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N.H. Boys Soccer Previews

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Littleton Crusaders

Division IV

Coach: Jo Gardner (3rd season); Assistant/JV coach: Isaac Gardner (1st season)

Last Year's Record: 13-4-1 (reached semifinals)

Graduation Losses: Sam Brammer, Tom Quillin, Tom Boivin, Kyle MacKay, Madison Wentworth, Jesse Ledoux, Keegan McFarland.

Returnees: Nick Whipple, Sr., F; Jeff Howard, Sr. D; Ryan Hayward, Sr. GK; Josh Bogardus, Sr. MF; Patrick Hampson, Sr., D; Jacob Wentworth, Sr., MF; Brett Hagan, Jr., D; Matt Horne, Jr., MF; Riley Morneau, Jr., F; Hayden Lavoie, Jr., MF; Gavin Cook, Soph., D; Nick Bray, Soph., MF; Matt Nelson, So., MF.

Newcomers: Freddie Vasquez, Sr., D; Cody Verret, Sr., D; Danny Brammer, Fr., MF; Caleb Keiler, Fr., F; Kuba Kubkowski, Fr., F; Chandler Sorrell, Fr., MF; David Walker, Fr., MF; Ethan Ellingwood, Fr., GK; Nick Stillings, Fr., MF.

Players To Watch: Josh Bogardus, controlling the midfield, scorer, great foot skills; Nick Whipple, speed, aggressive attacking; Hayden Lavoie, strong shooter, aggressive player, speed; Jeff Howard, controlling the backfield, great defensive instincts, good with both feet.

Outlook: "Looking forward to a very competitive season," Gardner stated. "Hope to match if not better our record of last season. Got strong personnel to get the job done. Our young players bring a wealth of talent and skill. Good team chemistry with a hunger for victory."

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Lisbon Panthers

Division IV

Coach: Les Poore (25th season); Assistant: Jamie Myers

Last Year's Record: 15-3 (lost in quarterfinals to Wilton)

Graduation Losses: Garrett McGrath, Tanner McKinley, Andrew Knighton, Peter Griffin, Mike Clough, Chris Tanner, Hyeokjun Kwon, Alex MacKinnon, Nick Combs.

Returnees: Bryton Fontaine, Sr., F; Cooper Bryer, Sr., HB; Dominique McGuire, Jr., FB; Jesse Jesseman, Soph., F; Jackson Smith, Jr., MF; Derek Roberts, Sr., FB; Kyle Lyndes, Soph., FB/GK; Craig Myers, Sr., MF; Justin Wright, Soph., MF; Chad Knighton, Soph., F; Josh Deem, Jr., GK/FB; Justin Quinn, Sr., MF; Mike Heath, Sr., F; John Brooks, Soph., FB.

Newcomers: Dakota Carroll, Fr., FB; Nick Trahan, Fr., F; Zach Smith, Fr., HB; Travis Gamache, Fr., HB; Gaige Pequeno, Fr., F; Griffin Romprey, Fr., MF

Outlook: "We lost seven starters from last season, including four of five defensive starters," Poore stated. "It will be a work in progress to get this team ready. The preseason so far has been good, but we lost a lot of personnel from last season and it will be tough to repeat the seasons we've been having. If we develop quick enough we should have a winning record and hopefully host a first-round playoff game.

"We have a lot of question marks on this team but many have started to be answered quickly. We'll have a strong starting lineup, but our inexperience and youth on the bench will be a work in progress. A good group of hard working players."


Colebrook Mohawks

Division IV

Coach: Buddy Trask (25th season)

Last Year's Record: 8-8-1, lost in prelims

Graduation Losses: Bryan Griffin, Cody Hastings, Dean Hodgdon.

Returnees: Dylan Leach,Sr., D; Chris Hastings, Sr., D; Kevin Land, Sr., D; Cody Robinson, Sr., F; Nick Hebert, Sr., MF; Nick Bouchard, Jr., GK; Creed Cooney, Soph., MF; Nathan Cass, Soph., D; John Zavala, Soph., F; Bryce Hicks, Soph., MF; Jake Scherer, Soph., F; Richard Davis, Soph., Back; Austin Steward, Soph., F.

Newcomers: Taylor Inkell, Jr., MF; Micheal Hastings, Fr., F; Sedrick McKinnon, Fr., F; Dylan Haynes, Fr., GK.

Players To Watch: Leach -- good defender; Robinson -- explosive offensive player.

Outlook: No matter if they've had numerous returning players or are starting with new players, the once constant over the last 25 years has been coach Trask, and winning. "New keeper, experienced backs, very young up front -- could go either way," he stated.


Groveton Eagles

Division IV

Coach: Dan Mackin (1st season)

Last Year's Record: N/A

Graduation Losses: N/A

Returnees: Adam Atkinson, Sr.; Beau Perras, Sr.; Chris Helms, Sr.; Wilson Bronson, Sr.; Brandon Joy, Jr.; Vincent Roden, Jr.

Newcomers: Richard Gokey, Sr.; Ben Atkinson, Fr.; Julius Peel, Fr.; Chris Guay, Fr.; Cody McCarthy, Fr.; Daegan Lurvey, 8th (needs to be petitioned up)

Players To Watch: Brandon Joy and Adam Atkinson have the potential to be an offensive force within D-IV. Chris Helms' experience between the pipes will be a major key to any success this team has. He is the emotional leader for this group and has done an excellent job working with the underclassmen. On defense, Beau Perras will have to use his size and strength to support Chris Helms. Freshman Chris Guay has had a solid preseason, and will be utilized in many different positions.

Outlook: Coach Mackin comes to Groveton having previously coached Berlin High School's JV hockey team for six years, as well as the Mounties' baseball head coach and varsity assistant coach. "This team is young and inexperienced and will need to be in excellent condition to overcome the current numbers crunch among Groveton athletes," he stated. "The upperclassmen will have to step up and lead the way. This group worked hard for me over the opening two weeks, and I am very eager to see exactly what we have coming."


Profile Patriots

Division IV

Coach: David Robinson (7th season)

Last Year's Record: 15-2-1

Graduation Losses: Jake Kelley, Cam Johnson, Jaz Dowling, Allen Komisarek, Nick Robie, Chris Ash, Ben Mulkigian, Travis Greenlaw

Returnees: Seniors -- Tim Krol, D; Tyler Doyle, D; Matt Balkau, D; Luke Anneser, D; Nick Christoffersen, F. Juniors -- Bailey Johnson, MF; Luke Golden, D; Jakob Senft, MF. Sophmores -- Chris Chardon, MF; Chris Seely, F; Jared Gunter, F; Eric Tholl, D; Chris Sirois, MF; Caleb Child, F; Quinn Malcom, MF; Ian Baker, GK.

Newcomers: Kaleb Collins, Soph., MF. Freshmen: Zach Peterson, D; Kaleb Bonilla, F; Josh Bonilla, F; Trevor Blampied, MF; Harrison Palmer, D; Harrison Rayburn, D; Jencyn Christnacht, MF; Reed Weekes, D; Jack Greene, D.

Players To Watch: What we do this season will be done as a team. We will work together as a unit well this season, with leadership coming from many players, Robinson said.

Season Outlook: "We are a young team with a lot of potential for success," Robinson said. "We will work hard all season long and look to improve every day. The seniors and juniors provide great leadership and experience. It is our goal as a team to be playing our best soccer in late October, but the effort we put in everyday will determine our success in reaching this goal."


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