Monday March 18, 2013

HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pacers have announced their athletic program schedule for the spring season, and varsity openers for both baseball and softball are set to take place at home on Monday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

The Hinsdale baseball team will be looking to improve in many areas since struggling through a difficult 2012 season, and coach Brad Venice returns to the diamond once again to guide the Division 4 team. The boys will host Wilton-Lyndeborough in Monday’s opener.

"The team will be young, but I think they will be exciting to watch," said Mike McCosker, athletic director at Hinsdale High School. "I look forward to seeing this group grow as a team and progress."

Terry Bonnette will continue as the school’s softball coach. The team had a decent season last year, and McCosker expects a strong showing from the team this time around as the Pacers have only lost one senior, Emma Kruse.

McCosker seemed impressed with the team’s pitcher. "Elise Atkins should prove to be a major contributor on the mound," he said. "Of course, the juniors will help to solidify everything."

The ladies will host Wilton-Lyndeborough in their Monday opener.

Also returning--to the delight of Pacer fans--is the school’s new track and field team. Hinsdale hosted and won their first meet last fall, with Tanner Nichols and Roxy Toussaint representing the hometeam, leading Hinsdale to a 26-29 overall score to beat Monadnock.

The team will continue to be coached by Glen Hammett, who McCosker said brings a world of passion to the sport. Hammett is joined by first year coach Rachel Mangean, who was an avid track and field athlete during her time in high school.

"Nichols and Toussaint should continue to be major competitors as they lead their squads this year," said McCosker. The track and field team will host the season’s opening tournament on Tuesday, April 2.

New this year, Hinsdale will roll out Unified Volleyball, a team comprised of a combination of students with disabilities and students without, together, to compete at a competitive level. "Being a new to us sport, we hope the students have fun as they learn something new," said McCosker.