Stafford High School spring sports season preview

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Mar. 21, 2012
Coach Mark Dunn is back for another season with Stafford track and field. The Bulldogs kick off the new season at home on April 4. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Coach Mark Dunn is back for another season with Stafford track and field. The Bulldogs kick off the new season at home on April 4. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

In 2011, Stafford High School spring sports began with 6 inches of snow blanketing the ball fields. Fed up with winter’s wrath and anxious to get the season underway, teams jockeyed for gym time, each struggling to maximize conditioning efforts despite the harsh weather. A year later, players and coaches broke out the shorts and sunglasses, welcoming 80-degree weather on March 19, for a perfect start to Bulldogs’ baseball, softball, golf and track seasons.

“I would like to get more involvement for the boys’ team,” veteran track and field coach Mark Dunn said. “We’re thin this season and I’m hoping more boys will come out for the team.” On the girls’ side, Dunn has been pleasantly surprised. “We have had a great turnout for the girls’ team, and I’ve seen some real talent both in our returning athletes and several of the newcomers.” Track and field opens at home on April 4 against East Granby and East Windsor.

Varsity baseball coach Scott Martin is looking forward to improving on last year’s 6-14 record. “We’ve had about 25 guys come out for the team [Varsity and JV],” Martin said. “I’m looking for a turnaround; an improvement over last year, and I have seen some positive signs so far.” Kris Young will return as the JV coach. Baseball opens away against Enfield on April 4.

“We are going to take one game at a time,” varsity softball coach Steve Budaj said. “Our goal is to improve on last season, and like every year, to compete in the tournament.” In 2011, the Bulldogs reached the semi-finals of the Class S tournament, falling to Hale-Ray, 5-2. In the captain’s role, Dani Clark, Tori Utter, Jessica Simpson and Emilie Peirolo return for their fourth season and coach Kim Soucy will head up the JV team. On a new field located behind the school, the girls’ first home game is April 4 against Enfield.

The golf team, led by coach Gary Shearer, will kick off its season against Enfield at home on April 4, at Quaboag Country Club, in Monson, Mass.

A full Bulldogs' sports schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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