CROWN POINT - Crown Point has dominated Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference softball the past decade. This season should be no different.
The Panthers return virtually their entire team that went 11-0 in conference and 16-1 overall in 2009.
Leading the veteran crew is Jessica Potter, last season's MVAC Division II Most Valuable Player. She'll be Crown Point's primary catcher and will see time at shortstop.
On the infield Heather Bemis returns to first base, Noel Vezzi is back at shortstop and Ashley Morgan returns to third base.
Lauren Brace and Alexandra Macey are new to the infield and figure to play second base.
Lindsay Brace, Chelsea DuShane and Hailey White are back to roam the Crown Point outfield.
They're joined by rookies Ellen Kiely, Samantha Russell, Jenna Petro and Jerrica Manley.
DuShane, Brace and Macey will lead the pitching staff.
"We have most of our players returning from last year and a talented group of new girls," Coach Mike Ross said. "We will probably lack a little in power with the loss of Lindsay White and Paige Dolback, but we have last year's Division II MVP, Jessica Potter, returning and more power from Heather Bemis and Ashley Morgan along with Alexandra Macy to help bolster our offense.
"Eighth grader Lauren Brace will see a lot of action at second base this year," Ross added. "She is a very talented young girl who brings a lot to the table.
"If we get the leadership we need to make them a team, we will be fine," Ross said. "If not, who knows."
Assisting Ross on the bench this spring are Kevin Brace, Jeff Ross and Bob Primo.
April 22...at Willsboro
April 24...at Johnsburg
April 28...Schroon Lake
May 7.....at Minerva
May 10...at Indian Lake
May 20...MVAC championship