The Lady Lions came up a game short twice last season, missing a division title by one game, and losing to Old Forge in the district championship.

This season, Trail will use those defeats as fuel to its fire in its quest to be the best team in the league.

“If we’re not contending for the league and district title it will be a little bit disappointing,” head coach John Brander said.

Though Trail lost three seniors to graduation, Brander feels that his offense will still be a potent part of the program.

“We didn’t really lose any of our big sticks,” Brander said.

Those sticks include Shelby Croasdale, Mackenzie Duffy and Gabby Truesdale at the top of the order, as well as Tunkhannock transfer Meghan Healey who should also be a factor in the team’s success this season.

As far as competing for a league title, Brander expects that one of the battles his team will face this season will come against Montrose, this year’s defending champ.

“I’d say we have a pretty good rivalry with them for the past couple year,” he said. “They’ve been at the top of the league so we want to knock them off.”

Brander also mentioned that what he teachers his girls on the field will also come in handy during their time off of it.

“I hope I can teach them that hard work pays off and to take the game seriously but have fun while doing it,” Brander said. “It’s not just about the wins or losses but it’s also about growing as a person, knowing what it means to be a teammate and coming together for one goal.”

Roster: Seniors Shelby Croasdale, Meghan Healey, Shannon Jones, Nicole Rosa, Janine Strauch and Emma Vasky; juniors Kasey Buck, Kerrigan Buck, Daria Lewandowski, Taryn Matti, Aimmee Melnikoff and Gabby Truesdale; sophomores Mackenzie Duffy, Breanna Halter, Carli Kalinoski and Alyssa Sohns; and freshmen Cassandra Brown, Natalie Cocchini, Alyssa Fiehl, Madison Lee, Madison Peoples, Elizabeth Rodenbach, Rachael Rosengrant, Allison Strauch, Emily Van Fleet and Sarah Weisenfluh.

Schedule:

March 26, at Mid Valley, 4:30 p.m.

March 28, Scranton Prep, 4 p.m.

March 31, at Riverside, 4:30 p.m.

April 1, at North Pocono, 4:30 p.m.

April 3, at Susquehanna, 4:30 p.m.

April 7, at Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.

April 10, Forest City, 4:30 p.m.

April 14, Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.

April 16, at Blue Ridge, 4:30 p.m.

April 22, Montrose, 4:30 p.m.

April 24, Riverside, 4:30 p.m.

April 26, Susquehanna, 10 a.m.

April 28, Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.

May 1, at Forest City, 4:30 p.m.

May 5, at Elk Lake, 4:30 p.m.

May 8, Blue Ridge, parents’ day, 4:30 p.m.

May 12, at Montrose, 4:30 p.m.