Coach: Jim Lunney (29th year)

Class: C South; Conference: MVC

Returning athlete: Senior — Natasha Hart (OF).

Key losses: Olivia York, Becca Howard, Haley Peterson, Ashley Savage, Lisa Gammon, Blair Stevens, Dharma Damon.

Promising newcomers: Senior — Taylor Merrill (OF); Juniors — Kylee Martin (P), Taylor Mason (OF); Sophomores — Hannah Evans, Josie Forbes, Julia Cherkis; Freshmen — Aneah Bartlett (SS/P), Luci Rothwell (1B), Emily Fraser (C/utility).

Season outlook: Lunney returns for another go-around with his Rebels program, but only one player from last year’s team remains. The longtime coach said this season will be about finding out if his team is rebuilding or reloading. With some good athletes looking to become good softball players, other teams in the MVC will soon learn the answer to that same question. The Rebels still expect to be competitive.

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