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Kennedy Meister

Janesville

Senior

Softball

A valuable fifth-year starter, Meister has been a leader within a Janesville team that is gaining momentum with five consecutive wins over the past week. She owns a 7-4 pitching record with 69 strikeouts in 68 innings while holding opposing hitters to a batting average under .200. Also a shortstop, Meister is hitting .375 with seven extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and eight stolen bases in eight attempts. “She is very athletic and a great leader,” Janesville coach Shelly Sorensen noted. “Her experience in the field has helped the Wildcats this season.” Meister has also competed in basketball and on multiple state championship volleyball teams. She plans to play volleyball at NIACC this fall.

Sydney Schultz

Waterloo Columbus

Junior

Softball

Schultz has been one of the most productive players for Class 3A’s No. 2 Columbus. The fourth-year starting junior catcher leads the Sailors with a .600 batting average, 1.057 slugging percentage and 31 total hits. She has clubbed three home runs with 15 RBIs for her 12-1 team. “She is such a talented athlete who combines speed with power to augment our offensive attack,” Columbus coach Chris Olmstead noted. “She also is a formidable presence behind the plate for us as she possesses a strong, accurate arm in addition to strong defensive, blocking mechanics. This keeps opposing runners at bay.” Schultz also participates in volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Cael Tenold

Don Bosco

Junior

Baseball

Tenold put on an impressive display of power last week with five no-doubt home runs and 10 RBIs over a stretch of three games. The junior right fielder and DH is getting on base 50 percent of his at-bats with a 1.087 slugging percentage. “He’s just trying to do things correctly as far as letting the ball travel and working on his mechanics,” Don Bosco coach Blaine Rhoads said. “When he barrels it, the ball goes, and he just had a phenomenal week. ... He’s just a great kid and is doing a good job of learning his role.” Tenold is also an all-state member of the Dons’ state champion football team. He competed in track and on the Dons’ third-place state basketball squad.

Lexi Wroe

Waterloo East

Senior

Softball

Wroe is a captain who has led this year’s Trojans with an improved bat and strong play at the shortstop position. The fifth-year starter is hitting .304 with a .360 on-base percentage and just two errors. “She plays an outstanding shortstop,” East coach Gene Laughlin said. “This year she’s been one of our most consistent hitters. ... She’s just a joy to work with and has great instincts playing the game. This year her hitting has improved because she’s just relaxed. She’s enjoying the game and having a heck of a year.” Wroe is also a standout volleyball player who plans to be a part of Hawkeye Community College’s upstart program this fall.

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