Lake Region spring sports previews

IN A HOLE? — With several new faces in the starting line-up, veterans such as Kristina Morton will need to rise to the occasion for the Lakers this spring.

IN A HOLE? — With several new faces in the starting line-up, veterans such as Kristina Morton will need to rise to the occasion for the Lakers this spring.

VARSITY SOFTBALL

Head Coach: J.R. Warren

Assistant Coach: Brian Clark

JV Coach: Leanne Boody

Overview: The Lakers return eight players with varsity experience. “We are still a younger team in many ways. We are very athletic in general with many players able to play multiple positions,” Coach Warren said. “We look forward to improving defensively and offensively because of the experience many of our player have at this level.”

Top Returnees: Kayleigh Lepage (second base), Kristina Morton (shortstop, outfield, pitcher), Jackie Laurent (first base), Amy Angelone (outfield), Samantha Marucci (catcher, outfield) and Casey Heath (shortstop).

Key additions: Kalor Plummer, Abby Scott-Mitchell, Brittany Perreault and Nicole Marucci.

Outlook: Coach Warren hopes the Lakers will use their athletic abilities to improve in hitting, fielding and base running this year.

“This group has a great attitude and work ethic, which should also benefit the team in the long run,” he said.

At this point, the Lakers have not been on their field and have only had two days on the field hockey field.

“We are behind as far as getting our reps and seeing live balls hit to us at game speed and working on game situations,” he said. “We also need to be able to get outside to do more live hitting and pitching.”

Overall, Coach Warren is very excited about this group of players who seem to be motivated to improve upon many things from last year.

“The great effort and attitude combined with ability will go a long way in bringing the team together,” he said. “This group has a lot of potential and should get stronger as the year goes on.”

Varsity Schedule

Monday, April 22, at Gray-NG, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, at Greely, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24, Yarmouth, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 26, at Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29, Poland, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3, at Wells, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6, Falmouth, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, Sacopee Valley, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 10, at York, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 13, Greely, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, at Cape Elizabeth, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, at Freeport, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 20, Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, at Poland, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 24, Gray-New Gloucester, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, Wells, 4 p.m.

VARSITY BASEBALL

Head Coach: Randy Heath, second year

Assistant Coach: Rich Hines

JV Coach: Doug Banks Sr.

Last Year: 3-13

Overview: The Lakers lost three varsity players from last year. Top newcomers include a group of outstanding freshmen, a sophomore and a junior. Players to keep an eye on are freshmen Jordan Williams and Nick Wandishin.

Team strengths: Coach Heath would point to the defense.

“We have our team returning from last season. We have pitching and we have strong hitters, with power,” Coach Heath said. “We have five starters and we will carry four relief pitchers on the bench this year.”

Question mark: The one question Coach Heath has is whether players will be academically eligible for a full season.

“For some reason, the male student athletes at Lake Region fall short in this area,” he said.

For the Lakers to improve, pitchers must stay healthy and keep their arms fresh.

“My biggest surprise would have to be how this team has grown to trust each other and to push one another,” Coach Heath said. “My biggest concern will have to be the grades. That’s the biggest hit this team could take, to lose a couple of key players due to failing grades. We have a team contract that hopefully will take care of that threat.”

Varsity Schedule

Monday, April 22, at Gray-NG, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23, at Greely, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24, Yarmouth, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 26, at Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29, Poland, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3, at Wells, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6, Falmouth, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, Sacopee Valley, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 10, at York, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 13, Greely, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, at Cape Elizabeth, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, at Freeport, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 20, Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, at Poland, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 24, Gray-New Gloucester, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, Wells, 4 p.m.

VARSITY BOYS’ LACROSSE

Head Coach: Don White, fifth year

Assistant Coach: Bob Gross

JV Coach: Bob Gross

Record last year: 2-10

Top Returnees: Seniors Lewis Morton (defense), Davis Cosgrove (defense), Tyler LaPlante (goalie), Jarid Pierce (goalie), Tyler Harnden (middie); Juniors Drew Shane (middie), Zach Tidd (middie), Dakota Russo (middie), Erik Christensen (defense), Drew Spaulding (defense) and RJ Legere (middie).

Top Newcomers: Senior Mike Triglione (middie) and sophmore Ron Hall (middie).

New/Swing players: Seniors Mike Brooks (defense) and Derek Douglas (defense); junior Ben Roy (attack); sophmores Evan Kellough (attack), Ethan Green (attack) and Ansel Critchfield (attack); freshmen Nick Lepage (attack) and Mason LaPlante (attack).

Team Strengths: Coach White believes the Lakers should be a strong defensive team this year.  LR returns most of its defense from last year. Another strength is the team’s ability to clear the ball out of the Laker end.

“Our defensemen and middies have good stick skills this year which should help in clearing the ball to the attackmen,” Coach White said.

A third strength is overall fitness of the team.

“Our middies are fast and able to break free of their defenders,” Coach White said. “Our defense has good footwork to really make the other team work hard for anything they get.”

Three question marks: Scoring goals is something the Lakers will need to work on throughout the season (they were shut out in the season opener against Cape Elizabeth last Thursday). All three attackmen graduated last year. “We will be looking for the younger players to find the confidence to step up and take shots,” Coach White said.

Coach White is still working on figuring out the how to use the strengths of each player in the best way offensively.

Finally, working to stay out of the penalty box as a team by playing smarter defense. “If we are short handed, it’s very difficult to score goals,” Coach White said.

What has been the biggest surprise in preseason? The stick skills of several of the players has improved a lot during the off season. The players worked hard to improve over the past couple of months, and it shows. The overall fitness of the team is also improved quite a bit from last year.

What is your biggest concern? Learning to play together as a team on offense. “Many of the players are new this year so we are still figuring out where the best place for each person will be,” the coach said.

Three team goals: Being competitive in all games, improving everyday in practice and games, and creating a program that will grow stronger each year.

“We will have a successful season if…” we play with confidence.

“Several players have spent time in the off-season improving their stick skills and physical fitness. We need to replace our attack line, but several players look ready to step up to the challenge,” Coach White said. “Last year, we lost several games where we were tied or had the lead in the fourth quarter. With our improvement this year, we hope to be able to finish those close games on a winning note.”

Varsity Schedule

Monday, April 22, at Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 24, Bonny Eagle, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29, Westbrook, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1, Falmouth, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3, Wells, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6, at York, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 9, at Yarmouth, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, at Biddeford, 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 16, Fryeburg Academy, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22, Freeport, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 29, at Wells, 5 p.m.

VARSITY GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD

Head Coaches: Mark Snow, 16th year and Dana Caron, fifth year

Assistant Coaches: Sasha Kantro and Eric Hall

Last year: 7-7 regular season, sixth at the Western Maine Conference championships, third at the Class B State Meet.

Top Returnees: Kate Hall (sophomore), state 100m, 200m and long jump champion; Kayla Gray (senior), WMC racewalk champion; Kelsey Winslow (senior), placed in the 400m at States and in the hurdles at WMC; Sydney Hancock (senior), placed at WMC in hurdles and multi-event state qualifier; Hannah Perkins (senior), placed at WMC in 400m and 800m; Molly Hook (senior), consistent scorer in the throws and WMC third place finisher in the discus; and Sarah Hancock (sophomore), state qualifier in the shot put.

Top Newcomers: Zsofi Kaiser (senior), sprints; Sierra Hancock (freshman), 400m and 800m; Mascha Kuhlman (senior), 800m; and Audrey Blais (freshman), 800m.

Other team members: Dani LaPointe (junior), 800m and throws; Elizabeth Schreiber (junior), jumps; Luna Zhang (senior), sprints; Courtney Yates (junior), jumps; Julia Carlson (senior), throws and 800m; Maude Meeker (senior), 800m; Miranda Chadbourne (junior), sprints and jumps; Kate Cutting (senior), throws; Savannah DeVoe (senior) sprints and jumps; Josephine Elder (senior), throws; Michaela Gagnon (junior), hurdles; Emily Hemingway (senior), sprints; Leanne Kugelman (senior), sprints; Carlee MacVicar (freshman), throws; Hannah Parsons (freshman), sprints; Natasha Snow (sophomore), throws; and Zoe Snow (freshman), throws.

Team strengths: Kate Hall won state titles in the 100m, 200m and long jump and she had a better indoor season this year than last year.

“We have more talent across the events than in other years,” coaches said. “This leads to a better practice atmosphere and hopefully better results.”

The Western Maine Conference Championships will be at Lake Region on May 25.

Question marks: Will veteran team members try new events to help the WMC meet score total?

The Lakers have over six newcomers. Coaches aren’t sure yet what events they will ask them to do.

How will so many team members handle the late start to their training (due to the school musical and vacation week)?

What has been the biggest surprise in preseason? Many girls are trying track and field for the first time.

What is your biggest concern? Coaches are short on preparation time before the regular season starts.

Team goals: Have a winning record and possibly win a few meets; finish first or second at the WMC meet; and set school records in all three relays.

Outlook: “We will have a successful season if hit all or most of our goals,” the coaches said.

Varsity Schedule

Friday, April 26, at Traip Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 3, at York, 3:30 p.m.

Monday, May 6, Falmouth, Fryeburg Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10, at Greely, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, May 17, at Fryeburg Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, WMC Championships at LRHS, 9 a.m.

Saturday, June 1, State Finals

Saturday, June 8, New England Championships

UP AND OVER — Senior Mason Kluge-Edwards will be a top competitor in the hurdles.

UP AND OVER — Senior Mason Kluge-Edwards will be a top competitor in the hurdles.

VARSITY BOYS’ TRACK & FIELD

Head Coaches: Mark Snow, 16th year and Dana Caron, fifth year

Assistant Coaches: Sasha Kantro and Eric Hall

Last year: 1-13 regular season; eighth at the Western Maine Conference championships.

Top Returnees: Mason Kluge-Edwards (senior), hurdles and jumps; Mark MacDougall (senior), 1600m, jumps and javelin; Quinn Piland (sophomore) 400m and javelin; Kyle DeSouza (sophomore), javelin; and Gaelon Kolczynski (sophomore), sprints.

Top Newcomers: Mark Williams (junior), sprints and jumps; Nick Scarlett (freshman), 800m; and Marcus DeVoe (freshman), sprints and jumps.

Other team members: Elijah Bouldin (sophomore), distance; Lexus Rodriguez (freshman), sprints and jumps; Brendan Arsenault (freshman), sprints and jumps; Cam Arsenault (senior), throws; Reed Bridge-Koenigsberg (sophomore), throws and distance; Ashton Cutting (senior), throws; Brian Butler (senior), sprints and shot put; Derrek Schrader  (senior), sprints; and Kolin Wyman (sophomore), distance.

Team strengths: Kluge-Edwards has always scored well in the hurdles and had a strong indoor season jumping. MacDougall, Piland and DeSouza practiced and performed well last year in the javelin. Our jumpers (Williams, MacDougall, Kluge-Edwards and others) are a talented group.

Question marks: Do the Lakers have enough firepower to score at the WMC and state meets? Last year, the Lakers did not score at those meets.

Will the boys continue to push at practice throughout the season?

Will there be a competitive 4x400m or 4x100m relay?

What has been the biggest surprise in preseason? The number of boys who came out has increased. Lake Region had an extremely small (in numbers) indoor season.

What is your biggest concern? The coaching staff’s biggest concern is that not every team member will stick it out for the season. The Lakers are starting with higher numbers than usual, but will they all keep their interests up?

Team goals: Improve on the 1-13 record; score at the Western Maine Conference and state meets; and train hard and have so much fun that it is contagious.

Outlook: “We will have a successful season if we beat a few teams, set a bunch of personal records and keep having fun,” coaches said.

VARSITY GIRLS’ TENNIS

Head Coach: Kim Peterson, 12th year

Last year: 4-8

Top Returnees: Alyssa Kepler (senior) and Frances Kimball (junior) are the only two returning varsity players. Last year, they played second doubles.

Last year’s junior varsity players looking to make an impact at the varsity level are MacKenzie McHatton (junior), Elisabeth Waugh (junior), Isabel Scribner (sophomore) and Liza Wildey (sophomore).

Other returners are: Zoey Perham (junior), Sam Bolling (sophomore), Jade Facteau (sophomore) and Lily Barrett (sophomore).

Top Newcomers: Megan VanLoan, Whitney Harriman, Christina Engstrom, Maria Kolafsky, Madison Wildey, Lily Charpentier, Kendall Dinsmore, Kiana Paige, Tatiana Marainda and Ashley Witmer.

“As the preseason continues, many are moving their way up the challenge ladder,” Coach Peterson said.

Team strengths: Team unity, desire to improve and love of the game.

Question marks: With a shortened preseason due to snow, Coach Peterson is looking to determine a varsity line-up. Who will play singles? Who will be the doubles team?

What has been the biggest surprise in preseason? “How competitively close my top tier players are, on any given day one could upset another,” the coach said.

What is your biggest concern? Finding the right place for each varsity player.

Team goals: Find one skill every day to improve upon; develop chemistry in the doubles teams; and beat Old Orchard Beach.

Outlook: “We will have a successful season if we have fun and make steady improvements in our play,” Coach Peterson said.

Varsity Schedule

Tuesday, April 23, at York, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 25, at North Yarmouth Academy, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29, Waynflete, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1, Falmouth, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3, at Greely, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6, Fryeburg Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, Cape Elizabeth, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 10, Old Orchard Beach, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 13, Freeport, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, at Yarmouth, 4 p.m.

Thursday, May 16, at Old Orchard Beach, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 20, at Freeport, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 21, Oxford Hills, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, at Oxford Hills, 4 p.m.

VARSITY BOYS’ TENNIS

Head Coach: Brook Sulloway, second year

Last year: Lakers did not play at the varsity level

Top Returnees: Sophomores Lucien Sulloway and Austin Kaeser.

Top Newcomer: Senior Adam Falk.

Team strengths: The Lakers will have three strong singles players this year.

Question marks: “We have one promising newcomer to the game, but needs to stay on top of his academics to remain eligible to play,” Coach Sulloway said.

What has been the biggest surprise in preseason: Foreign exchange student, Adam Falk, could be the Lakers’ Number 1 player.

What is your biggest concern: “We have enough players for a varsity team. Everyone needs to be there all the time to build a strong tradition in tennis at Lake Region H.S.,” Coach Sulloway said.

Team goals: Consistently field a full team; win three matches, have one player make it past the preliminary round at the state tourney.

Outlook: “We will have a successful season if every team member has fun and improves his game,” Coach Sulloway said.

Varsity Schedule

Tuesday, April 23, York, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 25, North Yarmouth Academy, 4 p.m.

Monday, April 29, at Waynflete, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 1, at Falmouth, 4 p.m.

Friday, May 3, Greely, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 6, at Fryeburg Academy, 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8, at Cape Elizabeth, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 13, at Freeport, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15, Yarmouth, 4 p.m.

Monday, May 20, Freeport, 4 p.m.

• Lake Region will play its home games at Camp Skylemar.

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