Eight members of the St. Edmond softball team have been rewarded for their standout individual efforts with all-North Central Conference honors.
Seniors Timmi Dencklau (IF) and Lexi Peed (IF) and junior Josie Heesch (OF) were all named to the first team for the NCC runner-up Gaels, who compiled a 24-11 overall mark and 15-3 record in the league this season. Dencklau was also one of just five unanimous selections.
Landing on the second squad for SEHS were junior Katie Donnelly (P), freshman Brigid Hanley (IF), freshman Anna Yung (IF) and freshman Jaci Stumpf (U/DP). Junior Allie Oberg was picked to the third team as well for the Gaels.
Dencklau, a first baseman, paced St. Edmond in hits (38) and RBI (33) and was second in batting average (.380). She also contributed 26 runs, 10 doubles, five home runs and went a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases.
"Timmi really stepped up for us this year," SEHS head coach Paul Hunt said. "Her bat was tremendous for our team, and we were really fortunate to have her come up (to the plate) in clutch situations. She'll also be really tough to replace in the field (Dencklau had just six errors in 242 total chances), as she saved all of our infielders (from potential throwing miscues) numerous times."
Peed, a third baseman, held a .291 average with 30 hits, 23 RBI, 22 runs, 18 stolen bases and 11 doubles.
2012 ALL-NORTH CENTRAL CONFERENCE SOFTBALL
First Team - *Lindsay Barnhart, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., P; Kaitlyn Biere, Webster City, jr., P; Breanna Keane, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., C; Kaylee Schnathorst, Webster City, so., C; *Emily Bell, Bishop Garrigan, sr., IF; *Timmi Dencklau, St. Edmond, sr., IF; *Taryn Barz, Hampton-Dumont, jr., IF; Lexi Peed, St. Edmond, sr., IF; Brenna Wetzel, Humboldt, sr., IF; Kenzie Shelgren, Humboldt, jr., IF; Jessi Timm, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., IF; Kylee Almond, Eagle Grove, so., IF; *Brittney Hammond, Iowa Falls-Alden, jr., OF; Josie Heesch, St. Edmond, jr., OF; Sam Kirby, Humboldt, jr., OF; Lexie Miller, Eagle Grove, jr., OF; Shanaya Schutt, Iowa Falls-Alden, so., U/DP; Mikaleh McCoy, Webster City, fr., U/DP.
* denotes unanimous selections
Second Team - Michelle Ritland, Hampton-Dumont, sr., P; Katie Donnelly, St. Edmond, jr., P; Kara Eischen, Bishop Garrigan, so., C; Sarah Peters, Humboldt, so., C; Abbey Fuhs, Webster City, so., IF; Taylor Hovey, Bishop Garrigan, so., IF; Maddie Thomas, Humboldt, so., IF; Brigid Hanley, St. Edmond, fr., IF; Madison Mason, Hampton-Dumont, fr., IF; Anna Yung, St. Edmond, fr., IF; Kelsey Hove, Bishop Garrigan, eighth grader, IF; Burgundy Oelmann, Iowa Falls-Alden, sr., OF; Abbey Reding, Bishop Garrigan, sr., OF; Jeni Zeller, Algona, sr., OF; Megan Loux, Clear Lake, jr., OF; Shelby Carlson, Eagle Grove, sr., U/DP; Jaci Stumpf, St. Edmond, fr., U/DP.
Third Team - Mackenzie Haupt, Clarion-Goldfield, sr.; Addison Miller, Bishop Garrigan, sr.; Tiffany Constable, Webster City, jr.; Taryn Kline, Hampton-Dumont, jr.; Allie Oberg, St. Edmond, jr.; Abigail Stecker, Algona, jr.; Kristin Condoleon, Bishop Garrigan, so.; Megan Crail, Eagle Grove, so.
"I was real proud of Lexi for making the transition this season (from shortstop to third)," Hunt said. "She's been just hopping around from different positions like crazy. For her to be able to field as well as she did was really impressive. Her power numbers were much better than in the past, too."
Heesch, a left fielder and repeat first-team all-conference nominee, batted .378 and delivered 31 hits, 29 runs, 26 RBI, 18 stolen bases and a team-high 11 long balls. She has now went deep 23 times in her career.
"Josie's bat has always been great to have in our lineup, " said Hunt. "She's also very solid in the outfield and catches all the balls she can get to."
In the circle, Donnelly went 15-6 with a 2.04 ERA. The Fort Dodge Senior High transfer yielded 126 hits - with 156 strikeouts - in 137 innings of work.
"Katie is really a general in the field and makes sure everybody knows what's going on," Hunt said. "She kind of had a rough year fighting the injury-bug, but we were a whole different team with her on the field."
After winning the starting second base job midway through the season, Hanley managed to bat .279 with 22 runs, 19 hits and 14 stolen bases.
"Brigid stepped into second seamlessly," said Hunt. "We know she can fit anywhere (in the lineup), and we look forward to seeing what she can do next year."'
Yung, a shortstop, notched a .333 average with 26 hits, 23 runs, 19 RBI and 19 stolen bases.
"I think Anna is the best fielder on our team," Hunt said. "She covers a lot of ground, has a strong arm and can make all the plays from deep in the hole. Whatever we ask of her, she's always able to get the job done."
As a right fielder, Stumpf led the Gaels in triples (7), runs (34) and stolen bases (36), while batting .320 with 32 hits.
"Jaci is a lot of fun to have on the team, and is a very electric player," said Hunt. "With all of her speed, getting her on first is as good as a double or triple. There's not a catcher I don't feel confident running her on. She also makes all the plays in the outfield look routine."
Despite being sidelined for 17 games by a left wrist injury, Oberg - a designated player - finished with a .520 average, 26 hits, 17 runs and 13 RBI
"Even though Allie missed about half the season, she was still able to put up some impressive numbers," Hunt said. "It'll be real exciting to have her back behind the plate next season."
Webster City was represented on the top squad by junior pitcher Kaitltyn Biere (17-8; 164 IP, 108 H, 183 K, 1.20 ERA), sophomore catcher Kaylee Schnathorst (.351 BA, 34 H, 29 R, 22 SB) and freshman utility/DP Mikaleh McCoy (.303 BA, 30 H, 27 RBI).
Senior third baseman Brenna Wetzel (.296 BA, 29 H, 11 2B), junior first baseman Kenzie Shelgren (.298 BA, 31 H, 31 RBI, 30 R, 7 HR) and junior center fielder Sam Kirby (.361 BA, 35 H, 31 RBI, 20 R) were each tabbed to the first team for Humboldt.
Eagle Grove sophomore second baseman Kylee Almond (.380 BA, 38 H, 30 R, 22 RBI) and junior center fielder Lexie Miller (.411 BA, 37 H, 28 SB, 24 R) were both chosen to the top squad.
Bishop Garrigan senior shortstop Emily Bell (.298 BA, 28 R, 28 H, 15 RBI) was a unanimous first-team nominee.
League champion Iowa Falls-Alden received five selections on the top squad, including a pair of unanimous picks.