THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Oconto Falls Junior In Three-Peat As Areas Best; Lenas Wagner Runner-Up
And to think...she's still got another year to go.
McKenna Larsen, a junior standout in three sports for the Oconto Falls Panthers, has bagged another Athlete Of The Year nod from the Peshtigo Times, shortly after the spring sports season ended and she was chosen as the Bay Conference softball player of the year.
Larsen led the Bay Conference with a chilly 1.46 ERA to wrap her junior season of athletics in dominating fashion. She hurled four shutouts and struck 134 batters on her way to a third straight appearance on the all-Bay Conference first team. Larsen boasts 116 innings thrown in 2013, 474 batters faced, just 23 earned runs against her on 83 total hits. Larsen also turned in a .459 batting average, bringing home 13 runs on her 28 hits for the year.
She had a pretty solid season on the hardwood too. Playing point guard for the Panthers, Larsen hit 108 of her 188 attempted field goals for a 57.5% clip on the year and first team Bay honors. She drained 38 from behind the arc while averaging a total of 4.8 rebounds per game. Always looking to distribute, Larsen tallied 114 assists while proving to be a headache for opponents on the defensive side of the ball with 116 steals.
"I have had the pleasure of coaching McKenna these past three basketball seasons and watched her develop from a slightly tentative freshman to a very confident player and leader on and off the court," said Panthers head basketball coach Mike Kaczmarek. "McKenna's commitment to athletics has earned her many athletic awards," said Panthers' head basketball coach Mike Kaczmarek. "I think the biggest award she has earned is the respect of the coaches, teachers and athletes in our community. There is not too many three sport athletes and to have earned a spot on the all state team in all three sports is a credit to her work ethic and athleticism. The Oconto Falls Community is very fortunate to watch this high school athlete participate in high school athletics. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to coach this high school athlete."
Larsen was also a terror on the volleyball court for the Panthers. Over the course of her third varsity season, she notched 658 kills, 459 assists (3.9/game), 17 blocks and 532 digs. She was named the Bay Conference most valuable player as well as second team all-state.
Lena High School made room in the record books this last season as one of the best competitors ever to play for the athletic program there wrapped up her senior year with big performances.
Marlena Wagner, M-O Conference basketball MVP, eclipsed the 1000-point mark on the basketball court for her career in February against Niagara and finished her senior season on the hardwood with 1061 total points for her career, putting her in sixth place on Lena's all-time scorer's list. Adding to a year's worth of big accomplishments, Wagner took the gold medal in this year's Division 3 pole vault championship with a cleared height of 11'3.
The Oconto Blue Devil volleyball team finished this past season in incredible fashion, taking second at state, and Sarah DePouw was a huge part of that team's success. DePouw was picked as the Packerland Conference's most valuable player for the volleyball season and was selected to the second team at the state level. DePouw was also a first team selection to the conference softball team's infield.
Oconto's Laken James was also selected to the Packerland's first team for her contributions to that state volleyball team. James' presence on the basketball court also contributes to her consideration for the Times' Athlete Of The Year honors as she was the top scorer in the Packerland league and was a unanimous selection to the first team at season's end.
Wausaukee senior Sara Wickman just wrapped up her career in high school athletics by earning a unanimous pick to the M-O Conferences softball first team as an infielder, following a season that saw her hit above the .500 mark against conference opponents. Wickman was also given a spot on the conference's first team roster for the volleyball season and she was an honorable mention pick for her efforts on the basketball court as a senior.