WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24, 2011 - INTER-COUNTY LEADER - FALL SPORTS PREVIEW - SECTION C - PAGE 13
WEBSTER TIGERS VOLLEYBALL ROSTER
SENIORS: Sarah Nyberg, Chelsea Larson. JUNIORS: Amber Davis, Gabby Schiller, Brianna Phernetton, Danielle Pardun, Jill Holmstrom. SOPHOMORES: Marissa Elliott, Alex Holmstrom, Sarah Thielke, Ashley Dietmeier, Sydney Stellrecht, Tami Quatmann, Kayla Hatfield. FRESHMEN: Christina Weis, Ashley Davis, Raelyn Tretsven, Mallory Daniels, Kenna Gall, Stefani Wambolt, Diana Jennings, Jacqueline Weber, Sydni Schultz, Alexis Peipho, Samantha Emberson, Marissa Elmblad.
HEAD COACH: Mindy Widiker.
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by Marty Seeger body, and see how much they’ve grown and imLeader staff writer WEBSTER – The Tigers proved over time,” Widiker finished tied for second said. Losing a trove of starting place in the conference last seniors can leave season behind a team searching Grantsburg, losing for replacements, just two conference but the newcomgames. They eveners, according to tually ended their Widiker, are season in the secready to go. ond round of the “We’re young, playoffs to the Pibut they’re eager rates. and athletic, The Tigers had which is nice, experience on their and they’re willside as they started Mindy Widiker ing to work hard six seniors on a and learn. So I regular basis, but things have changed a bit think that’ll be one of their this fall, as the team will be strengths,” Widiker said. It’ll be a different schedworking with just two seniors, which include Sarah ule too, for the Tigers, and Nyberg and Chelsea Larson. the other Lakeland West Both players filled in nicely teams, which include Fredlast season, recorded lots of eric, Grantsburg, Luck, St. time on the varsity court, Croix Falls, Siren, Unity and and should provide a lot of Webster. Instead of playing leadership for the team. conference foes just once There are a handful of other like they did last season, athletes who filled in last teams will play each other year as well, and coach twice. So it’s anyone’s guess Mindy Widiker is looking who will come out on top forward to seeing how this season, but Webster could be right in the mix. they’ll compete. “We’re excited to get the season started, see how we’ll match up with every-
The Webster Tigers volleyball team is young this season, but they have a lot of athleticism and drive to compete at a high level. – File photo by Marty Seeger
Squad hopes to build on past success and camaraderie this season
“I am excited to see the growing camaraderie that the girls have shown already this year,” Fogarty said. “We also have a lot of new players that have proven their potential to the varsity team this summer. I’m excited to see how our new doubles teams work out together, as well as a strong singles line by Greg Marsten up ready to take charge.” Leader staff writer She thinks every school in the formiBALSAM LAKE – The Unity/Luck dable Middle Border Conference is a key cooperative tennis squad is hoping to opponent. “We need to treat every make this a memorable season. With match as the most important in order to three years under her belt, veteran head be competitive in our conference,” she coach Beth Fogarty also has a strong said. group across the board, and a solid supThe Unity/Luck squad has several port staff in Tom and Jane Hoffman and strong returning singles players in reveteran Unity tennis star Jessi Kutina. turning this year in Anna Ebensperger, While her coaching staff is rich in tal- Julie Franzel and Elizabeth Thuerkoff. ent and experience, Fogarty’s players are “They have been giving each other a definitely a strength, as she noticed early run for their money already this season on. with challenge matches,” Fogarty said. “They’re proving to be a high threat this season.” While the squad lost some key seniors, she has confidence in her new faces. “Every year, we’ve lost a handful of senElizabeth Thuerkoff iors. Every year Coach Beth Fogarty Julie Franzel
The Unity/Luck tennis team continues to grow and become successful year after year. This season looks no different. – Photo by Greg Marsten
we have also gained athletes new to the game,” She said. “The first few matches are going to be key for our new teammates to get the experience needed to help them later in the season.”
UNITY/LUCK TENNIS ROSTER
SENIORS: Julie Franzel, Emily Petzel, Elizabeth Thuerkoff. JUNIORS: Anna Ebensperger, Kelsy Johnson. SOPHOMORES: Sierra Thomfohrda, Tess Anderson, Kayla Bramsen. FRESHMEN: Leslie Peterson, Emily Ferguson, Beth Johnson, Nicole Paulzine, Destinie Kobs.
HEAD COACH: Beth Fogarty VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT COACHES: Jane Hoffman, Tom Hoffman, Jessica Kutina