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Girls lacrosse kicks off inaugural season April 22

Hailey Hess and Halle Powers battling for a ground ball during practice. Photo by Fred Sobottka1 / 2
The 2017 Hudson girls lacrosse team. The team is new this year, playing in the Northcentral Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. Photo by Fred Sobottka2 / 2

This is a year for change in Hudson. A new school is being built, new fields are under construction and a new team is on the move. The Hudson Area Lacrosse Association is fielding its first ever high school girls lacrosse team. Girls lacrosse isn't new to the area, the girls had a youth program from 2011 to 2016. Many of the girls on the current team were involved in that program and have played lacrosse for years.

The team is playing in the Northcentral Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association based out of Minnesota. The league is made up of five teams from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Hudson's opponents will be Superior, Wis., Brainerd, Minn. (two teams) and Fargo, N.D. Hudson will also play exhibition games against select teams from South Dakota.

The team consists of 18 girls ranging from sixth to 10th grade. The league itself is for seventh- to 12th-graders, but an exception was made to allow a sixth-grader to play up. Team members are: Lindsey Fall, McKinley Gelein, Hailey Hess, Annika Lautenbach, McKenzie Madden, Kristina Minic, Gracie Motte, Emma McGrath, Libby Neels, Hilda Nuutinen, Brooke Olson, Amelia Plansky, Halle Powers, Kaleigh Sansone, Adria Schmidkunz, Lilly Seiler, Charlotte Stow and Chloe Tierney.

Hudson kicks off their season April 22, their first game is against Brainerd #2 at 9 a.m. and then Brainerd #1 at noon at the River Crest Elementary School fields. Hudson plays Superior at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23. Teams in the league will play games throughout both days, including a guest team from Aberdeen, S.D.

The following three weekends, the team will be on the road playing in Brainerd, Fargo and finishing up their season in Brainerd for the league championship tournament.

The NSLA was excited to have Hudson join their group this year, but ideally the Hudson High School girls lacrosse team would like to join the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation — the league that the Hudson High School boys lacrosse team currently plays in, for the 2017-18 season. For more information on the Hudson girls lacrosse team, go to www.hudsonlacrosse.net.

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