Rogers spring sports previews

By Bruce Strand

Elk River Star News

 

Following are previews for Rogers spring sports.

 

ROYAL SOFTBALL

Coach – Jerry Bruns

Last year — 6-6, 11-10

Opener — April 9, Spring Lake Park

Returning starters — Madison Anderson (jr SS), Alex Cassidy (jr OF), Madison Mikolich (so C), Abby Lien (so 2B), Katy Kemmetmueller (fr P)

Other letter winners —  Madison Grady (sr OF), Melissa Freisen (jr 1B, DH)

Will also help — Olivia Olson (fr OF), Emily Hanford (fr 1B, DH)

Coach says — “We are a young group, but we have a good core of talent. With the chance of starting four freshmen, there will be some growing pains. If we field the ball well, that will allow us to grow as hitters and as a team. I think you will see a different team in May.”

New coach — Bruns has coached youth teams 14 years and co-founded the Xtreme club. Father of two Elk standouts, Moriah (2011 graduate) and Michaela (current), he owns Greener Alternative, a lawn care firm. Former coach Chris Donnay stays on as his assistant.

 

ROYAL BASEBALL

Coach — Brian Harapat

Opener — April 9, Roseville

Last year — 4-8, 7-13

Returning starters — Ryan Gelle (sr 1B, P), Kyle Halseth (sr 3B), Tyler Antony (sr C), Adam Nauth (jr P/OF)

Other letterwinners — Grant Finalsen (sr P, OF), Erik Bremer (sr P, OF), Scott Neubauer (jr P, OF), Brayanlee Santiago-Martinez (sr P, OF), Michael Terres (so P, C, OF)

Will also help — Kyle Ellis (jr P, SS), Connor Henderson (jr OF, IF), Luke Selken (jr P, IF)

Coach says — “Sixteen players had opportunity to practice and scrimmage at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Quadruplex in Orlando March 26 to April 1. …  We have a young, fundamentally-sound team focused on winning. … If we pitch well, we will have an excellent chance for a .500 or better season. …  We may have the best depth at each position in school history, so it will be interesting to see just what our starting lineup will be. … Coaching staff bolstered from four to six.”

 

ROYAL TENNIS

Coach— Nick Scheevel

Last year — 2-15

Opener — beat Park Center 4-3 Thursday

Returning starters — Derek Smith (sr 1S), Jonah Larson (jr  2S), Cameron Ly jr 1-2D), Drew Puetz (jr 1-2D), Jackson Nelson (so 4S, 2-3D)

Other lettermen — Cory Penick (fr), Reed Kolles (fr)

Coach says —  “It will be a big help to have more experience (returning). Our singles lineup will be much improved from last year. … We will probably have a number of new varsity players in our lineup.”

 

ROYAL BOYS TRACK

Coach — Matt Webb

Last year — 6th in conference, 15th in section

Opener — Already had two meets

Returning letterwinners — Zach Dohmen (sr, hurdles, 400), Kent Hoover (sr, 400, PV), Hayden Sebald (sr, throws), Austin Wood (sr, 400, PV), Isaac Aanerud (jr, 200, 400), Andrew Benz (jr, distance), Nahome Biniam (jr, 400, 800), Mitchell Brackett (jr HJ), Mason Meier (jr 100, 200), Harding Ozanger (jr 400), Reed Parent (jr, distance), Trenton Rgnonti (jr, throws), Matt Sjerven (junior, several events), Ian Wageman (jr, sprints, 3J), Austin Ball (so, sprints), Aaron Dorvinen (so, hurdles, HJ), Isaiah Fofanah (so, 100, 200), Karl Gorecki (so, distance), Jared LeClaire (so, hurdles), Jack Lindquist (so, hurdles), Jake Nardini (so, distance), Collin Young (so, distance)

Record set — Mitchell Brackett high-jumped 6-0 on Tuesday at Monticello, setting a team record.

Coach says — “We will be very strong in the relays with Isaac Aanerud, Kent Hoover, Zach Dohmen, Nahome Biniam. … Reed Parent will lead the distance crew. … Trent Rgnonti and Hayden Sebald will be the top throwers. … Our goal is to continually improve as an overall team and compete towards the top of our conference.”

 

ROYAL BOYS GOLF

Coach — Dan Bursheim

Last year — won conference (5th in row), won section (3rd in row), 4th in state 3A

Opener — April 10 at Monticello

Returning starters — Morgan Rask (sr), Kyle Korva (sr)

Other lettermen — Rocky Nelson (sr), Dylan Kline (jr)

Will also help — Nick Vue (sr), Luke Bunker (jr), Cruz Martinez (fr)

Coach says — “Rask and Korva are returning all-conference, Rask three times … Rask is best returning. … Top conference rivals include Buffalo, Cambridge-Isanti. …Top section rivals include Maple Grove, Osseo, Mounds View, Blaine.”

 

ROYAL GIRLS GOLF

Coach — Cynthia Meyer

Last year — 6th in conference

Opener — April 9 at Big Lake

Returning winners — Kayleen Miller (sr), Kaitlyn Lunacek (sr), Katelyn Lerfald (sr), Megan Dobberstein (sr), Maddie Hol (jr), Rachel Dodd (jr), Megan Secrist (8th)

Will also help — Sydney Clark (fr), Kendall Noto (fr), Cheyenne Wrobel (fr)

Coach says — “Prospects look good. We are excited to get out on the course.”

New coach — Meyer succeeds Durand Onell (who resigned) after seven years as JV coach. She played for Alexandria High School and University of Kansas. She is a PGA professional and SPED paraprofessional in Austin for RHS.

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