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Willmar spring sports preview

COACH

Brent Pederson

ASSISTANT COACHES

Shannon Cayler, assistant varsity; Andrea Banks, junior varsity; Justin Brown, freshmen

LOOKING BACK

Central Lakes Conference: 7-7, 7th place

Overall: 10-10

Section 2AAA: Lost to New Prague 12-6, lost to Minnetonka 1-0

KEY DATES

Season/Central Lakes opener: April 9, home, high school field, vs. St. Cloud Tech.

Hutchinson Tournament: April 18, 10 a.m.

Section 2AAA: Starts May 19 at Caswell Park, North Mankato.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN

(Returning letterwinners in bold)

SENIORS: Amanda Coonquist, Brittney Hastad, Kelsey Kotzenmacher, Hanna Pederson, Allison Thompson, Ting-Han Wang, Erin Wankerl, Chelsey Wierschem, Bevin Williams

JUNIORS: Sara Banks, Alysha Cuchna, Chelsey Hamann, Karlee Johnson, Katherine Switzer

SOPHOMORES: Kirsten Anderson, Carli Angrimson, Shae Bruess, Valor Gorans, Haylee Hastad, Sara Kallhoff, Alexandra Linbo, Megan Rudie, Rachel Savig, Morgan Severson, Racheal Wigton

FRESHMEN: Lindsey Atchison, Angela Boersma, Kassandra Boller, Erica Cuchna, Nicole Dahol, Paige Davis, Rebecca Freese, Ashley Geurtz, Kyla Herman, Tracy Hillenbrand, Brianna Hoover, Kylee Hulscher, Rachel Lawton, Kerry Leukuma, Casey Marcus, Leah Miller, Addy Nelsen, Elizabeth Reeb, Taylor Reinke, Sarah Roehl, Ashlyn Scherzberg, Halee Sletta, Patricia Smith, Laura Swartz, LaTia Swoyer, Anissa Tallakson, Sara Tinklenberg, Katie Vigil, Samantha Williams.

OUTLOOK

Six starters graduated, but four seniors return with starting experience. The infield, except first base, and two outfield spots must be filled. All-CLC Chelsey Wierschem, a two-year starter, returns at first base and can also play shortstop; Brittney Hastad, a two year starter, has played outfield, third base and catcher. Amanda Croonquist is a returning catcher/outfielder and All-CLC Hanna Pederson has two seasons as a starting pitcher. Other senior prospects expected to help are Ally Thompson (OF), Erin Wankerl (OF), Bevin Williams (OF/1B/C) and Kelsey Kotzenmacher (OF). Juniors who could step in are Chelsey Hamann (2B/OF), Katie Switzer (OF), Karlee Johnson (P/OF), Alysha Cuchna (2B) and Sara Banks (OF). Among sophomores who could step in are Sara Kallhoff (SS), Halee Hastad (3B), Megan Rudie (3B) and Alex Linbo (P/2B). Following a six-day trip to Florida, coach Brent Pederson likes the team's attitude and desire but is concerned about the hitting: "We will need to manufacture runs."

- Rand Middleton

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