Local Athletes make the Packerland All-Conference - Audra Bauman is Packerland Soccer Player of the Year

By: 
Josh Staloch

TIMESLAND – Selections have been made for 2024’s Packerland All-Conference teams, with a large handful of local high school athletes getting some recognition for their efforts this past spring’s sporting season.

Baseball

Oconto standouts Kyle Bowman and Cooper Campshure were both picked to this year’s first team. 

“Kyle, as the Player of the Year, was a 4-year starter, 3-time 1st Team All-Conference player,” reported Oconto head coach Tom Armstrong. “He was a team leader from the catcher position with a great work ethic. This was shown not only on the field but also off the field with a GPA of 4.2 in the classroom. He was great to coach and will leave a void to replace a 4 year starting catcher.”

Campshure, a junior for the Blue Devils this past season, had a batting average of .340 in 2024 to go along with 23 stolen bases. 

“Cooper was a repeat 1st Team All-Conference shortstop,” said coach Armstrong. He is very talented and coachable. He puts in the time and it shows by the improvement of his game in the field and on the mound. He is a player that is awesome to coach and will be expected to be a leader next season on the field. He also excels in the classroom with a 4.3 GPA.”

Other area athletes selected:

Caleb Klimek, Junior, Peshtigo 2nd Team

Devon Bostwick, Junior, Oconto Honorable Mention

Girls Soccer

The conference champion Peshtigo Bulldogs are well-represented on this year’s All-Conference list.

Six members of this season’ Bulldogs’ squad were picked, with junior forward Audra Bauman selected as Player of the Year.

This past season, Peshtigo scored its first ever tournament victory, capping a 10-3-3 campaign. The team had 191 shots on goal, 46 goals for, 15 assists, 64 goals saved and only 12 goals against.

Bulldogs’ head coach Jessica Carriveau gave us the rundown on each of her athletes picked to the All-Conference team:

Lauren Ahrndt - starting midfielder, defender when needed. 6 goals, 2 assists, 1st team All-Conference Midfield. Strong presence in the midfield with good ball control and understanding of the field and ball movement. Positions herself well - especially for corners!

Ella Maxwell - starting center defender, super strong leg, took majority of goal kicks and free kicks from our zone, so many steals and interceptions we couldn’t keep track, 2 goal saves. Defensive leader on the field. All-Conference Honorable Mention (although in our minds, definite 1st team), Bulldog Award - tenacious and never gives up, does whatever is needed to help the team win, strong physical presence on the field.

Audra Bauman - starting forward but able to play anywhere. Offensive leader. 25 goals, 2 assists. 1st team All-Conference, Packerland Player of the Year, team Captain. Excellent ball handler and shooter.

Lucy Lemire - starting goalie, 1 goal (header off a corner), 56 saves, 1st team All-Conference. Worked hard over the summer and pre-season. Invited team and especially new players to work out at the rec and start learning new skills. 

Lorelei Maxwell - starting center midfielder, 4 goals, 9 assists, 1st team All-Conference, midfield / offensive leader and team captain, Leadership award. Works hard during practice and goes all out during games. Able to control the midfield, pass, shoot, and dribble when needed. Smart player and understands and sees the game better than most everyone else on the field. 

Emerey Slater - starting center defensive back, 1st team All-Conference, Team Captain, defensive leader, Team Spirit award. At least 1 goal save and too many interceptions and steals to count. Always where she needs to be, helps and moves on the D-line. Works hard during practice and gives her all during games - never backing down even from bigger players.

“These 6 girls were our go-to for each of their positions. They each understand the game and are able to anticipate, to intercept and stop attacks as well as move the ball forward in transition and apply offensive pressure,” said coach Carriveau. “We relied on them to be on-field coaches and help our younger or less experienced players not only learn skills but also to learn game movement and flow. It was truly a pleasure to coach the team in our inaugural varsity year and these six young women made our job easier and more effective.”

Softball

A pair of Oconto Blue Devils, sophomores Ellyson Place and Jaelin Kumhala were picked to the 1st team this year and head coach Blake Jersey has high praise for both.

“Both players are easy to coach, because they want to do things that will make them more successful and productive,” coach Jersey said. “Ellyson is just a pure hitter. She is an extremely difficult out at the plate and an aggressive offensive player. Jaelin is a hard out at the plate. She has a very high softball IQ, and is one of those rare players you would love to have nine of.”

Freshman Bella Coshenet was picked to the 2nd Team.

The Peshtigo Bulldogs also had a handful of players picked to the All-Conference team.

Catcher Sam LaCoursiere, a senior, made the 1st team, along with sophomore Nevaeh Russell. Elaina Weddel, a junior, made the 2nd team while freshman Gracie Bickel and sophomore Taylor Wortner, a defensive specialist at third base, made the Honorable Mention list.

Golf

Oconto High junior Carter Koch was the lone TimesLand golfer to be selected to the six-man list of 1st team picks.

“Carter performed at an extremely high level this season, and was an absolute pleasure to coach,” said Oconto Golf Head Coach Rick Sherman. “He’s a talented athlete that’s willing to embrace the teaching points provided by his coaches. Those athletes that earn all conference and sectional qualification are those that prepare to the best of their abilities. Carter missed qualifying fo the state tournament this year by a single stroke, and I’m certain that he will do all that’s possible to earn that honor during his senior year. 

 

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