MT. ARARAT EAGLES
Coach: Craig Rogers (ninth season)
2008 record: 10-7 (Lost 5-4 to Oxford Hills in Eastern A preliminary round)
Top returners: Scott Rogers, Anthony Farrell, Tom Dunn, Brian Sherwood, Matt Bickford, Tim Bickford, Tyler Toothaker, Brandon Suebert.
Notable newcomers: Cam Morrill, Torrey Charnock.
Top foes: Brunswick, Lewiston, Oxford Hills, Cony.
Coach's comment: "When playing to potential, we should have a strong running and go deep into the playoffs."
Coach: Rick Bartlett (first season)
2008 record: 5-11 (no postseason)
Top returners: Seniors Brooke Graffam, Kaylee Kowalczyk; sophomore Miranda Riendeau.
Notable newcomers: Senior Lauren Vachon; junior Meaghan Carr.
Top foes: Cony, Oxford Hills.
Coach's comment: "We are hoping that with good defense we can finish with at least a .500 record and make it into the playoffs."
Coach: Matt Haskell (sixth season)
2008 record: 5-10 (Lost 8-2 to Lewiston in Eastern A semifinals)
Top returners: Seniors Nick Dempsey, Christian Lalonde, Steve Tringali, Ian Messier; juniors Will Bouchard, Dylan Bousquet-Smith.
Notable newcomers: Freshmen Jeremy Hart, Josh Richards.
Top foes: Messalonskee, Lewiston, Brunswick.
Coach's comment: "I'm really excited, we've had a great preseason, hopefully we can transform that into a great regular season. We're already 1-0 in the regular season. Our goal is to make playoffs and go deep."
Coach: Jill Carney (second season)
2008 record: 9-4 (Lost 11-9 to Oxford Hills in Eastern A semifinals)
Top returners: Seniors Meghan Dano, Brittany Murray; juniors Kristina Johnson, Whitney Dano, Evelyn Dickinson, Hayley LaPointe, Mary Montalvo, Shelby Morin; sophomore Heather Bolduc.
Notable newcomers: Gabby Bryant, Audrey Petteruti, Genny Beaudoin, Hailey Bush, Haley Poston, Haley Michaud, Maggie Bouchard, Kristen Perkins, Kaycie Clark, Julie Palmer, Rowley Jones, Callie Kirk.
Top foes: Brunswick, Oxford Hills, Morse.
Coach's comment: "We have a core group of returning players with good skills and a strong drive to be successful, which our new players feed off of. With so many players new to the team, I expect to grow tremendously throughout the season. I expect that once we get into the swing of our regular season schedule, each and every player will evolve with each passing game. I'm truly excited and honored to be working with such a great group of athletes. Our strength lies in our ability to work together as a team; we are always most successful when each player communicates and puts forth their best effort and ability. If we do that for every game, we should be in very good shape at the end of the season."
BOYS' OUTDOOR TRACK
Coach: Mike Ludwig (third season)
2008 results: 15th @ Class A state meet
Top returners: Seniors Luc Pham, Will Greenwood, Joe Haggerty, Sam Ludwig, Joe Miller, Sean Perkins; juniors Jamie Clark, Keith Getch, Ben Grotton, Josh Hurt, Brent Kramer, Tyler Lessard, James Martin, Brian Nolan, Matthew Pellitier, Alex Robinson, Dan Van Note; sophomores Jared Cielinski, Nick Demonsthenes, Joey Fournier, Jake Letourneau, Jake Ludwig, Jamie Rosenberg.
Notable newcomers: Seniors Jack Chutchian, Adam Libby; juniors Colin Cundy, Will Gerencer; sophomores David Green, Jeremy King, Logan Parks, Conner Schneider, Collin Swan; freshmen Seth Adams , Thomas Berry, Jameson Bryant, Nathan Bryant, Seth Bryant, McKenzie Gary, Nathan Jackson, Patrick Lynch, Max Mondonedo, Tim Prindall, Andy Reifman-Packett, Alden Talbot, and Ismael Thadal.
Top foes: Edward Little, Brunswick.
Coach's comment: "We have a few key people returning that will help us this year. Joe Haggerty and Jamie Rosenberg should be in the top of the field in the javelin. We should be strong again this year in the pole vault with Luc Pham, Alex Robinson and Brent Kramer all having the potential to break 11 feet. There are several middle distance runners (800M/1600M) who should be very competitive this year (Letourneau, Cundy, Reifman-Packett, Van Note, Seth and Nathan Bryant). We are excited about the addition of freshman McKenzie Gary to the team. He was very competitive in indoor track in the sprints and horizontal jumps. He qualified for states in the TJ and barely missed placing."
GIRLS' OUTDOOR TRACK
Coach: Diane Fournier (36th season)
2008 record: 13th @ Class A state meet.
Top returners: Seniors Christina Erving, Krislyn Hyatt, Logan Prescott; juniors Morgan Farrar, Erin Fitzsimmons, Katrina Gelwick, Brie Martin, Ariel McNett, Molly Meehan, Rebecca Merritt, Lissa Pelletier, Ellen Pinnette; sophomores Chloe Emerson, Colby Gail, Jessica Leeman, Ashley Libby, Randi London, Mikaela Melcher.
Notable newcomers: Sophomore Kate Spies; freshmen Molly Estes, Morgan Martin.
Top foes: Brunswick, Edward Little, Lewiston.
Coach's comment: "It will be a season of a lot of questions. There are a lot of new athletes and where will they fit in remains to be seen. The season is so short that it makes it hard to predict much."
Coach: Don Foley (fourth season)
2008 record: 11-3 (Lost 4-1 to Lewiston in Eastern A semifinals)
Top returners: Seniors Mike Hill, Christian Swanholm, Nate Rohman, Josh Denison, Josh Bryant, Ryan Kittle.
Notable newcomers: Shane Will.
Top foes: Brunswick, Lewiston, Gardiner.
Coach's comment: "This is the most competitive league, the winner in the last I-don't-know-how-many-years has come out of the east. We'd like to compete in the championship game."
Coach: Sheila Bohlin (32nd season)
2008 record: 5-8 (Lost 3-2 to Morse in Eastern A eighth-place tiebreaker)
Top returners: Seniors Tegan Talbot, Samantha Plunkett; juniors Linda Fogg, Emily Cromwell; sophomore Caroline Tufts.
Notable newcomers: Freshmen Sarah Hill, Amanda Levesque, Anna Rohman, Meghan Schofield.
Top foes: Brunswick, Lewiston.
Coach's comment: "We are focusing on TEAM. We know we have some strong individuals and hope that with hard work and practice, we will be a strong team as well. The team this year seems more focused and serious about working together, supporting each other, and being more concerned about how the team maintains its focus on making hard work in practice pay off during matches. The fact that some of our new and returning players have spent hours on the court during the offseason helps to raise the bar for all players. "