Aug. 29—Gretchen Curtis (17th year)
13-4, reached Class C North regional final
Seniors — Libbie Errington, Keira Kelley; Juniors — Emily Woods, Grace Averill, Sylvia Hodson, Layla Merrill, Alyssa Ellis, Diana Cayer; Sophomores — Lana Waite, Katelyn Scott.
Jayce Brophy, Grace Robbins, Alivia Ellis, Kallie Errington, Morgan Woods, Kara Woods.
Sophomore — Nicole Turnbull; Freshmen — Grace Jackson, Xandria Libby, Raeleigh Ricci, Emma Chapman, Brooklyn Webster.
After losing a large graduating class, Gretchen Curtis is confident the Cougars will be competitive this year after reaching the Class C North regional final last season. The team has committed to working hard in practices and getting better each game.
Kim Joler (sixth year)
Seniors — Gabrielle Duplissis (B), Micah Joler (M), Leah Thibodeau (M/F), Adrianna Couture (F), Helena Moon (F), Kasey Smith (G); Juniors — Carly Wang (B), Lauren Hodgman (B), Kassidy Lobb (F), Marina Morgan (F), Nora Condit (M); Sophomores — Mackenzie Joler (M), Meredith Delehanty (B).
Juniors — Anaya Egge (F), Celia Mihalik (B); Sophomores — Kylee LeBrun (G), Blake Hamel (F); Freshmen — Alison Michaud (F), Sophia Gerry (B), Hannah Sampson (B), Annabelle Lamontagne (F).
The Red Eddies are dedicated and hard-working student-athletes, according to Kim Joler. They have been working together for many seasons now and can identify and use their strengths to their advantage. The sixth-year head coach said this season the players will use their experience to gain momentum down the field offensively and create a strong defensive game in the process. The excitement and energy that the team has now that it has a home on the new turf facility is powerful.
Julia Leary (first year)
3-9-2 record, lost in Class B South prelims.
Seniors — Olivia Knudsen (D), Amelia Bowie (F); Junior — Samantha Poulind (G), Emma Bowden (F), Elara Kluck (D), Greta Tod (F), Isabelle Humphrey (M), Zoe Trepaney (M), Ellie Bouman (D); Sophomores — Helen Kalinich (M), Callista Strattard (F).
Emma Hutchings, Alexis Hutchings.
Freshman — Kenlie Nadeau (F).
The Patriots look forward to taking the next step as a team. They have a lot of new faces but lots of athleticism that will carry them this season. The team is eager to continue to improve daily and be very competitive in Class B South.
Cathy Marston (first year)
Senior — Emma Beedy (M); Juniors — Maddie Morin (F), Katie Sirois (F), Olivea Miller (M), Isabelle Gates (M), Addie Twitchell (D).
Cierra Barker, Jazzlynn Clark, Ava Pratt.
: Senior — Emily Poland(G); Freshmen — Ainsley Barry (F), Ava Twitchell (M), Calee Libby (F), Mallie Buckley (M), Elizabeth Buckley (D)
After a big coaching loss this year with former coach, Wanda Ward-MacLean, who died of metastatic breast cancer on June 30, this group of girls is pushing hard to meet the expectations of their new coach, Cathy Marston. Emma Beedy will lead the team as the only returning senior and hold the center of the field. The strong junior class will assist her in showing the younger class the ropes by modeling and mentoring. This year's team is driven, incredibly supportive of each other, and they anticipate this will have a strong influence on their play.
Jenessa Talarico (fourth year)
Seniors — Alyssa Tremblay (M), Siara Laliberte (F), Bella Dube (M), Reese Maynard (F), Maddy Freeman (M), Fiona Landry (M), Allison Lavallee (F), Gabriella Thomas (D), Jasmine Connor-Schade (M), Savannah Connor-Schade (F), Taylor Melvin (D), Olivia Crowley (F), Isabelle DeMars (D), Skyla Webb (D), Cally Dow (F), Claudia Provost (D), Alex LaChance (F); Juniors — Sarah Mack (G), Chloe Tremblay (M), Ava Dionne (M), Maia Langlois (F); Sophomores — Lauren Cote (F), Ayanay Holloman (F), Shelby Vallee (D), Grace Colgan (M), Madilyn Moreau (F), Maya Gunther (M).
Kimberley McLaughlin, Julia Perkins
Freshmen — Luci Tremblay (F), Delanie Bosquet (M), Maila Strout (D), Lila Theriault (M), Valerie Potvin (D), Charlotte Crowley (D).
The varsity team has 17 seniors and the Blue Devils hope their experience will lead them to a playoff run. Lewiston will rely on Gabriella Thomas to lead the defense.
Julie Petrie (13th year)
13-4, reached the Class C South regional final
Juniors — Avia Russo (F), Riley Hoyle (M/F/D), Mackenzie Theriault; Sophomores — Alivia Saunders (F).
Haley-Jane Tuplin, Maddy Tuplin, Maria Levesque, Laura Mockler, Kayla Cooper, Reesa Theriault-Guay, Capella Russo, Hanna Schreiber, Alexia Barnes, Emily Libby, Jade O'Connor.
Sophie Cote (G), Tiana Seaborne (D), Delina Daigle (F), Aubriana Bright (M/F), Pelle O'Kane (M/F), Melanie Simmons (F), Ella Morales (F), Payton Hoyle (D), Chloe McDaniel (D), Hayleigh Perron (M/F).
The Greyhounds took a big hit from graduation, losing 11 seniors and nine starters, including Miss Maine Finalist Haley-Jane Tuplin. This team is young, with no seniors, and will rely on the returners for leadership. The team is working hard, learning and growing each day. Players need to step up and fill roles while improving throughout the season. Julie Petrie's goal for the team is to play their best field hockey in late October.
Julia Lajoie (first year)
KVAC; Class: A
Seniors — Katie Yeaton (M), Mikayla Wilcox (F); Juniors — Bree Griffin (M), Kara Daggett (D), Summer Sawyer (D); Sophomores — Kali Judkins (F/M), Lily Huntley (F/M)
Sophomore — Grace Allen; Freshmen — Gwen Lesperance (GK), Alyssa Parker.
The girls are playing very cohesively and are growing into a very versatile group. Julia Lajoie said the Cougars have depth and flexibility in every position, but have a fairly young team. Lajoie is pleased with the progress in the preseason and even more excited about their potential. They plan to hit the ground running in the season opener and aim to gain momentum throughout September.
Jessica Sirois (first year)
Seniors — Mallorie Bourret, Brooke Brown, Nevaeh D'Angelo, Celeste Dickey, Abby Jones, Ella Young; Junior — Kaylani Sinclair (G); Sophomores — Lola Bisson, Mariya Gammon.
Chloe Godbois, Alyvia Knox.
Freshmen — Melina Byam, Catori Watson.
The Falcons have been preparing for the upcoming season with conditioning and stickwork, with a focus on uniting the young players and the veterans. They have experience defending the cage and across each line, with new skill sets and energy from a large incoming freshmen class. Sirois said to expect this team to be competitive in their conference and class, looking for every opportunity to learn and improve.
Lexi Fuller (third year)
5-9, reached Class C South regional semifinals
Seniors — Lexi Pelkey (F), Sierra Lane (G); Juniors — Michaela Pontbriand (D), Emma Bourgoin (M); Sophomores — Izzy Whitaker (F), Saryn Blais (D) Paige Stevens (D), Gabby Renn (D), Ella Martin (G), Sutton Sloan (M).
Julie Mooney, Lilly Coburn, Chloe Fournier, Kelsey Young, Mia Valliere.
Olivia French (M), Grace Behne (F), Madalyn Sikora (F), Janiah McKay (F).
The Raiders are very young but Lexi Fuller said the girls are dedicated and hard-working. Oak Hill knows the MVC is a deep conference but they want to be contenders for a conference title.
Hayly Holman (first year)
13-3-1, reached Class A North regional final
Seniors — Gabby Wright (G), Kaya Joseph (M), Ava Kennagh (B), Brynn Bean (F), Hannah Jendrick (B/M), Tristen Derenburger (F); Junior — Lauren Millett (B).
Carlee-Mae Cash, Molly Corbett, Zaya Volmar, Sierra Carson, Miah Gallan, Autumn Rowe, Page Temple, Ally Slicer, Bree Heikkinen, Allegra Meagher, Maddy Stack.
Seniors — Cora Pierce (B), Dakota Morgan (F); Juniors — Lily Hammond (F), Veda Person (B), Abby Toohey (F/M), Cassie Turgeon (F), Kenadie Mason-Le (B), Sophie Estes (M), Gracie Hart (F/M); Sophomore — Charlotte McGreevy (G).
Hayly Holman said there's no denying that the loss of last season's senior class is substantial. This preseason, there is a large group of upperclassmen who are playing at the varsity level for the first time, and they have been on a steep learning curve. That said, Holman notes that this year's returners and newcomers alike have been working hard to mesh the tangible and intangible elements to their game. If they can continue focusing on their technical skills, positional discipline and on-field communication, the Vikings could see a deep run into the playoffs come October, which the program has expected the past few seasons.
Ashley Armstrong (second year)
Seniors — Sydney Lacombe (M), Briyana Vellila (M), Khloe O'Leary; Sophomores — Ruby Taylor (M), Imani Downing (B).
Senior — Cadence Peters (B); Sophomore — Savannah Smith (M/F); Freshman — Gabriella Mcalister (B).
Armstrong said the team has been working hard and focusing on improving their record from last year. Poland hopes to capitalize on games in which they have lost in the past in overtime. The Knights are excited for the season and have the largest roster since 2019. Armstrong is hopeful for continued growth and is proud of the young ladies working hard so far during preseason.
Racheal Mastine (second year)
11-3, lost in Class C North quarterfinals
Seniors — Anna Plourde (D), Mary Hamblin (D), Leah Burgess (M), Olivia Mastine (F), Brooklyn Fournier (F), Elizabeth Grondin (D), Aubrey Kachnovich (F); Juniors — Mallory Clark (G), Samantha Martin (D), Avery Bessey (F), Miley Fournier (M); Sophomore — Adell Pease (F).
Ryleigh Castonguay, Mariyah Fournier, Caitlyn Brown.
Juniors — Ryanna Taylor (M), Aaylah Herrera (F); Freshmen— Maddie Grimaldi (M), Amelia Holland (F), Kyleigh Marcotte (G).
After extensive preparation this summer and throughout preseason, Spruce Mountain is looking to compete and have a successful season. Racheal Mastine said this year's group is the true definition of a team and that hard work, dedication, leadership, commitment and cooperation should make the Phoenix a competitive group. They return nine starters from last year's team, led by seven very versatile seniors who have a great deal of varsity experience.
Mercedes Archer (first year)
12-1, reached Class C South regional semifinals
Senior — Georgiana Davidson (D); Juniors — Emily Andrews (F), Alexyss Baird (D); Sophomores — Chloe Beauchesne (F), Abigail Labonte (M), Maia Cote (G); Freshman — Ava Martin (F), Lily Bonney (D), Madeline Andrews (F).
Lorelei Bonney, Isabella Pelletier, Ava Apodaca, Abigail Mitchell.
Alana Wheeler, Evelyn Caron, Emma Smith.
Although the Saints' roster is small, coach Mercedes Archer said they have a strong and determined team. They will adjust to losing some key players and will welcome new skills. The team is excited, working hard and preparing for the tough season ahead.
Gail Wight (36th year)
Seniors — Kyra Rose-Espinoza (M), Bella Bennett (M), Lindsy Stephenson (GK); Junior — Rylee Cooper (M); Sophomores — Vivi Charette (F), Cadie Campbell (M/F), Taejyah Lego (D), Michaela Mowery (M/F), Evelyn Cummings (F).
Autumn Thompson, Payton Berry, Violet Howe.
Sophomore — Dani Luce, Hannah Stetson, Natalia Danforth-Gordon.
Gail Wight said the Rebels have to stay healthy and work hard. They do have nine returning players who now have varsity experience, which is a plus. Telstar hopes to work on its defensive game this season.
Melissa Perkins (first year)
16-2, Class C State Champions
Senior — Liz Roman; Juniors — Madeline Wagner, Caroline Corgan, Lauren Miller, Izzy Folsom; Sophomores — Olivia Huri, Emily Kempton, Brynn Stubbert, Cate Gustin.
Emma Shuman, Rhyan Sawlivich, Bella Littler, Julia Letourneau, Brooke Belz, Madison Weymouth, Lucy Vachon, Lauryn Wood.
Junior — Sienna Beauchesne; Sophomores — Hannah Toye, Olivia Toye, Marley Simmons; Freshman — Kylee Mansir, Piper Clark, Ella Giles, Harper Fyfe, Chloe Moody, Raegan Littlefield, Reese Shaw, Grace Grant, Lynmarie Cormier, Katie Timms, Cyara Harriman.
Melissa Perkins said losing eight seniors and starters from the state championship opens up a lot of opportunities for this young team. The team will rely on the experience of Madeline Wagner, Izzy Folsom, Caroline Corgan and Lauren Miller to lead the team to a successful season.
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