Cloverbelt, Marawood, Mid-State announce all-conference teams
By Paul Lecker
Cloverbelt Conference Volleyball
The Spencer volleyball team won its third-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division championship in dominant fashion, losing just three games while going a perfect 7-0.
The Rockets were rewarded with five selections to the 2014 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Team.
Junior hitter Macie Weber and senior setter Brooke Kettleborough were selected to the first team, senior hitter Abby Varsho was a second-team pick, and sophomore Courtney Buss and senior Marisa Johnson earned honorable mention accolades.
“I am very proud of our selections,” Spencer coach Buff Heller said. “I do feel all of our players could start on most teams. Brooke and Macie are great choices for the first team, and Abby really worked hard to play in the middle this year after two years on the right side. Any time you are recognized by your peers you should be proud.”
Marshfield Columbus Catholic had a pair of all-conference picks. Sophomore Kendra Baierl, the Dons’ top kill threat, was chosen to the second team, and sophomore libero Sierra Litwatis was an honorable mention choice.
2014 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Volleyball Team
First team: Brooke Webster, sr., Gilman; Morgan Hinker, sr., Greenwood; Devyn Schoonover, jr., Loyal/Granton; Katrina Nemitz, sr., Neillsville; Stephany Heggemeier, sr., Owen-Withee; Macie Weber, jr., Spencer; Brooke Kettleborough, sr., Spencer
Second team: Tori Carr, sr., Colby; Samantha Hayes, jr., Colby; Kendra Baierl, so., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Taylor Opelt, jr., Greenwood; Ashley Walker, jr., Greenwood; Dani Pfeiffer, jr., Neillsville; Abby Varsho, sr., Spencer
Honorable mention: Stephanie DeCaire, sr., Colby; Jenna Jicinsky, jr., Colby; Sierra Litwatis, so., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Emily Johnson, jr., Gilman; Morgan Reinwand, so., Loyal/Granton; Krisana Zoromski, sr., Neillsville; Taylor Henchen, sr., Neillsville; Whitney Baehr, jr., Owen-Withee; Heather Zoellick, sr., Owen-Withee; Marisa Johnson, sr., Spencer; Courtney Buss, so., Spencer
Marawood Conference Volleyball
Auburndale senior Shannon Yahnke was a unanimous first-team selection to the 2014 All-Marawood Conference South Division Volleyball Team as voted on by the conference coaches.
Yahnke was one of three unanimous first-team picks along with Marathon senior Emily Kind and Wausau Newman Catholic sophomore Mariah Whalen. Whalen was chosen as the conference’s Player of the Year.
Auburndale finished in third place with a 4-2 record behind undefeated Newman Catholic and 5-1 Marathon.
Auburndale senior Jeanette Peplinski and Stratford sophomore Savannah Schillinger were second-team selections. Stratford was 3-3 and finished fourth in the standings.
Auburndale senior Ashley Breu and sophomore Taylor Gotz and Stratford senior Fanallahn Wurl and junior Tianna Hughes were among the honorable mention selections.
Newman Catholic’s Betty Lange was named Coach of the Year.
2014 All-Marawood Conference South Division Volleyball Team
First team: *Shannon Yahnke, sr., Auburndale; *Emily Kind, sr., Marathon; Amanda Kind, sr., Marathon; *Mariah Whalen, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Abbey Fox, jr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Rylie Vaughn, fr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Laura Beilke (libero), sr., Wausau Newman Catholic (* denotes unanimous selection)
Second team: Gena Grundhoffer, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Jeanette Peplinski, sr., Auburndale; Morgan Rachu, jr., Marathon; Dana Gertschen (libero), sr., Marathon; Julia Anderson, jr., Marathon; Natalie Nimz, fr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Savannah Schillinger, fr., Stratford
Honorable mention: Megan Buntrock, sr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Autumn Linzmeier, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Ashley Breu, sr., Auburndale; Taylor Gotz, so., Auburndale; Bailey Seubert, sr., Marathon; Courtney Ford, jr., Marathon; Caitlin Deaton, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Taylor Hackel, jr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Olivia Nillison, sr., Northland Lutheran; Kaylee Turzinski, sr., Northland Lutheran; Carly Solatycki, jr., Pittsville; Savanna Buchli, sr., Pittsville; Fanallahn Wurl, sr., Stratford; Tianna Hughes, jr., Stratford
Mid-State Soccer Conference
Champion Marshfield Columbus Catholic had three first-team and three second-team selections to the 2014 Mid-State Soccer Conference all-conference team.
Seniors Sean McCarthy, Christian Payant, and Evan Hansen were named to the first team for the Dons after lifting the team to a 10-1-1 record in the Mid-State and a first-place finish.
Hannah Stratman, Ryan Dieringer, and Farid Torbey were second-team selections for Columbus Catholic.
Overall this season, McCarthy had 24 goals and 11 assists to lead Columbus Catholic in both categories.
Dieringer finished with 13 goals and five assists, Payant had five goals and two assists, and Torbey scored twice for the Dons.
Hansen, the Dons’ goalkeeper, allowed just 16 goals and had 111 saves in 23 games as Columbus finished 15-5-3 overall and reached the WIAA Division 4 sectional final before losing in overtime to Barron.
Columbus Catholic coach Jeff Edwards was named Mid-State Coach of the Year.
“We had a tremendous year, and I am extremely proud of this team,” Edwards said. “We tied the school record for least amount of goals allowed (16) and scored the second-most goals in school history (85). This shows that we had an outstanding defense and offense.
“This team worked hard every day in practice, and it showed on game days. We were able to win conference, win the regional, and advance to the sectional final. That is something to be proud of.”
2014 All-Mid-State Soccer Conference Team
First team: Christian Payant, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Sean McCarthy, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Evan Hansen, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Mike Farrow, McDonell/Regis; Mike Hoffman, McDonell/Regis; Will Varline, Wausau Newman Catholic; Nate Johnson, Wausau Newman Catholic; Luke Yenter, Stevens Point Pacelli; Joe Fuller, Stevens Point, Pacelli; Juan Lanedoras, Tri-County; Tekoya Cosby, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran
Second team: Hannah Stratman, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Ryan Dieringer, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Farid Torbey, Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Logan Marlaire, McDonell/Regis; Adam Erickson, McDonell/Regis; Kueloua Lo, Wausau Newman Catholic; Jose Larrain, Wausau Newman Catholic; Kyle Griesbach, Northland Lutheran; David Burgess, Northland Lutheran; Trevor Godowski, Stevens Point Pacelli; Amanda Pekarek, Stevens Point Pacelli; Patrick Rath, Stevens Point Pacelli; Bretten Zuelsdorff, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran; Devin Flynn, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran
Honorable mention: Brandon Buelow, Wisconsin Valley Lutheran
Coach of the Year: Jeff Edwards, Marshfield Columbus Catholic
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)