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All-conference teams announced

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Weyauwega-Fremont first baseman Tyler Wetzel slaps a late tag on Iola-Scandinavia's Carter Kurki in April. Both players received all-confernce recognition this season from the Central Wisconsin Conference. Kurki made the first team and was named the CWC East Division's player of the year, while Wetzel received honorable mention. Greg Seubert Photo

Thunderbirds have players of year

By Greg Seubert

Iola-Scandinavia and Weyauwega-Fremont placed several players on the Central Wisconsin Conference East Division’s all-conference softball and baseball teams.

Iola-Scandinavia’s Mackenzie Kielblock and Carter Kurki were named the top softball and baseball players, respectively, after helping lead their teams to a division championship and a trip to the WIAA sectionals.

Kielblock, a junior, made the softball first team, along with Iola-Scandinavia junior Hannah Melum and Weyauwega-Fremont junior Julia Rice.

Players on the second team include Weyauwega-Fremont sophomore Ashley Johnson, Weyauwega-Fremont junior Taylor Folk and Iola-Scandinavia sophomore Katie Cherek.

Iola-Scandinavia senior Emily Wolfgram received honorable mention, along with two Weyauwega-Fremont players: freshman Anna Meyer and senior Rylee Bartel.

Kurki, a senior, is one of three Thunderbirds to make the first team in baseball, along with junior Connor Kurki and senior Bryce Huettner.

Second-teamers include Weyauwega-Fremont seniors Easton Groskreutz and Kolden Baehman and three Iola-Scandinavia players: senior Alex Sharp, junior Justin Sivertson and sophomore Marcus Jaworski.

Weyauwega-Fremont senior Tyler Wetzel, Iola-Scandinavia senior Kellan Wandtke and Iola-Scandinavia junior Brock Gullixon received honorable mention.

Iola-Scandinavia’s Pete Timdal was named baseball coach of the year.

CWC-East 2019 All-Conference Softball, Baseball Teams


First Team: Mackenzie Kielblock*, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Leigha Young*, senior, Shiocton; Grace Moe*, senior, Amherst; Julia Rice, junior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Hannah Melum, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Abi Fraaza, sophomore, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Erica Gassner, senior, Shiocton; Cassidy Defferding, junior, Shiocton; Sydney Lee, junior, Amherst; Nicole Premus, senior, Amherst.

Second Team: Ashley Johnson, sophomore, Weyauwega-Fremont; Taylor Folk junior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Katie Cherek, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia; MarLee Waupoose, junior, Menominee Indian; Megan Konkol, junior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Destiny Bagley, senior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Emma Herb, sophomore, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Carley Kriewaldt, junior, Shiocton; Mackenzie Moore, senior, Bonduel; Sydney Jastromski, freshman, Amherst.

Honorable Mention: Anna Meyer, freshman, Weyauwega-Fremont; Rylee Bartel, senior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Emily Wolfgram, senior, Iola-Scandinavia; Selena O’Kimosh, sophomore, Menominee Indian; McKenna Metropolus, sophomore, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Olivia Zoromski, senior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Taylir Schmidt, junior, Shiocton; Carly Herb, sophomore, Shiocton; McKenzie Wollenberg, senior, Bonduel; Morgan Gibbs, junior, Amherst; Ellie Villnow, sophomore, Amherst.

Player of the year: Mackenzie Kielblock, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Coach of the year: Dale Jastromski, Amherst.


First Team: Kody Szews*, senior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Josh Rieck*, senior, Amherst; Cole Wilcox*, junior, Shiocton; Carter Kurki*, senior, Iola-Scandinavia; Connor Kurki*, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Noah Beilfuss*, junior, Bonduel; Cyle Zblewski, junior, Amherst; Richard Wayka, senior, Menominee Indian; Bryce Huettner, senior, Iola-Scandinavia; Parker Bohm, senior, Bonduel.

Second Team: Shane Herb, senior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Easton Groskreutz, senior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Kolden Baehman, senior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Isaac Premus, senior, Amherst; Deven Bedor, junior, Shiocton; Mequan Corn, senior, Menominee Indian; Alex Sharp, senior, Iola-Scandinavia; Justin Sivertson, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Marcus Jaworski, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia; Cole Letter, junior, Bonduel.

Honorable Mention: Mike Gibson, senior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Jacob Groshek, junior, Wittenberg-Birnamwood; Tyler Wetzel, senior, Weyauwega-Fremont; Sterling Lutz, junior, Amherst; Jake Hoffman, freshman, Amherst; Austin Vandenbosch, junior, Shiocton; Jack Scott, sophomore, Shiocton; Wendell Waukau, freshman, Menominee Indian; Kellan Wandtke, senior, Iola-Scandinavia; Brock Gullixon, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Riddik Bohm, senior, Bonduel; Dylan Burch, junior, Bonduel; Isaac Boldt, junior, Bonduel.

Player of the year: Carter Kurki, senior, Iola-Scandinavia.
Coach of the year: Pete Timdal, Iola-Scandinavia.

* – Denotes unanimous selection.

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