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Eight Alta Cyclones, four SLSM Panthers are named all-Northwest Conference

Monday, July 23, 2007

The team that won the Northwest Conference baseball title was rewarded with the most all-conference selections, as eight Alta Cyclones garnered all-league honors.

Storm Lake St. Mary's had four selections, while area teams Newell-Fonda and Sioux Central both had six, Schaller-Crestland had three and Aurelia had two.

Two of Alta's first-teamers - Austin Stille and Jack Mills - were just sophomores.

Stille hit .408 with 26 RBIs and shone on the mound, going 6-2 with a 2.81 ERA and 58 strikeouts against just nine walks in 47 1/3 innings.

Mills was a .416 batter who solidified the Cyclones' outfield while also picking up four wins on the mound with a 3.34 ERA.

Alta's other first-teamer, Scott Radke, had a team-best 34 RBIs while hitting a blazing, team-leading .459.

The Cyclones put Schuyler Radke, Jake Bibler, Chris Schmitz and Cody Nesbitt on the second team; and Paul Allerdings received honorable mention.

Schuyler Radke led the team with a 1.97 ERA while posting six wins; Schmitz stole 20 bases and Nesbitt hit .444. Bibler (.377) and Allerdings (.330) were both .300 hitters.

T.J. Miller was the Panthers' lone first-team selection. The senior shortstop hit .316 with 16 RBIs and went 4-2 with a 2.95 ERA on the mound while leading St. Mary's in strikeouts with 51.

"This was (Miller's) best season statistically; he solidifed our defense up the middle," Panthers coach Ryan Berg said. "He had a strong arm from there. Offensively he filled the void for us of needing a leadoff hitter; he had good speed and led the team in runs scored. Pitching-wise he was probably one of our most consistent starters throughtout the season; he was our one strikeout guy to get us out of jams."

Junior Evan Smith made the second team as an outfielder for the black and white.

"He was one of our most improved players when it comes to batting. He helped us out in the middle of our order and hit .371 against conference," said Berg. "Evan had a nice stretch in the middle of the season with some multi-hit games. He was an important part for a team that didn't have a lot of offensive firepower. Defensively, he 's always been a solid outfielder. He'll make all the routine plays for you."

Junior Jon Foell and junior Alec Kestel earned honorable mention for the Panthers.

Both earned four wins on the mound. Foell had a team-best 1.38 ERA. Kestel led the team in RBIs with 21 and hit .326, second only to Marco Barahona (.333).

"Jon was probably good enough caliber to have been a second team catcher, but this year we were allowed one less second team catcher selection than what we would normally get," Berg said. "He lost a tiebreaker to Alta's Jake Bibler. Jon's a strong defensive catcher. He blocks balls as good as anyone and has the arm strength to throw a lot of runners out; he threw out about 33 percent of the runners trying to steal on him.

"With us not having a lot of pitchers who throw really hard, a lot of it comes down to him getting rid of it quickly and making a solid throw there. He improved on his hitting. He led us in stolen bases and had a lot of infield hits because of his speed. He stepped up on the mound towards districts.

"Alec played an excellent first base. He scooped a lot of balls in the dirt; he was one of our top hitters and most reliable pitchers. He was one of the few guys I could trust to do a hit and run with. He had good power to right field and was probably our best opposite field hitter."

Matt Spaulding, Nathan Miller and Tom Johnson all made the first team for Newell-Fonda.

In statistics reflecting the Mustangs' 31-game regular season, Spaulding, the staff ace, went 7-4 with a 2.36 ERA. Johnson led the team with a .360 batting average and Miller was right behind him, at .359.

Sioux Central's Justin Ferguson, Tyler Walker, Trevor Tiefenthaler and Cole Buchholz all made the first team.

Aurelia's Tanner Winterhof was a second-teamer who led the Bulldogs in most categories, among them RBIs (12), batting average (.403), ERA (4.86), wins (2) and strikeouts (47).

ALL-NORTHWEST CONFERENCE BASEBALL

1st Team

P - Austin Stille - So. - Alta

P - Matt Spaulding - Sr. - N-F

P - Ben Mueggenberg - Jr. - Sac

C - Nathan Miller - Sr. - N-F

C - Justin Ferguson - Sr. - SXC

Inf - Scott Radke - Jr. Alta

Inf - Tyler Walker - Sr. SXC

Inf - Wade McDonough - Jr. - Sac

Inf - TJ Miller - Sr. - SLSM

Inf - Jake Steinberg - Sr. - P-P

OF - Jack Mills - So. - Alta

OF - Tom Johnson - Sr. - N-F

OF - Trevor Tiefenthaler - So. - SXC

U - Eric Hansen - Sr. - Sac

U - Cole Buchholz - Sr. - SXC

2nd Team

P - Schuyler Radke - Fr. - Alta

P - B.J. Baskerville - Sr. - N-F

C - Jake Bibler - Jr. - Alta

Inf - Tyler Wells - Jr. - N-F

Inf - Chris Schmitz - Jr. - Alta

Inf - Collin Johnson - Jr. - S-C

Inf - Tanner Winterhof - Sr. - Aurelia

OF - Cody Nesbitt - Jr. - Alta

OF - Colin Hogrefe - Jr. - SXC

OF - Evan Smith - Jr. - SLSM

OF - Travis Hansen - So. - Sac

U - Bret Francis - Sr. - P-P

U- Kiley Murra - Jr. - S-C

Honorable Mention

Paul Allerdings - Sr. - Alta

Chris Duitsman - Sr. - N-F

Jon Westcott - Sr. - SXC

Brady Homer - Sr. - Sac

Jon Foell - Jr. - SLSM

Alec Kestel - Jr. - SLSM

Chet Freimuth - Jr. - P-P

Jon Grundmeier - Sr. - S-C

Jared Bruce - Jr. - Aurelia



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