DIVISION 1 EAST
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.