Spring high school sports previews

MILFORD

BASEBALL

COACH: Steve Claire (third season).

2014: 11-7, lost to Plymouth in quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Drew Jepson, sr. 2b; Jason Blais, sr. c; Sawyer Trask, sr. p/of; Devon Pioli, sr. of; Bryce Walker, jr. p/inf; Mason Gaudette, jr. 1b-p.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Dan Roske, sr. of.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Logan Chaput, jr. p/inf; Mark Madigan, jr. p/of; Padrick Harvey, jr. 3b-c; Mark Hattenberg, jr. of; Mike Pellitieri, jr. of; Tyler Gendron, fr.ss-p.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We have a solid group of returning ball players,” Claire said. “We have to limit our mental mistakes, play fundamentally sound, and rely on our senior leadership.”

BOYS LACROSSE

COACH: Rick Urda (fourth year).

LAST SEASON: 5-10, lost in the first round of the D-III playoffs.

RETURNING STARTERS: Adam Audet, sr.., goal; Nick Skinner, sr.., defense; Andrew Schoolcraft, jr., defense; Liam Shea, sr.., attack; Tyler Duball, sr.. attack; Max Urda, jr., midfield; Weston Pare, soph., attack.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Gabe Chevalier, sr.., midfield; Jamey Sr.oka, sr.., midfield; Suvad Grizovic, sr.., defense.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Mike Schedin, jr., defense; Harlan Hildebrand, jr., attack; Collin Cederberg, soph., attack; Ben Noble, soph., attack; Zak Keenan, fr., midfield; Dylan Salisbury, fr., defense.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “This year’s challenge will be to adjust to the depth and rigor that the rise to Division II brings to Milford lacrosse,” Urda said. “The boys entered the season with an outstanding attitude. We have a nice core of players back from last year that come to practice each day looking to have fun and become better lacrosse players, but more importantly, become better people that are positive influences in their community.”

SOFTBALL

COACH: Jim Rines (second year).

2014: 10-8, lost to Coe-Brown in quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Julia Mazzeo, sr., 1B/OF; Erin Tyrrell, jr., SS/P; Delaney Parker, so., P/OF; Jen Carson, so., 3B/OF; Rachel Nelson, so., OF; Carley Holtshouser, so., P/OF.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNER: Marissa Allen, jr., 2B/3B.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS:

Senior Jessica Scott, sr., OF; Cora Rogers, jr., 2B/OF; Margaret Recks, jr., SS/OF; Christina Arnoldy, so., 3B/OF; Paige Delier, fr., C/3B/1B/OF; Stephanie Bishop, fr., C/OF/3B.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We are well prepared to build on last years season,” second-year coach Jim Rines said. “We are excited about all of our athletes and have set the bar high for the 2015 season. The team has great leadership, athleticism and experience. Our keys to the season will be pitching and defense. Offensively we will put up crooked numbers consistently.”

SOUHEGAN

BASEBALL

COACH: Bill Dod (23rd year).

2014: 5-11, did not qualify for tournament.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Tucker Aiello, so.3b-p; Sam Banon, jr. c; Max Benevides, so.p/of; Thomas Bennett, jr. ss; Joe Grassett, jr. p-2b; Kees Gronstra, sr. 3b; Seth Learned, sr. of; Mike Mancini, jr. 2b; Ian Towle, sr. p/of; Stevie Upton, sr. of.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Owen Batchelder, so. p-1b; Caelan Behn,fr. C; Lyle Bellamy, sr. of; Davis Biddle, p-1b; Alec Burns, fr. 1B-p; George Carlson, so.c; Alex Girard, sr. p-1b; Joe Griffin, sr. 3b; Ryan Hill, so.ss; Bryce Reagan, fr.3b-p; Zach Thibeault, so. p-1b; Nick Truchon, r. p-1b; Travis Woods, sr. p/of.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “This team will utilize the lessons learned in the 2014 season to reach a higher level of play in 2015,” Dod said. “The team has a highly competitive nature as a lot of positions are up for grabs.”

BOYS LACROSSE

COACH: Brad Bishop (third year).

LAST YEAR: 11-6, lost in D-I quarterfinals.

RETURNING STARTERS: Joe Nutting, jr. attack; Brendan Cray, jr., attack; Foster Burnley, soph., LSM; Taylor Farrow, sr., defense.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Alex Burnley, soph., goalie; Zach Bossi, jr., midfield; Trevor Barrett, sr., midfield; Wils Ezequelle, sr., midfield; Thomas Lott, sr., midfield; Chris DeChambeau, sr., defense; Finley Morgan, soph., defense; Tim Vinton, jr., FO/midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Ethan Hopey, fr., attack; Palmer Belowski, fr., midfield; Dante Savo, fr., midfield.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “We lost a lot of players from last year’s team but our guys this year are ready to step up,” Bishop said. “We are very sound at defense and will be lead by the defensive play of twin brothers Alex and Foster Burnley. On the offensive side of the ball we have two great attackmen with Brendan Cray and Joe Nutting, who will quarterback the offense. We hope to see our midfield step with Zach Bossi and Trevor Barrett. We have four or five freshman that will play a serious role in our play.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

COACH: Maren Petropulos (20th year).

LAST YEAR: 18-3, lost in D-I final.

RETURNING STARTERS: Katie Almeida, sr., attack; Madison Angulas, sr., defense; Emma Fleuette, sr., defense; Kate Bermingham, jr., midfield; Julian Donohue, jr., midfield; Hailey Johnson, jr., midfield; Meaghan Allard, soph., goalie; Casey Johnson, soph., defense.

RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Brittany Ireland, sr., attack; Jaimie Cates, jr., defense; Gwen Hale, jr., midfield; Emma Estabrook, soph., midfield.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Katie Casey, jr., midfield; Kaylin Forest, jr., midfield; Emmie Lewis, jr., midfield; Elizabeth Maloney, jr., defense; Timber Devine, soph., midfield; Brigid Casey, fr., attack; Mallory Chamberlain, fr., defense; Abby Cranney, fr., attack; Sammi Jay, fr., attack; McKenzie Robinson, fr., defense.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “It has been a difficult first couple of weeks unable to be on a field but the girls are working hard and making the best of it,” Petropulos said. “We have many new faces and look forward to utilizing all the new talent.”

SOFTBALL

COACH: Andrea Bruneau (seventh year).

2014: 11-4, lost to ConVal in the first round.

RETURNING STARTERS: Kaley Ahern, sr., OF; Sam Allen, sr., OF; Jordan Catanuso, sr., OF; Hannah Cochran, jr., SS/P; Hailey Yabroudy, so., P/2B; Lauren McCormick, jr., C.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Sarah LeFleur, sr., OF; Alli Cannava, jr., 1B; Cassidy Alger, jr., IF.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Sam Speer, so., P/1B; Maddie Robichau, fr., SS/2B; Sam Cushing, fr., C/3B.

COACH’S COMMENT: “We graduated three important bats from the lineup last year, but we have some new starters who are ready to step up,” seventh-year coach Andrea Bruneau said. “Speed is definitely a strength for us to play to. We’ll need to be aggressive on the bases. That said, we’ve got a couple girls who can hit for power consistently. I think our offense is nicely balanced in that way.”

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

COACH: Kim Roberge (fourth year).

2014: 4-12.

RETURNING STARTERS: Alex Craven, jr. middle hitter; Josh Anson, jr. outside hitter; Ely Marciano, jr. setter.

OTHER RETURNING LETTER WINNERS: Josh Massa, jr.; Zach Cooper, jr.; Ibaad Nazeer, jr.; Matt Saunders, jr.; David Wiecerzak, jr.; Jorick Ehrenstein, jr.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Nate Chamberlain, so.; Raju Gandhi, jr; Pat Noble, sr.; Teigue Young, sr.; Ethan Pike, sr.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “Most of these juniors have played together since they were freshman,” Roberge said, “and it will be nice to watch their growth and maturity this year, and should pay off with more wins than the previous season.”

WILTON-LYNDEBOROUGH

BASEBALL

COACH: Dave Finch (first year, third stint, 15 overall).

2014: 9-8, lost to Profile in preliminary round.

RETURNING STARTERS: Connor Melrose, sr. 1b; Drew Reid, sr. of/p; Matt Allenburg, sr. c/of/p; Pete Bickerton, jr. 2b; Christian Seley, jr. p/of/inf; Nolan Stevens, jr. ss; Sean McClure, so.3b/p; Tom Crowley, so. p/inf/of.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: None.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Jordan Litts, sr. of/p; Chris Ballou, sr. inf/of; Casey Lane, fr. c/p; Jake LeVert, fr. inf; Cody Johnson, fr. inf/of.

COACH’S COMMENTS: “Pitching is a concern so we’re trying to throw a lot of guys to see who we can put in certain situations,” Finch said.

SOFTBALL

COACH: Denny Claire (29th year).

2014: 19-2, D-IV champions with win over Portsmouth Christian Academy in title game.

RETURNING STARTERS: Ally Schwab, jr., C; Sara Holka, jr., P/INF; Lexie Balam, eighth grade, P/INF/OF; Tesa Simpson, jr., SS; Lori Blais, sr., 2B; Jenna Bragdon, sr., CF.

OTHER RETURNING LETTERWINNERS: Zandra Morris, jr., INF/OF; Kassy Cavarretta, jr., OF; Julie Joyal, jr., OF.

PROMISING NEWCOMERS: Chelsea Bsrnes, sr., INF/OF; Nacy VanderHayden, jr., INF/OF; Cori Balam, jr., INF/OF; Mya Brown, jr., OF; Cheyenne Hall, fr., OF.

COACH’S COMMENT: “Replacing three starters that were captains and our leaders is a key to our success,” 29th-year coach Denny Claire said. “To improve our pitching and defense. Each player must work hard to improve their game over the course of the season.”