THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Bulldogs Look For Continued Success in New Conference
Issue Date: April 12, 2018
Coming off of a 12-2 season that saw them finish second in the M&O Conference, the Peshtigo Bulldogs are headed to the loaded Packerland Conference to square off with some very tough opponents.
Southern Door comes into the season as one favorite to win the conference, while Oconto should be a factor despite some graduated players from last year's team. Algoma and Kewaunee, who Peshtigo beat in their only game of the season thus far, should also be tough opponents.
"The Packerland is known to be a very competitive conference and a lot of the schools are bigger than we've faced in the M&O," Peshtigo Coach Tom Christensen said. "I think we can be O.K. there. I think we can be one of the top three teams. If we get into that area, I hope to make it interesting."
They'll be without senior outfielder Abbie Lindbom, who was a second-team outfielder in the M&O and would have been arguably the team's best hitter. She broke her ankle during the offseason and will miss the entire season.
Despite Lindbom missing the season, Peshtigo won't be without senior leadership. Starting pitcher Shae Tonn will captain the team, while Madi Martin will man the hot corner and Emma Frederickson will move to first base to replace first-team first baseman Jenna Thill, who graduated and now plays basketball at UW-Marinette.
"I expect our seniors to step up," Christensen said. "Frederickson's going to have a really good year and Martin seems enthusiastic. I expect every one of them to push it to the limit this year."
Christensen said that he expects pitching might be one of the team's strongest areas this season, with Lexi DeBriyn adding some depth behind Tonn. The outfield has yet to work itself out, with three underclassmen battling for two spots.
"I would hope that between the pitching and that we've always had a pretty decent infield, that can help us along," he said. "We have only one senior in the outfield. I've got three sophomores fighting for two spots in the outfield. I don't think we've really settled in. I'm giving them all a fair shot. I guess we're going to see if we ever get on the field."
Rounding out the Bulldog roster are seniors Skylar Watson (catcher/infield) and Olivia Lewis (infield). Heading the sophmore list are Mckenna Evancheck (outfield), Grace Meyers (infield), Mattie LaCoursiere (utility) and Kennedy Chmela (catcher).
Freshman include Grace Wickman (Shortstop/pitcher), Allison Dudka (Utility) and Karli Cahill (catcher/utility).