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    Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin has a lot to look forward to this season.

    The Lions return seven starters from last year’s squad that finished 8-5. On top of that, there is more depth on the roster heading into the new season.

    “Outside of the seven returning starters, we have a depth on our roster this year,” said NDCL coach Tiger Alexander. “This will allow us to rotate as needed without losing skill at any position on the field.”

    Despite the positive outlook, Alexander and the Lions remain steadfast and focused on their goals.

    “As a team, we focus on controlling the controllables. That starts with competing in the classroom and carries over to competing on the field,” Alexander said. “Our goals don’t really change year after year. We always want to put ourselves in the best position possible to compete at the highest level.”

    Leading the way for the Lions this season are four-year starters Madi Dutton and Jeanna Sukey. Dutton is committed to Florida Tech while Sukey will play her college ball at Slippery Rock.

    Other returning starters include senior outfielder Kayleigh Collins, junior first baseman Sophia Rowan, junior shortstop Giana Messina, sophomore catcher Alex Tanner, and sophomore outfielder Celia Anthony.

    Junior outfielder Ava Morano missed much of last season with an injury but she’s back and ready to contribute. Junior Ava Baeslach also returns after taking off last season to focus on basketball. She can play in the infield or outfield.

    Freshman outfielder Lexie Simon and sophomore utility player Lucy Joyce also will contribute this season.

    Adding additional depth for the Lions are seniors Mallory Sah and Racheal Debevec, and junior Jade Fondran.

    The Lions have a lot to be excited about heading into the spring season and they’ll lean on each other through thick and thin to achieve their goals.

    “Our team strength is that we are united as one,” Alexander said. “My players genuinely want to see each other do well and succeed. Our players have been taking the time to create the right habits during the full team practices. They are competing daily with each other to do better and be better student-athletes.”

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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