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2014 softball capsule previews

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By Chelsy Woods Klein

COLUMBINE LADY REBELS
Head coach: Brooks Roybal
Assistant coaches: Melissa Ryba, Jerry Nave, Jenny Branch, Anna Carpinello, Bryan Rodriguez
Classification: 5A Jeffco League
2013 record: 12-10, 3-5 5A Jeffco
Players to watch: Carly Perry, Sr., SS; Madison Reuter, Sr., P; Shelby Copley, Sr., 1B
Season opener: Aug. 21, vs. Douglas County, 4 p.m.
State championship: Oct. 17-18, Aurora Sports Park
Outlook: “We lost some senior contributors, but we are working hard to build upon our returners. We play in a tough league, so one of our goals is to win the Jeffco Sportsmanship Award and improve our 3-5 record from last year,” first-year head coach Roybal said.

CHATFIELD LADY CHARGERS
Head coach: Nicole Janssen
Assistant coaches: Jennessa Tesone, Kevin Quick, Ron Dentino, Dave Moore, Jen Lezzari
Classification: 5A Jeffco League
2013 record: 13-10, 5-3 5A Jeffco
Players to watch: Madison Fischer, Sr., OF; Jessica Jarecki, Jr., P; Haley Milonas, Sr., C
Season opener: Aug. 15, at D’Evelyn, 4 p.m. 
State championship: Oct. 17-18, Aurora Sports Park
Outlook: “We have a young team with (only) three seniors. The expectation this year is to continue to grow as a team and (make our way to) State again. In order to get to state we will have to work hard on and off the field and play as a team,” Janssen said. 

DAKOTA RIDGE LADY EAGLES
Head coach: Marv Van Lingen
Assistant coaches: Anthony Arneach, Daniel Medina 
Classification: 5A Jeffco League
2013 record: 19-4, 7-1 5A Jeffco
Players to watch: Dani Valerio, Sr., CF; Baillie Brooks, Sr., C; Megan Sansburn, Jr., SS/P
Season opener: Aug. 19, at Standley Lake, 3:30 p.m.
State championship: Oct. 17-18, Aurora Sports Park 
Outlook: “We have a lot of talent and we are going to rely on some of our younger talent to get us to the regionals,” Van Lingen said.
— Chelsy Woods Klein