The 2009-10 winter season sports at Northeastern Clinton Central School will be a competitive year for all players.
Volleyball coach Brent Banker has a good mix of returning players with new players and he's already seeing a lot of talent.
"I think we will be very competitive in all our matches," Banker said.
Only five members of last year's team are returning members. They are outside hitters Ashley Goyette and Ayisha Loya, setter Alyssa Rabideau, who was last year's assists leader and who, along with Loya, were the top two servers on the team. Also returning are middle blocker Kristen Langr and opposite hitter Elena Sanchez-Freeman.
New players this year are outside hitters Ashley Lamberton and Anna Sarbou, setter Megan Richards, middle blockers Colleen Ryan, Victoria Duprey, and Mallory Honan, opposite hitter Kelly Rogers, and libero Vada Loya.
The girls varsity basketball team is also a young team, with only four girls returning from last year.
This season should be very different from previous years, with a new coach David Lambert, taking over for Andy Landry.
"The coaching staff had 14 outstanding years and will be truly missed," Lambert said.
With such a young team, Lambert also feels, "We need our underclassmen to step up quickly."
Overall, he feels "our team speed should be our strength. How quickly we learn to play together will determine our success."
Returning players this year are forward Cari Dominic, center Mara Faivaie, and guards Katrina Garrand and Chelsey Brooks.
The new members of the team are forwards Mary Elizabeth Franke, Rachelle Barcomb, and Megan Boumil, and guards Paige Southwick, Jess Ashline, Bianca Grimshaw, Justine Rabideau, and Courtney Bond.
In boys varsity basketball, many players are returning from a very successful season, with a CVAC record of 16-0 and overall record of 23-1.
"[We] lost the CVAC Most Valuable Player, Matt Farbotko, to graduation," said coach Robb Garrand. "The league will be extremely tough with a lot of new talented players on each squad."
Already Garrand has found the team to be working very hard and working on "establishing a starting lineup."
Returning players are forwards Connor Chapman, Casey Manor, Richie Collins, and Steve Carder, and guards Randy Grimshaw, Fred Hapgood, and Jamie Davison.
New players this year are Nathan LaFave, Logan Miller, Rob Armstrong, and Tom Bedard - all guards.
In bowling, coach Rick Dumas said the girls have "a great attitude and enthusiasm for the sport."
"They are very interested in improving their skills and supporting their teammates."
For the returning players, Dumas expects Aleigha McGoldrick and Stepfanie Bechard to be on top, "with Katie Hawksby and Sara Adams not very far behind."
Other players on the team this season are Janelle Menard, Devin Gosselin and Katie Trombley.
For the boys, returning players Cory Manor, James Lapierre, Aaron Mesec, Joey Robert and Josh Frenyea will be valuable in the success of the newcomers.
Despite being a rather young team, Dumas has found "All the kids have a great attitude and enthusiasm for the sport."
One of the weaknesses Dumas expects to face are that only five boys on the team have participated in CVAC action in the past.
"Returning bowlers will be ultra important in forming this team's identity," he said.
Other members on the team this year are Landon Gosselin, Kyle Seubert, Eric Dupee, Chris Kokes and Kevin Sterling.
Varsity cheerleading is another sport at NCCS, led by coach Sarah Hunter. Members of the team this year are Morgin Baker, Malinda Bechard, Chelsea Brown, Jackie Fales, Jenna Hansen, Jenna McMillan, Kelly Pavilaitis, Chelsea Cayea, Kaylan Short, Chelsea Blouin, Katrina Bordeau, Katelyn Brothers, Sarena Foster, Kelsey LaFontaine, Chelsey Van Der Munnik, Amanda Harvey, Katie LaVenture, and Amber Wallace.