“The reason why we went to the JV level last year was because we felt that we wouldn’t get a lot of juniors to play for us,” said Gula. “Juniors want to play varsity sports.”
This year, Voorheesville will compete in the Wasaren League against other small school programs, many of which have only been at the varsity level for less than five years. Greenwich has the longest-tenured varsity program, while Lansingburgh, Schuylerville and Cam-bridge are more recent additions.
“I think with the kids we have and with the effort they put in, we may struggle at the beginning but we hope to compete,” said Gula.
Wilson, Brill and Nick Jasinski will lead the attack for the Blackbirds, while Pat Sweeney will chip in from his midfield position. Mike Baker and Casey Hennessey anchor the defense, with Chris Ranc – the lone senior on the team – stepping in to be the goaltender.
Voorheesville makes its home debut as a varsity team Tuesday, April 17, when it plays Greenwich. By then, the Blackbirds hope they will have at least one win under their belts either against Johnstown (April 3) or Cambridge (April 5).
“I think all of our league games … we can win those,” said Wilson. “The out-of-league games are going to be tough.”