Appoquinimink High School
Coach: Dan Pisani and Brian Timpson (co-head coaches)
Years coaching: Pisani (five), Timpson (first season)
Returning Starters: C Courtney O'Connor (Second Team All-Conference), SS Steph Marrs (Honorable Mention All-Conference), OF Ali Minner (First Team All-Conference), OF Courtney Brinsky, OF Lexi Ramos, P Lauren Hoffman.
Key newcomers: 2B Caroline Jadick, 1B Courtney Cochran, 3B Kelsey Fromal, OF/C Hayley Zwier, DP/OF/P Jamia Saunders-Haman
2011 Record: 12-6; lost to state champions Caravel in 1st round of state tournament
Coach’s Outlook: “Our goal is to win more than 12 games this season, win a game in the tournament and hopefully see Caravel a little later on [in the tournament],” Pisani said.
Middletown High School
Coach: Stefany Tiberi
Years coaching: First season; three years as an assistant
Returning varsity starters: P/IF Nikki McConnell, CF Brittany Firlein, SS Charis Pfeil, RF Hailey Sparco, 3B/DP Allison Lindstrom, 3B/DP Alissa Marchione, C Nina Marcano.
Key Newcomers: P Megan VanSant, LF Becca Alexander, 2B Emily Graney.
2011 Record: 9-9; did not qualify for state tournament.
Coach’s Outlook: “With seven starters back, we have high hopes for the season,” Tiberi said. “There have been many positive changes made so far that hopefully the players will use as motivation for success. Individual goals are set each week to maintain focus and allow us to prepare for one opponent at a time.”
St. Georges Tech
Coach: Roger Seedorf
Years coaching: Six
Returning starters: OF Nicole Musser (Second Team All-State) P Gabby Clark (Honorable Mention All-State), OF Katie Sterling (First Team All-Conference), 1B Sarah Thursby (First Team All-Conference), SS Lauren Miller (Second Team All-Conference), C Noelle Edwards (Second Team All-Conference)
Key newcomers: P/SS Alexis Baughman, C/3B Caitlyn Lloyd.
2011 record: 13-4; lost to Sussex Tech 2-1 in the first round of state tournament.
Coach’s Outlook: “Our team looks solid again this year with seven of nine returning starters and a few other JV players from last year ready to play at the varsity level,” Seedorf said. “Our goal is to continue to improve upon our performance from last year and compete further in the state tournament. Our senior leaders Sarah Thursby, Lauren Miller, and Kelsi Thuer are very excited about our team’s prospects with almost every varsity player returning…I believe our team can compete at the highest level.”
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