Athletic Director: Keith Lyman
Boys' Soccer: Division III
Head coach - Chris Barton, eleventh season as varsity coach.
The Leland & Gray boys' soccer team is coming off a season last year that saw them go 8-7 before losing in the first round of the tournament.
After only losing a couple seniors to graduation, coach Barton returns a whopping 15 players from last season, therefore if they stay healthy, experience and depth should not be a problem.
A few key returning players include Tyler Russell, Colin Nystrom and Noah Chapin, Sean Stine, Josh Fontaine and Jared Van Ordol in the net. Chapin is also the back up net minder.
In the season-opener at Windsor, the Rebels got off to a fast start, steam-rolling over Windsor, 7-1.
Leland & Gray got two goals each from Russell, Chapin and Stine, while Colin Nystrum added another in the victory.
Obviously the Rebel offense was clicking, but the defense was also strong, with goal keeper Gabe Pozzi only needing to make four saves in preserving the win.
The Rebels recently lost two tough ones (one in overtime) to rival Twin Valley, both of which were very close matches.
Russell scored two goals and Nystrom and Chapin each added one for Leland & Gray, but it would not be enough as Twin Valley's Scott Hayford scored his fourth goal of the game, in overtime, for the win.
Despite the loss, Von Ordol made 17 saves in goal for the Rebels.
The rivals played again less than a week later, in which Leland & Gray lost another close one to the Wildcats, falling in another one goal loss, 3-2.
The Rebels had gotten to within one goal after Sean Stine had scored on a header with under 15 minutes left in regulation, but the Wildcats were able to hold them off for the win.
At press time, Leland & Gray was gearing up to participate in the annual Josh Cole Tournament, hosted by Black River High School in Ludlow.
The Rebels were set to take on host Black River in the opening round of the four team tournament that features the Rebels, Black River, Bellows Falls and Green Mountain.
Girls' Soccer: Division IV
Head coach - Evan Chadwick, eleventh season as varsity coach.
The Lady Rebels soccer team is coming off a season last year that saw them go 6-8 and beating Twin Valley in the play-down game, before losing to Stowe in the quarterfinals.
Despite losing four key seniors to graduation including the school's record-holder in goals, Morgan Mahdavi and Becca Bizon, Coach Chadwick does return a strong defensive unit that should be the anchor of the team.
The Lady Rebels will look to tri-captains Kerry Johnson, devan pienewski and Michaela Tietz for leadership on the field, while others looking to step up include Aly Marcucci, Bethany Burdick, Chelsea Cox, Nicole Sherman, Jessica Young, Kayla Joyce and Keira Cappancelli.
Tietz will play a big role in the success of the team as she moves into the striker position, while goalie Capponcelli will also need to step up.
Despit a 2-0 loss to MAU in the seasop-opener, Capponcelli did a nice job in the net with 11 saves.
However the Lady Rebels bounced back with a 3-1 win over West Rutland, in Townshend.
Tiez broke a 1-1 tie with five minutes left in regulation for the win.
Johnson scored the first Rebel goal, with an assist coming from Aly Marcucci. Capponcelli only needed to make four saves in the victory.
Cross Country: Division IV
Head coach - hanna LaBarre, fifth season as varsity coach.
After not losing any runners to graduation, the Leland & Gray cross country team will look to a few key runners this season, including top gun Brian Urato.
Others looking to make their mark include Joe Dutton, Bailey Whelchel, Aaron Meihak, Lauren Scott, Rachel Ires and Sarah Clark.
In the season opener at Bellows falls, Urato was the top Rebel finisher, taking eighth place, while rachel Scoot was the top girls' finisher in the fourteenth spot.