The AuSable Valley varsity volleyball team is not only looking for its fourth straight Section VII crown, but their first trip to the state final four in Glens Falls.
“Our goal is to finish what we started,” head coach Sandra Hoey said. “We have won sectionals the past three seasons and regionals some years, but we have not been able to go further in states. Our goal is to get to Glens Falls. Of course, in order to do that we also have to win sectionals.”
Hoey said that the key to accomplishing their goals will be the hard work that the players have put into the coming season.
“Our team has put in a lot of hard work in the off season,” Hoey said. “They are getting more experience and have a strong will to win. We could always be taller, faster, stronger and smarter. We are improving both offensively and defensively.”
The Patriots roster includes seniors Noelle Miller, Miranda Sheffer, Kate Gallagher, Miranda O’Neill, Mirissa O’Neill and Lindsay Christian; and juniors Alexis Joy, Lindsay Brown, Shelby Bourgeois, Alexandra Lincoln, Jocelyn Racette, Lizzie Maloney and Kylee Brunnell.
Sandra Hoey will be assisted by Tammy Sheffer and Kevin Hoey.
While the AuSable Valley girls varsity soccer team will be unable to defend their Section VII/Class C title because of their move up to Class B, their goal remains the same.
“We anticipate that we will be in the running for the Class B championship and our goal is to return to intersectional play,” head coach Bruce Bourgeois said. “The level of skill by all three lines enables us to shoot with accuracy from further out and keep the pressure on our opponents to pin them on their half of the field.”
The Patriots return several starters from the championship team and have depth in all three thirds of the field.
“We expect to have a very good year on the backs of our outstanding defenders Logan Snow, Priscilla Coats, Alyssa Baughn and Tiffany Evens; and our hard hitting front of Meghan Strong, Taylor Saltus and Mollie Mashtare,” Bourgeois said. “But our true strength lies in our midfield centered by Rachel Knapp and supported by Madison Rondeau and Vanessa Garrow. Bryce Douglass is very capable in net.”
Bourgeois said that the Patriots will look to play an up-tempo game and look to control possession.
The Lady Patriots roster includes seniors Alyssa Baughn, Bryce Douglass, Ashlee Estes, Tiffany Evens, Rachel Knapp, Mollie Mashtare, Taylor Saltus and Logan Snow; juniors Priscilla Coats, Hillary Drake, Jeanna Manning, Kendra Niemann, Madison Rondeau and Meghan Strong; and sophomores Vanessa Garrow, Briana Savage and Sydney Snow.
The AuSable Valley girls varsity swimming team is preparing for a 2013 season with several key returning athletes.
“Team captains Tonie Cross and Haley Sprague are our center point of strength and leadership on the team,” coach Andy Johnson said. “Lydia Brown and Emily McCormick finished very strong last year with Emily McCormick making it to the state championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle, it is likely that Emily and Lydia are our point leaders this season. Also look for returning swimmers Jasmaine Hall, Taylor Lincoln, Leigh-Ann Wenzel, Emily Wood, and Megan Zmijewski to step up as juniors and seniors to lead.”
Johnson said that the small numbers for the team will hurt them when it comes to competitions against larger schools but they plan to work hard throughout the season to bring along new members of the team.
“Our new swimmers to the team include Erin Butler (modified last year), Brianna Drake (modified last year), Alysa Miller, Julianna Manning and Nicole SantaMaria,” he said.
The Patriots roster includes Lydia Brown, Erin Butler, Tonie Cross, Brianna Drake, Jasmaine Hall, Taylor Lincoln, Julianna Manning, Emily McCormick, Alysa Miller, Nicole SantaMaria, Haley Sprague, Leigh-Ann Wenzel, Emily Wood and Megan Zmijewski.
The AuSable Valley varsity football program will look to build on their 2012 campaign by handing the ball off to one of the top running backs in Section VII.
“Dillon Savage will be one the biggest players to watch this season,” head coach Heith Ford said. “With his season cut short last year with a serious ankle injury he is determined to make up for lost time. The line led by Kyle Coolidge will provide protection for the powerful runner.”
Ford said that the team will look to improve throughout the season as they bring newer varsity players along.
“Steady improvement is a goal and a must,” he said. “We are youthful in some skill areas and time and reps will solidify those areas.”
The Patriots will be anchored by quarterback John Goodnough.
Lineman for the Patriots include Kyle Coolidge, Reilly Peck, Ricky Nichols, Keith Christianson, Matt Nasner, Nick Davis, Kenny Rivers, Brandon Nolan, Cody Lawrence, Mike Bombard, Kevin Strack, Dustin Drake and Micheal Bussiere.
Backs and receivers include Jacob Ashline, Jamie Coolidge, Brad Pray, Cody Furnia, Sultan Sikandar, Chasm Perkett, Dillon Savage, Gavin Friedrich, Connor Kennedy, Lucas Perez, William Coats, Tyler Champine, Zach Crowningshield and Tyler Mary.
The AuSable Valley varsity boys soccer team is looking to make strides throughout the season to improve their play on the pitch.
“We have a lot of inexperienced players this year so we will be focused on improving their skills in order to improve our team game,” coach Bob Hamilton said. “If we play our experience in the defensive end we will be very competitive.”
Hamilton said that there is a good core of players who will be asked to contribute a lot to the Patriots system.
“We will need to expect a lot out of Austin Facteau, Elias Smith, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Nate Devins and Alex Knapp in order to compete,” he said. “New players Zach Cosgrove and Ian Rennie will need to play huge roles in order for us to have any chance of competing. We will also need to develop our attack as this is an area that we continue to struggle.”
The Patriots roster includes Austin Facteau, Elias Smith, Jimmy Provost, Riley Taylor, Prescott Doyle, Nate Devins, Alex Knapp, Zach Cosgrove, Ian Rennie, Chris Hickey, Austin Butler, Elijah Bushey, Zach Kelly, Kyle Hart, Harrison Blaise, Chase Davis and Payson Baer.
The AuSable Valley boys and girls varsity cross country teams will look to compete in the CVAC.
While having less than ideal numbers for the 2013 season, the Patriots will be fielding enough runners to compete in team events for both the boys and girls.
“We have two rather small teams this year at AVCS,” head coach Raune Anne Hamilton said. “What we lack in number, we gain in character. These kids are so kind, polite, responsible and a pleasure to work with. We are excited to have the numbers (just barely) for a full boys and girls team this year.”
The boys team includes senior Josh Ducharme; juniors Brandon Ruocco and Justin Cook; sophomores Aaron Turetsky and Lucas Finnegan; and freshmen Austin Smith, Micheal Guynup, Troy Straight, Alex Wilson and Casey Spear.
“Half of our boys team will be running at the varsity level for the first time this year,” Hamilton said.
The girls team will include juniors Rachel Ford, Emily Patenaude and Jessica Malskis along with sophomores Madison Hall, Ashley Guynup and Kaylee Dukett along with freshman Lydia Russom.
Hamilton will be assisted by Danielle North.