By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

Little things could make all the difference for H-M-S girls

Softball team stressing fundamentals, focus this season


May 27, 2021


Members of the 2021 Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn softball team pictured front row, from left to right: Gracie Knobloch, Emma Schmillen, Delaney Murphy, Annika Overmire and Bailey VerHelst. Second row: Meghan Larson, Abby Otto, Alexis Grover, Eliza Tewes, Darby Mastbergen and Elle Mastbergen. Third row: Paige Gehrke, Abigail Kunzman, Kinsey Schirmer, Jessica Riedemann, Taya Mason, Morgan Grooters, Emily Mutombo and Cadence Klein. Not pictured: Maggie Ohrt.

Changes are in store this summer for the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn softball program.

Those start with a new head coach. Stephanie Bronstad, who was a varsity assistant since 2018, succeeds Carissa Post who led the program for three seasons.

Bronstad is no stranger to H-M-S softball. She played on the Hawks' 1994 state tournament team and was an assistant middle school coach before joining the varsity staff.

Also new to the high school staff are assistant coach Barb Haag and volunteer coach Tadd Knobloch.

H-M-S graduated two seniors and two other players on last year's team did not return. But...

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