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Long Lake/Indian Lake girls look towards another championship

LONG LAKE - Last season, the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange edged out Wells for the Division III title and this season is shaping up to be just as rewarding.

Lady Orange went 5-0-1 in the conference and 6-7-4 overall in 2008.

Having lost several notable players from last years squad, coach Dave Olbert still held on to a solid team and already has returning players stepping up to lead.

He is returning eight seniors, eight juniors and will have a team of 21 going into the season.

"I am returning all but two starters and all the freshman are adjusting real well," said Olbert.

Olbert and the team have been practicing since mid August and only had to make minor adjustments to fill in the holes left by graduating players.

Leading the front line will be senior Murphy Farrell and junior Carli Reynolds.

Players moving between midfield and the front line are junior Shawnna Meyers and freshmen Morgan King and Jill Miller.

Senior Sierra Olbert will lead the midfield. Joining her are seniors Merrill Pine and Colleen Nerney and freshmen Emma Gray, Morgan Hinkley, and Sydney Hinkley.

Senior Lydia Wilson, junior Megan Miller and freshman Jessica Bain will be used on defense and in midfield.

The defense will bring the most experience with seniors Amanda Forsell, Elizabeth Hamdan, Kaylie Miller, and juniors Melanie Pierson, and Kayla Douglas leading the way.

Karisa Giessen and Allison Pine are in the goal.

"I think we have a very good shot at hanging on to the Division III title for the second year in a row," said Olbert.

Olbert is the athletic director at Long Lake Central School and will be assisted this year by Rick Miller.

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