Arlington eyes state title
At Arlington, each sport's banner has a list of years the Eagles brought home a state championship. He saw the baseball standard and the last year on it is 1995.
"I called all the kids over, showed them the banner and said, 'I think we're due,'" Green said.
Arlington thinks it has a strong chance to add 2013 to the list, coming into the season with 10 seniors -- arguably as experienced a team as any in Division IV.
The Eagles are coming off their best season since 2008, finishing 7-9 and earning a No. 5 seed in the Division IV playoffs last spring. They beat Chelsea in the team's first home playoff game in four years and lost to South Royalton in the quarterfinals.
"We'll be relying on the seniors a lot, even more than building the team, but building the program," said Green, heading into his third season leading the Eagles. "There's a lot of excitement and a ton of potential."
Only two players graduated, star shortshop Gunnar Beach and utility player Zach Gingue, leaving a bounty of veterans from a year ago.
On the mound, seniors Alex Hawley and Olden Dwyer will be a strong 1-2 punch, while sophomore Adam Sears, in his first varsity campaign will be the No. 3 starter.
Another senior, Alex Trayah, will be behind the plate calling the game for his classmates.
The Eagles will also try to take advantage of their team speed, giving Green many different lineup choices.
"I can go with a traditional lineup, with the top three guys setting the table or split them up through the lineup," Green said, citing seniors John Esposito, Freddie Pickering and Kyle Tamburro as speedy options.
Pickering returns to the diamond for the first time since middle school, Green said.
When those guys get on base, seniors Josh Brace and Troy Sweet look to pile up the RBI in the middle of the lineup.
"We were missing some things last year, had a lot of roles to fill," Hawley said. "There's a good group of guys here, everyone can contribute."
When asked about Division IV competitors, Green was quick to consider defending champion Danville and South Royalton, but said he feels the Eagles could be a top 4 team.
"We'll have to work hard, but there's a lot of potential. The attitude is good," Green said. "They had a lot of success in basketball to feed the beast."
For the seniors, it's the final chance to go out on top.
"It's the last organized sport [for the seniors], we have to do everything that's needed to do it," Trayah said.
ARLINGTON CAPSULES: SOFTBALL
Coach: Donn Griswold (7th season)
Last year: 0-1, team dropped due to low numbers.
The team: The Arlington Memorial High School softball team comes back after playing one game last season with a very young roster - seven freshmen, four sophomores and a junior. Only three players have any varsity experience, junior Cathy Farrell and sophomores Tori Saunders and Celia Smith. Allison Katrick, a freshman, should man the circle for the Eagles. There's still a possibility some eighth-graders will come up to the varsity roster as well.
"We're very raw and very young, there will definitely be some trials and tribulations to start with," Griswold said. "We're starting this year with all rookies except one, really."
The goal for this season, Griswold said, is to get as much experience as possible. "We want to grow the program again and we have a good core to do that," he said. "Hopefully, we can gain confidence as we go along."
Opener: Monday vs. Twin Valley
TRACK and FIELD
Coach: Bianca Hoose (2nd season)
Last year: Boys 7th at Division IV meet, Girls 10th
The team: The Eagles, after a middle-of-the-pack finish in the inaugural Division IV state meet, bring back a lot of talent to the track. On the boys side, Aden Fischer, the most decorated athlete for Arlington at the state meet with three place finishes, returns as a senior, and Peter Macksey, a junior, comes back after a third-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. On the girls side, Liz Zakrewski and Elizabeth Macksey graduate, but Anna Fischer and MacKenzie Gross, a sixth-place finisher in the 3,000 meters at states, return.
Opener: April 17 at Mount Anthony.
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