2012- Renegade 97 Team Placed 4th out of (114) Teams in the ASA National Championships Held in Sioux Falls, SD
2013- Renegade 98 Placed 9th out of 124 Teams in the ASA National Held In Normal, IL
2013- Renegade 99 Finished 9th out of 53 Teams. In the Best of the Best at PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA
Softball’s Kim Lidstone burst on to the scene last spring, leading the Blazers at the plate all season, eventually finishing with a .428 batting average. Her season-long highlight reel was her 31-game hitting streak that ran nearly the entire season and finished as the fourth longest streak in NCAA DIII history. At the end of the season, she was honored as the MIAC Rookie of the Year.
Kim played with the Renegades '96 for three years as a shortstop and centerfielder. Congratulations to Kim for her award!
A premiere metro area based club team, the Minnesota Renegades strive to develop confident, athletic ball players who cohere and commit to teams poised to compete at the highest level nationally. We ground this success in close, attentive individual instruction combined with regular, rigorous team practices year round. We love the work and prepare with passion!
While we train hard to develop skills, as we offer the potential for year-round training, we also hope to instill a sense of service in our athletes. Renegades players assist with younger athletes in clinics throughout the Twin Cities metro area. Respectful and appreciative of the game, our players look to share their passion with younger players and give back to their local communities and to the game as a whole.
In four seasons, the Renegades have garnered continued recognition as one of the top club programs in the state, winning or placing highly in tournaments including some of the toughest competition in the nation.
McKenzie Paap, a 2015 center fielder with the Renegades ’97 team, has made a verbal commitment to play at Minnesota State University, Mankato. From her early days as a gangly, bright-eyed catcher, McKenzie has blossomed under the Renegades program, growing into a potent, five-tool outfielder who will thrive in the collegiate game. Coach Nat Wagner reflects on Paap’s resilience and opportunism as a key in her success: “At a couple of periods, when ‘Kenz was injured, she took the time to work on shortcomings in her game and turn them into strengths”. Hindered by a hamstring injury, Paap worked meticulously on her throwing mechanics, managing to fix some flaws in her arm action and gain significant arm speed. She recently hit 69 mph on her overhand throw at a camp, but it was the resilience with which she approached that injury that led to that later success. Wagner adds, “McKenzie can drop a ball down, slap soft to a hole or drive the ball out of the park – in large part because of the strength she gained doing hammer work when she was on IR. She always finds a way to mine the positive from adversity and she never settles. McKenzie is always pushing to get better”.
That resilience and dogged determination will serve Paap well in Mankato where she joins Hall of Fame Coach Lori Meyer and a squad steeped in a winning tradition. McKenzie chose Mankato because, as she puts it, “I love the way they play the game. They play the game the right way and they respect each other, their opponents, and their coaches.” Hard working and respectful herself, Paap looks to have found a great fit with the Mavericks. In Mankato, she aspires to earn a pre-med degree and ultimately attend medical school, hoping to challenge herself and serve others, just as she does on the field.
“All in the town were still asleep,
When the sun came up with a shout and a leap.
In the lonely streets unseen by man,
A little dog danced. And the day began” -Rupert Brooke
Sydney Monsour, a 2015 outfielder playing for Renegades ’97, has committed to play at Augustana College where she will join long-time teammate Shannon Peterson. Sydney, AKA “Peanut”, says of her decision, “I am most excited about working with the coaches and trying to learn every bit of information I can! I’m excited to play for a team where everyone is working their absolute hardest too!”
The diminutive speedster looks to bring her dynamic hustle and energy to a program with a history of superb outfielders. Nat Wagner, her summer coach, remarks of Sydney, “She gets incredible jumps in center field – a credit to the way she practices and the way she attends to the little things. Sydney is the kid who does not just shag balls in the outfield; she plays every moment like it’s a big game. She reads pitches and swing patterns and anticipates better than any outfielder I have ever coached because she works at it constantly”. As evidence of this approach, Monsour is well known in her program for her hustle, especially the way she sprints onto the field at the beginning of every inning. Monsour flies out of the dugout at sprints top speed to her position in center field. Her Renegades coaches have even video taped this sprint as a model for younger players to emulate. Coach Meg Dupuis reflects on her approach, “Whether it be running bases in practice or sprinting to center before every inning, Syd does not have a speed that isn’t full speed. She is never a kid you have to remind to hustle because it is a part of who she is. She does not need to think about it because it is like a reflex to her, and she does it with a mindset that she will win if anyone dares to race her”.
A slapper who continues to add power at the plate, Monsour will bring to Sioux Falls an aggressive, opportunistic base running game. Wagner notes, “Sydney reminds me a lot of Chelsi Winskowski, another one of our kids who went on to star at Augustana. She finds ways to impact the game in every facet, and her unrelenting hustle rubs off on everyone around her – just a high character kid. She will bring a lot to an already great team culture”. With her energy and enthusiasm, this little doggie will play big for Auggie.
Shannon Peterson, a 2015 catcher playing for Renegades ’97, recently made a verbal commitment to play at Augustana College. Thrilled with her opportunity, Shannon chirps, “I am really excited and honored to play D2 softball in college and to work with Coach Melsted and Coach Mook. I am also excited to have a great college experience in a great town and at a great college doing what I love to do, which is play softball, and get a fantastic education”. A polished receiver, Shannon hopes to make a difference in Sioux Falls. Nat Wagner, her longtime catching coach, says of Shannon,“ Auggie is getting a superb defensive catcher and an even better person - a ballplayer who simply exudes character. She will make her pitchers immediately better. Kids just love throwing to her – for her ability to get corner strikes, for her ability to block, and for her constantly positive effervescence back there. Shannon is a beloved teammate and a real sparkplug”.
A line drive hitter, Peterson also brings to the offense a quick, compact swing and she promises to thrive under the tutelage of Coach Melsted and the Augustana staff. In Sioux Falls, Shannon will also reunite with Renegades 13u coach Mike Mook, an Augustana assistant, who has had a profound impact on her career. Shannon says of Coach Mook, “Mike made me the player that I am today, who made me compete and play hard no matter what. He helped me improve in all aspects of the sport and just become a better athlete. He also made me a team player and one to put the team first. He helped me love the sport of softball in every way”. Peterson’s infectious love of the game promises to translate into a great career in the Northern Sun.
The 2001 Renegades took first place, winning the innagural "Under the Lights" tournament in Apple Valley
Taylor Chell ('97 - Anoka) University of Minnesota
Maggie Dunnett ('97 - Lakeville N) Augustana College
Aryka Knoche ('98 - Roseville) Drake University
Madison Malecha ('97 - Lakeville N) George Mason University
Sydney Monsour ('97 - Edina) Augustana College
McKenzie Paap ('97 - Minnetonka) Minnesota State Mankato
Shannon Petersen ('97 - Edina) Augustana College
Gabby Sprang ('98 - Rosemount) University of Tennessee