Lofty achievements again possible for talented Windjammers
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2013 Camden Hills Regional High School boys soccer team:
Coach/years coached current team: Ryan Hurley, fourth year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 11-1-2, No. 2 seed in Eastern Class B playoffs. The Windjammers dispatched of No.7 Hermon 4-0 in the quarterfinals, defeated No. 3 Winslow 2-1 in overtime in the semifinals, knocked off top-seeded Ellsworth 2-1 in overtime in the regional final and were nipped by Western Class B titlist Falmouth 2-1 in the state Class B championship game. The Windjammers also competed in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title game, falling 1-0 to Maranacook of Readfield.
Roster: Seniors Peter Vannorsdall, Connor Winchenbach, Alex Blackwell, Ben Welt, Marshall Spear, Jake Davee, Zach Pitcairn, Grayson Szumilas, Yani Stancioff and Colin Morse; juniors Matt Crockett, Josiah Simkho, Nick Walker, Eric Blohm, Jack Henry Grannis-Phoenix, Bill Bracher and Adam Throne; sophomores Tristan Fong, Jack Gallagher, Josh Pitcairn and Kienan Brown; and freshmen Josiah Krul and Kieran Lydon.
Known graduation losses: Mark Barley, Alex Blohm, Weston Bryant, Marshall Crockett, Gabe Doble, Trueman Moore and Patrick Weferling.
Significant impact players: Vannorsdall, Spear and Blackwell.
Team strengths: Depth, versatility and experience.
Team goals: To compete for conference, regional and state championships.
Top league opponents: Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston, Maranacook, Waterville, Mout View of Thorndike, Winslow, Erskine Academy of South China and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle.
Outlook: As the saying goes, despite losing a wealth of seniors, it is far from rebuilding time for the Windjammers — it is reloading time.
Fresh off its second straight appearance in the state Class B title game, the Windjammers are as hungry as ever and figure to be every bit as competitive as they have been since Hurley took the reins of the team four years ago.
The Windjammers have scrimmaged against many talented teams from both Class A and Class B, including Gorham, Yarmouth, Bangor, Brunswick and Hampden Academy.
Hurley said his team is “having fun” as the squad prepares for its season opener.
“We are improving each time out and beginning to settle our lineup,” he said. “If we can stay focused, motivated and together we should have a good year.”