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Black River High School

Baseball:

Division IV

Head coach - Jim O'Neil, twenty first season as varsity coach and Randy Kowalski, first season as coach.

After losing four key seniors to graduation, the Black River High School baseball team will look to returning varsity players such as senior first baseman Chris Kowalski Jacob Covel, Tim Rumrill and David Creser for leadership on the diamond.

Covel and Kowalski should be the top two starters in the rotation and seeing a lot of time on the mound.

Offensively, look for Kawalski, Covel and Rumrill to lead the way at the top of the order.

In the season, road-opener at Poultney, Covell pitched five strong innings to lead the Presidents to a 16-4 win, however, also aided by a whopping 11 Poultney errors.

Kowalski led the Black River offense with two hits and five runs scored, while Rumrill added two hits and Covel helped his own cause with three runs scored.

Softball:

Division IV

Head coach - Luigi Valente, twenty-first season as varsity coach.

After winning three consecutive state titles, the Lady Presidents fell a little short last year, which certainly gives them added incentive heading into this season.

After only losing a few seniors to graduation, Black River returns plenty of varsity experience and are poised to make another run at a state title.

It will all start with the pitching as the four year starting combination of senior pitcher Amanda Chambers and catcher Tina Valente, along with junior pitcher Angie Valente, automatically creates issues for the opponent's offense.

The infield is very solid defensively, anchored by senior Katie O'Neil from the shortstop position, with senior Destiny Cucullo at second base, Kit Kat Thompson at third base and junior Ashley Billings at first base.

The offense possess consistent bats up and down the line up and should have no problems producing runs.

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