2018 SOFTBALL REVIEW: Lakes Area softball stars garner postseason accolades

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Spirit Lake's Payton Ahrenstorff, a junior, was a First Team All-Lakes Conference selection and earned a spot on the Class 3A Northwest All-District Team, both for a second time. She was also named Class 3A First Team All-State by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) for the first time in her career after helping the Indians to a 29-8 overall record, a fifth straight Lakes Conference championship and a state tournament appearance. (File photo)

Dickinson County softball stars shined this summer.

Area squads combined to go 42-44 overall, winning one conference title and earning a state tournament berth, and netted a total of 15 athletes named to postseason teams, including four all-state and three all-district selections.

Spirit Lake (29-8, 10-2) — State Qualifier

Payton Ahrenstorff

Spirit Lake netted a fifth consecutive Lakes Conference crown in 2018 and a state tournament appearance — the first for the squad since 2014. The Indians finished with a total of eight players on all-conference teams, and garnered three all-state and all-district selections.

Karli Olsen

Payton Ahrenstorff, a junior, was a First Team All-Lakes Conference selection and earned a spot on the Class 3A Northwest All-District Team, both for a second time. She was also named Class 3A First Team All-State by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) for the first time in her career. Ahrenstorff was a Class 1A Third Team All-State, Class 1A Northwest All-District and First Team All-War Eagle Conference selection following her freshman season at Harris-Lake Park.

Kelsey Kannenberg

Ahrenstorff played in 37 games and started 35 for the Indians. The shortstop finished the year with a .416 batting average, a .640 slugging percentage, .465 on base percentage, 52 hits, 44 runs scored, 12 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 41 RBIs and 17 steals.

Emily Alger

Ahrenstorff led the Lakes Conference in runs scored (21) and triples (2), and tied for the lead in hits (20). She was second in RBIs (16) and slugging percentage (.804), and tied for second in doubles (4). She was third in batting average (.435) and at-bats (48), and tied for third in home runs (3).

Hannah Poolman

Karli Olsen, a sophomore, was a First Team All-Lakes Conference selection at catcher for the second season. Olsen also earned a spot on the Class 3A Northwest All-District and was a Class 3A First Team All-State selection by the IGCA, both for the first time.

Izzy Backhaus

Olsen played in 37 games and started 35 for Spirit Lake. She finished with a .473 batting average, .580 slugging percentage, .599 on base percentage, 53 hits, 47 runs scored, 10 doubles, one triple, 22 RBIs and 15 steals.

Brooke Harrington

Her 32 walks were the second most in Class 3A. She was eighth in Class 3A in on base percentage.

Emma Jenness

Olsen was second in the Lakes Conference in runs scored (18) and tied for second in walks (8). Remarkably, she did not strike out once in 41 conference at-bats and struck out just three times all season.

Kelsey Kannenberg, a senior, was a First Team All-Lakes Conference selection for the second time in her career. She was also named to the Class 3A Northwest All-District squad and was named Class 3A Second Team All-State by the IGCA — both for a second time.

Kannenberg made 30 starts and three additional appearances in the pitchers circle for the Indians, going 25-5 with a 2.25 ERA on the season. She struck out 152 batters in 189 2/3 innings.

Her 25 total wins were the fifth most in Class 3A this season.

Kannenberg played in 35 games and started 33 for the Indians.

She finished with a .366 batting average, 710 slugging percentage, .535 on base percentage, 34 hits, five doubles, nine home runs and 41 RBIs.

Kannenberg tied for the Lakes Conference lead in wins (9). She was second in ERA (2.36) and tied for second in starts (11). Kannenberg was third in strikeouts (60).

At the dish, Kannenberg tied for second in the conference in doubles (4) and walks (8). She was also third in slugging percentage (.774) and tied for third in home runs (3).

Her 33 total walks were the most in Class 3A.

Emily Alger, a senior, was a First Team All-Lakes Conference selection for the second straight season.

Alger finished the year with a .264 batting average, .264 slugging percentage, .356 on base percentage, 11 steals and 25 RBIs.

Hannah Poolman, a senior, and Izzy Backhaus, a sophomore, both earned First Team All-Lakes Conference honors for the first time in their careers.

Poolman finished with a .288 batting average, .432 slugging percentage, .336 on base percentage, 32 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 31 RBIs.

Backhaus finished with a .317 batting average, .376 slugging percentage, .395 on base percentage, 32 hits, four doubles, a triple and 11 RBIs.

Brooke Harrington, a senior, and Emma Jenness, a sophomore were both named Honorable Mention All-Lakes Conference.

Harris-Lake Park (9-12, 4-7)

Mady Brevik

The Wolves finished eight in the War Eagle Conference this past season, placing four athletes on all-conference squads.

Blake Gunderson

Mady Brevik, a junior, was named First Team All-War Eagle Conference for the second straight season and was named Honorable Mention All-State by the IGCA for the first time. She was an Honorable Mention All-War Eagle Conference selection her freshman season.

Taylor Meyer

Brevik made 17 starts and one additional appearance in the pitchers' circle for the Wolves. She went 9-10 on the season with a 4.33 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 123 innings.

Morgan Bradley

Brevik was second in the War Eagle Conference in innings pitched (70).

At the dish, Brevik finished with a .371 batting average, .500 slugging percentage, .412 on base percentage, 23 hits, 14 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, a home run and 11 RBIs.

Blake Gunderson, a senior, was named Second Team All-War Eagle Conference. She was an honorable mention selection as a junior.

Gunderson started 21 games for the Wolves. She finished with a .344 batting average, .391 slugging percentage, .400 on base percentage, 22 hits, eight runs scored, three doubles and 12 RBIs.

Meyer, a junior, was an Honorable Mention All-War Eagle Conference selection. She was First Team All-War Eagle Conference as a sophomore and honorable mention as a freshman.

Meyer made 19 starts for the Wolves. She finished the season with a .381 batting average, .524 slugging percentage, .451 on base percentage, 24 hits, 18 runs scored, six doubles, a home run and 10 RBIs.

Morgan Bradley, a junior, was an Honorable Mention All-War Eagle Conference selection. She was Second Team All-War Eagle Conference as a sophomore.

Bradley finished the year with a .338 batting average, .471 slugging percentage, .392 on base percentage, 23 hits, 16 runs scored, six doubles, one home run and 15 RBIs.

Okoboji (4-24, 2-12)

Shania Christopherson

The Pioneers finished seventh in the Siouxland Conference this past season, placing three athletes on all-conference squads.

Mackenzie Vos

Shania Christopherson, a junior, was named Second Team All-Siouxland Conference — her first all-conference honor.

Madeline Stover

Christopherson made 18 starts and five additional appearances in the pitchers' circle for Okoboji. She went 1-14 with a 4.10 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings.

At the dish, Christopherson finished the season with a .328 batting average, .348 on base percentage, .469 slugging percentage, 21 hits, nine runs scored, seven doubles, a triple and 11 RBIs.

Mackenzie Vos, a junior, was a Second Team All-Siouxland Conference — her first all-conference honor.

Vos finished the season with a .286 batting average, .345 on base percentage, .390 slugging percentage, 22 hits, 14 runs scored, three doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs.

Madeline Stover, a junior, was an Honorable Mention All-Siouxland Conference selection — her first all-conference honor.

Stover finished the season with a .288 batting average, .348 slugging percentage, .397 on base percentage, 19 hits, seven runs scored, four doubles and five RBIs.

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