Boys basketball

Coach: Mark Karter (23rd season)

Last year’s record: 6-12-No. 11 seed in playoffs lost to Thornton in prelims.

Key veterans: Senior forward Kyle Sanborn , senior forward Josh Harriman, senior guard Steve Lebel, junior guard Christian Hamilton, junior forward Tyler Kelly and sophomore forward Dominic Borelli

Key newcomers: Sophomores Nich Jobin, Jose Nouchanthavong, Josh Wood and Andrew Beckwith

Key concern for this season: Karter said that be believed the Blazes’ guard play will dictate the way the season goes. The coach also said the Blazes will have to dealwith the fact that the team is still young in some areas.

Coach’s outlook: The Blazes have a decent front line and will look to exploit height advantages , and if they get solid guard play, the season could come together for them. The team has shown unselfish play up to this point, this will be an important part of their development as a team

Girls basketball

Coach: Mike Murphy

Last year’s record:10-10- earned No. 9 seed in playoffs. Beat Noble in the prelims before losing to McCauley in the quarterfinals.

Key veterans: Cynthia Wescott, Audrey Shutts, Erin Murphy, Emily Wight, Maria Romano and Kate McDonald,

Key newcomers: Ashlyn Bourgeois, Danielle Miranda, Meliah Leighton, Stephanie Wagner and Jamie Levecque

Coach’s outlook: Murphy said the main goal for the Lady Blazes is to improve on last year’s 10-10 record and go deeper in the playoffs.

Ice hockey

Coach: Travis Jalbert

Last year’s record: 10-9-No. 10 seed in playoffs, lost to Bonny Eagle in prelims

Key veterans: Senior captains- Zach Johnson (forward), Zach Souza (forward), Joel Chadbourne (defense) and Joey Cloutier (forward)

Key newcomers: Freshmen- Tommy Lemay and Derrick Payne

Coach’s outlook: “We will be a hard-nosed, hard working, and disciplined hockey team,” said Jalbert. “The ability to play a third line consistently will help us wear teams down and win close games in the third period. An athletic and talented group of seniors will provide plenty of leadership throughout the season.”

Wrestling

Coach: Ryan Hutchins

Last year’s record: 13-8, finished 13th at the Class A state meet

Key veterans: Nick Marchant, senior-171, Danny Redmond, senior-285, Zach Huggard, junior-130, Andrew Drouin, sophomore-189, Harrison Strondak, sophomore-135

Key newcomers: Glenn Emery, freshman-103, Craig DiBiase, freshman-119, Cole Larrivee, sophomore-125, Troy Fogg, freshaman-145, Steve Sawyer, freshman-152, Kyle Kirkpatrick, freshman-171/189

Key concern for this season: The Blazes have some young wrestlers this season

Coach’s outlook: “This year will be focused on development and should be very exciting with so many new faces,” Hutchins said. “Our returning starters should have strong seasons, and we will look to their leadership to help our 21 sophomores and freshmen continually improve and have a solid team season.”

Cheerleading

Coach: Jamie Gaudreau

Last year’s record: The Blazes finished in the top 5 at SMAA

Key veterans: Senior: Alexzandra Peters, Juniors: Ashley Clifford, Danene Gill,

Victoria Robertson and Sophomores: Karleigh Gaudreau, Emily Blood and Brooke Sinko

Key newcomers: Freshmen Brandy Champagne, Akeelia Vassell and McKenzie Johnson.

Coach’s outlook: “We are off to a great start this season with a team that is comprised of underclassmen and few veterans,” said Gaudreau. “This season proves to be a building year for our team with the talent involved, our future looks promising. The energy, integrity, and dedication from these fine young athletes is truly fantastic and they will certainly be a team to watch and enjoy. We look forward to raising the standards and respect for the sport of cheerleading within our community.”

Boys/girls swimming

The Blazes swim teams will kick off their season this week with a home meet against Scarbrough and St. Dom’s

This season, the Blazes’ boys swimmers will look to take the final step that eluded them last season when they finished second to Bangor at the Class A state championship meet.

The girls will also look to improve their standing from last season when they finished with 38 points at the state meet, but had several swimmers post top 20 finishes.


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