Solon Puts Four on WAMAC East First Team


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Solon matched Mount Vernon for the best WAMAC East record and led all East Division teams in total wins with 27 victories.

On Wednesday the Spartans began to reap the rewards of another strong season.

Solon had four players named to the WAMAC East Division first team when the conference announced its postseason awards.

Juniors Taylor Moore, Taylor Ryan and Skylar Stookey were all first-team East Division selections along with sophomore Kayla West to headline a group of seven Spartans to earn postseason recognition.

Senior infielder Madison Rogers was a second-team East Division pick while eighth-graders Jada Buffington and Ava Stebral were both honorable mention picks.

West was a first-team pick as a pitcher after compiling a 20-4 record and 2.16 ERA in 139 1/3 innings.

Stookey was the East Division first-team catcher following a junior season in which she led Solon with nine home runs and 44 RBI while hitting .426.

Moore hit .367 with 10 doubles and 27 RBI on her way to being a first-team pick as an infielder. Ryan was a first-team pick as an outfielder and led Solon with a .579 batting average, 52 runs, 73 hits and 37 stolen bases.

Clear Creek Amana had three players named to the WAMAC West Division second team.

Senior third baseman Danielle Wnek and sophomore shortstop Karsyn Stratton were both second-team picks as infielders while sophomore Raina Henze was a second-team selection as a pitcher.

Wnek led the Clippers with a .355 batting average and scored 22 runs while Stratton hit .325 with four home runs, 21 runs and 20 RBI.

Henze went 14-9 with a 2.34 ERA, striking out 68 in 137 2/3 innings.

Freshman Gabrielle Bedford and sophomore Ainsley Schrock were both honorable mention picks for the Clippers.

WAMAC All-Conference Softball

West Division

First team – P: Mackenzie Hupke, Jr., Independence; Nicole Zuber, Sr., Williamsburg. C: Sydney Nielsen, Jr., Marion. INF: Angie Gorkow, Jr., Benton Community; Grace Martensen, Jr., Benton Community; Reagan Schutte, Soph., Center Point-Urbana; Olivia Brecht, Sr., Center Point-Urbana. OF: Shelby Hulsebus, Sr., Benton Community; Elisabeth Davis, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Lydia Butters, Sr., Independence. UTIL: Jill Holub, Soph., Williamsburg; Becky Wright, Soph., Center Point-Urbana.

Second team – P: Kortni Gensley, Sr., Williamsburg; Raina Henze, Soph., Clear Creek Amana. C: Carly Campbell, Fr., Williamsburg. INF: Madelynn Beatty, Sr., Independence; Megan Gorkow, Soph., Benton Community; Danielle Wnek, Sr., Clear Creek Amana; Karsyn Stratton, Soph., Clear Creek Amana. OF: Laure Upmeyer, Soph., Vinton-Shellsburg; Maddie Karr, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Jordyn Dunn, Fr., Marion. UTIL: Kaylee Hosch, Jr., Independence; Ashley Hooper, Soph., Williamsburg.

Honorable mention – MaKenna Bonewitz, Sr., Benton Community; Jessie Havlik, Sr., Benton Community; Natalea Cook, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Maddison Kurt, Sr., Center Point-Urbana; Gabrielle Bedford, Fr., Clear Creek Amana; Ainsley Schrock, Soph., Clear Creek Amana; Megan Brock, Jr., Independence; Allie Jo Zieser, Soph., Independence; Cloee Kraft, Soph., Marion; Peyton Steffen, 8th, Marion; Ashlynn Ellenbecker, Fr., South Tama; Saylor Upah, Sr., South Tama; Natalie Boyer, Sr., Vinton-Shellsburg; Olivia Erhartdt, Soph., Vinton-Shellsburg; Charley Geguzis, Soph., Williamsburg; Mackenzie O’Neil, Jr., Williamsburg.

Coach of the year – Heather Hupke, Independence

East Division

First team – P: Macey Kleitsch, Soph., West Delaware; Kayla West, Soph., Solon; C: Skylar Stookey, Jr., Solon. INF: Sammy Moss, Jr., Mount Vernon; Ella Koloc, 8th, West Delaware; Heather Boeckenstedt, Jr., Dyersville Beckman; Taylor Moore, Jr., Solon. OF: Taylor Ryan, Jr., Solon; Bailey Sullivan, Sr., Mount Vernon; Grace Lubben, Fr., Anamosa. UTIL: Mackenzie Rosenboom, Jr., Central DeWitt; Sydney Steffen, Jr., Dyersville Beckman

Second team – P: Amanda Roe, Jr., Mount Vernon; Sydney Kennedy, Fr., Western Dubuque. C: Talbot Kinney, Fr., Central DeWitt. INF: Kristen Elliott, Sr., Mount Vernon; Heather Heims, Fr., West Delaware; Peyton Koerperich, Sr., Western Dubuque; Ellie Tallman, Soph., Anamosa. OF: Abby Hoefler, Sr., Dyersville Beckman; Kira Vaske, Sr., West Delaware; Kylie Orr, Sr., Mount Vernon. UTIL: Madison Rogers, Sr., Solon; Ella Link, Soph., Western Dubuque.

Honorable mention – Jessie Frasher, Jr., Anamosa; Sophie Wilt, Sr., Anamosa; Kamryn Klas, 8th, Dyersville Beckman; Jadyn Welling, Fr., Dyersville Beckman; Mya Cavanagh, Jr., Central DeWitt; Katie Fox, Jr., Central DeWitt; Carlene Paul, Jr., Maquoketa; Sydney Taylor, Jr., Maquoketa; Summer Brand, Soph., Mount Vernon; Lauren Hauser, Soph., Mount Vernon; Jada Buffington, 8th, Solon; Ava Stebral, 8th, Solon; Claire Demmer, Jr., West Delaware; Leah Wegmann, Soph., West Delaware; Hannah Horsfield, Sr., Western Dubuque

Coach of the year – Robin Brand, Mount Vernon