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Maggiolino takes helm in Whitesboro

By MIKE LEVIN

WHITESBORO, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tom Maggiolino knows what Whitesboro baseball is all about, after all he went to rival New Hartford and has been a Warrior assistant for two years.  Now the head coach of a team that has won three section titles in the last four years, as well as made the state semifinals two years ago, Maggiolino is hoping to keep Whitesboro's fortunes high.

"Our goal number one is not to lose two games in a row, start with simple small goals like that, we want to win our division, qualify for sectionals, sectional title and go from there," says Maggiolino.

His players aren't concerned about the change, because they're focused on taking care of business on the diamond.

"We bleed blue, we're just a great team, we're fierce competitors and we always love harsh competition," says senior infielder and pitcher Adam Pexton.

"It's an adventure sometimes, but I like everyone on the team," adds senior catcher Dan Cecilia.  "Everyone's great.  We've got some great players, great pitchers, great hitters.  We're confident in our team, we're a close team, we're a family almost and we're just excited you know."

After 18 seasons as head coach, Bill DeCoursey stepped down, but he didn't walk away entirely.  Coach D is back as the pitching coach and hopes to keep contributing to the team in the future.

"Coach Maggiolino and myself have a good working arrangement, we have good chemistry, we're on the same page," says DeCoursey.  "It's kind of fun to work with a guy like that, you don't find those connections too often in life."

"Basically coach D wanted to come back and work with our pitchers again, he's been doing that the last couple of years," adds Maggiolino.  "It was a good fit and something the kids are familiar with."

The Warriors are hoping having two top flight coaches in their midst will help them reach familiar as well as brand new heights, like winning that elusive state title.

Whitesboro opens the season in Myrtle Beach, SC next week, then plays their first game back in the Mohawk Valley Tuesday, April 17 at home against Notre Dame.

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