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December 12, 2013

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Newcomers: Jake Germinara, Corey Parsons, Jake Gilbert, Nick Venora, Khalil Brito, James Ford, Kevin Clark, Larry Cuddy, Sam Wright, Curtis Lanphear, Conor Henry

Strengths: Work ethic, commitment.

Concerns: Lack of experience.

Coach’s outlook: “A lot of players prepared well for the season, and you can see it in the passion they bring to our practices. If each player performs his role to the best of his ability, values the ball, and is committed to playing tough team defense, we will be able to compete in every game. Our goal is to communicate effectively and to be great teammates to one another on and off the court. If we strive to achieve our goal each and every practice, the rest will take care of itself. I have no tolerance for selfish behavior or performing poorly on the defensive end whether it is in practice or a game.”

First game: Tomorrow (6:30 p.m.) vs. Hamilton-Wenham

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Pentucket

Coach: John McNamara (8th season)

Last year’s record: 24-2

Key returning players: McKenna Kilian, Kelsi McNamara, Maddie Torrisi, Kassidy Kennefick, Boo Torrisi, Hannah Hollow, Taylor Moore, Carolyn Modlish, Riley Holden

Newcomers: Audrey Tipson, June Reid, Carolyn Penney

Strengths: Work ethic and commitment.

Concerns: Lack of experience.

Coach’s outlook: “We are a young team this year, but our goals are the same each season. That is to be competitive in the CAL and qualify for the state tournament. The CAL Large Division is very deep this year and should be very competitive.”

First game: Tomorrow (6:30 p.m.) at Saugus

Newburyport

Coach: Gregg Dollas (4th season)

Last year’s record: 11-10

Key returning players: Aly Leahy, Mary Pettigrew, Lilly Donovan, Emily Pettigrew, Amy Sullivan, Jaycie Triandifilou

Newcomers: Abbie Bresnehan, Lily Eagen, Morgan Johnston

Strengths: Toughness, athleticism, unity.

Concerns: Consistency.

Coach’s outlook: “Heading into the season, we have high goals, and we plan to work hard to achieve those goals one practice, play and game at a time.”

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