The 2017 All-Suburban Softball Team was selected independent of position and chosen by members of the Now Newspapers sports staff.
Player of the Year
Becca Oleniczak, jr., Oak Creek
Finished with a 21-1 record, posting 136 strikeouts in 141 innings and a 1.04 ERA. Opponents batted just .136 against her. At the plate, she was also a force, batting .510 with 12 doubles, five homers, 38 RBIs and just one strikeout. Lone loss came in state semifinal while she battled heat exhaustion. First-team All State selection.
Coach of the Year
Jeff Trask, Oak Creek
In his fifth year with the program, led Oak Creek to state for the first time since 2008. The Knights lost just two games – both to state finalist Wilmot – and finished 29-2. With a freshman catcher (Jenna Trewyn) in the mix, Oak Creek’s infield defense was among the best in the area, allowing pitcher Becca Oleniczak to pitch to contact. Trask and his coaching staff (Jodi Schmidt, John Cox) utilized Oleniczak and Trewyn in their spots even though both play third base during the club season.
The rest of the team
Morgan Dercola, jr., Sussex Hamilton
Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year batted .527 with nine doubles, seven home runs and 12 stolen bases. She threw out 10 of 15 runners trying to steal and picked off another four runners on second base. Posted 33 RBIs and led the league in several batting categories. Second-team All State.
Tori Golden, sr., Oak Creek
The Southeast Conference Player of the Year was named first-team All State after Oak Creek reached the state semifinal. Posted a .492 average and set a school record with 21 doubles, along with four triples, five homers and a school-record 51 runs. She leaves Oak Creek as the career home run leader with 16, and she posted 41 RBIs from the leadoff spot.
Sierra Grubor, sr., Whitnall
The honorable-mention All District player made only one error all season at shortstop in 173 innings and posted a .472 batting average with 11 doubles, six homers, 38 RBIs, 41 runs and 21 stolen bases. She helped the offense stay afloat when cleanup hitter Mackenzie Sutton went down with a concussion for two weeks.
Taylor Johnson, jr., Greenfield
Hit .526 for the fourth-best average in school history en route to being named second-team All State and first-team All Conference. Finished with 21 RBIs, 33 runs scored and a .593 on-base percentage.
Ciera Jones, sr., Menomonee Falls
Pitched Menomonee Falls to the state tournament when she allowed zero earned runs in a 13-inning epic against Kettle Moraine in the sectional final. Finished the year 17-3 with a 1.25 ERA, posting 157 strikeouts in 134 innings. She went 11-0 in conference as Falls won the Greater Metro. Second-team All State.
Kayla Justus, sr., Greendale
She posted 11 doubles, five homers, a .534 average and 1.557 OPS for the Panthers, on her way to being named first-team All Woodland Conference. The only senior on the team was a four-year varsity starter, playing primarily at third base.
Maddie Krafcheck, sr., Muskego
First-team All State choice calls every pitch and will play at Edgewood College next year. She collected 39 RBIs, 10 home runs and a batting average of .627. Hit a three-run home run against Franklin in the regional final after sustaining a hand injury that required stitches after the game.
Kirsten Krause, soph., Grafton
Helped Grafton finish undefeated in the North Shore Conference, going 15-2 during the season with a 1.76 ERA and 0.69 mark in league play. Racked up 124 strikeouts to just 14 walks and also proved to be a force at the plate, driving in 28 runs. Recorded a WHIP of 0.88.
Amanda Parsons, sr., Grafton
The two-time North Shore Conference Player of the Year earned second-team All State and helped the Black Hawks sweep through league play, ending Germantown’s long reign atop the standings. She drove in 36 runs, hit six homers and led the league with a .660 on-base percentage and 1.051 slugging mark in conference games (.538 and .757 overall).
Cheyenne Sowinski, jr., New Berlin West
Woodland West Player of the Year finished 10-2 with 102 strikeouts in 79 innings. She also batted .484 with 25 RBIs, five homers and 19 runs scored for the reigning state champion, which repeated as the top team in the Woodland West.
Cami Stigler, jr., Menomonee Falls
Shortstop batted .424 with 31 RBIs and 25 runs scored for state-qualifying Falls. She hit a grand slam against Sussex Hamilton in a game that clinched the conference title and also collected the game-winning RBI in a 13-inning sectional final against Kettle Moraine. She also hit a grand slam against Arrowhead in the playoffs.
Carly Szada, sr., Germantown
Converted from outfield to pitcher for the first time since her freshman year, Szada led the Warhawks back to the state tournament. She batted .458 with 22 RBIs, eight doubles, four triples and two home runs. As a pitcher, recorded 2.58 ERA and 11-3 record with 86 strikeouts. She was named second-team All State.
Jenna Trewyn, fr., Oak Creek
First year of varsity action was wildly successful for state semifinalist Knights. She had nine doubles, six homers, a .439 batting average and was among the state leaders with 55 RBIs, an Oak Creek single-season record. She only struck out three times and threw out 11 baserunners.
Alyssa Vilkoski, jr., Greenfield
Went 22-6 on the year and led Greenfield to the Woodland East championship, with wins over two state qualifiers (Menomonee Falls, Germantown) and one sectional runnerup (Whitnall) along the way. Struck out an eye-popping 256 batters – second-highest total in the state. Woodland East Player of the Year and second-team All State. Also batted .443 with four homers and 40 RBIs.
Haley Wynn, soph., Whitnall
First-team All State played infield and pitched for the Falcons, which went to the sectional final after upsetting reigning state champion New Berlin West. She batted .563 with 20 RBIs, 29 stolen bases and 54 runs scored. In the circle, she went 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings of work.
High honorable mention
CATCHER: Charlotte Ropas, sr., New Berlin West
INFIELD: Alyssa Danes, soph., Franklin; Randi Groff, sr., Martin Luther; Katie Mitchell, sr., Oak Creek; Ally Parsons, sr., Grafton; Maddie Yont, sr., Germantown
OUTFIELD: Lauren Kunz, jr., New Berlin West; Sara Traxel, soph., Oak Creek
UTILITY: Lou Sciortino, jr., Menomonee Falls
COACH: Don Desotell, Wauwatosa West; Tom Hickman, Whitnall; Ken Hunt, Grafton; Greg Klotz, New Berlin West; Ed Raue, Wauwatosa East; John Rosenberg, Muskego; Lou Sanicola, Menomonee Falls
PITCHER: Keri Bohlmann, jr., Hamilton; Analiese Glawe, soph., Wauwatosa East; Abby Mulerath, soph., West Allis Hale; Jenny Nimtz, jr., Cedarburg;Sam Schindler, jr., Homestead;Kate Snook, sr., Port Washington; Maddie Veres, sr., South Milwaukee
CATCHER: Alyssa Brunner, fr., West Allis Central; Ellie Decker, jr., Germantown; Maria Mundt, jr., West Allis Hale; Emma Neale, soph., Menomonee Falls; Mackenzie Sutton, jr., Whitnall; Jensyn Wendlandt, sr., St. Thomas More
INFIELD: Elena Beck, sr., Menomonee Falls; Erica Buechel, jr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Jordyn Case, soph., Grafton; Lauren Curtis, fr., Homestead; Chloe Doring, sr., Grafton; Madison Earing, jr., Sussex Hamilton; Olivia Greener, sr., Wauwatosa West; Taylor Hall, soph., Nicolet; Camryn Klotz, sr., New Berlin West; Emily LaMonte, sr., Whitnall; Caitlyn McElwee, sr., St. Thomas More; Riley Morin, jr., Muskego; Hayden Nelson, soph., Whitefish Bay; Allie Paulson, sr., Menononee Falls; Alexa Rayborn, soph., Brookfield Central; Hannah Ruffert, jr., Greenfield; Kaytlin Sagan, soph., Cudahy; Morgan Schmanski, sr., Wauwatosa East; Amy Schmidt, jr., West Allis Hale; Cat Seiberlich, fr., Homestead; Alyssa Smith, jr., St. Francis; Megan Traxel, soph., South Milwaukee; Emily Versnik, jr., Franklin; Taylor Viertel, fr., Franklin; Amanda Williams, sr., Germantown
OUTFIELD: Lauren Arnholt, soph., Germantown; Quinn Bachofen, sr., Franklin; Kathryn Bay, jr., Whitnall; Jessica Cheske, sr., Greenfield; Haili Cota, sr., Oak Creek; Lexi Hess, soph., West Allis Hale; Sophie Hess, jr., Whitefish Bay; Ryleigh Hickman, jr., Whitnall; Amanda Janiszewski, jr., Muskego; Sara Jankowski, fr., Cudahy; Danielle Koziczkowski, sr., Grafton; Hannah Lalk, soph., Meagan Loewus, jr., New Berlin Eisenhower; Germantown; Bernie Moyer, soph., Homestead; Julie Palessse, sr., West Allis Hale
UTILITY: Cora Bilitz, sr., Wauwatosa East; McKenzie Brophy, jr., Wauwatosa West; Joette Kassa, fr., West Allis Central; Elizabeth Koch, fr., Franklin; Monica Lauerman, sr. New Berlin West; Kim Lyon, fr., Nicolet
COACH: Jack Miller, Greenfield; Kurt Raguse, Germantown; Dru Schneider, West Allis Hale