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Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:54 pm


Coach:  Kevin Kezal

Last year’s record: 9-1

Key players:  Nate Colpitts WR/DB, Chris Dolewa TE/DE, James Ek WR/PK, Cody MacCabe OT/DT, Fred Randall OC/DE, Dimitri Skinsacos RB/LB, Corbett Smith WR/DB, Josh Woodward QB/DB, Tyler Danley TE/DE, Adam Lamontagne FB/DB, Luke Libby OG/DT, Chris Madden OG/LB, Keith Parenteau OT/DT, John Remmes RB/DB, Eric Christensen QB/DB, Nick Kenney FB/LB, Dakota Tarbox WR/LB, Andrew Libby QB/DB

Key games this season:  With an eight-game season, Kezal said he felt all of this season’s games were equally important. The Trojans got off to a strong start last Friday with a 69-0 drubbing of Kennebunk.

Season outlook: Even with the big win against the Rams, Kezal isn’t going to  allow his team to look too far ahead. “We will be a work in progress,” he said. “The kids have worked extremely hard during preseason.  Our goal is to improve each week and peak come playoff time.”

Boys soccer

Coach: Andrew Carlson

Last year’s record: 2-12

Key players: Luke Barkhuff (senior), Kyle Jandreau (senior), Christian Brayden (senior), Ryan Lambert (junior), Matt LeBlanc (junior), Max Senechal (junior)

Key games this season: Carlson said all the games would be key for the Trojans

Season outlook: Carlson said his goal for this fall would be a simple one, “to improve from last season,” he said.

Girls soccer

Coach: Chris Kohl

Last year’s record: 15-2-1-Western Maine Class A champions; lost in Class A state championship game

Key players: Seniors: Sydney Proctor, Sarah Young, Jackie Costello, Danielle Daigle, Melanie Hurrell, Sam LeBlanc, Liz Sawyer, Krystal Pierson, Christie Roberts, Ashley Kane, Kaitlyn Hall, Lauren Titus and junior Katilyn Coburn

Season outlook: “With a blend of veterans and new players, the key is to how well the younger players are integrated into the team,” Kohl said. “We have a lot of experience back, but, we need to take it one game or one step at the time. The goal for us in the regular season is to win enough games to get us back into the tournament and then go from there.”

Field hockey

Coach: Lori Smith

Last year’s record: 9-6-1 – Lost to eventual state champions Scarborough in the Class A quarterfinals

Key players: Senior co-captains Jasmine Roy (defense) and Katrina Thibodeau- (forward and one of the top two scorers for the past two seasons, four-year varsity player); Morgan Ouellette-Foss- junior forward, on Seacoast Elite National Festival team; Mary Brown- junior midfielder; 12 returners saw action in varsity games last season.

Key games this season: Scarborough, Cheverus, Bonny Eagle

Season outlook: “The past two seasons ended with identical records and trips to the regional quarterfinals led by a strong nucleus of players who have been lost to graduation,” Smith said. “However, the Trojans carried a large roster last season and many returners have varsity experience. The Trojans should be strong offensively, but have a new crew on defense who will be eager to step in to make team complete.”

Boys cross country

Coach: John Raby

Last year’s record: 5-10, 14th at the regionals

Key athletes: Bryce Fedder, Gabe Letourneau, Zach Kimball

Key meets this season: The regional and state meets

Season outlook: “This year’s team will be very young,” Raby said. “While there is a long road back to the state meet for this team, the learning curve could be very steep for this group. With what they could learn over the course of the season, this could be a much different group at regionals than people will see at the start of the season.”

Girls cross country

Coach: John Raby

Last year’s record: 12-4, 4th at regionals, 4th at the state meet, qualified for the New England championships

Key athletes: Kayla White, Erica Reaser, Olivia Bean

Key meets this season: The regional and state meets

Season outlook: “While this team lost a lot to graduation, there are a lot of veteran girls who are going to have their first opportunity to shine this year,” Raby said. “Some strong newcomers combined with those veterans could make this a very good team.”

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