Lake Region Spring Sports Preview: Lakers have 'great potential and great attitudes'

Baseball

Coach: Randy Heath

Last year’s 6-12, fell to Cape Elizabeth in tournament quarterfinals

Key players: Jordan Williams (sr.), Nate Smith (sr.), Charlie McDonough (sr.)

Key games: Falmouth, York, Greely

Outlook: “Positive,” Heath says simply. “One game at a time.”

Boys Lacrosse

Coach: Josh Plowman

Last year’s record: 0-12

Key players: Nick Lepage, Mason Laplante, Zeke Tocci, Taylor David, Ben Moen

Outlook: Plowman takes over the struggling Lakers’ outfit this year, and if anybody is a match for the challenge of turning the team around, it’s him. He was 2015 SMAA Coach of the Year at the helm in Westbrook, a program currently at the height of its power. “The kids are working very hard and buying into our systems,” says Plowman. “We’ll be looking to improve every day and make a push to be a playoff team.”

Girls Lacrosse

Coaches: David Keenan (head), Carrie Bush (asst.)

Last year’s record: 9-4

Key players: Molly Christensen, Rachel Bell, Katie Throgmorton, Grace Farrington, Lauren Williams, Lindsey Keenan, Lauren Jacobs, Rachel Shanks, Olivia Deschenes, Hailey Parsons, Aisley Sturk, Melissa Bonenefant, Maddie Nelson

Key games: Yarmouth, Kennebunk, Waynflete

Outlook: 2105 was the Lady Lakers’ first year as a varsity program, making their 9-4 finish a particularly impressive accomplishment. “We had a very good season,” says Keenan, “and made it to the first round of the playoffs. We still have a very young team, but the girls are very athletic and we expect to keep getting better and make it even deeper into the playoffs this year.”

Outdoor Track

Coaches: Mark Snow (co-head), Dana Caron (co-head), Sasha Kantro (asst.), Dan Dors (asst.)

Last year’s record: Boys 5-11, Girls 9-7

Key athletes: Dakota Stover (jumps/sprints); Marcus DeVoe (jump/400/Javelin); Danica Chadwick (hurdles/jumps); Hannah Chadwick (jumps/400); Sam DeSouza (throws); Catherine Christiansen (sprints)

Key meets: Tri-County Clash (May 20 @ Sacopee Valley); WMCs

Outlook: “The boys should be as competitive as last year,” says Snow, “based on the number who came out for the team. The girls have the potential to match last year’s success. It will depend on how many girls compete in three or four events.”

Softball

Coach: Wayne Rivet (third year)

Last year’s record: 6-10

Key players: Jasmine Irish (sr., RF); Jackie More (jr., cf); Melody Millett (jr., 3B); Ali Sawyer (jr., 1B); Liz Cole (jr., LF); Kaylyn Lorrain (so., P); Dessi Berry (so., 2B); Arianna Libby (so., OF); Brooke Harriman (fr., SS); Madison Rock (fr., C); Haley Fernald (fr., U)

Key games: Fryeburg, Poland, Gray-New Gloucester

Outlook: “This year’s Laker team will sport plenty of youth,” Rivet says, “with five or six of the starters either being freshmen or sophomores. While the group has great potential and great attitudes, this will be a learning season for many, from responding to the fast pace of varsity softball to adjusting to hitting faster pitching.” Rivet expects his squad to improve consistently, as their schedule unfolds, and aims to keep them competitive in every game. He’s also fixed one eye on the future, hoping that “lessons learned in 2016 will make the club a playoff contender next spring. If the young players raise their games to the challenges of varsity ball, the Lakers could surprise.”

Girls Tennis

Coach: Kim Peterson

Key players: Spencer True (sr.), Kaytlyn Terry (sr.), Lily Charpentier (sr.), Victoria Kauffman (sr.), Mallory Strain (sr.), Haley Bragdon-Clements (jr.), Olivia Mills (jr.), Kaylyn Jordan (jr.), Alex Hedly (jr.), Megan Harmon (so.), Leia Hodgdon (so.), Abby Green (so.), Kelsey Wight (so.)

Outlook: 2016 looks to be a rebuilding year for the Lakers, who graduated 12 seniors in June; only True returns with varsity experience to her name. She will make the move from doubles to singles this year. Peterson’s other key players could all make an impact, though only time – and some tinkering with the lineup – will tell. “After last year’s tournament,” she says, “our biggest challenge will be to develop our lineup. Our first goal will be to determine our lineup; then we can build chemistry with our doubles team.”

 

Laker Nick Lepage passes forward in a road game last year at Bonny Eagle. Lepage returns this year as one of LRHS’s central figures.

Nate Smith mans first in a bout last year at G-NG. Smith takes to the field for his senior season in 2016.

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