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Chris Murphy and Eric Peterson, Published November 20 2013

High school girls hockey preview capsules


Coach: Kaylee Black (fourth season)

Last season: 9-17-1 (lost 4-0 to North Wright County in section championship)

Who’s gone: Beth Myers; Kristin Drechsel; Jenna Ulberg.

Key returners: Tori Davis, Sr., F; Rebekah Hakk, Sr., D; Brianna Storms, Jr., G; Marissa Herdt, Fr., F; Micaela Mjonesss, Jr., D.

Coach’s comments: “We’re obviously very young. We have lot of learning to do, but we have a lot of kids with great work ethic and attitudes. The chemistry is already cooking. Senior leadership is big for us. We need to be a better team in execution in terms of special teams. We need to have a higher percentage on the power play in order to win those key games. Other than that, I think we’re going to be a hard-working team and we’ll be competitive.”

Fargo South-Davies

Coach: Josh Issertell (second year)

Last year’s record: 16-10 (fifth place at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Alex Woken, F (transferred to Shattuck St. Mary’s); Kara Tupa, F (now playing on Honeybaked hockey club); Alli Thomas; Amy Geiselhart, D; Carly Rutter, D; Madi Hanson, D.

Key returners: Summer Hayes, Sr., F; Miryley Hartel, So., F; Megan Lorenz, So., F; Gabby Miller, Jr., D; Maddy Schmaltz, Jr., D.

Coach’s comments: “We’ve added 12 new kids to the program and we are definitely a lot younger than we have been in past years,” Issertell said. “What we want to work on is getting everyone acclimated to the speed of the high school game. … We need to be a team that works hard. It will be a goal of ours to outwork our opponents in every game.”

Fargo North

Coach: Kris Dougherty (fifth year)

Last year’s record: 9-16

Who’s gone: Sam Hagen, F; Olivia Pladson, G; Jessi Long, D; Jaimie Nielson, F; Kara Leabo, D; Robin Blevins, D.

Key returners: Betsy Pladson, Sr., F; Kendra Johnson, Jr., F; Hannah Sivertson, So., G; Kari Volk, Sr., D.

Coach’s comments: “The outlook is wide open for us. There are not a lot of expectations for us,” Dougherty said. “It’s been a great group to work with, though. They work hard. … The strength of this team is in their teamwork and commitment to working hard together. We have good upper-class leadership.”

West Fargo

Coach: Pat Johnson (seventh year)

Last year’s record: 23-2 (runner-up at state tournament)

Who’s gone: Andrea Klug, G; Hayley Walsh, F; Chelsea Wangen, F; Kennedy Stromme, D.

Key returners: Kelly Krahn, Sr., F; Allison Springer, Sr., F; Tori Holland, Sr., D; Kourtney Lothspeich, Sr., D.

Coach’s comments: “We’re young, so we are still learning,” Johnson said. “Our goal is to play as a team and get better every time out. We work hard; that would be our strength right now. I’m hoping we can get back to where we were at last year.”

– Compiled by Chris Murphy and Eric Peterson