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September 4, 2013

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Amesbury

Coach: George Dodier (7th season)

Last season: 8-10

Key players: Paddie Flahardy, soph; Jack Cashman, sr., capt.; Patrick Halloran, sr., capt.; Kyle Patterson, soph.; Dan Logan, sr.; Sam Burnham, jr..

Impact newcomers: Anthony Calvani, soph.; Brendan Foley, soph.; Anthony Tomkiewicz, jr.

:Strengths: Overall team depth. Strong competition for playing time.

Concerns: Achieving more consistency from one match to the other.

First match: Hosted North Reading yesterday.

Coach’s outlook: “We came within one putt of finishing 9-9 and making the postseason last year. I’m optimistic for a strong season. We’ll keep working on taking it a match at a time, and we’re looking to challenge for the (CAL Div. 2) league title.”

Newburyport

Coach: Steve Malenfant (4th season, 28-29), Bill Gurczak, assistant coach

Last season: 10-8

Key players: Senior captains Kyle Bushnell, Brendan Crowther; juniors Travis Koocher, Ben Ventura, Griffin Brown, Juliana Noce; seniors Nina Harrington, Steven Simkins, Tim Brennan.

Impact newcomers: Sophomores Cam Rogers, Austin Elmore, Andrew Coulombe.

Strengths: Senior veteran leadership and quality depth. Crowther finished third in the state last year and first in Division 3 North. Koocher will push for the No. 1 position with Crowther. Ventura is a three-year varsity player and four-year veteran. Harrington is among the top golfers. Brown, Simkins, Brennan, and Noce are all fighting for a top-eight position.

Concerns: A league that always plays quality golf.

First match: At Lynnfield yesterday.

Coach’s outlook: “We look to go after a CAL (Div. 1) championship, as well as be a tournament contender. To do so we have to be consistent in a league where there are quality opponents year in and year out.”

Pentucket

Coach: Jayne Beaton (7th season)

Last season: 7-12

Key players: Krystal Knight, jr, capt.; Brandon Daniels, soph., capt.; John Sirios, sr.; Mitch Murray, soph.; Michael Aiduk, sr., capt.

Impact newcomers: Dan Beaton, jr.; Ben Brackbill, soph.; Ben Gardner, fr.

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