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HIGH POINT CENTRAL
Coach: Kim Stalnaker (15 years); assistant Ray Keever
Last year: 45-7 overall, finished second in the Piedmont Triad 4A
No. of starters returning/lost: 6/0
Missing faces: None
Familiar faces: senior Justin Franklin and junior Harrison Frye tied for second in PTC Player of the Year standings. Justin Franklin finished third individually in the regional. Matthew Krawczyk is a three-year returning starter. Lee Sanderlin is a returning starter.
New faces: Ryan Eskew is a freshman transfer from Wesleyan that I expect huge things from.
Expectations: Win the conference, win the regional (that will be played at Oak Hollow), advance to the state tournament.
What does your team do best: Cut up.
What challenges face your team: Staying focused.
What would be a success for your team: A state championship.
Coach: Ryan Richmond (three years)
Last year: 33-36-2 overall, 25-22-2 in the Piedmont Triad 4A
Missing faces: Ben Kurland, Alex Lugo
Familiar faces: junior Drew Adams (all-conference, average score 37.4); junior Ryan Hardy (all-conference, average score 40.1); senior Gray Mayberry (average score 43.8), senior Eric Webster, sophomore Devin Lanier (average score 42.4)
New faces: junior Zach Lance (transfer), freshman Sean Hardy
Expectations: Our team goal is to be one of the top 2 teams in the conference and advance to regionals. If our team continues to progress, it is capable of advancing to the state tournament.
What does your team do best: We have a young, close-knit group that likes to have fun, but is very competitive. They have a great attitude and strive to get better every practice.
What challenges face your team: Our biggest challenge will be to post four quality scores every match. Our top three players (Drew Adams, Ryan Hardy, Zach Lance) are very consistent. Hopefully, Gray Mayberry, Devin Lanier, Sean Hardy and Eric Webster can post a good score in the No. 4 spot to post a good team score.
What would be a success for your team: As previously stated, our team will achieve success by finishing in the top 2 of the conference and advancing to the state tournament.
WESTCHESTER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
Coach: Adam Schwartz (seventh year)
Last year: TAC tournament champion, runner-up in the NCISAA 2A state championship
No. of starters returning/lost: 3/3
Missing faces: Jonathan DiIanni (Purdue), Grey York, Greg Mauldin
Familiar faces: sophomore Thomas Walsh (all-conference, all-state); freshman Hardin Councill (all-conference); sophomore Russell Marion
New faces: Too early to tell.
Expectations: Westchester golf is all about having fun, playing/practicing hard, building towards May, and doing it ALL as a TEAM. We are a very young team, but we have some players who have a lot of experience. We are counting on that leadership to help guide our younger golfers.
What does your team do best: Eat, and share their love of this great game with other people.
What challenges face your team: Too early to tell!
What would be a success for your team: I think for these players to feel like it has been a successful season is for us to win the TAC championship and to bring the NCISAA 2A state championship back to High Point! With that said, I think they want to do it as a team, represent Westchester at the highest level on and off the course, and have a lot of fun on the journey!
HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN academy
Coach: David Spencer (10th season); assistants Steve Segers, Troy Spencer
Last year: Finished fourth in the PACIS
No. of starters returning/lost: 2/4
Missing faces: Missing four starters from last year.
Familiar faces: junior Adam Quate (lowest scoring average from last season; we need his scoring and leadership), sophomore Jonathan Segers (I’m looking for a breakout season), sophomore James Rush (limited playing time last year)
New faces: junior transfer Ryan Scott, freshman Justin Lewis, senior transfer Tyler Labonte, freshman Spencer Toland
Expectations: Almost a new team for matches. With new talent, we expect to be better this year.
What does your team do best: They like each other. They are friends as well as teammates.
What challenges face your team: We only have two players with match experience, and we compete in a conference with strong golf programs.
What would be a success for your team: To post low scores, to win matches and to qualify for the state 3A tournament. But most importantly that we represent High Point Christian well.
Coach: Pearse Mahon (sixth year)
Last year: Won the Northwest 1A/2A, regional and NCHSAA 1A championships
No. of starters returning/lost: 3/3
Missing faces: Stanhope Johnson (playing at N.C. State) and William Whitacre (first and second individually at states), Brian Sowinski
Familiar faces: junior Tanner Owen (as a freshman and sophomore, he has been tops in the state; NWC Player of the Year as a freshman; will get his chance to lead the Villains this year)
New faces: Kevin Sowinksi (I have not coached a year at Bishop without a Sowinski on the team — all signs tell me he will be as good, if not better)
Expectations: I do not have any great expectations this year other than this team knows the legacy that it is following and will not be giving up anything easily.
What does your team do best: Play as a team.
What challenges face your team: New starters, tournament experience.
What would be a success for your team: Three in a row.
Coach: Dan Turner (sixth year); assistants Drake Mitchell and John Christ
Last year: Finished fifth in the Piedmont Triad 4A
No. of starters returning/lost: Nos. 3-5/Nos. 1 and 2
Missing faces: John Christ
Familiar faces: seniors Jared Millikan and Jake Blythe, junior Justin Brown, sophomore Chase Bouchillon
New faces: freshmen David Song and Bret Bartko, sophomores Mike Hukill and Xan Swaim
Expectations: Our team is top three in the PTC and to qualify for the regionals as a team.
What does your team do best: Eat barbecue and practice hard.
What challenges face your team: We are good, but we need to gain experience going into confernece play. Our conference is very strong, so we need to be ready to score every day.
What would be a success for your team: Regional qualifier as a team.
WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN academy
Coach: Greg Giordano (10 years); assistant John Hachet
Last year: 10-6 overall, lost in the first round of the NCISAA 3A playoffs
Missing faces: Alex Proehl, Kurd Edwards, Leah Vidovich, Lauren O’Connor, Emily Scott, Ellery Allonier
Familiar faces: senior Maddie Joyce (five-year varsity player)
New faces: We are a young team with many new faces!
Expectations: Finish stronger that we started.
What does your team do best: Have Fun!
What challenges face your team: We are a very young team.
What would be a success for your team: Success for these girls is defined by the decisions they make on and off the field every day.
HIGH POINT CENTRAL
Coach: Kate Finch (fourth year); assistants Larkin Herring, Lynley Paden, Wayne Wright
Last year: 5-1-13, finished sixth in the Piedmont Triad 4A
No. of starters returning/lost: 7/5
Missing faces: Keri Nichols and Jocelyn Santillan to graduation, senior Kat Andrews to injury
Familiar faces: Caroline Giles (all-conference freshman from last year), a strong senior class with Mackenzie MacDonald, Krystal Conner, Caroline Segal, Grave Bunemann and Mary Bryan Smith.
New faces: We have an athletic freshman class including Susie Griffin, Cameron Dixon, Noel Andrews, Brittany Orcutt, Ashley McDonald and Lizzie Smith.
Expectations: We expect to have a fun season with a lot of young players getting a significant amount of playing time.
What does your team do best: Our team always works hard and has great team chemistry.
What challenges face your team: We have a lot of young, inexperienced players this year.
What would be a success for your team: Upsetting teams that are expected to finish better than us.
WESTCHESTER COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
Coach: Rustin Thomas (second year); assistants Erin Hamilton, Rachael Collins, Courtney Spencer
Last year: Finished sixth in TAC regular season, reached semifinals of TAC tournament after defeating No. 3 seed American Hebrew
No. of starters returning/lost: 6/5
Missing faces: Rachel Nulty (defensive leader), Alex Simpson (creative midfielder and goal scorer), Mattie Strickland (defense, great team player), Jessi Stockinger (goalkeeper)
Familiar faces: senior Meghan Ingram (all-conference, team MVP), junior Avery Keefe (four goals, four assists), junior Anna Hood (top returning defender), sophomore Campbell Kinley (four goals)
New faces: eighth-grader Maddie Dyson (goalkeeper), senior Julie Tugwell (defender), freshman Michaela Crayeroft (defneder), seventh-grader Alex Evans (midfielder)
Expectations: Finish sixth or better during the regular season, make semifinals of conference tournament, and late push for the state tournament.
What does your team do best: Great upperclassman leadership, which promotes excellent team chemistry.
What challenges face your team: Staying healthy.
What would be a success for your team: To have a fun and exciting season!
Coach: Brien Braswell (24 years)
Last year: Finished second in the Piedmont Triad 4A; lost in the second round of the playoffs to Ardrey Kell
No. of starters returning/lost: 7/3
Missing faces: Claudia Menjivar, Eroncia Berry, Leah Fleming — all four-year starters
Familiar faces: junior forward Lindsay Kubrick, senior midfielder Lauren Merritt, senior defender Annie Scheffer, junior keeper Keller Dixon, senior defender Lauren Walker, sophomore midfielder Lauren Whitaker, sophomore forward Montana Flemming
New faces: Remains to be seen. No surprises, but maybe in time.
Expectations: East Forsyth has dominated this girls conference. Northwest Guilford is also very strong. Southwest Guilford is always a threat, as is Glenn — a tough conference.
What does your team do best: Socialize. My team has potential, but it must take it to the next level collectively to be successful on the big stage.
What challenges face your team: Blending youth and experience and have the players realize why we are here — to be successful.
What would be a success for your team: To play hard every single match. Soccer is not a coaches sports, but a players sport. Our team must play for each other to find success.
Coach: George Kennedy, Ray Alley; Scott Saffer, Ron Molen
Last year: 13-4-1 overall, 9-2-1 in the Northwest 1A/2A; reached the third round of the 1A playoffs
Players to watch: sophomore wing Samantha Walsh, senior midfielder Caroline Valitutto, sophomore defender Chandler Greene, freshman forward/midfielder Lauren Andrysick, sophomore midfielder/defender Kally Saffer, freshman goalkeeper Kim Molen
HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Coach: Adriana Hernandez (third year); assistants Nathan Marrow, James Steed
Last year: 6-8 overall, finished third in the NCISAA PACIS 3A
Missing faces: No. 1 singles Taylor Light
Familiar faces: No. 1 singles Sam Parlier, David Leonard, Corbin Carroll, Chandler Starr, Zach Hamilton, Zach Davis, Austin Cobb, Garrett Crouch, Alex Cobb (senior), Matthew Grice, Carter Grice (eighth grade, Dickson Tam (eighth-grade) and Kyle Sullivan.
New faces: Stafford Beck
Expectations: My team has a great attitude and great sportsmanship. They are fun to be around and they never give up. We expect to qualify to the state tournament and to finish top 3 in the conference. We always expect to win conference. We will work hard at it, but is going to take a great effort.
What does your team do best: Our main goal is to honor God with our actions and words, so we will practice and play to honor him, whether we win or not. Our Bible verse to go this season is Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
What challenges face your team: One challenge is most of my team only plays during the season and we compete against players who play tennis year round.
What would be a success for your team: Qualify for state (Only top 12 in the State qualify. We are a 3A school, so qualifying is very competitive); winning against all of the schools in our conference; honoring God at all times, whether we win or not, by never giving up; having the team unified.
Coach: J.H. Young (1997 to Present with hiatus from 2004 through 2006)
Last year: Finished fourth in the PAC-6 2A, did not make the playoffs
No. of starters returning/lost: 0/6
Missing faces: Lost all-conference Lyelle Davis and Kevin Beugger, who were regional qualifiers, and Brytian Chandler another Regional Qualifier. Also, Carson Wofford, Luis Suarez, Stephen Snyder and Carlos Cabaja all have graduated.
Familiar faces: senior Shan Faizi (No. 1 this year, played No. 7 last year), sophomore Walter Hernandez (No. 2 this year, played No. 8 last year)
New faces: Scott Martin, Muhammad Mansour, Adish Thapa, Antonio Tuth, Faisal Sulman, Christopher Shafer and James Rogers are all first-year players.
Expectations: We will not make the playoffs this year, will probably finish last in the PAC-6 2A, but we will finish 1st in effort. I expect improvement from all my players.
What does your team do best: They don’t give up. They stay positive, and look for any improvement in their game since most of them are beginners.
What challenges face your team: Being beginners who have never played tennis before.
What would be a success for your team: To continue to improve, work hard, not give up, stay positive and keep their grades up.
Coach: Denny Wesney (13 years)
Last year: 16-6 overall, tied for second in the Piedmont Triad 4A; lost in the first round of the state playoffs
No. of starters returning/lost: 3/3
Missing faces: Nick Jermyn (No. 2, 15-10 in singles, regional qualifier), Vivek Dakoriya (No. 3, 11-5 in singles, regional qualifier in doubles), Sutart Michel (No. 5, 4-7 in singles)
Familiar faces: senior Austin Lynk (No. 1, 16-3, PTC Player of the Year, regional qualifier in doubles), senior Danny Gillespie (No. 4, 14-5, won conference singles tournament, regional qualifier), junior Brian Jobe (No. 6, 11-7)
New faces: freshman Steven Michel (top 75 in the state under 16), senior Jacob Arett (4-0 in play last year), senior Sai Hari (5-8 last year), senior Alex Gavric (3-1 last year), freshman Chris Seo
Expectations: We hope to compete with Northwest Guilford and High Point Central for the top spot in the conference.
What does your team do best: Play effectively at the net.
What challenges face your team: Overcoming some early injuries to key players and new players to the top six learning how to win in tough matches.
What would be a success for your team: To continue our playoff streak (at least 14 straight years).
WESTCHESTER COUNTRY DAY school
Coach: Sterling Smith (first year)
Last year: Finished in the middle of the TAC 2A
No. of starters returning/lost: 1/5
Missing faces: Carter Gay, Clayton Brewer, Lowie Vandeplancke, Dan Goldman, Will Davis
Familiar faces: eighth-grader Adam Chinnasami (played No. 3 last year), junior George Heath, junior Prajan Marhatta
New faces: seventh-graders Jake Keels, Govind Harish and Max Johns; eighth-grader Charles York; juniors Baxter Bruggeworth and Hunter Heinbach
Expectations: We expect leaders to emerge and each player to consistently improve throughout the year.
What does your team do best: Practice hard and play hard, support each other.
What challenges face your team: Only one returning starter, a young team with no seniors.
What would be a success for your team: Team bonding and individual improvement will equal success. A conference championship is a long-shot goal.
Coach: Bob Weckworth (eighth year)
Last year: 16-5 overall, undefeated Northwest 1A/2A champion (second straight year); lost in the West Regional to Hendersonville
No. of starters returning/lost: 1/5
Missing faces: Naveed Foroudi (transferred to Page); Alex Gundlach (transferred to Northern); Lane Kiser, Conor Wilson and Michael Domabyl graduated.
Familiar faces: Kevin Weckworth (No. 1 player) returns for his senior year. Kevin is the two-time defending state doubles Champion, looking to set NCHSAA history by winning for a third consecutive time, each year with a different partner (2011 with Joseph Riazzi; 2012 with Lane Kiser). Looking to recover from an ankle injury suffered during the basketball season. Probably will not begin playing tennis until April.
New faces: *sophomore Sam McLaughry — suffered a broken collarbone last year in a freak accident and missed the entire season. I would have loved to have him last year as he probably would have made the difference for us against Hendersonville. This year, I look for Sam to be one of the best players in the state, and he will challenge Kevin for the #1 spot on the team.
*Senior John Abram and junior Ben Jandzinski have both been patient over the past two years, waiting for their chance to play. They both have improved their games immensely.
*Zach Jones, Jonathan Ingram, Will Shannon and Coley Gorham, along with McLaughry, round out a very deep and formidable sophomore class.
*In addition, Lance Dittrich is a very talented freshman who will also vie for playing time.
Expectations: A third Northwest Conference championship and another deep run into the state playoffs is clearly expected.
What challenges face your team: We are a very talented team, but we are not “match” tested, as no one has any “big match” experience other than seniors Weckworth and Abram. However, that could be a blessing in disguise, similar to our state championship season of 2011, when we played loose and felt no pressure. Last year, I believe the pressure of trying to repeat as state champs got to the team in the end — they wanted it too much.
What would be a success for your team: This year, we definitely have high expectations, and we are focused on making a run at the state title. We just want to make sure we are playing our best in May. If we do that, then it will have to take an outstanding effort to knock us out.
Coach: Randy Grimes (16 years), Chris Doby (eight years)
Singles: No. 1 Rick Ydrovo (senior, four-year starter, 13-6 last season, 44-13 career); No. 2 Thomas Freeman (senior, three-year starter, 16-5 last year, 33-7 in career), No. 3 Jackson Somers (senior, four-year starter, 19-6 last year, 42-14 in career, 3-1 runner- up in MPC tourney), No. 4 Landon McGinn (senior, two-year starter. 14-8 last year, 19-10 in career), No. 5 Matt Hartzell (freshman), No. 6 Erik McSwain (senior, two-year starter, 12-8 last year, 12-8 in career), junior Andy Buchanan
Doubles: No. 1 Freeman/Ydrovo (26-6 last year, Mid-Piedmont 3A champions, advanced to second round of the state tourney), No. 2 McGinn/Somers (9-5 last year); No. 3 McSwain/Buchanan or Hartzell (work in progress)
Depth: junior Cameron Maxwell (third-year player — much-improved, high energy, pushing No. 6), sophomore Will Harrington (second-year, much-improved, very consistent, smart, pushing No. 6), sophomore Alan Bodea (first year), sophomore Shelby Spainhour (first year), junior Robert Jenkins (first year)
Expectations: At Ledford we have created a winning tradition that we expect to win conference titles, qualify multiple individuals for state tourneys and advance our team into the NCHSAA 3A dual team tourney with success. Asheboro is always a tough opponent and we expect to improve our team to the level where we can compete with the Blue Comets for the MPC title.
HIGH POINT CENTRAL
Coach: Robbie Bean (second season)
Last year: 11-6 overall, 9-3 in the Piedmont Triad 4A (second place); reached the second round of the state playoffs
No. of starters returning/lost: 4/2
Missing faces: J.V. Hipp (No. 3; graduated, now attending Coastal Carolina); Harrison Reece (No. 4; graduated, now attending South Carolina)
Familiar faces: senior Matt Tutton (qualified for states in singles after finishing fourth in regionals, all-conference. 10-2 overall singles record (conference)); junior Sam Utley (qualified for regionals in doubles after finishing second in the conference tournament; all-conference); senior Tripp Smith (returning starter, senior captain); sophomore Robert Tutton (returning starter), junior Alex Hill (returning doubles starter), junior Matt Amos (returning doubles starter)
New faces: freshman Carter Gay, junior Mack Earnhardt (transfer from Fayetteville), sophomore Bobby Little, freshman Trey Sedberry
Expectations: Last season saw the Bison advance to the playoffs for the first time in a decade. It was a year of firsts for so many of the players, and the opportunity to repeat and build on that success is fresh on all the players’ minds. The return of four starters and the emergence of many key JV players and freshmen have provided the motivation for the team to duplicate the same achievements from last year and create a legacy of their own.
What does your team do best: Without question, the Bison have embraced the concept of team first. All players confidentially were asked at the start of the season what his individual goal was for 2013, and the majority of responses mentioned nothing of their seed. They all talked about team accomplishments, and the skill-level from top to bottom is certainly there to meet those goals.
What challenges face your team: Last season, the team was playing with house money. HPC tennis had been middle of the road for quite some time and the players had little pressure to succeed. This team has set the bar very high so managing the pressure of those goals will be our greatest challenge.
What would be a success for your team: A playoff berth in the state tournament.
Coach: Adam Duncan (first year); assistant Randy Akerman
Last year: 14-3 overall, 8-0 in the PAC-6 2A
No. of starters returning/lost: 3/4
Missing faces: Graham Brown, Jack Mishoe, Aaron Stafford, Andy Mishoe
Familiar faces: Levi Lovell (injured last year), Jordan McClure (13-1), Nate Hammett (12-3), Philip Perez (1-1)
New faces: Freshmen Cody Musgrave, Austin Hill, Corey Sarvis, Gary Kight
Expectations: Win the conference and make a good run at states.
What does your team do best: We hustle and have good ground strokes.
What challenges face your team: Serving consistently and playing better at the net.
What would be a success for your team: Decrease unforced errors and get comfortable attacking the net.
Coach: Kenny Smith (first year); assistants Bob Roberts, Tony Smith
Last year: 7-10 overall, fourth in the conference
No. of starters returning/lost: 2/4
Missing faces: Nos. 1-4 singles players
Familiar faces: Nos. 5 and 6 — junior Evan Smith and senior Mike Rabey
Expectations: Not very high — too young and inexperienced.
What does your team do best: They like each other and get along well.
What challenges face your team: Inexperience.
What would be a success for your team: To win three or four matches.
HIGH POINT CENTRAL BOYS
Coach: Justin Smith (second year); assistant Rob Hill
Last year: 2-13 overall in first-ever season
No. of starters returning/lost: 6/4
Missing faces: goalkeeper Austin Adzima, attack Sam Hawley
Familiar faces: middie Shep Byles, middie Stephen Smith, defender Jackson Fetner, attack Jack Farrar
New faces: defender Nick White, middie Jonathan Withrow
Expectations: To compete more and win more than last year.
What does your team do best: Play hard and play with heart.
What challenges face your team: Young team still finding its legs.
What would be a success for your team: We are already successful. We have had a great turnout, lots of enthusiasm and toughness.
HIGH POINT CENTRAL GIRLS
Coach: Amanda Williard (two years): assistant Megan Hall
No. of starters returning/lost: 9/3
Familiar faces: Leading scorers from last year are Sadie Weston, Victoria Mitchell, and Rachel Shelton. Tough defense from Sacourya Hill, Gillian Bach and Jessica Sandaval.
New faces: Crystal Murphy in goalie position, Raiza Olivas as defense, Eva Ellenburg and Sarah Mitchell as middie, Christina Verdi and Mykia Williams as offense.
Expectations: Improving season with more wins.
What does your team do best: My team is great at overcoming tough situations and working together as a team. My girls are very eager to learn and are always willing to try new things.
SOUTHWEST GUILFORD boys
Coach: Miles Brown (four years); assistant head coach Chris McVey; assistants Jameson Schultz and Zach Lunde
Last year: 10-6 overall, finished fourth in conference
No. of starters returning/lost: 6/4
Missing faces: All-conference starters Herbert Bridges (midfield) and Glen Johnson (attack)
Familiar faces: senior midfielder Jeff Buchan, senior defender Eric Thompson, long pole middie Josh Brown
New faces: junior midfielder/attack Justin Warnock (missed most of 2012 w/an broken hand), goalie Ethan Danser
Expectations: Continue to build on last year’s growth.
What does your team do best: Many of our players do not play competitive lacrosse year-round, but they learn the game quickly and become more competitive as the season progresses.
What challenges face your team: The weather. A difficult conference schedule.
What would be a success for your team: Building on last year’s momentum.
Coach: Ryan Kiser (first year); assistants JC Harper, Bradley McElroy
Last year: 2-10, finished fifth in Piedmont Triad 4A
Missing faces: Blake Dryden, Tyler Edwards, Jakob Hjelmquist, Michael Campbell
Familiar faces: senior Alec Joyce, senior Xavier Smith, senior Johnny Kilroy, sophomore Mitchell Jackson, senior Ben Bingham
New faces: Preston Butler, Jake Glasgow, Cameron Bope, Josh Wonders
Expectations: 9-6 with a playoff run
What does your team do best: Defense turning into transition offense.
What challenges face your team: Young offense.
What would be a success for your team: Going over .500 record.
Coach: Natalie Beck (three years); assistant Kristyn Keyes, conditioning Jack DeBell
No. of starters returning/lost: 9-9
Missing faces: Caitlyn Fernandez, Christina Caprio, Olivia Campbell, Anna Groce, Allyson Victoria, Martyna Czaja, Maggie Hurdle, Rianna Hutton, Iris Andrade, Estelle Torres
Familiar faces: senior Ashley Almonor, sophomore Kara Whitson, senior Jasmine Scales, senior Jailyn Cockerham
New faces: freshman goalie Katelyn Anderson
Expectations: Just some back-to-basics wins here and there.
What does your team do best: Communicate and ground balls.
What challenges face your team: Conditioning and being a young team with many new players.
What would be a success for your team: Mastering all the basic skills while still keeping up with our opponents.
Coach: Rob Shore; assistants Brett Andrews, Elliott Childress
Last year: 12-14 overall, 5-5 PAC-6 2A; lost to East Lincoln in the state playoffs
No. of starters returning/lost: 7/2
Missing faces: Matt Cain (all-conference DH), Aaron Taylor (lead-off hitter, right fielder)
Familiar faces: David Newcomer (two-time all-conference, Lenoir-Rhyne signee), Colin Rosenbaum (all-conference, led team in hitting last year), Troy Whittington (two-year starter on the mound), Matt McQuaigue (all-conference)
New faces: sophomore Bryce Lance (pitcher), junior Landon Scarboro (outfielder)
Expectations: With seven returning starters, I expect our seniors to take this team to the top of our conference. Host a playoff game and win a playoff game.
What does your team do best: They get along with each other, which does wonders with team communication.
What challenges face your team: Winning a playoff game and not being satisfied with just making it to the playoffs.
What would be a success for your team: Winning the conference, going as far as possible into the playoffs.
TRACK AND FIELD RUNS IN MONDAY’S HPE
We ran out of room in today’s edition, so look for prep track and field capsules in Monday’s High Point Enterprise.
— COMPILED BY MICHAEL LINDSAY