Fall Sports Preview: AuSable Valley

— “We expect to have a very good year on the backs of our outstanding defenders Logan Snow, Priscilla Coats, Alyssa Baughn and Tiffany Evens; and our hard hitting front of Meghan Strong, Taylor Saltus and Mollie Mashtare,” Bourgeois said. “But our true strength lies in our midfield centered by Rachel Knapp and supported by Madison Rondeau and Vanessa Garrow. Bryce Douglass is very capable in net.”

Bourgeois said that the Patriots will look to play an up-tempo game and look to control possession.

The Lady Patriots roster includes seniors Alyssa Baughn, Bryce Douglass, Ashlee Estes, Tiffany Evens, Rachel Knapp, Mollie Mashtare, Taylor Saltus and Logan Snow; juniors Priscilla Coats, Hillary Drake, Jeanna Manning, Kendra Niemann, Madison Rondeau and Meghan Strong; and sophomores Vanessa Garrow, Briana Savage and Sydney Snow.

Girls swimming

The AuSable Valley girls varsity swimming team is preparing for a 2013 season with several key returning athletes.

“Team captains Tonie Cross and Haley Sprague are our center point of strength and leadership on the team,” coach Andy Johnson said. “Lydia Brown and Emily McCormick finished very strong last year with Emily McCormick making it to the state championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle, it is likely that Emily and Lydia are our point leaders this season. Also look for returning swimmers Jasmaine Hall, Taylor Lincoln, Leigh-Ann Wenzel, Emily Wood, and Megan Zmijewski to step up as juniors and seniors to lead.”

Johnson said that the small numbers for the team will hurt them when it comes to competitions against larger schools but they plan to work hard throughout the season to bring along new members of the team.

“Our new swimmers to the team include Erin Butler (modified last year), Brianna Drake (modified last year), Alysa Miller, Julianna Manning and Nicole SantaMaria,” he said.

The Patriots roster includes Lydia Brown, Erin Butler, Tonie Cross, Brianna Drake, Jasmaine Hall, Taylor Lincoln, Julianna Manning, Emily McCormick, Alysa Miller, Nicole SantaMaria, Haley Sprague, Leigh-Ann Wenzel, Emily Wood and Megan Zmijewski.

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