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April 10, 2013

Swampscott 2013 Spring Sports Previews


The Salem News

---- — BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 15-7 (Lost in Division 3 North second round)

Head coach: Jason Calichman (First season)

Captains: None named.

Key Returnees: Bob Serino, Sr., OF; Corey Carmody, Sr., OF; Nunzio Morretti, Jr., 2B; Brenden McDonald, Jr. IF/P; Al Wallach, Jr. P; Michael Lan, Sr., OF/P; Ryan January, So., IF/OF; Greg Collier, Jr., IF.

Strengths: Work ethic and hustle. The squad has embraced an aggressive but not careless approach at the plate and has been practicing full speed. It’s been a competitive preseason with players working hard to fill open jobs and carry momentum into the regular season.

Concerns: Experience. The Big Blue graduated the majority of last season’s lineup and rotation, and on top of that the late snow has limited outdoor practice for all the area’s teams this spring. It’ll be trial by fire for many of Swampscott’s new varsity contributors.

Coach’s Outlook: “It’s a dream scenario for the staff; we’ve had a blast every day at the park with these kids. We all grew up Big Blue baseball players and we want to transfer what we learned to these kids: going about things the right way and competing.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 14-8 (Lost in the Div. 2 North quarterfinals to Newburyport)

Head coach: Frank Kowalski (4th season)

Captains: Stephanie Collins, Sr., IF/OF; Bridget Generversa Wong, Sr., 1B; Tori Thistle, Jr., 3B.

Key Returnees: Tessa Bean, Jr., OF/C; Danielle Mayblyum, Jr. RF/P; Sam Rizzo, So., LF.

Strengths: Attitude. “As of right now it’s difficult to know our identity because essentially many girls will be competing for positions. We will have new pitching and a new catcher,” said Kowalski.

Concerns: The youth. The Big Blue need the young girls to step up and take a leadership role.

Coach’s Outlook: “We’re looking to compete in the NEC and qualify for the state tournament. I believe in these kids and believe we will succeed because we will have good team chemistry in which I put a huge value into.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 8-12

Head coach: Paula Donnelly (7th season)

Captains: Alexa Goldman, Sr. D; Catt Singley, Sr. M; Chloe Dorgan Sr. A; Bridget Lawless, Sr. A; Ari Billias, Sr. D.

Key Returnees: Lauren Sullivan, Jr. A.

Strengths: Defense. Goldman is in her fourth year contributing and Donnelly loves her footwork and speed, and sophomores Priscilla Sullivan (no relation to Lauren) and Sarah Vogel also show excellent promise on defense.

Concerns: Inexperience. Donnolly only has five starters returning, and the majority of her lineup is younger kids that haven’t played at the varsity level.

Coach’s Outlook: “Every year we set a goal to make the tournament. We really try to set ourselves up to attain that and want to put ourselves in position where we’re not squeaking in and facing a No. 1 seed.”

GIRLS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 13-5 (Lost Division 2 North quarterfinals)

Head coach: Nina Rogers (3rd season)

Captains: Allegra Walker, Sr., first doubles.

Key Returnees: Anna Raptunovich, Soph., singles; Veronica Pyatigorskaya, Soph., singles; Vivien Gere, Fr., singles.

This season will be successful if: If the Big Blue make the state tournament. Also, with 24 players on the team and several girls with no tennis experience, it’ll be a sucess, said Rogers, if all 24 girls can play a set of tennis by the end of the spring.

BOYS TRACK

Last year’s record: 5-2

Head coach: Peter Bush (3rd season)

Team captains: Peter Hale, Sr., Two Mile/Relay; Zach Blonder, Sr., 100/Long Jump/Relay; Declan McClung, Sr., 400/Relay; Rob Seymour, Sr., Shot Put/Discus.

Key returnees: Phil Cherner, Sr., 110 Hurdles/High Jump/Javelin; Noah Conti, Jr., 400 Hurdles/Relays; Matt Mahoney, Jr., Mile/Two Mile/Relay; Justin Chasse, Jr., Shot Put/Discus; Aidan Brawley, Jr., 400/Javelin/Relay; Marco Scibelli, Jr., 400/800/Relays.

Coach’s outlook: “The coaching staff is extremely optimistic. We graduated 11 seniors and the majority qualified for the Division 3 meet, but the core group returning is very talented and we’ve added some strong multi-sport athletes. We feel confident in our depth in the throwing, middle distance and distance events. The work ethic are great.”

GIRLS TRACK

Last year’s record: 4-3

Head coach: Joe Tenney (13th season)

Team captains: Tess Gorman, Sr., Mile/Two Mile; Ali Grimes, Sr., Sprints/Relay; Melinda Wilson, Sr., Shot Put/Discus/400/Relay; Lauren Moran, Sr., Sprints/Long Jump/Relay.

Key returnees: Aisling Dennehy, Jr., Jumps/Hurdles; Vy Le, Sr., Hurdles/Relay; Nancy Do, Sr., Long Jump/High Jump/Sprints/Relay; Haley Irwin, Sr., Jumps/Hurdles; Sarah Kelley, Jr., 400 Meter Hurdles/800/Relay; Isabella Kornitsky, Fr., Distance; Tiara Smith-Matthews, Sr., Long Jump/Shot Put/Sprints/Relays.

Coach’s outlook: “We lost some key runners, but picked up a bunch of new ones. I have a very positive outlook.”