It was a very good spring for Osceola Chieftain and St. Croix Falls Saints sports teams. The track and field teams from both schools made most of the headlines but several other squads enjoyed stellar seasons. Both the Osceola and St. Croix Falls track and field teams won their respective conference meets. The Chieftain girls went on to win Regionals, Sectionals and place fourth at State. The Osceola boys also claimed the Regional championship.
The Lakeland conference recognizes the top two finishers in each track and field event as all-conference and the third place finisher as honorable mention. The SCF boys had 15 athletes earn one of these spots including Andrew Opel, Jack Kessler, Isiah Hoggatt, Tyler Cooper, Sebastian Austad, Anthony Will, McKinley Erickson, Trevor LaMirande, Boden Enochs, Sean Schaber, Derek Fisk, Spencer Steek, Logan Ross, Tony DeLuca and Ryan Peltz. The Lady Saints had 13 representatives with Jenna Driscoll, Anna Klein, Kylie Broten, Emily McCurdy, Grace Bergstrom, Lucia Neuman, Ella Waterworth, Jordan Braund, Sierra Braund, Riley Henk, Greta Erickson, Sidney Hoverman and Lauren Borst all being recognized.
“Achieving all-conference wouldn’t have been possible without my teammates,” Klein mentioned. “They pushed me during practice and supported me in meets and it was such a joy to be able to celebrate with them at the conference meet.”
The first place finishers in each track and field event in the Middle Border conference are recognized as all-conference. The Osceola boys honorees are David Olson, Gus Peterson, Justin Vorndran, Robert Conde, Blake Slater, Sean Rogers, Tyler Dye and Kolten Heimbach. The girl’s first place finishers were Anna Swanson, Caroline Gearin, Lauren Ellefson and Alli Fogelberg.
The Osceola baseball team had four all-conference selections including Matt Schultz, Josh Schultz, Logan Clark and Nick Carlson. The St. Croix Falls baseball team had Jared Lessman and Sam Wilson earn all-conference recognition.
Osceola softball players that were named as all-conference were Jam Dannenmueller, Courtney Miller and Hayley Palmsteen. SCF all-conference softball players were Bridgett Bergmann and Alise Wiehl.
“Being chosen for all-conference is an honor and proves that working hard pays off,” Palmsteen said. “It wouldn’t be possible if I didn’t have an amazing team and support system supporting me throughout my past four seasons.
Four golfers were named to their respective all-conference squads, Nick Kremer, Drew Willeman and Jacob Hall for Osceola and Mitchell Steele from St. Croix. Hall was also named MBC Player of the Year.
“This season went very well and getting all-conference was just the beginning,” Steele said. “When the season started I had the motivation in my mind to get all-conference and every meet I gained more confidence when I got to hear the (individual) standings. Going into the final conference tournament I felt relief because I understood that 18 holes was the only thing standing between me and the all-conference team. When the round was over and I received the medal I felt accomplished and it started the drive to see how far I could go. Next season I hope to continue my growth and make my way to (State in) Madison.”
The Osceola soccer team had Mikayla Peper and Jennifer Armstrong selected to the MBC all-conference squad.
A total of 57 athletes from Osceola and St. Croix Falls were recognized with some level of all-conference accolades this spring. Being all-conference doesn’t just happen. It takes a quality athlete that is dedicated to the sport, coaches that work to get the best from everyone and family, friends and teammates that support the athlete in what they are trying to accomplish.