Rebels win as a team, program continues to shine
By: Tyler Korby, Pine Journal
MOOSE LAKE, Minn. – Every day Moose Lake-Willow River softball practice was supposed to be over at 5:30 p.m. But head coach Katy Collier just couldn’t get her girls off the diamond because they were just having too much fun.
The Rebels’ hard work and fun at practice guided them to a solid 11-5 overall record at seasons end – an improvement on their 11-9 mark last year. They knocked out Pequot Lakes and lost to eventual Class AA state champ Hermantown.
Clearly, Collier is turning the Rebel program around, but it’s not just by winning – it’s by winning as a team and she’s proud of it.
“We win with teamwork, flat out,” said Collier, who has coached the team for five years. “This is an exceptional group of young women. They have worked hard as a team and truly love the game. I cannot express how proud I am of these girls and I hope the lessons we learned together maintain their value over the years.”
Moose Lake-Willow River will lose four seniors in shortstop Amanda Larson, third baseman Samantha Juhl, first baseman Hillary Peterson and outfielder Sonya Cervenka. But with the fun they’re having and a number of talented young players returning to the diamond next season, one would be crazy to bet against the Rebels.