Johnson to play in all-star series
Games scheduled in Wisconsin Dells
The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association selected Iola-Scandinavia’s Kendall Johnson to play in the Wisconsin High School Girls All-Star Softball Series.
The 22nd annual event showcases the most talented senior softball players in Wisconsin.
Games will be played Tuesday, June 13, at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells. Johnson’s teams are scheduled to play at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Coaches selected the players for their softball accomplishments throughout their high school careers. The all-stars will arrive in Wisconsin Dells Monday, June 12, for an afternoon practice and attend a banquet in the evening before playing two games the following day.
Johnson is a four-year varsity letterwinner in softball and played in more than 80 varsity games for coach Tom Anderson. She has been the Thunderbirds’ starting pitcher the past four seasons. She earned Central Wisconsin 8 Conference all-conference second team honors as a senior and first team honors as a junior. She also earned nine varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball.
“Kendall is very deserving of this honor to be an all-star,” Anderson said. “I’ve known Kendall since she was fourth grade when she started playing softball. Kendall has played an incredible amount of softball, whether it was in high school or summer travel league games, for the past eight years. She is hard working when it comes to softball, but also a very hard-working student with great family support.”
Johnson will suit up for the Division 4/5 Gray Team with Brooke Nagorski and Taylor Raflik of Pacelli; Sydney Wilcox of Shiocton; Josie Garrett of Birchwood; Courtney Buss of Spencer; Taylor Nelson of Assumption; Torri Jewett of Wausaukee; Sonia Schubert of Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah; Paige Skibba of Rosholt; Marina Meissner of Coleman; and Kailey Bagley of Tri-County. Spencer’s Jason Gorst will coach the team.
Iola-Scandinavia players that have played in past all-star games include Jane Oligney in 2015; Mary Marx and Morgan Oppor in 2011; Kendall Erickson in 2010; Anne Marx and Lizzy Nelson in 2009; Cailin Foerster in 2008; Ashley Draeger and Brooke Anderson in 2007; Ashley Johnson in 2006; and Eulalie Moe in 1997.
Proceeds from the all-star games will go to Special Olympics Wisconsin, which provides sports training and competition for nearly 10,000 athletes with cognitive disabilities in 18 different sports year-round.