Concerns: Finding the right pieces. Everything has gone well early in Nardella’s first season, but he is still learning about his team every day. His biggest job is making sure his players are on the same page and that all the pieces are together.
Coach’s Outlook: “I think we expect to make the tournament year in and year out. Anything less than that would be a little bit of a disappointment. The seniors talked about being the first group to win a state tournament game; we hope to do that, as well as win the NEC South.”
Last year’s record: 1-15
Head coach: John Robinson (5th season)
Captains: Tahmid Raji, Sr., singles; Aidan Scrimegour, Sr., singles.
Key Returnees: Alex Carvajal, Sr., doubles.
This season will be successful if: The Witches play up to their potential on the courts and knock off a few favored squads along the way.
Last year’s record: 8-8
Head coach: Pat Hicks (4th season)
Captains: Catherine Majeski, Sr., singles; Marlena Udden, Sr., doubles; Kim Barzola, Sr., singles.
Key Returnees: Ari Gaffney, Soph., singles.
This season will be successful if: The Witches continue to get better every single day.
Last year’s record: 3-4
Head coach: Gary Lavoie (4th season)
Team captains: Jared Louf-Woods, Sr., Shot Put/Discus; Nick Thelen, Sr., Mile/Javelin; Jon Crimble, Sr., Long Jump/200.
Key returnees: Ben Sattiewhite: Sr., High Jump/200; Conner Duncan, Jr., Javelin; Aaron Palmer, Jr., 110 Hurdles/100; Emilio Beato, Sr., 800; Anand Patel, Soph., Distance.
Coach’s outlook: “All around this team is the strongest I ever coached in Salem. If the boys stay healthy and work hard we could have a very good season. Distance events, jumps, and throws are all strengths.”
Last year’s record: 1-6
Head coach: Rich Stafford (18th season)
Key returnees: Joy Lima, Sr., Sprints/Jumps; Natasha Demers, Sr., Shot Put; Katie Panneton, Sr., Discus; Morgan Rogers, Sr., Jumps; Shannon Tucker, Sr., Middle Distance.
Coach’s outlook: “We have good senior leadership along with a lot of freshmen and sophomores that are new to the sport. This will be a growth and development year.”