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Panthers have new softball coach this season

Coach Mike Ross retires

Alex Macey was the MVAC Division I Most Valuable Player in 2012, posting a 14-2 record on the mound. She was dominant, fanning 160 batters in 16 games. She also hit .508. Macey returns to the Crown Point line up this spring.

Alex Macey was the MVAC Division I Most Valuable Player in 2012, posting a 14-2 record on the mound. She was dominant, fanning 160 batters in 16 games. She also hit .508. Macey returns to the Crown Point line up this spring. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

Vikings schedule

April 15...ELCS

April 17...at Westport

April 19...Wells

April 22...at Chazy

April 24...Schroon Lake

April 26...at Indian/Long Lake

April 29...Willsboro

May 1.......Keene

May 6.......at ELCS

May 8.......Westport

May 10.....Minerva/Newcomb

May 13......Chazy

May 15......at Schroon Lake

May 17......at Johnsburg

May 20......at Willsboro

— Crown Point Central School has dominated Section VII Class D softball for more than a decade. That may well continue, but the Panthers will have to do it without Mike Ross.

Ross, who coached the club the past 14 years, has retired. Taking the reins is his former assistant, Tony Macey.

“I have some big shoes to fill with Mike Ross retiring,” Coach Macey said. “Mike has taken the softball program here to the next level in the last 14 years. I was fortunate enough to coach with Mike for the last three years and learn some of his coaching techniques.”

Ross was kind enough to leave the Panthers with a talented, veteran roster.

“We have high expectations to be at the top of the MVAC (Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference) again this year,” Coach Macey said. “I have seven starters returning this year that will bring experience, confidence and ability forward into this year.

“This is a great group of girls with a lot of talent,” he said. “I am looking forward to what they can accomplish in the 2013 season.”

A year ago Crown Point posted a 15-2 record, winning the MVAC and Section VII Class D titles.

Returning from that club are Alex Macey and Brittany Foote.

Macey was the MVAC Division I Most Valuable Player in 2012, posting a 14-2 record on the mound. She was dominant, fanning 160 batters in 16 games. She also hit .508.

Foote was a MVAC first team all star at shortstop last season. She led the Panthers with a .519 batting average.

Maria Malone returns to give Crown Point pitching depth.

The entire infield returns with Foote at shortstop, Logan Harrington at third base, Ellen Kiely at first base, Malone at second when not pitching and Macey at first when not in the pitching circle.

Taylor Booth and Hunter Spaulding return to catch.

The outfield features Spaulding when not catching, veteran Tasha Hay and rookies Morgan Macey, Shelby McGuinness, Abby Carpenter and Hannah Landry.

Assisting Coach Macey on the bench this spring will be Todd Malone, Jesse Harrington and Jack Harrington. rience, confidence and ability forward into this year.

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