NUNDA — The Keshequa Indians varsity baseball team has new leadership this spring.
Abijah Gath is an Indians graduate and has been around sports and the coaching ranks for quite some time in Nunda. Here in 2018 Abijah takes over the baseball program from Ron Macomber Jr. who stepped down after 13 seasons to spend some quality time with his family in the spring.
Gath jumps into the driver's seat from the modified program and will have a lot of familiar faces to work with both on the diamond and in the coaching ranks as well. Ron Macomber Sr. will be on the JV bench while Kyle Karst takes over the modified team.
The Indians will seek to make a run at the Livingston County Division III title which they won back in 2016. One year ago the orange & black finished up at 11-8 after falling to Bolivar-Richburg in the 2017 second-round sectional play. Coach Gath will have his work cut out for him as a handful of key seniors graduated from the program, taking with them a majority of innings on the mound and much needed offensive prowess as well.
Gath noted that key returners include seniors Travis Cotton and Dustyn Zangerle, along with juniors Connor Galton and Pat wood. Some of the top newcomers will include senior Andrew Peterson who is coming off a knee injury from a year ago, plus juniors Joe Colombo and Nate Bean, and freshmen Riley Rease and Aidan Wood. Also moving into the varsity dugout will be senior Jake Thompson, juniors Thomas Hackett, Wyatt Szulewski, Cameron Vanderpool and Adam Yencer.
The Indians will open their season following the Easter break with a trip to Mt. Morris to take on Perry-Mt. Morris on Wednesday, April 11 in a 4:30 p.m. start.
Keshequa softball seeks to move up
NUNDA — Coach Bill Mann is in his third season as softball skipper at Keshequa, and last year the program bounced back to around the .500 mark as the Indians finished 10-11 overall following a heartbreaking setback in the second round of the Sectionals to Campbell-Savona by a 1-0 score. Keshequa had beaten Red Jacket in the opener.
Here in 2018 Mann noted, "This is a great group of girls who have been working hard during the past year. We're looking forward to another competitive season."
There's no reason why the orange & black shouldn't compete. They'll be bringing back seven starters from one year ago which already provides the Indians a sound base to start with.
Keshequa opens their season on Wednesday, April 11 at Perry-Mt. Morris. The Lady Indians roster shapes up this way for the 2018 campaign.
Key returners: Kendra Mallaber Senior Pitcher, Lacy Craft Senior Shortstop, Ashliegh Hunt Senior Catcher/Outfield, Taylor Martin Junior Outfield Ashley Gillen Junior Infield, Joycelyn Parthamer Junior PitcherPaige Burley Sophomore Outfield, Paige McKerrow Sophomore Outfield.
Top newcomers: Hannah Pierce Senior Infield, Maggie Pierce Junior Infield, Payton Powers Junior Infield, Chloe Bowman Junior Outfield, Macy Boss Sophomore Catcher, Allison Galton Sophomore Infield.
Keshequa golf set for spring
NUNDA — Hopefully mother nature has not only read the calendar, but is ready to react to it as well. Why? Because the Keshequa varsity golf team is anxious to get the clubs out and swat that little white ball around the greens in Nunda!
Indians 5th year skipper Todd Isaman noted, "This team is improving all the time. Last year we were 6-7 overall and 5-3 in the league, which is the most wins we've had in quite a while."
The orange & black finished second in the division and placed three athletes in the counties as well. So that's a very good sign for Keshequa as they swing into the 2018 season.
This year's team has some upper-class leadership, but also is being pushed by some very young, and some very good golfers as Isaman stated, "We have a very good group of younger golfers, and there's a very good chance that we will have some of those 8th graders up and playing in some varsity matches later in the season."
Key returners according to Isaman include seniors Koen Weaver and Rylie McEvoy, along with junior Josh Tallman. Tabbed as top newcomers are 12th graders Patrick Scully and Katelyn Shearing, along with Jacob James. Coach Isaman is expecting more good things, and additional improvement this spring as well.
"Overall, we have a great group players that are working hard every day, and they have a goal of putting themselves in position to win their first divisional title since 1999!"