10 Truckers, relay team named to All-Conference team
By Scott Bellile
A two-time state track and field champion, a relay team and nine other Clintonville High School athletes demonstrated remarkable talent on the field this past spring to earn All-Eastern Valley Conference honors.
The Truckers’ lineup of All-Conference recipients includes four track and field athletes (four of whom competed at state), a track relay team, three baseball players, two soccer players and a softball player.
Track and Field
Allison Johnson, senior, was a First Team All-Eastern Valley Conference selection for the 800-meter run and received an Honorable Mention for high jump. She defended her Division 2 state championship in the 800 at UW La Crosse on June 5. Her state run was also a personal best with a time of 2:12.72.
Johnson broke the Seymour Thunder Track Invitational meet record in the 800 on May 7. She finished the 800 in 2:17.77 to break the meet record of 2:19.10.
She showed a strong high jump performance at the Clintonville Invitational on April 30, where she jumped 5 feet, 1 inch, and won the meet.
Chrissy Betz, senior, earned First Team All-Eastern Valley Conference honors for her athleticism in the 100-meter high hurdles. Betz competed in preliminaries at the state meet and placed 13th with a time of 16.56 seconds.
At the sectional meet in Little Chute on May 29, Betz ran an all-time best in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.26 seconds.
Skyler Lehman, senior, landed two Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference honors for his leaps in the high jump and pole vault.
Lehman finished second in both events while setting personal bests at the May 16 conference meet at Xavier High School in Appleton. There he posted a height of 13 feet, 6 inches, in the pole vault, and he leaped 6 feet in the high jump.
Lehman competed at the state meet but did not post a height.
Jessica Petruzates, senior, earned Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference honors for her racing in the 3200-meter run.
Petruzates competed in the 3200 at state and placed 13th overall. She set a personal record of 12 minutes the week prior when she finished fourth at the sectional meet.
The boys’ 4×100 relay team received All-Eastern Valley Conference Honorable Mention. Athletes who competed on the team throughout the season were Skyler Lehman, Joe Pockat, Nick Raasch, Joshua Schroeder and Todd Taylor.
The relay team finished third at the conference meet with a time of 44.70 seconds.
Nick Hogen, senior, received First Team All-Eastern Valley Conference honors. A pitcher and infielder, Hogen led the Truckers in batting average (.400), hits (26), RBIs (25) and doubles (9), and he scored the second most runs (20).
“There were times that Nick just flat out carried us,” Coach Dean Muthig said. “A player that most teams wished was on their team. When I knew Nick was coming up in the order, I was doing everything possible to try to move a runner into scoring position because I had the confidence that Nick was going to drive them in.”
Jaden Doornink, junior, received Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference recognition. He tried out pitching and infield before finding his place in the outfield. Doornink had a .328 batting average and had 21 hits, 16 RBIs, 12 runs, 10 stolen bases and five doubles.
“Many of the runs Nick Hogen scored, he was driven in by Jaden,” Muthig said. “Jaden led our team in steals this year. You can bet when Jaden got on base that I was sending him. He was a big part of our success this year and will be one of our leaders next year.”
Aaron Morse, senior, received All-Eastern Valley Honorable Mention. A center fielder, Morse had a .302 batting average with 19 hits, 18 runs and eight RBIs. Muthig said Morse was the team’s “anchor in the outfield” who covered his territory effortlessly with a great arm.
“Aaron was also our best instinctive base runner this year,” Muthig said. “His instincts and aggression on the bases won a couple of games for us this year. Another player who we will miss a great deal.”
Maddie Didier, sophomore, received Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference recognition for her work as goalie. As the Truckers’ MVP, she averaged 24 saves per game and registered four shutouts this past season.
Marietta Sorenson, junior, was a Second Team All-Eastern Valley Conference selection. She made the transition from defense to midfield this season.
“Already an accomplished defender, Sorenson displayed excellent ball skills and a powerful shot in her first year as a player on offense,” Coach Roger Lupien said. “Achieving Second Team All-Conference demonstrates that the other coaches in the Eastern Valley Conference recognized her successful transition to midfield.
“Both players work extremely hard in practice and the off-season and are obvious team leaders. All of us connected with Clintonville Soccer look forward to their continued success.”
Samantha Huggins, junior, received Honorable Mention All-Eastern Valley Conference honors. A utility player and leadoff hitter, Huggins had 13 hits, eight runs, seven stolen bases and three RBIs this past season.
Clintonville softball coach Ronessa Lund described Huggins as “loud” and “always in the game.” She said Huggins struck out twice the whole season and “can play anywhere.”