LAKE GEORGE-Without a doubt, it's a re-building year for the Lake George Softball Team, which for recent years was the showcase for Katelyn Callahan's blistering, ultra-powerful pitching.
Callahan not only earned the title of the region's Most Valuable Player, but she's now competing on a softball team at Division I University of Connecticut. Graduating alongside Callahan were the talented group of Taylor Dawson, Sara Anderson, Rachel Pliscofsky, Chelsea Scott, and Molly Blackmon - a team that went 14-0 in the Adirondack League, and 16-2 overall.
Anchoring the 2011 team will be Nicole Bureau, a senior who has formidable experience as catcher - she caught for Callahan for two full years.
Also, coach Kelly Collins will be looking for top performance and leadership from junior Rebecca Kandora on third base - she's known as a strong fielder and very quick on the bases.
Both are expected to lead an aggressive, versatile group that are likely to surprise area sports fans with their determination.
Moving into the pitching position will be Chelsea Sipowicz, a junior, and Amy Sander, a promising sophomore. Both pitched quite well in their Junior Varsity days.
The group's strength is in their versatility and their willingness to learn, Collins said. "They're a very enthusiastic, hard-working, energetic, and fun group," Collins said. "I'm optimistic about our prospects this year."