High school softball preview
Fargo Davies Coach: Dave Marquardt (2nd season) Last year's record: 7-16, 3-13 Eastern Dakota Conference Who's gone: Kendra Pahl, P; Shayla Gustafson, OF; McKenzie Kjos, 1B; Tawnie Solem, RF Who's back: Carla Binde, Fr., P; Hayli Bauer, Sr., SS; ...
Coach: Dave Marquardt (2nd season)
Last year's record: 7-16, 3-13 Eastern Dakota Conference
Who's gone: Kendra Pahl, P; Shayla Gustafson, OF; McKenzie Kjos, 1B; Tawnie Solem, RF
Who's back: Carla Binde, Fr., P; Hayli Bauer, Sr., SS; Shelby Malmanger, Soph., C; Hunter Hendrickson, Soph., 2B; Morgan Smith, Fr., LF
Coach's comments: "We are going to be a very young team," Marquardt said. "I see the first few games getting the girls used to varsity softball, but the girls have developed their skills over the summer and have been working hard. I look forward to this season, and I am excited for the future as many of these girls will be on the varsity for several years."
Coach: Jessica Winter (1st season)
Last year's record: 0-23, 0-16 EDC
Who's gone: Katie Unterseher, 1B/P
Who's back: Josette Lepine, Sr., 3B; Emily Grothmann, Soph., C/SS; Sydney Shiek, Soph. , P; Elizabeth Bresson, Sr., 1B; Katelyn Krabbenhoft, Sr., DP
Coach's comments: "We are coming together as a team," Winter said. "We shuffled around some of the positions this spring, which I think will make us a better defensive team than we were last year."
Coach: Aaron Kliniske (2nd season)
Last year's record: 20-10, 12-4 EDC
Who's gone: Mara Teschendorf 3B/C, Jordan Novacek P/2B; Kaia Nygord 1B.
Who's back: Courtney Johnson, Sr., CF; Anna Mellick, Jr., C/OF, Morgan Shelton, Sr., SS; April Krenelka, Sr., RF; Keely Spiess, Jr., 2B
Coach's comments: "We have a little more pitching depth than we did last year," Kliniske said. "We are also a little quicker this year. We have some younger girls that we can fill in as pinch-runners when we need some speed on the bases."
Fargo Oak Grove
Coach: Sam Ankrum (1st year)
Last year's record: 13-14, 10-6 EDC
Who's gone: Dayton Schwan, C; Kayla Eide, P/2B; Madison Underwood, 2B/OF
Who's back: Madison Smith, Sr., 1B; Tristin Webber, Sr., 2B; Maddie Little, Sr., OF; Mackenzie McCormick, Sr., OF; Marissa Schons, Jr., C; Molly Schmidt, Fr., P
Coach's comments: "We will be a good fielding team and we have a lot of good hitters on the roster, so we should be able to do well offensively this spring," Ankrum said. "We have a lot of younger players on the team that have been stepping up and improving during practice."
Coach: Pat Johnson (20th year)
Last year's record: 33-2, 16-0 EDC (Class A state champions, East Region champions)
Who's gone: Sydney Greenlund, C; Brook Rheault, INF; Katie Woodbury CF; Harley Andel, OF
Who's back: Brittany Rheault, Jr., P; Jolene Woodbury, Sr., P/OF; Michaela Liebl, Jr., C; Lexi Lennon, Sr., 3B; Ashley Sather, Sr., SS; Jordyn Johnson, Sr., OF.
Coach's comments: "Everything seems to be coming together so far, but our hitting will be a little better than our fielding at the beginning of the year," Johnson said. "Hopefully we will be able to produce runs like we have in the past."
Coach: Allison Bakke (1st season)
Last year's record: 4-12 overall
Who's gone: Maggie Gulsvig P/OF; Steph Ussatis 2B/P
Who's back: KyLee Bartholomay, So., P/OF; Amanda Horn, Sr., 3B; Jessie Jensen, Jr., 1B; Jessica Larson, So., P; Jordyn McBain, Sr., 3B/1B; Emily Mulvaney, So., 1B; Jocelyn Nelson, Jr., OF; Sadie Ness, Jr., C; Taylor Rasmussen, Sr., C; Mikaela Trowbridge, Sr., OF; Brenna Vanyo, Jr., SS
Coach's comments: "We are very excited to begin playing here soon and playing outside on dirt. The team looks great this spring. Our defense looks solid. We have lots of speed and power mixed in our lineup. The girls look like a different team from last year. They have been working extremely hard and are excited to start playing."
Coach: Ron and Tyler Drechsel (8th year)
Last year's record: 18-3 overall
Who's gone: Emily Pender, P/1B; Jessica Madson, CF; Chelse Fischer, P/IF; Kelsi McClaflin, DH; Caitlyn Schroeder, DH; Desire Milbradt, OF
Who's back: Maddie Johnson, Jr., C; Kelly Oberg, Jr., 1B; Megan Castor, So., SS; Brooke Honek, Sr., OF; Makenzie Dukleth, Sr., P; Kelly Bergee, Sr., 3B
Coach's comments: "We are expecting to have a successful and competitive year. We are returning our catcher and pitcher, so we should have nice chemistry and hopefully success there. After losing six seniors, we have some positions to fill. We expect to have speed on the bases and on defense, so we'll see if that develops into a strength for us. We have some girls who have put in a lot of hours in the offseason to improve their skills and abilities."