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Cobra Kids turn in strong season
MLBO, RRC/WWG gear up
The 2012 youth gymnastics
season sawa smaller group of
Cobra Kids gymnasts, but a
very competitive squad.
The team took part in four
dual meets and came away
with two dual meet victories.
Along the way, the gymnasts
developedskillsandbuiltafun
team environment.
“We had a great group of
kids to work with,” Coach
CherylBass said. “Wehadone
group of girls to work with.
We were able to focus a bit
more with the smaller group.
We had a nice range of skills
and personalities and it went
very well.
“There’salotof talent inthe
gym, and hopefully they con-
tinue toworkon their skills in
the off-season and come back
ready to go next year.”
Bass noted that some of
the team goals had to do with
individual skills, particularly
whenit came tovaultandfloor
exercise.
By season’s end, nearly ev-
erykidonthe teamwasable to
do certain skills on the floor.
“The kids worked very
hard to reach their goals,”
Bass said. “And if we want to
keep the high school program
going, we have to continue to
keep the interest level high
among the kids in the youth
levels. The girls this year had
a high energy level.
“The skills really came
alongthisyear.Myhopeis that
once the girls hit high school,
they’ll continuewithgymnas-
tics. There is definitely talent
there.”
In youth gymnastics, par-
ticipants are divided into
divisionsbasedonage:Novice
(ages 9 and under), Childrens
(ages 10-11), Juniors (ages 12-
13) and Seniors (ages 14 and
over).
The participants compete
against others their own age,
with the top overall scores
used to determine the team
scores.
“What I see a lot is how
quickly the skills develop as
the kids are growing,” Bass
said. “Thekidsaredeveloping
theirpersonalities,but they’re
learning how to compete and
have fun. They get along great
together. And when they’re
finally able to do a particular
skill, the expression on their
faces is priceless.”
Basswasjoinedonthecoach-
ing staff by Brady Bass.
Season highlights
Jan. 6 at Redwood:
The
Cobra Kids claimed a 100.55-
93.8 win over Redwood Valley
Mystics.
Individually,HaleyJoeBass
swept the events in the junior
division, winning vault (8.5),
bars (6.1), beam(7.4),floor (8.1)
and all-around (30.1). Londyn
Espensonwas second on floor
(6.5).
In the children’s division,
Mareah Carlson was first on
vault (8.1), beam (5.3) and
floor (7.8) and first all-around
(24.65).ReeganElder tookfirst
on bars (4.35). Hannah Rahn
was second on vault (7.95)
and floor (6.3) and third all-
around (22.2). Tatum Paulson
was third on floor (5.9) and
Meadow Espenson was third
on vault (7.95).
Inthenovicedivision,Kate-
lyn Nichols was first on floor
(5.6), secondonvault (7.4),bars
(3.5) andall-around (20.25) and
third on beam (3.75). Kenya
Duroe was first on vault (7.8),
secondonbeam(4.8) and third
all-around (20.0). Brooklyn
Paulson was second on floor
(5.5) and Carly Osland was
third on bars (2.8).
Jan. 16 at Worthington:
Swags Saltos won the meet
with a score of 112.55. Cobra
Kids were second (100.7) and
Swags Aeriels was third
(78.0).
HaleyJoeBass swept the in-
dividual events in the juniors
division, winning vault (8.3),
bars (6.7), beam (7.8), floor
(7.65) and all-around (30.45).
Londyn Espenson was third
all-around (20.75).
In the childrens division,
Mareah Carlson was second
on vault (8.1) and third on
floor (7.3).
In the novice division, Ke-
nya Duroe was third on vault
(7.3) and third on beam (4.8).
KatelynNicholswas third all-
around (20.2).
Feb. 2 meet at Welcome:
Martin County Area Shoot-
ing Stars won the meet with
106.4. CobraKidswere second
with a 105.45 while the MCA
Twinkling Stars were third
(74.35). No individual results
were kept.
Feb. 16meetvs. Luverne:
In the lone home meet of the
year, Cobra Kids won with a
score of 103.1. Luverne Red
wassecond (94.3) andLuverne
White was third (70.05).
Inthe juniordivision,Haley
Joe Bass was first on vault
(8.55), bars (6.8), beam (8.1),
floor (8.25) and all-around
(31.7). Londyn Espenson was
third on vault (7.35).
In the Childrens 2 division,
Hannah Rahn took first on
vault (8.4), beam (5.95) and all-
around (24.45) andwas second
on bars (2.9) and floor (7.2).
Mareah Carlson was first on
bars (4.0) and floor (7.65) and
second all-around (24.35), sec-
ond on vault (7.3) and second
on beam (5.4).
In the Childrens 1 division,
ReeganElderwasfirstonvault
(7.65) and beam (4.75), third
on bars (3.4) and second all-
around (21.4). Tatum Paulson
was second on floor (6.4) and
Meadow Espenson was third
on floor (7.0).
In the Novice 2 division,
Katelyn Nichols was first
on beam (4.8), third on vault
(6.1) and bars (3.0) and first
all-around (20.1).
In the Novice 1 division,
BrooklynPaulsonwas second
on vault (5.5), beam (2.55) and
floor (6.0) and second all-
around (16.15). Ellie Maricle
was third on beam (2.5) and
floor (5.3).
FILE PHOTO
MLBO CATCHER Matt Willaby
tags out Windom’s Drake
Borsgard during a game last
season.
The Red Rock Conference
baseball scene looks to be as
competitive as ever.
Both Mt. Lake-Butterfield-
Odin and Red Rock Central/
Westbrook-WalnutGrovehope
tomake an impact inwhat fig-
ures to be the tightest league
race in several seasons.
MLBO Wolverines
MLBOgets the seasonoff to
a late start due to its extended
basketball run,but theWolver-
ines return plenty of talent.
MLBObuilt a deep pitching
staff a year ago, ledby seniors
BeauHerrigandBlakeSpinks
and sophomore Carter Kirk.
Seniors Cody Penner and
Kaleb Grev also return with
considerable mound duty.
MLBO returns senior Matt
Willaby behind the plate.
Around the infield, MLBO
brings back Herrig at first,
Spinks at second, Penner
at short and Carter Kirk at
third. Grev and senior Jared
Karschnik return as regular
outfielders for theWolverines.
MLBO also brings back desig-
nated hitter Jordan Kirk.
Wolverine coach Shawn
Naas sees Murray County
Central and Adrian as early
favorites in the Red Rock
Conference, adding thatRRC/
WWG, Southwestern United
and newly-paired Edgerton-
Southwest Christianall bring
back talented teams.
RRC/WWG Falcons
RRC/WWG comes into the
season with a luxury it has
rarelyhadinrecentyears.The
Falcons bring back their en-
tire roster from a year ago.
Nearly the entire Falcon
rosterwill beasked to take the
moundthroughout theseason,
led by seniors Jake Comnick,
Dylan Bunting, Bryan Bierl,
Daniel Maras, LoganWillhite
and Taylor Vollmer, juniors
Brady Bierl, Jeff DeCock and
Henry Rogotzke and sopho-
more Colby Davis.
The Falcons return all-
conference catcher Maras
and are experienced around
the infield, led by juniors
Rogotzke and Brady Bierl
at first, Vollmer at second,
DeCock at short and Willhite
at third.
In the outfield, the Falcons
bring back talent and speed
with Bunting in left, junior
Andy Merrick in center and
Comnick in right. Junior Bri-
an Hagberg will also compete
for time in the outfield.
Coach Derrick Jenniges
noted the key to his team
this year will be pitching and
defense.
Jenniges points to Murray
County Central and MLBO
as the early favorites in the
conference race.
FALCON BASEBALL
Home games at Lamberton or
Westbrook
All games at 4:30 p.m., unless
noted
Home games in bold
4-2.....................at Minneota, 5 p.m.
4-3.......................... Springfield (L)
4-5.................................. at Windom
4-9............................St. James (L)
4-10.................................. SWU (L)
4-12...................... at MCC (Slayton)
4-17...............................ESWC (W)
4-19............................... Adrian (L)
4-20. at RV (Redwood Falls), 5 p.m.
4-23...........................Lakeview (L)
4-24................................MLBO (L)
5-1................. at SWU (Heron Lake)
5-3....................................MCC (L)
5-4........................at JCC (Jackson)
5-8...................at ESWC (Edgerton)
5-10................................... at Adrian
5-14...........................Wabasso (L)
5-15.................. at MLBO (Mt. Lake)
5-17...................................TMB (L)
5-22............................ at RTR (Tyler)
WOLVERINE
BASEBALL
Home games at Munson Field,
Mt. Lake
All games at 4:30 p.m. unless
noted
Home games in bold
4-10.................at ESWC (Edgerton)
4-12..................................... Adrian
4-14...at MCW Tour (Welc.), 10 a.m.
4-16................................St. James
4-17........................................MCC
4-19............... at SWU (Heron Lake)
4-20...........................CM-Comfrey
4-23............at LCWM (Lake Crystal)
4-24....... at RRC/WWG (Lamberton)
4-27................................ at Windom
5-1....................................... ESWC
5-3..................................... at Adrian
5-8........................ at MCC (Slayton)
5-10........................................SWU
5-12... at Wabasso (Milroy), 12 p.m.
5-15..............................RRC/WWG
5-21.................... Minneota, 5 p.m.
Local teams set sights high in ’12
FILE PHOTO
ALL-CONFERENCE infielder
Haley Hamilton (1) returns to
lead MLBO this season.
The area fastpitch softball
season gets underway this
week.
Mt. Lake-Butterfield-Odin
and Red Rock Central/West-
brook-Walnut Grove both fig-
ure tobeprominent players in
the Red Rock Conference title
chase with an eye on compet-
ing in the postseason.
MLBO Wolverines
MLBO brings back nearly
its entire teamfromayearago
with depth at every position.
Anchoring the Wolverines
will be the veteran pitching
duo of senior McKenzie Hop-
wood and junior Janessa Pe-
ters.MargaretKispertreturns
behind the plate.
Around the infield, Paige
Brown returns at first base,
all-conference senior Haley
Hamilton is back at second
with Bailey Koch, Maggie
Wahdahn or Briana Wolff at
third and either Hopwood or
Peters at short.
MLBO brings back all-
conference center fielder Bri-
anna Wenner and .400 hitter
Natalie Junker in left field.
Right field will be a platoon
betweenWolff,MariKremmin
and Andi Rojas.
MLBO Coach Dennis Stade
sees Murray County Central,
Edgerton and Adrian as the
early Red Rock Conference
favorites, while Mankato
Loyola, Martin County West
and Lake Crystal-Wellcome
Memorial will be favorites in
Section 2A South
WOLVERINE
FASTPITCH
Home games at Munson Field,
Mt. Lake
All games at 4:30 p.m. unless
noted
Home games in bold
4-2........................at JCC (Jackson)
4-3...........................at MT (Madelia)
4-5............................... Sleepy Eye
4-10..................................... ESWC
4-12................. at Adrian (Ellsworth)
4-14...at MCW Tour (Welc.), 10 a.m.
4-16..............................at St. James
4-17...................... at MCC (Slayton)
4-19........................................SWU
4-20.................... at CMC (Comfrey)
4-24..............................RRC/WWG
4-30................................ at Windom
5-1...................at ESWC (Edgerton)
5-3....................................... Adrian
5-4............................SE St. Mary’s
5-8..........................................MCC
5-10.................... at SWU (Brewster)
5-15...........at RRC/WWG (Sanborn)
5-17............................ at Springfield
RRC/WWG Falcons
RRC/WWG returns seven
seniors, meaning of fense
should be solid. But the Fal-
cons’ success could hinge on
pitching.
Top pitching prospects
going in are seniors Aubrey
Willhite and Kali Davis and
sophomore Taylor Willhite.
RRC/WWG brings back a vet-
eran catcher in junior Angela
Hannemann.
Around the infield, RRC/
WWG is led by seniors Kla-
rissa Larsen, Katie Halter,
Davis and Katie Dusek. The
Falcons bring back starters
Katie Larsen and Kendra
Hagert in the outfield.
StevensonfeelsthatMurray
County Central, Edgerton-
Southwest Christian and
MLBO are the early favorites
in the Red Rock Conference,
with the favorites in Section
3AA being Pipestone, Red-
wood Valley, New Ulm and
Jackson County Central.
FALCON
FASTPITCH
Home games at Sanborn
All games at 4:30 p.m. unless
noted
Home games in bold
4-3.............................. at Springfield
4-5.................................. at Windom
4-10................... at SWU (Okabena)
4-12........................................MCC
4-13...........................CM-Comfrey
4-16..................... Redwood Valley
4-17..................................... ESWC
4-19................. at Adrian (Ellsworth)
4-20.......................... at TMB (Tracy)
4-24.................. at MLBO (Mt. Lake)
4-27.......................... at Worthington
5-1..........................................SWU
5-3........................ at MCC (Slayton)
5-4................................. at Wabasso
5-8...................at ESWC (Edgerton)
5-10..................................... Adrian
5-12...... at JCC Tour. (Jack.), 9 a.m.
5-15......................................MLBO
Track teams look to contend in section
The area track and field
scene is filled with talent
and teams from around the
region are hoping to make
their names known at the
Section 3A Meet on May 31 in
Pipestone.
Mt. Lake-Butterfield-Odin,
Mt. Lake Christian and West-
brook-Walnut Grove/Red
Rock Central all have high
hopes of high placings at the
sectionmeetandrepresenting
the region at the state meet.
MLBO Wolverines
Mt. Lake-Butterfield-Odin
sustained heavy losses to
graduation on the girls side,
while the boys team is off to a
late start due to the extended
basketball season.
The Wolverine girls will
look to fill the holes left by
graduationwithasmall group
of returners. The team has
four seniors in Laura Roms-
dahl, Breonna Ommodt, Jes-
sica Sawatzky and Lounnee
Soutthivong. MLBO brings
back no juniors.
Sophomores returning are
Rachel Dukes, Mikayla Falk,
Brooke Fast, Stacey Harder,
Hannah Stoesz and Jordan
Syverson. Freshmen return-
ing are Lydia Hildebrandt,
Brianna Soutthivong and
Bailey Freitag.
For the boys, the challenge
will be different. MLBO was
young last year and looks
to continue its growth this
season.
Leading the way will be a
strong group of upperclass-
men. Seniors include Stuart
Blomgren, Tony Donkhong,
NathanDukes, DylanOeltjen-
bruns and Billy Soutthivong.
Juniors are Michael Bartch,
Tyler Friesen, Chris Gisch,
Chris Heffele, Cole Jackson,
Britton Pankratz, Marco San-
chez andAlex Schultz. Sopho-
mores are Josh Fast, Zach
Frederickson, Jose Gonzales,
Hunter Quiring and Demar
Rodney.
WOLVERINE TRACK
Home meets at Munson Field
Home meets in bold
3-27..............MSU Indoor, time TBA
4-5................O/A Invite, 4:15 p.m.
4-13..........Anchor Adv., 4:15 p.m.
4-17.Fulda Inv. (Slayton), 4:15 p.m.
4-26.......... Prog. Chiro., 4:15 p.m.
5-1.................. St. James, 4:30 p.m.
5-4.........................Fairmont, 4 p.m.
5-8................Sleepy Eye, 4:15 p.m.
5-10................. Worthington, 4 p.m.
5-17..... RRC Meet (Slayton), 4 p.m.
5-24........... Sub-Section (Windom),
......................................... 3:30 p.m.
5-31.Section 3A (Pipestone), 2 p.m.
6-8, 9.....State (Hamline U)
WWG/
RRC Chargers
Westbrook-Walnut Grove/
Red Rock Central comes into
the season with only two se-
niorsbutwithsomepromising
individuals.
The Charger girls are led
by senior Maddie Frank in
the hurdles and jumps and
junior Chloe Arfsten in the
pole vault. Other returners
are Hailey Osland, Melanie
Kedl, Tyra Missling, Macy
Simonson,AlexaByers,Madi-
son Takle, Sawyer Helgeson,
Tayler Shannon and Juliana
Pederson. Newcomers for
the Chargers include Maddie
Hemp and Taylor Lopez.
The lone senior for the
boys is Brandon Stevens in
the throws. Other Charger
returners include Levi Bun-
ting, BrodyWilliams,Andrew
Benson, Matthew Benson,
Alex Burns, Tyson Berg,
Tanner Pederson and Derek
Christians. WWG/RRC also
has promising newcomers in
Jeff DeCock, Lasse Bahr and
Matheus Vitor.
CHARGERS TRACK
4-3....................Fairmont, 4:15 p.m.
4-5.................... Mt. Lake, 4:15 p.m.
4-10........................ Luverne, 4 p.m.
4-19......................Redwood, 4 p.m.
4-24.............................Tracy, 4 p.m.
4-26................. Worthington, 4 p.m.
5-1....................... Pipestone, 4 p.m.
5-3........SWU (Worthington), 4 p.m.
5-10...... Worthington Trojan, 4 p.m.
5-14........ Windom Eagle, 3:30 p.m.
5-17......Red Rock (Slayton), 4 p.m.
5-24....S-S 9A (Windom), 3:30 p.m.
5-31..... Section (Pipestone), 2 p.m.
6-8, 9..................State (Hamline U.)
Girls/
SWC
filled with talent
F r om pa g e 1 7
ago and will probably work
in relief.”
Behind theplate, theEagles
bring back all-conference
senior Abby Hayenga, whose
role was severly limited by
injury a year ago.
“Abby is healthy and she’s
beenfantasticsofar thisyear,”
Vesey said. “She’s been very
positive and that can go a long
waytowardhelping therestof
ouryoung team.Havingherat
catcher lets us play everyone
else at the proper positions.”
That means having an in-
fieldalignmentondayonethat
Vesey hopes will last through
the season.
“Gina Hauge has the talent
to play a number of positions
for us, but I think we’re going
towant toputheratfirstbase,”
Vesey said. “That’s the place
we can best maximize her tal-
ent. She’sgreatondefenseand
solid at the plate.
“Sami Petersen was a girl
who was out of position all
year last year. This year,
we’re starting her at short-
stop, which is a natural fit
for her.”
Sarah Theesfeld returns
at second base while Jamie
Symens returns at third base.
MeeganHansoncouldalsosee
time at either position, while
Meghan Vesey and Redmond
couldplayinthe infieldif they
aren’t pitching. Rachel Witt
will back up at first base.
In the outfield, the Eagles
will have a couple of question
marks.ReturningstarterAmy
Elston will be out early in the
yeardue tomono.Veseyhopes
togetherbacklater intheyear.
Redmondwill likely step in as
a replacement. Megan Thees-
feld returns in center with
Meegan Hanson in right.
Vesey added the team has
capable options for a desig-
nated player in Rachel Witt
and Becca Silberman.
If the Eagle offense can
generate runs, Vesey feels the
pitching and defensewill lead
to wins.
But that will be a challenge
in the Southwest Conference
and Section 3A. Vesey sees
PipestoneandRedwoodValley
as the favorites in the SWC,
withMurray County Central,
Wabasso and Edgerton as the
subsection favorites.