Below are biographies for each member of the 2013 Times’ All-Area baseball team.
Jeff Fasching, St. Cloud Cathedral, jr.
Times’ player of the year … Left-hander is 8-0 on the mound with a 0.66 earned-run average for No. 1-ranked Crusaders … Has 62 strikeouts in 531/3innings … Has .412 batting average with one home run and 18 RBI.
Chase Aleshire, St. Cloud Tech, so.
Batted .465 with eight doubles, one triple and one home run … Scored 17 runs and batted in 16 … Batted .571 with runners in scoring position … All-Central Lakes Conference performer at shortstop … Also plays football.
Austin Athmann, Rocori, sr.
Future Minnesota Gopher helped lead Spartans to state Class 3A tournament … Batted .305 with two home runs and 15 RBI … Played designated hitter because of an arm injury … All-Star series participant … Recruited by Minnesota as a catcher.
Collin Eckman, Little Falls, sr.
Repeat selection on all-area team … Batted .407 with four doubles and two triples and hit .429 for career … Excellent shortstop and fine three-sport athlete … All-Star series selection headed to Bemidji State to play baseball.
Jake Hennen, Rocori, sr.
Senior right-hander has emerged as Spartans’ ace, going 7-2 with a 2.07 ERA for Central Lakes Conference co-champions … Has 51 strikeouts in 54 innings … Also bats in the middle of the order and has two home runs … All-star series participant … Will play baseball for St. Cloud Technical & Community College.
Dylan Hollenkamp, Sartell, sr.
Batted .357 with seven doubles, one homer and 21 RBI … Struck out six times all season … Captain, two-time all-conference pick, three-sport athlete … Selected to play in the All-Star series … headed to St. John’s University for football and baseball.
Alex Kendall, St. John’s Prep, sr.
Starter since eighth grade at pitcher and shortstop for the Johnnies … Has batted .398 the past three seasons and in that time is 17-6 with a 1.29 ERA and 212 strikeouts … All-star series participant is staying in Collegeville to play baseball for St. John’s University.
Scott Litchy, Albany, sr.
Repeat selection to all-area team pitches and plays first base this season, but also has played shortstop and outfield in his career … Batted .381 this season for 15-4 Huskies and .414 in his career … Was 4-2 with an 0.82 ERA on the mound with 34 strikeouts and nine walks … Headed to Bemidji State on a basketball scholarship.
Brian Minks, St. Cloud Cathedral, sr.
Third baseman/pitcher is a three-year starter for 23-2 Crusaders … All-star series participant is batting .376 with two home runs and 18 RBI … Also 3-1 on the mound with a 2.52 ERA … Headed to St. Scholastica to play baseball.
Jake Samuelson, St. Cloud Tech, sr.
Batted .468 with 11 doubles and six home runs … Played third base and first base … Set school record with 34 RBI … Selected to play in the All-Star series … Three-sport athlete and baseball captain headed to Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D., to play baseball.
Jake Wenzel, Little Falls, sr.
Outfielder/pitcher batted .406 with four doubles and two homers … Hit .427 in his career with seven homers … Was 4-2 on the mound with a 1.02 ERA, striking out 42 and walking seven in 41 innings … All-Star series selection headed to Minnesota State-Mankato on baseball scholarship.
Hayden Willner, Eden Valley-Watkins, sr.
Right-hander has been clocked at 86 mph … Had a 1.47 ERA for the Eagles and a 2.66 for his craeer .. Hit .417 with four doubles and a home run … Hit .359 career … All-Star series selection being recruited by North Dakota State, Minnesota State-Mankato and St. Cloud State.
Nick Adams (Sauk Centre, sr.)
Brandon Bloch (St. Cloud Apollo, sr.)
Tyler Bjork (Sauk Rapids, jr.)
Ben Boser (Pierz, sr.)
Josh Buschette (Sauk Centre, jr.)
Adam Dingmann (Rocori, sr.)
T.J. Frericks (St. Cloud Apollo, sr.)
Alex Geislinger (Eden Valley-Watkins, sr.)
Dallas Haugen (St. Cloud Apollo, jr.)
Thomas Imholte (St. Cloud Catedral, jr.)
Mitch Keeler (Foley, jr.)
Austin Klaverkamp (St. Cloud Tech, jr.)
Brad Meyer (Pierz, sr.)
Mat Meyer (Sauk Rapids, jr.)
Nathan Meyer (Paynesville, sr.)
Tyler Midas (Foley, jr.)
Sam Neeser (Sartell, jr.)
Steven Neutzling (St. Cloud Cathedral, jr.)
Caz Novak (St. John’s Prep, sr.)
Josh Olmscheid (Albany, sr.)
Cody Partch (Sartell, sr)
Reed Pfannenstein (Rocori, sr.)
Gabe Ploof (Little Falls, sr.)
Michael Schlangen (Albany, sr.)
Bo Schmitz (St. Cloud Cathedral, sr.)
Joe Setrum (St. Cloud Tech, sr.)
Jeron Terres (Rocori, sr.)
Riley Voit (Albany, jr.)
Marshal Wirtzfeld (Rocori, sr.)
Past players of the year
2013 – Jeff Fasching, St. Cloud Cathedral
2012 – Reese Gregory, St. Cloud Apollo
2011 – Andrew Thome, St. Cloud Cathedral
2010 – Tyler Geislinger, Eden Valley-Watkins
2009 – Michael Frericks, St. Cloud Apollo
2008 – Kurt Schlangen, Albany
2007 – Logan Birr, St. Cloud Apollo
2006 – John Hemingson, Paynesville
2005 – Dan Gaughan, Sartell
2004 – Adam Kampsen, Paynesville
2003 – Dave Carlson, St. Cloud Cathedral
2002 – Jeff Hille, Sauk Rapids
2001 – Brian Mathiasen, St. Cloud Cathedral
2000 – Josh Krogman, St. Cloud Apollo
1999 – Mario Filippi, Little Falls
1998 – Eric Meyer, Melrose
1997 – Eric Spanier, Melrose
1996 – Aaron Meier, Holdingford
1995 – Matt Hancock, St. Cloud Cathedral
1994 – Jason Dobis, Little Falls
1993 – Steve Huls, Rocori
1992 – Greg Drontle, Rocori
1991 – Neil Heinen, St. Cloud Tech
1990 – Brad Fobbe, Annandale