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High school spring sports

LeBel makes pitch as Viking softball coach

Former Oak Hill student-athlete takes over for longtime island coach Littlefield
By Mark Haskell | Apr 08, 2021
Courtesy of: Vinalhaven School Brooke LeBel.

Vinalhaven — The Vinalhaven School softball team will have a fresh face in the third-base coaching box this season as former Raider student-athlete Brooke LeBel has taken the reins of the island diamond squad.

The 25-year-old LeBel, in her second year teaching kindergarten at Vinalhaven School, replaces Doug Littlefield, who led the Vikings 10 years.

She graduated from Oak Hill High School of Sabattus in 2013 and played soccer and softball for the Raiders. As the team’s standout catcher, the softball team also won the Mountain Valley Conference championship her senior season.

LeBel went on to graduate from Southern Maine Community College in South Portland with an associate of arts (AA) degree in early childhood education and also got her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in Farmington, also in early childhood education.

She is in her second year teaching kindergarten at Vinalhaven School, but now has another, older group of students to mentor on the softball diamond.

“I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to coach this group of girls,” said LeBel. “I am also thankful to have Aamber Hufsey by my side as she has coached many of these girls in Islanders [Little League] softball.”

Lebel said her high school softball coach Allyson Collins “is my lifelong role model and I wish to be a positive influence on these girls like she had on me.”

“I am excited to involve myself more into the community and get to build relationships with students who are outside of my classroom,” she said.

LeBel said practices thus far “have been going very well.”

“The girls are excited to be back on the field and their attitudes have been outstanding,” she said. “We started with the basics to get everyone back into the swing of things and the girls have been proving that they are ready to move forward.”

LeBel was slotted to assist Littlefield last season before the campaign was canceled due to COVID. But now, a year later and assuming the position of head coach, LeBel said, “I expect this year to be fun.”

"This is the first ‘real’ sports season that the girls have had this school year [and most of last] and I expect them to come out strong,” she said. “We have a few returning players and well as some new players who are strong on the mound, in the field as well as the plate. Overall they are skillfully rounded. These girls are working well together and I expect that will create a competitive and positive atmosphere to make them be successful.”

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Dyane Mohr | Apr 10, 2021 09:03

Congratulations Brooke!!

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