Cross-country preview: Moose Lake-Willow River/Barnum
The Rebels return their core of runners from 2018 and will look to challenge in a competitive Section 7A; the season begins with the North Shore Challenge Thursday, Aug. 29 in Grand Marais.
Head coach: Adam Whelan
Assistant coach: Andy Wyman
Returning varsity boys: Maverick Koecher, Tan Dipman, Johnny Danelski, Shawn Bailey, Joseph Mikrot
Returning varsity girls: Coriella Sheetz, Kelli Granquist, Lilly Petty, Savannah Gamst, Laya Danelski
New faces to watch, boys: Sam Stadin, Chance Lunde, Caden Durkin
New faces to watch, girls: Shannon Granquist
Strength: “Both boys and girls varsity teams have most of their core returning from last year, which helps with leadership and transitioning new runners,” Whelan said. “The team aspect to the sport is also very important to our runners, which I feel brings out the best in our athletes.”
Biggest challenge: “Running in one of the top sections in the state is always a challenge, both as a team and for individuals looking to place high in the Section Meet in October,” Whelan said.