Early-season glimpse: Manchester Central

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MANCHESTER, NH – The spring season is officially underway and much like the grass and the trees, the Queen City is beginning to see a Little Green on its fields.

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Girls tennis:

Head coach:

  • Karen Leclerc (4th season)

Last Season:

  • 9-4 (lost in state quarterfinals)

Top returning players:

  • Senior Emily Leclerc (captain and our No. 1 on ladder)

“She looks strong this season and is hoping to lead the team and better her semifinal run in the individual tournament.”

  • Senior Emma Blaisdell (co-captain)
  • SeniorKatie Mulcahy
  • Senior Nevaeh Marine
  • Senior Nancy Apollo

Expectations:

“We have had a rough start with weather and injuries and are down a few players that would have been in our top 6 line up … We are looking to make the playoffs again this year and have a fun, hopefully not too rainy , season.” – Karen Leclerc

Baseball (co-op with West):

Head coach:

  • Ernie Yerrington (11th season)

Last season:

  • 4-14

Top returning athletes:

Seniors

  • Nolan Duval
  • Travis Graf
  • Amar Douidi

Juniors

  •  Jaeden Rodriguez
  • Hunter Raadme
  • Gavin Currier
  • Pierre Mendez
  • Tyler Marcoux
  • Wilson Zolla

“Wilson Zolla, a junior, a team leader and inspiration for all of us, is progressing from his medical setback and we share his desire to possibly return to the field before the season is completed.” – Ernie Yerrington

Promising newcomers:

  • Declan Manning (freshman)
  • Liam Patten (freshman)
  • Fernando Calderon
  • Alejandro Batista

Expectations:

“We are optimistic for our season and postseason.” – Ernie Yerrington

Softball (co-op with West):

Head coach:

  • Jacob Denoncourt (3rd season)

Last year:

  • 2-16

Top returning athletes:

  • Brooklynn Flinfelt (senior, captain)
  • Jamie Webser (senior, captain)
  • Eeman Barton (junior, captain)

Promising newcomers:

  • Haper Lanfond (sophomore, transfer from Goffstown)
  • Kyleigh Levesque (freshman)
  • Elin Hill (freshman)

Expectations:

“We would like to improve our overall record while also being competitive in every game … For the most part we have a good mixture of veteran players and seven underclassmen. We are hoping the younger girls flow right in and helping the success of this program.” – Jacob Denoncourt


Note: All coaches from Memorial High School were reached out to for this article. The teams of those who responded are featured in this preview.

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Ryan O'Connor

As a longtime journalist in Southern New Hampshire, Ryan O'Connor has written for several local online and print publications covering everything from school board meetings and local high school sporting events to major crime stories and New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary (yes, the last two are mutually exclusive). In addition to spending time with his beautiful wife and four amazing children, Ryan enjoys attending and serving at church, golfing as much as possible, home brewing, playing softball and snowboarding when time allows.