Rebel girls hoping to stop trend
BRATTLEBORO — Having reached the Division 3 final in each of the last three odd years, the Leland & Gray varsity softball team is hoping to put an end to the recent pattern.
The Rebels are hoping to make a playoff run in an even year.
"So, our ultimate team goal is to be the D-3 state champions," said veteran coach Tammy Claussen. "We are going to work hard in practices, play tough in games, and see what the result will be."
Leland & Gray will open up at Green Mountain on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The Townshend team went 15-4 last season, finishing second in both the Marble Valley League standings and the D-3 Tournament. Five strong players from that powerhouse have graduated.
Among the top returnees for the Rebels are senior ace Olivia Brown, Mariah Hazard, Sarah Andersen, and Erin Cutts.
"I will be looking to these four to provide leadership on the field. I am anticipating a strong offense from each of them, as they provide great power to our lineup," noted Claussen.
Leland & Gray softball roster: Coach — Tammy Claussen. Players — Sarah Andersen, Olivia Brown, Erin Cutts, Mariah Hazard, Sydney Hescock, Abby Lowe, Caroline Mehner, Kiershna Mercier, Kirsten Munson, Teagan Powling, Jayden Pronovost, Nicole Sanderson, Michaela Stillwagon, Alison Stockwell.
Leland & Gray baseball
The Rebels, who went 6-11 last season, will debut at Springfield on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
"This is my first year with the program and we look to continue the strong tradition of baseball at Leland & Gray. We have a group of excited and dedicated players that are coachable and have passion for the game," stated first-year Rebels coach Marty Testo. "Our coaching staff is committed to helping these student-athletes become better players and role models in our school and community."
On this year's staff is Associate Head Coach Tom Russell, who guided Leland & Gray to a state title in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Leland & Gray baseball roster: Coaches — Marty Testo, Tom Russell, Marty Rancourt, Walker Hamer. Players — Chris Bovat, Trevor Plimpton, Jayden Bloom, Dylan Greenwood, Joel Emmons, Christian Thomsen, Ethan Cutts, Matt Boyle, Tristen Cadrin, Kristian Pierson, Ayden Bills, Kaie Quigley, Grayson VanHendrick, Luc DuGrenier, Patrick Meyer, Patrick McDonald, Patrick Clark.
Twin Valley softball
After missing the playoffs last season, the Wildcats will open up at Bellows Falls on April 24 at 4:30 p.m.
"I think we're going to be an interesting team to watch. We have some decent pitching and a lot of girls that are really interested in playing," said Twin Valley coach Jeff Putnam. "I'm kind of looking forward to coaching these young girls up. I'm looking forward to a decent season."
Twin Valley softball roster: Coach — Jeff Putnam. Players — Leah Putnam, Jarrett Niles, Maria Page, Emily Hahn, Kara Bird, Celia Betit, Lauren Pike, Sadie Boyd, Janelle Fisher, Leora Longe, Hannah Sullivan, Jayden Crawford, Kylie Reed, Cali Dix, Shelby Fournier.
Twin Valley baseball
After Twin Valley's boys soccer team reached the Division 3 semifinals in the fall and the boys basketball team hosted a first-round playoff game in the winter, good things are expected from the Wildcats on the diamond this spring.
The Twin Valley nine, which went 5-8-1 a year ago, will begin the 2018 season by hosting MSJ on April 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Twin Valley baseball roster: Coaches — Brian Monroe, Rob Bolognani, Dave Meeker. Players — James McGovern, Logan Park, Joey Rafus, Hayden Reed, Connor Dupuis, Dylan Howe, Eric Bolognani, Allen Cole, Tyson Longer, Jack Kehoe, Dylan Dupuis, Izaak Park, Colin McHale.
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