This season, the Badger boys tennis team made its first trip to the team state tournament in nearly 30 years, and as such, a number of team members earned honors from the Southern Lakes Conference.
Headlining the group is junior Mason Sniatynski, who was named SLC player of the year for the third time in his three-year career.
In addition, three more players earned first-team All-Conference honors.
Sophomore Jordan Lauer, the Badgers’ two singles player, made the first team for the first time, after making the second team as a freshman.
The top doubles team of senior Peter Merry and junior Wyatt VanDyke also made the first team. For VanDyke, it was the second straight year earning first-team honors, and for Merry it was the third season in a row.
Badger’s second doubles team of senior Charley Giese and junior Graham Bartal earned honorable mention, a first-time award for both players.
The tennis team wasn’t the only group to make a trip to the state meet, as the Badger golf team made the state tournament for the fourth season in a row, while also earning a number of All-Conference accolades.
Leading the pack was junior Blake Wisdom, who took home conference player of the year honors. It’s not his first time earning All-SLC, after making the second team the past two seasons.
Speaking of repeat honorees, senior Connor Duggan made his fourth straight All-Conference team by earning first team. As a junior and sophomore, he also earned first-team honors, making the second team as a freshman as well.
The two veteran Badgers were also joined by a first-timer in junior Ben Rademaker, who made his first appearance as an honorable mention.
Only one Badger track and field athlete was named All-Conference, as junior Hope Ayres-Schulz was named honorable mention.
The junior served as a jack-of-all-trades for the team, dominating in both track events and field events. She won the SLC title in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, as well as placing eighth in the pole vault.
Badger’s girls soccer team was very young this season, with a number of juniors, sophomores and freshmen getting significant play time. As such, it should be no surprise that all five of the team’s All-Conference selections were juniors or younger.
A trio of Badgers made the second team, as juniors Brittany Gestrich and Nichole Ritzman, as well as sophomore Lucy Reed, made the cut.
Gestrich is making her third All-SLC appearance, after earning second-team honors in 2017 and 2016. In each of her three seasons on varsity, Gestrich led the team in goals, netting 12 and adding a team-leading five assists this season.
Reed and Ritzman both made their first All-Conference list this year.
To round out the team’s five selections were a pair of honorable mention recipients, as sophomore Reese Mikrut and junior Kelsey Reece made the team. It was the first honor earned by Mikrut, but it was the second time Reece made the team, after earning honorable mention in 2017.
The Badgers came a few close calls away from toppling a couple of SLC powerhouses, as the team tied for fifth in the conference as part of their continued program growth. For their efforts, a pair of players made the All-Conference squad.
On the second team from Badger was junior Seneca Peterson. All season, she served as the team’s ace pitcher, doubling as one of the team’s top hitters as well.
Peterson is a first-time All-Conference recipient.
Badger’s other honoree was junior Madison Hunt, who earned honorable mention. It was her second All-SLC nomination, after making the first team in 2017.
It was a bittersweet season for the Badger baseball team, as it improved its record in the conference regular season, but couldn’t duplicate the postseason upsets that allowed them to advance to sectionals in 2017.
Nonetheless, the improvement was noted in this season’s All-Conference lineup, which featured five Badgers compared to last year’s two.
Senior Dawson Vance earned his first All-SLC spot by making it on the first team.
Vance led the Badgers in RBIs with 16, double the second-place total of eight. He also led the team in batting average, .348, and slugging, .409, tying for the lead in on-base percentage with a mark of .403.
The player he tied with for the OBP crown was senior Colton Surges, who also earned All-Conference honors on the second team. After making honorable mention in 2017, Surges made the jump to second team this year, and was the only two-time recipient for the program this year.
Patience at the plate was the key for Surges, who hit lead-off and picked up 12 walks on the season, more than any other Badger.
Three more Badgers earned honorable mention honors.
Senior Tanner Fields capped off his career with his first All-Conference selection, after hitting .321 on the year, good enough to rank second on the team. Along with Surges and Vance, Fields was one of only three seniors to play in all 22 games for the Badgers.
The second honorable mention was junior Brett Adams, who made his first All-Conference list. Adams ranked second on the team in both runs scored and runs batted in.
Lastly, sophomore Addison Hochevar made the All-SLC team in his first season on varsity. Serving as the team’s ace pitcher, he had a team low 1.75 ERA despite pitching a team-high 48 innings.