August 16, 2022

Grant County Herald

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W/H-N softball awards

The Wheaton/Herman-Norcross softball team recently announced its season awards.  The Warriors went 9-14 overall this season and 8-8 in the Pheasant Conference.

Hancock and CGB tied for the Pheasant Conference title with 13-1 league records, while the Warriors were third.

W/H-N, seeded fourth in its half of Section 6A, won its first two playoff games this season, beating Rothsay (4-2) and upsetting top-seeded Hancock (6-3), but the season came to an end with a pair of 12-2 losses to CGB and Browerville.

The Warriors, coached by Jordon Roos, will lose Avah Sykora, Lesley Rinke, Aurora Johnson, Kyla Berger, Marlen Guzman, Allissa Volker, and Lydia Vipond to graduation from this year’s team.

Season and team awards

Jordyn Perry was named the Most Valuable Player for the Warriors this season, while Sadie Vipond earned the Silver Slugger (best hitter) award, and Anna Bright was selected for the Cy Young (best pitcher) honor.

In addition, Perry also earned the Gold Glove award (best fielder), Emily Drewicke won the Rookie of the Year award (best fist-year starter), Avah Sykora won the Most Improved Player honor, Megyn Kelly earned the Hustle Award, and Lesley Rinke and Lydia Vipond were selected for the WARRIOR award (best teammate, leader, sportsmanship, energy, etc.).

Named to the Pheasant Conference first team was Jordyn Perry, while earning second-team All-Conference were Sadie Vipond, Emily Drewicke, and Lydia Vipond, and named honorable mention were Addison Blume and Anna Bright.

Statistical leaders for 2022 

Emily Drewicke led the Warriors with a .439 batting average and .536 on-base average, while Jordyn Perry was next at .403 and .519, and also batting over .300 for the season were Sadie Vipond (.371), Lydia Vipond (.364), and Addison Blume (.353), and others with at least a .400 on-base percentage and at least 20 plate appearances were Alissa Volker (.450), Sadie Vipond (.435), Lydia Vipond (.425), and Lesley Rinke (.422).

Perry and Drewicke led W/H-N this season with 25 hits each, while Drewicke had a team-best 11 doubles and 26 runs scored, and was third with 14 stolen bases.

Sadie Vipond had two homeruns and Lydia Vipond had one for the Warriors this season, while Perry, Drewicke, Sadie Vipond, and Addison Blume had one triple each.

Perry and Rinke had the most walks for the Warriors (13), while Megyn Kelly and Perry had 15 stolen bases each to lead the team.

On the mound, Anna Bright went 6-9 with a 6.51 ERA and 57 strikeouts for the Warriors in 90 innings pitched, while Perry was 2-4 with 27 2/3 innings pitched, a 11.4 ERA and 23 strikeouts, and Makayla Bertrum, J. Kellen, and Addison Blume also saw time on the mound this spring for the Warriors.

Members of this year’s W/H-N softball team this year were seniors Avah Sykora, Lesley Rinke, Aurora Johnson, Kyla Berger, Marlen Guzman, Allissa Volker, and Lydia Vipond; juniors Megyn Kelly and Anna Bright; sophomores Sadie Vipond, Jordyn Perry, and Grace Dawson; ninth-graders Addison Blume, Hadley Berger, Raquel Kallstrom, and Emily Drewicke; and eighth-grader Makayla Bertram.

Members of the W/H-N JV softball roster were ninth-graders Hadley Berger, Raquel Kallstrom, and Emily Drewicke; eighth-graders Makayla Bertram, Emily Rueda, Jennaya Pederson, London Rinke, Madison Bailey, and Jaradyn Ehlers; and seventh-graders Marissa Frisch, Maddie Corey, Jadyn Kellen, and Kianna Wahl.