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Rebuilding Cougar soccer team likely to beat the odds

New coach Jeremy Whipple at the helm

The 2013 North Warren High School Soccer Team includes (front, left to right): Devon Campbell, Justice Parker, Quinn Carlo, Daren Granger, Daniel Hill, Daniel Tennyson, Christopher DeFranco, J.J. Dray, Maxwell May, (row 2): Head Coach Jeremy Whipple, Colby May, Josef Strauss, Jacob Dunkley, Robert Wallace, Jacob Hill, Ethan Frasier, Phillip Cooper, Justin Needham, and Asst. Coach Josh Gifford.

The 2013 North Warren High School Soccer Team includes (front, left to right): Devon Campbell, Justice Parker, Quinn Carlo, Daren Granger, Daniel Hill, Daniel Tennyson, Christopher DeFranco, J.J. Dray, Maxwell May, (row 2): Head Coach Jeremy Whipple, Colby May, Josef Strauss, Jacob Dunkley, Robert Wallace, Jacob Hill, Ethan Frasier, Phillip Cooper, Justin Needham, and Asst. Coach Josh Gifford. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The North Warren High School Soccer Team is headed into 2013 armed with a legacy of accomplishment, a new head coach, and a strong roster — all which are expected to result in success.

The Varsity soccer team has 18 players, with a substantial number of seniors in the lineup.

Coach Jeremy Whipple, formerly the JV soccer coach, has moved into the post formerly held by Jason Humiston, who took on the Athletic Director position at Fort Ann Central.

The 2013 squad will be missing standout 2012 athletes Ethan Schenke, the squad’s leading scorer, and 2012 goalie Robert French, Whipple said.

“This will be a rebuilding year,” he predicted this week.

Whipple added he expects Seniors Justice Parker, Dan Hill, Jacob Hill and Joe Strauss to provide leadership, backed up by classmates Robert Wallace, Ethan Frasier, J.J. Dray, and Maxwell May. Chris DeFranco, a Sophomore who’s served as Junior Varsity goalie for two years, will likely be filling the role at the Varsity level.

North Warren, with its low enrollment, has a disadvantage against larger schools, but the Cougar soccer players, season after season, overcome such challenges and tally a good number of victories as well as a offering action-packed play that local fans enjoy.

Cougar athletes have a reputation of beating the odds — achieving goals beyond expectations — and the reason goes beyond athletic skill and school pride.

It’s based on relentless practice and shared objectives of the players. Their legacy is exemplified by the 2007 soccer team, which swept the Adirondack League and took their school to the 2007 Sectional finals.

The 2013 Cougar Soccer Team, backed up with a strong program and a heritage of success, will doubtlessly not only rebuild, but prevail, local fans are predicting.

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