Comtois has big plans for Spartans this spring

MILFORD – Milford High School’s softball team hit a home run when Raven Comtois moved to town last year. Having 12 years of experience in the game made her a valuable member to the already outstanding championship-caliber team.

During the regular season last year the Spartans went 16-0, earning the top seed in the Division II playoffs. But an upset loss in the state quarterfinals left them empty-handed.

With redemption on her mind, Comtois, who transferred to Milford from Mascenic Regional in New Ipswich after her sophomore year, has many sources of motivation, starting with her coach and teammates.

This upcoming season is huge to the Spartans. Comtois shared that other than coming back with their heads held high, the team shares two common goals: Winning the state championship and helping their coach achieve a major accomplishment.

“My coach, Jim Rines, actually is 17 games away from 300 wins,” said the reigning Division II Player of the Year.

The senior hopes to bring Rines, who is also her travel team coach, to this great number of victories to show her appreciation.

Another common theme for Comtois and the team, “Getting our redemption championship this year, since we were not able to complete that goal last year,” she said.

The Milford program, under Rines, has risen to great heights, winning state titles in 2016 and 2017.

The Spartans are prepared to work hard to keep that status.

Competition lies within a few teams but nothing that the Spartans can’t handle.

With the defending D-II state champ, John Stark, returning with an abundance of confidence the Spartans will have to play smart and sharp.

Comtois has dedicated everything to the sport she loves, starting as a small child with the town recreational league.

She will eventually move on to play collegiately.

“We go 365 days, and we travel six weekends out of the summer, winter training is when it gets real. Then we have some fall tournaments. I’m going almost every day.” says Comtois.

Every season of the year is spent training for the game she loves.

It certainly showed last spring as Comtois hit .660, slugged 1.080, drove in 22 runs, hit three homers and had an on-base percentage of .717.

Along with high school ball, Raven also competes for the New England Diamond Gems.

Thanks to the countless years of commitment, she has decided to continue her softball successes at Endicott College. She hopes to move away from catching there and gain more experience in the outfield.

“I’ve been down there (Beverly, Mass.) a lot throughout the time I got accepted until now,” said Comtois. “I met the team and I’ve done an overnight with the team.”

Her goal in regard to education is to earn a bachelors degree in criminal justice and move on to try and attain a masters in homeland security.

After 12 years of dedication to softball, Comtois is happy that she isn’t saying goodbye just yet. With this being her last high school season, ending it with a state championship would make it sweet but also sad that it has to come to an end.

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