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High hopes for PMHS volleyball girls


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

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JULIA LEAVITT is one of four returning starters for the Prospect volleyball team. (Photo by Kathleen Sutherland) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2020
ALTON — There is a lot of change on the court for the Prospect Mountain volleyball team this fall.

For the second time in as many years, the team has a new coach and the Timber Wolves were also reclassified by the NHIAA and moved up to Division II. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, most schools are playing regionalized schedules, meaning they are playing mostly teams in their general area.

"We've got all the pieces to the puzzle," said new coach Scott Hutchins. "Now we are working hard to put them together."

Hutchins, a longtime teacher at Alton Central and Prospect Mountain, is taking over the helm of the Timber Wolves from Kelly Harte, who was only in Alton for a year.

Hutchins is joined on the sidelines by Ava Misiaszek, who is coming off a playing career for the Timber Wolves where she was a key member of the team.

The new coaches bring back four players to the starting lineup, which means there is plenty of experience to be had in the black and white.

Seniors Allie Stockman, Julia Leavitt and Lyndsey McCullough and sophomore Sophia Bean are all back after starting for the Timber Wolves last year. Stockman is a setter, Leavitt is an outside hitter, McCullough is a libero and defensive specialist and Bean is a middle.

The squad also returns four more players who saw time at the varsity level last year. Senior Jiana Kenerson will work in the middle, junior Sophia Sarno will work on the right side, sophomore Ella Misiaszek is an outside hitter and sophomore Casey Bredbury will work as an outside hitter, right side and defensive specialist.

New to the varsity team are junior Gabrielle Greeley in the middle, sophomore Madelyn Penfield at setter and freshman Aijah Thoroughgood as a setter, outside hitter and right side hitter.

The Timber Wolves will play a pair of games each against neighbors Gilford and Kingswood as well as single games with Laconia, Nute, Belmont and Farmington. With the pandemic situation, the schedule is always subject to change.

"Our goal is to be the D2 state champions and we expect that to happen," Hutchins stated.

Prospect Mountain is scheduled to open the season on Friday, Sept. 18, at 5:45 p.m. at home against Laconia and is home Monday, Sept. 21, against Gilford at 5:45 p.m.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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