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New Richmond girls softball grabs six spots on 2014 All-Middle Border Conference team

Baldwin-Woodville got the bulk of the recognition by winning another Middle Border Conference softball title this season. But there was a great deal of talent throughout the conference this season. That was shown when the 2014 All-Conference team was announced last week.

New Richmond had six girls named to the All-MBC team, including three on the first team. Somerset was able to get two girls all-conference recognition.


Placing six players on the all-conference list shows the skill level that brought the Tigers up to a third place tie in the MBC final standings. Tigers named to the All-MBC first team were seniors Sydney Jones and Sydney Kannel and sophomore Lexi Derrick. Junior Maddie Krumm was chosen for the second team. Senior Ellie Emerson and junior Kate Johnson were honorable mention selections.

Jones and Kannel moved to new positions this season to form the team’s battery. Kannel became one of the conference’s top pitchers while Jones became a premier defensive catcher. Their extensive knowledge of the game helped them to set up hitters, knowing exactly what pitches to throw in each situation.

Derrick was the Tigers’ premier power-hitting threat this season. She drove the ball with authority all season, while also becoming a quality defensive third baseman.

Krumm took over at shortstop this season and became one of the best shortstops in the conference. She possesses a strong arm and she covers a great deal of ground. She also was one of the table setters at the top of the Tiger lineup all season.

It’s hard to believe Emerson didn’t get more recognition. She was one of the Tigers’ offensive leaders and opponents had to notice her defense. Opponents had hits taken away all season by Emerson’s ability to chase down balls hit to either alley. She may have had the best range of any outfielder in the conference.

Johnson was as reliable as any coach could ask from a second baseman. She played smart, steady defense. At the plate, she always seemed to be delivering hits when the Tigers had runners on base.


Because the Spartans weren’t overly successful as a team this season, Spartan coach Cory Lindenberg said he feared that some of his team’s top performances didn’t get the notice they deserved.

That started with senior Megan Starry, who played her way onto the All-MBC first team. Starry was one of the most complete players in the conference this season. Her play in the outfield bordered on spectacular, as she ranged far and wide to make a number of eye-popping catches this season. She batted leadoff for the Spartans and finished among the conference’s top hitters with her .488 batting average.

Abbie Rivard led a wave of young talent that moved into the Spartan program this spring, earning honorable mention All-MBC status. She quickly proved to be a capable catcher as a freshman. Her hitting progressed throughout the season. By the end of the spring season, her .353 batting average ranked second on the team and she led the Spartans in runs batted in.

All-Middle Border 2014 softball team

First Team

Abby Klopp Pitcher Baldwin-Woodville

Jordan Traxler Infield Baldwin-Woodville

Hanna Zevenbergen Infield Baldwin-Woodville

Alyssa Nilssen Outfield Baldwin-Woodville

Abby Giese Infield Ellsworth

Sydney Jones Catcher New Richmond

Sydney Kannel Pitcher New Richmond

Alexis Derrick Infield New Richmond

Mariah Krings Infield Prescott

Morganne Gruber Pitcher Durand

Megan Starry Outfield Somerset

Second Team

Hannah Alme Infield Baldwin-Woodville

Maddie Krumm Infield New Richmond

Serena Hoisington Pitcher Ellsworth

Megan Brusoe Infield Durand

Whitney Tomlinson Infield Durand

MacKenzie Burke Utility Osceola

Darby DeGross Outfield Ellsworth

Ashley Matzek Infield Ellsworth

Marti Johnson Utility Prescott

Katy Syverson Infield Prescott

Maisy Dodge Durand Outfield

Jenna George Catcher Ellsworth

Honorable Mention

Maria Keefer Infield Baldwin-Woodville

Alexis Maurer Catcher Baldwin-Woodville

Hannah Phelps Outfield Baldwin-Woodville

Ellie Emerson Outfield New Richmond

Kaitlyn Johnson Infield New Richmond

Abbie Rivard Catcher Somerset

Cami Thorsland Infield Osceola

Emily Peck Catcher Osceola

Allison Schultz Pitcher Amery

Haley Kuhn Outfield Amery

Annie Pryor Infield Prescott

Alexis Stewart Catcher Durand

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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