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By Al Rose
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Rebels girls to defend Polar Cup, boys want it back


Al Rose

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels golfers will start the season with the boys traveling to Pine City April 10. The girls travel to Pine City the next day, April 11. Both scrambles begin at 10 a.m.

The Moose Lake/Willow River Rebels girls golf team wants to defend as champs and keep possession of the Polar Cup, while the boys want to win and take back the traveling prize.

Second-season head coach Brad Hubred explained, "The Polar Cup is a tradition that we have kept alive. It's between Barnum, Two Harbors and us," he said. "The girls that were on the team that won the cup last year were Future-Hope Vang, Adre Dobosenski, Ruby Mohelsky and Maren Mesojedec."

Hubred's second-year assistant coach is Don Otwell, a four-year pro golfer. "We share the coaching duties between us with the girls and the boys. We do not have any assistants. We help all the kids and coach whoever needs help with their swings," Hubred said.

The Rebels girls team has the same number of players as the 2016 team. The 2017 team returns five golfers and has one newcomer. Future-Hope Vang returns as a senior. Adre Dobosenksi and Ruby Mohelsky return as juniors. Maren Mesojedec returns as a freshman. Ellie Neumann returns as an eighth-grader. Emily Bohnsack is new to the team as an eighth-grader.

The coach shared some about the girls' strengths. "Future (Vang) is good around the green with her chipping and putting. Maren (Mesojedec) is consistent down the middle. Ruby (Mohelsky) has good distance with her driver. Adre (Dobosenski) is consistent with her all-around game. Future (Vang), Maren (Mesojedec) and Ruby (Mohelsky) all qualified for section play at The Quarry at Giants Ridge last year. Future (Vang) and Maren (Mesojedec) were Great River All-Conference selections last year," recalled the coach.

Hubred listed the schools in the conference. "The conference includes teams from Aitkin, Rush City, Pine City, Braham, Barnum, Mille Lacs, which is a cooperative between Onamia and Isle, Hinckley-Finlayson and East Central," Hubred stated.

"The girls want to defend as champs and keep the Polar Cup," stated the coach. Vang, Mesodejec, Mohelsky and Dobosenski were the girls who won the Polar Cup in 2016. "We do have an expectation for them to be able to defend the cup. I think the girls have a chance to win the Great River Conference. We would like for them all to qualify at the subsection level, to advance for section play and to possibly go to state. Subsection and section play is at The Quarry again. The way that it works for both the girls and the boys is they need to finish among the top individuals at the subsection level to qualify for section play. The boys compete at subsection one day and the girls compete at subsection the next day. The third day becomes section play for both the girls and the boys who qualify. If all six of our girls were to qualify, then all six would also play as a team. The top four become the team's scoring members," explained the coach.

The 2016 boys team had 13 members. The 2017 boys team has 12 members, including seven returning golfers. Reese Greene, Nick Kenyon and Hunter Klund return as seniors. Matt Babcock and Austin Stone are returning sophomores. Donavan Hagenbeck-Westerberg and Ben Steen return as eighth-graders. Byron Kirk joins the team as a freshman. Carter Johnson and Gavin Ross come to the team as eighth-graders. Jonathan Danelski and Bradley Stone come on board as seventh-graders.

"We did not have any of the boys make All-Conference last year, but we could see that happening this year," said Hubred. "Reese (Greene) and Hunter (Klund) are both good with their drivers. The boys should be able to compete in the Great River Conference. We hope our three seniors make it through subsection to qualify for section play. We know the boys want to bring the Polar Cup back home from Barnum. The Polar Cup will be played on Barnum's home course, 29 Pines at Mahtowa," said the coach. The Rebels girls and boys are slated to play for the Polar Cup on Thursday, May 4, at 4 p.m.

"We started practice on March 20 and have been getting out to the course a few days a week. The kids are hitting irons and fairway woods off mats at the golf course instead of practicing in the hockey rink as we have done in the past," said the coach. "It's great that we are able to get out to the course earlier. It's nice to hit real golf balls instead of those birdie balls. We have not been able to use the practice green yet. We are hoping to soon get permission from Josh Gamst, the course manager, to use as much of the rest of the course are we can. We are pleased with the numbers of returners. We are excited about the number of younger kids as that will be the core for the future of the program," summed up the coach.

The Rebels boys start the season with the Pine City Scramble on Monday, April 10. The girls begin with the Pine City Scramble the next day, Tuesday, April 11. Both scrambles begin at 10 a.m. The girls and the boys are both at the Rush City Bullrush on Tuesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. The boys are at Hinckley Grand National on Wednesday, April 19, at 10 a.m.


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