April 3, 2012
Veteran Cortland crew set for debut
A solid core of eight players, seven of them seniors, is back for the Cortland High softball team and coach Lara Almansberger this season, which begins Wednesday with a game at East Syracuse-Minoa.
The veterans are headed up by senior catcher Taylor Huenink, who was an OHSL Freedom Division second-team all-league pick and the team MVP last spring as the Purple Tigers finished 4-11 league and overall.
Also back are seniors Liz Torti (a pitcher who had two of the CHS staff’s four wins), Sarah Hartnett (second baseman), Jenna Gregory (first baseman-pitcher), Zakarra Butts (shortstop-second baseman), Hannah Franceschelli (outfielder) and Maria Speranza (third baseman) and junior outfielder Amanda Edwards.
Lost to graduation were outfielder-shortstop Alyssa Cafararo, third baseman-outfielder Carina Clayton, outfielder Sarah French, centerfielder Rebecca Karam, outfielder-catcher Stevie Nemecek and first baseman-outfielder Kelsey Wetherell.
Newcomers to the varsity level this spring are juniors Julia Babjack (third baseman), Angel Lilly (outfielder-first baseman), Jessica Smith (outfielder) and Seneria Curtis (first baseman) and freshman shortstop-pitcher Talia Cruz.
“The girls’ goals this season are to improve to a winning season and make sectionals,” Almansberger said. “This year we should be competitive. This group is positive and upbeat, which allows them to play more relaxed. The confidence that the girls have in each other has already started to appear and has started the season on a positive note.”
Dan Camillo returns as junior varsity coach, with Zac Darrow in charge of the modified team.
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