As spring weather begins to make its way to Ledyard, let’s see what is in store as this season’s sports begin:
Girls’ Lacrosse: With last year’s starters graduated, the girls’ lacrosse team will have a difficult time adapting, but with several experienced freshman trying out, the team could be a potential threat later in the season. Seniors Maddie Tilton, Carina Mitchell, Morgan Wicken and Riley Lindsey will fill key roles. Sophomore Megan Larmann and juniors Julia Austin and Blair Muncy will also add depth.
Boys’ Lacrosse: Like baseball, key members of last year’s roster return. Seniors Shane Fors, Clark Peterson, Jeff O’Hanlon and juniors Matt Scahill and Bo Nguyen will make Ledyard competitive when the time is right.
Girls’ Tennis: Senior Olivia Lyon will lead the way as she returns as an All-ECC first team selection. Juniors Jenna Mchale and Liz Martin also return to the roster this March.
Boys’ Tennis: Junior Blake McHale and senior Ben Gardner will play this spring and senior Kevin Hutchins, junior Chris Charette and sophomores Trevor Hutchins and Nate McCracken are welcomed to the team as first time players.
Boys’ Outdoor Track: Seniors Eric McCracken and Ryan Lynch, juniors Manny Sanabria and Andrew Laconico and freshman James Sanabria will add talent to the sprinting roster. Senior Josh Snow and sophomores Zak King and Peter Cronin will also contribute as key distance members.
Girls’ Outdoor Track: With a variety of key returning athletes, the girls’ team could be a threat in the ECC this spring. Junior pole vaulter Claudia Jackson and sophomore hurdler Shelby Olsen will allow the Colonels to be competitive in dual meets. Seniors Alexis Bickham, Lexi Powell and sophomore Lauryn Lu also returned as experience members.
Baseball: This spring’s roster is full of seasoned talent. Seniors Luke Saccone, Nick Traystman, Anthony Viteritto and Trevor Bolduc will push the Colonels far on the ECC and state front. Several players have already signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers in college. Junior Nick Smith also returns as an All-ECC first-team pick.
Softball: With a majority of last spring’s roster returning, it won’t be difficult for the Lady Colonels to pick up where they left off. Senior pitcher Chloe Hespeler and seniors Hannah Terrapin, Olivia Satti and Jessica Hazler will add experience for the team. Sophomore Bella Langlois returns after a knee injury and will help increase the chance of the team making it far in the state tournament.
Megan Brawner, Editor-in-Chief
Senior Megan Brawner is the Editor-in-Chief of the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is the captain of the cross country team and runs Indoor and Outdoor Track. She participates in Youth United for Global Action and Awareness (YUGA) Club and is the secretary of the Senior Class. She is the Editor of Key Club. She will attend Central Connecticut State University to study Business next fall.