THE HORNET BASEBALL team did exercises in the gym Thursday. They are scheduled to open the season this week. But poor field conditions might change their plans. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

Winter-like weather delaying spring sports

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Late spring snows have delayed the start of the spring sports season, forcing Big Lake athletes to practice their skills indoors until the playing fields are ready.
Boys and girls golf teams have been practicing in the middle school lunch room, says Coach Dan Thiele, who plans to retire at the end of the year. Their first game has been postponed until April 16 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.
Team members this year include sophomores Brody Wick and  Austin Miller, Juniors Ben Flicker, Brandon Christianson, Brennan Moos, Jared Buchholz and Marcus Casperson and senior Tucker Wilkendorf.
A girls golf match scheduled at Monticello Country Club Tuesday had to be rescheduled, date as yet unknown. Tuesdays meet at Pebble Creek has also been rescheduled to April 22. 
The girls are coached by Rebecca Hartel. Maddy Droher is the only senior on the team. Juniors Maddy Zinken and Maddy Droher bring their experience with the rest of the team including freshman Autumn Gryczkowski, Ashlyn Werner, Megan Tirevold, Jade Pouliot, Emma Nebben and Kelly Jochum.
The girls softball team rescheduled a scrimmage match versus Eden Prairie and a conference game against St. Michael Albertville has been postponed until May 9.
They are scheduled to play Sauk Rapids-Rice at home Monday and St. Francis Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and travel to North Branch Thursday.
The girls are coached by Kim Bowen and the starting line-up includes twins Alexa and Amanda Campbell, senior Ana Doran, juniors Ashley VanderHeyden, and Clare Adams, senior Erin Ralph, junior pitcher Jaiden Lund, senior Kelli Poffenberger, sophomore Lexi Lind, seniors Nikki Hallman and Sam Kuhlow, freshman Talyn McClaflin   and senior Taylor Vick.
The boys tennis team has been running conditioning and footwork work drills inside the high school the past two weeks, says Coach Brett Mattson.
“If the weather cooperates we have been trying to clear the courts,” he said. “Yesterday we managed to keep one court clear enough to practice with racquets and a net. The boys are anxious to get on the courts and start hitting.”
Returning tennis letter winners include Junior Jett Weiand, sophomore Shane Moosai and freshman Spencer Mattson. Seniors on the team are Derek Smith and Jacob Morgan. Other golfers are eighth graders Aaron Williams, Stefan Jones, Peter Knier  and Zachary Schlief, freshman Scotty Scharber, sophomores Ethan Muehlberg, Aaron Wrobel and Kadin Murray and junior John Cocchiarella.
The team is scheduled to start their  season with a home-opening match versus the Aitkin Gobblers Tuesday, followed by a Mississippi 8 Conference match-up against the Buffalo Bison Thursday. They finish the week with a tournament in Pine City Saturday,” Mattson says.
Weather permitting of course.


HISTORIC FIND. SCSU graduate student Jeff Williams is shown with copies of the Red Wing Republican Eagle newspaper that detail a week's worth of the fighting on Iwo Jima in 1945. Williams said he found the historic treasure at a rummage sale and paid $20 for the five newspapers. (Photos by David Hannula.)

Top left Jayden Mclearen, top right Cade Sixberry, bottom Vince Dailey. (Submitted photo.)

Back row: Coach Ryan Prom, Josh Gunther, Erik Larsen - 5th place, Jake Wesley, Shane Roberts - 3rd place, Brady O'Connor, Jordan Hickman - 4th place, Nick Merten, Front Row : Connor Gess - 2nd place, Jayden Mclearen - champion, Dylan Krebs - 2nd place, Vince Dailey - champion, Cade Sixberry - champion. Not pictured : Assistant Coach Loren Holthaus. (Submitted photo.)

BIG  LAKE HORNET Cassie Knick took third place in the all-around in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet versus Buffalo.