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North Warren has a wealth of experience for 2013 campaign

Cougar schedule

April 19 Corinth

April 22 Fort Edward

April 24 @Lake George

April 26 Corinth

April 29 Salem

May 1 Lake George

May 3 @Warrensburg

May 6 @Whitehall

May 8 @Bolton

May 10 @Hadley/Luzerne

— North Warren High School has traditionally developed solid athletes, who have performed way beyond expectations for schools with such small enrollment.

North Warren’s baseball, basketball, cross-country, tennis, softball, and field hockey teams have all underscored this point in recent years, achieving considerable success.

Area fans will never forget the North Warren baseball team of 2008 that had a fair season, but ended it with a flourish, defeating far-higher ranked teams in the Section II tournament, taking their winning campaign all the way to the tournament finals.

Last year, the team was relatively young, and their win-loss record reflected the situation. But this year the entire lineup — except for star athlete Kristian Seeley — returns with a wealth of experience.

Considering his deep roster of veterans, twelve-year head coach Jason Humiston has high expectations, despite the relatively low number of hits and runs the 2012 team produced.

“We have the pitching and defense to stay in games,” he said, noting that each season poses new uncertainties.“The biggest question is whether we have enough firepower offensively to win games.”

Humiston, who’s always focused on improving his athletes, often sounds less than effusive about his teams — even when they are on a winning streak. This week, he expressed a warning. Coming from Humiston, some might interpret it as optimism.

“We must have more offense if we are to improve,” he said. “Also, pitching and defense must be more consistent.”

Last season, six players hit under .200. It’s a new year, however, and the baseball players are concentrating on conditioning and developing their skills.

Area fans, knowing the baseball team has been working hard under the mentorship of Humiston and his assistant coaches, have high hopes.

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