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THE DRILL: Marin Pederson is a fast, talented veteran for WHS girls hockey

The Daily Globe - 11/30/2023

Nov. 28—WORTHINGTON — Some of Marin Pederson's earliest memories likely involve her wearing skates and being on the ice.

The senior hockey player at Worthington High School started skating when she was about three years old. Pederson said she first learned to skate on a frozen pond in Colorado and remembers picking up the skill very quickly.

She began playing hockey, but then switched to figure skating. After moving back to Worthington, she took up hockey again at about age 10 and has been playing the sport ever since.

"My favorite part of hockey is definitely being able to go fast and feel the wind against myself. It's just really fun," she said. "And being able to score, obviously, that's a good feeling."

One of Pederson's biggest inspirations in hockey and in life is her older sister and best friend, Aubree, a former Trojan hockey player who graduated from WHS in 2022 and is now studying at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.

"I've always been competitive with her because we've played on the same team since I was in like eighth grade and I just wanted to beat her in everything we did against each other," Pederson said. "So I think I look up to her as a competitor almost."

Now, Pederson is a talented center with plenty of experience heading into her final season. She describes herself as a fast, active player who always wants to be moving on the ice and help her team in whatever way she can.

As a junior last season, she was one of the team's leaders in both goals and assists. This season, she's looking to get even better, both on and off the ice.

"(I'm) always looking to improve my stick handling and my shot because that's always something you can fix," she said. "I also want to work on just building my stride..."

The Trojans are coming off a 2022-23 season where they finished with a 3-19-1 record. They are now two games into this season, which features a younger roster. Pederson had some initial expectations for the team to improve offensively and to win more games than last year.

"This year we definitely have a roster of younger girls," she said. "When I see that, I just think they're going to have a great team in the future because they're going to be playing against competitors a lot older than them and you'll see them improve quickly this year and throughout the rest of their high school careers."

Throughout her high school career, Pederson is improving as a leader and communicator. As one of only a few seniors on the roster this year, she has already continued to grow in those areas.

After hockey season, Pederson will transition to the Trojans softball team in the spring. Her full video can be found at dglobe.com, but here is a sample of our interview.

QUESTION: What were some personal goals you set for yourself before the season?

ANSWER: "I had us write some personal goals and one of mine was to not get so upset with myself because I'm hard on myself and I try to not do that and I think I have already seen improvement this year with that."

QUESTION: How have you been looking to improve as a leader this season?

ANSWER: "As a leader, I've definitely been able to communicate with my coaches better and try to help come up with drills. I'm in charge of coming up with what we do in dryland, so I've had to step up and kind of come up with what we should be doing and what we should be working on."

QUESTION: What is the best advice you've gotten in your athletic career?

ANSWER: "The best advice I got is from my dad, Eric Pederson. He told me to never get in my head or stop getting in my head because that's something I did a lot last year and I never realized how much it makes a difference if you're hard on yourself, but I realized your mental ability is important."

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