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Hazleton Area's Becky Demko will be among the WVC's top pitchers.
Hazleton Area's Becky Demko will be among the WVC's top pitchers.
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Teams are listed in alphabetical order.



Coach: Alice Lyons, third season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 5-10, 4th Division 1 East

2012 postseason: Lost 10-0 to North Pocono in D2-3A quarterfinals

Home Field: Birchwood Hills, Plains Twp.

Key Players Lost: Cara Answini, 2B; Jess Luton, P; Lori Masi, C.

Key Players Returning: Danyelle Schweit, 3B, Sr.; Cassy Vukovich, C, Sr.; Katie Colleran, 1B, Jr.; Liz Ellsworth, SS, Jr.; Keighlyn Oliver, LF, Jr.; Marissa Ross, OF, Jr.

Key Newcomers: Caitlin Vukovich, 2B-RF, Sr.; Sam Conway, 2B-RF, Jr.; Julie Suchoski, P-OF, Jr.; Kayla Cunningham, 2B-RF, So.

Outlook: The Crusaders have posted four consecutive seasons with double-digit losses, but that could change this year. Although pitching is a bit of a question mark, the core of the team has been together for two seasons. The offense will be paced by returning divisional all-star Ross (.458, 5 triples, 14 RBI), Ellsworth (.380, 4 doubles, 13 RBI) and Vukovich (.326, 3 triples, 7 RBI). There is also good depth at nearly every position.


Coach: Bob Bertoni, third season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 8-7, 3rd Division 1 East

2012 postseason: Lost 3-2 to Wyoming Area in D2-3A quarterfinals

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Mary Kate Coulter, C; Danielle Desperito, IF; Corey Gallagher, OF

Key Players Returning: Ashley Casem, 2B-P, Sr.; Chrissy Perry, OF, Sr.; Rachael Ritz, CF-SS, Sr.; Juliet Wotherspoon, OF, Sr.; Alyssa Davies, P, Jr.; Emily Sipple, C-3B, Jr.; Mel Snyder, C-3B, Jr.

Key Newcomers: Bree Fetterman, OF, Fr.; Ashley Olenginski, 1B, So.

Outlook: After consecutive eight-win seasons, this could be the year the Comets break out. Nine letterwinners return including All-WVC selection Ritz (.390) and divisional all-star Casem (.350) – two of the team’s top hitters. Snyder was also a divisional all-star last season, while Davies earned second-team honors and could be one of the WVC’s top pitchers. Olenginski could provide pop to the middle of the veteran lineup.


Coach: Vince Trivelpiece, fifth season

PIAA Class: 4A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 13-2, 2nd Division 1 East

2012 postseason: Lost 1-0 to Williamsport in D2-4-4A championship game

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Ashley Donlin, OF; Nicole Gasser, 2B; Elizabeth Gordineer, P-1B; Catherine LaBuz, OF; Carly Rossi, OF; Shannon Salvaterra, P-1B

Key Players Returning: Becky Demko, P-IF, Sr.; Haley Kendall, LF, Sr.; Justine Rossi, C, Sr.; Mikaela Browdy, IF, So.; Abby Sachse, OF, So.; Maria Trivelpiece, IF-P, So; Lexi Wolk, CF, So.

Key Newcomers: Samantha Varela, P-1B, So.; Celine Podlesney, 1B-C, Fr.; Mackenzie Yori, IF, Fr.

Outlook: Although six underclassmen will start, optimism abounds with the Cougars, who could make a deep run in the state playoffs. Demko (0.51 ERA) and Trivelpiece (.400 BA, 14 RBI) are returning All-WVC picks. Rossi (.306, 13 RBI), Sachse (.393, 14 RBI) and Wolk (.361, 17 SB) were first-team divisional all-stars, while Kendall (.308, 14 SB) was a second-team choice. And there’s plenty of depth and talent to patch the few holes entering the season.


Coach: Ryan Stetz, first season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 13-2, 1st Division 1 East

2012 postseason: D2-2A champion; lost 14-1 to D4 champion Warrior Run in PIAA Class 2A semifinals.

Home Field: K.M. Smith Elementary

Key Players Lost: Brooke Chapin, P; Maggie Gola, 3B; Sammy Gow, SS; Ange Hillan, CF; Kate Kowalski, LF; Lindsay Roberts, 1B; Hannah Rubasky P; Katie Wolfe, C

Key Players Returning: Kayla Benjamin, OF, Sr.; Ali Matulewski, P; Kayley Schinski, SS

Key Newcomers: To be determined

Outlook: This will be a year of transition for Nanticoke, which has a new coach and six starters to replace including four all-WVC selections. Schinski was an all-WVC second-team pick. Matulewski will take over the pitching chores while Benjamin returns to the outfield. Despite several new faces, the goal remains the same – making a strong push through the postseason.


Coach: Dave DeLuca, second season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 1-14, 6th Division 1 East

2012 postseason: Lost 10-0 to North Pocono in D2-3A first round

Home Field: Primary Center, Rock Street, Hughestown

Key Players Lost: Kelly Keener, OF; Grace O’Neill, 1B

Key Players Returning: Antoinette Scialpi, SS, Sr.; Kaitlyn Simyan, IF, Jr.; Alyssa Talerico, C-IF, Jr.; Theresa Domarasky, OF, So.; Lauren Dragon, IF, So.; Julie Lieback, C-IF, So.

Key Newcomers: Liz Cappelloni, IF, So.; Taylor Baloga, P, Fr.; Addison Hazlet, IF-OF, Fr.; Mindina Lieback, IF-OF, Fr.; Marley O’Brien, IF, Fr.; Kassity Roche, OF, Fr.; Julie Silinskie, IF-OF, Fr.

Outlook: While the program hasn’t found much success recently, there’s hope that a new attitude can produce a positive effect on the team. The Patriots return a solid group, but once again they will be a young team relying on sophomores and freshmen. That plus playing in the toughest division will make for some rough times this season, but will only help in the future.


Coach: Desiree Hooper, second season

PIAA Class: 4A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 2-12, 5th Division 1 West

2012 Postseason: Lost 4-2 to Wallenpaupack in D2-4 4A first round

Home Field: Third Avenue Elementary, Kingston

Key Players Lost: None.

Key Players Returning: Casey Dolan, SS, Sr.; Kymber Letteer, C, Sr.; Kelcie Senchak, P-OF, Sr; Carissa Bevan, CF, Jr.; Leanne Dellarte, LF, Jr.; Alex Gonda, 2B-3B, Jr.; Danielle Grega, 2B, Jr.; Sarah Fugate, RF, So.; Haley Gayoski, DH, So.; Sabrina Hamersley, CF-RF, So.; Megan Kane, 1B, So.

Key Newcomers: Sami Amato, 3B, Fr.; Chloe Ruckle, P, Fr.

Outlook: It’s been a rough three-year run for Valley West, which is 7-35 over that span. A tougher schedule won’t help matters, but there is optimism. The Spartans were in a lot of close games last year and with everyone back they are expecting to improve. Dellarte and Dolan will form a solid left side. They and Senchak were second-team all-stars last year. Letteer was an honorable mention choice. Overall, though, this is a young squad.



Coach: Brian Bridge, fourth season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 9-5, tied 2nd Division 1 West

2012 postseason: Lost 3-2 to Holy Redeemer in D2-3A first round

Home Field: Crispin Softball Field

Key Players Lost: None.

Key Players Returning: Margaret Bridge, P-IF, Sr.; Brittany Fisher, OF-Ult, Sr.; Sara Berlin, C, Jr.; Cassondra Dianese, C-1B, Jr.; Taylor Kern, OF-DP, Jr.; Ashton Mensinger, P-OF, Jr.; Abbey Remley, SS-IF, Jr.; Abbey Favata, OF-Ult, So.; Courtney Hummel, OF-Utl, So.; Moriah Lynn, 3B-IF, So.; Kylene Welsh, 2B-Ult, So.

Key Newcomers: Bridget Orlando, OF, Sr.

Outlook: The Dawgs have the biggest piece for success in place in Bridge (1.72 ERA, 97 Ks), an All-WVC selection and second-team all-state pick. She’ll have a veteran defense backing her along with a strong offense featuring divisional all-stars Welsh (.418 BA) and Lynn (.298), Remley (.380) and Dianese (.370, 7 doubles). Everyone is back from a team that had an unexpected early exit from the D2-3A playoffs last year.


Coach: Joyce Tinner, 17th season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 6-8, 4th Division 1 West

2012 postseason: Lost 3-1 to Scranton Prep in D2-3A first round

Home Field: Back Mountain Little League

Key Players Lost: None

Key Players Returning: Taylor Baker, P-OF, Sr.; Nicole Giampietro, IF, Sr.; Abigail Berger, IF, Jr.; Katy Comitz, IF-OF, Jr.; Taylor Kelley, IF, Jr.; Samantha Missal, OF, Jr.; Amy Bolton, OF, So.; Mallory Faux, P-OF, So.; Sydney Kern, P-OF, So.; Madison Perez, OF, So.; Megan Roberts, DH, So.; Kylee Saba, IF, So.; Kelly Snyder, C, So.; Sadie Trudgen, IF, So.

Key Newcomers: Ivy Chamberlain, IF-OF, Fr.; Kali Hutchins, OF, Fr.; Samantha LaNunziata, OF-IF, Fr.; Amanda Lopez, IF-OF, So.; Kimmy Pretko, IF-OF, Fr.

Outlook: A perennial WVC power, Dallas dropped under .500 last season. The reason was twofold. First, the Mountaineers put a young team on the field in 2012. Second, they struggled in close games. They’re still young, but the experience should help when the contest is on the line this time around. The offense will be led by divisional all-stars Kelley and Missal. Taylor was a second-team selection, while a handful of returners were selected as honorable mention choices.


Coach: Wayne Oplinger, second season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 7-5, 3rd Division 2

2012 Postseason: Lost 8-1 to Holy Cross in D2-2A first round

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Tiffany Oplinger, SS; Sarah Perry, OF; Paige Pyskoty, OF

Key Players Returning: Vickey Cadwalder, OF, Sr.; Sarah Stacey, 3B, Sr.; Britney Meeker, C, Jr.; Lacey Miller, P, Jr.; Lexi Oplinger, SS, So.; Korri Wandel, SS, So.

Key Newcomers: Jordan Hodle, P-Ult, Fr.

Coach’s Outlook: Oplinger – an All-WVC selection who led the conference in hitting, homers and triples – will be very difficult to replace. However, the cupboard is far from bare. The younger Oplinger, Stacey and Wandel all hit for average while Cadwalder has power capabilities. The schedule will be tougher, but with the girls dedicating themselves through travel ball a successful season is quite possible.


Coach: John Keefe, eighth season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 9-5, tied 2nd Division 1 West

2012 postseason: Lost 6-0 to Holy Redeemer in D2-3A quarterfinals

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Jamie Hampsey, P-OF; Ashley Inman, P-3B

Key Players Returning: Jess Brennan, OF, Sr.; C Emily Forba, C, Sr.; Kirsten Gilpin, P-OF, Sr.; Ashleigh Nafus, OF-1B, Sr.; Erin Smith, P-OF, Jr.; Molly Hampsey, 2B, So.; Tracy Kromko, SS, So.

Key Newcomers: Ryleigh Fitch, 3B, Jr.; Meghan Healey, OF, Jr.; Taylor Hegedty, 1B, Jr.; Ashley Knott, Ult, Jr.

Outlook: The departure of all-WVC selection Inman and all-WVC second-team pick Hampsey leaves the pitching little thin as Gilpin and Smith only threw at the junior varsity level last year. Likewise, the offense needs to come around with Brennan (.361 BA), Forba (.362, 12 RBI) and Nafus (.326, 15 RBI) leading the way. The defense is set and will be the strong point at least in the early going.


Coach: Barry Przybyla, first season

PIAA Class: 3A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 10-4, 1st Division 1 West

2012 postseason: Lost 6-1 to Valley View in D2-3A championship game

Home Field: Atlas Field, West Pittston

Key Players Lost: Rachel Campbell, OF; Katie Coolbaugh, OF

Key Players Returning: Serra Degnan, SS, Sr.; Alex Holtz, P, Sr.; Kate Kross, 1B, Sr.; Adrianne Przybyla, CF, Jr.; Kat Sokirka, 3B, Jr.; Nicole Turner, C, Jr.; Emily Wolfgang, 2b, So.

Key Newcomers: To be determined

Outlook: The Warriors return plenty of talent from a team that won its first conference title in 21 years. Holtz was an All-WVC selection after an outstanding season on the mound and at the plate. Degnan and Turner were All-WVC second-team picks and are part of a strong offense that hits for average and has some power. The team wants to take the next step after losing in the D2-3A title game in 2012.



Coach: Barry Snyder, fourth season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 1-11, 7th Division 2

2012 Postseason: Lost 15-0 to Nanticoke in D2-2A first round

Home Field: Coal Street Park

Key Players Lost: Tara Kolativa, ss; Nicole Krzywicki , P

Key Players Returning: Samantha Bryan, C, Sr.; Megan O’Day, Ult, Sr.; Brittany Stephenson, 1B, So.

Key newcomers: Julianna Leco, IF, Sr.; Monica Missal, OF, Sr.; Brea Seabrook, OF, Sr.

Outlook: GAR should be a little stronger defensively than last season, but will need to address two other aspects in order to succeed. First, the hitting needs to improve, and that could happen with an influx of athletes from the soccer team. Pitching is also a concern and no matter who takes the mound there will be a learning curve. If the on-the-job training goes better than expected, the Grenadiers will be able to improve as the season goes on.


Coach: Tami Thomas, fourth season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 12-0, 1st Division 2

2012 Postseason: Lost 4-0 to Lakeland in D2-2A semifinals

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Jennifer Maciejczak, OF; Emily O’Day, 1B; Nicole Trevethan, OF; Danielle Tuzinski, P.

Key Players Returning: Caitlyn Bogart, OF, Jr.; Brittany McNair, 1B-3B-P, Jr.; 2B Emily Rinehimer, 2B, Jr.

Key Newcomers: Haylee Bobos, C, Fr.; Michelle McNair, SS-P, Fr.; Kim Pericci, OF, So.

Outlook: Hanover Area has several holes to fill, starting on the mound where Division 2 Player of the Year Tuzinski has departed along with eight other seniors. Rinehimer (.469 BA, 12 RBI) was an all-WVC selection last year and is the division’s premier infielder. McNair was a second-team divisional all-star last season. Despite the losses, the Hawkeyes should fare well, but another divisional title will be tougher to acheive.


Coach: Mark Senchak, third season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 4-11, 5th Division 1 East

2012 postseason: Lost 10-1 to Valley View in D2-3A semifinals

Home Field: Kingston Rec. Center Field

Key Players Lost: Abby Staskiel, IF-P; Stacey Warga, P-IF

Key Players Returning: Biz Eaton, OF, Sr.; Sydney Kotch, ss, Sr.; Alexis Shemanski, C-3B, Sr.; Kaitlyn Kaluzny, P-2B, Jr.; Julie Kosik, OF-IG, Jr.; Kasey Miller, 1B, Jr.; Audrey Zavada, 3B-OF, Jr.; Jen Ringsdorf, OF-IF, So.; Chelsea Skrepenak, C-IF, So.; Kaya Swanek, P-IF, So.

Key Newcomers: Lydia Lawson, SS-OF, Fr.; Olivia Menning, P-IF, Fr.

Outlook: Replacing second-team all-stater Warga and Staskiel will be difficult, especially since both pitched. But the Royals made a nice playoff run last season and have a solid group returning including Kotch (.319 BA, 3 doubles), Shemanski (.319, 3 triples, 2 homers) and Kosik (.360, 2 doubles). That factor and playing schools closer in size could produce a winning record.


Coach: Nicole Hoskins, third season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 5-7, 4th Division 2

2012 Postseason: Lost 9-5 to Elk Lake in D2-2A first round

Home Field: Miner Park

Key Players Lost: Amy Kowalczyk, C-SS

Key Players Returning: Emily Gruver, OF, Sr.; Eilish Hoban, LF, Sr.; Chrissy Shonk, 1B, Sr.; Brianna DiMaggio, P, Jr.; Sarah McCann, P-IF, Jr.; Leah Merrick, 3B, Jr.

Key Newcomers: Brandi Soto, OF, Sr.; Mackenzie Winder, IF, Sr.; Gina Strillacci, IF, So.

Outlook: Meyers is hoping to get over .500 after consecutive seasons just under the mark. The corner infield will have veterans in Merrick (.357 BA, 15 RBI) and Shonk (.308). Gruver and Hoban will solidify the outfield, while DiMaggio (.308, 14 RBI) brings more pop to the offense. McCann was a divisional all-star last year. Success will depend on putting it all together on a more consistent basis.


Coach: Marsha Kringe, third season

PIAA Class: A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 3-9, 6th Division 2

2012 Postseason: Lost 5-2 to Blue Ridge in D2-A semifinals

Home Field: MMI Athletic Complex

Key Players Lost: None

Key Players Returning: Kayla Karchner, P, Sr.; Kirsten Young, 1B, Sr.; Kristen Purcell, SS, Jr.

Key Newcomers: Desiree Dinko, P-Ult, Fr.

Coach’s Outlook: The Preppers have worked hard in the offseason to improve on last year’s record. Everyone returns to the lineup, so hopes are high for an improvement in the postseason. Returning divisional all-star Karchner fanned 66 and batted .386 last year. Young (.328 BA) provides hitting and strong defense. Purcell, a second-team all-star, hit .350 and had a slugging percentage of .379.


Coach: Karen May, third season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 10-2, 2nd Division 2

2012 Postseason: D2-A champion; lost 13-1 to D3 champion Greenwood in PIAA Class A first round

Home Field: On campus

Key Players Lost: Maranda Koehn, OF; Rachel Linso, P; Taylor Perlis, OF

Key Players Returning: Sara Gleco, 1B, Sr.; Emily Buerger, OF, Jr.; Kristin Bomboy, IF, Jr.; Hailey Chapin, OF, Jr.; Olivia McCorkel, C, Jr.; Jaden Perrillo, IF, Jr.; Maggie Murphy, 3B, So.;Kelsey Yustat, P-OF, So.

Key Newcomers: Elizabeth Gurydinski, IF-OF, Fr.; Emily Gleco, IF, So.; Molly Hasay, OF-P, Fr.; Olivia Piestrak, C, So.

Outlook: Northwest is looking to have a solid year and be competitive, both of which are likely. The Rangers must fill a big hole in the mound with the departure of All-WVC selection Linso. She was also the main cog on offense. Koehn was a second-team All-WVC choice. They will be a young team overall, but bring enough experience to contend for the division title once again.


Coach: Ethan Lewis, fourth season

PIAA Class: 2A

2012 WVC Record/Finish: 4-8, 5th Division 2

2012 Postseason: Declined to participate in D2-A playoffs

Home Field: Plains Twp. Municipal Field

Key Players Lost: Katie Marsman, C; Kristina Yannotta, OF

Key Players Returning: Hannah Gabriel, IF-OF, Sr.; Devin Holmes, IF, Sr.; Megan Bresnahan, P, Jr.; Kenzie Gagliardi, P-Ult, So.

Key Newcomers: not provided

Outlook: The graduation of a pair of .400 hitters will leave a gap in the offense, but there is talent returning. Gagliardi (.375, 3 homers, 13 RBI), Gabriel (.342), Holmes (.318, 2 homers) and Bresnahan (.297) will form the nucleus. Bresnahan and Gagliardi also return to the mound, where Bresnahan picked up three wins last season. Still, several new faces must step up for the Blue Knights to have a successful season.

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