Athenas To Open Season And Conference Play

The cancellation of the Athenas 2009 season openening series atOccidental College sets up a Valentine's Day opener againstcross-campus rival, Pomona-Pitzer.  Game times are 12:00 and2:00 pm at the Pomona College field. 

The 2009 Athenas field 17 returning players and nine newcomers(seven freshmen and two transfers).  The talented squad iseager to start and believe this will be a memorable year. After finishing second in 2008, the Athenas feel poised to bring aSCIAC championship to CMS for the first time in 10 years. 

Coach Betsy Hipple begins her fourth season at the helm withassistants Gerry Lopez (second year) and Jake Campbell (firstyear).  She is cautiously optimistic about the year ahead. "Wehave all the necessary tools: speed, power, pitching anddepth.  If we continue to play with heart and passion, thisgroup will achieve enormous success. They are committed, focused,and love to play together.  Leading the charge are six seniorswho have dedicated themselves to graduating with a prestigiousdiploma and a SCIAC title."