Mountaineers ready to finally get outside

IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain High School’s girls soccer team hopes to be outdoors Friday.

“We have been in the gym working hard for four weeks and are really ready to get outside,” Mountaineers coach Jim Laydon said. “We have tried to be creative as far as preparing the girls as best we can, because in reality our first time on grass will likely be our first game in Kewaunee.”

The Mountaineers, with winter weather postponing the first two matches, travel to Kewaunee, Wis., on Friday and play two matches Saturday at Shawano.

“This year’s team is young, but the younger girls have a great work ethic and our upper-class girls are strong and are good leaders,” Laydon said. “I am confident that once we get a few games under our belt we are going to be very competitive.”

Nine players return from last season including seniors Kari Sanford and Ashley Berger, juniors Mandy Haferkorn and Kristen Gendron, and sophomores Malia Brooks, Maddie Shorkey, Alyssa Khor, Carlye Hicks and Hannah Hakamaki.

Iron Mountain faces Luxemburg-Casco, a make-up from April 12, in the home opener Monday.

“If the snow is gone and Commemorative Field is ready, the Mountaineers will certainly be ready,” Laydon said.

Mountaineer assistant Eileen Berger has been helping Laydon since his first day on the job. New to the coaching staff is former Iron Mountain High School and Finlandia University standout goal keeper Carlye Buchcuski.

Roster follows (* indicates returner):

SENIOR – Kari Sanford (*), Ashley Berger (*), Sarah Girard.

JUNIOR – Mandy Haferkorn (*), Kristen Gendron (*).

SOPHOMORE – Malia Brooks (*), Maddie Shorkey (*), Alyssa Khor (*), Carlye Hicks (*), Hannah Hakamaki (*).

FRESHMEN – Lara Hakamaki, Lynea Hakamaki, Emmye Hicks, Olivia Truscott, Janey Christiansen, Katie Brule, Emma Schoenborn, Shannon Chouinard.