One softball and two golf teams made state this season while a baseball team posted a 20-win campaign. And thus, there are a plethora of area “ball” players and golfers making All-Conference teams.
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The All-TRC softball team is denoted by players off the state champion Chatfield team. The Gophers tie St. Charles with having a league best five All-league picks. Caledonia/Spring Grove, Rushford-Peterson, and Fillmore Central/Lanesboro get three, one, and one pure All-TRC picks respectively. Gophers Peyton Berg (senior catcher), Claire Springer (junior pitcher), Kara Goetzinger (junior centerfield), Sydney Allen (senior 2B), and Alexis Hinckley (sophomore 1B) make the cut. Berg and Springer head the Chatfield cast. Berg earned her third All-TRC designation by leading the Gophers in hitting (.433), slugging percentage (.712), on-base-percentage (.483), RBIs (36), home runs (4), and doubles (17) all while dictating the Chatfield pitching staff from behind the plate. Berg was honored Class AA 2nd team All-State. She hit .410 with 7 HRs and 31 RBIs last season. As a frosh, she hit .341 with four HRs and 37 RBI. Peyton graduates with well over 100 career RBIs. She’ll join sister Belle in the Chatfield softball “all-time great” group. Belle also had over 100 career RBI. Springer was a revelation on the mound. After posting a 7-6 record and a 2.65 ERA in 74 innings as a sophomore in 2021, Claire hurled Chatfield to a state title in 2022. She went 26-2 on the mound with a .934 ERA, striking out 189, walking only 23 while giving up 121 hits over 157 1/3 innings. She pitched the last 60 play-off innings for the Gophers going 8-1. Springer also hit .352 with five doubles, a home run, and 26 RBIs. She made Class AA All-State Honorable Mention. Goetzinger earned her second All-TRC nod. The junior hit .339 with 10 extra base hits (five 2Bs, two 3Bs, three HRs). She led the team with 33 runs scored while driving in 16 runs. Her slugging percentage was .505. Hinckley also repeated as All-TRC. The sophomore hit .322 with seven 2Bs, two home runs, 26 RBIs, and 24 runs scored. She was the only Gopher with 20-plus runs and RBIs. Allen earned her first All-TRC nod. She hit .294 but had three home runs and a team second-best 27 RBIs. Allen added five doubles and 18 runs scored. Making All-TRC Honorable Mention for Chatfield were Jaiden Zimmerman (senior SS > .340 average, 17 RBIs, 21 runs) and Brynn Irish (junior 3B > .354 average, seven 2Bs, HR, 13 RBIs, 19 runs). Zimmerman was All-TRC a season ago. Berg, Springer, and Zimmerman made the Class AA All-State Tourney team. Said girls led Chatfield to a 28-2 record, their best ever season, as they shared the TRC-West championship while winning 1AA-East, Section 1A, and the state Class AA titles. Coach Jerry Chase was the Section 1AA Coach of the Year. Caledonia/Spring Grove gets three All-TRC picks, Brianna Stemper (senior 2B/P), Teagan Lange (senior P/3B), and Emily Ideker (junior 3B/LF). All three are first-time All-league picks. Lead-off batter Stemper hit .368 with eight doubles, three triples, 8 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. Lange hit .357 with four HRs, 16 RBIs, and 6 runs scored. She tied Chatfield’s Berg with the most home runs amongst “Journal 11” players. Lange also went 5-5 on the mound with a 3.52 ERA, striking out 61, walking 27. Ideker hit .439 with five doubles, a home run, 13 RBIs, and 20 runs scored. Paige Klug (junior SS > .349 average, 10 doubles, two triples, 18 RBIs, 14 runs) and Lydia Jennings (senior > 1B/3B > .340 average) made All-TRC HM. Rushford-Peterson’s sole All-TRC pick is Aviana Anderson-Ingram (senior P/1B). She hit a team second-best .420 with 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Emarie Jacobson (senior P/1B > 109 2/3 innings pitched) and Ellie Ekern (sophomore catcher > .338 average, seven 2Bs, one triple, HR, 9 RBIs, team-best 22 runs) made All-TRC HM. Fillmore Central/Lanesboro’s lone All-TRC pick is Lauren Mensink (senior centerfield). Regan Hanson (junior catcher) made All-TRC HM. Pure All-TRC selections for non “Journal 11” teams are Brenna Koeppel (junior P), Grace Buringa (junior C), Lauryn Delger (junior 3B/P), Makadyn Gust (sophomore CF/1B), and Mya Omdahl (sophomore SS) of St. Charles, Alison French (senior SS), Megan Morgan (senior LF), Madison Hazelton (sophomore P), and Savannah Repinski (8th 1B) of Cotter, Delaney Newcomb (senior C), Kaylee Peter (senior P/1B), and Teagan Hansen (senior SS) of PEM, Ella Lineweaver (senior CF) and Jacqueline Avilez (senior 1B) of Wabasha-Kellogg, Allie Mallicoat (senior P) and Kinlee Graaten (sophomore 3B/C) of La Crescent/Hokah, Staytlen Seefeldt (sophomore SS) and Tiegan Prigge (sophomore 3B/CF) of Lewiston-Altura, and Emirson Brehmer (sophomore 2B/P) of Dover-Eyota.
GMLOK won the Southeast Conference softball crown. Bulldog players highlight the All-SEC softball team. All four GMLOK selections are seniors, Emily Miner (pitcher), Lydia Voeltz (catcher), Brooke Kolden (centerfield), and Kennedy Fenske (1B). All four are first time pure All-SEC selections. Miner had a big year both pitching and hitting. She tossed 114 1/3 innings, going 15-4 with an ERA around 2.20. Miner struck out 157 while walking 73 and giving up 68 hits. She hit .343 with five doubles, a triple, two HRs, 17 RBIs, and 17 runs scored. Voeltz hit .302 with two HRs, 14 RBIs, and seven runs scored. She was All-TRC HM last season. Kolden hit .373 with 13 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Fenske hit .362 with a team-best 18 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Lucie Voigt (sophomore SS > team-high .466 average, seven doubles, two triples, 16 RBIs, team-best 31 runs) made All-SEC HM. Mabel-Canton has three All-SEC picks, all also seniors in Emily Carolan (pitcher), Molly Lee (catcher), and Gwen Tollefsrud (shortstop). Lee led the Cougars in hitting at .395, contributing five doubles, 18 runs, and 17 RBIs. Carolan pitched 117 of 122 2/3 innings for M-C with a 7-12 record. She struck out 90 and walked 78. It was her third year of pitching full time for the Cougars. She also hit .310 with three triples, one HR, and 12 RBIs. Tollefsrud hit .387 with one HR while leading the team in RBIs with 22 and runs scored with 29. Thea Snyder (senior LF > .373 average, 17 RBIs, 23 runs) made All-SEC for the Cougars. Houston’s lone All-SEC pick is Lilly Carr (junior P). She hit .318 with 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored while tossing 64 innings, striking out 79, walking just 16. Emily Botcher (freshman SS > .354 average, 8 RBIs, 8 runs) made All-SEC HM. Pure All-SEC selections for non “Journal 11” teams are Bailey Johnson (senior SS), Hattie Wiste (senior 3B), Kiyanna Meyer (senior P), and Bria Nelson (junior CF) of Southland, Mallory Ignaszewski (senior CF) and Sam Armstrong (senior 1B) of Alden-Conger/Glenville-Emmons, Alana Rogne (senior C) and Avari Drennan (sophomore P) of Lyle/Pacelli, and Claire Ekbom (senior C) of Schaeffer Academy.
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Two of the four “Journal 11” Three Rivers Conference baseball teams made their section final four. All four posted at least one post-season win. A total of 13 kids from Chatfield, Caledonia, Rushford-Peterson, and Fillmore Central/Lanesboro are All-TRC. Members of the TRC-West champion Gophers of Chatfield head the cast. Brian Baum’s crew gets five All-league picks in Caden Nolte (senior P/1B), Connor Jax (senior 3B/OF), Carter Daniels (junior P/OF), Drew O’Connor (junior catcher), and Luke Carrier (junior P/OF). Nolte leads the way, earning All-TRC a second straight year. He hit a team-best .447 with a team-high 36 RBIs and eight doubles. On the mound, the powerful right-hander went 8-0 with a 1.60 ERA, striking out 64, walking just 18, with 54 hits given up in a team-high 57 innings pitched. Nolte made 1st Team Class AA All-State. He led the team in RBIs with 29 as a junior. O’Connor also repeated as All-TRC. The catcher was Chatfield’s biggest slugger, hitting .387 with a “Journal 11” best five home runs. He contributed 19 RBIs and 10 runs scored. His slugging percentage was .627. Daniels and Carrier each pulled double duty, just like Nolte. Daniels hit .385 with four doubles, two triples, a home run, 19 RBIs, and a team-high tying 24 runs scored. He also went 7-1 on the mound with a 2.12 ERA, striking out 45, walking just nine with 45 hits given up in 46 1/3 innings pitched. Carrier hit a team second-best .406 with five doubles 9 RBIs and 23 runs scored. He tossed 30 2/3 innings, going 2-1 with four saves and a 2.05 ERA. Jax hit .305 with four doubles, 14 RBIs, and a team-high tying-24 runs scored. Drew Schindler (junior 2B > .317 average, 16 RBIs, 18 runs), Jackson Schild
(junior OF > .340 average, 14 RBIs, 18 runs), and Caden Boyum (sophomore SS > .355 average, 9 RBIs, 23 runs) made All-TRC HM. Nolte and Daniels made All-Section. Said guys helped the Gophers to a 20-3 season. Caledonia gets four All-TRC picks in Brady Augedahl (senior P/OF), Thane Meiners (senior P/SS), Tristan Augedahl (junior pitcher), and Ayden Goetzinger (junior 3B). Meiners heads the cast. He repeats as All-TRC while making the All-Section team and Class AA All-State. Thane hit .312 with seven doubles, a triple, and a home run. He had 12 RBIs and 18 runs scored. On the mound, he went 7-3 with a 1.80 ERA, striking out 78 and walking 22 in 58 1/3 innings pitched. Brady Augedahl also repeated as All-TRC. He hit .320 with 7 RBIs and 22 runs scored. The senior also threw 30 2/3 innings with a 2.96 ERA. Tristan Augedahl pitched two of the Warriors biggest wins (PEM, La Crescent/Hokah). He went 5-3 on the mound in 47 innings with a 1.19 ERA, striking out 84 while walking just 27. He joined Meiners in making All-Section. Goetzinger hit .338 with one home run, 17 RBIs, and 13 runs scored. He added a pair of saves on the mound with a 1.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched. Making All-TRC HM for Brad Augedahl’s Warriors is Kyle Bechtel (junior 2B > .312 average, five doubles, 14 RBIs, 12 runs).
Rushford-Peterson made the Section 1A Final Four. They boasted three All-TRC picks in Justin Ruberg (senior P/SS), Malachi Bunke (senior P/OF), and Alex Ronnenberg (senior P/OF). Ruberg hit .279 with six doubles, 10 RBIs, and 16 runs scored. He was the Trojans’ top pitcher, going 6-3 with a 2.59 ERA, striking out 83, walking 20, with 57 hits given up in a team-best 67 2/3 inning pitched. He made the All-Section team. Bunke hit .243 but tied for the team-high with 22 runs scored while also driving in nine. On the mound, he pitched 28 innings, going 3-1 with a 5.00 ERA. Ronnenberg hit .246 but tied Bunke with a team-best 22 runs scored while driving in 15 runs. The senior led R-P in extra-base-hits, with six doubles, three triples, and a home run. His .464 slugging percentage led all Trojans. Ronnenberg also pitched 26 1/3 innings. Tommy Ekern (senior catcher > six doubles, one home run, team-high tying 16 RBIs, 7 runs) made All-TRC HM. Finally, FC/L gets a sole All-TRC pick in Bryce Corson (junior SS). He hit .431 and drove in 12 runs while scoring a team best 23 runs. Corson made the All-Section team. Cooper Ferrie (junior P > .309 average, 16 RBIs, 14 runs, 40 IP, 3-5 record, 4.42 ERA) made All-TRC HM. He was the winning pitcher in arguably FC/L’s biggest three victories of the year.
Southland and Lyle/Pacelli were the top two baseball teams in the Southeast Conference. The Athletics won the regular season crown while the Rebels made it to the 1A title game. Said teams boast the most All-SEC picks. Conference challenger Spring Grove gets the third most All-league picks, three. Jaxon Strinmoen (sophomore 1B/P), Caleb Griffin (junior P/OF), and Elijah Solum (sophomore OF) are honored. Strinmoen led the team with a .424 average. He had five doubles, 12 RBIs, and 19 runs scored. On the mound, the 6’3” sophomore pitched 18 1/3 innings with a 3.06 ERA. Griffin was the Lions pitching ace. He tossed a team-best 47 2/3 innings, going 3-2 with 1.91 ERA. Griffin struck out a team-best 86 while walking 38. He gave up just 18 hits. At the plate, he batted .262 with 13 RBIs and a team-best 20 runs scored. Solum batted a team second-best .400. He had a pair of triples, 16 RBIs, and 18 runs scored. Ezra Griffin (freshman C/OF > .288 average, five doubles, 15 RBIs) made All-SEC HM for the Lions. The other three “Journal 11” SEC baseball teams, GMLOK, Mabel-Canton, and Houston each get one All-league pick. GMLOK’s guy is third-year selection Dustin Copley (senior P/SS). He led the Bulldogs (and all “Journal 11” batters) by hitting around .520. The third-year starter had five doubles, three triples, and two home runs, as he drove in 12 runs and scored 20. He led his team in all those categories while posting a slugging percentage north of .830. He made the 1AA All-Section team. Copley hit .393 with four home runs, 21 RBIs, and 24 runs scored a season ago. Nick Fetterly (senior P/2B > roughly .320 average, 6 RBIs, 12 runs) made All-SEC HM. Stats for GMLOK are short one game (versus Pine Island). Mabel-Canton’s lone selection is a repeat pick, Cayden Tollefsrud (sophomore P/C). Tollefsrud led M-C with a .426 average. He had four doubles, 9 RBIs, and scored a team-best 20 runs. On the mound, he threw a team-high 38 innings with a 2.63 ERA (yet went 1-6). He struck out 52 while walking 27, giving up 32 hits. Isaac Underbakke (8th grade SS/P > 13 RBIs, 10 runs, 19 1/3 IP, 3.88 ERA) made All-SEC HM. Houston’s lone selection is Maddox Rodriguez (freshman P/C/OF). He hit a team best .318 with 10 RBIs and 11 runs. Zach Olson (freshman OF/P > .316 average, 7 RBI, 13 runs) made All-SEC HM. Pure All-TRC picks not from “Journal 11” teams are Hunter VaDeer (frosh OF/P), Mac Nelson (junior P/IF), Jack Klingfus (sophomore P/IF), Landon Meyer (freshman 1B), and Jake Truckenmiller (junior IF) of Lyle/Pacelli, Harrison Hanna (senior P/3B/OF), Riley Jax (sophomore P/OF), Travis Kirtz (sophomore 1B/P), and Tyson Stevens (freshman 2B/C) of Southland, Brady Lair (senior P/SS) and Kole Nelsen (junior P/3B) of AC/G-E, and Cole Morgan (senior P/SS) of Schaeffer Academy.
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Golf in the Three Rivers Conference is split into two divisions. “Journal 11” teams Rushford-Peterson, Caledonia, and Fillmore Central are in the East. Chatfield is in the West. The top 11 golfers in the East division made All-Conference. The top 11 boys and top six girls in the West made All-Conference. On the boys side in the East, Rushford-Peterson gets three picks, Fillmore Central two, and Caledonia one. Andrew Hoiness (senior), Carson Thompson (senior), and Grady Hengel (junior) are the Trojans’ picks. They helped lead their team to the 1A golf title and a berth at state. Hoiness, 4th in the TRC East, was the top ranked golfer of the group. Hoiness and Thompson repeated as All-TRC East. Fillmore Central’s two honorees are Jake Fishbaugher (junior) and Luke Hellickson (sophomore). Fishbaugher was the second highest ranked golfer in the division behind La Crescent/Hokah’s Ryan Nutter (based off regular season scoring). The junior was TRC Meet and 1A Meet champion, progressing to state where he tied for 8th overall. Fishbaugher was All-TRC last season as well. Caledonia’s lone selection in Evan Hawkins (junior). On the girls side, the East is dominated by Falcons and Warriors. East Division and 1A champ Fillmore Central gets five All-TRC selections, Courtney Hershberger (junior), Chloe Morem (junior), Myleigh Scheevel (freshman), Aubrey Larson (sophomore), and Marissa Topness (senior). For the Warriors, Libby Jilek (sophomore), Miranda Schroeder (junior), and Lexie Hoscheit (junior) make All-TRC. Hershberger was the division’s highest ranked golfer, as she claimed the 1A girls individual title and took third at state. Morem, Jilek, and Schroeder followed her in the TRC East rankings. Hershberger, Morem, and Topness for FC, and Jilek, Schroeder, and Hoscheit for Caledonia, all were All-TRC East last season as well. Chatfield was the only “Journal 11” team to compete in the TRC-West. The Gophers boys suffered just two league defeats and thus get four All-league picks, Carson Harstad (7th grader), Colton Johnson (sophomore), Braxton McCasllin (junior), and Tristin Reinhardt (senior). Harstad and Johnson were the second and third ranked golfers in the division behind Dover-Eyota’s Carter Boynton. On the girls side, Taylor Ask (sophomore) and Mya Henry (freshman) made All-TRC West. The girls pool wasn’t very big as only 13 from the West competed at the TRC Meet.
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In the Southeast Conference, the top 10 boys and girls each made All-league. Lanesboro’s leads the way both on the boy’s and girl’s side, as the Burros won both team crowns and were 1A runner-up. Four Burro boys and three Burro girls make All-SEC. Jack Brogle (7th grader), Reece Benson (senior), Clay Schwichtenberg (senior), and Kaden Stettler (sophomore) are honored on the boy’s side. Schwichtenberg qualified for the state golf meet. Chloe Schnebly (junior), Ari Huntington (junior), and Jessie Schreiber (junior) are honored on the girls side. Schnebly was the SEC Meet champion and qualified for the state golf meet. Other “Journal 11” guys making All-SEC are GMLO’s Taylor Glynn (senior), Kingsland’s Nick Eickhoff (senior), and Houston’s Ethan Knutson (sophomore). Glynn was the SEC Meet champion. Other “Journal 11” girls making All-SEC are Houston’s Hannah Weichert (junior) and Lexi Weichert (freshman), GMLO’s Lacy Fredericksen (7th grade) and Gabby Tangren (7th grade), and Kingsland’s Emily Sargent (8th grade). The girls pool wasn’t very big, as only 17 girls competed at the SEC Meet.