Last year’s record: 5-13
Head coach: Reggie Maidment (Second season, 5-13)
Captains: Brian Nichol, Sr., SS.
Key Returnees: Jack Clay, Jr., P; Pete Duval, Jr., P; Austin Michel, So., C; Nick Tufts, Sr., OF; Drew Gallant, So., 2B; Henry Eagar, Jr., 1B; Ben McDonald, Jr., P/3B.
Strengths: Depth and experience. The Generals return most of their starters from last season and are hoping that experience will help them turn close losses into victories this spring. They’re also very strong up the middle defensively, with Michel moving behind the plate and Nichol smooth at shortstop.
Concerns: Pitching depth. Clay moves to the top spot in the rotation after serving as the No. 2 last year. H-W is hoping for a solid season from Duval and is looking for some arms to fill out the bullpen.
Coach’s Outlook: “These kids are always coming to work. They’ve had a great offseason and they’re all good character kids. Our participation is up, with 35 kids in the program, and we’re hoping to remember the mistakes we made last year and avoid making them again.”
Last year’s record: 11-9 (lost to Medway, 12-8, in the East Div. 3 first round)
Head coach: Jim LaSelva (12th season)
Captains: Matt Vogus, Sr. D; Stephen Turpin, Sr. M; Grant Thompson, Jr. G.
Key Returnees: Eddie Frick, Sr. A; Christian Ecker, Jr. M; Matt Curran, Jr. M; Brian Shaw, Jr. M; Jimmy Littlefield, So. D; Cameron Macri, So. D.
Strengths: Defense. The Generals are young on defense, but they’re talented and have a good, veteran goalie in Thompson.
Concerns: Preseason field time. Like all the teams without field turf, LaSelva had a hard time getting the Generals onto the field consistently. He’s afraid that could have some lingering effects at the start of the season, but the Generals’ veteran coach is still confident his team can overcome any obstacle that might present.
Coach’s Outlook: “There are no excuses. We’ve been working on skills and defense and are very excited about the outlook. We have a really positive attitude. You don’t (just) replace guys like Elliott Burr, Jake Stokes and Matt Putur, but these guys are looking forward to the challenge.”
Last year’s record: 13-3 (Lost in Division 3 North semifinals)
Head coach: Joe Maher (15th season)
Captains: None named yet.
Key Returnees: Joe Love, Jr.; Woody Watson, Soph.; Adam Celata, Sr.
This season will be successful if: The Generals can overcome their inexperience.
Last year’s record: 10-6 (Lost in Division 3 North quarterfinals)
Head coach: Claudia Hawkes (4th season)
Captains: Caroline Flores, Sr.; Colleen Ford, Sr.
Key Returnees: Katie Domoracki, Soph.; Caroline Gribbell, Jr.; Jessie Goldberg, Soph.; Darby Mackintosh, Sr.
This season will be successful if: “We have good weather, stay healthy and continue to work hard.”
Last year’s record: 3-6
Head coach: Steve Sawyer (35th season)
Team captains: To be named later
Key returnees: Tyler Mulley, Sr., Hurdles/Jumps; Kevin Rutigliano, Sr., Distance; Brian Riordan, Sr., Weights; Kyle Maybury, Sr., Sprints/Jumps; Frank McCarthy, Sr., Weights; Riley Shackleton, Jr., Sprints/Jumps; Matt Gillis, Jr., Distance.
Coach’s outlook: “We’re pretty thin and young. Basically, we are looking to be competitive with as many teams as possible.”
Last year’s record: 8-1
Head coach: Steve Sawyer (26th season)
Team captains: To be named later
Key returnees: Sarah Duffy, Sr., Distance; Maddy Lanois, Sr., Pole Vault; Maggie Abbott, Sr., Pole Vault; Kasey Cannister, Sr., Sprints; Jessa Hattabaugh, Sr., Javelin/Discus; Ellie Irish, Sr., Weights; Claire Pacione, Sr., Distance; Meg Blatchford, Sr., Middle Distance/Distance; Bryanna Beveridge, Sr., Hurdles/Sprints; Rachel Gerschlak, Sr., Weights; Shannon Wallace, Sr., Pole Vault; Vanessa Morris, Jr., Sprints/Jumps; Leslie Bynum, Jr., Weights.
Coach’s outlook: “We’re pretty solid overall and should be strong in our league. The girls have won four consecutive Cape Ann Leaguechampionships.”