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BRUNSWICK DRAGONS

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BRUNSWICK DRAGONS

BASEBALL

Coach: Peter Blake (sixth year)

2008 record: 12-6 (Lost 13-3, in five innings, to Brewer in Eastern Class A semifinals)

Top returners: Seniors Matt Liscovitz, Adam Totman, Kevin Wilson, Jon Simmons, Sam Guerrette, Aidan Gaughran; juniors Anthony Viola, Conor Kelly, Jack Faherty, Carl Sickel.

Notable newcomers: Juniors Stephan Carter, Matt Chart, Stefan Jensen, Michael Ballback; sophomores Kyle Franklin, Max Roberts, Shane Lizzotte; freshmen Garrett Erb, Ryan Salerno.

Top foes: Brewer, Cony

Coach's comment: "Most of the boys have worked hard in the offseason and have come into training camp in pretty good shape. We have quite a few veterans returning, but we must replace the eight victories on the mound we graduated with David Longley last year. Liscovitz and Totman will battle for the number one spot. Defensively we are still trying to find the right combination for the infield and outfield positions. Wilson should see the most of the time behind the plate. I hope our strength is in our experience and work ethic. We have a veteran group with plenty of big game and tournament experience. The KVAC is always a battle and many prognosticators have already crowned Brewer and Cony to win it all. Oxford Hills, EL, Lewiston and Mt. Ararat should have a say in the final standings and we hope to be right there with the rest of them."

SOFTBALL

Coach: Patrick Roche (first year)

2008 record: 3-13 (no postseason)

Top returners: Seniors Mardi Artis, Haley Clark, Jessica Russell, Emily Hartzell, Kayla Wing, Estella Jacobs; juniors Kendra Moreau, Jasmine Nixon, Brittany Sullivan; sophomore Cindy Fraser.

Notable newcomers: Sophomores Laura Blier, Amanda Campbell, Amanda LaFlamme, Jen Wenzler; freshmen Alexa Rivers, Melanie Bryant.

Top foes: Cony, Morse, Mt. Ararat

Coach's comment: "So far we have had an excellent spring. We are outside already which is somewhat early. We recently completed a weekend trip to Cape Cod where we played very well. I was able to get a look at some players in game situations. The team also had a great experience taking in the Harvard/ Cornell game. I believe our overall game will improve (this year). We have been doing very well hitting. At the Cape one of our strong parts of the game was hitting. Our pitching staff is doing well. Defensively we will do very well. As other teams, we have a goal to just go out and play the best we can. As far as depth, I have a number of players on JV who have the skill to move up to varsity and contribute."

BOYS' LACROSSE

Coach: Don Glover (16th season)

2008 record: 14-2 (Lost 8-6 to Scarborough in Class A Final)

Top returners: Max Rosner, John Williams, Derek Beaulieu, Ryan Keating, Jordan Timmerick.

Notable newcomers: Mac Caputi, Peter Morrell, Cody Smith, Taylor Hamilton, Jeremy Diaz.

Top foes: Lewiston, Messalonskee.

Coach's comment: "We should have a solid defensive core. And after graduating several key offensive players, the offense is doing well in the preseason. They've been a great group of hardworking athletes in the preseason."

GIRLS' LACROSSE

Coach: Beth Caputi (ninth season)

2008 record: 16-0 (Beat Kennebunk 15-11 to win first Class A state championship)

Top returners: Seniors Cecilia Kjellman, Samantha Youmans, Paige Montgomery; juniors Anna Holmblad, Eliza Halmo, Leila Mills, Sarah Croston, Amy Pelletier, Jacki Kelly, and Rebekka Miller; sophomore Maggie Caputi.

Notable newcomers: Junior Chelsea Bruno; sophomores Emma Marks, Samantha Cherbonneau, Olivia Robbins, Tika Romano, Kelsie Jenquine; freshmen Annie Kelly, Suzannah Smith, Molly Herman.

Top foes: Morse, Mt. Ararat

Coach's comment: "We have had two successful preseason outings, one against Cape Elizabeth and a second playdate down in Yarmouth where we tested ourselves against some of the best teams in the state - Waynflete, Yarmouth, NYA and Scarborough. Considering that those have been our only two outdoor opportunities this spring, we played very well. Much like last season's team, we have excellent balance all over the field. Every player will contribute something special to this year's team. We return four of our five top scorers from last year and four of our top five defensive leaders. Despite having a strong core group returning, we are still a new team and need to build a new team chemistry to do well this season. I think we will do well in our conference and I know we all look forward to our traditional rivalry games with Morse and Mt Ararat."

OUTDOOR TRACK

Coaches: Dave Delois (12th season), Jeff Hipsher, Jennifer VanDongen

2008 results:
(Boys) 3rd @ Class A state meet
(Girls) 4th @ Class A state meet

Top returners: Kristin Slotnick, Kyia Jensen, Meghen McDonough, Erica Noe, Farren & Kayla Welzel, Brittany Cost, Gaetan Davis, Matt Peabody, Liam Cassidy, Will Geoghegan, Patrick Horan, Steve Purcell, KC Crawford.

Notable newcomers: Alexis Dickinson, Cassandra Murano Wilder Nicholson, Mitchell Black, Benson Worthington, CJ Lord, Jacob Schwab.

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

Coach's comment: "Brunswick will be competitive during the regular season and will have an impact on the state meet, where quality counts and fewer points are needed to succeed."

BOYS' TENNIS

Coach: Becky Christiansen (first season)

2008 record: 8-5 (Lost 4-1 to Lewiston in Eastern Class A quarterfinals)

Top returners: Mats Haaland, Marshall Shepherd.

Notable newcomers: Joe Messermand.

Top foes: Lewiston, Morse, Mt. Ararat

Coach's comment:"I have a great group of guys that possess great leadership skills and effort. The team seems to be solid, but I still need to assess talent and chemistry for lineups. The ability to play mentally tough will be a key in close matches. We are more concerned about how we end the season then how we start."

GIRLS' TENNIS

Coach: Nancy Heiser (ninth year)

2008 record: 12-3 (Lost 5-0 to Lewiston in Eastern Class A Final)

Top returners: Lucy Morrell, Sydney Ford, Dana Freshley, Sarah Manter, Adrienne Pouliot, Erin Kenyon.

Top foes: Lewiston, Bangor, Morse.

Coach's comment: "This year depth will really be key, as our first singles player from last year (Lucy Morrell) is out for the first few matches (soccer injury). So doubles player Sarah Manter will fill in at singles, and others will step up to fill that gap. As a result, we'll probably have several weeks before we finalize a starting lineup for the last half of the season, but I have several skilled players to insert into the doubles line up. Versatile players like Sarah and the Kenyon twins will help us gain points. All returners played in at least one varsity match last year, so our strength this year is experience. But also depth, as most of the girls have been improving their games in the off-season, and all of them are remembering strategies from last year. I'm starting with players that are already educated in the basics and then some. It's a nice place to be."

Photo:
Senior Matt Liscovitz and his Brunswick teammates should be right in the thick of things this season.