The 2009-10 winter season sports at Northeastern Clinton Central School will be a competitive year for all players.
Volleyball coach Brent Banker has a good mix of returning players with new players and he's already seeing a lot of talent.
"I think we will be very competitive in all our matches," Banker said.
Only five members of last year's team are returning members. They are outside hitters Ashley Goyette and Ayisha Loya, setter Alyssa Rabideau, who was last year's assists leader and who, along with Loya, were the top two servers on the team. Also returning are middle blocker Kristen Langr and opposite hitter Elena Sanchez-Freeman.
New players this year are outside hitters Ashley Lamberton and Anna Sarbou, setter Megan Richards, middle blockers Colleen Ryan, Victoria Duprey, and Mallory Honan, opposite hitter Kelly Rogers, and libero Vada Loya.
The girls varsity basketball team is also a young team, with only four girls returning from last year.
This season should be very different from previous years, with a new coach David Lambert, taking over for Andy Landry.
"The coaching staff had 14 outstanding years and will be truly missed," Lambert said.
With such a young team, Lambert also feels, "We need our underclassmen to step up quickly."
Overall, he feels "our team speed should be our strength. How quickly we learn to play together will determine our success."
Returning players this year are forward Cari Dominic, center Mara Faivaie, and guards Katrina Garrand and Chelsey Brooks.
The new members of the team are forwards Mary Elizabeth Franke, Rachelle Barcomb, and Megan Boumil, and guards Paige Southwick, Jess Ashline, Bianca Grimshaw, Justine Rabideau, and Courtney Bond.
In boys varsity basketball, many players are returning from a very successful season, with a CVAC record of 16-0 and overall record of 23-1.
"[We] lost the CVAC Most Valuable Player, Matt Farbotko, to graduation," said coach Robb Garrand. "The league will be extremely tough with a lot of new talented players on each squad."