Coach: Larry Thornton (first year)

Conference: East-West; Class: D

Last year: 10-3-1, lost in Western D quarterfinals.

Returning players: Seniors —  Alexis Bennett (ST), Ashley Campbell (MF), Brianna Damon (G/F), Jennifer Dobson (FB), Olivia Dooley (FB)/MF), Courtney Keough (SW); Juniors — Abigail Fogg (FB), Mae Kolln (F/MF), Kali Litchfield (MF); Sophomores — Mickenzi Chretien (FB), Thea Quick (MF/F), Rachel Warren (MF).

Key losses: Naudia Wesley (FB), Kersey Ann Goyette (MF).

Promising newcomers: Senior — Tabea Vatthauer (MF/F); Freshmen — Hannah Shields (G/F), Julia Dow (MF/F).

Season outlook: Thornton comes to Buckfield after a stint at Spruce Mountain. He returned to coach the Phoenix boys last fall but lasted one game before resigning. He inherits a Bucks team that lost Wesley, an all-state back, but returns much of last year’s club that reached the regional final, including Damon, another all-state player. The Bucks are a seasoned group and will be strong in the middle and in back with veterans like Bennett, Campbell, Dobson, Dooley and Keough leading the way.

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