Bulldogs Picked for Packerland Honors In Three Spring SportsIssue Date: June 21, 2018
In Peshtigo's first season in the Packerland Conference, the Bulldogs fared well on the spring all-conference teams.
The Bulldog baseball team wond the conference title in its first year of participation. The Bulldogs had three players make the all-conference first team.
Junior Darren Dionne was an all-conference first team pitcher. In conference play he posted an ERA under 1.00.
"He was our stopper," Bulldogs coach Neal Henrigillis said. "In big games, Darren came in and slammed the door on some quality opponents."
Henrigillis referenced Dionne's game against co-conference champion Sturgeon Bay, when he hurled six innings of one-run ball, as one example of his dominance against strong opponents.
The Bulldogs will hope for more of the same from Dionne, who was the only first team pitcher that wasn't a senior.
"He has pitched on varsity as a freshman and sophomore, but this year as a junior he took a big step forward," Henrigillis said.
Brandon Eick, a junior, was an all-conference selection in the infield after finishing with an on-base percentage of over .500 in conference play.
Eick was the team's top hitter on JV last season, but it wasn't known what he was going to give the team as a varsity starter this season. He did not disappoint.
"Brandon had great at-bats and was a quality cleanup hitter for our offense," Henrigillis said. "He is a left-handed hitter who really battles pitchers and pits the pressure on the defense to make quality plays. He will help anchor a strong 2019 team."
Trevor Bloch made the first team outfield in his final season in royal blue, also coming in second in player of the year voting. The award was won by Kewaunee's Daniel Stangel.
Henrigillis had nothing but glowing reviews of Bloch's time with the Bulldogs.
"Trevor is the model player for where our program is hopefully headed," Henrigillis said, saying that Bloch was originally known as a defensive standout before his offense started to excel. "Trevor has put in countless hours in the weight room and at hitting clinics to make himself a plus hitter."
Bloch hit .385 on the season and led the team in runs. One notable stat is that he didn't strike out in conference play all season long.
Beyond the stat sheet, Bloch made an impact in other ways, and may continue to make an impact even after his time in the program.
"Trevor is the model player that I hope all baseball players in the Peshtigo community got the privilege to see and learn from," Henrigillis said. "He's a player and young man we will reference a lot in the next couple of years to the young players in our program."
Peshtigo senior Riley Reif was a second-team catcher and junior Nick Nielson was a second-team outfielder.
Oconto senior pitcher Tony Marquardt, senior catcher Evan Allen and junior infielder Bennett Frazer made the first team in baseball.
Hayden Honish and Balin Welch each made the second team and senior Carson Moe was an honorable mention outfielder.
Moe was sixth in the conference with a .464 batting average.
Lewis/DeBryin Selected to Packerland First Team
Peshtigo had two all-conference first-teamers in seniors Olivia Lewis and Lexi DeBriyn.
Lewis was a first-teamer in the infield, tying for the conference lead in batting average with Oconto's Ellen Sohrweide at .560.
"I think she was more physically and even more mentally tough," Bulldogs coach Tom Christensen said of Lewis and her development this season. "She had the right attitude, didn't get down and a .560 batting average, you're not going to say that's not a first-teamer, right?"
DeBriyn was first team in the outfield, noted for her bat and her glove.
"Defensively, she covers ground like a deer and has a sure glove and good arm," Christensen said. "Physically as a tough kid, she can go out there and run balls down with a terrific arm."
Senior Shae Tonn made the second team as a utility player and senior Emma Frederickson was a second-teamer in the infield, along with freshman Grace Wickman.
Tonn also played in the Wisconsin senior all-star game this season along with Madi Martin last week.
For the Oconto softball team, MacKenzie Honish was a unanimous first-team pitcher as a sophomore and junior Morgan Durand was a unanimous first-team catcher.
Honish was 13th in the conference with a .423 average in addition to her duties on the mound.
Sophomore Hannah Wusterbarth, freshman Hallie Wusterbarth and junior Ellen Sohrweide each made the first team as well.
Sohrweide tied for the top spot in the conference in batting average.
Senior outfielders Sydney Koch and Lauryn Nerenhausen were second-team outfielders. Koch finished the season with a .519 batting average, fourth best in the conference, and one of only six players to break .500.
Jacobson is Packerland Golfer of the Year
Peshtigo dominated the Packerland all-conference boys golf team. The Bulldogs, who made it to state as a team for the first time in school history this season, had three of six golfers on the team.
Bryce Jacobson was the top golfer in the conference as a senior. Junior Trent Carriveau and freshman Jordan Carvenough were each first-teamers as well, ensuring that the program is left in good hands next season.
"Bryce is what happens when ability meets determination and focus. His combination of exceptional play and leadership as the most powerful influencer of our teams success," said Peshtigo coach Kyle Cheney .
"Simply put Trent is a competitor " and he doesn't like losing. His competitive nature drivers him to succeed. I am excited to have him fill Bryce's shoes as Peshtigo Bulldog Golf's Leader and Captain next year.," siad Cheney.
Regaurding new comer Jordan Carvenough Cheney commented, "Jordan was a very impressive Freshman golfer. He handled pressure well as we advanced to each more competitive stage. I am excited to work with and watch Jordan grow over the next 3 years.."
Oconto junior Andrew Westphal also made the golf first team.
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