Friday, July 20, 2018

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Girls hockey season preview: Team previews

Chippewa Falls/​Menomonie looks to build off a 5-18 season and has a cornerstone player in honorable-mention all-state forward Kaylee Frenette, who scored 31 points last year. Frenette, the Leader-Telegram’s All-Area softball player of the year, will play college softball at UW-Eau Claire. Alexy Dresel scored 18 points last year as a junior. Sophomore goaltender Haley Frank is back in net after making 768 saves a season ago. Coached by Tony Menard. ... The Eau Claire Area Stars, renamed this year to incorporate Fall Creek into its three-school co-op of Memorial, North and Altoona, is primed for a run at a conference title and deep playoff run. State forward of the year Abigail Stow returns after scoring a career-best 87 points on 45 goals and 42 assists last season. Stow has 249 career points on 150 goals and 99 assists. Ava Kison is back after earning first-team all-state honors in her sophomore campaign, scoring 37 goals while handing out 22 assists. She has 109 career points. First-team all-state defenseman and Minnesota State recruit Charlotte Akervik hopes to return by January after a torn ACL suffered in May. Akervik had 20 goals and 37 assists last year as a sophomore. Lauren Carmody (14 goals, 20 assists), Camerson Carmody (nine goals, 12 assists) and Brooklynn Arbs (8 goals, 17 assists) are also back. The Stars have gotten solid contributions early from freshmen Paige Rodriguez, Kalie Gruhlke and Madison Schwengler. Freshman Naomi Stow has gotten the bulk of the minutes between the pipes. They lost to eventual state qualifier Hayward in the sectional semifinal last year. They’re coached by Tom Bernhardt. ... Hudson is the state’s No. 1 team preseason and for good reason. The Raiders return a good number of players from their team that went 18-3 and won the Big Rivers. Anna Wilgren returns as one of Wisconsin’s top players after scoring 78 points as a defenseman. Sydney Hendricks is also back after scoring 16 goals and dishing out 20 assists. Hendricks had a hat trick in a sectional final loss to Hayward. ... The St. Croix Valley Fusion are poised to return to their usual self. All but one of their top 10 scorers return from a team that went 12-11-1. Kamryn Jacobs was a first-team all-conference pick and scored 35 points. Anna Albrightson scored 25, Taylar Meier had 19, Katy Anderson 14 and Maddie Schultz 13. They were knocked out by Somerset in the playoffs last year. Coach Matt Cranston is in his 13th season. Their last conference title was 2015-16.


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