Several members of the spring sports teams at LUHS earned spots on the rolls of All Great Northern Conference teams for their performance on the field.
Curtis Geiger earned his second Player of the Year honor as well as first team honors in golf. Nicole Gilman of the girls’ track team was named GNC Runner of the Year, and earned first team honors for the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team.
Clara Schroeder was the lone T-Bird to be selected unanimously to a first team in girls’ soccer.
Kevin FitzPatrick for boys’ track and Kim Wasserburger for golf were selected as Coaches of the Year in their sports.
In baseball, where the Thunderbirds finished third in the GNC with a 6-6 record, James Bant at catcher and Logan Murphy and Luke Kyska for infield play earned second team honors.
Bant played behind the plate in all 12 conference games. In 46 conference at bats he had 13 hits – five of which were doubles – had three RBI and scored six times.
Murphy also played in all 12 GNC games, making 40 plate appearance in which he had 13 hits – two for doubles – drove in 10 runs, and was scored 14 times. His six stolen bases was tied for most in the GNC, while his RBI total was third best in the conference.
Kyska also played in all 12 conference games, making 41 trips to the plate and collecting 17 hits – three for doubles and two triples. He amassed 11 RBI and was driven in nine times. His .415 batting average was seventh best in the conference, he was fifth in hits and RBI, and tied for fifth in stolen bases with five.
Earning honorable mention selections were pitcher Trevor Roszczewski, infielder Nick Peterson and outfielders Brett Slavinsky, Sam Killian and John Aguirre.
On the mound, Roszczewski had a 2.79 ERA (sixth in GNC) in 32.67 innings where he gave up 45 hits, struck out 16, walked three and had three wins (tied for third), one loss and a save. Batting he had six hits in 36 trips to the plate, one double, two stolen bases and four RBI in 12 games.
Peterson had 41 plate appearances in 12 GNC games, collecting 13 hits, three doubles and 8 RBI.
Slavinsky had 32 at bats with 12 hits, one for a double, six stolen bases (tied for first) and eight RBI in 12 conference games.
Killian had 36 at bats in 12 GNC contests, collecting 11 hits – two for doubles – four stolen bases and four RBI.
Aguirre came to the plate 35 times in 12 games, collecting five hits, with two doubles and a home run, and five stolen bases He led the team in bases on a hit by pitch, and had four RBI.
Two members of the softball team that went 0-12 in GNC play were named to the honorable mention All-GNC team.
Jacie Duranso had 29 at bats in 12 games, getting nine hits and three RBI.
Ashley Radmer played in 10 conference games, with 28 at bats, 12 hits, two for doubles, and two RBI.
The LUHS golf team took first in the GNC, winning five of the seven legs of the conference tournament while finishing second in the other two.
Curtis Geiger and Daniel Donovan, who finished one-two on the conference leaderboard, were first team selections.
Of a possible 70 points in GNC play, Geiger earned 63.5, while Donovan earned 50. Geiger had the best score of any T-Bird golfer in five of the seven legs, while Donovan was best in the other two. Geiger scored team points in all seven legs while Donovan earned points in six of the tournaments.
In addition to first team honors, Geiger picked up his second GNC Player of the Year award.
Adam Flasch earned second team honors, finishing ninth on the GNC individual leaderboard with 14.5 points earned in three of the seven rounds.
Adam Hammes earned honorable mention honors with 12.33 points earned in three rounds, finishing 12th on the leaderboard.
Although they narrowly missed going to the state tournament, the tennis team finished third in the GNC standings with a 5-3 record.
Brad Holcombe at one singles, Ryan Porter at four singles and Mike Laurence and Ross Koester at three doubles earned second team honors for their finishes at the conference tournament.
Holcombe’s 6-2 record was second best on the leaderboard and he finished second in the conference tournament.
Porter also finished second with a 6-2 record and second in the conference meet.
Laurence and Koester finished first in the regular season standings with a 6-1 record and took second in the tournament.
Earning honorable mention were Zach Carlson at two singles, Andy Durette at three singles, Nick Garcia and Levi Herrick at one doubles, and Michael Brodhead and Joe Jirikowic at two doubles.
Carlson went 6-2 on the conference season and finished third at the conference tournament, while Durette was second on the leaderboard at 6-2 and finished third at the tournament. Garcia and Herrick were third on the leaderboard at 4-4 and third at the conference tournament, while Brodhead and Jirikowic were second for the season at 6-1 and third at the tournament.
The girls’ soccer team finished 6-3-3 on the conference portion of their schedule, taking third behind Rhinelander and Northland Pines.
Clara Schroeder was Lakeland’s only unanimous selection to any GNC first team and was joined by Maggie Sasse and Katie Kloes.
Of the 22 goals the T-Birds scored this season, Schroeder had 11 of them, fifth best in the GNC. She also tied for eighth with five other players in assists with four, accumulating 26 total points, fifth best in the conference.
Sasse had one assist on the conference season. She and Kloes spent the season at several positions, filling in for injured players, which hurt their offensive output.
Goaltender Brina Trapp was selected to the second team. Her 0.905 save percentage was second best in the GNC while her goals against average of .89 was third best. She made 105 saves on 116 shots on goal.
Freshman Sydney Ziebart and sophomore Haley Farrell were honorable mentions. Ziebart had three goals and an assist while Farrell, who usually played on defense, had one assist.
Boys’ Track and Field
At the GNC track and field meet, the boys’ team finished first for the fifth straight year and the girls’ team finished third. All-conference honors were based on how the athletes finished in their events.
Earning first team honors were Sam Jaeger in the 100 meter dash (11.34), Spencer Sutton in the 200 meter dash (23.28) and Thomas Bruckner in the triple jump (41’4.25”).
Making the second team was Sutton, in the 400 meter dash (52.80), William Bodewes in the 3200 meter run (10:39.47), Brenden Emmerich in the 300 meter hurdles (45.17), Jaeger, Matthew Schlichter, Daryl Goodreau and Frank Scandin, in the 4x200 meter dash (1:36.19), Caleb Anderson, Bodewes, Mackinley FitzPatrick and Matthew Wohlleber in the 4x800 meter relay (8:38.62), and Bruckner in high jump (5’8”).
Honorable mentions for third place finishes were Jaeger in the 200 meter dash, Schilling in the 800 (2:06.27), 1600 (4:49.89), and the 3200 meter runs (11:00.23), Goodreau, Schlichter, Scandin and Brandon Van Goethem in the 4x100 meter relay (46.89), Bruckner, FitzPatrick, Scandin and Schlichter in the 4x400m relay (3:43.09), Scandin in the pole vault (12’6”) and Van Goethem in the long jump (19’).
Girls’ Track and Field
Taking first team honors were Lauren Schilling in the 800 meter run (2:34.29), Nicole Gilman in 1600 (5:30.41) and 3200 meter runs (12:49.10), Schilling, Stephanie Balas, Gilman and Julia Malicki in the 4x800 meter relay (10:32.84), and Ellie Ottoson in shot put (34’6”).
Gilman earned Runner of the Year honors for her performances, and Ottoson advanced to the state meet in the shot put.
Earning second team honors were Balas in the 800 meter run (2:35.73), Schilling in the 3200 meter run (12:58.94), Emilee Oldenburg in the triple jump (32’11.5”), and Ottoson in the discus (85’3”).
Edie Africano, Sophie Annis, Balas, and Emily Kubisiak in the 4x400 meter relay (4:32.66) and Oldenburg in the high jump (4’6”) were honorable mentions with third place finishes in their events.
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