ASHWAUBENON - The spring sports season has concluded so now it's time to look back and hand out some hardware for the top athletes in track and field, baseball, softball and soccer.
There were plenty of great performances this past spring, once the weather cooperated. We'll start in track and field.
Boys track and field: Wallenfang has incredible senor campaign
Green Bay Preble's Jake Wallenfang had an incredible spring, culminating at the state meet. Wallenfang set a state record in the pole vault with a height of 16 feet, while placing second in the 100-meter dash (21.81 seconds) and third in the 100 (10.85).
The Hornets senior also ran the anchor leg on the winning 400 relay team (41.98), which set a state record in its heat at 41.50. Wallenfang led Preble to a second-place finish in the team standings with 50 points, one behind winner Brookfield Central.
The spring was an exclamation point on quite the senior year for Wallenfang.
"I've had an incredible senior year," said Wallenfang, who rushed for 1,585 yards and 22 touchdowns last football season. "It's been more than I hoped for. It's so hard to wrap my head around all the accomplishments. I definitely have nothing to hang my head on."
Girls Track and Field: Draxler makes it a hat trick at state meet
Wrightstown's Bonnie Draxler won the 400 and pole vault state titles in each of her first two years, but the junior did one better this spring. Draxler three-peated as a state champ in the 400 (56.19) and the pole vault (12-6), but added the 100 (12.57) title, making her FOX 11's girls track and field athlete of the year.
Draxler has won seven state titles in three years and her 30 points scored this year in the state meet placed her fourth in the team standings.
"It's pretty indescribable, actually," Draxler said of her accomplishments. "I'm just living in the moment."
Baseball: Schreiber did it all for Papermakers
Scott Schreiber is the definition of a dominant baseball player, which is why he is the FOX 11 baseball player of the year. On the mound this season, he was 10-0 with a 0.86 ERA, while at the plate he hit .531 with six homers, 37 RBIs, 28 runs, 34 hits and a 1.000 slugging percentage.
The Fox Valley Association player of the year was also named the state player of the year, despite just being a junior. Schreiber had an incredible season and coach Ryan McGinnis knows he has a special player.
"He is extremely talented and has the ability to be a two-way player at the collegiate level," McGinnis said. "As a pitcher, he has three above-average pitches; a fastball with great movement, an outstanding change-up and a hard breaking ball.
"He is a great fielding pitcher, has an outstanding pick-off move, and really has a good feel for pitching. He will continue to progress and has the ability to be a special pitcher.
"As a position player, Scott plays shortstop for us and does a good job helping to patrol the defense. He has extreme power and can hit the ball to all fields. Driving in 37 runs in 21 games is really a testament to his ability to hit and hit with runners in scoring position. That is what separates the good from the great."
Softball: Blasczyk shines in the circle and at the plate
Appleton East's Lauren Blasczyk had one of her best games of the season as a pitcher in a loss, a season-ending loss. In a 1-0 setback to Menomonee Falls in a state quarterfinal, Blasczyk recorded 14 of the 21 outs via strikeout and the run she allowed was unearned.
Blasczyk finished her senior season with a 17-4 record, 1.19 ERA and had seven shutouts. Her 17 wins led the area.
Furthermore, at the plate she had a .366 average, two home runs and a team-high 25 RBIs. Her importance to the Patriots on offense and as a pitcher was unquestioned and unmatched which is why she is the FOX 11 softball player of the year.
Girls Soccer: Peplinski keeps Hawks soaring
Fallon Peplinski was a marked player all season long but that didn't stop the Xavier senior from peppering the net on a consistent basis.
Peplinski is the FOX 11 girls soccer player of the year after tallying 25 goals and 28 assists, which equals an area-best 78 points.
Peplinski led Xavier to another state semifinal appearance where Xavier lost, but her offensive firepower all season is why Xavier compiled a 16-3-1 record while winning the Eastern Valley Conference title.
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