Phoenixville spring sports previews

Photo by Barry Taglieber
Phoenixville senior shortstop Gianna Bliss fields a ground ball during first day of softball practice. Bliss is back in action this spring after missing last year with a torn ACL suffered during basketball season.
Photo by Barry Taglieber Phoenixville senior shortstop Gianna Bliss fields a ground ball during first day of softball practice. Bliss is back in action this spring after missing last year with a torn ACL suffered during basketball season.


Head coach: Leo Scoda, 50th year

2012 record: 13-3 overall, won PAC-10 championship

Key returnees: Karlyn Small, junior, won PAC-10 Singles title and was District 1-AA runner-up. Jeff Potts is another veteran singles players.

Others to watch: For singles, Ryan Cadigan, senior; Chris Walsh, senior; Luke Lombardi, sophomore. For doubles, Justin Wentz, senior; Zack Miller, senior; Bobby Newman, junior. Other potential doubles players include Austin Starczewski, sophomore; Nick Vaile, sophomore; Ben McKeon, junior; Matt Fabius, junior; and Pat Bowes, senior.


Outlook: Phantoms had large turnout of 44 players and returns eight varsity players from last year. Team will play a tough non-league schedule with Downingtown East and West, West Chester Bayard Rustin, Council Rock North, Kennett, Upper Merion and Holy Ghost Prep. The annual Kiwanis Tournament is Wednesday and Thursday, March 27-28, with North Penn, Parkland and West Chester East at Arthur Ashe Youth Center in East Falls section of Philadelphia.


Head coach: Joe Bogus, 24th season.

Assistant coaches: Jennie Moore, 4th season; Mark Ferko, 1st season.

2012 record: 8-14 overall, 5-13 in PAC-10; went 2-1 in District 1-AAA playoffs, lost in semifinals to Springfield (Delco).

Key returnees: Meghan Loughery, senior, third base; Rachel Boone, senior, pitcher; Michelle Stehman, senior, outfield; Gianna Bliss, senior, shortstop.

Other returnees: Meghan Coccia, senior, first base; Lauren Dougherty, senior, outfield; Courtney Panepinto, junior, catcher; Nicole Lemon, junior, second base; Mirissa DeFelice, junior, first base/third base/catcher; Bailey Quinn, sophomore, outfield.

Newcomers: Corissa Brown, senior, outfield; Marissa Novitski, junior, infield, pitcher/outfield; Taylor Crown, sophomore, outfield/infield; Olivia Teter, sophomore, pitcher/second base; Kelly Knapp, freshman, pitcher/outfield/infield; Jamie Deni, freshman, pitcher/infield.

Outlook: Loughery was second team All-PAC-10 and will play at Philadelphia University next year; Boone was honorable mention all-league pitcher and will play at Swarthmore College next season. Stehman will play at Eastern College. Bliss is also top player but missed last season with torn ACL.

For the past two seasons we played off campus, said Bogus. This season we are finally back home. We will be playing our home games on our newly built fields. The fields are located on the site of the former baseball field. We are excited to be back on campus. Having a nucleus of our team back from last season, we are looking forward toimproving on our record. Our league is very competitive so you have to bring your A game, no matter your opponent. Our girls have been working hard. We had a good offseason with our conditioning and weight training program. We know there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Our team philosophy is hard work - We owe it to our teammates.


Head coach: Aamina Thornton, 1st year; more than 13 years experience in coaching overall.

Assistant coach: Ashley (Dvorak) Rutchauskas.

2012 record: 9-9 overall, 9-8 in PAC-10. Phantoms lost to Great Valley in first round of District 1 playoffs last year.

Outlook: Both Thornton and Rutchauskas are former Phoenixville standouts and college players.

We are excited and ready to go, said Thornton. We have more than 50 girls this year and due to the high numbers in ninthg rade, we will have a freshman team. We have nine seniors coming back who I will be looking to for leadership. We have some young talent who I am hoping will also make an inmpact. There are 26 girls looking for varsity spots and our goalie is a sophomore who has had some varsity play as a freshman. We are looking forward to a strong and successful season and I wish luck to all other PAC-10 teams this season.


Head coach: Grady Wise, 2nd season.

2012 record: 4-14 overall, 2-12 in PAC-10.

Key returnees: Nick Lolli, senior, goalie; Isaac Levine, junior, attack; Chris Schellberg, senior, midfield; Kajhnel Norwood, senior, midfield; Brian Madden, senior, midfield; Sean Hesser, senior, midfield.

Newcomers: Chris Modica, junior, defense; Mise Wisser, sophomore, defense; Jesse Farbstein, sophomore, defense; Donnie Jackson, sophomore, midfield.

Outlook: The team doubled the amount of wins they had for the 2011 season in 2012 and look to continue to be more competitive for the 2013 season, said Wise.