Dalton Shaner, Junior, Eastland (Unanimous); Ty Hartman, Senior, Eastland (Unanimous); Brenden Dauphin, Sophomore, River Ridge (Unanimous); Adam Lange, Senior, East Dubuque (Unanimous); Austin Hansen, Senor, Eastland; Trent Schubert, Senior, Stockton
Skylar Paulson, Junior, Eastland; Tyler Kraft, Senior, East Dubuque; Michael Schultz, Senior, Galena; Stephen Korte, Junior, Scales Mound; Sam Venhuizen, Sophomore, Stockton; Austin Williams, Junior, Warren
Nick Hughes, Senior, West Carroll; Tommy Losch, Senior, West Carroll; Cody Landwer, Senior, River Ridge; Tevin Sellers, Senior, Le-Win; Hank Holm, Junior, Le-Win; Jonah Puls, Junior, East Dubuque; Derian Phillips, Senior, Scales Mound; Trey Timpe, Junior, Stockton
Varsity Conference Champions: Eastland: 13-0
F/S Conference Champions: Stockton: 12-1
2012-2013 NUIC West All-Conference
Ashley Brant, Senior, River Ridge/Scales Mound (Unanimous); Brianna Bautsch, Senior, Galena (Unanimous); Michaela Marty, Junior, East Dubuque (Unanimous); Courtney Walker, Junior, Eastland; Emily Langfield, Senior, Stockton; Kristin Wright, Senior, Stockton
Lexis Macomber, Sophomore, Eastland; Katie Schnitzler, Junior, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Morgan Wheelwright, Sophomore, River Ridge/Scales Mound; Dani Lee, Sophomore, Pearl City; Ashley Cropper, Senior, Pearl City; Ashley Block, Junior, Le-Win; Kalyn Theill, Junior, East Dubuque
Haley Miller, Senior, Eastland; Ieshia Larson, Senior, West Carroll; Kaylee Vos, Senior, West Carroll; Cortney Haight, Junior, Le-Win; Abby Berryman, Sophomore, East Dubuque; Gabriela Salgado, Sophomore, Galena; Sarah Nadig, Senior, Stockton; Brooke Beneventi, Senior, Stockton
Varsity Conference Champions: Stockton: 11-1
F/S Conference Champions: River Ridge/Scales Mound: 10-2
Baseball Preseason Preview
Head Coach: Kyle Zick
Last Years Record: Overall: 21-15; Conference: 10-4 (Lost in regional championship 10-7 to Morrison)
Team Roster: Nick Ludwig, Senior, P, 1B, 3B; Colton Meyer, Senior, P, 3B; Brett Carlson, Senior, C; Sam Vincer, Senior, OF; Calvin Barbee, Junior, P, 2B, OF; Jacob Poffenberger, Junior, OF; Travis Cunningham, Junior, OF, DH; Brayden Wierzycki, Junior, P, OF; Andrew Beasley, Junior, P, 2B, OF; Jonah Drake, Junior, P, SS, 2B; Jordan Ludwig, Junior, P, OF; Dylan Bushman, Junior, P, 1B; Robert DeVries, Sophomore, SS, 2B, P; Ethan Groom, Sophomore, P, OF; Nathan Schneiderman, Sophomore, P, 1B, OF
Team Strengths and Weaknesses: We are only returning two starters from last year (Colton Meyer and Nick Ludwig). Brett Carlson started about a third of the games last season. With so many new faces on the team this year, we will be looking for some young talented players to fill some key varsity positions. This will be Nick Ludwig’s third straight year starting on varsity. He has had the lowest ERA on the team both his sophomore and junior seasons (2.97 ERA, 91 K, 70 Inn.) Colton Meyer was all-conference (.387 avg.) as well as Nick Ludwig (1st team pitcher), and are expecting big things from both of them. The junior and sophomore classes are battling it out for the other seven positions on the field. There are some key battles for shortstop between junior Jonah Drake and sophomore Robert DeVries, first base between junior Dylan Bushman and sophomore Nathan Schneiderman, and in the outfield between several players. Depending on how these positions fill out, other positions will also be affected. Our strengths this year will be our young pitching. We have several very talented pitchers, including two lefties (Bushman and Schneiderman), something very rare in Forreston. Our other strong pitchers will be Nick Ludwig, obviously, Ethan Groom and Sam Vincer. We actually have the numbers in the program to create competition for positions and this should push our kids even more. Our weakness is our youth. Almost our whole team hasn’t played in a varsity game before. There will be a learning curve with such a young squad, but hopefully they pick it up pretty quick. We’ve made it to the regional title game the past two years but haven’t won one yet. We are hungry to get the first regional title since the 1960s. Our goals haven’t changed. We are aiming at winning both conference and regionals. The talent is here, we’re just young and have to learn to play as a team.
Teams To Beat: In conference, Dakota and Freeport Aquin are always difficult. DuPec has some talented pitching returning and Milledgeville was a much improved, very young team last season.
Softball Preseason Preview
Pearl City Lady Wolves
Head Coach: Mark Melville
Last Years Record: Overall: 19-11; Conference: 11-3 (1st Place tie with West Carroll)
Returning Starters: Jenna Canon, Senior, 3B, 1st Team All-Conference, .424 BA, 41 RBI; Laura Melville, Junior, 1B, 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All Area, .442 BA, 34 RBI, 33 runs scored; Michaela Heinrich, Junior, CF, 2nd Team All-Conference, .402 BA, 34 runs scored; Halle Fransen, Sophomore, P/IF, 2nd Team All-Conference, .333 BA, 33 runs scored, Pitching record 5-1; Korissa Blasing, Junior, P/IF, 2nd Team All-Conference, Pitching record 7-5
Other Key Players: Meghan Stichter, Senior, P/IF; Logan Skeel, Senior, C/OF; Abby Sesker, Senior, IF; Andrea Baumgartner, Sophomore, C/U
Team Strengths: Experience, good group of kids to coach, pitching depth
Top Conference and Area Teams: Milledgeville and Dakota, both in the NUIC West, have many returning starters and are solid teams.
Coach’s Comments: I’m looking forward to a good season, if the weather will cooperate.
Milledgeville Lady Missiles
Head Coach: Brad Grenoble (1st Year)
Last Years Record: Finished 3rd in IHSA Class 1A State Tournament, Undefeated in Conference 26-9
Returning Starters: Emily Bush, Senior, All State Pitcher, .400 + hitter; Kelsey Hayen, Senior, OF; Kayleigh Leddy, Junior, 1B, .300 + hitter; Taylor Grenoble, Junior, 2B, .300 + hitter; Courtney Swalve, Junior, C, All-Conference, .500 + hitter; Morgan Adolph, Junior, 3B
Team Strengths and Weaknesses: Our pitching and hitting will be our strengths all year. Our weakness is we have to find a second pitcher that’s ready to give Emily some breaks from pitching and find some replacements that have big shoes to fill from the seniors that left.
Top teams in the conference and area: Dakota and Orangeville, and on the other side, watch out for Pearl City. Great coach and a lot of talent.
Comments: Hopefully, we will be playing by May but our girls are ready to make a run at conference and we’ll be able to finish some business at State. We just have to play one game at a time and do our jobs and play as a team and we will be just fine.