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Three seniors to lead Marlin girls' hockey team this season

After two preseason victories, Mitchell Marlin girls’ head coach Amanda Young hopes her team sees its potential.

The Marlins are coming off a runner-up finish at last year’s state tournament, but graduated both their goalies — Hannah Spates and Cara Beck. This year, first-year player Tiadra Simmermon will take the net for Mitchell and seventh-grader Katie Uithoven waits in the wings.

“It’s going to be a little bit of a rebuilding year and those two wins in preseason will hopefully give them the confidence they need,” Young said. “Tiadra has been doing well so far, and we have high hopes for her.”

The Marlins defeated Oahe 5-4 in back-to-back games Nov. 23-24 and open regular season play Saturday against the Aberdeen Cougars. The game begins at 3 p.m. in Aberdeen.

Mitchell, which has 20 players out this season, returns a group of solid players from last year’s second-place team, including seniors Haley Stahl, Alex Jones and Kayla Murtha.

“They all play first line and their leadership is going to be huge,” Young said. “They’ll be able to help the rest of the team and help them grow.”

Young added a strength of her team will be the ability to set the pace of the game.

“We have some good skaters back for us like Kylie Barington, Emily Spates and Jacey Brunsen, along with the seniors, and we’re going to get some goals right away,” Young said, adding a new addition to the coaching staff has already made an impact in practice. “Cody Denne has new coaching methods and ideas that will help us become a stronger team throughout the season.”

Young said the overall goal for the end of the season is to finish in the top five at the state tournament, which is March 7-9 in Watertown.

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