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Fresh new beginnings for Raiders

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The 2010 season will be a fresh new start for the Lake Park-Audubon softball team.

The Raiders will be starting in a new conference -- the Pine to Prairie -- along with a new head coach and a slew of new players.

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But LP-A will still look to put out a competitive team under new head coach Bobbi Blickenstaff.

"We do not have many players with years of experience, but I do have players willing to learn and work hard," Blickenstaff said. "I have girls who want to play and who want to learn. Getting to know the team has been very positive; the girls have incredible work-ethic attitudes."

The most seasoned player for the Raiders happens to be a pitcher in senior Christine McIntire.

"Christine has the most experience, so I am looking forward to her leadership," Blickenstaff said.

McIntire will lead a deep pitching staff, which also includes senior Carissa Adams, freshman Maegan Anderson and seventh grader Cheyanne Nelson.

"Carissa has a different pitching style than Christine, which will help," the LP-A coach said. "Maegan Anderson is in ninth grade and I am looking forward to her future leadership."

Junior Chelsey Raaen returns as the Raider's catcher, who also brings plenty of experience.

Blickenstaff also will have to see how the team's offense will respond to varsity pitching, since many haven't hit on that level yet.

"We'll have to wait and see until we play some games," Blickenstaff added about her offensive lineup.

The Raiders will play a Pine to Prairie Conference schedule, which includes games against Norman County East, Bagley, Fertile-Beltrami, Norman County East and Fosston.

Blickenstaff's assistant coaches this season are Bob Soukup and Tiffany Nagel.

Raider schedule

Lake Park-Audubon softball 2010 schedule:

April

13 Frazee

17 at Menahga Tournament

20 Norman County West

22 Bagley

29 Norman County East

May

4 Fosston

6 at Ada-Borup

14 Verndale

18 at Fertile-Beltrami

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