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Delaware Valley High School

Given the graduation of a star-studded group of seniors at the end of the 2004 season, the Terriers were looking to fill some big holes in 2005. Coach Marty White returned only three starting players as seniors this year. Fortunately, they provide a solid nucleus for Del Valís young squad.

Dan Testa - one of the
senior leaders

At the start of the í05 season Vince Tricarico projected as the teamís #1 starting pitcher and cleanup hitter, along with some possible spot duty at first base. A starter on the mound as a junior, he registered one victory and 24 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. Dan Testa also saw lots of action as a junior, spending most of his field time at second base and posting a respectable .364 batting average at the plate, including 20 hits and 4 doubles. His 18 runs scored was second-best on the team last year, and his batting average was third-best. Testa was slated to move to shortstop for Coach White in 2005.

Mike Miklosey - soft hands
at the hot corner

Jack Aversa rounds out the small but experienced group of returning senior veterans. Jack moved from the hot corner last year to second base this season. Together, he and Dan Testa look to provide the Terriers with as capable a keystone combination as you will find in the Skyland Conferenceís new Raritan Division. Aversa will also see some mound duty, probably as the teamís #3 starter. Other returning seniors included outfielders Brad Pultz and Pete McGuinness, and versatile Dean Breithoff, who will see some time at third base, in the outfield, and on the pitcherís mound, most likely as the teamís fourth starter.

Chris Ricardo - potential and presence

Coach White expects solid performances in í05 from a promising group of underclassmen as well. Leading the way is junior catcher Chris Ricardo, who brings a .340 average as a sophomore to the #3 spot in the batting order. Junior Mike Miklosey, also a good hitter, takes over at third base.

Sophomores Joe Pilone and Mike Newland look to make their presence felt as well. Coach White describes Pilone as a good athlete who played extremely well on the JV team and can handle himself at catcher, in the outfield, and on the mound, if needed. Newland, a southpaw, looks to occupy the #2 spot in the pitching rotation, while also bringing power and good plate coverage on offense. An excellent contact hitter, the Terriers will expect Newland to drive the ball into the gaps, making him a threat every time he comes up to bat, not only this year, but in future years as well.

Despite having lost six seniors from 2004, Coach White expects his team to compete for top honors in their new division. Among other talents, he prides his Terriers on their ability to play solid team defense and to move runners into scoring position on offense with a combination of overall team speed and intelligent handling of the bat.



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