JUNIOR SECOND BASEMAN ALLISON CIESLAK received several awards at last week’s season-ending banquet including all-academic and scholar athlete of the year for having the highest GPA in the softball program. (Photo by Bill Morgan.)
The Becker Bulldog girls softball team held their end-of-the-season banquet in the high school commons last week.
Head Coach Jason Baune said he was thrilled to see the program have another successful season.
The ninth grade team finished the season with a record of 13-0-1. The junior varsity team finished with a record of 15-1 and the varsity squad finished with a record of 19-5. Allthree teams finished first in the Granite Ridge Conference with undefeated records.
Numerous varsity and junior varsity athletes received awards for their hard work in the classroom as they were awarded Spotlight on Scholarship awards for having a cumulative GPA over 3.0.
Allison Cieslak, Marikate Wegeleben and Haley Harmon were named to the Granite Ridge All-Academic team. Cieslak was also awarded the Scholar Athlete Award for having the highest GPA in the softball program.
Named letter winners were: seniors Janae Myers, Sarah Money, Karissa Herrman and Katie Koening; Juniors Kadee Vesledahl, Cieslak, Cassie Althoff and Marikate Wegeleben; Sophomores Samantha Lorette, Lindsey Lorette and Haley Harmon; Freshmen Erika Schwartz and Payton Williams.
Myers and Herrman received pins to recognize their hard work as captains for the team.
The Bulldogs had six athletes named to the Granite Ridge All-Conference team: Myers, Money, Cieslak, Althoff, Vesledahl, and Samantha Lorette. Wegeleben was named honorable mention All-Conference.
Money, Vesledahl, Cieslak and Althoff were named to the All-Section team. Myers and Vesledahl were each named first team All-State by the Minnesota High School Softball Coaches Association. The coaches association also voted Myers to play in the Senior All-Star Series for the top 72 seniors in the state.
The varsity players voted to award the following honors: Samantha Lorette was named this year's most improved player. Herrman was named most dedicated and Vesledahl was named this year's most valuable player.
A special thank you went out to this year's seniors (Myers, Herrman, Money and Koening) for their leadership and dedication to the softball program over the years.