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.
Krueger excels at Carthage
Brad Krueger, a 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, recently wrapped up his junior season on the Carthage College men’s track and field team.
Krueger was named to the College of Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team as he competed in the heptathlon and decathlon during the season for Carthage, which is an NCAA Division III school in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and is located in Kenosha.
Krueger finished third in the heptathlon with 4.636 points at the CCIW Indoor Championship, ranking 25th in all of NCAA Division III, at Bloomington, Illinois, on Feb. 24-25. He also was second in the decathlon (6,038 points) and third place in the javelin (48.57 meters) at the CCIW Outdoor Championship on May 5-6 at Rock Island, Illinois.
He had outdoor personal bests in the 100 meters (11.88 seconds) and the long jump (4.40 meters) this past season.
Fitzgerald wraps up golf season at Stout
2016 Marshfield High School graduate Jordyn Fitzgerald finished up her freshman season on the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s golf team.
Fitzgerald finished with a stroke average of 94.5 for the Blue Devils in two meets.
She shot an 89 to tie for 13th at the UW-Stout Spring Invitational on April 8 at Whitetail Golf Club in Colfax. In her only other meet during the 2016-2017 season, she had a 100 at the UW-River Falls Triangular on Sept. 22.
Stout finished 14th at the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championships at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston on May 9-12.
Spaeth pitches at UWSP
Drew Spaeth, who graduated from Stratford High School in 2014, finished his junior season as a relief pitcher on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point baseball team.
Spaeth appeared in 12 games, all in relief, throwing 21 2/3 innings with a 5.40 ERA, a 2-0 record, and 15 strikeouts.
Spaeth did not allow a run and gave up just two hits in his final three appearances of the season, tossing a combined 5 2/3 innings in games against La Crosse, Stout, and Oshkosh.
The Pointers finished the season with a 22-19 record and an 11-9 mark in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.