Panthers’ Stauss, Sippel voted All-EWC

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


CASSY SIPPEL, Plymouth junior shortstop shown trying to tag a West Bend East runner this past season, was named an All-EWC softball honorable-mention infielder. – Review file photo CASSY SIPPEL, Plymouth junior shortstop shown trying to tag a West Bend East runner this past season, was named an All-EWC softball honorable-mention infielder. – Review file photo Senior center fielder Erika Stauss and junior shortstop Cassy Sippel of the Plymouth Panthers were voted to the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference softball honorable mention team for the 2015 season.

Stauss, an All-EWC secondteam outfielder last year, hit .244 with three RBIs, five doubles and 10 runs scored in league play.

“Erika started out the season slow, offensively, but really turned it on the latter half of the season, including the stellar regional game against Sheboygan Falls where she had two home runs and seven RBIs,” said Panther head coach Dawn Krebsbach.

Sippel batted .308 with six RBIs and 10 runs scored in EWC action. She hit one home run and a double.

“Cassy was solid, defensively. She was very dependable and made some nice plays for us,” Krebsbach pointed out.


ERIKA STAUSS, Plymouth senior center fielder shown hitting a home run against Sheboygan Falls this past season, was named an All-EWC softball honorable-mention outfielder. – Review file photo ERIKA STAUSS, Plymouth senior center fielder shown hitting a home run against Sheboygan Falls this past season, was named an All-EWC softball honorable-mention outfielder. – Review file photo “Working with a new third basemen, she had to step up and help out and cover a little more. She proved to be one of the top shortstops in the conference.”

Senior catcher Taylor Brown of Waupun was voted the EWC’s Player of the Year. Brown ranked second in the conference in batting with a an impressive .545 average, RBIs, 22 and hits with 24. Waupun’s McKenna Keach also had 24 hits.

Brown was third in on-base percentage at .579, had a .682 slugging percentage and contributed one home run and three doubles. She is the only unanimous firstteam choice.

Tom Hagstrom, who guided Waupun to its fourth straight league title, was voted the EWC’s Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season. Hagstrom shared the honor with former PHS head coach Gale Grahn in 2012. Waupun finished 14-0 in the EWC and was the Division 2 state runner-up this past season.

The only first-team repeat selections are sophomore pitcher Breana Trepes and sophomore outfielder Abby Weinert of Kewaskum and senior infielder Bailee Walesh of Two Rivers. Trepes was voted to the utility position as a freshman.

EWC runner-up Kewaskum has a league-high five first-team picks.

Junior infielder Kyra Verheyen of Waupun was the EWC batting champion with a sizzling .708 average. Senior infielder Emily Peterson of Waupun led the league in RBIs with 25.

Trepes was first in hits with 25. Keach scored an EWC-high 21 runs.

Freshman pitcher Megan Van Ruiswyk of Waupun was the ERA leader with an amazing 0.55. Van Ruiswyk, 7-0 in EWC play, allowed only 13 hits in 38 innings while striking out 59 batters.

Trepes ranked first in wins with 12. Sophomore hurler Zoe Albert of Campbellsport recorded a league-best 98 strikeouts in 79 innings.


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