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DIVISION 1 EAST



 



COUGHLIN



Coach: Alice Lyons, second season



2011 Record: 4-11 WVC; 6-12 overall; Lost in D2-3A semifinal



Home Field: Kirby Park



Key Players Lost: IF Danielle Cerep; OF Kendra Hayward; IF Alyssa Wincek



Key Players Returning: 2B Cara Answini; 1B Katelyn Colleran; SS/RF Liz Ellsworth; P Jess Luton; C Lorianne Masi; LF/CF Keighlyn Oliver; CF/LF Marissa Ross; 3B Danyelle Schweit; RF/SS Cassy Vukovich



Battery: Jess Luton and Lorianne Masi



Coach's Outlook: We lost quite a few starters from last year, but are returning a strong class of sophomores, many of whom started last year, and juniors. We're young, but will be very competitive. We want to start this season the way we ended last season. Our depth means there will be competition for playing time all season, and many of the players are skilled enough to play more than one position.


 



CRESTWOOD



Coach: Bob Bertoni, second season



2011 Record: 8-7 WVC; 10-9 overall; Lost in D2-3A first round



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: C Brittany Blass; 1B Alexandra Hoops



Key Players Returning: P Alyssa Davies; CF Corey Gallagher; OF Chrissy Perry; SS Rachael Ritz; 3B/C Mel Snyder; LF Juliet Wotherspoon



Battery: Alyssa Davies and Mary Kate Coulter



Coach's Outlook: Defense will be our strength. We're counting on Snyder to lead team in RBI and batting average. Gallagher, a great defensive player, put a lot of work in during the offseason. Ritz is our best athlete and had nearly 20 runs in the first 4-5 games before she got hurt last year. Davies gave us great starts last year as a freshman. A player to watch will be Chrissy Perry, a great athlete who has gotten a lot stronger and steadier at the plate.


 



HAZLETON AREA



Coach: Vince Trivelpiece, fourth season



2011 Record: 13-2 WVC; Lost in D2-4A semifinal



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: 3B Sabrina Babula; P Ali Schuetz; SS Candice Van Horn



Key Players Returning: P Becky Demko; OF/3B Ashley Donlin; 2B Nicole Gasser; OF Haley Kendall; OF Catherine LaBuz; DP Carly Rossi; C Justine Rossi; P Shannon Salvaterra



Key Newcomers: SS Mikaela Browdy; OF Abby Sachse; 3B Maria Trivelpiece; CF Lexi Wolk



Battery: Becky Demko, Shannon Salvaterra and Justine Rossi



Coach's Outlook: We have a good crew returning and we have some very good freshmen. We're starting with freshmen batting 1-2-3 in the order, so I think they'll contribute some. Even though you have some good young players, though, they are still young. We ought to be better at the end of the season than we are at the beginning. This is going to be a fun season.


 



HOLY REDEEMER



Coach: Mark Senchak, second season



2011 Record: 2-13 WVC; 2-14 overall; Lost in D2-3A first round



Home Field: Kingston Rec. Field



Key Players Lost: IF Mary Gristeo



Key Players Returning: SS/3B Sydney Kotch; C Alexis Shemanski; P/IF Abby Staskiel; P/IF Stacey Warga



Key Newcomers: SS/OF Julie Kosik; U Chelsea Skrepenak



Battery: Abby Staskiel, Stacey Warga and Alexis Shemanski



Coach's Outlook: It's going to take all 24 players on the roster to win. We have just three seniors with the team, so it's a young group. But they are working really hard in their second year in the system, and they are picking it up quickly. We have two pitchers in Abby and Stacey who will be key for us.


 



NANTICOKE



Coach: Gary Williams, 22nd season



2011 Record: 15-0 WVC; 20-1 overall; Lost in D2-2A final



Home Field: K.M. Smith Elementary



Key Players Lost: P Sarah Bertoni



Key Players Returning: RF Kayla Benjamin; P/1B Brooke Chapin; 3B Maggie Gola; SS Sammy Gow; IF Gabby Graboski; CF Ange Hillan; C Ashley Horoschock; LF Kate Kowalski; IF Ali Matulewski; OF Brodwin Perrins; 1B Lindsay Roberts; P/3B Hannah Rubasky; 2B Kayley Schinski; C Katie Wolfe



Battery: Hannah Rubasky, Brooke Chapin and Katie Wolfe, Ashley Horoschock



Coach's Outlook: We have 13 seniors on the roster this season. We've always got high hopes here, but this feels like 2002, 2003, 2004. That group won a state title (in 2003) and there were eight seniors on that team. This is a tight-knit group like that, and very talented. Any kid who isn't a starter on this team could probably be a starter somewhere else. Those two groups, the 2002-04 teams and this one, are very special. That's why I've stayed here 22 years.


 



PITTSTON AREA



Coach: Dave DeLuca, first season



2011 Record: 3-12 WVC; 3-13 overall; Lost in D2-3A first round



Home Field: Primary Center, Rock Street, Hughestown



Key Players Lost: OF Steph Bartz; P Heather Marsico; SS Kelsey Mundenar



Key Players Returning: C Marissa Nardone; 1B Grace O'Neill; IF Antoinette Scialpi



Key Newcomers: P Lauren Dragon



Battery: Ali Slomba, Lauren Dragon and Marissa Nardone



Coach's Outlook: We're looking to build the program back up. Our goal is to play at least .500 ball and continue to build the program in a positive direction. We have a couple of players who can step into the circle, so we're more or less just developing a few pitchers.


 




DIVISION 1 WEST


 



BERWICK



Coach: Brian Bridge, third season



2011 Record: 9-5 WVC; 12-7 overall; Lost in D2-3A semifinal



Home Field: Crispin Softball Field



Key Players Lost: IF Sarah Dalo; IF Courtney Shields; IF Bri Winter



Key Players Returning: Chelsea Pruitt; P Margaret Bridge; C Sara Berlin; Cassandra Dianese; Taylor Kern; Ashton Mensinger; Abbey Remley



Key Newcomers: Moriah Lynn; Kylene Welsh



Battery: Margaret Bridge and Sara Berlin



Coach's Outlook: We're very young, but there are some very good players there. We did lose three key infielders who were all seniors last year. We are going to bank a lot on the younger players coming up to fill their shoes. We do have a lot of experience despite their age. It's just a matter of the younger players stepping up and making their mark.


 



DALLAS



Coach: Joyce Tinner, 16th season



2011 Record: 10-4 WVC; 13-5 overall; Lost in D2-3A final



Home Field: Back Mountain Little League Complex



Key Players Lost: P Kristan Baker; IF Sara Kohli; IF Sarah Konopki; Mary Kate Osick; C Dez Roberts; OF Danielle Shaver



Key Players Returning: P Taylor Baker; P Sarah Bilski; Katy Comitz; 1B Victoria Crockett; Taylor Kelly; Samantha Missal



Key Newcomers: Abby Berger; Tanner Englehart; Nicole Giampietro



Battery: Sarah Bilski, Taylor Baker and Kelly Snyder



Coach's Outlook: We're a very young team this year with only two seniors on the roster. We have a lot of talent, we're just trying to find the right combination to bring us together as one unit. It's hard to tell just what we have yet, but we will stay competitive with just about everyone.


 



TUNKHANNOCK



Coach: John Keefe, seventh season



2011 Record: 10-4 WVC; 12-5 overall; Lost in D2-3A quarterfinal



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: Mallory Getts; Artonya Gordon; Erika Yanora; Schyler Yatsko



Key Players Returning: Jess Brennan; C Emily Forba; P Jamie Hampsey; P Ashley Inman; Erin Smith



Key Newcomers: Molly Hampsey; Tracy Kromko; Ashleigh Nafus



Battery: Jamie Hampsey, Ashley Inman and Emily Forba



Coach's Outlook: It's a rebuilding year. What we lost in those seniors was our offense. Ashley (Inman) and Jamie (Hampsey) will keep us in games, but the biggest question mark for us is can our young kids come in and score runs? If I was asked to tell you the better of the two (pitchers) … I'd probably pass on that one.


 



WYOMING AREA



Coach: Stephanie Griffin, first season



2011 Record: 4-10 WVC; 4-11 overall; Lost in D2-3A quarterfinal



Home Field: Atlas Field



Key Players Lost: C Melissa Eipper; IF Kayla Kross



Key Players Returning: RF Rachel Campbell; SS Serra Degnan; P Alex Holtz; 1B Kate Kross; LF Adrianne Pryzbyla



Key Newcomers: C Jules DeAngelo; P Lauren Maloney; U Emily Wolfgang



Battery: Alex Holtz and Nicole Turner, Jules DeAngelo



Coach's Outlook: We're going to surprise a lot of people. We brought a lot back and this is a very talented team. We've been focusing on defense for the majority of the preseason. We have enough offense to score the runs, we just need to put together complete games to be successful this season.


 



WYOMING VALLEY WEST



Coach: Desiree Hooper, first season



2011 Record: 2-12 WVC; 2-13 overall; Lost in D2-4A quarterfinal



Home Field: Third Avenue Field, Kingston



Key Players Lost: Caitlin Edwards; Gabrielle Evans; Alexis Good; Rose Polney; Kelsey Pugh



Key Players Returning: CF Carissa Bevan; SS Casey Dolan; LF Leanne Galardi; C Kymber Letteer; P Kelcie Senchak



Key Newcomers: RF Sarah Fugate; 2B Danielle Grega; 1B Megan Kane; 3B Rachel Langan



Battery: Kelcie Senchak and Kymber Letteer



Coach's Outlook: We've already tied our record from last year just with our early success in the exhibition season. We're young but we have some talent. Our defense has been phenomenal and our batting is coming around. This is definitely not last year's team.


 




DIVISION 2


 



GAR



Coach: Barry Snyder, third season



2011 Record: 2-12 WVC; 2-13 overall; Lost in D2-2A first round



Home Field: Coal Street Park



Key Players Lost: OF Katie Golya; IF Krysta Henderson; IF Katie McCann



Key Players Returning: Samantha Bryan; Tara Kolativa; Nicole Krzywicki



Key newcomers: Brittany Stephenson



Battery: Nicole Krzywicki and Megan O'Day



Coach's Outlook: We're hoping to show marked improvement on last season. We are looking for our returning players to step up and show some leadership for this group. Our infield is stronger than it has been in the past.


 



HANOVER AREA



Coach: Tami Thomas, third season



2011 Record: 12-2 WVC; 12-3 overall; Lost in D2-2A quarterfinal



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: C Nikki McNair



Key Players Returning: P/3B Brittany McNair; 1B Emily O'Day; 2B Emily Rinehimer; P/SS Danielle Tuzinski



Key Newcomers: SS/OF Caitlyn Bogart



Battery: Danielle Tuzinski and Katie Pelak



Coach's Outlook: We have nine seniors this season and complete the roster with six sophomores. Our goal for this season is to get through Lake-Lehman and Northwest and win the conference. I have coached some of these players since seventh grade, so we know this is key to have the best season we can.


 



LAKE-LEHMAN



Coach: Wayne Oplinger, first season



2011 Record: 11-3 WVC; 14-4 overall; Lost in D2-2A quarterfinal



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: SS Kristin Baker; CF Ashley Metz



Key Players Returning: OF Vickey Cadwalder; P Bre Headman; 3B Tiffany Oplinger; U Sarah Perry; OF Paige Pyskoty; 2B Sarah Stacey



Key Newcomers: P/1B Lacey Miller; 2B/OF Lexi Oplinger; P/SS Korri Wandel



Battery: Bre Headman and Brittney Meeker



Coach's Outlook: Our pitching and our defense will carry us. All of our players have at least two years experience in the field. All three of our pitchers (Headman, Miller and Wandel) are capable of winning games at the varsity level. Tiffant Oplinger has started every game in her career, and is the team's top hitter. Vickey Cadwalder has over-the-fence home run power. Bre Headman, at 9-3 with a 1.30 ERA, was among the best pitchers in the league.


 



MEYERS



Coach: Nicole Hoskins, second season



2011 Record: 5-9 WVC; 5-10 overall; Lost in D2-2A first round



Home Field: Miner Park



Key Players Lost: P Julie King; OF Katie McCann



Key Players Returning: P/IF Brianna DiMaggio; OF Eilish Hoban; C/SS Amy Kowalczyk; P/SS Sarah McCann; 3B Leah Merrick; 1B Chrissy Shonk



Key Newcomers: IF Becca Belch; U Allison Berman; OF Jazmine Castillo; IF Chelsie Czapracki; OF Maura Durkin; OF Lauren Lockman



Battery: Brianna DiMaggio, Sarah McCann and Amy Kowalczyk, Becca Belch



Coach's Outlook: With such a young team, the goal of every game is to work together and win. Captain Amy Kowalczyk, the lone senior on the roster, returns behind the plate. Two junior captains this season, Chrissy Shonk at first base and Eilish Hoban in left field, will take on leadership roles. Three more underclassmen – Sarah McCann, Leah Merrick and Brianna DiMaggio – have come back with more power this year after working hard over the offseason. We expect the freshmen to make a big impact both offensively and defensively this season.


 



MMI PREP



Coach: Marsha Kringe, second season



2011 Record: 7-7 WVC; 7-12 overall; Lost in D2-A quarterfinal



Home Field: MMI Athletic Complex



Key Players Lost: P Dana Chippi; C Brittany Purcell



Key Players Returning: 2B Maria Carrato; C Amber Ferry; P Kayla Karchner; 3B Devan McCarrie; SS Kristen Purcell; 1B Kirsten Young



Key Newcomers: OF Emily Bogansky; OF Hayle Shearer; CF Rachel Stanziola



Battery: Kayla Karchner and Amber Ferry



Coach's Outlook: We were young last year and lost our pitcher and catcher from that team. We're still very young, with just two juniors, a handful of sophomores and the rest are freshmen. No seniors. But we do have a lot of returning players – seven in all. This year should be an exciting one.


 



NORTHWEST



Coach: Karen May, second season



2011 Record: 13-1 WVC; 17-3 overall Lost in D2-A semifinal



Home Field: On campus



Key Players Lost: 2B Rachel Whitesell



Key Players Returning: P Rachel Linso; SS Maranda Koehn; OF Taylor Perlis



Key Newcomers: 3B Maggie Murphy; P Kelsey Yustat



Battery: Rachel Linso and Olivia McCorkel



Coach's Outlook: We're looking to be a contender in the district playoffs. We played a good game against Old Forge last year, but we let it slip away (a district semifinal loss). We're a young team, with just three seniors again. It's going to be a tough road, but if the girls work hard, we have a good shot at it.


 



WYOMING SEMINARY






Coach: Ethan Lewis, third season



2011 Record: 6-8 WVC



Home Field: Plains Twp. Municipal Field



Key Players Lost: P Tyler Linde; SS Carly Sokach; Rachel Statler



Key Players Returning: P Megan Bresnahan; IF Nora Fierman; 1B Devin Holmes; C Katie Marsman; CF Kristina Yannotta



Key Newcomers: U Kenzie Gagliardi



Battery: Megan Bresnahan, Kenzie Gagliardi and Katie Marsman



Coach's Outlook: We're really hopeful of posting a .500 record this season. We have a good group of hitters on this team and are highly optimistic that we can win at least six games in a 12-game season. Katie Marsman, the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-North Region second team catcher, is a quality leader. She's an RA in the dorms, and will play ice hockey and softball in college at SUNY-Potsdam.




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