Prep softball preview: Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels fueled by sky-high goals
After falling one game short of a Class A state title in 2022, the Rebels have their sights set on another deep postseason run.
Head coach: Kelly Goeb
Assistant coaches: Tonya Benzie, Mark Carlson and Megan Hoeft
Returning starters: "We are fortunate to have many returning starters, including pitchers Sarah Christy and Alexis Hoffmann," Moose Lake-Willow River head coach Kelly Goeb said. "Our other returners include Sandra Ribich at first base, Megan Hattenberger at second, Hallie Klavu now at shortstop, Lily Kahara in right field and Hannah Roach now in center field."
New Faces: "We are working on a couple of new catchers this year: Madison Wasche and Jorja Jusczak," Goeb said. "We are also looking at Mackenzie Hoffmann to move up from JV and play third base for us."
Team Strengths: "Our girls are coming off of a successful season last year and are hungry to return to the state tournament again this year. We have experienced pitchers, which should help lead our team deep into the playoffs.
Biggest Challenge: "Our six-year starting catcher graduated last year; those will be some big shoes to fill," Goeb said. "But we have a couple of players ready to step up and take on the challenge."
Goals and expectations: "Our girls have set big goals for themselves this year," Goeb said. "If we all stay focused, we hope to still be playing in June!"