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Young Tigers hope to compete in another tough conference

by Greg Marsten Leader staff writer WEBSTER – The Tigers step onto the court for 2012 with high hopes for a strong West Lake-land season behind 12year coach Mindy Widiker, who led the squad to a 5-7 conference record last season and an 8-9 overall mark, ending with a first-round WIAA Regional loss to rival St. Croix Falls. Widiker noted that the squad is young Coach Widiker

Webster volleyball

and has some growing to do, but that could also mean they surprise some folks. “Our weakness is we are a young team and have plenty to learn yet. But I’m excited to see how this team will progress and develop as the season gets under way,” she said. The Tigers have five returning players who are all key, according to Widiker. “I’m looking for different contributions from all five of them: Gabby Schiller, Jill Holmstrom, Marissa Elliott, Alex Holmstrom, Raelyn Tretsven and Christina Weis,” she said. “Our strengths this season are yet to be determined.” Webster finished solidly in the middle of the pack last year, but also had some strong upsets and made every set count. Widiker thinks they can again be a contender, and like most local coaches, recognizes the quality of the conference, compared to some parts of the state. “My outlook is that it should be a tough conference as always with a lot of great teams playing this season,” she said. WEBSTER TIGERS VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

Jill Holmstrom

Gabby Schiller

Alex Holmstrom

Marissa Elliott

SENIORS: Gabby Schiller, Jill Holmstrom. JUNIORS: Alexandria Holmstrom, Marissa Elliott, Sydney Stellrecht, Ashley Dietmeier, Kayla Hatfield, Julieta Dipiazza, Ashley Starks. SOPHOMORES: Kenna Gall, Raelyn Tretsven, Christina Weis, Sydni Schultz, Sam Emberson, Diana Jennings. FRESHMEN: Lydia Wilson, Caitlynn Hopkins, Bailey Woodford, Kaitlyn Moser.


VARSITY COACH: Mindy Widiker. JV COACH: Stefanie Janssen.

Sydney Stellrecht

Ashley Dietmeier

The Webster volleyball team could surprise a few teams this season with a younger core group of girls. – Leader file photo

Kenna Gall

Raelyn Tretsven

Christina Weis

Lydia Wilson

FREDERIC CROSS COUNTRY Vikings to hit the ground running again

by Marty Seeger Leader staff writer FREDERIC – After going through an entire season without a cross-country pro-gram, the Frederic Vikings are back on the scene this season. Only four girls are on the roster this year, but it’s a start to a program that used to be one of the area's best in both boys and girls. “It was a group of athletes that came through that were just an athletic group of kids that fed off each other and Coach Larcom pushed each other,” said new head coach Jeff Larcom. “Now it's time to start something new.” Vikings junior Abigail Brightbill was on the team as a freshman and was instrumental in bringing the program back Rachael Poirier, Tylyn O'Brien, Abigail Brightbill, Nicole Nelson and Coach Larcom are renewing the tradition of through talking to administration. cross-country in Frederic this year, after the school suspended the program last year. – Photo by Marty Seeger “She’s our experienced cross-country athlete. Everyone else is new to the program,” said Larcom, who has been coach- points), but it's four girls I get to take to a the school year last spring, he had several some stuff from the experiences in cross ing much of his life. He’s been the meet and they can compete,” Larcom boys thinking of going out for cross coun- country. That’s what I’m after.” Frederic girls track coach for the past said, but added that the girls are working try, but they decided to play football instead. FREDERIC CROSS COUNTRY seven years. Other girls include one hard and improving steadily. “From my perspective, if kids are Larcom said he will start trying to work ROSTER freshman, Nicole Nelson, and the two JUNIORS: Rachael Poirier, Tylyn O'Brien, Abigail Brightbill. other juniors, Tylyn O’Brien and Rachael on recruiting middle school athletes as doing something, that’s good enough for FRESHMAN: Nicole Nelson. well as encourage more athletes to join me,” he said. “It’s the kids that aren’t COACH Poirier. once the school year begins. At the end of doing anything that maybe could gain HEAD COACH: Jeff Larcom. “It doesn’t constitute a team (for

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