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Paynesville Bulldogs look to climb out of CMC cellar

Team returns four starters: Reiter, Knustleben, Hennen, Carlson

PAYNESVILLE — A combined 10-92 over the past four seasons, Paynesville is ready to start trending upward in the Central Minnesota Conference.

And in order to do that, the Bulldogs have four returning starters they’ll need to make some progress.

“We may not have any standout players in the ‘statistics column,’ but we sure hope to in the ‘let’s out-work them column,’” said third-year head coach Phil Carlson. “We should be improved in every aspect of the game.”

A trio of seniors look to get Paynesville out of the doghouse in 5-foot-4 guard/wing Kali Reiter, 5-8 forward Harley Kunstleben and 5-7 forward Lindy Hennen. Sophomore Macy Carlson is also back as a returning starter at guard.

Reiter, Kunstleben and Hennen, along with fellow senior Grace Utsch, hope to elevate the Bulldogs after the graduation of Kylie Everson, Sophie Strand and Taylor Reiter.

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The junior class includes Erica Gaebe, Kendra Schleper and Natalie Lieser. Along with Carlson, the sophomores are Maddie Hentges and Mikayla Roberg. Freshman Katie Uhlenkamp and eighth-grader Emma Flanders are also listed on the varsity roster.

“As a group, we need to make an impact,” Coach Carlson said.

The last Paynesville team to reach double-digit wins was in 2013-14 when the Bulldogs wrapped up the year at 13-11.

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