Niagara Orleans Softball Conference Preview


School Name: Akron High School

Head Coach: Marlene Stone

Assistant Coaches: Antoinette Abrams

2021 Varsity Record: Undefeated in League play (10-0) the 2021 Niagara-Orleans League Champions

Key Players Returning: Elsie Logan, catcher, playing SS this season is back following an injury and no games played in 2021; Ella Hill CF hit for the cycle vs Albion in 2021

New Players to watch out for: Ashlee Henning sophomore catcher

Key Losses due to Graduation:  2021 MVP Jenelle Kieffer, pitcher, unable to play, Jessee Jonathan 3B lead off hitter, Madison Henning 1B number 4 hitter


School Name:  Albion (Purple Eagles)

Head Coach:   Sara Koppenhaver

Assistant Coaches:  Casey Flynn

2021 Varsity Record:   4-7

Key Players Returning:

Leah Pritchard (P)-12th ; Kenzi Hapeman (2B)-12th; Aly Knaak (3B/SS)-12th; Olivia Bieber (OF)-12th; Maya Knaak (IF/OF)-11th

 New Players to watch out for:

MacKenzie Snook (IF/OF)-9th; Cami London (C)-9th; Madison Hughson (OF)-10th

 Key Losses due to Graduation:

Bryne Dysard (1B); Emani Poole (C); Ryan Olles (SS)

 Any Additional Information:

We have a solid group of seniors returning with 3 & 4 years of Varsity experience and incredible leadership which will be a tremendous asset as we have about half our team in 9th or 10th grade. We know there are some strong senior pitchers on some of the other teams in our league – Akron’s Jenelle Keifer and Roy-Hart’s




School Name:    Barker Central School

Head Coach:    Aileen Hinton

Assistant Coaches:   Bill Moeller

2021 Varsity Record:   League:  3-9

Key Players Returning:    Anna Bowerman (C), Peyton Bradley (P), Natalie Brandel (P)

New Players to watch out for:   Kaylee Stoll (C/Infield)

Key Losses due to Graduation:  Sydnie Luckman (SS), Chloe Lee (Utility), Jessalynn Coen (3B)



School Name: Medina High School

Head Coach: Connie Heschke

Assistant Coaches: AnnMarie Beutel

2021 Varsity Record: 6-6 in league, 6-9 overall

Key Players Returning: Lily Carpenter, Miriam Fike, Faith Oberther, Rylee VanNostrand,

Gianna Greco.

New Players to watch out for: We have some girls that will fit in quite nicely with the returning players.   They will help fill the gaps of the girls that we lost.

 Key Losses due to Graduation: Hannah Kenward, Brooklyn Brown, Paige Adkins, Carina Kingsbury, Hannah Kenward, Brianna Raiser-Russell, Tessa Boyce, Emma Roush

 Any Additional Information: We have a young team this year and I’m confident that they will compliment each other.

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Faith Oberther signed to play with Genesee Community College



School Name: Newfane High School

Head Coach: Megan Forsyth (2nd season)

Assistant Coaches: Maura Bull

2021 Varsity Record: 0-12

Key Players Returning: Julia Dumais (C), Alayna Ander (3B), MacKenzie Irwin (2B), Kendall Knealing (CF), Emma Hoffer (P)

New Players to watch out for: Jensen McGhee (1B), Angelina DiTullio (UTL), Allie Szratter (SS)

Any Additional Information: Newfane is a program that is working to rebuild, especially after losing a season to the pandemic. We are breaking ground on a brand new turf stadium on 3/15 that will have a multi-sport field as well as baseball and softball diamonds. The stadium is set to be completed in early October. We have a lot of strong players this year that put the work in during the off-season and we are hoping to be competitive in the Niagara-Orleans league this year.Key Losses due to Graduation: None

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known? Julia Dumais is currently committed to Princeton for softball.



School Name: Roy-Hart

Head Coach: Taylor Kneeland

Assistant Coaches: Randy Fry, Josh Kneeland, Gerry Perkins

2021 Varsity Record: 8-4

Key Players Returning: Reanna Perkins, Molly Russell, Juliana Buscarino, Casey

New Players to watch out for: Peyton May, Kaitlin Mettler, Lila Brigham

Key Losses due to Graduation: Shelby Wolf

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?

Reanna Perkins -St. Bonaventure University



School Name: Wilson Central School District

Head Coach: Dan Lucinski

Assistant Coaches: Marc Muoio, Elice Jancef

2021 Varsity Record: 9-6

Key Players Returning: Bella Lemke, Rian Faery, Julianna Levesque, Abby Hurtgam

New Players to watch out for: Lilah Frerichs

Key Losses due to Graduation: Julia Faery, Maddy Seeley, Alycia Thompson,
Kenzie Beyer, Tori Pawlak

Any Additional Information: Returning senior Bella Lemke is a 4 year varsity
starter, who is poised to make a run at N-O player of the year. Rian Faery is
returning sophomore who will help lead the defense as the teams starting

Players committed to Playing in College and Where if known?
Bella Lemke (Fredonia)