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High School Boys: For the Paynesville Bulldogs, the question is: Froelich and who?

After a banner year, Paynesville searches for offensive answers

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Paynesville guard Corbin Froelich drives into traffic a Section 3AA-North semifinal against Minnewaska on March 5, 2020 from Willmar High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

PAYNESVILLE — Paynesville is riding high after managing its first winning season in 13 years.

The Bulldogs finished the 2019-20 season with a 16-12 record, including an impressive 9-3 mark on the road highlighted by a win at Benson in the opening round of the Section 3AA-North tournament.

With momentum squarely on the program’s side, Gang Green enters 2021 with its eyes on a Central Minnesota Conference title. The team finished second last season with a 10-4 conference record.

Before it can march towards that goal, Paynesville will have to sort out its roster after losing five of its top six scorers from a year ago due to graduation. However, the player the offense revolves around is back and gearing for a strong senior season.

Bulldogs guard Corbin Froelich led the team with 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-5 guard attempted 444 field goals, nearly 200 more than anyone else on his team. Even with the high volume, Froelich was efficient, draining 45 percent of his shots. He made 192 free throws and was a 70-percent shooter at the line.

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The biggest question is where will the rest of the team’s production emerge from?

With increased minutes, expect to see Chase Bayer (6-0, jr., G), Mitchell Bertram (6-1, sr., F) and Kadin Ludwig (6-1, sr., G) to try to fill in the blanks.

Paynesville’s season came to an end after a 52-46 loss to Minnewaska in the sub-section semifinals. The route through the postseason will likely be another tough one.

“The section has many strong teams and experienced coaches and we are looking to reload with a deep team this year and compete in Section 3AA,” Bulldogs head coach Rick Hendrickson said.

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Paynesville forward Mitchell Bertram throws an over-the-head pass during a Section 3AA-North semifinal against Minnewaska on March 5, 2020 from Willmar High School. Patrick Bernadeau / West Central Tribune

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