Local college athletes to watch this spring

Published: 03-01-2023 9:05 AM

Local athletes are beginning their spring collegiate sports seasons this week and finding some success on the field. 

The Keene State College baseball bullpen will feature a trio of local faces this spring, as the Owls have secured sophomore and Franklin Pierce transfer Shea Zina of Greenville along with Wilton’s twin freshman hurlers Sean and Troy Brennan. Division III KSC opens their season at Farmingdale State on Saturday. 

Casey Jordan of Peterborough is a junior at Division III Swarthmore College, where he pitches for the Garnet baseball team. Jordan went 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA in 18 appearances last spring. Swarthmore was 2-0 this spring going into Wednesday’s game vs. Delaware Valley. 

Preston Kirby of Rindge is a sophomore at Division II Franklin Pierce University, where he is a pitcher for the Ravens baseball team. FPU is 4-1 on the year to date. 


Alex Heck of Greenfield, a freshman at Division II University of Montana, plays long-stick midfielder for the Grizzlies men’s lacrosse team. Heck scored his first career goal in the season-opener against Pacific Lutheran as Montana is off to a 5-0 start. 

Mackenzie Costello of Peterborough is a senior captain at Division II Saint Michael’s College, where she plays defense for the Purple Knights women’s lacrosse team. Costello snagged 14 ground balls in 13 starts last season. The Knights host Post to open the year on March 6. 

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Julia Donovan of Antrim is a junior at Division III Plymouth State University, where she plays attack for the Panthers women’s lacrosse team. Donovan tallied 51 points for the Panthers last season. PSU’s season was set to begin Wednesday vs. the University of New England. 

Molly Dishong of Francestown is a freshman at Division III Colby-Sawyer, where she plays midfield/attack for the Chargers women’s lacrosse team. Dishong was four-year starter at ConVal and a captain in her senior year as well as 2022 Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Female Athlete of the Year. Colby-Sawyer plays at Castleton University on Saturday. 

Rosie Crooker of Francestown is a freshman at Division III Union College, where she plays defense for the Dutchwomen lacrosse team. Crooker played three years at ConVal before transferring to Williston Northampton. Union’s season starts at MIT Saturday. 


Rachyl Parslow of Temple is a senior at Division III Plymouth State University, where she plays outfield for the Panthers softball team. Parslow hit .313 with one homer, four doubles and 10 RBI over 30 games last season. PSU is first up against Rowan on March 11. 

Tessa Spingola of Jaffrey is a freshman at Division III Springfield College, where she plays utility for the Pride softball team. Springfield takes the field for the first time Saturday against Worcester State. 

Madison Labrie of New Ipswich is a graduate student at Division II Franklin Pierce University, where she is a pitcher for the Ravens softball team. Labrie is 5-3 with a 3.74 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched in her FPU career to date. The Ravens are 5-4 this spring. 

Allison Adams of Greenville is a sophomore at Division III Keene State College, where she plays infield for the Owls softball team. Adams transfered to Keene from NHTI. The Owls take the field March 13. 


Zach Kriebel of Peterborough, a junior at Division III Roanoke College, is a member of the Maroons men’s tennis team. Kriebel has been playing in the Maroons’ No. 2 position. 

If you know an athlete that should be on this list, let us know at bconant@ledgertranscript.com.