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Now it's simply a matter of keeping a good thing going.

The New Milford High School softball team won for the second time in its last four contests Monday by edging host Oxford, 8-7.

The `W' upgraded the Green Wave's record to 2-4 after opening the season with respective 9-1 and 8-2 defeats to Brookfield and Trumbull.

Coach Eileen Holden's diamond girls slugged host Stratford, 14-4, for their first win on April 9 and then, during a spring break trip to Disney World in Florida, succumbed to cross-state rival Maloney of Meriden, 10-1.

Visiting Bethel also slowed the Green Wave recovery, 8-3, April 21 on the NMHS field (see photos), but the local crew returned to its winning ways Monday vs. Oxford.

Leading the Monday success were Tara Larkin and Sandra Ristau with a single and double apiece and Morgan Leheny with two RBIs.

Sophomore righthander Brianna Celio struck out five rival batters to help secure the victory.

"The trip to Florida really allowed us to work out some kinks in our defense," reflected coach Holden. "Offense has been the best I have seen in my three years at the program, but we still need to work on minimizing the errors on defense."

The Green Wave was set Wednesday, April 27 to host Kolbe Cathedral at NMHS and will visit Immaculate today (Friday), April 29 in Danbury and Notre Dame tomorrow (Saturday), April 30 in Fairfield.

Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings

Coach: Eileen Holden, 3rd season.

Assistants: Tony Nocera (varsity), Allison Reinke (junior varsity), Julia Wullen (freshmen), Nicole Tremmel, Linda Scoralick.

2010 record: 7-13.

Losses to graduation: Lauren Beatty (all-SWC pitcher), Sam Celio (all-SWC 1st base), Theresa Legan (all-Colonial Division shortstop), Lindsay Okada (catcher), Shanna Haydu (utility) and Rebecca Reda (outfield).

Losses to injury: Morgan Leheny (pitcher/outfielder, hopefully to return in May), Julianna Fusco (centerfield, return date in question).

2011 captains: Jessica Murphy, Tara Larkin.

Coach's outlook: "This year's varsity team is very young with three freshmen. These three talented players will be placed into key positions in the infield and outfield. Sandra Ristau is returning to the Green Wave infield after being out last season with an injury. Tara Larkin is the only returning infielder from the 2010 team. Jessica Murphy will be taken out from the catching position to fill Julianna Fusco's role in centerfield. Jessica has tremendous speed and leadership and will be an important piece to this year's outfield. Brianna Celio comes up from junior varsity as a sophomore to fill the role of since-graduated Lauren Beatty. Returning players Megan Greiner, Kim Carlson and Vienna Pallisco will add experience on the bases and in the field. We're looking forward to see what Haley Lyon and Lauren MacDonald will also add to this year's varsity team."

VARSITY

Seniors: Morgan Leheny, Haley Lyon, Jessica Murphy, Sandra Ristau.

Juniors: Megan Greiner, Tara Larkin.

Sophomores: Kimberly Carlson, Brianna Celio, Julianna Fusco, Lauren MacDonald, Vienna Pallisco.

Freshmen: Maggie Grubb, Kelsey Fuchs, Megan Lacey.

JUNIOR VARSITY

Juniors: Mackenzie Corso, Mackenzie Ferguson, Shanuna Plancon (manager), Danica Sadowski, Brice Schrenkel.

Sophomores: Carly Barney, Megan Baxter, Jenna Caceci, Kayla Krafick, Morgan Malinowski, KeleighPrincipi.

Freshmen: Megan Timan, Emilie Zarba.

FRESHMEN

Sara Artese, Nicolta Ceconi, Shaina Eranko, Katie Farley, Olivia Farrell, Denise Landry, Macie Leheny, Rebecca Nusser, Stephanie Skelly, Erica Sweeney, Melanie Talmadge, Jamie Teplica.

Eileen Holden (Head Varsity)- 3rd year

Tony Nocera (Assistant Varsity)- 3rd year volunteer

Allison Reinke (JV)- 3rd year program, 1st year JV

Julia Wullen (Freshman)- 1st year

Nicole Tremmel (Assistant)- 3rd year volunteer

Linda Scoralick (Assistant)- 1st year volunteer, 4th year program

Please attach roster, listed by year in school:

Changes in the original schedule? Brookfield- AWAY April 6th 4pm

Greenwich- Away 5/14 is now at 9:30am

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Varsity

Name Grade

Leheny, Morgan 12

Lyon, Haley 12

Murphy, Jessica 12

Ristau, Sandra 12

Greiner, Megan 11

Larkin, Tara 11

Carlson, Kimberly 10

Celio, Brianna 10

Fusco, Julianna 10

MacDonald, Lauren 10

Pallisco, Vienna 10

Grubb, Maggie 9

Fuchs, Kelsey 9

Lacey, Megan 9

Junior Varsity

Name Grade

Corso, Mackenzie 11

Ferguson, Mackenzie 11

Plancon, Shauna (mgr.) 11

Sadowski, Danica 11

Schrenkel, Brice 11

Barney, Carly 10

Baxter, Megan 10

Caceci, Jenna 10

Krafick, Kayla 10

Malinowski, Morgan 10

Principi, Keleigh 10

Timan, Megan 9

Zarba, Emilie 9

Freshman

Name Grade

Artese, Sara 9

Ceconi, Nicoleta 9

Eranko, Shaina 9

Farley, Katie 9

Farrell, Olivia 9

Landry, Denise 9

Leheny, Macie 9

Nusser, Rebecca 9

Skelly, Stephanie 9

Sweeney, Erica 9

Talmadge, Melanie 9

Teplica, Jamie 9