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LQPV Eagles believe the cupboard is not bare

Despite returning only one starter, Eagles have young talent

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LQPV's Sidney Gerdes dribbles through the Minneota defense during the Camden Conference championship game. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune
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MADISON — One starter returns from what was a really good season for the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles: Sidney Gerdes.

Gerdes, a 5-foot-4 senior guard, earned all-conference honorable-mention honors last season for an LQPV squad that went 23-4 overall. The Eagles won the Camden Conference North Division title with a 15-1 record, six losses fewer than runner-up Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg.

Gerdes is where LQPV starts as it attempts to re-load.

“Right now, we are a team that doesn’t have a lot of varsity experience,” said John Nolte, who has a 49-8 record as he enters his third season as head coach. “Our goal is to grow from where we are now to be contenders at the end of the season.”

It starts with Gerdes, who averaged 5.5 points per game.

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But the cupboard is not bare.

Macie Lund (5-6, Jr., G), Alex Stitt (5-6, Jr., G), Cassidie Olson (5-10, Jr., C) and Addy Bohn (5-6, So., F) all figure to be players to watch.

“Macie is a great player who has a great shot,” Nolte said. “She ahs offensive savvy and really stepped up this summer for us in the scoring department.”

He’s also high on Stitt.

“Alex is our spark plug,” Nolte said. “Her energy and speed can make her a game-changer.

“Cassidie is a tough interior defender and brings some physicality to our team. We are going to be depending on her inside to set the tone and rebound. Addy is a very versatile player who can play all over the floor. She is strong enough to finish inside and has a great outside shot.”

The Eagles hope it all adds up to another conference championship and another long section run.

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LQPV's Regan Johnson looks for room to move against a trio of Minneota defenders. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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