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Hoosic Valley again stands out in Wasaren

Hoosic Valley again stands out in Wasaren

Hoosic Valley had a perfect Wasaren League girls’ basketball season, and the Indians almost had a pe

Hoosic Valley had a perfect Wasaren League girls’ basketball season, and the Indians almost had a perfect overall season, but a loss in the Class B state title game to Briarcliff ruined that.

Hoosic Valley, though, is ready for another exciting season. The Indians (14-0 league, 26-1 overall), who are moving down to Class C this year, are looking for a fourth straight Wasaren title.

If there is any pressure on the players, coach Walt Dorman doesn’t see it.

“We were happy with one

[title],” Dorman said. “But that would be our goal [for a fourth]. Once you start winning like that, it’s hard not to have the goals that high. We have some quality players. I think we have a chance to make a run, at least.”

Leading Hoosic Valley are

seniors Samantha Anderson and Carolyn Houston.

“They just like to play and get one more chance at it,” Dorman said of his team. “A couple of them have been to the states now two years in a row, so they’re hungry to go back and finish on top just once.”

Tamarac finished in second last season, four games behind Hoosic Valley.

“Matching up against Hoosic Valley, I’m assuming they’re going to have some strong post play like they’ve had in previous years, and that’ll be a challenge for us,” said Thomas Mulqueen, who replaced Curt Bailey as Tamarac’s head coach. “But we’ve got some players from the JV that did well against the Hoosic Valley JV last year.”

Stillwater lost just one player from last year’s third-place club, center Casey Edwards, so it has a chance to challenge for the league title.

“Overall, our team’s in pretty good shape,” Stillwater coach Mike Hanehan said. “Until somebody beats the big dog in the league, Hoosic Valley’s still in a class by themselves.”

Greenwich returns four starters — seniors Lauren Bracken, Maddie Skellie and Savanah White, and freshman Dani DeGregory. The Witches were 7-7 in league play.

“We will be a little better than last year,” Greenwich coach Tim Brophy said. “Again, [finishing] .500 in our league would probably be a good starting spot for us.”

Schuylerville’s season will come down to executing.

“We’re still kind of young,” second-year coach Jim DeGregory said. “How well we play defense, how well we take care of the ball [will determine things]. Our first scrimmage was encouraging, so we’ll see how things go.”

Granville will have to play tough defense if it wants to have a successful season.

“We don’t have a ton of shooters,” Granville coach Lance Jordan said. “We’ll focus on defense, and come up with some steals and finish the other way.”

The league, which saw half of its eight teams have first-year coaches last season, has three new coaches this season — Mulqueen, Mike Proper and Kerry Branigan.

Proper takes over at Cambridge for Doug Luke, and Bran­igan replaces Denise Campbell at

Hoosick Falls.

CAMBRIDGE

Head coach: Mike Proper.

Last year’s record: 1-13 league, 3-16 overall.

Top returning players: Senior Kaitlin Naaktgeboren, junior Amelia Bromirski.

GRANVILLE

Head coach: Lance Jordan.

Last year’s record: 2-12, 4-16.

Top returning players: Senior Taryn Little, junior Chelsea Lyons.

GREENWICH

Head coach: Tim Brophy.

Last year’s record: 7-7, 10-12.

Top returning players: Seniors Lauren Bracken, Maddie Skellie and Savanah White; freshman Dani DeGregory.

HOOSIC VALLEY

Head coach: Walt Dorman.

Last year’s record: 14-0, 26-1.

Top returning players: Seniors Samantha Anderson, Carlee Chapko, Erin Davidson and Carolyn Houston.

HOOSICK FALLS

Head coach: Kerry Branigan.

Last year’s record: 7-7, 10-10.

Top returning players: Seniors Kristi Bennett, Nicole LaCroix, Sarah McMahon, Kim Pelkey and Carly Pine.

SCHUYLERVILLE

Head coach: Jim DeGregory.

Last year’s record: 5-8, 10-11.

Top returning players: Senior Bridgette Plummer, juniors Katie McCloud, Lia Hathaway and Courtney Pierce.

STILLWATER

Head coach: Mike Hanehan.

Last year’s record: 9-5, 15-7.

Top returning players: Seniors Abbey Hanehan, Maggie Hoogeveen, Kayla McNeil and Haylee Semago; juniors Carissa Daigle and Nicole Gersia.

TAMARAC

Head coach: Thomas Mulqueen.

Last year’s record: 10-4.

Top returning players: Seniors Erica Derby and Brittany Smith; junior Nikki

Cavallo.

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