Local softball teams have high expectations
The NTL season starts today while in New York and Sullivan County things heat up this week as they play tough division games.
Northeast Bradford Panthers
Head coach: Gary Hennip
Assistant coaches: Barry Brown, Brian Coleman
Record last season: 22-1
Returning players: MaKaylah Holbert (senior, 3B/OF), Chelsea Souto (junior, P/OF), Bridget Haverly (junior, OF/1B), Courtney Coleman (junior, 2B/P), Madison Johnson (sophomore, OF), Calla Johnson (junior, SS), Monica Brown (junior, C), Julia Williams (sophomore, 1B/OF), Makenzi Moore (sophomore, P/OF)
Newcomers: Angelia Laudermilch (junior, IF), Danielle Moore (freshman, IF), Kristina Rogers (freshman, DH), Shelby Park (freshman, OF), Dakota Nero (sophomore, OF)
Projected pitchers: Chelsea Souto, Courtney Coleman, MaKenzi Moore
Thoughts on this year's team: This year's team has the potential to once again compete very well in the league along with District IV and compete for a berth in the state tournament.
Thoughts on the league this season: As usual the league has a number of very good teams who will compete for the league title and post season honors.
Sullivan County Griffins
Head coach: Brian Heisman
Assistant coaches: Bill Stabryla, (volunteer coaches) Bob Heisman, Tina Saxe, Dick Jordan, Randi Dickinson
Record last season: 2-18-0
Returning players: Brianna Baumunk , Alyssa Blasi, Crystal Calaman, Addie Jordan, Alexis Kiess, Sadie Lewis, Shelby Zeller, Emily McMahon, Shawna Chamberlin, Jackie Bahr, Alyssa Saylor
Newcomers: Mackenzie Doyle, Noelle Henninger, Courtney Leahy, Kayla Magargle, Torie Shultz, Courtney Smith
Projected pitcher(s): Alyssa Blasi, Alexis Kiess, Crystal Calaman
Thoughts on this year's team: We are all excited to start this season as long as the weather starts to cooperate. The motivation and dedication of this year's team is the highest it has ever been. Alyssa Blasi started to pitch last season about half way through and due to her pitching we were able to pull two wins off towards the end of the season. We only lost one senior and our starters have plenty of experience. We did have a few changes that occurred preseason, injuries and life changes, which had us on the hunt for first and catcher. With two up and coming freshman, we feel pretty comfortable in their abilities.
Thoughts on the league this season: Not a whole lot has changed in players and teams, with the exception of Southern Columbia moving to Division 2 in the PHAC. This has opened up other games for us that we added to our schedule this year. For the first time in a long time we will be facing Sayre twice as well as Liberty. All of our schools are similar in size and ability, so they should make for a very competitive game. Millville also joined the ranks of the Mid-Penn.
Cowanesque Valley Indians
Head coach: Karl Schauer
Assistant coaches: Shawn Ianson
Returning players: Shanelle Ianson (11, Pitcher, 1st Baseman), Courtney Schauer (11, Centerfield), Becky Plummer (10, Shortstop), Whitney Earl (10, 3rd Base, 2nd Base), Julie Brubaker (11, DH, 3rd Base), Jessi Prutsman (10, DH, 1st Base)
Newcomers: There will be several position changes to manage this season though there are a few under classman whom we look forward to stepping up and filling positions. Freshman Kayla Schauer will take a large role as catcher or second baseman. Also, Freshman Maddy Hatch will likely play a large role on our varsity squad.
Pitchers: Junior Shanelle Ianson will once again carry the Load on the Pitching mound. Junior Courtney Schauer and Sophomore Taylor Hager are also experienced pitchers whom will see time on the mound.
Thoughts on this year's team: Cowanesque Valley has no seniors on this year's roster. A great core of juniors will lead our team this season with support from several experienced sophomores. The team is very young this season but we have high expectations. The majority of this group of girls has played together as a team since they were all eight or nine years of age. They understand their roles and have confidence in themselves and each other. There are no "cliques" or animosity amongst players. We finished last season at the .500 mark and feel confident we can improve on that record this season.
Thoughts on the league this season: The NTL will be tough to stay ahead in because of competing against mostly larger schools. We embrace the competition though. This group of girls is confident. They have competed at a high level of competition for several years now and know what it takes to win tough games and tournaments.
Notre Dame Crusaders
Head coach: Steve Weber
Assistant coaches: Bruce McMail, Brad Clark
Record last season: 19-3
Returning players: Olivia May, (Sr. P), Alivia Clark, (9th, SS), Mackenzie Maloney, (8th, 3B)
Newcomers: Eight new players on this years team, positions have yet to be determined
Projected pitcher(s): 1- Olivia May, 2-Alivia Clark
Thoughts on this year's team: A very young team. We graduated nine seniors from last year including seven starters. We have two seventh graders, two eighth graders, and a freshman. May is the only senior. Including those gone are catcher Sydney Dimon who was second team All-American, and All-Leaguers Becca Saggiomo, Emily Lepkowski, Detta Gublo,Mckaleigh Miller, and Sammy Erbach. Eight of the nine positions will be different, but much too early to determine where players will be until we can get outside.
Wellsboro Green Hornets
Head coach: Greg Carr
Assistant coaches: Michelle McNett (JV) and Ed McNett (volunteer V coach)
Record last season: 12-8
Returning players: Bre Campbell (12), Maggie Smith (11), Brooke Kohler (11), Jordan Butters (10), Paige Carr (10), Baylea Lehman (10), and Peyton Wilson (10).
Newcomers: Mackenzi Marple (12); Sarah Ingerick (9), Alexa Singer (9), Darci Warriner (9), and Jenny Young (9).
Projected pitcher(s): Maggie Smith, Brooke Kohler, and Alexa Singer
Thoughts on this year's team: Still young, but with more experience. Expectations are high
Thoughts on the league this season: Looking for an NTL championship and a good showing in District play
Head coach: Rich Decatur
Assistant coaches: Maryellen Onofre
Record last season: 13-9
Returning players: Christin Dunkling, Katelyn Serfass, Searah Kennedy, Mackenzie Hafer, Haley Priester, Mackenzie Warner, Chandrica Dimon, Miranda Peterson, Jensen Dunkling
Newcomers: We had a great turnout for the season, some of the names-Sarah Munn, Hannah Reid, Taylor McDuffee, Morgan Westbrook, Kassandra Winters,
Projected pitcher(s): Katelyn Serfass, Christin Dunkling, Miranda Peterson, Chandrica Dimon, Kassandra Winters, Hannah Reid
Thoughts on this year's team: We lost two key players last year but we are still young. We have only three returning seniors and the freshmen girls show great spirit and enthusiasm. I believe as always if the girls come to play there will be no stopping them. They have all been practicing hard and have great attitudes, they expect perfection.
Thoughts on the league this season: The NTL as always will be very tough. There is not one school that I consider to be easy and all games should be close. The winner will be the team with the fewest mistakes.
Head coach: Lynn Grinnell
Assistant coaches: Renee Frazier, Mark Strange, Rosie Pagan, Tim McCaslin
Record last season: 6-11
Returning players: Brittany Crumb (Senior, CF), Madison York (Senior, P/SS), Calyne Pino (Senior, SS/2B, RF), Katie Carrigan (Senior, P/3B/SS), Kasey Powlison (Junior, OF), Mariah Berguson (Sophomore, 3B/SS/OF/P), Rachel Strange (Sophomore, C), Hope Atkinson (Sophomore, 1B), Madison Wise (Sophomore, 2B)
Newcomers: Brittany Bickart (Senior, OF/Inf), Moelle Payne (Senior, 1B/C), Sarah Dietrich (Junior), Emily Davenport (Freshman), Emma Koppenhaver (Freshman), Jessica McCaslin (Freshman), Kristina Buchanan (Freshman, 2B/P/C/1B), Becky Rossell (Freshman, P/Inf)
Projected pitchers: Madison York, Katie Carrigan, Mariah Berguson
Thoughts on this year's team: We want to improve on last year's record, contend for the NTL West and to qualify for districts.
Thoughts on the league this season: As always the league is one of the best in the state. In the West Wellsboro is the team to beat and the East, I would say, are Wyalusing and Athens.
Head coach: Chris Cooney
Assistant coaches: Andrew Hickey, Bill McKinery, Brain Blair
Record last season: 4-15
Returning players: Kelsey Young, Rachel Hurley, Maria Servedio, Stacia Sullivan, Kaitlyn Tappan, Kristyn Tappan, Kelly Villanti, Brook Wampole, Shelby Coolbaugh
Newcomers: Hanna Hitchcock, Angeles James, Kylene Robinson, Paige Wampole
Projected pitcher(s): Kristyn Tappan, Shelby Coolbaugh
Thoughts on this year's team: We are returning nine players so we should be better than last year. All my returning players got a lot of playing time so we are no longer a young team. I'm hoping some things click this year and we can compete in the NTL.
Thoughts on the league this season: The NTL is always strong.
Head coach: Jack Loomis
Assistant coach: Scott Epler
Record last season: 17-8
Returning players: Arielle Kneller, Crystal Shirk, Cierra Holland, Emily Faulkner, Ally Devoir, Kasey Devoir, Maddy Eberlin, McKenzie Krewson
Newcomers: Erin Canfield, Kate Epler, Mackenzie Martin, Paighton Martin, Autumn McGrath, Alicia Cox, Amber Shirk, Tia Dillman, Lydia Wildrick, Sierra Cano, Randy Huffman, Rayelle Johnson
Thoughts on this year's team: We are new and improved, have some very good outfielders and some new talent.
Thoughts on the league this season: I think the league will be very competitive, especially NE Bradford with Souto, and Coach Hennip does a great job over their. Looking forward to the season
Head coach: Jim Wood
Assistants coaches: Heather Klossner, JaniceBarto
2012 record: 12-6
Returning players: Sam Wood (Freshman, P), Britt Vergason (Frehsman, C), Sierra Beebe (Senior, 1B), Deanna Hutchison (Junior, 2B), Bry Godfrey (Junior, SS), Dani Barto (Sophomore, 3B), Donnette Hutchison (Junior, RF), Sam Pond (Senior, LF)
Newcomers: Katelyn Stubbs (Freshman, CF), Alexis Vandruff (Senior, OF/C), Lexi Swagler (OF/1B)
Projected pitcher: Sam Wood
Thoughts on this year's team: This team has potential to develop into a very strong group. I expect to contend for division, league and section titles by end of season.
Thoughts on the league this season: The league is quickly developing into one of the best small school leagues in the state, there is a great deal of parity within the league and should result in great games night in and night out.
Head coach: Brian Canfield
Assistant coaches: Lyle Mattocks, Dave Jackson, Bernie Betke, Bruce McMail, Rick Wilson
Record last season: 15-6
Returning players: Kelly Bridgam (Senior, C), Bethany Manley (Senior, P/OF), Tiffani Mattocks (Senior, Inf), Kara Schucker (Senior, P/OF), Sara Hunsicker (Junior, OF), Kayla Stephani (Junior, OF/C), Kelsey Bristol (Sophomore, OF/Inf), Faith Ceely (Sophomore, Inf/C), Marisa Jarrell (Sophomore, Inf/OF), Taylor Johnston (Sophomore, Inf/OF/P), Brooke Mattocks (Sophomore, Inf/P), Taylor Murray (Sophomore, Inf), Brooke Losey-Root (Sophomore, OF/C), Jerilyn Ross (Sophomore, PF/OF)
Newcomers: Elena Breese (Freshman, Inf), Jessica Fritsch (Freshman, C/3B), Kreyanna Jackson (Freshman, OF), Kylie Taylor (Freshman, OF)
Projected pitchers: Kara Schucker, Bethany Manley, Jerilyn Ross, Brooke Mattocks, Taylor Johnston
Thoughts on this year's team: We have a nucleus of returning players with experience that should provide stability and leadership for the team. We look to be solid defensively having depth at most positions and good team speed. If we can achieve a level of consistency with our hitting and pitching, this team could be very competitive. We have a number of athletic girls who have been working hard to prepare for the upcoming season. Our goal will be to keep improving as the season progresses both individually and as a team.
Thoughts on the league this season: We are back playing in the very competitive NTL East division this season after one year in the West. We know the NTL East and West has many quality teams so we'll need to be ready to play every NTL game. I believe most of the teams in the East can be competing for the NTL East league title this year which should make for an exciting year.
Towanda Black Knights
Head coach: Bryon Fuller
Assistant coaches: Lyndon Lundy, Steve Benjamin, Nicole Sedof, Casey Tuttle, Katlyn Fuller
Record last season: 13-8
Returning players: Kelsey Casselbury (Junior), Kylie Cazassa (Senior), Emily Gorman (Junior), Kelsey McNeal (Senior), Erica Place (Junior), Mackenzie Roof (Sophomore), Lindsey Vincent (Junior), Kailyn West (Sophomore), Alaina Wickwire (Junior), Koryn Wickwire (Junior), Laci Manning (Junior).
Newcomers: Bella Bartholomew (Freshman), Sarah Dawsey (Freshman), Maggie Falsey (Freshman), Alysha Grimes (Senior), Casey Hawley (Freshman), Alicia Luchaco (Sophomore), Sarah Maryott (Freshman), Jayde Parsons (Freshman), Sam Peachey (Freshman), Sam Schoonover (Junior), Tara Welliver (Freshman).
Projected pitchers: Alaina Wickwire, Alysha Grimes, Jayde Parsons, Casey Hawley, Tara Welliver
Thoughts on this year's team: A young team with some experience.
Thoughts on the league this season: A tough league as always.
Head coach: Kevin Wilson
Assistant coaches: Marisa Allen and Ugo Magnotta
Record last season: 5-13
Returning players: Kim Daugherty (senior, P/OF/1B), Jamie Cook (senior, C), Paige Fish (senior, RF), Brooke Greenwalt (senior, OF), Jenna Hugic (senior, SS/P), Mary Pondo (senior, 2B), Savannah Bradshaw (senior, 3B/1B), Calli Cody (junior, OF), Katie Haslund (junior, 2B), Sierra Magnotta (junior, 1B), Gabriella Regalbuto (junior, 2B), Paige Heintzelman (sophomore, OF), Kierstynn Mays (sophomore, OF), Brianna Ransom (sophomore, 1B), Kelly Shieve (sophomore, OF/SS), Megan Wyble (sophomore, OF).
Newcomers: Sarah Bates (freshman, P/IF), Ashley Boch (junior, OF), Jessica Burrous (junior, P/OF), Hannah Fitzmartin (freshman, OF), Samantha Harrington (freshman, C), Andrea Regalbuto (freshman, IF).
Projected pitcher(s): Kim Daugherty, Sarah Bates, Jenna Hugic
Thoughts on this year's team: Having only lost one player, we are an experienced team. We are hoping that this will help us win more games this season and be more successful in the league. We are also excited to have a strong group of Freshman who are joining the team this year.
Thoughts on the league this season: I believe that the league will be quite competitive this year. We are hoping that our experience will help us to be more successful in the West.
Head Coach: Jackie Robinson
Record last season: 10-7
Returning Players: Sabrina Bowman, Carmella Ruth, Kiana Manual, Stephanie Bellis, Samantha Mennig, Megan Wilbur.
Newcomers: Morgan Salsman, Reylyn Schwartzhoff, McKenna Mattison, McKenzie Murdough, Rebecca Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan, Shailei Kraft, Jennifer Gay,
Projected Pitcher(s): Samantha Mennig, Stephanie Bellis
Thoughts on this year's team: We are still a very young team. We only have two seniors, Carmella Ruth and Sabrina Bowman. We continue to see a great deal of talent on our team. My pitchers, Stephanie and Samantha, have a year of pitching at the varsity level under their belt. I am anxious to see how my team will perform this year.
Thoughts on the league this season: As always, we are in a difficult league. We play Newark Valley, Notre Dame, and Watkins Glen. I am hoping to be very competitive among these teams. Every one of these teams are a challenge every year.
Head coach: Wayne Pratt
Assistant coach: Brandy Heatley
Returning players: McKenzie Route, Kellsy Ross, Chelsey Heatley, Kayla Ward, Emily Ambruch, Felicia Diefenderfer, Tiffani Bassett.
Newcomers: Emily Jennings, Kelsey Griffin, Caitlin McFall, Kayla Shay, Lacy Castle.
Projected pitcher(s): Chelsey Heatley, Kellsy Ross
Thoughts on this year's team: With more experience at key positions we are hoping to be competitive right out of the blocks. Our goal is to sustain our enthusiasm the entire season with the return to districts as our reward for working hard.