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April 10, 2013

Danvers 2013 Spring Sports Previews


The Salem News

---- — BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 17-6 (NEC Small champions, lost in Division 2 North second round)

Head coach: Roger Day (26th season, 392-170)

Captains: Ray Arocho, Sr., P/OF; Dan Connors, Sr., 2B; A.J. Couto, Sr., OF

Key Returnees: Evan Eldridge, Sr., SS; Anthony Garron, Sr., OF; Brandon Hyde, Jr., P; Joe Strangie, Sr., OF; Joe Olszak, Jr., C; Andy Olszak, Fr., 3B; Ryan Heber, Jr., 3B; Rafael Tylus, Jr., 1B/P; Richie Martino, So., P.

Strengths: Defense and experience. The Falcons are very strong up the middle with Eldridge and Connors returning at the double play spots, plus Arocho and Garron in the outfield. Danvers returns six of nine starters from last year’s lineup and has solid leadership from the seniors.

Concerns: Pitching depth. Arocho and Hyde have proven they have the ability to win games in the always-competitive Northeastern Conference, but Danvers is looking for arms to fill out the rotation and the bullpen.

Coach’s Outlook: “Our season will come down to how we pitch. We should be solid defensively and experience-wise, (and) we should hit better than we’ve hit. We have to find some ways to make things work and have to make sure we’re getting better for the end of the year.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 19-4 (Lost in the Div. 2 North semifinals to Dracut)

Head coach: Tara Petrocelli (10th season)

Captains: Chrissy Gikas, Sr., 2B; Julia Saggese, Sr., OF; Kendall Meehan, Jr., P.

Key Returnees: Devin Johnson, Jr., P/1/B; Caitlin McBride, So., C/3B; Devyn Downs, Jr., 1B; Brittany Dougal, So., SS.

Strengths: Pitcher Kendall Meehan is back for her third season on the mound for the Falcons.

Concerns: Danvers graduated a great field general and leader in Sam DiBella behind the plate. Petrocelli will be looking for girls to step into the catchers role, but has lots of young talent to choose from and sophomore Caitlin McBride could very well fill that position.

Coach’s Outlook: “In the short term, we’re looking get better every game. We’re young with only two seniors, and a lot can happen. We’re looking to control the controlables.”

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 9-10 (lost to Concord Carlisle, 14-0, in the East Div. 2 preliminary round)

Head coach: Tim Murphy (4th season)

Captains: Shea Doyle, Sr. A; Theo Hapbelamprou, Sr. D; Jay Calcagno, Jr. M.

Key Returnees: James Curley, So. G; Matt Flynn, Jr. M; Steven Ganley, So. M; Dan Geary, So. LSM.

Strengths: Teamwork. There isn’t one star that the Falcons will lean too heavily on this spring. Murphy expects Danvers to spread the wealth on offense and have defenders that each do their part for the good of the team.

Concerns: Depth. As good as it is to have a balanced attack, Murphy feels a couple of the big losses (Will Jennings on attack and midfielder Steven Christopher) could end up being holes that are difficult to fill.

Coach’s Outlook: “I expect us to be competitive in every game that we play. There are no games to take for granted, but I don’t think there are any teams on the schedule that we can’t beat. Our No. 1 goal is to host a playoff game and we’ll probably have to put 13-14 wins on the board to do that, so I guess that’s what we’re looking for.”

BOYS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 15-5 (Lost in Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Ken Rawson (7th season)

Captains: Gabe Ochonski, Sr., singles.

Key Returnees: Nick Lisichenok, Jr., first singles; Jimmy Cunningham, Soph., doubles; Emmett Pierro, Jr., singles.

This season will be successful if: “We have some of our younger players get experience quickly.”

GIRLS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 4-14

Head coach: Karen Corcoran (3rd season)

Captains: Rachel Ziner, Sr., first singles; Alyssa Feldman, Sr., doubles.

Key Returnees: Samantha Vocatura, Soph., singles; Deana Dalkouras, Jr., singles; Raquel Leslie, Soph.; Jennifer Lueke, Soph., doubles.

This season will be successful if: Each player can play up to her potential.

BOYS TRACK

Last year’s record: 4-3

Head coach: Sean Rogers (2nd season)

Team captains: Kyle Sullivan, Sr., 110 Hurdles/Triple Jump; Matt Hogan, Sr., 400/800/Relay; Joe Manson, Sr., Throws.

Key returnees: John Thomas, Soph. Sprints/Long Jump/Relay; Chris Behen, Soph., Sprints; Long Jump; Relay; Drew Piazza, Sr., 800/Mile; Ryan Levesque, Sr., 110 Hurdles/Triple Jump/Long Jump; Connor Rollins, Jr., Jumps/Relay; James Bailey, Jr., Distance; Christian Veatch, Jr., Discus/Javelin/100/Relay; Mike Gilmore, Sr., Shot Put.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a lot of returning people with some experience. There is strong leadership not only from the captains, but the entire senior class. Depth is a concern; we need some underclassmen to fill in roles. If we can consistently perform, we can keep meets competitive.”

GIRLS TRACK

Last year’s record: 3-4

Head coach: Sean Dunleavy (13th season)

Captains: Meghan Beskid, Sr., Throws; Ashley Brooks, Sr., Jumps; Lianna Hebert, Sr., Hurdles; Xanthi Pantazelos, Sr., Sprints/Jumps; Corrine Previte, Sr., Middle Distance.

Key returnees: Lexi Bean, Sr., Sprints; Angela Caldarone, Soph., Middle Distance/Jumps; Cat Dominick, Soph., Distance; Gracie Ingraham, Sr., Hurdles; Meghan Kellard, Sr., Throws.

Coach’s outlook: “We want to build off last year record-wise. We have some good veteran leaders and a lot of talented sophomores. There is a good quality person in every event for us, so we’ll see how many NEC champions and strong state-level performances we’ll have.”