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Coleman's DenRuyter Is 2022 M&O Softball MVP

Issue Date: July 7, 2022

The M&O Conference announced its All-conference selections for the 2022 season and heading the list as this year's MVP was Coleman's sophomore pitching ace Courtney DenRuyter.

DenRuyter was joined by teammates Alyssa Hoida and Annabell Markiewicz, for a three portion run on this year's first team list. Wausaukee was also well represented on the first team with the selection of Rachel Schlies, Melody Schaal and Natalie Grutza. Along with Coleman the two teams pulled the greatest shares of that top team.

Gillett/Suring had the second most players slotted to the first team with Emma Kristoff and Madison Vandevelde while Crivitz had a lone player on the first team in Madelyn Welty. STAA/Lena also made the first team with the selection of Chaela Rabas.

Niagara also joined the first team with one selection in Abigail Richtig.

The conference champion Coleman Cougars had a lot to celebrate this year through their stellar play on the field which had everything to do with some very strong pitching from their bullpen. The leader of that Bullpen, Courtney DenRuyter was hard to hit amongst the conference batters and showed great prowess in her pitching style, getting this year's Most Valuable Player award as a sophomore.

DenRuyter was 10-0 in Conference play, pitched 43 innings in conference play and carried an ERA of 2.442. She Struck Out 87 batters while leading off the hitting order with a batting Average of .542. She also led the team in RBI's with 29 while touting a .875 Slugging percentage.

Coleman head coach Jean LeVash commented on her star pitcher saying, "Courtney puts a lot into the game in the off season. She was a first team selection last year and was selected Conference MVP this year. Her hard work and dedication to the game has served her well. As she continues to mature and get stronger, she should continue to dominate the next two years."

Alyssa Hoida also made the first team with some precise control of her game. The two position Sophomore showed versatility at second base and shortstop, committing only two errors on the entire season which yielded her a .818 fielding percentage.

LeVash commented on Hoida saying, "She is a solid defensive player and has a great glove. Her ability to stay calm and collective served her well. She does a very good job providing leadership within the infield. Offensively, she batted second in the line up and had a batting average of .419 with an OBP of .561. Alyssa is a coachable player and will continue to get better as time goes on."

And continuing the trend of stellar young athletes from Coleman, the Cougars third first team selection was a Freshman. She is Annabell Markiewicz. The young standout posed a serious threat at the plate as well as in the outfield where she used her speed and awareness to track down many long shots from the area hitters.

"Annabell started in CF and did a great job running hits down in the outfield for us this season," said LeVash. "I was impressed with her ability to read the balls off the bat which allowed her to get a good jump. She also had a great season of hitting for us. She batted 5th in our line-up and carried a batting average of 500 with an OBP of .632. She was second on our team in RBI's with 21. She too has a great work ethic and dedicates a lot of time to the game in the off season. Her hard work paid dividends which helped her earn a starting spot as a Freshman in the outfield."

The Wausaukee Rangers also had a talent filled roster this season and were represented well on the first team selection list.

Head Coach Sue Stoltenberg spent time discussing what made these players an integral part of her team's success saying, "Natalie Grutza our Utility player is the ultimate team player. Her love was playing first base, but we also needed her range in the outfield, she recognized that it was a good move for our team and she embraced that role. Natalie is the type of teammate that every successful team needs and desires to have on their teams."

Stoltenberg continued saying, "Melody Schaal played 3rd base for us this season. She is an exceptional athlete and her desire to improve each and every game made the team better each and every game. Melody was also one of our leading hitters on the team, and she put pressure on the other teams defenses when she was on base. Overall Melody worked on doing the ordinary things right, and she had an extraordinary season because of those efforts."

Stoltenberg finished by commenting on her junior pitcher Rachel Schlies saying,"Rachel had a very nice season in the circle. She is such a gifted athlete and she has a tenacious spirit that drives her to succeed. Without Rachel's hard work we do not earn second place in the conference. Rachel was one of the players that put this team on her back and said?? let's get better, and we did."

St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena's Chaela Rabas made the first team at catcher. Her coach Cynthia Powers commented saying, "Chaela is one of the smartest players I've coached over my years. She shows great leadership on the field and is very knowledgeable of the game. She always did everything she could to help the younger players."

This year's second team saw the Crivitz Wolverines and the Niagara Badgers take the largest share of the selection. For the Wolverines the selections were freshman Isabell Danielczak at pitcher, sophomore Nilea Guns for the infield and junior Lexi Franzmeier for the outfield.

Niagara posted junior pitcher Abigail Wells, Senior infielder Lillian Loukus and Freshman outfielder Mallory Sanicki.

Wausaukee had two on the second team list, senior catcher Amber Caylor and senior infielder Beth Schaal.

Coleman took two second team spots as well with senior Chloe Dufeck for the infield and senior Christina Ermis for the outfield.


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