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Crown Point's Alex Macey releases a pitch during last season's Class D regional action. Macey returns for her senior year to lead the Panthers on the mound this season. (File Photo)

Crown Point, E'town-Lewis teams to beat in MVAC softball

---- — Editor’s Note: Coaching forms were not received from Minerva/Newcomb, Johnsburg, Keene or Wells.

Crown Point, which lost just one regular-season game last year and won the Section VII Class D title, is still the team to beat in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference softball this season. The Panthers have an experienced roster that includes last year’s Most Valuable Player.


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Elizabethtown-Lewis finished not far behind the Panthers in the standings and then reached the sectional final; the Lions also returned most of their players, although they lack experienced pitchers.

Indian Lake/Long Lake is another veteran team that should be very competitive, and several others hope to challenge.

Chazy

Half of the players on the roster are new to varsity softball, and the Eagles’ field will have a different look as some returning players have changed positions to help out the team. The veteran players have returned motivated, and the newcomers have been eager to learn.

Paige Barcomb returns after handling most of the pitching last year, and Michaela Cahoon also has experience in the circle. Team chemistry is one of the Eagles’ strengths.

Players lost

Kirstin Burns, Kirsten Doran, Niki Onken, Christina Emery.

Returning players

Megan Reynolds, Brianna Rotella, Paige Garnot, Amber Polomsky, Paige Barcomb, Michaela Cahoon.

Newcomers

Alexis Guay, Brittany McGrath, Skyler Thomas, Zina Peete, Bailey Pepper, Taylor Laurin.

Crown Point

The Panthers lost just two players from the team that went 15-2 last year, and they expect to be right back in contention. Senior Alex Macey — who was named conference MVP last season — and freshman Maria Malone are back to share the pitching duties, and all the rest of the infield has also returned.

Macey and Brittany Foote, a 2012 First-Team All-Star, both hit above .500 last year and will lead what is expected to be a strong batting order.

Players lost

Hailey White, Julianne Glebus, Amanda Wolf.

Returning players

Alex Macey, Taylor Booth, Ellen Kiely, Tasha Hay, Hunter Spaulding, Maria Malone, Brittany Foote, Logan Harrington.

Newcomers

Shelby McGuinness, Mara Vradenburg, Morgan Macey, Hannah Landry, Abby Carpenter.

Elizabethtown-Lewis

The Lions return six starters from last year, including senior shortstop Kylee Cassavaugh, who was the team’s top hitter in 2012 and has 128 career stolen bases. Elizabethtown-Lewis expects to be a strong defensive team.

With six newcomers, the Lions lack experience on the bench, and they do not have a returning pitcher. Sophomore Erika Mitchell has shown potential in the circle, and Chontel St. Denis, another sophomore, is also a pitcher.

Players lost

Andrea Le Vien, Clare Harwood, Kaitlin Coats, Crystal Grady, Abigail Burdo, Kearstin Ashline.

Returning players

Jennifer McGinn, Cheyenne Sousis, Emily Morris, Kylee Cassavaugh, Sierra Wimett, Shonna Brooks, Kaylee Cross, Jessica Spaulding, Jasmine Barnes.

Newcomers

Erika Mitchell, Tamara Wescott, Chontel St. Denis, Keturah Colburn-Burdo, Thea Wescott, Emma Disogra.

Indian Lake/Long Lake

The Orange have a veteran group and expect pitching and fielding to be their strengths. Senior Emma Gray returns in the pitching circle. She pitched every game last year, finishing with a 7-6 record.

There are four other seniors on the team: outfielders Jessica Bain, Meg Smith and Prudence Dechene, and second baseman Emily Waters.

Roster

Emma Gray, Jessica Bain, Meg Smith, Emily Waters, Prudence Duchene, Shannon Farrell, Rayna Hamdan, Jazmin Piraino, Shaneka Burch, Madison Miller, Madelyn Penrose.

Schroon Lake

The Wildcats return seven players, including several starters, from last year. With more experience than last year’s team and more consistent pitching, the Wildcats hope to be competitive in the conference.

Miranda DeZalia, who pitched just over half of the team’s games last year, is back. Schroon Lake will miss Gabe Harvey and Abby Veverka, who are not on the team due to injuries.

Players lost

Gabe Harvey, Abby Veverka.

Returning players

Miranda DeZalia, Brianna DeZalia, Chloe McKenna, Desiree Lanoue, Abigail Wisser, Kianna Fiore, Molly Wisser.

Newcomers

Tyler Swartwout, Brooke Wheeler, Dezore Cleveland, Dakota Gadway, Joelle Kowalka, Amanda James.

Westport

The Eagles have just two seniors but seven total returning players. Senior Brendee Russell, who pitched a few games last year, is back, and junior Felicia Kurth and sophomore Ellie Schwoebel can also pitch.

The roster includes five returning starters. The Eagles have good team speed and will look to play strong defense.

Players lost

Allison Sherman, Ellexus Vaughn, Emily French, Mallory Sudduth.

Returning players

Felicia Kurth, Megan Sudduth, Emily Rascoe, Rachel Abrahamsen, Brendee Russell, Sarah Looby, Charlotte Staats.

Newcomers

Sidney Mitchell, Hannah Looby, Ellie Schwoebel, Talite Malafu, Keragen Viens.

Willsboro

The Warriors expect to be a good hitting team with a lot of speed on the base paths, and fielding should also be a strength.

Pitchers Kyli Swires and Taylor Crowningshield will be key to Westport’s success. The Warriors have returning starters at all infield positions except for catcher and also have a couple of returning outfielders.

Players lost

Emily Sayward, Hanna Bruno, Serene Holland.

Returning players

Renee Marcotte, Alyson Arnold, Emily Mero, Kyli Swires, Gabriele Coonrod, Taylor Crowningshield, Kelsey Sloper.

Newcomers

Bridgett Moran, Tiffani Tromblee, Rachel Burt, Stefanie Blanchard, Andrea Ohare, Katherine Aberle, Tori Wade.

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