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December 10, 2012

Pingree Winter Sports Capsules 2012-13

BOYS HOCKEY

Last season: 11-18-2 (did not qualify for playoffs)

Head coach: Gino Khachadourian (1st year)

Key returnees: Shawn Khachadourin, Jr. F; Jerome Cappadona, Sr. F; Mitch Luti, Jr. D; Max Goldstein, Sr. D; Chris DeVito, Soph. G; Brandon Franco, Jr. F.

Interesting newcomers: Mike Riley, Fr. F; Ryan Lovell, Fr. D; Matt Cavanaugh, Fr. D; Chris Ussgelio, Jr. F.

It’ll be a great season if: A young Highlanders team can rely on their strengths — goaltending and leadership from the upperclassmen — through an extremely difficult prep schedule. Cappadona returns as the leading scorer from a year ago with 8 goals and 15 points.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Last season: 13-8 (Lost in Eastern Independent League final in OT)

Head coach: Sarah Carpenter (6th year, 43-65-2)

Team captains: Mackenzie Foster, Sr., D; Ally Heffron, Sr., G; Jillian Witwicki, Jr., D

Other key returnees: Kristina Caradonna, Jr., F; Leah Heinze, So., F; Katie Shreenan, So., F; Adrineh Nalbandian, Sr. D; Michaela Bryne, Sr., D.

It’ll be a great season if: They stay healthy. The Highlanders have a smaller roster and captain Heffron is the only goalie on the squad, so the injury bug would be tough to deal with. They’ll also need to develop some secondary scoring with 100-point getter Lily Sabatini lost to graduation.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Last season: 19-6 (Lost to Hebron Academy in the first round of the New England Tournament)

Head coach: Steve Gibbs (10th year)

Team captains: Kyle Lentini, Jr. F; Connor Reardon, Jr. C/F; Johnny Spears, Jr. G.

Other key returnees: None.

It’ll be a great season if: The Highlanders can find a way to mesh their talented juniors captains with a strong freshman class. Freshmen Nino Leone (6-foot-5), Alonzo Jackson (6-5), Justin Asad (6-3), and Griffin Beal (6-1) are big and talented, but there may be a breaking in-period for Pingree.

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