With new coach, player roles, Oceanside looks to be competitive
Rockland — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Oceanside High School girls basketball team:
Coach/years coached current team: Shawn Dulac, first year.
Last year's record/playoff information: 16-2, No. 2 seed in Eastern Class B. The Mariners were downed in the quarterfinals by No. 7 Camden Hills 54-39. Oceanside also was awarded the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B girls championship (the game was not played due to inclement weather and was awarded to the Mariners based on their seeding in the regional tournament).
Roster: Seniors Brooke Dugan (5-foot 5-inch guard) and Trittany Penn (5-9 forward); juniors Emily Gould (5-8 guard/forward), Ashley Gardner (5-8 forward), Lily Vachon (5-6 guard), Caitlin Raye (5-6 guard), Payton Billingsley (5-5 guard) and Alexis Davis (5-10 center); and sophomores Makenna Brooks (5-7 guard/forward), Kalyn Grover (5-5 guard/forward), Arianna Curtis (5-3 guard), Meghan McGonagle (5-2 guard), Brianna Dugan (5-7 guard/forward) and Krissy McNichol (5-7 guard/forward).
Known graduation losses: Kennadi Grover, Emma Davis, Phoebe Ferraiolo, Hannah Plourde and Danessa MacDonald.
Significant impact players: Brooke Dugan, Gould, Raye and Billingsley.
Team strengths: Speed and youth.
Team goals: To be the best rebounding team in the KVAC Class B division and make a run at the Eastern Class B playoffs.
Top league opponents: Nokomis of Newport, Medomak Valley, Gardiner, Leavitt of Turner, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, Winslow, Waterville and Camden Hills
Outlook: The Mariners have lost four starters from last year's team, including Grover, a 1,000-point career scorer who was named Courier Publications' schoolgirl athlete of the year.
While Dulac said this season will be a “transitional year” for Oceanside, he feels his team will be in the mix for a playoff spot and a trip to the new Cross Insurance Center for the regional tournament come February if “we play bigger than we are as individuals.”
Davis, at 5-10, is the team's tallest player.
“There are many returning players who will have to master new and different roles,” the coach said. “Oceanside will also be welcoming new players to the fold who will have to make significant contributions to continue and maintain the level of success from previous seasons.”