Preview: Class B girls basketball capsules

Posted Dec. 07, 2011, at 4:01 p.m.

CARIBOU VIKINGS

Last year’s record, finish: 9-10, No. 6, lost in quarterfinal

Roster: Sr. Annie Collins, Sr. Katie Keaton, Sr. Jamie Martin, Sr. Tia McHatten, Sr. Paige Small, Jr. Anesha Hersey, Jr. Alexa Massey, Jr. Rebecca McDougal, Jr. Ashley St. Peter, Jr. Katelynn Tardie, So. Shyanne Barnes; coach: C.P. Harris

Outlook: Replacing three starters is never easy, so from the outset, it’s going to be a challenge this season. Once we can get the girls to gel, our schedule is one of the toughest in Eastern Maine, with nearly all the teams on our schedule getting at least a prelim last season, and they are all returning a bunch a talent. Our goal is to once again make it to the Bangor Auditorium, and with a lot of hard work and some luck, we will hopefully be there again.

ELLSWORTH EAGLES

Last year’s record, finish: 1-17, No. 19

Roster: Fr. Emily Berry, Fr. Hailee Langley, Fr. Maddie Dow, So. Sydni Palmer, So. Morgan Card, So. Audra Colley, Jr. Annika Firestone, Jr. Taylor White, Jr. Chelsea Beal, Jr., Claire Russell, Sr. Sam McGuire, Sr. Ashlee Leighton-Bragg, Sr. Morgaen Jones; coach: Andy Pooler

Outlook: First-year coach and a different looking team from last year. Looking to build on a strong preseason and strong leadership from the upperclassmen. With talent mixed throughout all of the grades, look for a balanced team that may surprise some teams.

FOXCROFT ACADEMY PONIES

Last year’s record, finish: 8-11, No. 10, lost in EM Class C prelim round

Roster: So. Amber Anderson, Jr. Whitney Arno, Sr. Hillary Baiamonte, So. Amber Chadrawi, So. Mackenzie Coiley, So. Brittany Dyer, Jr. Gabrielle Henderson, Sr. Hilary Kendall, Fr. Jacquelyn Miles, Jr. Monica Miles, So. Clara Stevens; coach: Michelle Paradis

HERMON HAWKS

Last year’s record, finish: 11-9, No. 10, lost in quarterfinal round

Roster: So. Raychel Alley, So. Jenna Crouse, Jr. Britney Hamlin, So. Shaniah Haskell, Sr. Lindsey Hawes, So. Katie Kivler, Fr. Christine May, Fr. Claire Petersen, So. Kaitlin Saulter, Sr. Chelsea Sinclair, So. Gretchen Spencer, Sr. Mikayla Treadwell; coach: Phil Robinson

JOHN BAPST CRUSADERS

Last year’s record, finish: 16-4, No. 2, lost in semifinal

Roster: Sr. Liane Ferrill, Jr. MacKenzie Hayman, Sr. Allison Higgins, So. Tessa Lilley, Sr. Paige Martin, Sr. Victoria Miller, So. Karrie O’Donnell, Jr. Darby Paul, So. Abby Pyne, Jr. Sarah Pyne, Sr. Emily Tilton, Fr. Maegan True, Sr. Taylor True; coach: Michael Webb

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND TROJANS

Last year’s record, finish: 14-5, No. 5, lost in quarterfinal

Roster: So. Sierra Myrick, Fr. Sarah Phelps, Jr. Abby Jewett, Fr. Molly Carroll, Jr. Bailey Burr, So. Shelby O’Neil, Jr. Emily Lewis, So. Hannah Shaw, Jr. Abbie Burton, Fr. Delenn Colson, Fr. Sara Norberg, Sr. Calli Mitchell, So. Madeline Cook, So. Deandra Kanu; coach: Brent Barker

Outlook: We are young and inexperienced at the varsity level. With only three players returning who played significant minutes last year we will have to work hard in practice to make up ground. Our season will depend on how we progress and develop.

NOKOMIS WARRIORS

Last year’s record, finish: 19-3, No. 4, lost in state final

Roster: Sr. Brittany Dunton, Sr. Megan Perry, Sr. Emilee Reynolds, Sr. Marissa Shaw, Jr. Traci Carson, Jr. Lacey Kent-Webber, So. Kelsey Kerstetter, So. Anna MacKenzie, So. Taylor Quick, So. Kelsie Richards, So. Taylor Shaw, So. Lindsay Whitney; coach: Kori Dionne

Outlook: We are excited to be back on the hardwood. We lost our starting point guard and starting center to graduation last year but we have some key returning young players that will fit nicely with our returning veterans and are eager to fill those roles. At this point in the season we are working on getting into game shape and we look forward to the start of the regular season — from there it’s one game at a time.

OLD TOWN COYOTES

Last year’s record, finish: 10-9, No. 9, lost in prelim round

Roster: Sr. Meagan Cousins, Sr. Ashley England, So. Ali King, Jr. Kelsey Maxim, Sr. Samantha McLaughlin, Jr. Kelsey Hessetline, Jr. Kendra Hayward, Sr. Ashley Abbott, Jr. Brooke Cole, Sr. Tori Hildreth, Sr. Cortney Treadwell, Jr. Susie Outman; coach: Dana Maxim

Outlook: Old Town hopes to continue to improve as we did last year in a very competitive Class B Eastern Maine division. Experience and senior leadership should help this team reach their goals.

PRESQUE ISLE WILDCATS

Last year’s record, finish: 18-2, No. 1, lost in semifinal

Roster: Sr. Kayla Richards, Sr. Chelsea Nickerson, Sr. Claire Cheney, Jr. Chandler Guerrette, Jr. Karlee Bernier, Jr. Megan Ireland, Jr. Meredith Stewart, Jr. Liza Buck, Jr. Laurin Ackerson, Jr. Kayla Girardin, Fr. Hannah Graham, Fr. Krystal Kingsbury; coach: Jeff Hudson

Outlook: We have the talent to have a very good team. Chemistry and leadership will be important elements to our success. Basketball-wise it will be important for us to improve on things such as half-court defense and rebounding. We are very quick, athletic and will try to play a fast-paced game in which much of our offense will come from our defense.

WASHINGTON ACADEMY RAIDERS

Last year’s record, finish: 17-5, No. 6, lost in Class C state final

Roster: Sr. Kirsti Wright, Jr. Mackenzie Foss, Jr. Jessa Cushing, Jr. Cassidy Stevens, So. Hailey Wright, So. Olivia McBrine, So. Whitney Porter, So. Taylor Cushing, Fr. Lauren Raye, Fr. Toni Bridges; coach: Gary Wood

Outlook: The Lady Raiders will be a very young team that is hoping to be very competitive in the program’s first year in Class B

NOTE: Outlook information provided by coaches.

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