PAGEB4 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14,1995 SPORTS PRESSREPUBLICAN - PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. MVAC girls basketball preview PLATTSBURGH — A new alignment and a reduced league schedule gives the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference a new look this winter. The favorites are ol'd familiar faces, however. With Schroori Lake moving into the North Division after Johnsburg's arrival in the Southern Division, all of the league's top programs are united in one division. The Wildcats join Westport and Elizabethtown to give the division a solid top three teams. The teams also offer up a talented corps of centers and forwards. Chazy, Crown Point and Willsboro will spend the winter biding their time and working towards better days ahead. In the Southern Division, Bolton and Keene were the next best after Schroon last year. Both were hit hard by graduation, throwing the entire division up for grabs. Any of the seven teams could win the division and any could finish last. . It may be £he most entertain- ing and unpredictable division race in the area this winter. When all the dust settles, however, the conference and the Class D title is likely to come down to Westport or Schroon Lake. Chazy CHAZY - Coach Bill Arthur will send a youthful lineup to the court this winter, with only two seniors — Bridgette Arthur and Carey Goyette ™. on the roster. Sophomores Katie Bouchard and Kristi Wilson, along with freshman Katie Prue, will join the two seniors in the projected starting lineup, composed en- tirely of experienced varsity players. Another sophomore, Samantha Friedrich, also returns from last year's club, which went 5-7 in the Northern Division and 7-9 overall. Depth is a major concern for the Eagles, with just nine players on the varsity roster. Playar. lost K.i i Mi.-niw.rk. Rjimli MnrMn Playxra returning BridKftii. Arthur, Curcy Oovt'\* Kiltie Bmn-hnrd. Smnmillui Fniilni-li, Ktl»ti'Wilm>li, Kntiv Prur. Nawcomara Niitnlii' Trniiilily, I IfiilJiiT Couloiulif. Rener Troinlily Crown Point CROWN POINT - Improve- ment on last year's 4-8 Northern Division mark seems likely, as all five starters are back this season for first-year coach Kevin Hulbert. \ Senior center Charlee Bush led the Panthers in scoring last season (15.7 ppg). Fellow-seniors Misty Wright (11.2 ppg) and Rachael Woods (10.5 ppg) also showed offensive prowess last year, and another pair of seniors, Tara St. Pierre and Lela Mazurowski, should complete the starting five. This is not a quick team, so look for Crown Point to be delib- erate offensively and pound the' ball inside to Bush regularly. Kiir Pierre Itliwtii Playara lo*t Playtra returning Mi Wh Cl y md WUIHJH, Mirny Wright Lflti Miiturowwki. Alltl . RJ.I-IIM.I Sluwull' Nawcomars jni Ruliitixiin. .ItiitiM. Burku. Hitidi Kir/J g CluirlMi Buftli. Tnru Si r Hurlhurr. .Jenu In- Elizabethtown ELIZABETHTOWN - Soph- omore Marisa Vernum has been tearing through the Lions' non- league schedule — and Eliza- bethtown's conference success depends on that continuing. With th\ loss of Tasha Sezna to graduation and the transfer of Tonya Bashaw back to Willsboro, Elizabethtown has become an in- side-oriented team. Fortunately, the Lions are well prepared. In addition to Vernum, Elizabeth- town boasts senior captain Heather Tenney (5'11\) and Hadley Bassett (5'10\) across the front line. Handling and distributing the ball is going to be the big ques- tion, especially against the divi- sion's other top teams': Westport and Schroon Lake. Senior captain Maghan Nichols and sophomore Amy' Doyle have started during the early going. Should either falter, sophomore Randi Shaw freshman Stephanie Reynolds stand ready. Alison Stradley, Theresa Hurd and Beverly DeMass give Eliza- bethtown plenty of depth across the front line. The Lions finished second in the division last year. They can do so again if their guards prog- ress steadily and quickly. Playara lost Ti».h» ki-/.ii!i. AIIIEIIIJI Hiisi'll.uii- Playara returning lli-nllii'l'Trtilli'V. TVriaui llunJ, llmlliry Bnswll. Alison SIIIKIIPV. Kiindv Slinw, Mnnwi Wriium Nawcomiirs MIIIIIUIII NirliolH, BI-VITI.V DUMIIXI), Amy Doyle, Andrrn Troinblv. Steplliimf Ri-ynoids. Indian Lake INDIAN LAKE - It's time for a few wins. The last few years have not been kind to the young and winless Indian Lake program, but the rewards for those labors and patience should start coming this winter. No one was lost to graduation and three-year varsity veterans occupy every starting position.. Leading the way is guard Jenny Moulton. Though small, she is quick and an excellent ball- handler. Jennifer Marshall is possibly the best front line player. The \57\ junior's forte is rebounding and defense. Marcia Dunham is the shooting guard. Becky Clawson starts at one forward spot. The other front line position is up in the air. Sophomores Sharon Scully and Brenna Farrell are still fighting for the spot. Newcomers Jaynie Miller, Allison Vincze and Liz Marshall give coach Patricia Ryan the rare luxury of depth. If everyone stays healthy and the Indians can pick off an early win or two, Indian Lake could easily be .500 and in the middle of tie- pack by the end of the NIII Playara loat Playara returning Jenny Moulluii, Miirciti Dutilimu, Jennifer MnrwhqU, Bocky Clnvnun, Sharon Scully, Brelmu Farrell. Nawcomara Juynie Millar, AlliKou Vlncin, Lii Mornlwll. Keene KEENE VALLEY - The Beavers have a good foundation in Barbara Jaques and Nichole Purdy. It's the rest of the project that is filled with question marks. - Jaques and Purdy are the only two returning veterans. Technically, veteran center Janette Ashe is back, but she is out until at least the New Year with a leg injury suffered during soccer season. With all three in the lineup, Keene is in good shape:, the Beavers will have capable players in the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 spots. That leaves the ball-handling chores as coach Brent Isham's first area of attention. His choice is either playing for today or tomorrow. Senior Tonya Borden offers immediate short-term help. Eighth-grader Erin McKane is a project who will run Keene's point into the next cen- tury in much the same way as Britt Isham ran it for the first half of this decade. Rounding out the starting lineup and the roster is freshman Melanie Auer, sophmores Beth Borden and Jessica Warner and senior Sadie Light. Brill I'KIII Asln- Erin MrKn Playara loat my Tliwaiw. Hmitluir McKuriH. .Inlii-tlr Playtra returning . Nicky Purdy. Nawcomara if, .Mi-lnuic Au«r, Belli Borden, Tonyn W li bi h , .u , Bordi'li. .Irasi™ Winner, Sinlin bight. Long Lake LONG LAKE - A year ago, Long Lake turned its fate over to a fresh-faced freshman point guard and said lead us. Like most freshmen on varsity for the first time, Shauna Janke stumbl- ed a,, lot, but she also learned quickly and showed why coach Michael Earrell was so high on the youngster. Janke returns and the Lakers have set their sights a little higher, a .500 season. Janke isn't the only guard for Long Lake fans to get excited about. Junior Shea Farrell became a consistent scoring threat last season. Junior Jessie Medema patrols the low post with authority. Forwards Nancy Baker and Mary Ellen Hall are young but aggressive. They round ,out the starting lineup. With no seniors on the roster, Long Lake's climb is jn no danger of ending soon, but it is, in all likelihood, a year away from the division title. Playara lost Jexmi Duiimilly, Ciairu Snululitrtt. PUyar* returning Slii'n Fnrri'll. Slmuim JmtkH, Jtixtuo Mmlmim. NaweoAiam Niuiry BnkiT, Cullwi Cullwi, Ann\' DnimWIy. Mury Ellen Hull. Kim ah KDINM-, April JiMininpi. Schroon Lake SCHROON LAKE - The Wildcats paid for their soft schedule a year ago come postseason.' It is performance they-do not intend to repeat. Schroon has upgraded its schedule. The Wildcats move to the Northern Division helped that cause in large part, but Schroon has already played Beekmantown (a Class B early favorite), Moriah (which ended Schroon's season last year) and Lake George (a solid Section II Class C program). Still ahead lie games with Moriah and Ticonderoga. The Wildcats are serious. On paper, they are the one team best positioned to \threaten Westport. The front line consists of 1,000-point scorer Shannon Brock (5'10\) Naomi Mitchell (5'10\) and Stephanie Parker (6'0\). The guards are Marcie King and Christine Patton. That lineup could change if varsity newcomers Gabrielle Brand and Katie Sachleben develop quickly enough to move into one of the forward spots. That would enable either Brock or Mitchell to move\ to the off guard position. Playara toat Nni iivnilnhli.. ' Playara returning Shiilini.il Brm-k, Mlirsii- Hint!, Nnonil Mllrlirll. Sli'iiliiinir 1'iirkt-r. Cliriuuiu- Piillun. Keli Turner. Nawcomars (inlirirllr BrimJ. Krynllf Erwkwn. Vnlnne LeBlnnr. Knt.li' Siirhlulirii. .!<•>- WNIinnw Westport WESTPORT - Is this the year? League and section titles have become almost routine for the Eagles. What they really want is a trip to the state Final,Four. This may be their best chance for another couple years. Star,t with senior' guard Nanette Sherman and senior center Erin Pratt. Unlike last year, when Westport had a young and unproven supporting cast at the start of the year, this year's Eagles team is filled with grizzlied veterans. Sophomore Korrina Conley (5'6\) starts at the other guard while Alison Beal (6'0\) and Julie Frisbie (6'0\) start at forward. While most teams would kill to have two 5'10\ juniors on their roster, Westport brings two off the bench in Roseanne Nelson and Aimee L.aMountain. With 12 players back from last year, can keep running players out on the court to keep everyone fresh. JullhlM!!' All Playara loat Playara returning Ali B ] y g Fninc... Hiililmuiir, Alixon Bun], Jnniix SpnuldinK, •luliu FrUUii, Wendy Tromblee, Korrina Conley, Kntie •lohiwton, Sandru Quiinliw.Ui, Knrin Colliim, Ro«mirme NHIWIII, Erin Pratt, NIIIMMI Sliwiunn. Ainie« LIIMOUII- IJlill. Nawcomara N(il IIVIIUHIIII-. Willsboro WILLSBORO — The mission for Willsboro this year is to find some scoring help for Nicole Sayward. The senior guard ranked among the conference's leading\ scorers a year ago, but couldn't prevent the losses from piling up. Transfe/ Tonya Bashaw returns after a year at Elizabeth- town. She'll provide some help, but the sophomore is still devel- oping her scoring skills. Eighth- grader Dana. MacDougal inherits the center spot and will spend the winter earning on-the-job training. Junior Beth Santor must stay healthy since there is a lack of depth at forward. Ninth-graders Krissy Gay and Photo Editor/Dave Paczak Erin Pratt Tammy Christian offer promise for the future. Other than Sayward, Virginia Christian is the team's only senior. Juniors Janna Gowans and Anna Santor join sophomore Jeanette Hurd in pounding out the squad. * The Warriors are definitely in a youth program, but Sayward must stand in the spotlight one more year. 1 «. Players lost Ct.uiiiic.vBi'ilfrs. Emily C.iirdii«r. Sl.«im*l KIIIK, Nunry Srliu-i- Play«r> returning Nicole SitywnrcJ, Virginia Christian. .Iiiiiiu. (Juwuns. ^Belli SiuiUir\ NawcomtFS Anna Saiilor, Krissy (lay, Dana Mni:Uuun»l, Tanyii Biislmw, .Jeaiietle rturd. Tammy Christum. 1st Annual Winter Heat Bikini Treat Contest PRIZES 1st Prize MOO • 2nd Prize *75 •3rd Prize *50 Gold Necklace & earrings (as well as other prizes) A 4 week event, selecting the top 3 winners from each week who will be competing for over •1,500 in cash and prizes. 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