Biddeford Tigers

Coach/years: Liz Bell, first year

Last year’s results: 3-15

Key returning players: Senior, Abby Hale; juniors, Charlotte White, Brittany Roy; sophomore, Kendra Cote

Key newcomer: Freshman, Brook Davis

Key losses: Bailey Cote (graduation), Carissa Gelinas (injury)

Coach’s outlook: “We plan to play a system-oriented brand of basketball with a strong emphasis on team defense. Although being an inexperienced team in a rebuilding year, we fully intend to be competitive in every game by displaying mental toughness and a ”˜refuse to let your teammate fail’ mentality.”

Kennebunk Rams

Coach/years:Rob Sullivan, 19th year

Last year’s results: Did not qualify for playoffs

Key returning players: 10 returning players that will all play a key role for us this year

Key newcomers:Sophomores, Marran Oakman (guard/forward), Eliza Bartlett (guard), Anna Cressey (center)

Key loss: Hayley Richardson (guard)

Coach’s outlook: “Outstanding group of workers that have returned from a rough season with a great work ethic and passion to improve. An extremely scrappy team that will steadily improve throughout the season and will never stop.”

Massabesic Mustangs

Coach/years: Holly McHale, fourth year

Last year’s results: 2-16

Key returning players: Captains, Karlie Pike (senior), Emma Desrochers (sophomore)

Key newcomers: Junior, Haleigh Couture; freshmen, Madi Drain, Devon Baert, Jackie Bearse, Morgan Pike

Key losses: Junior captain Emma Cost to a season-ending knee injury

Coach’s outlook: “Young team but athletic and passionate. (It’s a) rebuilding year.”

Old Orchard Beach Seagulls

Coach/years: Dean Plante, 12th year total (fifth consecutive)

Last year’s results: 14-6, lost in Western Class C quarterfinals

Key returning players: Mackenzie Rague, Haley Plante, Abby Dubois, Lauralee Small, Peyton Feitz, Vanessa Hebert

Key newcomers: Brianna Plante, Tiffany Leclair, Victoria Niedzwiecki

Key losses: Kelsey Custeau

Coach’s outlook: “We have four starters back, three of whom have started since they were freshmen. This group has tournament experience and we feel we have a chance to win each night we go out. Class C is very balanced and eight to 10 teams have a chance to represent the west this year. Health and improving our bench contributions will be keys to our success. Our goal is to once again make the tournament and then we will take our chances.”

Sanford Spartans

Coach/years: Kristy Parent, 15th year

Last year’s results: 9-9, lost in Western Class A prelims

Key returning players: Laura Kirkpatrick, Hannah Howes, Liz Bougie, Lynzie Nadeau

Key losses: Morgan Fogg, Shelby Paiement, Grace Riley

Coach’s outlook: The Spartans have a big hole after losing Morgan Fogg ”“ one of the SMAA’s best players last year ”“ to graduation. The Spartans do return much of their roster from last season, and some young players from last season have a year of experience under their belts.

Thornton Academy Golden Trojans

Coach/years: Eric Marston, fifth year

Last year’s results: 16-3, lost in Western Class A quarterfinals

Key returning players: Katie McCrum, Ashley Howe, Abby Strickland, Isabella Robinson

Key newcomers: Alex Hart (freshman), Hayden and Barrett Campbell (Lincoln Academy transfers), Victoria Lux (McAuley transfer)

Key losses: Olivia Shaw, Lauren Leskowsky, Hannah Murphy

Coach’s outlook: The Trojans lose two captains from last year in Shaw and Murphy, as well as post player Leskowsky. But they return four core players in McCrum, Howe, Strickland and Robinson, and Lux is a big addition after playing at McAuley ”“ where she won three state championships ”“ the last three years.

Wells Warriors

Coach/years: Don Abbott, ninth year

Last year’s results: 16-2 during the regular season, lost to No. 1 Lake Region in Western Maine final

Key returning players: Sophomores: Ally O’Brien (guard), Natalie Thurber (guard), Taryn Lambert (forward)

Key newcomers: Sophomores, Hannah Moody (guard), Halee Ramsdell (center), Alyssa Loukola (forward); freshman, Leah Tufts (forward)

Key losses: Nine seniors, including Ms. Maine Basketball semifinalist and Butler Award winner Alison Furness, Nicki Moody, Sophie Lamb, Jordan Agger, Steph Woods

Coach’s outlook: “We will certainly be the youngest team in our league, starting five sophomores. We have a nucleus of young, hard-working kids who are committed to the process of competing and getting better every day. We will continue to develop our culture and hope to be playing our best basketball in February.”



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