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Paulson, Hohn excel on soccer field, lead improved Kernels

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Paulson, Hohn excel on soccer field, lead improved Kernels
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It takes dedication and hard work to excel and Emily Paulson and Bailey Hohn exemplify these traits.

The Mitchell High School girls’ soccer players were recently given all-state honors, which are voted on by the league’s coaches. Paulson was a second-team all-state selection and Hohn made the honorable mention list.

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“I had coaches point them out after games, which made me proud,” Mitchell High School girls’ coach Kayla Braffet said. “I wasn’t the only one seeing these great players.”

Paulson had a team-high seven goals for the Kernels (3-9-1). Braffet credits the junior midfielder’s success to her offseason work. Paulson is a member of the Dakota Alliance club team, which is based out of Sioux Falls, during the offseason.

“She’s made soccer a year-round sport and it really shows every time she steps on the field,” Braffet said.

Braffet added Paulson’s aggressiveness and ability to beat defenders allows her to be successful on the field.

“I try to get everyone in the play,” Pauslon said. “That way everyone on the other team gets exhausted, and that gives us the best chance to score.”

The Kernels improved from winning one game in the 2012 season to three games this season. Paulson said a lot of players try to play as much as they can during the offseason, including Hohn.

“Everyone plays when they can and we all put in extra time,” she said. “We try to put together teams for indoor tournaments during the winter.”

Hohn, a sophomore defender, is the leader of the defense and is a strong communicator, said Braffet.

“She has a will to win and is determined to get the ball out and push up the line,” Braffet said.

The first-year head coach added players on the defense suffered injuries this season, leaving Hohn the consistent presence in the back field.

“She helps organize the defenders and that are always shifting in and out of that position,” Braffet said, adding she wants to give her team more opportunities for offseason play. “Bailey and Emily are pushing the team to be better and we all need to put the work in during the summer and offseason if we want to be strong.”

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Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.
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