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LQPV is aiming for a Camden Conference title

The Eagles hope for a return to the conference championship after falling in 2019

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MADISON — Lac qui Parle Valley is on par to be in the running for the Camden Conference championship in softball.

The Eagles finished the 2019 season at 19-6, nearly making their way to state before falling to Edgerton/Southwest Christian to advance to state. Two seasons later, LQPV still looks to be on the verge of continuing that success in the new season, currently owning a 4-1 record, only falling to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in a doubleheader split on Friday.

Despite being able to only have some summer practices last summer, coach Janet Larsen is happy about playing official softball with her team this season.

“It’s been real fun to get them back,” she said. “Knowing that we are basically just building off a pretty skinny year of competition and practices alone, it’s impressive to see … They’re aggressive, they’re eager and they’re all hungry.”

LQPV will be looking for success from Cassandra Olson, Rylee Sawatzky, Macie Lund and Tori Bumgarden throughout the remainder of the season. Each is strong in the outfield and at the plate.

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With the Eagles averaging 16 runs a game, with an average winning score of 14.5 runs, LQPV is on the verge of obtaining its goal of being conference champion. Larsen says the team is primarily focused on playing its best softball, but has its eyes set on having a re-do of the conference title.

“We’re running and gunning for a conference championship,” Larsen said. “We’d love to get back to that championship game.”

Matthew Curry is a sports reporter and photographer for the West Central Tribune.
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