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BRAINERD — They’re back.
After two years out of competition, the Central Lakes College Raiders are back with a new head coach and a whole new roster.
Krystal Brodeen begins her second year as the head coach of CLC women’s basketball, but first on the sidelines. She was hired last year after the show canceled its 2021-22 season. There was no women’s basketball in 2020-21 due to COVID-19.
Brodeen spent his first season recruiting and rebuilding a program from scratch.
“It’s just a tall order, but I will say the support I’ve received here at CLC and being able to be here and recruit and place myself has been a huge help,” Brodeen said. “For recruiting, one of the top questions potential players ask is ‘what about last year’s team?’ Or ‘how am I going to fit in this year’s team?’ I didn’t really have an answer for that because after not having a season for the last two years, there were no comebacks and I couldn’t point to what we normally do because this was just a whole new situation.
“I had to put a good spin on that. The ones I have committed are going to be a big part of this and we can create this culture ourselves. They are not going to be players coming in to fit into my puzzle. It will be our puzzle to solve. I had a lot of positive recruits who really bought into that and were very into it. I’m thankful because that’s where my base was built and we added little pieces around that.”
Brodeen was an assistant coach for the Raiders volleyball team, so it should come as no surprise that some of her players were also volleyball players. The first was second-year outside hitter and now forward Jacey Rydberg of Crosby-Ironton. Rydberg was instrumental in bringing in fellow volleyball players Jaime Johnson, a 5-foot-7 forward from Pine River-Backus, former high school and volleyball teammate Kalli Papenfuss from Crosby-Ironton, libero-turned-guard Jenna Pelnis of Howard Lake-Waverly and outside hitter turned 5-9 guard Nana Lopez of Moorhead.
I try to make it exciting by shooting 3s, celebrating, taking him to the rim and drawing fouls and getting off the ground.
“I definitely think it was those missing pieces that we needed for sure,” Brodeen said. “Jacey was the one who was committed from the beginning of volleyball. He told me that he missed basketball a lot and that he was determined. I had my other recruits and she really worked well with them and she came early to the meetings and did the team activities with them and she built that bridge for the other four. volleyball girls to see that we have a different kind of culture. It is a different sport and a different dynamic.
“I was really trying to get Kalli because I saw her in high school and I knew how talented she was, but she was nervous with her workload and living at home and traveling. I eventually used it and then Jamie came in and Nana and Jenna really wanted to be part of the team dynamic and learn something new and stay in shape so they came together.”
Samantha Quigley from Houck, Arizona is a sophomore transfer student who will bring experience to the team.
“She’s going to be a big part of our offense and a gooey person who brings everyone together,” Brodeen said. “She had experience playing in Division I junior college before COVID-19. She’s really looking to get in there and make a name for herself and then hopefully we’ll take her to the next level.”
Brodeen’s first recruit as CLC head coach was 6-1 post player Alyssa Torgerson of Burnsville.
“She’s a little bit special to me,” Brodeen said. “She is a very good presence in the position. I think she’s going to stand out from a lot of the other post players. That 6-1 is not generous either. I’m pretty sure she’s 6-1. Watching her, I knew we could fit her in very well at MCAC. I think she had 13 boards in our scrimmage.”
Along with those six girls, CLC also has Blair Tschida from Royalton, who is a 5-8 forward, Johnalisse Morales, who is a guard from Plant City, Florida, Anessa Davis, a 5-7 shooting guard from Barnum and Megan Lanhart. , a 5-5 guard from Braham.
Brodeen didn’t have to look far to recruit Ellie Anderson from Lake Region Christian School or Clara Meyer from Brainerd.
“We’re probably taller than most of the teams we’re going to play and we have the biggest team in the North division,” Brodeen said. “We have 13 girls on our roster and Northland is next with 11. The other teams are usually in the single digits.
“I’ve told the girls, since I played in this conference and then coached in it for three or four years, I know what to expect and I know how the season is going. My assistants Mark Lindquist has been a coach in this conference for several years and Tanisha Beetso was from every division when she played. I told the girls that they have experienced staff who know what to expect. There will be no surprises. I think we will have a really prepared team every night.”
Like the CLC last season, Vermilion and Hibbing have opted out of playing this season in women’s basketball. Instead of Hibbing on the schedule, the Raiders will face Gogebic Community College twice. Vermilion just announced that it was canceling the season two days ago.
Brodeen hopes to run a fast-paced transition offense with an aggressive attacking approach.
“I think a lot of people see women’s basketball as boring and a watered-down version of men’s basketball,” Brodeen said. “I really don’t like that. I try to make it exciting by shooting 3s, celebrating, taking him to the rim and drawing fouls and getting off the ground. I really love that kind of energy and I know that girls, when given the opportunity to play in that kind of situation, they really embrace it and really enjoy it, and these girls have done exactly that.”
You can contact JEREMY MILLSOP at 218-855-5856 or [email protected] Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jeremymillsop.
Raider Women’s Basketball
Coach: Krystal Brodeen, 1st year at CLC (Vermillion 2 years)
assistant coach: Mark Lindquist, Tanisha Beetso
2019-20 season: North Division 7-7, overall 9-16
Returning Sophomores: None
sophomores: Jaime Johnson (guard, forward, Pine River-Backus), Samantha Quigley (guard, Houck, Arizona), Jacey Rydberg (forward, Crosby-Ironton), Megan Lanhart (guard, Braham)
freshmen: Blair Tschida (forward, Royalton), Kalli Papenfuss (shooting guard, Crosby-Ironton), Jenna Pelnis (shooting guard, Howard Lake-Waverly), Clara Meyer (shooting guard, Brainerd), Ellie Anderson (shooting guard, Lake Region Christian), Johnalisse Morales (point guard, Plant City, Florida), Nana Lopez (point guard, Moorhead), Anessa Davis (point guard, Barnum), Alyssa Torgerson (center, Burnsville)
Friday, November 11, vs. St. Cloud Technical at Anoka-Ramsey 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, at Anoka-Ramsey 2 p.m.
November 16, at Ridgewater 5 p.m.
December 2, in Rochester 5:30 p.m.
December 3, at Western Technical 1 pm
December 9 vs. St. Cloud Technical 5:30 pm
Dec. 10 vs. Minnesota State (Fergus Falls) 1 p.m.
Dec. 16, v. Minnesota State (Fergus Falls) 6 p.m.
December 17, against Riverland 4 p.m.
December 30, against Anoka-Ramsey 6 p.m.
December 31 vs. Ridgewater 2 p.m.
January 6, at Gogebic Community College 5 pm
January 7, at Rainy River 1 pm
Jan. 11 vs. Lake Bottom 17:30
January 14 vs. Itasca 13:00
January 18 vs. Northland 5:30 p.m.
January 21, at Mesabi Range 1 p.m.
Jan. 28, in Itasca, 1:00 p.m.
February 3 vs. Gogebic Community College 5:30 p.m.
February 4, against Rainy River 1 pm
February 8, at Fond du Lac 5:30 p.m.
February 11, at Northland 1 p.m.
February 18, vs. Mesabi Range 1 p.m.