Polars eye Metro East Conference softball crown

Last year’s Section 4AAA tournament was a battle of inches, as, here, senior and first-base minder Mady Strom just misses getting the tag on a Woodbury player during the seventh inning. The Polars still shut out the Royals 7-0. A seasoned team hopes to repeat 2014’s exploits this year. (file photo)
Last year’s Section 4AAA tournament was a battle of inches, as, here, senior and first-base minder Mady Strom just misses getting the tag on a Woodbury player during the seventh inning. The Polars still shut out the Royals 7-0. A seasoned team hopes to repeat 2014’s exploits this year. (file photo)

The North softball nine is familiar with success and the upcoming season is one in which they will be looking to a repeat of last season.

A year ago, the Polars won the conference crown with a 14-0 mark and then went on to gain a berth in the State Tournament by winning the 4AAA playoffs.

North has a solid base for their hopes.

“We have some seasoned athletes returning on which to build for this season,” says North co-head coach Tom Nemo.

Nemo, who earlier had returned to North as an assistant to Cliff Charpentier, is now Charpentier’s co-head coach.

Returning starters Lily Langevin and Kayla Koemptgen, along with Abby Glaus, are Polar captains this season.

Koemptgen and Glaus are seniors while Langevin is a seasoned junior.

That doesn’t mean there haven’t been shakeups in the lineup. Koemptgen will move from the right field position to fill an opening at shortstop. Glaus will alternate between right field and second base, while Langevin will complete the solid  up-the-middle group by resuming her centerfield spot.

Working with Nemo and Charpentier as assistant coaches will be Tom Thule, Kallie Rezny and Joe Pinotti.

Coach Nemo glanced at the newly formed Metro East Conference and pointed to Tartan, Hill-Murray and Simley as potential rivals for the title.    

North will open the season at home — the McKnight Field complex — hosting the Hill-Murray Pioneers, 4:15 p.m., on April 6.

With the uncertainty of spring weather, there may be a need to reschedule games. Rescheduled contests may be found by going to www.metroeastconference.org.

Click on the school, scroll to the sport, then click on “view” to see revamped schedules.


The 2015 North Softball Schedule
(Note: games, except for tournaments, are scheduled 4:15 p.m., starts)

• April 6, Hill-Murray at North
• April 8, at South St. Paul
• April 9, Mahtomedi at North
• April 13, at Simley
• April 16, Hastings at North
• April 20, at Tartan
• April 22, at Hill-Murray
• April 23, South St. Paul at North
• April 24 and 25, the Polar Classic at McKnight Fields, with times to be determined
• April 27, at Mahtomedi
• April 29, Simley at North
• April 30, at Sibley
• May 1 and 2, tournament at Lakeville North, with times to be determined
• May 4, at Hastings
• May 7, Tartan at North

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