THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Multiple Marines Awarded Spring Post-Season Honors
Issue Date: June 21, 2018
If you've followed Marinette softball over the last four years, you've undoubtedly heard of Chloe Lambie and McKenzie Bebo. The pair graduated this year, finishing the spring softball season as first-team players in the North Eastern Conference.
Lambie made it as an infielder, though she also did some work on the mound.
Lambie has been a strong player for the Marines for a couple years now, but this year was different in terms of leadership and her demeanor, coach Corry Lambie said.
"I saw a different level of leadership. I also saw her relax a lot more, which I think was pretty impressive as a senior," coach Lambie said. "I think a lot of times seniors tend to put a little bit more pressure on themselves, but I think she relaxed and just let the game come to her."
Coach Lambie said the individual honor was nice for Lambie to cap off her career.
Bebo was an infielder known for her bat, as she clubbed some home runs throughout the year. That bat earned her a unanimous selection to the first team, one of three players to earn that distinction this season.
"McKenzie Bebo will always be remembered for her stick," Lambie said about the conference's second-best hitter this season. "She's just a great hitter."
She was good at the plate, but her defense was also strong this season, something Lambie said doesn't always get the attention it should.
"Defensively, she was outstanding and sometimes that gets overshadowed by her ability to put the ball in play," he said.
Marine sophomore outfielder Tatum Ihde, freshman outfielder Matti Renikow and freshman pitcher Syd Nemetz were all honorable mentions and will be tasked with carrying the torch for the Marinette softball program, just as Bebo and Lambie did.
"When they came into the program, I think they had some good leaders and good role models," coach Lambie said. "They stepped up to the expectations of their teammates and really played well for our program for four years. I'm really proud of their individual accomplishments."
Wahl Leads Marinette
In NEC Baseball Voting
Marinette had two first-team baseball players as well.
Senior outfielder Adam Wahl was a unanimous first-team selection and junior Riley Nelson made the top team as a utility player. Senior pitcher Matt Eldredge was an honorable mention.
Coach Andy Walters commented, "Adam was one vote away from being slected as the conference player of the year., which is very impressive considering where we finished as a team"
"Adam led the conference in almost every offenisve stat except for batting average. He is bar none the best hitter I've coached here in Marinette. He has a real gift for hitting the baseball."
Walters went on to describe what it was that made Nelson one of the best. "Riley started the year at third base. We also played him in the outfield. He finihsed the year at shortstop and he also pitched for us. Nelson was also good at the plate for us. He was toward the top of the conference in batting average and was one of our more consistant hitters."
Kretz Is Golfer of the Year for NEC
Marinette's Ty Kretz was the NEC golfer of the year in his freshman season.
"His great play led him to the conference player of the year," Marines coach Cary Waloway said. "Not bad for a freshman. [He has] a great future ahead of him."
Matt Wagner was a first-teamer as well and Wes Knutson made the third team.
Wagner made the state tournament as an individual this season as a junior.
"Matt had an exceptional year and deserved first team all-conference," Waloway said.
Senior Maddie Schultz made the first-team soccer squad for the Marines, while junior Maddy Sims was on the second team.
Senior Lauryn Pitts and sophomore Maddie Torkko were honorable mentions.
For Oconto Falls, junior Emma Huberty made the first softball team, as did sophomore utility player Haley Bell.
Junior infielder Katelyn Albrecht was a second-teamer and Josie Tolzman got an honorable mention for her work as a pitcher as a junior.
For the Panther baseball team, senior Sam Virtues and senior Kamden Bloom were second-team selections and Mason Sefcik earned an honorable mention.
Golfers Ryan Morris and Clayton Rathsack made the third team.