (6-9 center), Cody Nicholas (6-1 guard); Sophomores — Quinlan Leary (6-2 forward), Ian Therriault (6-1 guard), Ricardo Hairston (6-3 forward).

Lisbon......................15, 17, 18 Livermore Falls ............13, 14 Monmouth Academy..........15 Mount Abram...............19, 20 Mount Blue...................16, 17 Mountain Valley............18, 19 Oak Hill .........................21, 22 Oxford Hills......................9, 10 Poland ..........................22, 23 Rangeley  ...........................24 St. Dom’s............................6, 7

Kirsten Prue (5-7 guard), Kayla Cummings (5-8 forward); Juniors - Miranda Martin (5-8 forward), Emily Grund (5-6 guard), Dawna Daigle (5-10 forward), Francesca Lally (5-6 guard), Hali Henry (5-5 guard); Sophomores - Kelly Philbrook (5-5 guard), Crissy Lewis (5-10 forward). Key losses: Abby Downs (forward), Alyssa Levesque (guard), Katelyn St. Hilaire (forward), Karen Leary (guard). Promising newcomers: Sophomores - Mary Kate Masters (5-7), Jaclyn Masters (5-7), Emily Hartnett (5-6); Freshmen Ashlee Arnold (5-7), Kate Sawyer (5-7). Outlook: The Red Eddies graduated four veteran hard-working players that helped EL be the defensive team it was

last year in winning the KVAC title. EL still returns All-Conference picks Prue (14.5 ppg), Cummings (12.5 ppg) and Lally (9 ppg). The bench is less experienced, and EL will have work to do to match the defensive play of last year. EL should still be a formidable club and be in the hunt for a tourney spot. Coach’s comment: “The KVAC South is absolutely loaded this year. Every team is better, and we have added two games with Messalonskee to our very difficult schedule. We will need to play great defense every night, and our young players will need to grow up in a hurry for us to even contend with most of the teams on our schedule.” — Coach Craig Jipson.

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BOYS’ TRACK Coach: Ryan Laroche (6th year) Last year’s record: 33-2 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Jon Ford (throws), Ben Denison (throws), Dexter Forbes (sprints, throws), John Barbossa (distance), Tyler Shennett (sprints, hurdles); Juniors — Mike Lucas (hurdles, sprints), Taka Ranucci (sprints, jumps), Tim Clark (sprints, vault), Faisal Noor (distance), Ken Romero (sprints, hurdles), Justin Forbes

Outlook: Two starters remain from the Red Eddies’ first regional championship team since 1957, but they remain one of the favorites in the KVAC South. Philbrook is one of the top big men in the state. Iman will move from the point to the off-guard spot. Leary saw time off the bench as a sophomore. Emerson, a transfer from Lewiston, brings reinforcements to the backcourt.  Coach’s comment:  “The key is going to be how well our role players step in.” — Coach Mike Adams

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(sprints, hurdles); Sophomores — Gage Clavet (sprints, jumps), Bryan Ring (sprints, jumps). Key losses: Brandon Gruver, Jake Dubois, Josh Clark, Buddy Foss, Grady Burns, Chris Caiani, Bruce Gerry. Promising newcomers: Seniors — Sadam Abdi (distance), Jeremy Theriault (distance); Junior — Ryan Farrisey (sprints, jumps); Sophomores — Nathan Blais (sprints, jumps), Nathaniel Hernandez (sprints, jumps); Freshman — Connor Harris (sprints, jumps). What to expect: There is a lot Jeremy Theriault

of talent missing on this team from a year ago, and high-end talent at that. Adding Abdi and Theriault give the Eddies one of the best distance teams they’ve had in years indoors, and the sprint and jump teams are deep. EdwardLittle ought to be in the conversation among the top KVAC teams again, but how far this group goes is dependent upon how well the younger and less-experienced athletes adapt to competition. Coach’s comment: “The returning athletes are all very hard workers and are some of the most coachable athletes I have ever worked with. I’m very excited about this upcoming season.” — Coach Ryan Laroche

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Coach: Alexandria Burpee (first year) Team roster: Seniors — Christina Hebert, Bethany Nyberg, Natasha Treadwell, Krystle Edmands, Hilary Boulier; Juniors — Taylor Morgan, Britney Therrien; Sophomores — Taylor Coutts, Maegen Belanger; Freshmen — Kelsey Janelle, Amy Brown, Rebekah Gray, Ashley Belanger, Kimberly Belanger, Cassandra Hebert.

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Edward Little HOCKEY

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Coach: Craig Latuscha (5th year) Last year’s record: 3-15-0 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Henry Moniz (D), Austin Polisky (F), Mat Gordon (F/D); Juniors — Cody Russell (F), Dylan Nadeau (F), Logan Pushard (F), Sack Leblond (F), Cam Bennett (D), Rich Belanger (G); Sophomores — Travis Landry (D), Brady Lare (D), Ben Johnston (F), Alan Nelson (G), Chane Cloutier (G). Key losses: None. Promising newcomers: Seniors — Dylan Pomerleau (D); Sophomores — Jared Pelletier (F), Daniel Poisson (F), Tori Couture (F); Freshmen — Drew Lupardo (F), Matt Berube (D), Trevor Haley (D), Brendon Pelletier (F). What to expect: The third year of a big rebuild is starting to pay off at Edward Little. Last year the team showed glimpses of contending talent at the tail end of the season, and most of the squad returns, and is still on the younger side. With a few more wins this season, the engine may start to chug toward a playoff berth in the next year or two.. Outlook: “With a positive attitude, strong work ethic and the will to do whatever it takes, the program will be more competitive and hopes to sneak into the playoffs.” — Coach Craig Latuscha

Coach: Dan Campbell (first year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Hanna Mogensen, Katie Williamson; Junior - Marie Dufresne-Dixon, Emily Ranucci; Sophomores - Maddie Williamson, Jordan Tate. Key losses: None. Promising newcomers: Girls: Rebecca Barton, Lauren Bennett; Boys: Nathan Mulligan, Zachary Tannenbaum, Scott Morrow. Outlook: Campbell, the longtime cross country coach, hopes to start rebuilding the Nordic ski tradition at EL. He begins with an experienced girls’ team. The boys return after essentially being dormant for a year. Coach’s comment: “We’re enlisting the help of the YMCA and trying to bring back Edward Little as one of the top cross country ski programs in the state of Maine. It’s just going to take some time.” — Coach Dan Campbell

Coach: Tara Eretzian (sixth year) Returning letter winners: Boys: Seniors - Branden Lever, Clark Chamberlain, Tom Lynch; Junior - James Jackson; Sophomores - Ben Bowles, Jesse Williams, Dylan Newell. Girls: Senior - Emily Blackwood; Juniors - Megan Howes, Jen Rioux; Sophomores - Phoebe Chamberlain, Nika Faulkner, Hannah Fournier. Key losses: Boys: Mitch Snowe. Promising newcomers: Boys: Freshman - Nick Cote. Girls: Freshmen - Allarie Lever, Lexi Clavet, Avery Chisholm. Outlook: Snowe was the only significant loss for a boys’ team that eyes its third consecutive Class A alpine crown. The girls tied Mt. Blue for the giant slalom state title and have a proven leader in Blackwood. Coach’s comment: “The boys are geared up and ready to make another run at the championship, and the girls are fired up and determined.” — Coach Tara Eretzian

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Coach: Rebecca Hefty (4th year) Last year’s record: 23-0, KVAC champs, 2nd at Class A state championships Returning letter winners: Seniors — Ashten Hackett, Chyla Hiott, Jessie Nyholm, Katherine Harmon, Felicia Binette; Juniors — Abby Hart, Bri Robbins, Ashley Butler; Sophomore — Liz Stauffer. Key losses: Emily Dodge, Muriel Schwinn, Danielle Paul, Josie Lahey, Diana Kruszewski, Steph Elwell, Carmen Lasagna, Becca Barton, Lauren Brown, Kelsey Blanchette, Lauren Bennett, Audrey Bennett. Promising newcomers: Junior — Sam Lamson; Freshmen — Taija Ayotte, Kaylee Caron, Megan Coddington, Katie Hummes, Alexis Leclerc, Paige Martin, Ayumi Ranucci.

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What to expect: For the first time in a while, the Eddies have a youth-driven team, and a smaller squad than in the previous year. As with most indoor track seasons, though, the talent at the top can ultimately determine how a team finishes overall, and the Eddies lost a bunch, but had plenty waiting in the wings. A solid group of seniors should help lead the team into contention again. Outlook: “With hard work and commitment, anything is possible with this group.” — Coach Rebecca Hefty

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Lewiston High School BOYS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Tim Farrar (2nd year) Last year’s record: 2-16 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Peter Blais (5-9 guard), Ronnie Turner (6-2 forward), Matt Beauparlant (5-9 guard); Juniors — Mekae Hyde (5-10 guard), Chris Paine (6-4 center). Key losses: Omar Mohamed (center), Chuck Faletra (guard).

Promising newcomers: Senior — Trey Ouellette (5-10 guard); Juniors — Alex Chicoine (6-4 forward), Abdi Osman (6-2 forward); Sophomore — Corbin Hyde (6-0 forward). Outlook: The Blue Devils hope to continue to improve as the year unfolds. They hope Turner, their top scorer last year, can return from a broken ankle sustained during football season by mid-Jan-

uary. Blais, Mekae Hyde, Beauparlant and Ouellette, a transfer from Poland, form what sould be an improved backcourt. Farrar expects them to be strong defensively. If they can develop a consistent offense, they could surprise. Coach’s comment: “We’re very different than we were last year. I think we’re going to be better defensively, overall.” — Coach Tim Farrar

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CHEERING Coach: Lynnette Morency (fourth year) Team roster: Adreena Adams, Kara Barnies, Kirsty Beauchesne, Jessica Beckwith, Ashley Blauvelt, Jessica Bowen, Kassandra Bowen, Abby Campbell, Cassandra Chung, Erin Griffin, Samantha Hopkins, Tianna Lacombe, Rebecca Lessard, Heather Michaud, Rachel Mills, Taylor Pratt, Torey Reny, Krista Thomas, Erica Webber.

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GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Mike McGraw (20th year) Last year’s record: 0-18 Returning letter winners: Seniors - Patricia DeFosse (5-8 forward), Kailey Martin (5-9 center), Jaime Swart (5-8 forward), Sage Sylvia (5-6 guard), Ruth Choate (5-0 forward); Junior - Kirstin McCombs (5-7 forward). Key losses: Kim Archibald (forward), Shelby Turcotte (guard), Carley Denis (guard), Ashlee

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LaBonte (guard), Chandel Bouthot (forward). Promising newcomers: Junior - Atong Reyak (6-2 center), Lauren Eldridge (5-5 guard); Sophomores - Kenzie Sullivan (5-6 guard), Kayla Hamel (5-6 guard), Dani Estes (5-6 guard). Outlook: The Blue Devils lost key components from last year. Archibald and Turcotte graduated while a number of others didn’t return. That leaves Lewiston with another young squad and many players stepping into larger roles.

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The seniors did see action last year and showed promise. Ball handling and turnovers were a factor last year and could be again as the young Blue Devils get acclimated to the varsity level. Coach’s comment: “We expect to play hard every minute of every game. We want improvement in all areas of play. We expect to end the season competitively with respect. We know how hard it is to win in the KVAC and are looking to upset as many teams as we can.” — Coach Mike McGraw

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Good luck, Blue Devils! TRACK Coach: Dave Castro (1st year) Last year: Boys - 3rd at KVACs Returning letter winners: Boys: Seniors — Derek Roy (jumps, pole vault); Faisal Abdillahi (distance), Cam Fillion (jumps, sprints), Tyler Roy (throws). Girls: Seniors — Mame Bonsu (sprints, jumps), Kristin Therrien (pole vault). Key losses: Matt Driscoll, Josh Pelletier, Kate DeAngelis, Lea Morin, Erin Glann, Toby Crispin. Promising newcomers: Boys: Senior — Chris Gagne; Junior — Elliot Chicoine (throws). Outlook: A new coach and a new method to the Blue Devils’ madness may create some growing pains this season, but look for the team to be competitive, especially the boys, by the time the conference meet rolls around. There are more athletes out for the team this year, and the girls’ team is building a solid foundation for the future. Coach’s comment: “We have good numbers, but it’s going to be tough to challenge for anything this year.” — Coach Dave Castro

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Coach: Jamie Belleau (2ndyear) Last year’s record: 13-7-1 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Joey Fournier (F), Nick Mathon (F); Juniors — Cam Poussard (G), Jacob Lapierre (G), Sam Cloutier (F), Ben Wigant (F), Ryan Lemelin (F), Cody Dussault (D), Scott Ouellette (D); Sophomores — Desmond Gagne (F), Matt Therrien (F), Matt Melanson (D). Key losses: Robbie Leeman, Jake Brown. Promising newcomers: Juniors — Zack Parker (F), Eric Morin (F), Jon McDonough (F); Sophomores — Brandon Tiner (D), Coby Poussard (F), David Cusson (F). What to expect: The Blue Devils didn;t lose much and have a very strong nucleus returning up front. If this team can figure out how to harness its speed and figure out a way to consistently put pucks in the net, the back end, led by Poussard in net, will be tought to beat. Lewiston should be among the top contenders for the Eastern A championship — again. Outlook: “Our hope is to make the playoffs and contend for a state championship. We should be strong defensively with an all-state goaltender and a very strong group of returning lettermen on the blue line.” — Coach Jamie Belleau

Coach: Ron Dumont (Second year) Last year’s record: 18-1-2 (State champions) Returning letter winners: Seniors — Olivia Cote (D), Emilie Cloutier (F), Bianca Langelier (F), Mariah Conway (D), Kristin Lacasse (D); Juniors — Sarah Turner (G), Katie Bonawitz (F), Allison Lafreniere (D), Sara Marden (F), Tamara Roy (F); Sophomores — Marisa Zamrock (F), Ashley Chase (F). Key losses: Stephanie Belanger, Katie Cobb, Michelle Rancourt, Courtney Vallee. Promising newcomers: Freshmen — Lauren Lessard (D), Taylor Teixeira (F), Natalie Rousseau (F), Katherine Anthoine (F), Brianna Lajoie (G). What to expect: The Blue Devils are wearing a big ol’ bulls-eye on their backs this season after earning the first girls’ hockey state title last year, but this group will wear that target well. A strong group of freshmen will help offset the off-season losses, and may even add speed to the lineup. If the untested goaltending duo can come through, there’s no reason to expect anything less from this year’s edition than a shot at another title. Outlook: “We’re a different team, but we have the potential to be as good as we were last year. Our defense is pretty solid even though we lost two very good players, and we may be a bit faster this year.” — Coach Ron Dumont

Coach: Tom Stocker (first year) Returning letter winners: Seniors - Kurtis Stocker, Nate Chaloux, Michael Paradis, Ryan Profenno, Matt Reed, Paul Romanov, Brandon White; Juniors - Brett DeLawter, Colby Miles, Ryan Dubois, Ryan Pare, Michael St. Pierre; Sophomores - Jared Lussier, David Demers, Ian Roy. Key losses: David Tirabassi, Derek Morris, Teddy Blaisdell. Promising newcomers: Seniors Max Marschhausen, Kyle Rousseau; Sophomore - Matt Poto; Freshmen Dustin Morris, Alex Small. Outlook: Lewiston has its fourth different coach in five years, but the program remains on strong footing since moving to the KVAC. The Blue Devils were conference champions two years ago and runner-up last season. Kurtis Stocker and Colby Miles are returning state meet qualifiers. Overall depth and the size of the roster will make Lewiston tough to beat in regular-season meets. Coach’s comment: “We’re hoping to make a strong showing in the KVAC meet again. We’re very optimistic. We have large numbers.” — Coach Tom Stocker

Coach: Tom Stocker (first year) Returning letter winners: Seniors Megan Beliveau, Jenny Bergeron, Christy Fecteau, Sarah Pare, Heather Rodrigue, Lisa Sirois; Juniors - Abby Blaisdell, Shelby Carver, Camille Dionne, Chelsey Provencher, Katie Tirabassi. Key losses: Allysa Thomas, Amy Morin. Promising newcomers: Senior - Carley Denis; Sophomores - Kenzie Masselli, Tori White; Freshmen - Sylvia Beliveau, Brianna Brown, Jessica Beaulieu. Outlook: Lewiston continues to grow numbers. The junior class is strong, with Blaisdell, Provencher and Tirabassi all capable of scoring big points in dual meets. Beliveau and Bergeron are the captains of a deep senioor group. The addition of Denis, a former basketball player, gives the Blue Devils another exceptional athlete. Coach’s comment: “We’re hoping to continue to build off the last couple years and grow that enthusiasm and tradition.” — Coach Tom Stocker

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Coach: Scott Morrison (fourth year) Returning letter winners: Seniors Megan Hussar (freestyle, breaststroke), Loren Lachapelle (IM, butterfly, backCoach: Scott Morrison (fourth year) stroke), Christine Bilodeau (free), Tori Returning letter winners: Seniors Wysocki-Wilson (free); Juniors - Tim Brodsky (freestyle), Brenna Rasmussen (free, back), Adam Lozis (freestyle, Tiffany Helsel (free), Hope backstroke); Juniors - Evan Mowry (free), Kayla Williams Favreau (freestyle, breast(free); Sophomores - Melissa stroke), Garrett Crawford Paione (breaststroke, IM), Hay(back, IM, free), Nelson Meley Barton (IM, back), Gabby tayer (free), Alex Richards LaPerriere (free, fly). (free), Tony Wysocki (free); Key losses: Jena Dubois, Sophomore - Tyler Bazinet Brittany Michaud, Chelsea (free, breast). Michaud, Jenn Campbell, Sara Key losses: Michael Rohman. Pietersen. Melissa Paione Promising newcomers: Promising newcomers: Senior - Claire Johnson; FreshJuniors - Kenny Treadwell, men - Samantha Goulette (free, Keith Tremblay, Ben BelIM), Rachel Gagnon, Jessie levue; Freshman - Andrew Levesque. Paione. Outlook: Paione placed in the Outlook: Eighteen boys top six in the 100 breaststroke comprise EL’s largest team and 200 individual medley in in years. Brodsky was a both the state and New England state meet finalist in the 50 meets and was named Sun Jourand 100 freestyle and finnal all-region swimmer of the ished fourth in the shorter year as a freshman. She also set event at the New England Christine Bilodeau a school record in the 100 breast. championships. The new Morrison believes Goulette has additions should give the the potential to be a state finalist Red Eddies a chance to in her first season, as well. Husimprove their 5-5 record in sar, Lachapelle and Bilodeau dual meets last year. were Class A qualifiers a year Coach’s comment: ago, and several other swimmers “There are a number of were close. This has the makpromising new boys that ings of a terrific year for the Red should keep us competiEddies. tive.” — Coach Scott MorCoach’s comment: “The girls rison will be very competitive in the Megan Hussar KVAC.” — Coach Scott Morrison

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St. Dom’s GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Paul Rheaume (third year) Last year’s record: 13-7, lost in Western C quarterfinal Returning letter winners: Seniors - Julia Richardson (5-5 guard), Amy Kasabian (5-4 guard), Elise Applegate (5-8 guard); Juniors - Allaina Murphy (5-11 forward), Sarah Gosselin (510 forward), Carolyn Joseph (5-9 forward), Megan Murphy (5-8 guard); Sophomore -  Morgan Brown (6-0 center). Key losses: Mary Lewis (guard), Kelsey Murphy (forward). Promising newcomers: Juniors - Kearston Ciani (5-5 forward), Hannah Sterling (52 guard); Sophomores - Mary Caron (5-8 guard), Olivia Cluff (5-9 guard). Outlook: The Saints are now in the MVC and will see how they measure up. The Saints lost two veteran starters but still have Gosselin, Joseph and Murphy back that saw starting time last year. The Saints have some good size and some experience. That should make them competitive in a tough conference. Coach’s comment: “We have told the kids that being in a new conference, we need to be at the top of our game, every game.” — Coach Paul Rheaume

Outlook: The Saints should make some noise in their first season in the MVC. But while a strong halfcourt offense took the Saints to Augusta last year, they hope to return with more of a full-court attack. Defensively, they will look to apply more full-court pressure as well. Day, a transfer from Hall-Dale, will give them some points in the paint, but the plan is to run to take advantage of their speed and their outside shooting by spreading the floor. Keaney averaged 9.5 ppg as Julia Richardson a freshman and will be one of the top players in Class C. Coach’s comment: “Our whole offensive philosophy has changed. We really want to play more up-tempo and look to get out in our primary break.” — Coach Ryan Deschenes

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Coach: Ryan Deschenes (fourth year) Last year’s record: 12-9, lost in Western C semifinals Returning letter winners: Seniors —Nathan Poulin (5-7 Elise Applegate guard), Chris Bryant (5-11 forward/guard), T.J. Novella (6-0 forward/guard); Junior — Kurt Johnson (6-0 guard); Sophomores — Peter Keaney (6-3 guard), Joe Bryant (5-8 guard). Key losses: Aaron Allen (forward), Greg LaBonte (guard), D.J. St. Pierre (center), Matt Barrett (guard). Promising newcomers: Seniors — Tim Day (6-4 forward), Jon Caron (6-2 forward); Junior — Jake Sicotte (5-11 guard); Sophomores — Tom Applegate (6-5 center), David Dean (5-11 guard); Freshman — Zak Johnson (5-5 guard).

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St. Dom’s BOYS’ HOCKEY Coach: Steve Ouellette (second year) Last year’s record: 15-7-0, Class A runner-up Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Shayne Curtis (G), Josh Charest (G), Cam Brown (F/D), Donne Larrivee (D), Trevar Haefele (F); Juniors — Alex Parker (F), Brian Mathieu (F), Dylan Rodrigue (D); Sophomores — Danny Nadeau (F), Nate Bergeron (F), Spencer Martin (F), Cody Rodrigue (F), Ryan Lussier (D). Key losses: Richard Paradis, Casey Parker, C.J. Bergeron, Ben Randall, Spencer Teixeira, Joe Klemanski. Promising newcomers: Juniors — Isaac Reed (F), Chris McIntire (G), Josh Brown (F); Sophomores — Chris Finlay (F), Cam Hainey (F), Shawn O’Connell (D); Freshmen — Dakota Keene (F), Kyle Holtet (F). Outlook: All of the Saints’ crossover games this year are against the consensus top four in Western A after the Saints themselves moved to the east this season. There is a lot of young talent up front for St. Dom’s, but it’s experienced youth. The Saints’ speed will be a big piece of the puzzle. The team’s defense will miss Paradis, and five of the top six scorers are gone, but the Saints are still the Saints. They will challenge for the Eastern A crown. Coach’s comment: “Expect us to compete for one of the top four spots in Eastern A with Lewiston, Bangor and Waterville.” — Coach Steve Ouellette

GIRLS’ HOCKEY Coach: Don Boucher (2nd year) Returning letter winners: Seniors — Alex Landry, Meagan Poulin, Ali Desjardin; Juniors — Sophie Goulet, Alli Hebert, Lydia Martin, Anna Desjardin, Kayla Gelinas; Sophomores — Kate Lecombe, Kiana Fecteau, Nicole Keaney. Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Meghan Hargraves; Freshmen — Ann McIntire, Kayla McLellan, Emily Poulin. Outlook: Things are much brighter this season for the Saints. Once the perennial favorite in the club-level league, the Saints tumbled a bit last season in the first year of full varsity status. This season’s newcomers, along with the natural maturation last year’s young squad, should put the Saints right back in the hunt by the end of the season. Look for the Saints to challenge the top teams in the league. Coach’s comment: “Our team is really starting to come together, and I think we’ll be able to put last year behind us pretty quick.” — Coach Don Boucher

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Coaches: John and Teresa McGonagill (third year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Meaghan Lolmaugh, Naomi Sarah Small McGonagill; Juniors - Allie Lewandowski; Sophomores - Greta Castonguay, Emily Rioux, Molly Samson, Sarah Small. Boys: Senior - Sean Winstead; Junior - Cody Leavitt; Sophomores - Jake Nowinski, Ryan Robitaille. Key losses: Girls: Greta Castonguay Catherine Hudson. Promising newcomers: Girls: Sophomore - Emily Conner; Freshman - Ashley Leonard; Boys: Sophomore - Ian Clavette. Outlook: The girls are primed for an outstanding season with Class B breaststroke champion Lewandowski and state and Cody Leavitt New England qualifer McGonagill leading the way. Rioux and Small’s continued improvement will help the Saints move up in the overall standings. Winstead and Robitaille each have state meet experience for the boys. Despite being one of the newAllie est and smallest swim Lewandowski programs in the state, St. Dom’s is a team on the rise. Coach’s comment: “We are on our third season of the Saints’ swimming program, and we plan on competing at the state and New England level for the third straight year.” — Coach John McGonagill

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BOYS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Mark Thurlow (10th year overall) Last year’s record: 4-14 Returning letter winners: Juniors — Danny Vaughn (6-0 forward), Zach Brands (5-9 guard), Ben Field (6-5 center), T.J. O’Connor (6-0 forward), Elek Pew (6-1 guard/forward); Sophomores — Dan Whitney (5-9 guard), Corey Howard (6-3 forward). Key losses: Alex Gundersen (center), James Kimball (forward), Joel Putnam (guard). Outlook: Despite not having any seniors and losing Putnam, who transferred and figured to be their leading scorer, the Rebels should still be competitive in the MVC. A lot will depend on how well they play defensively. Vaughn, a three-year starter, Field and O’Connor are all fine rebounders. Pew is their top defender. Whitney will run the point. Coach’s comment: “If we get off to a good start, the kids will have a lot of confidence.” — Coach Mark Thurlow

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Coach: Ann Speth (first year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Senior - Megan Bonney; Boys: Sophomores - Ben Lewis, Matt Keane, James Piccirillo, Adam Mahar. Key losses: Girls: Katlyn Keane; Boys: Lance Brown, John Lewis, Will Chapman, Patrick Gallagher. Promising newcomers: Girls: Juniors - Kimberlei Dean, Taylor Maines, Cheyenne Day, Melody Royer. Outlook: Mahar and Lewis lead a boys’ team that is young and small in number, but talented. Bonney is the lone girls’ skier with experience, but Speth noted that the junior newcomers are good, all-around athletes and that she is excited about the chance to work with them for two years. Coach’s comment: “All the girls have been on skis before. We have a young, developing team. We’ll see if we can do something with them.” — Coach Ann Speth

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ALPINE SKIING Coach: Annie Reis (third year) Ben Lewis Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Sam Largess, T.J. Cowin; Juniors - Morgan Lee, Jamie Steven; Sophomore - Rose Wright, Susan Newkirk. Boys: Senior - Gavin Lee; Sophomore - Cody Boivin, Josh Head, Anthony Dirago. Key losses: Girls: Peggie dePasquale; Boys: Frankie DelDuca. Promising newcomers: Girls: Rachel Wheeler. Boys: Ricky James, Tyler James. Outlook: Largess and Cowin have enjoyed a dream career with the Rebels. They’re trying to complete a sweep of four consecutive Class C team Alpine Samantha Largess titles, while Largess attempts to win both the slalom and giant slalom individual races for the fourth consecutive year. Lee leads a younger boys’ squad whose numbers have increased significantly. Coach’s comment: “Our focus will be on skiing fundamentals and working the fastest line at each race. The proof will be at T.J. Cowin the finish line.” — Coach Annie Reis


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Coach: Mike Hathaway (second year) Last year’s record: 5-14, lost in Eastern Class A preliminary Returning letter winners: Seniors - Cam Griffin (6-3 point guard), Noah Poto (6-2 guard), Shawn Berry (6-3 forward); Juniors - Lucas Witham (6-1 guard), Tyler Allen (6-4 forward), Kyle Smith (5-11 guard); Sophomore Jordan Hersom (6-2 forward, Tyler Walton (point guard). Key losses: Doug Nash, Kolin Gauthier, Zach Caldwell. Promising newcomers: Juniors - Matt Janosco, Zach Frost, Jason Fisher, Devin Long; Sophomore - Tim Dow. Outlook: The Hornets move from Eastern A to Western B with a team that returns four starters from a brief tournament appearance. Griffin and Hersom were KVAC honorable mention all-conference, with Hersom and Allen named to the all-rookie team. Witham also made the all-star team at summer basketball camp. Poto is out until after the holidays while recovering from a torn ACL suffered over the summer. Leavitt’s youth and depth should help while the Hornets recover from a late start due to their football state title run. Coach’s comment: “Once our offense comes around and we finds ways to score consistently, I think we will be a tough matchup for a lot of teams.” — Coach Mike Hathaway

Coach: Tammy Anderson (sixth year) Last year’s record: 9-10, lost in Eastern A preliminary Returning letter winners: Juniors - Courtney Anderson (5-5 guard), Abbey Randall (5-4 guard); Sophomores - Adrianna Newton (5-9 forward), Amanda Johnson (5-9 foward), Sarah Frost (5-7 guard/forward). Key losses: Dominique Herman (guard), Hannah Whitaker (forward). Promising newcomers: Senior - Danielle Brewer (5-5 guard/forward); Sophomore - Alana Pulkkinen (5-11 forward); Freshmen - Kristen Anderson (5-7 guard), Mariah Treadwell (5-4 guard), Jenna Cote (5-7 forward), Desiree Tweedie (5-4 guard). Outlook: The Hornets went from one win two years ago to nine and a tourney berth last year. Leavitt expects to feed off that momentum in Western B this year. Anderson (15.2 ppg) and Newton (10.7 rpg) were AllKVAC picks last year. Randall is also a three-year starter while Jordan came off the bench as a freshman to bolster the post. Coach’s comment: “The team is coming off its most successful season ever while in Class A. This year, we’ve changed to KVAC B and will be looking to try and build upon the success that was started last season. We’ll be young but many of the players have a lot of varsity playing experience. The in-coming players have had success at the younger level and are excited for the upcoming season.” — Coach Tammy Anderson

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Coach: Ronnie Rouillard (8th year) Last year’s record: 11-9-0 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Cody Violette (G), Eric Theiss (D), Nick Urquhart (D), Eagan Nadeau (D); Juniors — Cooper Legee (F), Josh Chouinard (F), Kevin Theiss (F), Cole Rowland (F); Sophomore — Ian Durgin (D). Key losses: Steven Rouillard, Tyler Robitaille, Scott Cloutier, Ryan Urquhart. Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Corey Mulherin (F); Freshmen — Tyler Hutchinson (F), Jacob Gladu (F), Devin McMahan (D). What to expect: The Hornets lost a lot of scoring punch to graduation, but the back end remains largely intact, giving the team hope that the playoffs are still in reach. Overall, the team will be young, and will count on younger players like Legee, Chouinard, KevinTheiss and Rowland to put the puck in the net. If the Hornets can keep the shots down and pop in a few, a .500 season with a few key wins may be enough to make the postseason. Outlook: “Our biggest goal is to be able to compete up front. We might have a chance to make it in if we find a way to put some in the net.” — Coach Ronnie Rouillard

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Coach: Christine Vincent (fifth year) Returning letter winners: Seniors — Kylie Vincent, Sarah Durgin, Theresa Waterbury, Shelby Poland, Brianna Dionne; Juniors — Jamie Thibault, Briana Stanley, Mykayla McCann, Caitlyn Parker; Sophomore — Kayla Royer. Key losses: Mariah Barrett, Maria Dumont, Molly Hibler, Britney Jones, Taylor Perry. Promising newcomers: No names given. Outlook: The coaching staff at Leavitt is optimistic this season, and they ought to be. The team has grown and matured in recent years and the influx of some solid freshmen to an already seasoned group will pay off this season. Vincent is a solid shut-down defender, and the team will look for good things from Stanley in the cage. If the Hornets can find their offense, they’ll be in the playoff conversation. Coach’s comment: “This is probably the deepest team we’ve had to date, with solid defense, girls up front who can put the puck in the net and a strong goalie.” — Coach Christine Vincent

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Coach: Karly Eretzian (fourth year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Junior - Kayla Richardson; Sophomores: Kaitlyn Davis, Kendra Elie. Boys: Seniors - Brock Naylor, Luke Wiley, Sam Ricker, Brody Youland; Junior - Isaac Elie. Key losses: Boys: Tyler Elwell, Zach Renaud. Promising newcomers: None available at press time. Outlook: Leavitt won’t flaunt a big team, but the boys will have depth and experience with the four seniors. Ricker and Youland were top-10 finishers in giant slalom at last year’s state meet. Richardson is the top returnee for the girls. Coach’s comment: “If we can stay on our feet in the big meets, the boys will be very competitive. We’re working on the mental aspect and not letting the pressure and stress get to us.” — Coach Karly Eretzian

Coach: Dustin Williamson (fourth year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Marlee Collins, Kate McKeown, Allisoin Fereshetian; Juniors- Ashley Hinkley, Morgan Hill; Sophomores - Emily Chase, Lilly Ramser, Lucy Knowlton, Taren McGray, Alana Mallar; Boys: Seniors - Ryan Fournier, Bob McKinney, Travis Adams, Dylan Chase, Cody Cyr, Derek Drouin; Juniors - Keith Lemelin, Elliott Wiegman; Sophomores - Walker Perkins, Tom Rabon. Key losses: Girls: Natasha Varney, Melissa Kelson, Laura Dacyczyn, KayAnna Beeckel; Boys: Lauren Turner, Nate Theriault. Promising newcomers: Girls: Freshmen - Brittany Tiner, Jackie Gauthier, Maddie Wiegman. Boys: Sophomore - Nate Miller; Freshmen - Tim Enos, Benjamin Ramser, Justin Bean. Overview: Leavitt lost some top skiers from the team that won the Class A girls’ title and was second in the boys’ state meet, but the depth and talent remain outstanding. Fereshetian and McGray will be top skiers for the girls. Adams, Chase, Drouin and Rabon lead the boys, who may be the Hornets’ best bet for a title this winter. Coach’s comment: “The boys will be in contention for a state title. The entire team has the experience and motivation to be at the top and to have success again this season.” — Coach Dustin Williamson

Coach: Scott Graffam (11th year) Last year’s record: 7-12, lost in Eastern A prelim Returning letter winners: Seniors —Cody Hadley (5-9 guard), Matt Verrier (6-1 forward), Asher White (6-1 forward), Nate Dubois (5-9 guard), Andrew Keniston (5-11 guard), Jake Hall (6-2 forward), Ethan Davidson (6-2 forward), Kyle Farrar (6-2 forward); Juniors — Matt McVety (6-3 center). Key losses: Josh Childs (guard), Jordan Farrar (center), Jordan Collins (forward). Promising newcomers: Junior — Dan Taylor (5-10 guard); Sophomore — Josh McDonald (6-2 center). Outlook: With a senior-laden roster, the Vikings are looking to go deeper in the tournament this year. They don’t have a lot of size again, so cranking up the tempo is a must. That makes rebounding and defense a huge priority to start the transition. They should be able to spread the offensive production around, with Dubois, Hadley, Verrier and Hall the leading scorers. Coach’s comment: “We’re going to try to press and run and make the game up-and-down a little bit.” — Coach Scott Graffam

Coach: Nate Pelletier (fifth year) Last year’s record: 15-5, lost in Eastern A semifinal Returning letter winners: Seniors - Lindsay Fox (5-6 guard), Megan Joyce (5-10 center), Alli Nolan (5-9 forward), Caitlin Hanley (5-6 guard), Brooke Ladd (5-3 guard). Key losses: Lauren Brett (guard), Melanie Cloutier (guard), Laura Courcy (guard), Mindy Rugg (forward), Megan Gauger (guard), Maddie Littlefield (guard). Promising newcomers: Junior - Dayna Shultz (5-7 guard), Sophomore - Ashley West (5-6 guard); Freshmen - Abbie Eastman (5-4 guard), Alex Rowe (5-9 forward), Kelsey DeBlois (5-9 forward). Outlook: The Vikings lost six regulars from last year but still return five seniors that make the core of this team. Joyce and Fox were both All-KVAC players. Fox will spearhead a strong defense while Joyce is a strong post presence. The bench will be thinner than last year as the new players fill that void, but Oxford Hills still has the makings of a playoff team. Coach’s comment: “After losing six seniors, we will need the incoming senior class to step it up, as well as prepare some of the younger players for the challenge of Class A East basketball. We will be a competitive team night in and night out, hoping to upset a team or two on the way. Our team goal is to be back in the tournament, and with our senior leadership, I feel we can accomplish this.” — Coach Nate Pelletier

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Coach: Mike Grace (11th year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Jessie Brown, Krista Hakala; Juniors - Kristen Lindstrom, Marisa Hanning, Kayla Turner, Leslie Grover; Sophomores - Victoria Ebsworth, Samantha Hatch, Abby Smith. Boys: Seniors - Taylor Menezes, Zach Smith; Juniors - Nick Michaud, Ryan Stuart, Chad Jordan. Key losses: Girls: Halie Gilman. Promising newcomers: Girls: Junior - Claire Stauder; Sophomore - Mimi Baumhoff; Freshmen - Colleen Stauder, Amanda Hanning. Boys: Senior - Chuck Munn; Sophomore - Mac Menezes; Freshman - Ben Brown. Outlook: Oxford Hills will miss KVAC skier of the year Gilman on the girls’ side, but Smith, a top-10 finisher at the Class A state meet, may be ready to step in. The boys will benefit from the return of Munn, who spent his junior year as an exchange student in Germany. Brown, Turner and Lindstrom also had strong 2008-09 seasons for the girls. Coach’s comment: “I don’t know if we’ll be challenging for state titles, but I think we’ll be competitive.” — Coach Mike Grace

Coach: Chris Easton (23rd year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Lindsay Strout, Brittany Turner, Emily Thomas; Junior - Sorrel Dunn; Sophomore - Adena St. John. Boys: Seniors - Riley Eusden, Justin St. John. Key losses: Girls: Samantha Hill, Bobbi Surette. Boys: David Rugg. Promising newcomers: Girls: Senior - Katrina Heikkinen. Boys: Senior - Tucker Johnson; Sophomores - Jeremy Read, Jesse Newcomb, Dan Costanzi, Forrest Todd, Eli Gabrielsen. Outlook: Both teams haves solid senior leadership. Eusden and St. John and the boys get a boost from the return of Johnson, who sat out his junior campaign. Eusden was a top-10 finisher in both races at the Class A state meet last year. Strout and Adena St. John should help fill the void left by the graduation of Hill, the girls’ top skier. Coach’s comment: “We’re always competitive. Last year the girls cross country and alpine combined were second in the state.” — Coach Chris Easton

Coach: Tony Stevens (third year) Last year’s record: 1-17 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Nick Paine, (125/130), Joey Billings (160), Alac Buker (215); Juniors — Fred Stearns (140), Justin Cummings (152). Key losses: Meghan Wormwood (112), Caitlyn Sampson (145/152), John Wright (189). Promising newcomers: Freshmen — Bill Leahy, Dustin Edwards, Dan Peterson. What to expect: The Vikings lack depth, so it will be important for each individual to focus at each practice and push themselves. Returnees Paine, Buker, Stearns and Cummings could surprise. The team will find the going rough in the KVAC as the wrestlers learn how to compete. The trio of freshmen need mat time in order to improve. The objective is to stay on course and be geared up for the second half of the season. Outlook: “We definitely have some work to do. A lot of our kids are lacking in experience. They need more mat time. They need time to develop their wrestling skills.” — Coach Tony Stevens

Coach: Deb Loveless (23rd year) Team roster: Seniors - OrreAnn Alexander, Nicole Carlin, Brittany Errington, Meagan McDougall, Heather Olmstead, Natasha Vezina; Juniors Kersten Curtis, Cady Day, Jess Gauthier, Caitlin Grant, Chelsea Gould. Montanna Mawhinney, Amanda Smith; Freshmen - Andrea Andrews, Rachael Hammell, Katherine McDonald, Angela Packard, Ambyr Sargent.

Coach: Todd Mercer (3rd year) Key returning athletes: Seniors — Jessica Mitaly (pole vault); Ethan Ray (mid-distance), Cody Chase (sprints); Juniors — Sam Eldridge (distance, pole vault), Will Danieli (sprints); Sophomore — Amanda Peterson. Key loss: Ben Miklovich. Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Josh Bagdon; Freshman: Emily Harlow. Outlook: This is going to be the first of at least a few solid years for this program. The Patriots are bottom-heavy in terms of age, but the crux of this team, the sophomore class, is already showing it can be a force. With nearly 70 athletes combined, this group will flood events with participants, and with some of the high-end talent, may make some serious noise come time for the conference meet. Coach’s comment: “We will be strong competitors, I think we may surprise a few people this season. We’re on our way to a hugely successful team. We keep raising the bar, and they keep jumping higher.” — Coach Todd Mercer

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SKIING Coach: Pete Reaman (seventh year) Returning letter winners: Girls: None. Boys: Junior - Brandon Merry, Ben Schaeffer, Tyler Holmquist; Sophomores - Jeremy Holmquist, Danny Marshall, Travis Hicks. Key losses: Girls: Amanda Cormier, Hanna Wilbur. Promising newcomers: Boys:

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Coach: Scott Flagg (fourth year) Last year’s record: 9-11, lost in Western B quarterfinals Returning letter winners: Seniors — Taylor Valente (6-4 center), Evan Kenney (6-4 forward), Nate Rowe (6-0 forward), Ryan Barton (5-10 guard); Juniors — Adam Jensen (6-3 guard), Nick Bennett (6-0 forward), Josh Farynaz (6-2 guard), Ryan Cavallaro (6-1 forward) Key losses: Cody Humphrey (forward), Orrin Googins (forward), Kyle Orlando (guard). Promising newcomers: Junior — Heath Martell (6-4 center); Sophomores — Aaron Boulos (5-10 guard), Aaron Grondin (5-10 guard), Ethan Ridge (5-11 forward). Outlook: The Patriots will spread the floor and look to get the ball inside to Valente. Kenney, an athletic slasher, and Jensen, a long-range threat, should keep defenses from sagging into the paint. Farynaz will run the point and be a key defender. Depth is a concern, but they should contend for a tournament spot. Coach’s comment: “The strength of our team is our defense and rebounding, and for us to successful, we will have to continue to do those things well.” — Coach Scott Flagg

Seniors - Cameron Ketchen, Jackson Marshall, Aaron Ricardi; Freshmen - Cam Hermer, Connor Mailman, Nick Rogers, David McCann. Girls: Senior - Elizabeth Lobozzo; Junior - Sarah Pelkey; Sophomore - Katie Morency; Freshmen - Amanda Giggey, Tayla Robbins, Emily Sawyer, Elizabeth Pflugradt. Outlook: G-NG has its largest team in Reaman’s tenure with 20 skiers. He expects the boys team to be stronger then ever and the

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Coach: Doug Rines (second year) Last year’s record: 7-12, lost in Western D quarterfinals Returning letter winners: Seniors Austin Dooley —Nathan Corson (5-10 forward), Jarek Boyd (5-8 guard); Junior — Kasey Robertson (6-4 center); Sophomore — Austin Dooley (5-10 guard). Key losses: Brian Litchfield (forward), Tyler Weymouth (forward), Kyle Rines (guard), Norman Jack (forward). Promising newcomers: Seniors — Isaac Smith (5-10 forward), Jacob Chicoine (5-8 guard), Altan-oc Erdenechuluun (5-10 guard). Outlook: The Bucks don’t have a lot Nate Corson of varsity experience, so Rines isn’t sure what to expect from his team. Corson, Boyd, Robertson and Dooley all came off the bench last year. Erdenechuluun, an exchange student from Mongolia, has shown promise at the point guard spot. They hope to contend for one of the top three spots in the EWC but will need to jell quickly to do that. Coach’s comment: “We’re going to have a really, really young team. We don’t know what to expect yet.” — Coach Doug Rines Kasey Robertson

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girls to build for the future with an entirely new squad. Merry could emerge as a top-15 finisher in the state for the boys. Tyler Holmquist could win a medal in Class B skimeister. Ketchen and Marshall return after sitting out their junior seasons. Coach’s comment: “I’m looking forward to a strong season with significant individual growth in technique and strength.” — Coach Pete Reaman

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Coach: Jillian Chabe (11th year) Team roster: Seniors —Mingwun Dana, Marissa Hutchinson, Melissa Taylor, Cassie Bubier; Juniors — Rachel Caron, Magen Rowe; Sophomores — Ashley Casey, Brianna Darling, Courtney Ryan; Freshman — Destiny Miles.

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Coach: Kathy Saarinen (first year) Last year’s record: 17-3, lost in Western D semifinal. Returning letter winners: Senior - Ashlee Hamann (5-4 guard); Juniors - Samantha Jones (5-8 guard/forward), Alicia Patrie (5-4 forward), Ally Martin (5-5 forward), Sarah Colby (5-2 guard); Sophomore -Kaitlyn Rines (5-10 forward) Key losses: Lindsay Henderson (forward), Abby Jones (forward), Tristen Newton (forward), Emily Eastman (guard), Carly Carlile (forward). Promising newcomers: Sophomores - Abby Bragg (5-5 guard), Danielle Patrie (5-6 guard/ forward); Freshmen - Dakota Warren (5-6 forward/guard), Elizabeth Strout (5-4 guard), Jessica Cooper (5-7 forward), Autumn Hackett (5-8 forward). Outlook: The Bucks lost five veterans, four starters, from last year’s team and are much younger as a result. Hamann is the most experienced starter but missed half of last year with a knee injury.  The other upperclassmen saw minutes at the varsity level but will take on larger roles this year. The Bucks won’t be as dominant as they have the last two years but hope to be competitive, improve and challenge for a tourney berth. Coach’s comment: “We’re a building team. I hope to see us in the playoffs. Most of them are very inexperienced, but the girls have more heart than I can ask for.” — Coach Kathy Saarinen.

Coach: Brian Kelly (first year) Last year’s record: 8-10 Returning letter winners: Seniors —Austin Clark (6-3 center), Jordan DeMillo (6-0 forward); Junior — Kyle Storer (6-2 forward); Sophomore — Zach Bonnevie (5-11 guard). Key losses: Dylan Stefani (center), Miles Hutchinson (guard), Kyle DeMillo (forward), Zach Lacroix (center), Devin Austin Clark Rose (guard), Bryan Brennick (guard), Dave Farrington (forward). Promising newcomers: Juniors — Jake Lord (5-9 guard), Jordan P. Couture (5-10 guard); Sophomores — Jacob Bessey (510 guard), James Barker (6-0, forward), Billy Calden (5-9 guard), Nate Shink (6-0 forward), Tyler Gervais (5-8 guard), Kyle Ainsley (6-1 forward). Jordan DeMillo Outlook: Kelly moves up from the JV ranks to take over a team revitalized by the return of a player he never got to coach in the junior varsity. Clark was the Tigers’ leading scorer and rebounder his freshman and sophomore years, then moved out of state before last season. He will be one of the top players in the MVC. With Storer and DeMillo also in the mix, they have as much athleticism, experience Kyle Storer and size in the frontcourt as anyone in the conference. They did lose a lot in the backcourt, however, with Bonnevie the only experienced guard on the squad.. Coach’s comment: “How well these players can adjust to the varsity level will be a key ingredient to how far we can go this season.” — Coach Brian Kelly

Coach: Chris Bessey (seventh year) Last year’s record: 19-4, won Class C state title Returning letter winners: Seniors - Hillary Deane (5-9 forward), Mallory Bonnevie (5-7 guard), Gina Nemi (5-9 forward), Kelsea Beisaw (5-4 guard); Juniors - Beth Moore (5-9 forward), Alannah White (5-6 guard), Brittany DiPompo (5-6 guard); Sophomores - Alexis Blodgett (5-7 guard), Lexi Deering (5-6 guard). Key losses: Liz LeBlanc (forward), Betsy Gemelli (guard). Promising newcomers: Sophomores - Ashlee Quirron (5-3 guard), Kourtney Brennick (5-10 center), Kristy Macumber (5-8 guard). Kelsea Beisaw Outlook: The Tigers graduated two seniors from last year’s state championship team, including LeBlanc, the MVC Player of the Year. Jay returns the rest of that squad and has plenty of height and experience. Deane (12 ppg, 6 rpg) is the leading returning scorer while Moore (7 ppg, 7 rpg) and Nemi (7 rpg) were both among league leaders on the boards. Bonnevie (6.6 ppg) was superb in the back- Mallory Bonnevie court while Blodgett proved to be a sparkplug. Jay should be a contender in Western C again but replacing the leadership and big play contributions of LeBlanc and Gemelli won’t be easy. Coach’s comment: “The MVC and the new format will make this year very competitive. Starting out the year with everyone gunning for you will Hillary Deane add to the importance of hard work in practice and to make individual improvements to succeed as a team.” — Coach Chris Bessey.

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Coach: Kellee Fortier and Rosie Richmond (13th year overall) Team roster: Senior — Brianna Ainsley; Juniors —Mariah Buote, Kayla Maurais, Alexis Raymond, Emily Stoops; Sophomores — Chelsey Beaulieu, Amanda Czarneciki, Felicia Greenleaf, Victoria LaCasse, Kendra Page; Freshmen — Hyaley Fortier, Heather Goding, Autumn Pelletier, Elyse Ruyle, Erin Shea.

Coaches: Kenny Jacques and Bill Acritelli (first year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Sophomore - Lindsey Jacques. Boys: Sophomores - Ben Hartford, Jake Roy. Key losses: None. Promising newcomers: Girls: Freshman - Emily Acritelli. Boys: Freshmen - Alex Hartford, Cameron Rose. Outlook: Jacques finished second in slalom and third in giant slalom at the Class C state meet last winter. The boys’ team placed second in Alpine in the MVC and fifth in states. There’s a strong chance for all those results to improve. Coach’s comment: “Lindsey (Jacques) is one of the top skiers in all classes of high school racing in the state.” — Coach Kenny Jacques

Coach: Travis Magnusson (third year) Last year’s record: 9-10, lost in Western C prelim Returning letter winners: Seniors — Chandler White (guard), Khyle Whittemore (guard), Nate Michaud (guard), Tom Ventrella (forward), Derek Castonguay (forward); Juniors — Mike Armstrong (center), Mike Castonguay (forward), Hunter Brett (guard) Key losses: Ryan Ames (forward) Promising newcomers: Seniors — Willie Brown (guard), Ian Wilcox (center); Junior — Jake Keene (forward). Outlook: With a veteran nucleus returning, the Andies are expected to rank among the top teams in the MVC this year. White is one of the top guards in Class C. Ventrella can score from inside and outside and was one of the top rebounders in the MVC last year, along with Derek Castonguay. They will look to run, but should be able to mix it up with the more physical teams in the league. Coach’s comment: “We should get up and down and play an exciting brand of basketball that will be fun to watch.” — Coach Travis Magnusson

Coach: Mark Simpson (first year, fifth overall) Last year’s record: 9-10, lost in Western C preliminary Returning letter winners: Seniors - Hannah Therrien (5-8 forward), Kathrynn Lake (5-5 guard); Juniors - Marissa Welch (5-11 center), Annika Durrell (5-7 guard/forward); Sophomore - Kathrynn Ventrella (5-7 guard). Key losses: Laura Howell (center), Missi O’Connor (guard), Kendra Lyman (forward). Promising newcomers: Juniors Megan Therrien (5-8 guard), Samantha Greenwood (5-3 guard), Kim Theriault (54 guard); Sophomore - Micaela Baron (5-7 forward); Freshmen - Loryanna Tracy (54 guard), Ashlie Robbins (5-7 forward). Outlook: Simpson returns to a program he coached in the 1990’s. His Andies graduated 63 percent of the offense and will rely on its defensive play and a combination of speed and size. Welch was among the league leaders in rebounds while Ventrella was an All-MVC Honorable Mention. The Andies have holes to fill but expect to remain competitive and could challenge for another postseason berth. Coach’s comment: “ I hope that we can show steady improvement during the season and maybe surprise some teams in the second half.” — Coach Mark Simpson

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Coaches: Kenny Jacques and Bill Acritelli (first year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Senior - Jayde Purington; Junior - Lexie Niedner; Sophomore - Isabella Randall. Boys: Senior Willie Brown; Juniors - Alex Rose, Zach Vigue. Key losses: Boys: Ryan Jackson. Promising newcomers: Girls: Erin Gats, Elizabeth Cote, Haily Shea. Boys: Cody Jacques, Trevor Timberlake, Owen Timberlake, Zach Bates, Chad Bamford, David Newman, Travis Neal, Ryan Chretien, Philipea Paradis. Outlook: LF will boast its largest and most talented team in years. Rose is the reigning Class C boys’ state champion in slalom and giant slalom. Niedner is a contender for the state title in skimeister (combined success in Alpine and Nordic). Brown, Vigue and Cody Jacques, a transfer from Jay, combine with Rose to give the Andies a shot at climbing the final rung on the ladder after finishing second in the boys’ Class C competition a year ago. Purington will lead the girls’ charge at the conference and state levels. Coach’s comment: “This year could prove very successful for both the boys and the girls if everything falls into place.” — Coach Kenny Jacques

Coach: Dave Gerrish (first year) Last year’s record: 20-2, lost Class C state championship Returning letter winners: Seniors —Eric Bolduc (5-10 guard), Clifford Turner (5-8 guard), Nic Crutchfield (5-11 forward), Tyler Gates (5-11 guard), Kyle Hutchinson (6-1 forward), Tyler Chiasson (6-2 guard); Junior — Spencer Ross (5-10 guard), Arik Fenstermacher (5-9 guard). Key losses: Thomas Knight (center), Aaron Fenstermacher (guard), Tristan Franchetti (forward). Promising newcomers: Senior — Ryan Lafleur (5-10 forward); Sophomores — Caleb Turner (5-7 guard), Cody St. Germain (5-11 forward), Jake Dowland (5-10 forward), Josh Turbide (5-8 guard). Outlook: Gerrish, who coached Mountain Valley, to two straight regional titles and a Class B state title in 2007, takes over his former school’s biggest rival. Their Mr. Maine Basketball winner may have moved on to Notre Dame, but the Cougars are still one of the favorites in the MVC. Chiasson is one of the top guards in the conference and a tough matchup with his size and strength. With Bolduc, they have one of the top backcourts in Class C. They don’t have the size they had last year with Knight gone, but Crutchfield and Hutchinson bring toughness and athleticism up front. Coach’s comment: “If there’s any difference, we might play a little faster because we’re smaller and that’s what’s needed.” — Coach Dave Gerrish

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CHEERING Coach: Dianna Pomerleau (third year) Team roster: Adrienne Alley, Tabatha Edes, Cassie Ferland, Lindsey Flagg, Tori Fournier, Crystal Gatcomb, Alyssa Hamilton, Alexis Klemanski, Jasmin Richards, Amanda Robbins, Kassandra Shackley, Ashley Sidney, Searra Winter, Rheanna Woodford.

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Coach: Reggie Weston (third year) Last year’s record: 13-7, lost in Western C quarterfinals Returning letter winners: Seniors - Jane Hebert (5-6 guard), Ricki Sinclair (5-6 guard), Tricia Turner (5-5 guard), Morgan Hutchins (5-8 forward), Junior Jane Hebert - Hannah Knight (5-7 guard/ forward), Brooke Kersey (5-7 forward); Sophomores - Paige Murphy (5-4 guard), Miranda Shurtleff (5-7 forward), Erin Turner (5-5 guard), Alyssa Wade (5-7 guard/forward). Key losses: Kristen Harvey (guard). Promising newcomers: Sophomore - Angela Ronan (5-11 forward). Outlook: The Cougars return almost all of last year’s squad Morgan Hutchins including Hebert (10.5 ppg), an All-MVC pick. Dirigo was a young exciting team to watch last year but might have been a step away. The Cougars have a little more seasoning and have plenty of talent and experience now to be a threat in the MVC. In addition to Hebert, Sinclair, Turner and Hutcins are four-year players while Knight and Kersey are three-year players. Ronan shold bolster the post after Tricia Turner recovering from an injury in the offseason. Expect Dirigo to continue to play stingy and aggressive defensively. Coach’s comment: “We feel if we play smart and continue to work hard that we should do well. What we lack in height we more than make up for with heart, desire and aggressiveness.” — Coach Reggie Weston

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Coach: Wendell Blood (fourth year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Kirstin Blood, Lindsey Brann, Kelly Gould; Junior - Jill Schnorr. Boys: Senior - Bryce Carver; Junior - Travis Willis; Sophomore - Nathan Gould. Key losses: Girls: Anna Chase. Promising newcomers: Girls: Freshman - Addy Fuller. Boys: Sophomore - Jeffrey Colpitts; Freshmen - Michael Chow, Loren Keim. Outlook: Kirstin Blood, who finished fourth in the MVC freestyle championship race last winter, leads an experienced girls’ Kelly Gould team. Fuller, the lone incoming freshman, has been skiing for several years. Carver gaineed valuable experience for the boys a year ago and could surprise. Coach’s comment: “Finally we should have enough girls to be a complete team (at the conference and state meets).” — Coach Wendell Blood

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Coach: Lucas Turner (first year) Last year’s record: 3-15 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Corey Dyke (6-2 forward), Ryan Baillargeon (5-10 guard), Elliot Kahl (6-3 forward); Juniors —Roger Batchelder (6-2 center), Robby Neal (6-0 forward), Tim Whitmore (5-10 guard). Key losses: Parker Ferland (forward), Josh Davis (guard), Eric Smith (forward/center). Promising newcomers: Senior — Logan Van Vlack (6-0 guard); Junior — Jeremy Ashlock (5-8 guard); Sophomores — Scott Peacock (5-10 forward), Ben Woodman (6-0 forward). Outlook: Experience and athleticism are the Mustangs’ strengths, but Turner is emphasizing the fundamentals in his first year to bring out the most in the strengths that they have. Improving transition and half-court defense are going to be emphasized. On offense, they will be more patient with the ball and value every possession. Dyke was an all-MVC honorable mention as a junior. Coach’s comment: “The team believes the hard work put in the summer and preseason will pay off with an improved style of play.” — Coach Lucas Turner

CHEERING Coach: Leanne Burnham (ninth year) Team roster: Seniors - Devon Ayer, Brittany Ridlon, Tierra Sanford, Abigail Szotkowski; Juniors - Amber Hinkley, Alison Murphy, Andrea Pomerleau; Sophomores - Tiffany Bussiere, Sara Campbell, Lillian Kaplan, Molly Plossay, Deidre Weymouth; Freshmen - Miranda Allen, Chelse Arsenault, Emilie Greenwald, Morgan Guerin, Adam Parsons, Nicole Pilote, Lanayria Urquhart, Abigail Webb.

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Promising newcomers: Senior — Ben Dolloff (285); Freshmen — Brett Whitemore (103), Adam Gill Coach: Doug Gilbert (15th year) (119/125), Nelson Pepin (145/152), Last year’s record: 16-4, Class D.J. Webber (152/160), Thomas C state runner-up Barnett (171/189), Zach White Returning letter winners: (189/215), Tyler Crawford (215). Seniors — Dylan Castonguay What to expect: The Cougars (130/135), Brandon Jonaitis started late after football, but the (135/140), Chad Oakes (140/145), returnees have plenty of experiAlex Meile (152/’160); Junior — Ryence. Seven had more than 20 an Lemay (112/119); Sophomores wins, including defending state — Caleb Hall (112/119), Bryan champions Hall and Jonaitis. Blackman (135/140). Blackman and Miele (37-6) werre Key losses: Josh Palmer (160), both state finalists, and Hall won Tom Hines (145), A.J. Carrier (285). the MAWA tourney. Oakes and Castonguay add depth, while several freshman could make an impact. This is a dominant team in the making. The Cougars are always in the hunt. Outlook: “We like the mixing of upperChad Oakes Dylan Castonguay class experience and the excitement the freshman class is going to bring. Lisbon is tough this year, but we like to close the gap a little and gear up for a run in the next few years.” — Coach Doug Gilbert

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Coach: Shawn Schultz (fifth year) Last year’s record: Under .500 Returning letter winners: Juniors — Pat McInnis (119), Eric Coulumbe (125), Tamara Cushman (125), Tyler Guzman (140), Henry Talbot (152), Kyle Foyt (189); Sophomores — Matt McInnis (103); Winthrop wrestlers — Alex Bittues and Josh Seekins. Key losses: Cody Guzman (160).

Promising newcomers: Freshman — Ryan Harris (215). What to expect: The Mustangs have been down in recent years, but numbers are improving. Matt McInnis (13-7), Pat McInnis (21-9), Foyt (17-7), Coulombe (18-9) and Harris are all kids to watch. Good things will come from them. They need to be competitive, but it won’t happen overnight. An inability to fill every weight class has hindered the team. Outlook: “There ‘s a good buzz in the wrestling room.” — Coach Shawn Schultz

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Coach: Jim Bessey (34th year) Coach: Tom Philbrick (first Last year’s record: 15-6, lost in year) Eastern A semifinals Last year’s record: 1-17 Returning letter winners: SeReturning letter winners: niors —Jordan Hoyt (6-1 forward), Seniors - Jenna Pederson (5Ryan Backus (6-3 forward), Seth 9 guard/forward), Chelsea Berry (5-10 guard), Jake Malone Thompson (5-8 guard/forward), (5-10 guard); Junior — Adam Wiles- Jenny Kobischen (5-7 guard/ Chelsea Thompson Russell (6-4 center); Sophomores forward), Kaitlyn Bullen (5-9 — Eric Berry (5-11 guard), Cam guard/forward); Juniors - JilSennick (6-5 center). lian Perron (6-0 center), BrittaKey losses: Ben Russell (guard), ny Berkey 5-8 guard/forward). Jamie Sawyer (guard), Andrew Key losses: Sabrina KeTrask (forward), Devin Zamboni ach (center), Kristin Trask (forward), Sean Simpson (for(forward), Johanna LaPlant ward), Mike Cormier (center). (guard), Marjorie Hardy Promising newcomers: Ju(guard). nior — Dom Clements (5-10 guard); Promising newcomers: Sophomores — Steve Yardley Corrine Dingley (5-9 forward), (6-0 forward/guard), Blake Hart Liz Leclaire (5-2 guard), Hillary Jenny Kobischen (6-0 forward), Dustin James (5-11 Chaney (5-9 forward), Lindsey guard), Dustin Zamboni (6-4 cenSt. Laurent (5-6 guard), Amy ter). Hilton (5-3 guard), Gabby Foy Outlook: The Cougars have (5-7 forward), Kelsea Adams (5-5 been a perimeter-oriented team guard). relying on the talents of Russell Outlook: The Cougars are and Sawyer. Now the post is the starting from scratch again most. Backus and Sennick started with a new coach and a relativelast year and Wiles-Russell saw ex- ly young squad. After a chaltensive minutes. The lenging year last key will be developing winter, Mt. Blue a new starting backhopes to improve court. Bessey thinks and become more Jillian Perron Eric Berry can fill competitive in a the void at the point. tough KVAC. If they can make the Coach’s comtransition, the Coument: “Being the gars should compete fourth coach in for a tournament spot three years, the from the rugged KVAC girls have some Jordan Hoyt North. real challenges. Coach’s comment: This team has great “I think our offense heart and is really will be more balanced working as hard as this year. We certainly I could have hoped hope to ge the ball into for. I really look Kaitlyn Bullen our post players more forward to having than in the past.” this experience — Coach Jim Bessey with this team this year.” — Coach Tom Philbrick

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Coach: Bob O’Connor (fourth year) Last year’s record: 8-12 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Andrew Currier (130), Gary Theriault (135/140), Jon Iams (145/152). Key losses: Sean Kelly (135). Promising newcomers: Junior — Matt Archer (285); Freshmen — Khalil Newbill (103/112), Kevin Moore (112), Drew Blanched (130), Tyler Steurd (215). What to expect: The Cougars are trying to rebuild themselves into a competitive program and attracted more than 40 athletes to tryouts. This will add depth and help push each other. Theriault (29-19) was a regional champion and Currier was KVAC champion. Iams was held out for injury at the end of the season. Several new wrestlers will need to step up. The Cougars may take some lumps in December, but they should be improved by end of season. Outlook: “Our finish last year did not show how good we really were, losing three scorers toward the end of the season due to injuries. With this group, I believe we will make a strong run at the Eastern A regional.”— Coach Bob O’Connor

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Coach: David Nordstrom (first year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Abbi Davis, Amanda Hall; Juniors - Hannah Allen, Shelby Aseltine, Caitlin Douglass; Sophomores - Addie Cullenberg, Molly Fissette, Emily Ramsey. Boys: Seniors - Richie Brooks, Kelton Cullenberg, Nick Wilkins, Jared Foster; Juniors - Brody Hines, Tim Andrews; Sophomores - Jonah Jones, North Kay. Key losses: Girls: Meredith Allen. Boys: Adam Fissette, Welly Ramsey, Derek Rowe. Promising newcomers: Girls: Junior - Alex Allen; Freshmen - Janel Brooks, Shireen Luick, Deanna Richards, Emily Roberts. Boys: Freshmen - Jake Corell, Zach Veayo. Outlook: The girls team tied with Leavitt for the Nordic Title at the Class A state meet last year. Aseltine is the defending state champion in both disciplines, and the nucleus of the team remains very young. The boys also won a Class A title and have a deep roster of athletes who are exceptional in both cross country running and skiing. While Nordstrom expects a tighter race for the crown this year, he believes the Cougars remain a factor. Coach’s comment: “There are no seniors (except for skimeister candidates) on the girls’ team, so we should be strong for the next couple of years.” — Coach David Nordstrom

Coach: Eric Hall (first year) Last year’s record: 0-18 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Scott Eck (5-10 guard), Steve Obie (5-10 guard), Chris Whitney (6-0 guard), Andrew Tupper (6-1 forward), Ethan Audie (6-3 forward); Juniors — Toby Andy Tupper Harrington (6-0 forward/guard), Mike Degou (5-9 guard), Andrew McDonnell (5-10 guard). Key losses: Nick Jones (guard), Guy Jenkins (forward), Brian Craig (center). Promising newcomers: Juniors — Alex Branson (6-3 forward), Alex Corey (6-3 forward); Freshmen — Mason Haley (5-10 guard), Brad Groh (6-3 forward). Chris Whitney Outlook: Hall, the son of longtime Lisbon track coach Dean Hall and a former Greyhound from the early-mid 1990s, hopes to rebuild the Greyhounds back into an MVC competitor. He hopes the success his players have had in fall and spring sports can translate to the winter. He has an experienced nucleus to work with, particularly in the backcourt. The first task is to get a win or two under their Scott Eck belts and improve everyone’s confidence. Coach’s comment: “We’ve got to communicate on the court and we’ve got to find it within ourselves to not be intimidated by teams that have a winning tradition.” — Coach Eric Hall

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Coach: Jake Gentle (seventh year) Last year’s record: 13-6, lost in Western B quarterfinal Returning letter winners: Seniors - Renee Moore (5-8 guard/forward), Shelby Brannon (5-7 guard), Amber Cloutier (5-6 guard); JuAmber Cloutier niors - Kelsey Linnell (5-11 center), Allie Fitzgerald (5-5 guard); Sophomores - Jessica Campbell (5-9 forward), Kimber Morse (5-7 guard). Key losses: Sam Purcell (guard), Kelly Bourgoin (guard), Jenn Caton (guard), Stephanie Smith (guard), Kala Michaud guard/forward), Katy Fitzgerald (guard). Promising newcomers: Renee Moore Juniors - Ashley Fournier (5-8 guard), Randi Brannon (5-3 guard); Sophomores - Alexa Harmon (5-4 guard), Brianna Moore (5-8 forward), Erin Marquis (5-3 guard); Freshman - Bailey Madore (5-5 guard). Outlook: The Greyhounds graduated six veteran seniors, including Purcell, an all-conference pick. Moore led the team in scorShelby Brannon ing (11.9 ppg) and was a First Team All-MVC player. Cloutier was also a regular starter but many of the Greyhounds came off the bench last year and will see increased roles. Lisbon has some size and a small group of veterans that should lead the club. Coach’s comment: “The keys to Lisbon’s success is executing on offense, limiting our opponents to one shot, rebounding and protecting the basketball.” — Coach Jake Gentle.

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Coach: Mark Stevens (13th year) Last year’s record: Class C state champions Returning letter winners: Seniors — Marcus Bubar (145), Christian Taylor (145), Art Stambach (189), Joe Doughty (215); Juniors — Forrest Cornell (112), Josh Pomerleau (125), Mike McNamara (130), Matt Nicholson (135), John Gamache (152/160), Steph Hayslip (103). Key losses: Mike McManus (125), Kyle Huston (160), Cam Bubar (171), Dan Scofield (275). Promising newcomers: Seniors — Ryan Havlicek

(140/145), Lance Thomas (140/145); Junior — Seth Bucher (145); Sophomore — Zach Splude (160/171); Freshmen — Sean McManus (140/145), Nate Dawson (140). What to expect: The Greyhounds have several experienced wrestlers returning from last year’s state championship team. That includes two-time state champions Cornell, Bubar and McNamara. Doughty is also a reigning state champion. There is plenty in reserve with finalists Pomerleau and Nicholson, while Stambach placed fourth. With a state qualifier replacing the regional meets in Class C, criteria for seeding could hurt Lisbon, which has one of the toughest schedules in Maine.

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Coach: Rick White (first year) Last year’s record: 16-3, lost in Western B quarterfinals Returning letter winners: Seniors —Chris Day (5-10 guard), Cole Clark (6-1 center), Derek Volkernick (6-2 forward), Brady Fergola (6-0 forward), Jacob Arsenault (5-10 guard), Adam Bedard (5-9 guard), Jonathan Benjamin (6-3 forward); Junior — Cameron Kaubris (6-0 guard); Sophomores — Eric Berry (5-11 guard), Cam Sennick (6-5 center). Key losses: Travis Ruff (guard), Matt Laubauskas (forward), Myles Mercier (guard). Promising newcomers: Senior — Ryan Laubauskas (6-0 center); Sophomores — Izaak Mills (5-10 guard), Zach Radcliffe (5-6 guard), Isaac Roberts (6-1 forward); Freshmen — Ryan Nichols (5-9 guard), Jacob Theriault (5-11 guard). Outlook: With long-time varsity assistant/JV head coach White at the helm, the Falcons aren’t just going to go up-tempo this year, they’re going on Grinnell time. Their new offensive system, pattered after a small private college in Iowa, stresses keeping the pedal to the metal, shooting three-pointers, full-court pressure and subbing liberally to keep fresh legs on the floor. They hope to have Kaubris, one of the top players in Western B last year, recovered from the shoulder problems he dealt with during football season. Coach’s comment: “We’re going to be unconventional, that’s for sure.” — Coach Rick White

Coach: Gary Dolloff (ninth year) Last year’s record: Western B regional champions. Returning letter winners: Seniors — Tim Ross (130), Hillary Dolloff (135), Matt Duka (160); Juniors — Ryan Burgess (112), Cody Magoon (125), Josh Thornton (145), Josh Allen (189), Christian Durland (189/215); Sophomores — Robert Hillary Dolloff Worthley (103), Joe Provencher (119), Dylan Gallant (130), Taylor Carey (152), Ryan Glover (215). Key losses: Ernie Matthews (135), Brian Cogley (171). Promising newcomers: None given. What to expect: Matt Duka The Falcons have a good mix of talent, beginning with Duka, who reached the state final, and Ross, who placed in the ‘06 state meet. Magoon (shoulder) and Allen (ACL) return after sitting out last year. Allen placed third in the state meet Tim Ross as a freshman. Burgess, Thornton and Durland can each score in tournaments. The freshmen and sophomores should make an impact by the end of the season. Outlook: “We should have some growing pains to start with, but should round out to be a state-title contender once we get all the pieces into place.” — Coach Gary Dolloff

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Coach: Rich Allen (fourth year) Last year’s record: 16-4, lost in Western B semifinal. Returning letter winners: Senior - Emily Knapp (5-7 guard); Juniors - Lindsay Gallant (5-3 guard), McKenzie Paterson (5-2 guard); Sophomore - Ayla Allen (510 forward). Key losses: Vanessa Cayer (forward), Lauren LePage (guard), Meagan Maifeld (guard), Taylor Smith (forward), Krista Lee (forward). Promising newcomers: Junior - Breana Roberts (5-8 forward); Sophomores - Chelsea Bordeau (5-9 foward/guard); Kaitlyn Armstrong (5-6 guard); Chrissy Briggs (5-8 guard), Makayla White (5-5 guard). Outlook: The Falcons have just one returning starter back in Knapp. Allen provided some nice minutes off the bench and should bolster the post. Paterson will spearhead the defense while Gallant also has experience giving the Falcons a veteran returning group. There will still be a number of players taking on larger roles. Coach’s comment: “If we can use our quickness to our advantage, play solid defense and take care of the basketball at the offensive end, then I think we will be very competitive.” — Coach Rich Allen.

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Coach: Seth Fournier (seventh year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Senior: Shelby Moore; Juniors - Kera Miller, Courtney Carlson; Sophomore - Heather Adley. Boys: Seniors - Nate Papsadora, Carl Zurhorst; Juniors - David Adley, Darren Jodrey, Eric Billings; Sophomores Nate Nichols, Nick Woods. Key losses: Boys: Jon MacKenzie, Tom Puiia. Promising newcomers: None available at press time. Outlook: The girls’ team returns mostly intact and is led by Miller (fifth slalom, ninth GS at Class B state meet), Carlson (seventh, slalom) and Moore (12th, GS). The boys will miss MacKenzie and Puiia, who led the Falcons to an MVC championship and third in the state behind Yarmouth and Falmouth. Papsadora and Zurhorst are the top returnees. Coach’s comment: “Both the boys and girls should be able to contend for at least the conference championship. The girls are going to be a small team, but all four of them are solid.” — Coach Seth Fournier

Coach: Ray Broomhall (third year) Returning letter winners: Boys: Seniors - Carl Zurhorst, Jordan Theriault, Jamie Hutchins, Frank Parsons, Brandon LaCourse, Cam Welch; Sophomores Eric Zurhorst, Nick Woods. Girls: Senior - Camilla Glazier; Juniors - Kymberly Couch, Samantha Glover; Sophomore - Hannah LaPointe. Key losses: Girls: Kiley Clement. Promising newcomers: Boys: Seniors - Niklas Lehrke, Toni Weber, Luiz Rispow, Yago Ceballos, Zachary Sweetser. Girls: Junior - Kelsey Salatino. Outlook: The boys’ team has grown to 14 skiers with the help of four exchange students. Carl Zurhorst and Theriault both placed in the top 10 in each half of the Mountain Valley Conference championships last year and will anchor an experienced group. LaPointe is the top returning skier for the girls, who lost only one member of the team and gain Salatino, a transfer from Dirigo. Coach’s comment: “We should hold our own in the MVCs.” — Coach Ray Broomhall

Coach: Mike DeRaps (2nd year) Last year’s record: 4-14 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Jimmy Barker (6-0 guard), Jarrod Blood (5-10 guard), Joey Lampron (6-3 forward/guard), Kenny Moir (6-2 forward), Lincoln Dyar (5-11 forward/guard) ; Juniors — Aaron Jalbert (5-7 guard), Alex Shaw (5-10 guard); Sophomore — Tyler Hupper (6-5 center). Key losses: Sam Simpson (forward). Promising newcomers: Sophomore — Parker Kennedy (6-0 guard); Freshmen — Ian James (6-1 forward), Ethan Boyd (5-10 guard). Outlook: The Roadrunners return 80 percent of their starters and had a good summer, so they should be one of the most improved team in the MVC. Barker is an athletic point guard who was one of the top 3-point shooters in the conference last year. Lampron provides versatility and rebounding. Coach’s comment: “We’re looking to improve on last year. We’re hoping we can go .500 this year.” — Coach Mike DeRaps

Coach: Doug Lisherness (24th year) Last year’s record: 14-7, lost in Western C semifinal Returning letter winners: Seniors - Kylie Rolbiecki (5-4 guard), Mikayla Burbank (5-7 guard), Heather Campbell (5-6 forward), Amanda Richards (5-5 guard); Juniors - Colleen Shields (5-8 forward), Danielle Smith (5-6 guard); Sophmores - Samantha Werzanski (5-5 guard) Key losses: Kenni Norton (guard), Macy Ryan (center), Nicole Eisenhaur (guard) Promising newcomers: Freshmen - Annie Dexter (5-11 center), Mykayla Luce (5-5 guard), Jill Howard (5-7 forward), Taylor Henderson (5-4 guard), Tori Beane (5-6 guard), Lyndsay Beane (5-5 guard), Miranda Smith (5-8 center). Outlook: The Roadrunners graduated Norton, an All-MVC player, but still expected the rest of the team back. Ryan then moved out of state, Burbank injured her knee in soccer and two others chose not to play. That leaves Rolbiecki as the lone returning starter. Mt. Abram has seven freshmen that will see plenty of action. Some will likely see starting time. Lisherness says this is one of the youngest groups he’s started a year with, but the freshmen group is also one of the most promising he’s seen. Coach’s comment: “I graduated one senior and then still only have one of my starting five back. We’re a little younger this year than I thought we would be. I can’t rememeber the last time I said it was going to be a rebuilding year.” — Coach Doug Lisherness

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Coach: Bob Luce (fifth year) Last year’s record: Girls, Class B girls’ slalom champions, MVC overall champions Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Emily Luce, Jillian Withee; Sophomores Hillary Chase, Erin Luce. Boys: Seniors - Phil Shurtleff, Brian Lambert, Abe Fast; Sophomore Dylan McFarland.

Key losses: Girls: Noelle Lake. Outlook: Emily Luce is the reigning state giant slalom champion. She and sister Erin placed third and fourth, respectively, in the slalom race. That one-two punch gives the Roadrunners an opportunity to continue their recent success. Coach’s comment: “I’d like to find a fifth skier on both sides to give me a cushion.” — Coach Bob Luce

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Coach: Buzz Bean (25th year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Seniors - Nola Dixon, Lizzie Chenard; Juniors - Annah Houston, Molly McCafferty; Sophomore - Delani Littlefield. Boys: Seniors - Jake Carlton, Devin Littlefield, Phil Coffren, Brian Lambert; Junior Eric Mitchell; Sophomores - Nick Carlton, Trent Rosenberg. Key losses: Girls: Emma James, Maria Parrett, Rachel Dennison, Elysha Dyar. Promising newcomers: Girls: Junior - Holly Thomas; Freshman - Sadie James. Boys: Freshman - Jay Chenard. Outlook: The girls lost three of the top skiers from the reigning MVC Nordic champions, but Chenard and Houston had strong seasons and are prepared to lead the team. The nucleus of the boys’ squad returns intact, topped by Jake Devin Littlefield Carlton and Littlefield. Each team welcomes last year’s Class A middle school champion to the fold in James (girls) and Jay Chenard (boys). It should be another strong winter for the Roadrunners. Coach’s comment: “The girls look to repeat as MVC Nordic and comJake Carlton bined champions, and the boys also look to have a decent shot at MVCs.” — Coach Buzz Bean

Coach: Billl Flynn (fourth year) Last year’s record: 8-13 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Clebert Marcelin, Taf Fogarty, Jordan Wade; Junior — Levi Lincoln. Key losses: Milo Frank, Greg Austin, Oliver Brown, Terry McClellan. Promising newcomers: Seniors — Jean Baptiste, Mason Lopez, Rumeal Williamson; Juniors — Jahizz Rollins. Outlook: Speed and quickness are the Lumberjacks’ best weapons, so pushing the tempo will be a priority. They feel they have the team to return to the New England tournament this year. Coach’s comment: “We have guys with great athletic experience and guys who are very knowledgeable about the game.” — Coach Bill Flynn

Coach: Heather Ferrenbach (10th year) Last year’s record: 3-13 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Emily Powers (C),Emma Leavitt (F),Rebecca Ives (G); Juniors — Kaitlyn Paiton (G). Malorie Johnson (G/F), Laura Dow (F); Sophomore — Rebekah Jett (F). Key losses: Meghan Munro (F), Emily Minigell (G). Promising newcomers: Juniors — Janelle Bradish (F), Julia Puig (G/F), Molly Mills (G); Freshmen — Haley Bisson (G), Sydney Randall (F). What to expect: With the bulk of the Lumberjacks’ experience in the post, they will look to be a presence in the paint and on the boards. Outlook: “”I have six players who have been in this program for three years or more. I will be relying heavily on their leadership this year. There is great potential in this team, and I am looking forward to the season.” — Coach Heather Ferrenbach

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Coach: Matt Plante (3rd year) Last Year’s Record: 25-8-0 Returning letter-winners: Seniors — Andy Bettencourt, Cam Moniz, Vlad Gavrik, Colin Taylor, Kyle Black, Evan Richardson, Chris Gacsy, Bryan Felice, Nate Dupere, Ian Canty. Junior — Alex Doumeng. Key Losses: Chad Goodwin, Andrew Cetola, Ken Pia, Billy Brewster, Eric Rodriguez, Matt Siracusa, Peter Quigley, Craig Ryan Promising newcomers: PG — Jamie Tyminski; Junior — Joey Collins; Sophomores — Jeremy Laing, Drake Hart, Alex Mills. Outlook: Having lost a good portion of their offense from a year ago, the bright spot will be in the net and on the blueline. The Lumberjacks return every single defenseman in their top 6 rotation from last year and look to be very solid and very deep in net again this year. They still have a good chunk of offense returning as well, with Bettencourt, Moniz and Gavrik all back. They may not score in numbers like they did a year ago but

they should still be in the thick of things all season. Coach’s Comment: “The key to our success this season will be how quickly we come together as a team and learn to share the load together. The returners know how important team chemistry was for last season’s successes and with our leadership I am confident that we will gel and become a cohesive unit. A great work ethic, positive attitude, and the support of each other will be extremely important as we will strive to get better every day because that is what it is going to take for us to accomplish our goals this season.” — Coach Matt Plante

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Hebron GIRLS’ HOCKEY Coach: Jay Keough and Katie Coyne Last year’s record: 14-11-1 Returning letter-winners: Senior — Emma Vallie (F); Juniors — Sarah Markey (F), Catherine Byrne (D), Natalie Maciejewski (F), Lauren Ratsep (F); Sophomores — Mariah Mosher (G), Chelsea Boucher (D), Ally Stracham (D), Jenna Bosse (D). Promising newcomers: Senior — Courtney Vallee (D); Juniors — Talya Bent (F), Maggie Lane (F); Sophomore — Kaya de la Isla (F); Freshmen — Emily Wyman (F), Lauran Yomantas (G). Outlook: Hebron lost only two key seniors from last year, which did account for a lot of the scoring. But the Lumberjacks should be a lot more experienced overall, and should be much better in the defensive zone. Having two solid goalies should make a world of difference and keep that position nice and fresh for February and hopefully into March. Coach’s commnent: “This year, the team needs to play like they are a year older and a year more experienced.” — Coach Jay Keough

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Coaches: David Stonebraker (34th year), Moose Curtis (35th year) Leslie Guenther (18th year), Max Jones (fifth year). Last year’s record: Girls: eighth NEPSAC, Class B; third MAISAD; Boys, ninth NEPSAC, Class B; second MAISA. Returning letter winners: Senior — Michael Skypeck; Sophomores — Corrie VanHaasteren, Tom Clark. Key losses: Kelly Phillips, Kate Mingle. Promising newcomers: Junior — Polly Drown; Freshman — Haley Grimmer. What to expect: This will most likely be a building year. The Lumberjacks’ returning boys will build on last year’s experience, and the new girls will gain experience by competing in a challenging league format.

Coach: Ashley Webb (second year). Returning letter winners: Juniors — A.J. Bloomingdale, Taylor Theriault. Key losses: Peter Deptula and Cory Lescault. Promising newcomers: Senior — Eric Banash. Outlook: “The team looks to remain strong with two of our four varsity boys back this year. We also have a lot of newcomers this year, including four girls, which will hopefully give us more depth for competitions. The team is excited about the expanding program and are eager to get on the snow.” — Coach Ashley Webb

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Oak Hill BOYS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Jared Browne (first year) Last year’s record: 1-17 Returning letter winners: Seniors - Kyle Emmons (6-1 forward), Jake Samson (6-2 forward), Ben Foss (6-3 forward); Juniors - Cam Morin (6-2 guard), Brian Bradstreet (6-0 guard). Key losses: Shawn Greenier, Ben Rines, Isaiah Mills. Promising newcomers: Seniors - Tim Levesque (6-2 guard), Chad Asselin (5-11 guard); Junior - Mike Rawstron (5-9 guard); Sophomore - Eric Lapointe (5-8 guard); Freshmen - Sam Morin (510 guard), Danny Greenier (6-1 forward), Trever Samson (6-0 guard). Outlook: New coach Browne is excited about the athleticism and chemistry of his team. Cam Morin, a three-year starter, provides leadership at the offensive end. Defensively, the Raiders will look to create havoc with their quickness and pressure. Foss, Jake Samson and Bradstreet will be keys to that effort. Oak Hill hopes to be part of a crowded mid-pack in the KVAC Class B division.

Coach’s comment: “We have been flying under the radar, which I think will help us. No one is putting any pressure on us.” — Coach Jared Browne

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ented as any player he’s coached. The Raiders are young and have over 15 points per game to replace with the graduation of Hayden and Donald. Look for Oak Hill to have an up-tempo style and use its athleticism. The Raiders also hope to be a deep team. Coach’s comment: “KVAC B is an incredibly tough league, especially with defending state champions Waterville and Leavitt and Nokomis dropping down to B. Being in my first year with Oak Hill, I am cautiously optimistic about the upcoming seaosn.” — Coach Tom Morong.

Coach: Tom Morong (first year) Last year’s record: 10-8 Returning letter winners: Seniors - Courtney Safford (5-1 guard), Lynnae Chaput (5-6 guard); Juniors - Maggie Sabine (5-10 junior), Becka Lehotay (5-8 forward), Devon Adair (6-1 center), Abby Goulet (5-6 guard); Sophomore Darby Beaulieu (5-6 guard). Key losses: Carrie Hayden (center), Ambyr Provost (guard), Samantha Wark (guard), Alex Donald (guard). Promising newcomers: Junior - Rebecca Tucci (5-5 guard); Sophomores - Jess Roberts (5-6 guard), Alexis Priest (5-5 guard), Marrissa Caskin (5-4 guard); Freshmen Gabby Green (5-7 guard), Chassidy Hilchey (5-8 forward). Outlook: The Raiders just missed the postseason last year and now have a new coach in Morong, who coached Morse for 20-plus years. Sabine was an all-conference player, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds. Courtney Safford Morong says she’s as tal-

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Oak Hill CHEERING Coach: Cassandra Cash (second year) Team roster: Kasey Anctil (captain), Autumn Ayres, Ciara Bergeron, Amber Chase (captain), Kelsey Clarke, Amanda Higgins, Kayla Hodgkins, Sara Lacroix (captain), Kirk Leblanc, Sarah Marsh, Kortni Michaud, Kasey Miller, Kelly O’Connell, Veronica Pringle, Dylan Richards, Kacie Ritchie, Kearsten Robichaud, Lizzy Sirois.

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Coach: Shane Bouchard (third year) Last year’s record: 8-6, second at regionals, third in Class B Returning letter winners: Seniors — Megan H’Lister (112), Tina Galarneau (125), Dillion Tibbetts (171); Juniors — Craig Morrill (125), Keith Madore (119), Mike Hamm (189), Nick Wells (215). Key losses: Ben Deschaine (130), Clyde Tibbetts (171), Tim Blais (189), Adam Hathorne (215). Promising newcomers: Senior — Kasha Dubois (152); Junior — Zach Surette (160); Sophomores — Kayla Smart (103), Nick Shorey (285), Keegan Brooks (285), Chris Wilson (285); Freshmen — Taylor Pomerleau (103), Britin Kramer (112), Kelsey Lamoth (119), Brittney Duncan (125), Donnie Vannah (140), Olivia Labrecque (145).

What to expect: After finishing second in the regionals and third in the state meet, the Raiders are expecting another good year. The experienced kids are very good, led by defending state champion Morrill. Madore, Tibbetts and Wells were each state finalists, and Hamm was a regional finalist. Vannah shows potential, while Surette is a transfer from New York. Craig Morrill Michael Hamm The program is on the upswing. Whuile there is some depth, Oak Hill needs to avoid injuries. Outlook: “We have set our goal this year at a state championship. We believe this to be an attainable goal.” — Coach Shane Bouchard

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Poland TRACK Coach: Rick Kramer (8th year) Last year’s record: Boys — 3rd in WMC; Girls — 5th in WMC Boys Returning letter winners: Seniors — Matt York (high jump), Kyle Eastman (mid-distance); Juniors — Eli Murphy (hurdles, sprints), Cameron Woodford (shot put), Frank Benedict (shot put). Key losses: Tyrus Steinman, Dylan Lejoie, Edgar Satterfield, Collin Dudley. Promising newcomers: Senior — Mike Whalen (sprints, jumps); Junior — Conrad Labbe (shot put); Sophomores — Zach Rawls (sprints), Robert Lowe (sprints); Freshmen — Jeremy Doane (distance), Warren Gagnon (distance). Outlook: Expect the team to score well at the Western Maine Conference meet, with several athletes returning from last year’s squad. Scoring in the distance events, shot put, and jumps should improve. Developing a vaulter or two would really improve the Knights’ scoring. Girls Returning letter winners: Seniors — Tessa Theriault (hurdles, sprints), Nicole Neimi (sprints, mid-distance); Junior — Kendra Lobley (mid-distance). Key losses: Brittney Bell, Kyley Hancock, Sierra Hackett, Meghan Perkins, Ashley PilsburyCoyne. Promising newcomers: Seniors — Banu

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Winthrop Parakenings (shot put, sprints), Kasandra Gile (mid-distance, sprints); Sophomores — Miranda Gile (mid-distance), Kasey McAllister, Jen Powell (sprints, jumps); Freshmen — Brittany Small (mid-distance), Morgan Little (shot put). Outlook: Despite a relatively small team, scoring should be up at Poland this season. The Knights have several newcomers to the sport, which is good to replace lost talent, but how the team fares at bigger meets will be determined by how quickly the newcomers can adjust. Coach’s comment: “Having the most balanced team in years allows me to expect our team achieve more personal goals, in result performing well in the WMCs and Class B State meets.” — Coach Rick Kramer

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Coach: Katie Hebert Team roster: Seniors — Sophie Geelhoed, Laura Reid, Anna Klinkerch; Juniors — Lee-Anna Hopper; Olivia Doyer, Kestle Gauthier, Stephanie Campbell, Billy Jo Morrison, Abby Strout, Alycia Walsh, Colleen Murphy; Sophomores — Kaitlyn Roy, Krysta Martin; Freshmen — Maddi Ide, Paige Brousseau, Haley Hebert, Shelby Brown, Mikala Hayes, Emily Briggs.

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Coach’s comment: “We need to do the skill parts of the game better because our margin for error is small. We need to really improve our rebounding because of our lack of size. We have experience, and we will need to work well together to perform at an acceptable level.” — Coach Ray Convery

Coach: Rollie Pelky (First year) Last year’s record: 13-7, lost in Western C quarterfinal Returning letter winners: Seniors —Tyler Arsenault (5-8 guard), Andy Emery (5-8 guard), Cory Staples (6-2 forward), Justin White (6-3 forward); Juniors — Billy Gordon (6-2 guard/ forward), Travis Luce (6-0 forward), Derek Pamphrey (5-9 guard). Key losses: Zach Farrington (guard), Skyler Whaley (center), David Ketchen (guard), Andrew Smithgall (forward), Tom Conley (center), Chad Morang (forward). Promising newcomers: Juniors — Ryan Castonguay (6-2 forward), Ryan Conant (5-9 guard); Freshman — Hunter Kilgore (5-7 guard). Outlook: Pelky, the junior varsity coach last year, will be coaching a lot of familiar faces at the varsity this year. The Ramblers are inexperienced but deep. Emery, Pamphrey and Conant can all shoot, and Gordon is one of the better allaround players in the MVC, so they will run to take advantage of those strengths. Cory Staples Coach’s comment: “We’re going to try to run and play pressure.” — Coach Rollie Pelky

Katie Michelson

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Ray Convery (25th year) Last year’s record: 15-6, lost in Western C semifinal Returning letter winners: Seniors -Michelle Lough (5-6 forward), Katie Michelson (5-7 forward), Alex Veilleux (5-4 Justin White guard), Kelsey Ouellette (5-9 guard); Juniors - Sarah Warner (5-4 guard), Kelsey Nason (5-10 forward), Nikki Scott (5-4 guard). Key losses: Anna Smithgall (forward), Lindsey Gordon (forward). Outlook: The Ramblers only lost two seniors but both were veteran post players. Ouellette (10.5 ppg) was an MVC All-Star. Michelson and Scott are both returning starters. Winthrop will be a small team, both size-wise and numbers-wise. Still, the Ramblers expect to play hard Tyler Arsenault and will be a team on the rise as players adjust to new roles. Winthrop should be in the hunt for a playoff spot and will be a tough foe in the conference.

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Poland POLAND/GNG HOCKEY Coach: Aaron Rand (third season) Last year’s record: 13-6-0 Returning letterwinners: Seniors — Dan Roberts (F), Tyler Snow (F); Juniors — Kolby Arnold (F), Zac Knapp (D), Sam Mayer (D), Devin Goyette (F), Matt Ouellette (G); Sophomores — Ryan Davala (F), Evan Coulome (D), Evan Baggs (F), Cam Spiller (D). Key losses: Sean Bilodeau, Ben Piper, Nate Becker, Chris Lessard, Seth Champagne. Promising newcomers: Senior — Josh Michaud; Juniors — Cody Girouard (F), Joey Viloette (F), Nick Labbe (F); Sophomores — Adam Healy (F), Jordan Rouillard (D); Freshman — Calvin Shelley (G). Outlook: The Patriotic Knights are in transition a bit this season. There is no doubt some talent remains after suffering serious losses to graduation, most notably with Arnold up front. The big question will be in net, where Shelley comes in with a family pedigree, but is largely untested to date. With a shift full-time to Eastern A, along with St. Dom’s, the playoff push just got a bit tougher, but there is hope that this squad can be among the second half of the playoff teams come late February. Coach’s comment: “We hope to build off our playoff experiences the last two seasons and squeeze into the postseason again this year.” — Coach Aaron Rand

Kolby Arnold

Tyler Snow

Devin Goyette

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Coach: Gregg Rose (2nd year) Last year’s record: 3-15 Returning letter winners: Seniors —Mike Littlefield (6-5), Kevin Payette (6-4), Kyle MacVane (5-9), Matt Brewster (5-11), Nathan Williams (5-10); Junior — Jonah Farrington (6-0). Key losses: Casey Ray, Joe Murphy, Kenzie Cook. Promising newcomers: Juniors — Derick Fogg (5-4), Jordan Chase (5-10); Sophomores — Logan Nichols (5-7), Jacob Littlefield (6-4). Outlook: The Knights return four of their top five scorers from last year. They have good size and will look to pound the ball inside to the Littlefields and Payette. MacVane, Farrington and Nichols can keep defenses honest with their outside shooting. They will switch things up frequently on defense to get teams of their rhythm. Coach’s comment: “We will play more of a slow-down game like last year and take advantage of our strengths.” — Coach Gregg Rose

Coach: Andrew Morong (second year) Last year’s record: 0-18 Returning letter winners: Seniors -Brittany Michaud (5-6 guard), Celeste Knowles (5-7 guard), Sara Sands (5-6 guard), Stephanie Spaulding (5-3 guard), Kim Wallingford (5-6 forward); Junior - Cassie Mocciola Morgan Copp (5-7 guard). Key losses: Alexa Doyer (guard) Promising newcomers: Senior Maria Lundberg (5-9 forward); Junior - Morgan Copp (5-8 guard); Sophomore - Katrina Seeley (5-5 guard); Freshmen - Kayla Yirrell (5-11 center), Emma Turton (5-6 guard), Sophie Spiller (5-6 guard). Outlook: The Knights were starting from scratch a year ago with a new coach and an inexperienced club. Now Poland is ready to take a step up with much of last year’s team Sara Sands back with experience. Morong has eight girls back that saw time in last year’s injury-plagued campaign. Knowles missed 14 games and is a key returnee while Copp should be a force in the backcourt as well after a year off. Lundberg and Yirrell give the Knights two post players that could made a difference. The team is evolving and the defense is getting better. Poland can see the improvement already and hopes it shows on the court. Coach’s comment: “The girls have Brittany Michaud really bought into what we are trying to do and where we are trying to go. We went 0-18 last year. So we will be overlooked. That’s exactly what we want because we will be ready to bring it every night.” — Coach Andrew Morong.

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Mike Littlefield

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in Class C. They went one-two in both MVC championship races last season. Arbour was a top-10 finisher in each. Lindsey was 10th in both freestyle and classical at the state meet. She leads a girls’ squad whose nucleus now has been together for three seasons. Coach’s comment: “It’s a deeper, stronger team. I’m excited for the girls. They should do well.” — Coach Jay Lindsey

Coach: Jay Lindsey (first year) Returning letter winners: Coach: Doug Guerette (first Girls: Juniors - Molly Lindsey, year) Karen Rice, Grace Burnett, Returning Sarah Hignett; Sophomores letter win- Alison Sekarak, Lauren ners: Girls: Selwood. Boys: Seniors - Zach Senior - Lauren Nichols, Cody Dennett; JuMcHatten. nior - Evan Arbour; SophoBoys: Senior mores - Kameron Souza. Ben Doughty; Key losses: Boys: Juniors - Colby Alex Cottrell, Pat Laflamme, Romar, Jake GomWalt Guerette, berg. Walter Simms, Lauren McHatten Promising Reilly Fitzgernewcomers: Girls: ald, Caleb Senior - Kenzie Nichols, Joey Brennan. Hill; Junior - Anna Promising newcomers: None Doyle; Sophomore - Teri at press time. Tricarico; Freshmen Outlook: For the girls, the foMary Claire Blanchard, cus is individual achievement as Asa Gomberg. Boys: Kenzie Hill McHatten attemmpts to improve Senior - Darren Fisher; upon her Class C state meet silver Sophomore - Connor medal in giant slalom and bronze Doyle; Freshmen - Aaron in slalom. The boys hope to chalSt. Pierre, Hunter Proflenge at the MVC meet on the itt, Matt Pazdziorko, strength of a deep junior class. Peter Michelsen, Marc Coach’s comment: “Look for Hachey. the depth of our boys’ team to Outlook: Arbour and work together to produce some Souza are the top two regreat results this winter.” turning skiers for a boys’ — Coach Doug Guerette team that must reload without Cottrell and RoZach Nichols mar, two of the top skiers

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Darren Fisher

HOCKEY Coach: Jeff Fowler (second year) Last year: 9-9-0 Returning letter winners: Seniors — Eric Ogren, Jared Bornstein, Mike Knowlton, Cody Patterson; Juniors — Connor Lacasse, Cody Livingston, Nic Messier, Rob Clark, Rob Burnell, Nick Colburn, Mitch Bessette; Sophomores — Tyler Bryant, Jason Laporte. Key losses: Jake Levesque, Marc Daigle, Cory Palmer. Promising newcomers: Junior — Jon Dale; Freshman — Tyler Plante. Outlook: After an even-keel year last season in the team’s first venture into the Class A waters, the team this year should be better prepared to deal with the level of play. The strength this year is on the back end, with four goalies looking to fill two positions, and three young but experienced defensemen on the blue line. Up front, replacing two of the top three scorers from last year will be tough. Ogren and Knowlton will need to lead the way. Coach’s comment: “We didn’t allow very many goals last season, and if we can keep that trend

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Rangeley BOYS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Matt Clark (Firs year) Last year’s record: 4-14 Returning letter winners: Senior — Zach Abbott (5-10 forward); Juniors — Zeke Hall (6-3 center/ forward), Regan Sargent (5-10 forward), Jordan Richards (5-10 guard); Sophomores — Eric White (6-3 forward/center), Hudson DeRaps (5-9 guard/forward), Alex Morton (6-0 forward), Darren Decelles (5-7 guard), Kyle Haley (5-10 forward). Key losses: Quinn Philbrick (guard), Casey Clark (guard). Promising newcomers: Sophomore — , Tucker Simmons (5-8 guard); Freshman — A.J. Elmes

(5-8 guard), Austin Frigoli (5-6 guard). Outlook: Clark, an assistant at Dirigo, takes over a Lakers’ club that is young but not too green. If Hall can work through some knee problems, they will have one of the top big men in Western D. They have plenty of size to match up with most teams in the region, too. Frigoli, a transfer from Messalonskee, could see time at the point. Coach’s comment: “We’re going to go through some growing pains trying to learn a new system.” — Coach Matt Clark

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Coach: Heidi Deery (16th year) Last year’s record: 14-7, lost in Western D final

www.sunjournal.com Returning letter winners: Juniors - Allison Hammond (5-6 guard), Sierra Marchacos (5-7 guard); Sophomores - Alanna Lauter (5-6 guard), Chantal Carrier (5-10 forward/center), Emily Carrier (5-11 guard/forward), Sandra Campbell (5-5 guard), Lexi Letarte (5-9 forward), Becka Walton (5-5 guard). Key losses: Sam Olivieri (guard), Haley White (guard), Angela White (forward). Promising newcomers: Freshmen - Abby Abbott (5-8 guard.forward), Olivia Decelles (5-5 guard), Jenney Abbott (5-11 forward/center); Eighth grader - Tori Letarte (5-7 guard). Outlook: The Lakers lost three key components to a team that reached the regional final last year. Rangeley still has an expe-

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rienced club for a team without a senior. Hammond has played four years while the sophomores have played three years. Players will have to step up and replace Olivieri and the White sisters, but the Lakers could be another force in Western D this year and in season’s to come. Coach’s comment: “We are looking for our returning players to play a big role offensively and defensively. We are very excited about our four newcomers and their potential to step up and produce as the season progresses. This year we may be the deepest down the bench that we have ever been.” — Coach Heidi Deery

SKIING Coach: Martin Wilson (second year) Returning letter winners: Girls: Senior - Emma Christensen. Boys: Senior - Nick Bridges. Promising newcomer: Boys: Sophomore - Connor Durgin. Outlook: Wilson hopes to rebuild the Lakers’ proud skiing tradition and is optimistic about the large numbers in the elemen-

tary and junior high programs. For now, the focus is on individual achievement. Christensen is a contender for Class C state titles. She was second behind eventual giant slalom champion Sam Largess of Telstar before falling on her second run last year. Coach’s comment: “The potential is so great with the mountain (Saddleback) right here. And there’s only one school in town, so it doesn’t take some crystal ball to see what’s coming down the pike.” — Coach Martin Wilson

CHEERING Coach: Tracy Cavalier (fifth year) Team personnel: Senior — Britt Taylor; Juniors — Savanna Giguere, Chelsey Sacre, Dagmar Wetherill; Sophomores — Chelsea Dresser, Samantha Lauter; Freshmen — Gabrielle Cavalier, Ariel Clinch, Megan Crosson, Lindsey Toothaker; Eighth graders — Brianna Hall, Tala Ferguson, Emma Fay; Team helper — Hannah Ventresca.

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