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Softball preview: Senior Leadership to lead PO Lady Mounties’ softball team

By Dave McKnight
Mountie Softball 2022

Philipsburg-Osceola High School Lady Mounties Softball teamenters this season with a great mix of experience and talented younger players to rely on.

Entering his third season at the helm, head coach Steve Frank is impressed with the potential of this year’s squad.

“Our three seniors give us great leadership,” he commented. “Captains London Cutler, Paige Jarrett, and Karissa Taylor have really stepped up this year and have demonstrated the kind of work ethic necessary to develop a winning environment.”

Coach Frank will have the luxury of a quartet of solid pitchers to choose from throughout the season. He will rely primarily onKarissa Taylor to handle the mound chores, but junior Abby Vaux and freshmen Alivia Bizzarri and Camryn Chverchko will provide quality appearances when needed.

Junior Jocelyn Williams will return behind the plate and lend experience and guidance for the team.

When she’s not on the mound, Vaux will play first base, Chverchko and Cutler will be solid up the middle at second and shortstop, and junior MyKenna Bryan will man the hot corner at third.

Bizzarri and fellow freshman Natalie Betz will split time in left field, Jarrett will roam in center field, and junior Emily Herr and freshman Ashlynn Havens will divide the duties in right.

Coach Frank and his staff are looking forward to seeing this team compete. He will be joined by Joe Adams, Jack Williams, Jeff McDonald, Craig Folmar, David Minarchick, and Michelle Chverchko.

“These girls have really bought into the program this year,” Frank noted. “We have placed an emphasis on basic fundamentals in practices, old school style where they focus on conditioning and skill work.”

“They have responded at every practice with hustle and determination,” he continued. “It’s that kind of attitude we need to face the level of competition we see every game in our league.”

The Lady Mounties will face perennial powerhouse softball programs like Clearfield, Bald Eagle Area, Penns Valley, and Tyrone to name a few of the Mountain League foes.

With the depth and talent of this year’s team, Coach Frank is anxious to see his Lady Mounties perform. They will open withan away contest against Dubois on 3/30, followed by their home opener against Chestnut Ridge on 4/5, both non-conference opponents.


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