The competition--girls

Sussex Central
Lady Golden Knights
2005 record: 20-4, 2005 Delaware State Champions
Key losses: Beth Hitchens (P), Candace Shockley (RF), Mindy Willing (DH (Del Tech)
Returning players: Returns seven of nine starters from last year’s championship team, including Brandy Jester (P) and Shanette White (CF).

Sussex Tech Lady Ravens
2005 record: 17-6, state tournament wins over William Penn and Indian River
Key losses: Kelly Schirmer (Wilmington College)
Returning players: Returning starters: senior Beth Pavlik (SS), junior Hope Cornell (1B/2B/OF), junior Kim Owens (P), junior Rhonda Warrington (OF)
New players: Laurel transfer junior Brittany Joseph (P/UT), freshman Melaney Thompson, freshman Jenna Allen, freshman Laura Joseph

Cape Henlopen Lady Vikings
2005 record: 17-6, two state tournament wins (1-0 over Laurel and 2-1 over Brandywine) but lost to Sussex Central 2-1 in Final 4.
Key losses: Lisa Williams (3B) (Drexel) and Jackie Warren (OF) (Kenshaw University)
Returning players: senior Laura Olenderski (OF), Lucy Wilkinson (OF/1B), junior Amanda Deloy (2B), Christina Liyo (1B), Shannon Bull (OF)

Indian River Lady Indians
2005 record: 16-6 including state tournament win over Concord — lost to Sussex Tech in quarterfinals
Key losses: Ravin Robinson (C), Jessica Spencer (SS)
Returning players: senior Kayla Warrington (RF), senior Shauna Jacobs (CF), senior Jen Tyre (LF), senior Kathryn Riley (P), senior Sara Powell (3B/C), sophomore Abi Buchler (2B), sophomore Jordan Warrington (1B), sophomore Haylee Brennan (3B/SS), sophomore Brittney Steele (P)
New players: freshman Sara Tyre (P/OF/CIF and freshman Lindsay McCabe (SS)

Delmar Lady Wildcats
2005 record: 15-6, beat McKean 1-0 in state tournament opener but lost to Caravel in next round 5-0
Key losses: N/A
Returning players: senior Brittany Ruark (P), senior Lauren Whitzke (C/UT), junior Brooke Boothe (LF/C)

Laurel Lady Bulldogs
2005 record:10-8, lost to Cape Henlopen 1-0 in opening round of 2005 state tournament
Key losses: junior Brittany Joseph (P/UT), senior Kati Ward (SS)
Returning players: senior Amanda Horsey (SS), senior Krista Scott (3B), senior Chaniqua Kellam (RF), senior Miranda Dickerson (1B), senior Ashlyn Booth (C), junior Samantha Oliphant (UT), junior Caitlin Dolby (P), junior Miranda O’Neal (CF)
New players: freshman Brittney Brittingham (2B) went 4-5, including a homerun in an 18-3 scrimmage win over Wicomico High School on March 8.
Caesar Rodney Lady Riders
2005 record: 9-11, one game from getting into 2005 state tournament. St. Marks made the tourney but lost to the Lady Riders 15-1.
Key losses: Amy Jarrell (1B/C) (plays CF for Newberry College), Ray Everson (University of Delaware, field hockey) and Casey Howard (CF) (University of Delaware)
Returning players: Jamie Brittingham was a part of the Lady Riders 2003 state championship team, was a 20-game starter and all-state selection but two ACL tears curtailed her softball career the past two years. She’s back and playing shortstop once again
Other players: senior Kelci Ward (CF) (accepted UMD field hockey scholarship)

Dover Lady Senators
2005 record: 9-11
Key losses: Amanda Wooleyhand (SS) (Goldey (Beacom University) and Domonique Barrett (OF)
Returning players: senior Mary Marvel (3B), senior Colleen Andrew (OF), junior Kristen Gondeck (P), junior Erica Wooleyhand (C)
New players: Lake Forest transfer Melissa Petruce (P)

Milford Lady Eagles
2005 record: 8-11
Key losses: N/A
Returning players: six returning starters including senior Vicki Jones (OF), senior Jalessa Lewis (3B), junior Chelci Walls (P) and junior Lauren Crouch (1B)

Lake Forest Lady Spartans
2005 record: 6-14
Key losses: senior Melissa Patruce (P)

(transferred to Dover)
Returning players: The Lady Spartans will most likely start upwards of seven underclassmen this season including freshman starter last year Emily Vincent. Heather Garrett (three-year varsity starter) is their only senior starter.

Woodbridge Lady Raiders
2005 record: 4-16
Key losses: senior Nikki Zeroles (SS)
Returning players: junior Ashley Nichols (1B/OF), sophomore Leah Bowman (3B/1B/C), sophomore Jenna Schrock (2B), sophomore Jessica Deoudes (P)
New players: freshman Grace Reardon (C), freshman Shiann Miller (OF), freshman Charlotte Goodman (OF)

Polytech Lady Panthers
2005 record: N/A
Key losses: N/A
Returning players: junior Kristin Nolette (SS), junior Jessie Sitzwater (P)
New players: freshman Emily Jump (P)

Seaford Lady Blue Jays
2005 record: N/A
Key losses: N/A
Returning players: junior Kari Bergh (DH), sophomore Danielle Haledamn (C), sophomore Kelci Rigaman (SS/P)

Smyrna Lady Eagles
2005 record: 17-5
Key losses: Jamie Hurlock (C) and Katie Turner (P)
Returning players: four returning starters, including junior Chrissy Van Heckle (CF), sophomore Leslie Pleasanton (SS)