Prep cross-country: Rebels hope strong team chemistry leads to success
The Rebels boast a promising mix of young runners eager to take the next step at the next level, along with multiple veterans ready to lead the way.
Head coach: Adam Whelan
Assistant coaches: Andy Wyman, Spencer Walton and Katelynn Gullickson
Boys: Shawn Bailey, Murray Salzer, Elliott Wasche, Gavin Thiry, Chet Giersdorf-Thompson and Magnus Koecher.
Girls: Brooklyn Wasche, Amelia Olson, Izzy Dewey, Shannon Granquist, Ella Heaton and Brooklyn Peterson.
New Faces: "We have quite a few new runners this year that could make an impact, as well as returning runners who could make the step up to varsity. We're excited to see what happens," Moose Lake/Willow River/Barnum head coach Adam Whelan said. "Some newcomers to watch would be Eli Berger, Olivia Jutila and Danica Wyman."
Team Strengths: "(We have) great team chemistry and work ethic. We have a good group of upperclassmen who lead by example and really set the tone for workouts," Whelan said.
Team Weakness: "I would say our biggest weakness is figuring out who will take the roles of runners who graduated or left from the previous season," Whelan explained.
Biggest Challenge: "We have a great section and conference with good runners and coaches. Competing against these local schools is always a big and fun challenge for our team," Whelan said.