Area Athletes Find Places on NEC All Conference Lists - Sierra Schriener is NEC Soccer Offensive Player of Year

By: 
Mike Wieting

TIMESLAND-The All Conference teams for the North Eastern Conference were released and there were a number of local athletes from Marinette and Oconto Falls that found themselves placed on the first team and second team readouts.

Baseball

The 2024 baseball season’s All Conference list was not packed with area athletes but a few were able to work their names onto the first and second teams.

Marinette took the only first team spot for TIMESLand athletes with the selection of Weston Hanson for the DH position.

Marinette had a tough year on the area diamonds finding themselves in the conference cellar with a 6-12 conference readout  . They ended the year 9-14 overall. 

One Marine star stood out in the slugfest of a season for his play at the DH position as well as his leadership abilities. His name Weston Hanson and his coach Mike Maedke couldn’t say enough about his first team selection and how proud he was of his accomplishments saying, “Weston had a really exceptional season. He was our vocal leader and our best performer on the field. He was voted team MVP serving primarily as a DH, which is not very common. Coaching Weston was great. He did everything expected of him and held his teammates accountable. When something needed to be said, Weston was the one to speak. Weston bought into our approach and was our leader from day 1. His greatest attribute this season was his perseverance. He grinded during at bats and was the toughest player to strike out in the conference. Weston’s two strike approach was one of the best I’ve seen from a high school player. As great of a player Weston is, he grew into a phenomenal young man who is going on to do great things. I was privileged to be a part of his journey. His impact on MHS baseball will be felt for years to come.”

Marinette’s Justin Kruse also made the second team for his efforts at the utility position. Wyatt Stauss also made the year’s list in the honorable mention category for the Marines.

Oconto Falls also had some rough road to traverse during the 2024 campaign finishing just above Marinette in the NEC standings with a 7-11 conference record and a 9-13 overall record.

For their efforts the Panthers saw Cole Bozile make the second team for the infield while Alec Krejacrek made the second team for the outfield. Two Panther pitchers received honorable mentions, Jack Adler and Carter Heroux while Greyson Cahak received honorable mention for his play at catcher and Easton Engel for his play at Utility.

Girls Soccer

The Marinette Marine girl’s soccer team was a tough nut to crack this season. Just ask the six teams they defeated in conference play. After their 2024 campaign the Marines were 6-1-1 in conference and 12-5-1 overall. After the all conference voting Marinette walked away with three first team spots including an Offensive Player of the year selection in Sierra Schreiner for her play at Midfield, receiving the position in a unanimous vote.

“These girls are a pleasure to coach and exciting to watch on the soccer field,” said Marinette head coach Allyson Price. “Their overall skill combined with competitive nature was a huge contributing factor to our overall success this season.”

Standout athlete Chloe Seymour took a first team spot for the Marines with her play at the forward position.

“Chloe’s technical skills as a soccer player improved a lot,” said Price. “she is a tough player all around. She was second in the conference in goal scoring, behind Sierra.”

Midfielder Josie Smerchek was a first team selection for the Marines. All season long the tough Mid fielder was a nightmare for opposing teams. 

“Josie and Sierra are both extremely technically skilled and both compliment each other’s technical skills,” said Price. “When you watch them play together they almost always know where the other one is. Josie is very quick and can beat almost any player one on one.”

The star of the Marine season this year was Sierra Schriener. No one in the conference was more dangerous with the ball at their feet as was shown by Schriener’s conference leading goal count.

“Sierra led the conference in goals,” said Price. “What sets her apart and made her conference player of the year for the third year is her technical skill, but also her knowledge of the game and awareness of the field. She knows where to be at all times and is always calm and collected when she has the ball.”

Marinette’s Bryanna Torkko also made her way onto the all conference list, securing a second team spot for her efforts at the Midfielder potion. Lily Borchert received an honorable mention for her defensive play.

Softball 

The NEC softball season saw a tough year for our two area teams. Oconto Falls was able to finish the season with a respectable 10-8 conference record and ended the year 12-11 overall. Their ending conference readout was good enough for a fifth place finish in the conference just behind Fox Valley Lutheran at 11-7. After the all conference voting wrapped up Oconto Falls had secured one first team spot thanks to a great year by sophomore outfielder Amelia Danielczak. 

Oconto Falls took one second team post as well thanks to Kyndra Staidl’s play in the infield. 

There were four Panthers who received honorable mentions. At pitcher Randi Metzler, at catcher Kiera Cole and at infield Maddy Maloney and Amber Otto.

Marinette battled its way through the 2024 season and found themselves finish in the conference standing behind Oconto Falls with a 6-12 conference readout. They were 7-14 overall. The Marines did not receive any first team selections but did take home three second team spots.

At Pitcher Wynn Erdman secured a second team spot.

“Wynn Erdman has been a 4 year starter with the last three as the pitcher,” said Marinette head coach Scott MacIntyre. “Wynn had a great career as a marine. Including her last home game as a senior. Ending her career at home with a perfect game. Wynn has been recognized all 4 years by the NEC winning 2 first team and 2 second teams in her 4 years.”

 Catcher Kaya Bodam also took a second team spot. 

Kaya Bodam a three year starter at catcher,” said MacIntyre. “Kaya is the vocal leader of the team. Her hustle is the best part to watch.”

Barrett Cole also joined the second team list for her infield efforts.

“Barrett Cole has been recognized both years of her young career,” said MacIntyre. “Receiving 2nd team in both years. That alone tells you the player she is. Barrett is a leader by example always shows up and does her job.”

There were also two honorable mentions for the Marines, they were infielder Regan Hermanson and outfielder Destiny Walker.

“Regan Hermanson a 2 year starter at 2nd base. Regan is the field leader. Regan has a heart of gold and always looking out for others, “ said MacIntyre. “Destiny Walker a 3 year starter. Destiny has been recognized by the conference in her three years as a starter. Destiny is a player that could play any position but I needed her to lock down the outfield for us. And she did an unbelievable job for us the last 3 years.”

Golf

This season’s area NEC golf teams were well represented on the all conference lists as both Marinette and Oconto Falls posted one golfer each to the first team.

For the Panthers of Oconto Falls Kaden Riel made the first team list.

Kadyn finished runner-up in Player of the Year for the NEC conference and was co-medalist at Brown County Golf Course Conference meet with a 77,” said Oconto Falls Head Coach Scott Schroeder. “He was also the medalist at the Northbrook mega meet with a low score of 75. Kadyn’s confidence and determination to be great make him such an accomplished golfer. He has a great demeanor to handle high-pressure situations and is unafraid of challenges. Kadyn led our Oconto Falls golf team this year as we had to replace four senior letter winners.  As a junior, he did a great job leading his inexperienced teammates to qualify for sectionals.”

Oconto Falls also had an honorable mention in Carson McDermid.

Marinette’s first teamer was Brady Eastman who impressed this year in all the events he competed in.

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