More than a dozen local players named first team all-conference

FMHS puts six players on the 1st Team All-Southeast team


LEE COUNTY - More than a dozen players from Lee County were named to their respective 1st-team all conference squads in post-season awards last week.

Fort Madison's Lexi Whaley, Erika Kruse, Neeley Rehm, Logan Johnson, Kane Williams and Landes Williams made up half the 1st-teamers.

Kruse led the Hounds in hitting with a .413 average and belted  12 home runs which was tops in the Southeast Conference, two ahead of Player of the Year Hannah Simpson of Fairfield. The Bloodhound junior also drove in 50 runs which was tied with Simpson for best in the conference.

She also had eight wins in the circle which was fifth best in the conference, while striking out an even 50 on the season.

Rehm, also a junior, put up 11 wins on the year with a 2.21 ERA and 100 strikeouts. She hit .307 for the season.

Whaley hit .405 on the year which was 5th best in the Southeast Conference and her three homers were third best in loop play.

Logan Johnson hit .358 on the year with a home run and 19 RBI. The senior also led the Hounds with 28 runs and a .470 on base average.

Anna Sobczak was named to the girls 1st-team all conference as an infielder. She hit .500 on the year, which was third best in SEI Superconference South. Mary Hellige was also selected as a utility player. She won 10 games and struck out 70 this year pitching in 117 innings. She also hit .446 with a .662 slugging average and a had 21 RBI second best on the Crusaders squad.

Central Lee's Hopp hit .453 the fourth best average in conference. The senior had two home runs and 20 RBI on the season. She had six wins on the year and had the second best ERA at 1.89.

Turner led the Hawks with a 12-7 win/loss record and a 2.15 ERA, third best in the conference.

Shanna Buford and Kenna Sandoval were also named to the 1st-team for Central Lee. Sandoval made the team as a utility player playing as an 8th grader. She hit .373 with three homers and 23 RBI.

Buford hit .365 with 30 RBI and five home runs and made the team as an infielder.

Landes and Kane Williams dominated mound appearances for the Hounds. Landes earned 1st team as an infielder and Kane Williams made the team as a pitcher.

Kane Williams led the Hounds with a .343 batting average with 16 RBI and had 13 stolen bases good enough for fifth in the Southeast Conference. He had a 1.35 ERA with six wins against no losses in 41 innings of work.

Landes Williams had a 1.52 ER, fifth best in the league with a .500 on base average. Williams went 3-1 on the year with 32 strikeouts. The senior hit .322 with 12 RBI.

Central Lee's Alex Sandoval was the sole Hawk to make the SEI Superconference All-Conference team. Sandoval hit .444 with 5 home runs and 34 RBI both team highs.

The .444 was tied for third best in the conference as was the five dingers. His on-base-average of .556 was also third best in the league.

Central Lee's Corbin Pohren was named to the second team outfield, while Jonny Snider and Tanner DeMoss were named honorable mention.

The Lady Crusaders Haile Cain, Brooke Mueller, Kayla Box and Jenna DiPrima all were named to the second team. Rachel Menke and Kelli Meierotto received Honorable Mention.

The Lady Hawks' Bella Steffensmeier and Bailey Schwartz earned 2nd-team all conference, while Honorable Mention  went to Marie Young and Jaci Hawk.

FMHS' Matt Hopper and Tate Johnson were named 2nd-team all-conference. Tanner Settles and Reiburn Turnbull were named Honorable Mention.

Lauryn Helmick and Emily Steffensmeier were named 2nd team Southeast All-Conference. Elizabeth Tanner and Elle Ruble received Honorable Mention.

Logan Johnson, Steffensmeier, Mylah Blanchard, and McKenna Cashman received Academic All-Conference.

Tate Johnson, Landes Williams and Kane Williams all receieved Academic All-Conference.

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