Athletic Director Mike Hatt
Football: Division II
Head coach - Mike Hatt, seventh season as varsity coach.
The Springfield High School football team is coming off a year in which you can't do any better - an undefeated season and Division III state championship.
Despite losing several key players to graduation including three Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl selections, the Cosmos still bring back plenty of fire power as they gun for another title, however it looks like this year, the division could be wide open.
With all-state quarterback Grant White now graduated, do not expect the Cosmos to throw the ball down field nearly as much as in the past, however senior QB Brandon Boyle did get some reps under center last year and is a great athlete in his own right.
Boyle was also the Cosmos best receiver last season and after moving to quarterback, his top targets will be split end Colin LaPlante and all-purpose running backs Billy Wheeler and Matt Mitchell, who will both also share the ball-carrying duties.
Wheeler will also see some time at the quarterback position as well, which would also allow Boyle to again, run some plays at wide receiver.
The Comsos will also miss wide out Shawn Keefe, who is out with a knee injury, but also watch for Bennett Chevalier to catch some passes and start on the defensive side of the ball.
Players looking to create an impact on the defensive side of the ball include Kirk Pertham and the aforementioned Bennett.
Despite the loss of all-state lineman Keith Cook, Springfield's offensive line remains a strength with Ben Cox (center), Luke Morin and Max Lake (guards) and T.J. Wallace and James Stillings (tackles).
Although perhaps not as stacked as last year, this Cosmos team still has enough talent and experience to make a serious run at a nother title, however like most championship runs, they will have to stay healthy because they are not as deep this seasson.
Also, four of their first five games are on the road, which does not make things any easier.
In the season opener at Poultney, it took the Cosmos everything they had to pull out a 6-0, overtime win over the Blue Devils.
In the scoreless four quarters, the Springfield offense moved the ball up and down the field, but the Poultney defense would bend, but not break.
However, both teams were plagued by penalties and turnovers throughout the game. In all the Cosmos were flagged for 11 penalties and turned the ball over five times.
In the overtime, Poultney got the ball first (at the Springfield 10-yard line) but could not break the tie, giving the Cosmos a shot at the win.
After a first down holding penalty that negated a touchdown, Springfield ended up with a fourth down situation at the 2-yard line, when QB Billy Wheeler dropped back for a pass, then tucked the ball in and ran for the touchdown, untouched.
Boys' Soccer: Division II
Head coach - Paul Kendall, seventh season as varsity coach.
The Springfield High School boys' soccer team is coming off an excellent season that saw them go 11-3-1 before being upset in the first round of the playoffs by Randolph.
You might say that the Cosmos have some unfinished business to attend to this season and have 10 returning players from last year, so there is still plenty of experience and leadership from last years' squad.
However the Cosmos also face a tough schedule this season, including two matches with Hartford, (who dropped down from Division I) plus three Division I teams in Burr & Burton, Brattleboro and Rutland.
A few key, returning players for Springfield include John Kendall, Angelo Jardina, Brian Brady, Derek Graham, Cody Filkin and James Karkowski.
Watch for sophomore Colin Brady to make some noise as well, while Jordan Phenning looks to have a strong season as the starting goal keeper.
In their season road-opener at the annual John Werner Tournament, the Cosmos got off to a fast start with a convincing, 7-0 shut out win over Otter Valley, in Arlington.
Senior John Kendall was the top gun for the Cosmos netting four goals in the victory, while Graham added two goals and Filkin one.
Along with the high-powered offense, Springfield also played excellent defense and was solid in midfield.
The Cosmos out shot the Otters 22-5, while goal keeper Jordan Phenning preserved the shut out.
Girls' Soccer: Division II
Head coach - Don Thomas, third season as varsity coach.
The Springfield High School girls soccer team is coming off a season last year that saw them lose in the first round of the tournament, however after losing five close matches in double-overtime, the Lady Cosmos easily could have had a much better record and higher seed in the playoffs.
However, coach Thomas lost a few key seniors to graduation and overall numbers are low, therefore he will need not only his returning players to step up, but also a few younger players as well.
The Lady Cosmos will turn to key returning players Taylor Thomas, Amanda Aberle, Olivia Johnson, Lindsay Bolduc and Melissa Tarbell for leadership and stability on the field, while Emma Estey, Amanda Farnsworth, Sarah Vredenburgh and Jenna Paul will also be looked upon to create an impact as well.
Another big factor in the success of this team will be the goal tending of sophomore Alaina Orth, who was pressed into duty last year as a freshman, but also got some valuable experience between the posts and moving forward.
In the season opener at Quechee against the Hartford Hurricanes, the Lady Cosmos played tough, but dropped a 2-1 decision.
Emma Estey got the lone goal for the Lady Cosmos, which tied the game at one late in the first half, but a second half goal by Taylor Vonini broke the tie late in the match.
The Lady Cosmos played well defensively and Alaina Orth made eight saves in the net, but they couldn't generate enough offense to tie the game up late.
Field Hockey: Division II
Head coach - Bindy Hathorn, first season as varsity coach.
The Springfield field hockey team will be heading into a season without Joy Benson as their coach for the first time in, I believe, 23 years.
However new head coach and former assistant Bindy Hathorn inherits a team that not only came within one win of reaching the state finals last season, but also returns 10 players from that team.
The strength of this group appears to be the defense, which includes junior goalie Britanny Grant, Lindsay Turgeon, Kayla Perham, Becca Trombley and Erin Graham.
However the key to the entire scheme is link Maria Stern, a junior who has been a mainstay since her freshman year.
Autumn White, Sarah Trombley and Jessie Haskell will also be key factors at link, while players such as sophomores Evie Whittemore and Morgan Johnson and freshman Jill Rushton will add depth.
In the season-opener at rival Bellows Falls, the Lady Cosmos got off to a fast start with a convincing, 4-0 shut out over the Lady Terriers.
Springfield got two goals from Sarah Trombley and one each from Sterm and Kaylea Perham.