Bulldogs back at it

After having to forego a varsity season a year ago, Swanville softball hopes to bounce back in 2016

By Tyler Ohmann
Sports Editor
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Last spring, administrators realized that the Swanville softball team wouldn’t be able to field enough capable

(32716sportsKoetter)   Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann Swanville senior Ellie Koetter does a warm up toss exercise on a cold day of practice Wednesday, in Swanville.
(32716sportsKoetter) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
Swanville senior Ellie Koetter does a warm up toss exercise on a cold day of practice Wednesday, in Swanville.

varsity players, which led to the tough decision to cancel the varsity season.
A year later, and the Bulldogs are back on the field, with a new coach at the helm, former Little Falls softball star, Paige Beseman.
Beseman’s two younger siblings, including her younger sister Emily, who plays on the team, go to school in Swanville.
She said the decision to be coach was an easy one.
“I’ve helped out with basketball the past couple of years, and I was over in Sweden, and got a call that the position would be open,” Beseman said. “I applied, and decided to make it work.”
However, the coaching gig will likely not be permanent, as Beseman has plans to return to school, but she is really excited to be the coach this year, even with a young team (they have just two seniors).
“Everybody has a great attitude, and everyone wants to learn,” Beseman said. “They’ve been very good sports.”
What that also means is a team full of players that lack any varsity experience. Beseman said that doesn’t seem to be a problem.
“I think that they are all very excited, and nobody seems scared at all,” Beseman said. “None of us really know what to expect, and I think that is maybe better, because we can just go in and give our best effort.”
“If we give our all, I don’t really care about our win/loss record,” Beseman added.
Beseman, who played softball both at Little Falls, and in college at Concordia, is assisted by another new teacher in Swanville, Carly Leslie.
Beseman expects seniors Ellie Koetter and Jordan Elliot to be leaders, along with junior Kiley Loven.
Swanville will travel to Little Falls to take on its coach’s alma mater in a scrimmage, Tuesday.
The Bulldogs open their first varsity contest since 2014 against Isle, April 5.