Coach: Mike Fritch, 24th year
Last Year: 10-11, Class L first round
Key Losses: Ashlynn Cook, F; Lindsey Mathieu, G; Caitlyn Cornish, C.
Key Returners: Alexis Tyrell, 5-5 Sr. G; Brie Pergola, 5-8 All-NVL, All-State Sr. G/F: Sidnee Kovall, 5-7 Sr. F; Jessica Teti, 5-4 Str. G; Shannon Reardon, 5-5 Jr. G; Sara Bardwell, 5-8 Sr. F; Alyssa Maraia, 5-5 So. G; Kirsten Gray, 5-7 Jr. G; Colleen Kilgore, 5-5 Sr. G; Alexia Fox, 5-8 Jr. F; Cassie Fedor, 5-8 Jr. G; Alicia Caskey, 5-10 So. F.
Outlook: Last year, the Red Raiders fell down when all-star Brie Pergola went out with a leg injury. This year, everyone’s healthy. Defending champion Holy Cross is still the league favorite.
Coach: Gerry Hicks, 6th year back after previous 10 years
Last Year: 9-12, Class S first round (69-66 OT loss to quarterfinalist Classical Magnet)
Key Loss: None
Key Returners: Liz Wexler, 5-4 Jr. G; Deanna Delacruz, 5-11 Sr. C; Ali Brochu, 5-9 Sr. F; Grace Valickis, 5-6 Sr. G; Jillian Wexler, 5-1 So. G; Alexis Johnson-Blue, 5-3 Sr. G.
Outlook: The Yellowjackets qualified for states for the second year in a row last year. This year, with plenty of experience and talent, many of the coaches are picking them for a spot near the top of the league.
Coach: Steven Dodge, 1st year
Last Year: 11-10, Class S first round
Key losses: Hannah McGuire, C; Chelsea Kearns, All-BL F; Lauryn Wilks.
Key Returners: Amanda Jacquier, 5-8 All-BL Sr. F; Chloe Dakers, 5-6 All-BL G; Mara Dorsey, 5-6 Sr. F; Emily Geysalaers, 5-7 Jr. G; Olivia Forstmann, 5-10 Jr. C; Caroline Hurlburt, 5-7 Soph. F.
Newcomers: Madelynn Olownia, 5-7 F; Alison Holmes, 5-8 Jr. F; Christina Winburn, 5-5 G.
Outlook: Should be a strong season in a competitive league.
Good team speed. Hope to finish in the top four of a very competitive league with Thomaston on top.
Coach: Joe Capitani, 6th season
Last Year: 11-10, Class M first round
Key Losses: None
Key Returners: Corinne Morrow, 5-4 Sr. PG; Samira Abdelrehim, 6-2 Sr. C; Gabby Bagdonas, 5-8 Jr. F; Alyssa Wrabel, 5-11 Jr. F; Brooklyn Murdick, 5-7 Jr. G.
Outlook: The Spartans bring back everyone from a solid team. They’ll fight it out at the top of the league.
Coach: Brian Mongeau, 2nd year
Last Year: 5-15
Key Losses: Elena Kennedy, C; Sophie MacDonald, G; Maddie O’Neil, G.
Key Returners: Samantha Foley, Sr. F; Emily Dragan, Sr. G/F; Alexa Guerrera, Jr. G; Amber Marino, Jr. F; Lydia Hanlon, sr. G/F; Mary Spierto, Sr. G; Melissa Brodeur, Sr. F.
Outlook: Elena Kennedy is a big loss for the Cowgirls, literally and figuratively. With more experience, they’ll look for a spot near the middle of the pack.
Coach: Adam Brutting, 5th year
Last Year: 20-4; Berkshire League runner-up; Class L first round.
Key Losses: Courtney Carlson, All-BL, All-State C; Deanna Maurice, Second-Team All-BL F; Claire Scherf, G; Jennie Wingard, G.
Key Returners: Alex Eanniello, 5-2 Sr. G; Mary Bibbey, 5-7 Jr. G; Jen Charette, 5-6 Jr. G.
Newcomers: Isabella Mancini, 5-8 Jr. F; Nicole Mercer, 5-5 Soph. F; Carli LoPresti, 5-4 Sr. G; Maddi Woodward, 5-6 Fr. F.
Outlook: Lots of opportunities for new players in a competitive year for the league.
Coach: Fred Williams, 39th year
Last Year: 7-13
Key Losses: None.
Key Returners: Abby Nelson, 5-7 Sr. F; Katie Wald, 5-0 Sr. G; Sydney Shaffer, 5-3 Sr. G; Marissa Swartley, 5-4 Sr. G; Erika Swartley, 5-3 Sr. G; Addie Hester, 5-5 Jr. G; Morgan Daley, 5-7 Jr. F; Emma Propfe, 5-7 So. G.
Newcomers: Angela Richard, 5-5 Sr. G; Alex Robotham, 5-8 Sr. C.
Outlook: Lots of experience coming back for the Highlanders. Thomaston is still the team to beat, challenged by Lewis Mills, Housatonic and Gilbert.
Karen Puskas, 4th year
Last Year: 9-13, Class S first round
Key Losses: Caroline Kelly, All-Berkshire League, All-State C (18.2 ppg; 11.9 rpg); Samantha Moravsky, G (9.3 ppg; 4.4 rpg).
Key Returners: Paige Johnson, Sr. G/F; Cassidy Borger, 5-8 Jr. F; Olivia Moore, 5-7 Jr. F; Avery Serra, 5-4 Jr. G.
Newcomers: Amy Lowe, 5-3 So. G; Sophia Mancinone, 5-3 So. G; Lucy Puskas, 5-6 Fr. G/F; Carlye Gruss, 5-2 Fr. G.
Outlook: A rebuilding year for the Spartans. Graduation losses accounted for 75 percent of the team’s scoring. Very young team with little varsity experience and a big learning curve ahead.
Coach: Tom Morgan, 2nd year, taking over mid-season last year after 28 years’ experience (2 at Wamogo, 16 at Nonnewaug, 3 at Pomperaug, 7 at Terryville).
Last Year: 2-18.
Key Losses: Starting center didn’t come out; Bri Hanlon, 5-8 Jr. guard, tore an ACL in soccer.
Key Returners: Joanna Johnson,co-cpt, 5-6 Sr. G; Zoe Jabs, co-cpt, 5-6 Sr. G/F; Makayla Descault, 5-0 Sr. G; Colby Brown, 5-0 Sr. F; Caylee Brown, 5-8 Sr. F; McKenzie Huria, 5-7 Jr. G/F; Sam Stone, 5-8 Jr. F; Alana Girch, 5-10 Jr. C.
Outlook: Hanlon’s loss, with her quickness and length, was a setback to Terryville’s defensive hopes so the focus now is finding a new combination.
Gilbert, Thomaston, Lewis Mills, Northwestern and Housatonic should all be solid.
Coach: Bob McMahon
Last Year: 25-2, fifth straight Berkshire League Championship; Class S runner-up.
Key Losses: Morgan Sanson, All-Berkshire League, All-State F; Nicole Shaefer, G; Danielle Genest, G; Gabrielle Hurlbert, G; Charlotte Eberhardt, F; Samantha Brostek, G.
Key Returners: Julia Quinn, 5-3 Sr. G; Camryn Capaldo, 5-8 Sr. C; Alexa Milius 5-4 Jr. G; Casey Carangelo, 6-0 Sr. C; Mackenzie Doyle, 5-8 Jr. F; Alexa Sanson, 5-9 Jr. F; Drita Coma, 5-8 Jr. F; Katilyn Root, 5-3 Jr. G.
Outlook: “We’re still trying to figure it out,” said McMahon, but he’s still got all the pieces to make his Golden Bears the league favorite in a long stretch of Berkshire League dominance.
Coach: Kevin Crowley, 15th year
Last Year: 12-9, Class S first round
Key Losses: Brooke Neller, G; Danielle Tillmann, F; Kristen Kandefer, G.
Key Returners: Emily Kupcho, 5-8 Sr. F/G; Emma Weik, 5-5 Sr. G; Rose Kelly 6-0 Jr. F/C; Morgan Betti, 5-8 Jr. F/G; Jasmyne Palumbo, 5-4 Sr. G.
Outlook: Crowley’s team is “athletic, fast and aggressive” with one of the best big girls in the league not named Casey Carangelo in Rose Kelly.
Thomaston stays No. 1, with Wamogo, Gilbert, Lewis Mills, Terryville and Northwestern behind them.
Constitution State Conference
Coach: Jennifer Stango, 1st year.
Last Year: 8-13, Class S first round.
Key losses: Briana Boucher; Taylor Wheeler; Tanesha Peteresen; Shelby Lafferty.
Key Returners: Maddy Rubino, Jr. G; Abbie Hanlon, Jr. F; Morgan Rubino, Jr. G; Katiusca DelaCruz, So. C; Katelyn Benedict, So. G.
Newcomer: Victoria Smith-Silva, So. G.
Outlook: A new coach and very young team will try to build a foundation. Class L defending champion Capital Prep stays on top of the CSC and much of the state. The Wildcats stay away from them in the CSC West Division.