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Lady Jaguars return seven this season

Jaguar schedule

April 18 @ Minerva-Newcomb

April 19 @ Westport

April 22 @ Keene

April 24 Indian Lake-Long Lake

April 26 Elizabethtown

April 29 @ Wells

May 1 @ Willsboro

May 6 Keene

May 7 Schroon Lake

May 8 Minerva-Newcomb

May 10 @ Chazy

May 13 @ Old Forge

May 15 @ Indian Lake-Long Lake

May 16 Crown Point

May 20 Wells

— Johnsburg Central School teacher Phil Goodman returns for his 16th year as the coach of the Lady Jaguars varsity softball team.

The team lost five seniors to graduation in 2012: Rachael Dunkley, Sierra Galusha, Ashley Hitchcock, Michelle Merrithew, and Meghan Sponable.

However, seven players are returning from last year’s roster.

“Our starting lineup should be comparable to last season, but we have a great deal more depth with solid players coming off of the bench,” Goodman said.

Courtney Allard returns to the mound this year as the starting pitcher.

“Allard should continue to be a good pitcher for us, but we have several more girls who could potentially give us productive innings as well,” Goodman said. “The beginning of our order should be solid, and we hope the bottom will contribute more as they gain experience. Our infield should be good, and the outfield should improve if we ever are able to get outside where we can practice some fly balls and positioning.”

Coach Goodman is looking to Astasia Myler to help out the team. She’s a key player and has the potential to become one of the strongest hitters and field players they’ve ever had, he said.

“Courtney Allard and Brooke Denno are a strong battery for us, and along with Anna Gahan should provide us with senior leadership,” Goodman said. “We think that freshman pitcher MaKayla Denno has the potential to become a strong pitcher for us for the next four years as she gains varsity experience.”

Here is the starting lineup for the 2013 Lady Jaguars: sophomore Valerie Gereau (2B), sophomore Astasia Myler (SS), senior Brooke Denno (C), freshman MaKayla Denno (DP), senior Anna Gahan (1B), sophomore EmmaLee Ellsworth (3B), junior Karlee Square (RF), sophomore Laura Richards (LF), senior Alyssa Mulvey (CF), and junior Courtney Allard (FLEX/P).

Rounding out the roster are senior Jessica Morehouse; juniors Morgan Amell and Shiloh Wood; and sophomores Montana Berg, Elizabeth Ordway and Meghan Pierson.

The Lady Jaguars expected to open their season Wednesday, April 17 in Minerva and were scheduled to play in Westport on Friday, April 19.

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