Leland & Gray softball team debuts Wednesday


TOWNSHEND — This should be a good year for the Leland & Gray varsity softball team, which previously reached the Division 3 championship game in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Shortstop Sarah Andersen and catcher Erin Cutts are the lone seniors on the roster.

"They bring tremendous softball experience, skill and knowledge to the team. These two have dedicated themselves in the offseason, working to improve their skills," stated Rebels coach Tammy Claussen. "I will be looking to them for leadership on and off the field. Erin is our power hitter, who I suspect will ding a few over the fences again this year."

Abby Lowe will do the pitching for the Rebels, who went 11-6 last season.

"We have some nice young talent coming up in freshmen Emma Brooks, Hannah Landers and Ansley Henderson, and eighth graders Izzy Ameden and Tela Dykes," noted Claussen. "Rounding out the roster are steady hitter Sydney Hescock, Caroline Mehner, Alison Stockwell, Michaela Stillwagon, Nikki Sanderson and Teagan Powling."

Leland & Gray is scheduled to open up at Springfield on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Leland & Gray roster: Coach — Tammy Claussen. Players — Izzy Ameden, Sarah Andersen, Emma Brooks, Erin Cutts, Tela Dykes, Ansley Henderson, Sydney Hescock, Hannah Landers, Abby Lowe, Caroline Mehner, Teagan Powling, Nicole Sanderson, Michaela Stillwagon, Alison Stockwell.

Leland & Gray schedule

April 17: at Springfield, 4:30 p.m.

April 19: at Bellows Falls, 4:30 p.m.

April 22: host Black River, 4:30 p.m.

April 24: host West Rutland, 4:30 p.m.

April 25: at Green Mountain, 4:30 p.m.

April 30: at Black River, 4:30 p.m.

May 1: host Woodstock, 4:30 p.m.

May 2: host Poultney, 4 p.m.

May 7: host Green Mountain, 4:30 p.m.

May 9: host Twin Valley, 4:30 p.m.

May 13: host Burr and Burton, 4:30 p.m.

May 15: at Arlington, 4:30 p.m.

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May 17: at Woodstock, 3:30 p.m.

May 20: at Twin Valley, 4:30 p.m.

May 21: at Proctor, 4:30 p.m.

May 24: host Otter Valley, 4:30 p.m.

Leland & Gray Track

TOWNSHEND — The Rebels have a varsity track team for a second straight season.

Senior Justin Crosby is expected to be a contender in the throws at the Division 4 state meet. Jairen Sanderson will be counted on to score points in the distance races.

"I am also very excited about the potential I have seen in many of the new athletes this year," said Leland & Gray coach James Pecsok.

Leland & Gray roster: Coach — James Pecsok. Athletes — Cam Anderberg, Riley Barton, Cyrus Black, Jayden Bloom, Batikan Cinar, Patrick Clark, Tyler Claussen, Justin Crosby, Hunter Fillion, Justin Fontaine, Aubrey Goodband, Conall Halvey, Lucian Parker-Jennings, Jairen Sanderson, Nick Tolbert.

Leland & Gray schedule

April 12: at Fall Mountain, 4 p.m.

April 17: at Mount Anthony Union, 3:30 p.m.

April 23: at Bellows Falls, 4 p.m.

April 27: at Windsor, 9:30 a.m.

April 30: at Mount Anthony Union, 3:30 p.m.

May 4: at Fair Haven, 10 a.m.

May 7: at Rutland, 3:15 p.m.

May 15: at Middlebury, 3:15 p.m.

May 21: at Springfield, 3 p.m.

May 25: at Essex, 9 a.m.

June 1: at Windsor, 9 a.m.


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