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Spartan girls will rely on solid senior presence


by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter
September 16, 2020
WHITEFIELD — This year's WMRHS girls' soccer season will be like no other. Coach Steve Welch will begin his fourth season as head coach, but this year will be under strict COVID-19 guidelines. Bus rides will be truncated as will the number of players permitted to travel to name a few.

Graduation losses include Jaycee Murray, Taylor Roy, Taima Ronish, Madi Huntoon, Kaidi Bedell and Meg Nelson.

Returning to the team this year are seniors Nicole Gross on defense, Alyssa Fryman at forward, Lexi Deming in the midfield and Lily Kenison at forward. Juniors include Olivia Shallow, Clemmie Southworth, Abi Mason, Morgan Doolan, Delaney Robinson and Emma Labonte, all of whom will play midfield. Classmate Carissa Challinor will play in goal for the Spartans. Sophomores on the team this season are Josie DeAngelis at forward, Jaylin Bennett on defense and Madaleine Lorenze in the midfield.

Newcomers to the team include Skylnn Mitchell, a junior who will play goalie, Adrienne Foster, a junior in the midfield, Kaitlyn Wheeler, a sophomore on defense, Emerson Bedell, a sophomore in the midfield, Ayanna Ronish, a sophomore playing midfield, sophomore Grace Fields at forward and Ava Simpson, a freshman on defense.

Welch says, "We're looking at a solid senior presence through Fryman, Deming, Gross and Kenison.

Olivia Shallow looks to continue a strong showing for the attack on the wing this year. Fellow juniors Carissa Challinor and Morgan Doolan will help to provide defensive cover."

He added, "We're looking for strong performances from younger players Madeleine Lorenz, Josie DeAngelis and Jaylin Bennett who will build off their freshman performances last year to help round out this year's squad."

Looking ahead, Welch said the team is looking to build on the success of the last few years.

"Playing competitively against fellow North Country teams (many for the first time in several years). This team is always focused on being playoff bound and we are planning on extending our run in the playoffs this year."

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