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MORSE SHIPBUILDERS

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MORSE SHIPBUILDERS

BASEBALL

Coach: Andy Kenny (first season)

2008 record: 1-15 (no postseason)

Top returners: Seniors Derek Riva, Alex Kee, Ryan Chaney, Jaime Wallace, Nate Elwell, Carl Nygaard; juniors William Ray, Ryan Talbot, Blaine Hunt, Michael Walton.

Notable newcomers: Juniors Jon Back, Jon Loschiavo; sophomore Aaron Mitchell; freshman Zach Groat.

Top foes: Edward Little, Lewiston, Brunswick and Mt. Ararat.

Coach's comment: "As a first year coach, I'm looking to my seniors to lead the way this season. We'll be looking for strong pitching performances from senior Nate Elwell and junior Michael Walton. Jaime Wallace plays a strong leadership role as our primary catcher. Alex Kee and Ryan Chaney look to continue their fantastic senior year and build off their success in football and basketball. Juniors Ryan Talbot and BJ Ray will provide a spark of energy to the line up, and make major contributions in the field."

SOFTBALL

Coach: Wil Laffely (fifth season)

2008 record: 6-11 (Lost 6-4 to Nokomis in Eastern Class A preliminary round)

Top returners: Juniors Megan Hennessey, Alejandra Rodriquez, Ali Geroux, Dana Wallace.

Top foes: Cony, Oxford Hills, Edward Little, Skowhegan, Bangor.

Coach's comment: "For the last two years, we've lost in the first round of the playoffs. Our goal is to get in the tourney and win some games, not just get in and play. We had six one-run losses last year, we're going to try to turn those around and win. We have no seniors, but a lot of hard workers, some are playing their third year on varsity."

BOYS' LACROSSE

Coach: Ed Buzzell (eighth year)

2008 record: 10-4 (Lost 15-1 to NYA in Eastern B quarterfinals)

Top returners: Seniors Tucker Cook, Josh Rosetti, Sean Hobson, Jake Newton; juniors Nate Perry, Nick Small, Nick Saunders, Christian Hayward, Pat Wolfe, Luke Moreau, Will Beveridge; sophomores Lance Goodison, Sean Morrero, TJ Tardiff.

Notable newcomers: Senior Ben Malcom; freshmen Alex Small, Tyler Haggett, Schuyler Mace, Codi Fitzgerald.

Top foes: Gardiner, Oak Hill, Mt Blue, Lincoln Academy.

Coach's comment: "We need to stay focused on passing, catching, groundballs, loose balls and scoring. Using our brains and know how we will have to take advantage of every opportunity on the field and in the classroom. We have a challenge to step up and be competitive in every game. There is talent on this team that can make us a successful season. The student athletes are working hard and wanting to get better as a team. We will have to play smart defense and communicate as one and control possession of the ball in the midfield while making good choices."

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Coach: Linda Levesque (20th season)

2008 record: 7-6 (Lost 17-4 to Yarmouth in Eastern B semifinals)

Top returners: Jill Brown, Kate Birdsall, Liz Sener, Beth Suggs, Tiffany Russell, Lisett Anderson.

Top foes: Brunswick, Oxford Hills, Mt. Ararat, Messalonskee, Lewiston, Cony.

Coach's comment: "We have high expectations for our senior class to leave their mark on Shipbuilder lax legacy. Camaraderie and chemistry is high but performance is unproven given our youth. Our 2009 potential depends upon continuing our strong work ethic and desire to improve daily and fostering a competitive spirit."

OUTDOOR TRACK

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BOYS' TENNIS

Coach: Art Weidner (second season)

2008 record: 0-12 (no postseason)

Top returners: Seniors Chris Roche, Andy Mank; junior Kean McDermott; sophomores Taylor Oddleifson, Lindee Cook, Hank Conroy.

Notable newcomers:Juniors Mike Orr, Charlie Spears; freshmen Andrew Rines, Mike Freeman.

Top foes: Lewiston, Mt. Ararat, Brunswick

Coach's comment: "We are a young team and need more match experience. We need to improve on our doubles play. We were 0-12 last season so we certainly are not a threat in KVAC, however we have an enthusiastic group and are enjoying each practice."

GIRLS' TENNIS

Coach: Gretchen Parlin (sixth season)

2008 record: 7-8 (Lost 5-0 to Lewiston in Eastern A quarterfinals)

Top returners: Kelsey Boyce, Adrienne Jager, Tori Haggett, Anna Lazano.

Notable newcomers: Brianna Surley, Ellin Hale, Kelsey Marco, Ara Foster.

Top foes: Brunswick and Lewiston.

Coach's comment: "Our number one and two are bringing their experience this year. They both should be tough. We have depth that we haven't had before."

Photo:
Kelsey Boyce is a top player for the Morse girls' tennis team. (File photo)