Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level
By Paul Lecker
A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.
Varsho, Schwecke continue season at UW-Milwaukee
Marshfield High School graduates Daulton Varsho and Trevor Schwecke are playing for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team this spring.
Varsho, a junior catcher, is leading the Panthers in batting average at .381. He has started all 37 games for Milwaukee and also leads the team in home runs (7), doubles (7), triples (5), RBIs (29), runs scored (28), and stolen bases (7).
Schwecke, a freshman infielder, has played in 13 games with six starts and is batting .367 (11 of 30) with a double, seven RBIs, and six runs scored.
UW-Milwaukee is 13-24 overall and 3-13 in the Horizon League. The Panthers took on Northwestern in a nonconference game April 18 and played conference doubleheaders Friday at Oakland (Michigan) and Saturday at Youngstown State.
Spaeth pitching at UWSP
Drew Spaeth, a Stratford High School graduate, is a junior pitcher on the UW-Stevens Point baseball team.
The three-time all-Marawood Conference South Division performer at Stratford has appeared in eight games this season, all in relief. He is 1-0 for the Pointers with a 7.31 ERA. In 16 innings Spaeth has struck out 14, walked 13, and allowed 16 hits.
Stevens Point is 15-13 overall and 7-5 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after hosting UW-Whitewater for conference twin bills on April 22-23.
Fitzgerald hits the links for Stout
Jordyn Fitzgerald, a 2016 Marshfield High School graduate, is a freshman on the UW-Stout women’s golf team.
Stout began its 2017 spring season on April 8, hosting the UW-Stout Spring Invitational at Whitetail Golf Club in Colfax, and the Blue Devils won the meet with a score of 322.
Fitzgerald shot a 17-over-par 89 to finish tied for 13th among 32 golfers from four different schools.
Stout finished 12th at the Illinois Wesleyan Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling on April 14-15. Fitzgerald did not play in the event.
The Blue Devils wrap up their regular season at the Carleton Invitational in Hastings, Minnesota, on April 29-30 prior to the NCAA Division III Championships in Houston on May 9-12.