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April 10, 2013

Marblehead 2013 Spring Sports Previews


The Salem News

---- — BASEBALL

Last year’s record: 12-10 (Lost in Division 2 North second round)

Head coach: Jason Tarasuik (8th season)

Captains: Connor Green, Sr., 2B; Brian Daly, Sr., 1B/P; Brett LeBlanc, Sr., OF; Sam Stern, Sr., INF; Tom Koopman, Jr., C

Key Returnees: Andrew Raisner, Jr., P; Kyle Maulden, Jr., P; Jake Marsden, So., INF; Trey Blackmer, Jr., OF; John Cavolina, So., OF.

Strengths: Team speed. The Magicians have two members of the indoor track 4x200 relay team that ran at New Balance Indoor Nationals in Green and LeBlanc; They’ll certainly challenge opposing pitchers and catcher on the basepaths this season.

Concerns: Pitching experience. Marblehead graduated two top of the rotation starters in Braden Engstrom and Ross Gienieczko and they’ll need players to step up and fill those roles if they’re going to make it three straight trips to the state tournament.

Coach’s Outlook: “We’re young, we graduated 13 seniors and five NEC all-stars. But we like what we’ve seen so far.”

SOFTBALL

Last year’s record: 12-11 (Lost in the Div. 2 preliminary round to Wakefield)

Head coach: Johnny Gold (8th season)

Captains: Rachel McKay, Jr., CF; Olivia Vener, Jr., SS, Michaela Leblanc, Jr., P.

Key Returnees: Emily Messinger, So., C; McKenna Barrett, Jr., 1B; Emily Kulevich, Sr.

Strengths: Pitching, catching, shortstop and center field.

Concerns: The Magicians graduated a lot of seniors from last year, including eight starters.

Coach’s Outlook: “People always ask me how we’ll be, and I really don’t know until we play our first game. We have one senior, five juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. I think we’ll be fine; it just takes some time.”

BOYS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 15-5 (lost to Medfield, 12-7, in the East Div. 2 first round)

Head coach: John Wilkens (12th season)

Captains: Ian Maag, Sr. M; Will Hughes, Sr. D; Zac Cuzner, Sr. M.

Key Returnees: Brooks Tyrrell, So. M; Nathan Maselek, So. G; Liam Gillis, Jr. D; Crandall Maxwell, Jr. D.

Strengths: Experience. Marblehead remains a relatively young team, but those young players on the Magicians’ roster got a lot of playing time last spring. Wilkens hopes that playing time can allow Marblehead to get off to a good start.

Concerns: Living up to expectations. Wilkens believes this team is capable of good things, but if the Magicians aren’t ready to play, then they could fall into a hole that is difficult to climb out of.

Coach’s Outlook: “Every year we want to challenge for the Northeastern Conference. Beverly is always at the top and a tough one to go after. We had a nice season last year. We lost to Medfield (after winning the first tournament game) in the tournament, so we want to continue to build on that and go further.”

GIRLS LACROSSE

Last year’s record: 16-5 (lost to Winchester, 16-7, in the Div. 2 North semifinals)

Head coach: Annie Pugh (3rd season)

Captains: Meggie Collins, Sr. M; Cassie Rodgers, Sr. M.

Key Returnees: Allie Foreman, Sr. G; Tyler Phillips, Sr. M; Kiley Fischer, Sr. A; Pamela Gregory, Sr. A; Ali Hanratty, Sr. A.

Strengths: The Magicians return a plethora of experience, including seven seniors who were starters a year ago for a team that advanced to the North semis.

Concerns: Becoming patient on offense. Pugh wants her team to be able to work together running a motion offense that allows for some freelancing when the Magicians have the ball.

Coach’s Outlook: “We have a goal and it’s to make it as far as possible. Having that experience of making it to the semifinals two years in a row makes it so much more real for them. They want to win. They know what it’s like to be so close.”

BOYS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 12-7 (Lost in Division 2 North first round)

Head coach: Elizabeth Foukal (6th season)

Captains: Alex Rothbard, Sr., doubles; Ben Goldstein, Sr., doubles.

Key Returnees: Chris Wigglesworth, Jr., first singles; Miles Barry, Jr., singles/doubles; Dimitri Vlassov, Soph., singles/doubles;Griffin Butterfield, Soph., singles/doubles; Jason Frost, Jr.,singles/doubles.

This season will be successful if: Marblehead can pull together as a unified team, with varsity and junior varsity players supporting each other on and off the court.

GIRLS TENNIS

Last year’s record: 20-2 (Lost in Division 2 North semifinals)

Head coach: Tim Stonecipher (8th season)

Captains: Annie Ryan, Sr.; Meghan Gabel, Sr.

Other key players: Tory Booth, Soph.; Kelly Mealey, Soph.

This year will be successful if: The Magicians take it one match at a time and continue to keep the team focus.

BOYS TRACK

Last year’s record: 6-1

Head coach: Brian Crowley (13th season)

Team captains: Josh Beloff, Sr., Long Jump/Triple Jump/200/Relay; Nate Fowler, Sr., Mile/800/Relay; Kevin Touch, Sr., 100/High Jump/Relay.

Key returnees: Ian McIver, Sr., 400/400 Hurdles/Relay; Conrad Rousseau, Jr., 110 Hurdles/400/Long Jump; Derek Dumais, Soph., Shot Put/Discus; Christopher Rodtz, Jr., Mile/Two Mile/Relay; John Howard, Sr., 800/Mile/Relay; A. J. Ernst, Fr., Mile/Two-Mile/Relay.

Coach’s outlook: “We’re in a rebuilding year. We have some strong upperclassmen, but as we did in the winter season we’re going to lean heavily on some very talented younger guys. There’s no question that we’ll be competitive, though.”

GIRLS TRACK

Last year’s record: 4-3

Head coach: Mike Toomey (5th season)

Team captains: Kelly Roland, Sr., Jumps/Throws/Hurdles/ Paige Ferrucci, Jr., Middle Distance; Celina Variam, Sr., Jumps/Hurdles; Mimi Goetz, Sr., Sprints/Throws.

Key returnees: Janaya Randall, Jr., Distance; Kathleen Huber, Soph., Middle Distance; Lily Cummings, Jr., Jumps; Steph Lundgren, Sr., Hurdles; Monica Thorne, Jr., Sprints/Jumps; Carlyn McGrath, Soph., Middle Distance.

Coach’s outlook: “We are balanced and young with close to 70 percent freshmen and sophomores. Some new faces from winter sports should have an impact right away, and our soccer and field hockey girls really give us a strong presence in the sprints and middle distance. We will get better as we go, and the goal for us is always competing for the NEC title and state meets. In the NEC South we have some pretty good girls’ teams, so it’ll be a fun season with key matchups every week.”