Several local athletes land on all-conference teams

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Selections announced for North Eastern, M&O conferences
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Suring’s Mitch Stegeman turned in several top finishes at the Marinette & Oconto Conference meet for track. (Times Herald file photo)

The spring sports season was one that was decimated by a late snow storm. The snow eventually melted, but it forced sports seasons to be condensed into just a few short weeks.

Track and girls soccer teams seemed to be in action every other night. Baseball and softball teams were forced to play doubleheaders nearly every time on the diamond.

While most teams failed to fill out complete schedules, all teams were able to get in several conference matchups.

Here are the local athletes that landed on all-conference teams this spring:

Baseball

North Eastern Conference

The North Eastern Conference season was trimmed to nine games due to the weather. Waupaca came out on top of the conference after posting an 8-1 record, a game better than Fox Valley Lutheran. Colton Schild of FVL and Luxemburg-Casco’s Austin Tlachac were named the co-players of the year after leading the conference in batting average. Tlachac hit .565 while Schild batted .517.

Oconto Falls finished with a 2-7 conference record, tying both Clintonville and Marinette. The Panthers had three of their players named to all-conference teams.

Seniors Sam Virtues and Kamden Bloom were each named to the all-conference second team. Virtues hit for a .346 average while earning a 3.33 earned run average on the mound. Bloom had a .320 batting average, drove in five runs and also walked seven times.

Senior Mason Sefcik was named to the honorable mention team after compiling a 3.38 earned run average over 29 innings on the mound, striking out 29 batters along the way. He also batted .273 at the plate.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

Coleman won the Marinette & Oconto Conference, holding off Crivitz. Coleman’s Austin Marquardt was named the conference’s best player.

The Gillett/Suring and Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas co-ops each landed two players on all-conference teams.

Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas’ senior Jack Farley was named to the first team as an infielder. Senior teammate Bryce Hoskings was an honorable mention.

Gillett/Suring junior Josh Reed made the all-conference second team as an infielder, while sophomore Ethan Hischke was named to the honorable mention team.

Softball

North Eastern Conference

The North Eastern Conference schedule got in all 18 games, using doubleheaders to pull off the feat. Freedom won the title with a 16-2 record, holding off Luxemburg-Casco (15-3) and Denmark (14-4). Freedom’s Payton Dorn was the player of the year after posting a conference-leading .519 batting average and 0.55 earned run average from the circle.

Oconto Falls finished 9-9 to place fifth. Four Panthers were named to all-conference teams, with junior Emma Huberty and sophomore Haley Bell making the first team.

Huberty batted .462 across conference play, driving in 10 runs on 24 hits. Bell finished with a .381 batting average, drove in nine runs on 24 hits and scored 12 times. The sophomore also pitched 44⅓ innings, earning a 2.38 ERA and three wins.

Junior infielder Katelyn Albrecht made the second team after posting a .333 batting average, driving in eight runs and scoring nine times. Josie Tolzman, a junior pitcher, also worked 44⅓ innings for the Panthers and held a 1.59 ERA. She struck out 28 batters and had four wins.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

Coleman finished atop the conference and placed a number of athletes on the all-conference teams. Coleman senior Annabelle Kotecki was named the conference’s top player.

Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas had four players named to all-conference teams. Senior Marley Carviou was named to the first team, while senior catcher Millie Benson and senior infielder Ally Demmith each were placed on the second team. Senior Kaitlyn Hodkiewicz was selected to the honorable mention team.

The Gillett/Suring softball team had two players make all-conference teams for their strong play this spring. Sophomore hurler Sydney Young landed on the second team, while senior Faith Sorlie was an honorable mention.

Track

North Eastern Conference

Track all-conference teams are determined by athletes and relay teams’ finishes at the conference meet. The North Eastern Conference Meet took place May 12 at Wrightstown High School.

The Oconto Falls girls took sixth place with 55 team points, while the boys finished eighth with 40.5 points.

The girls team was led by a second-place finish from its 4x200-meter relay team of Kennedy Kratz, Elizabeth Ausloos, Autumn Magnin and Ericka Havemeier, earning the relay team a spot on the all-conference second team. Brent Wolf took second in the boys 300 hurdles.

Kari Albrecht earned a spot on the honorable mention team after taking third in the girls 300 hurdles.

Marinette & Oconto Conference

The Marinette & Oconto Conference Meet took place a day earlier, May 11 at Oconto Falls High School. The Suring boys won the meet with 210 team points.

Suring’s Michael Lynch (200, 400), Mitch Stegeman (300 hurdles, high jump, pole vault), Johnathon Miller (shot put) and Ryan Mahoney (triple jump) all landed on the all-conference first team after first-place finishes in their respective events. Lynch (100), Stegeman (110 hurdles), Logan Stuart (shot put, triple jump) and Mahoney (long jump) all made the second-team after finishing in second place.

Mahoney (400), Connor Giese (800, triple jump), Jayden Geniesse (3,200) and Johnathon Miller (discus) all finished in third place to earn honorable mention individual nods. Suring’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams of Jeffrey Miller, Dequez Sepulveda, Maequin Largo and Kegyn Lambrecht each came in third. The 4x400 relay team of Dominque Noack, Chad McVeigh, Lambrecht and Giese and the 4x800 relay of Geniesse, Largo, McVeigh and Noack also came in third.

The Suring girls placed fifth with 94.5 points. Linzy Runge (100 hurdles) and Kylee Stelzer (triple jump) each earned second-place finishes. Stelzer (400), Runge (300 hurdles), Wylee Van Bellinger (triple jump) and the 4x800 relay team of Jazmine Chesterfield, Claire Anderson, Alex Galbraith and Maddy School all placed third.

The Gillett girls came in third place with 103 points. Sylvia Hansen won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Aubrey DeBauch claimed the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles top times. Karissa Schaal had the top throw in discus, while the 4x400 relay team of Becca Brehmer, DeBauch, Emily Hairapetian and Emily Horsens also took first. Lauren Herzog (1,600, 3,200) and Grace Wickman (discus) each took second while Schaal (shot put) finished third.

The Gillett boys scored 71 points to finish fourth at the meet. Derek Hanson won the 1,600 while Bo Krueger was second in the discus. The 4x400 relay team of Adam Anderson, Sam Davis, Andy Lemens and Sven Meier and the 4x800 team of Anderson, Andy Lemens, Sam Lemens and Riley Engebretsen also took second. Meier claimed third-place in the 200.

The Lena/St. Thomas Aquinas girls took sixth with 66.5 points while the boys took seventh with 30 points. The boys team did not have any athletes or relay teams finish in the top three.

Desirae Hurning won the 100 while the 4x100 relay team of Brianna Sylvester, Kennedy Marquardt, Catie Kramer and Hurning also took first. Marquardt took second in the 200, while the girls 4x200 relay team of Edee Zhang, Emily Lange, Kramer and Mikayla Mahas also finished second. The 4x400 relay team of Zhang, Lange, Mahas and Alexis Misco claimed the third-best time, while Hurning took third in the pole vault.

Boys golf

North Eastern Conference

Marinette’s Ty Kretz took home the player of the year honor in the North Eastern Conference for boys golf.

Oconto Falls had two of its golfers land on an all-conference team. Ryan Morris, who would eventually qualify for sectionals, and Clayton Rathsack each earned a spot on the conference’s honorable mention team.

No local golfers from the Marinette & Oconto Conference made an all-conference team.