Softball preview: Moose Lake-Willow River to rely on 'core' of juniors

The Rebels' first game is April 15 against South Ridge.

Moose Lake-Willow River junior Natalie Mikrot swings at a pitch during a 2019 game against Duluth Denfeld. (Dave Harwig / File / Pine Journal)

Head coach: Kelly Goeb

Assistant coaches: Mark Carlson, Tonya Benzie, Megan Hoeft

Returning starters: Juniors Natalie Mikrot, Janna Bode, Gabby Gamst, Maci Kukuk; sophomore Sarah Christy

New faces: Sophomores Alexis Hoffman, Hannah Roach; freshmen Lily Kahara, Megan Hattenberger; eighth graders Hallie Klavu, Sandra Ribich, Mackenzie Hoffmann

First game: April 15 at South Ridge


Team strengths: " Our team chemistry is a big strength for us," coach Kelly Goeb said. "This group of players know they have great potential as a team and are willing to work hard to be successful."

Biggest challenge: "As with most teams, missing last season is one less year of experience for our girls," Goeb said. "But for us, that hits us hard because we are overall a young team. We have a great core group of juniors that have played together for many years. Combining their knowledge and enthusiasm with the younger players' inexperience will determine how well we do this season."

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