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High School Girls: New coach, new approach for Paynesville

Bulldogs turn to Jacob Heimerman to lead the program

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Junior guard Macy Carlson is a returning All-Central Minnesota Conference player for the Paynesville Bulldogs. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

PAYNESVILLE — Jacob Heimerman takes over as the new head girls basketball coach at Paynesville, replacing Phil Carlson, who retired.

Heimerman has been a part of the Bulldogs’ basketball programs since 2010. It’s also his second stint as head girls basketball coach. Heimerman led Payensville from 2010-14. A mathematics teacher, he then switched over to the boys’ program, where he was head coach from 2014-18.

He also was the head boys and girls golf coach from 2011-15 and has coached in the baseball program, leading the JV team from 2010-11.

Before that, he was a teacher in Pine City. A 2004 LeSueur-Henderson graduate, he has his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southwest Minnesota State.

Heimerman takes over a program that returns four starters from a team that finished 2-12 in the Central Minnesota Conference and 4-22 overall.

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Leading the cast of returnees are Brynn Johnson (5-10, sr., F); Natalie Lieser (5-9, sr., G); Macy Carlson (5-6, jr., G) and Katie Uhlenkamp (5-11, so., C).

Carlson was an all-conference selection last year. She averaged 5.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.7 assists per game.

Johnson earned all-conference honors as a sophomore in 2018-19, but didn’t play last year. She’s rejoined the team and is being counted upon to contribute.

Lieser (6.6 ppg) and Uhlenkamp (6.2 ppg) also were key contributors. Johnson returns after missing last season because of injury.

Heimerman lists Uhlenkamp as a player to watch. She led the Bulldogs with 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Heimerman is concerned about the loss of Halrey Kunstleben, who led Paynesville in three-point shooting, making 31.5 percent of her shots and taking an average of 8.1 three-point attempts per game. She led the Bulldogs with 9.3 points per game.

Heimerman’s assistants will be Brad Skoglund and Tammy Meagher. Skoglund, who coaches the junior varsity, is Paynesville’s long-time and highly successful head baseball coach. He also was the Bulldogs’ head girls basketball coach at one time.

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