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COACH

Carrie Ogdahl, 15th season

LAST SEASON

MCAC: 5-7, 4th place South Division

Overall record: 11-14

KEY DATES

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Opener: Today, 6 p.m., home, Central Lakes

South Division opener: Jan. 6, 2010, home, Anoka-Ramsey

MCAC State Tournament: Feb. 26-28 at Thief River Falls

ROSTER BREAKDOWN

(name, home town/school, height position)

Sophomores

Kari Caspers, Raymond (MACCRAY), 6-0 post

Alison Mason, Sleepy Eye, 5-11 post

Chelsea Voorhees, Benson (Hancock), 5-10 wing

Freshmen

Sara Beyer, Morris, 5-9 wing

Bailey Carlson, Murdock (KMS), 5-5 guard

Kelsey Guetter, Redwood Falls (Redwood Valley), 6-0 post

Ali Holt, Windom, 5-10 wing

Laura Houghton, Redwood Falls (Redwood Valley), 6-0 wing

Brianna Jacobson, New London (NLS), 5-10 post

Britney Larson, Fairmont, 5-9 wing

Taylor Solie, Redwood Falls (Redwood Valley), 5-11 post

Whitley Strei, Bellingham (LQPV), 5-4 guard

OUTLOOK

This edition of the Lady Warriors appears to have good depth inside but is thin at guard, a reversal of the 2008-09 season when guard-types dominated the roster, led by All-MCAC player Tara Thielke. All three returnees play down low: posts Kari Caspers and Alison Mason and wing Chelsea Voorhees -- each averaged 6.0-6.8 ppg and 4.0-5.5 rpg. Kelsey Guetter and Brianna Jacobson will provide more power near the rim. Whitley Strei and Bailey Carlson are the new guards on the roster. Jacobson and Mason won't be available until after the national volleyball tournament this weekend. "This team runs the floor well and they are good athletes," commented Ogdahl, who has a 197-160 record after 14 seasons leading the program, which was 21-7 two seasons back and third at the state tournament.

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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