Hornets fulfill preseason goals while making memories
By Jacob Heid
ROSHOLT — High School sports are all about playing the sport you love with the people you call friends. What makes teams unique is if you can turn that bond into success on the court. The Rosholt girls’ volleyball team ended the year in a three-way tie for the CWC-South Conference championship.
Rosholt opened the season on fire, winning six of its first eight matches. That was the beginning of what the Hornets were in store for, and head coach MaKynna Lesinski knew that.
“I had really high expectations for this group of athletes. I knew what they were capable of, and we didn’t stop until we got there,” she said. “I am so proud of their dedication, talents, and overall love of the game. Opportunity knocked, and they answered.”
The Hornets had talent in all areas of the floor. The back line gave numerous opportunities to the attackers with their defense, which became the difference in multiple close games. The two players that flourished were junior Sarah Trzinski and freshman Addi Gagas. They were the two headlines offensively for Lesinski. She watched them blossom from the first game to the last.
“From a coaching perspective, it feels great to see athletes emerge in front of your eyes. Sarah and Addi have been and will continue to be tremendous assets to our team,” Lesinski explained. “I’m super excited about the future with them here at Rosholt. We have a whole team, as well as the dynamic duo, ready to bring the heat back next year.”
The Hornets had an opportunity to tie Tri-County at the top of the conference with a win against the Penguins on Oct. 11. That game is one that Lesinski will remember.
“My favorite memory would have to be our game against Tri-County. Going into the game, we knew the odds were stacked against us, but that didn’t stop us,” she stated. “Our mentality going onto the court was, ‘we have nothing to lose and everything to gain.’ We wanted to prove to everyone that said Tri-County had it in the bag; that they were wrong. “That is a match I will remember forever, sweeping (3-0) an undefeated team to make history at our school and add a 2022 Conference Champions banner in our gym.”
Lesinski and the Hornets are excited to run it back in the fall of 2023. They have a conference championship to defend.