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Bulldogs Prepare For Season In New Conference
Unchartered territory can be an exciting but nervous experience for anyone; for the Peshtigo Bulldogs that territory is the Packerland conference. This will be the Bulldogs' first season in the new conference, and they head into it trying to replace some very key players from last years' team.
"Obviously, I am going to greatly miss Ashley (Dudka), Claire (Neumann) and Megan (Behnke), but I think we've prepared enough to be a factor in this new conference," said Peshtigo Coach Robin Gilligan.
The new conference brings a lot of question marks for the Bulldogs, but Coach Gilligan is looking forward to the challenge. "We don't know a whole lot about this new conference so it will be an experience for all of us, the team and coaches. However, I think it's exciting and challenging at the same time. It will hopefully push us and show us our weaknesses so we can work on them."
Coach Gilligan knows, although Peshtigo will be young, they have a lot of experience coming back as well, "We have two strong middles, both returning, who have a lot of experience. Madi Martin and Emma Frederickson have both been with me for three years on varsity. Shae Tonn is returning for her fourth year on varsity, she was very solid for us last year as an all-conference player. I think she will really be a go-to player in our offense. I'm putting a lot on her shoulders, but I think she's prepared for that, she can handle that, and she's up for the challenge."
The Bulldogs will be led by their middle and outside hitters, but Coach Gilligan also highlighted serving as an area that has been a focal point during the offseason, "We've really worked hard on serving all summer long including placing our serves and a variety of serves."
Peshtigo will be led by its five seniors: Shae Tonn, Madi Martin, Emma Frederickson, Danielle Lemke and Maya Plosczynski. Four juniors will also anchor the varsity squad: Mackenzie Morris, Gabby Perry, Falicity Hansen, and Courtney Kodric. Listed as potential varsity prospects are two underclassmen in Brenna Schoenebeck, a sophomore, and Grace Wickman, a freshman.