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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:24

CG-Belgium’s hard-hitting senior named Player of Year on all-league first team that also includes Wichmann, Bares

Central Lakeshore Conference baseball coaches didn’t have to look hard to find their 2013 Player of the Year.

They merely had to check the statistical numbers compiled by the best all-around performer on a championship team for a logical choice.


Cedar Grove-Belgium centerfielder Christian O’Donnell received the honor after leading his squad to a share of the CLC title. All the senior did as the Rockets’ leadoff hitter was bat .500 in conference play, score 22 runs and post a .845 slugging average.


O’Donnell had five doubles and two triples, walked nine times and struck out only three times on his way to a .726 on-base percentage.


He stole 20 bases in 22 attempts and showed his glove skills with a .929 fielding average.  


“Christian’s just an excellent all-around ball player,” said Cedar Grove-Belgium coach Mike Ruppel, whose team won its third straight league championship by sharing the crown with Sheboygan Lutheran/Kohler.


“He’s a solid contact hitter with gap power and great speed. He was usually the one getting on base first when we did our scoring.”


O’Donnell, who plans to play baseball next year at Wisconsin Lutheran College, earned All-CLC first-team honors for the third straight season. He was one of six unanimous first-team selections in the coaches’ voting and became the league’s inaugural Player of the Year.


Other local players named to the first team were Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Spencer Bares and Ozaukee’s Jeremy Wichmann.

 
Zauner, Paul race to Fish Day crowns PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:19

Port man, Cedar Grove woman set 8K pace for fundraising events that attract 960 runners, walkers

Colin Zauner and Ali Paul raced to top honors in the annual Fish Day 8K Run in Port Washington last Saturday.

Zauner, a Port Washington resident, was the overall winner with a time of 27  minutes, 44.13 seconds.

Paul, who lives in Cedar Grove, was the first woman across the finish line. She clocked in at 30:52.67.

The 8K race and a 2-mile run/walk are held as a fundraiser that benefits Portal Industries.

The first-place team in the 8K race was TROP, whose members included Zauner, Jack Hackett, Alex Balister, Christopher Karpin, Jason Revels, Eric Bretl, Casey Karpin, Mark Pasten, Frank Trier and Jared Sandlin.

In the 2-mile race, the top male runner was Dave Larson. The top female runner was Erin Bartenstein.

A total of 960 runners and walkers participated in this year’s events.

Top finishers by age group in the 8K race follow.

 
Trio of Hawks swoop up top NSC honors PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:14

Nennig, Weisflog, Lukas garner first-team accolades in vote of baseball coaches

It’s not unusual for the Grafton Black Hawks to have a baseball player earn All-North Shore Conference first-team honors each summer.

But even coach Brian Durst had to do a double-take when a trio of Hawks received top recognition in the coaches’ balloting.


“We’ve have five or six first-team players in my 13 years as coach, but we’ve never had three in one season,” said Durst, who guided the Hawks to a share of sixth-place in the conference.


“I guess it says something about the quality of our players. Some of them had really outstanding seasons.”


Grafton’s first-team trio includes outfielder Al Nennig, infielder Choo Weisflog and utility player Nate Lukas.


Nennig, a senior, capped an outstanding prep career by hitting .361 and driving in 18 runs in NSC play.


The top vote-getter among all-league outfielders, Nennig had a .525 slugging average that included two doubles, three triples and a homer and scored 18 runs.


Nennig had a .483 on-base percentage and was flawless defensively. He committed no errors and had 40 putouts and five assists.


One of the top all-around athletes in Grafton school history, Nennig is also a state-champion swimmer who will take his skills in that sport to Denison University in Ohio this fall.


“Alex is a special athlete who was able to compete in two sports at the highest level for four years,” Durst said.


“Swimming is his passion, but he’s also an excellent baseball player. I just wanted him to come out and enjoy the sport, and he did a great job.”


 
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