Jane Oligney will represent Iola-Scandinavia High School in the 20th annual Wisconsin High School Girls All-Star Softball Series.
Coaches nominate players based on their softball accomplishments throughout their high school career.
“To be recognized by other coaches and players as one of the top players in our division is incredible,” Oligney said.
The event will be held Tuesday, June 16 at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 5 p.m.
“Jane is very deserving of this honor to play in these all-star games,” I-S softball coach Tom Anderson said. “I’ve known Jane since she was in fourth grade and started playing softball. She has an outgoing personality and is never at a loss for words, but all kidding aside, she is a great representative for our school on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”
Athletes are asked to raise a minimum of $300 for the event, with proceeds directly benefitting Wisconsin Special Olympics. Oligney’s goal is to raise over $1,000.
“With a great family and community surrounding me, I believe this goal will be easy to obtain,” she said. “I have been blessed with the skills God has given me. Some people do not have all the physical abilities that we are lucky enough to have. I believe it is important to raise money for this cause to help give these people the chance to be a part of something bigger.”
The goal of Wisconsin Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
“This gives them the ability to continue to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community,” Oligney said.
Anyone wishing to donate on Oligney’s behalf can visit www.wfsca.org and click on the WFSCA donation icon.
Oligney is the starting varsity catcher for the Thunderbirds and is a four-year varsity letter winner in softball. She will have played in more than 80 varsity games.
She has been name to the Central Wisconsin 8 Conference all-conference first team, named conference player of the year and has earned academic all-state honors in softball with a 3.9 grade-point average.
“Jane will be playing on the Division 3 Black team,” Anderson said. “Her teammates include Jordan Demmin and Andrea Vandertie from Algoma; Chandler Halverson from Arcadia; Quinn Kruel and Megan Tellima from Horicon; Loryn Strook from Laconia; Winter Petry from Lakeside Lutheran; and Shelby Wheeler, Jordan Blochwitz and Jordyn Mackey from Poynette.”
Weyauwega-Fremont softball coach Todd Breuer will coach the team.
After she graduates, Oligney will continue playing softball this fall at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“This event will be the last ever game that I will wear No. 11 in as an Iola-Scandinavia Thunderbird,” Oligney said. “I couldn’t picture a better way to end my career.”