Varsity Girls' Hockey for Duluth Marshall in 2015-16

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January 28, 2015 11:51 PM

Duluth, Minn. - Varsity girls' hockey begins for Duluth Marshall next season as the school announced on Wednesday that the Hilltoppers will join the varsity ranks for the 2015-16 season. The Lake Superior Conference has already approved the move and it is also expected to be approved by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL).

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“Our plan at the onset of adding girls hockey was to expand the program to include varsity competition as the numbers and talent allowed,” Duluth Marshall Athletic Director Kevin Snyder said in a press release from the school. “We are very excited to be able to open up the varsity option after one successful season.”

School officials say there has been a strong interest in girls' hockey among students at Duluth Marshall. “When I first arrived at Marshall last year, it was clear there was a core group of student-athletes already at our school who were drawn to girls' hockey,” said Duluth Marshall's Head of School Kevin Breen in the press release. “We are thrilled to be able to provide the type of extra-curricular opportunity about which our current and future Hilltoppers are passionate, while pairing hockey with our academic experience.”

Duluth Marshall Head Coach Sean Storie is impressed with what he's seen on the ice. The Hilltoppers are competing in their first season at the junior varsity level and so far, are 17-3-1 after 21 games. “We have a committed, talented group of players who have a great deal of experience in hockey, and we’ve had a strong first season together,” said Storie in the release. “There will certainly be some challenges at the varsity level, but I’m confident we are ready to take the next step for Marshall girls' hockey.”

The Hilltopper JV squad will play in Silver Bay on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. against North Shore. On Saturday, they will host Minnehaha Academy at 1 p.m.


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