By MICHAEL LETENDRE
The start of a new scholastic season is certainly a time of optimism for all the teams of the CCC South.
And, without a doubt, the Plainville sports teams are looking to leave their marks for the fall season in the year 2012.
From boys soccer to the cross country teams, it should be a competitive season for all teams involved.
Here’s a quick look at what to expect:
Boys Soccer: The defending CCC South champs are back at it again and for the third straight campaign, the Blue Devils are looking for a back-to-back-to-back championship.
Plainville may have never seen this kind of success over a two year period as the Blue Devils have only lost one conference game over the last two seasons.
With a CCC South ledger of 23-1-4 during that stretch, it certainly has been an amazing stretch run for Plainville
But with the loss of Daquan King and Allen Mehmedovic, a new scoring cast has to step up for head coach Tim Brown’s squad.
Off a semifinals appearance in the Class S tournament, the team is now in the hands of players like juniors Shane Pugliese (forward) and goalies Alex Bawol and Cody Charneski.
Pugliese has shown the knack of scoring big goals in pressure situations and Bawol and Charneski have been more than solid at the net.
Others that will be spending time on the field include juniors Andrew Rottier (midfielder) and James Thompkins along with sophomores Quentin Lux and Nick D’Amico.
Girls Soccer: Plainville placed fourth in the CCC South in 2011 and finished 9-6-1 overall and were 9-4-1 in the conference.
Coach Leszek Wrona lost a core senior group but a number of returnees should be up for the challenge in 2012.
That core did a ton of the scoring for Plainville but there is a big roster that returns to the fold this season.
Two junior midfielders named Danielle — Danielle Angelillo and Danielle Dixon — should make an impact as well as senior defender Emma Stefanski and sophomore midfielder Sarah Grosse.
Junior Shayla Beausoleil had a solid sophomore campaign in the goal and should have another shot to perform well in the net.
Other seniors that will step up this season for the Blue Devils are Sarah Caron, Lilla Miller, Carly Martino, Crystal Wright, and Victoria Stawidlo.
Cross Country: Both the girls and boys cross country squads may not have the same numbers as the bigger schools of the CCC South have but the Blue Devils should once again be a thorn in the side of those loaded squads.
The girls didn’t win a meet in 2011, going 0-10 while the boys were ultra-competitive and only finished two meets (12-2) behind CCC South champion Bristol Central (14-0).
By MICHAEL LETENDRE