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Cornbelt elite: Mustangs, Knights both rewarded for seasons

By Staff | Jul 29, 2009

Armstrong-Ringsted pitcher Amy Leach and center fielder Rosie Cheever both were among the area players named to the Cornbelt All-Conference First Team. EDN file photo

With both Armstrong-Ringsted and Graettinger/Terril finishing well in the Cornbelt Conference softball standings, the two schools were well represented on the 2009 all-conference teams.

Armstrong-Ringsted, which finished 8-1 in the overall conference standings and 7-1 in the West Division, had all three of its seniors on the first team-pitcher Amy Leach, outfielder Rosie Cheever, and Morgan Grabinoski as a utility player.

In conference play, Leach posted an 11-2 record with a 0.43 earned run average. She struck out 174 batters while giving up just 32 hits, four walks and one hit batter. Opponents batted .110 against her. Offensively, she led the team with a .400 batting average and .500 on base percentage with 14 hits, 18 RBI, two doubles, three triples and two home runs.

Cheever batted .289 in the conference with an on-base percentage of .400. She had 11 hits, with 11 RBI, two doubles, one triple and two home runs.

Grabinoski batted .286 with an on-base percentage of .362 with 12 hits and six RBI.

Graettinger/Terril junior Tasha Neilson batted .500 in conference play in 2009 as she earned first team all-conference honors.

Eighth grader Jasmine Clausen was named to the second team. She batted .273 with an on-base percentage of .368.

Graettinger/Terril placed two players on the first team-junior third baseman Dakota Hovinga and junior outfielder Tasha Neilson.

Neilson batted .500 in the conference with an on-base percentage of .545 as she had 20 hits with six RBI, three doubles and four triples.

Hovinga batted .447 with an on-base percentage of .500 with 17 hits, five RBI and five doubles.

Making the second team were senior shortstop Theresa Petersen and senior Malorie Girres as a utility player.

Girres batted .414 with an on-base percentage of .433. She also posted a 7-2 record in the conference with two saves and an earned run average of 1.38.. In 61 innings, she struck out 41 while giving up 45 hits and 23 walks. Opponents batted .194 against her.

Petersen batted .357 with 15 hits including nine RBI, five doubles and two home runs.

Freshman catcher Maddy Schany and sophomore outfielder Lindsay Flaharty both earned honorable mention.

Schany batted .371 with an on-base percentage of .421 which included 13 hits.

Flaharty batted .324 with an on-base percentage of .378.

Below is the complete all-conference list by player, grade, position and school.

First Team


Michaela Grimm, 12, pitcher, WBM

Amy Leach, 12, pitcher, AR

Jena Peters, 11, pitcher, HLP

Missy Abrahamson, 11, catcher, WBM

Alyssa Schwartz, 12, catcher, WCLT

Courtney Haag, 12, first base, NSK

Hannah Kofron, 10, second base, WCLT

Rebecca Rolling, 11, shortstop, NSK

Dakota Hovinga, 11, third base, GT

Rosie Cheever, 12, outfield, AR

Abby Ingalls, 10, outfield, NSK

Tasha Neilson, 11, outfield, GT

Kassie Atwood, 12, utility, TRV

Jenna Biedefeld, 12, utility, CCE

Michelle Eden, utility, WCLT

Shayna Geitzenauer, 12, utility, NSK

Morgan Grabinoski, 12, utility, AR

Kayla Hartman, 12, utility, WBM

Second Team


Laura Brugman, 12, pitcher, CCE

Allie Ingalls, 8, pitcher, NSK

Cassidy Smith, 12, pitcher, RA

Lindsey Reese, 12, catcher, HLP

Kirsty Riggert, catcher, CWL

Leah Elsbecker, 12, first base, HLP

Wendy Grimm, 9, second base, WBM

Theresa Petersen, 12, shortstop, GT

Amber Goraczkowski, 10, third base, NSK

Brooke Bennett, 10, outfield, TRV

Carrie Hefty, 11, outfield, WBM

Deni Peters, 11, outfield, HLP

Jenna Valvick, 10, outfield, NSK

Nicole Bannister, 11, utility, WCLT

Anna Brandt, 10, utility, HLP

Jasmine Clausen, 8, utility, AR

Nicole Gearhart, 11, utility, WBM

Malorie Girres, 12, utility, GT

Paige Heesch, 10, utility, WCLT

Shayla Simms, 10, utility, TRV

Honorable Mention

Maddy Schany, 9, catcher, GT

Amber Streit, 12, second base, TRV

Lindsay Flaharty, 10, outfield, GT

Cassidy Cirks, 11, shortstop, TRV

Sam Thilges, 10, first base, WCLT

Whitney Shellenberg, 10, outfield, CWL

Jessie Abrahamson, 9, outfield, WBM

2009 Cornbelt Coach of the Year

Art Ingalls, North Sentral Kossuth