Fort Kent preps for spring season
by Monique Labbe
Apr 25, 2011 | 851 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students prepare tennis nets for indoor practice.			       - SJVT photo / Monique Labbe
Students prepare tennis nets for indoor practice. - SJVT photo / Monique Labbe
FORT KENT - With only two weeks before the spring sports season kicks off in the Valley, the Fort Kent softball, baseball, track and field, and tennis teams have been making the most of their indoor facilities and getting ready for the season.

The Lady Warrior softball team is coming off a sixth-place finish in Class C in the 2010 season. The team lost in the quarterfinals against Central last year, and with many returning starters the Lady Warriors look to progress past the quarterfinals this year.

Returning to the Lady Warrior team this year is head coach Tamar Philbrook, who returned to the team last season after taking extended time off from coaching the sport after the 2003 season. Senior Emily Bard also returns for Fort Kent as their starting ace. Bard, a three-sport athlete throughout her high school career, will be key in helping her team make it to the playoffs. The team is returning 15 players this year, said Philbrook. With the experience of a strong junior and senior class presence, Philbrook is confident her team will make some noise in this year's season.

Coach Dustin Nadeau and the Warrior baseball team will look to make improvements this season after finishing in tenth place in Class C at the end of last season. Though they made the playoffs, the team will work hard to finish in a higher seed during the 2011 season. Fort Kent begins its season on April 28 with an away game against the Caribou Vikings. Seniors Alex Charette, Logan Doak, and Carissa Pelletier are three of the senior competitors returning to the Warrior tennis team. The boy's team has five returning senior players and a few key underclassmen who will help lead Fort Kent to what looks to be a strong season. The tennis team will begin its season against Houlton on April 26.

This year’s outdoor track and field team is a young one, according to head coach Kate Fecinta.

“We have 14 freshmen this year,” Fecinta said in an email Monday morning.

Competing in the field competitions this year is senior Spencer Carson. Carson has been a standout in the Javelin and Discus events, and Fecinta is hopeful he will continue to be a force for the Warriors this year. Seniors Spencer Levesque and Dante (Cubby) Naranja are both returning to the relay events this year. Levesque and Naranja have been pivotal players for their team and have led the relay teams to the PVC Championships and State Championships for the past two years.

Cassidy Spencer (junior), Heather Albert (junior), Megan Pelletier (sophomore), and Cassidy Ouellette (sophomore) will be key aspects to their team as runners in the hurdle events and girls’ relay. Wheelchair athletes will compete this year as well, and sophomore Robbie Hebert will take part in the 100 and 200-meter dashes.