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home : sports : sports June 27, 2017

6/12/2017 9:59:00 AM
Seven from RHS on All-Little Illini teams
JOSH BROWN
Sports Editor

Just over a handful of Robinson High School athletes were recognized for their performance on the diamond this spring by being named to one of the All-Little Illini Conference teams recently.

Four softball players and three baseball players received honors, with four of those players being First Team selections.

The Lady Maroons had a pair of First Team selections in junior Malia Gunn and senior Kirbie Mendenhall.

Gunn led the team with a .608 batting average (45-74), including 15 home runs, along with five triples, four doubles, 39 runs scored and 35 runs batted in.

Mendenhall led the pitching staff with a 14-6 overall record, which included a 5-2 mark in conference games. She posted a 2.55 ERA in those league games, while striking out 50 batters and walking 10 in 55 innings. At the plate, Mendenhall hit .282 overall (22-78), including eight doubles, one triple, one home run and 16 runs batted in.

Making the Second Team from RHS was sophomore Jaedyn Johnson. She hit .325 this season (24-75) with three triples, one double and 11 runs batted in and did not strike out the entire season.

Also for RHS, senior Alexis Sullivan was named to the Honorable Mention team. Sullivan finished the year with a .306 average (19-62), which included two home runs, three triples, two doubles and nine runs batted in.

On the baseball side, the Maroons also had a pair of First Team selections in senior Brayden Burtch and freshman Kade Lassen.

Burtch carried the load on the mound for RHS with a 6-2 record and 2.23 ERA in 11 games. He tossed three complete games struck out 72 batters and walked 24 in 53.1 innings. At the plate, Burtch also held his own with a .316 average (12-38), eight runs batted in and two runs scored.

Lassen tied for the team lead in hitting with a .356 average (21-59), including two doubles, 13 runs scored and 10 runs batted in.

Also for RHS, junior Cole Waggoner was an Honorable Mention selection.

He tied for the team lead in batting average at .356 (16-45), despite playing in just 15 games due to splitting his time with the track team. He also had one home run, one triple, two doubles, 15 runs scored and 11 runs batted in. He also pitched in one game, allowing a hit in one-third of an inning.



2017 All-Little Illini Conference Softball Team

First Team

Name School

Sydney Cammon Flora

Malia Gunn Robinson

Paige Ginder Olney

Kristin Hardiek Newton

Lindsay Beasley Casey-Westfield

Skylar Freeman Flora

Baylee Scott Casey-Westfield

Abby Frohning Newton

Sophia Colclasure Olney

Claire Maulding Casey-Westfield

Mackenzie Morgan Casey-Westfield

Kassidy Evans Marshall

Kaitlyn Matthews Paris

Kirbie Mendenhall Robinson

Kasey Jennings Flora

Jayley Akers Lawrenceville

Kelsey Krutsinger Flora

Katrina Strow Paris



Second Team

Name School

Macy Clark Marshall

Morgan Parrish Lawrenceville

Ariel Richards Newton

Jaedyn Johnson Robinson

Taylor Williams Casey-Westfield

Maddie Stanley Newton

Sydney Fox Paris

Bailey Pearce Flora

Allie Johnson Red Hill



Honorable Mention

Name School

Alexis Sullivan Robinson

Aaliyah Wease Olney

Grace Hahn Red Hill

Brooklyn Westerfield Paris

Olivia Shipman Newton

Chloe Pancake Marshall

Macey Waggoner Lawrenceville

Kyrsten Darrough Flora

Rachel Weger Casey-Westfield



2017 All-Little Illini Conference Baseball Team

First Team

Name School

Bo Minor Paris

Austin Littleton Paris

Trey Puckett Olney

Mitch Bierman Newton

Trevor Nicholson Flora

Brady Sutton Paris

Nate Meinhart Newton

Jeffery Gaither Flora

Mason Kocher Olney

T.J. Potter Paris

Mitch Jansen Newton

Bryce Winningham Lawrenceville

Reid Brown Marshall

Brayden Burtch Robinson

Zach Wandrey Paris

Landon Pride Olney

John Grunloh Newton

Clay Goodwin Lawrenceville

Kade Lassen Robinson



Second Team

Name School

Alex Rodriguez Casey-Westfield

Gabe Spires Marshall

Jordan Winka Flora

Garrett James Red Hill

Landon Carder Flora

Dylan Hires Olney

Luke Geier Newton

Jacob Griefzu Olney

Raven Thompson Paris



Honorable Mention

Name School

Cole Waggoner Robinson

Austin O'Neal Paris

Lucas Harmon Olney

Skyler McManus Marshall

Ryan Anderson Flora

Chase Shick Lawrenceville

Ashton Rodgers Casey-Westfield

Ben Britton Newton

Landen Ray Red Hill





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