Wickman stands out in M&O
Wausaukee senior named top softball player in league
Friday, June 14, 2013 7:00 PM
WAUSAUKEE - Over the course of her four-year varsity career, Sara Wickman has been as vital to the Wausaukee softball program as any single player in recent years.
After another stellar season, Wickman's achievements did not go unnoticed as she earned Player of the Year laurels in the M&O Conference.
"She's just an outstanding athlete and a great person. Very deserving," Wausaukee coach Sue Stoltenberg said. "Our program wouldn't be where it is over the past four years without her."
The Ranger program, which along with Peshtigo, has either tied for the best record or finished on top of the conference the last four years, flourished behind Wickman.
In conference play, Wickman batted .621, smashed three home runs and had a team-high 22 runs batted in.
"She was just a clutch hitter," Stoltenberg said.
Wickman was no slouch on the defensive end. After playing third base her first two varsity seasons, she slid over to shortstop after her sister Brooke graduated. Wickman was nearly flawless throughout her career defensively.
"Anything hit to her, there was a good chance she was going to make the play," Stoltenberg said.
The Rangers other first-teamer was junior pitcher Lauren Edlbeck.
Edlbeck pitched every game for the 9-1 Rangers and consistently was around the plate, giving her defense good opportunities to make plays.
"Lauren doesn't blow it past too many people, but she throws strikes and forces a lot of ground balls, something our defense was good at," Stoltenberg said. "She puts a lot of time in the off-season honing her game and I thought she made great strides this season."
Edlbeck batted .419 in the clean-up spot behind Wickman.
Peshtigo was well represented in the all-conference voting with five first-team selections.
Leading that group was senior third basemen Taylor Romenesko. A three-year starter, Romenesko batted a team-high .364.
Fellow seniors Jen Harris and Shannen Ganter were also first-teamers, along with juniors Maize Reif and Kelly Staudenmaier.
Harris played second after primarily played right field last season. She finished with a .906 fielding percentage and her high softball IQ paved the way for the development of sophomore shortstop Carlee Mylener, as the two successfully turned several double-plays.
Ganter played centerfield for the Bulldogs and was a leader in the outfield and Staudenmaier played right and was one of the stronger hitters on the squad.
Reif, who replaced her older sister Bobbie after she pitched the past two seasons, was a force to be reckoned with.
She finished the year with 61 strikeouts in the M&O after guiding the Bulldogs to a 9-1 record. Reif also batted .321 as the leadoff hitter and scored 20 runs.
Crivitz seniors Brittany Gorman and Hope Heider earned first-team honors.
Gorman was the Wolverines second basemen and helped anchor a talented, but young infield behind sophomore pitcher Amanda Pickett, who had the daunting task of replacing Abby Fischer.
Heider played outfield and some first base for Crivitz and developed a successful swinging bunt which put pressure on the defense each time she stepped in the batters box.
Coleman senior Janae Engels and Gillett junior Carla Woodke also made the first team.
Engels, who was a first-team catcher, anchored a the pitching staff and was instrumental in Coleman's best season in recent years. She was also the best hitter on the team.
Woodke made first-team as a utility player. She displayed great versatility throughout the year and was able to fill in multiple positions depending on the team need.