By PATRICK SLACK
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle/Upsala-Swanville Area (LPGE/USA) loses its top doubles team of Sara Roerick and Megan Tschida from last year, as well as 2011 Morrison County Record Player of the Year and state entrant Kimmy Mrozek.
However, with eight starters coming back and a strong group of newcomers, this year’s team could come close to matching last season’s success, LPGE/USA head coach Curt Hatfield said.
“They will have to win in different ways without a dominant first singles player like Kimmy, but there is more harmony on the team and certainly a willingness to work hard,” Hatfield said.
Returning starters include seniors Lexi Larson, Schultz, Geisenhof, Szech and Abraham and juniors Payton Long, Levin and Roe.
Also expected to play significant roles are Tschida, Barth and Kulla.
Osakis will once again be the team to beat in the Prairie Conference and section, Hatfield said.