Below are biographies for each member of the 2013 Times’ All-Area softball team.
Kadee Vesledahl, Becker, jr.
Recorded a 15-4 record with a 1.27 ERA in 127 innings pitched for the Bulldogs, who finished 19-5 overall and advanced to the Section 5-2A finals before falling to Rockford … also recorded 125 strikeouts … a Class 2A All-State first-team pick … a four-year starter and a four-time all-conference pick … also batted .413 with six doubles, two home runs and a triple … recorded 21 RBI … has already committed to play at Division II St. Cloud State.
Janae Myers, Becker, sr.
Primarily started at shortstop … batted .421 with seven doubles and one home run … had 27 RBI and scored 21 runs … a Class 2A All-State first-team pick … played in state all-star series … a three-time all-conference pick … a four-year starter.
Holly Schumacher, Eden Valley-Watkins, sr.
Primarily started at third base … hit .373 with six doubles, six home runs and two triples while helping lead the Eagles to their second-straight berth in the Class A state tournament where they finished third overall … also had 18 RBI … finished with a career average of .348 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI … a Class A All-State second-team pick … also a two-time all-section and three-time all-conference pick.
Jamie Scherer, Eden Valley-Watkins, jr.
Primarily started at second base … batted .484 with nine doubles and five home runs … also had 19 RBI … went 3-0 as a starting pitcher … a Class A All-State honorable mention pick … also earned all-section and all-conference honors.
Megan Schaefer, Paynesville, sr.
Finished with a record of 15-2 on the mound for the Bulldogs with a 1.90 ERA … recorded 67 strikeouts … a Class 2A all-state second-team pick … an Academic All-State pick … finished regular season undefeated and pitched in 14 of 15 regular-season games … a two-time all-conference pick … a three-year letterwinner.
Jacquline Nichols, Royalton, jr.
Hit .587 for the Royals while belting a single-season record eight doubles … had two home runs and 16 RBI … also stole nine bases … tied a school record with five hits in a game … a Class A All-State first-team pick … the 2013 Prairie Conference MVP … named all-conference and team offensive player of the year … her seven career home runs are already a school record.
Jamie Jenks, Little Falls, sr.
Primarily started in center field … batted .625 for the Flyers with 35 hits and 20 RBI … had a 15-game hitting streak … a Class 2A All-State first-team pick … was selected to play in the state all-star series … was named Little Falls athlete of the year … a two-time all-conference pick.
Natalie Bernard, Milaca, jr.
Starting catcher for the Wolves, who finished 10-10 and advanced to the Section 6-2A semifinals … hit .467 with seven doubles, two triples and 13 RBI … scored 12 runs … team co-captain … already a three-year starter … an all-section and all-conference pick.
Kassidy Klaphake, Rocori, jr.
Threw 10 complete games, including five shutouts, as the primary starting pitcher for the Spartans … finished the season with a 2.40 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 96 innings of work … struck out 14 in Game 1 and 12 in Game 2 during a doubleheader against St. Cloud Tech … a two-time all-conference pick.
Liz Lowery, St. Cloud Apollo, sr.
Batted a team-best .449 for the Eagles and led Apollo in hits (35), RBI (24) and home runs (three) … had a total of 35 hits with 16 runs scored in 86 at-bats.
Ashley Thell, Foley, sr.
Played primarily at shortstop … batted .417 with 20 hits, including six doubles and two home runs … had 13 RBI … named all-conference … a five-year starter who will play college softball at Minnesota State-Mankato.
Lauren Libbesmeier, Kimball, fr.
Made a big splash in her first season on the varsity team … batted .418 with two doubles and seven stolen bases … only struck out four times … plated primarily at catcher, but also did some pitching … had a fielding percentage of .990 … a Class A All-State honorable mention pick.
Baylee Lahr (Eden Valley-Watkins, sr.); Erin Deters (Sartell, sr.); Melissa Gebhardt (St. Cloud Apollo, sr.); Alyssa Ohman (Holdingford, sr.); Jena Volkers (Holdingford, sr.); Emily Pratt (Albany, sr.); Lindsey Laudenbach (St. Cloud Tech, sr.); Rachel Paulsen (Sauk Rapids, sr.); Kendra Christiansen (Sauk Rapids, sr.); Miranda Wurdelman (Sauk Rapids, sr.); Megan Boser (Pierz, sr.); Jill Rothstein (Rocori, sr.); Katie Heinen (Rocori, sr.); Shaina Schmitz (Rocori, sr.); Brooke Wuertz (Paynesville, sr.); Sarah Money (Becker, sr.); Bree Ahsenmacher (Annandale, sr.); Rachel Hieber (Annandale, sr.); Liz Ellens (Sauk Centre, sr.); Jena Klaphake (Sauk Centre, sr.); Nikki Zierden (Melrose, jr.); Jackie Bautch (St. Cloud Tech, jr.); Allison Cieslak (Becker, jr.); Maria Bastin (St. Cloud Cathedral, jr.); Alea Cekalla (Little Falls, jr.); Jen Rasmussen (Sauk Rapids, jr.); Cassie Althoff (Becker, jr.); Brook Stang (Eden Valley-Watkins. soph.); Haley Olson (Royalton, soph.); Madison Moritz (Sauk Centre, soph.); Kayla Schaefer (Paynesville, soph.); Sam Lorette (Becker, soph.); Brooke Feddema (St. Cloud Tech, soph.); Emily Schoenberg (Albany, soph.).
Past players of the year
2013 – Kadee Vesledahl (Becker)
2012 – Karli Persson (Albany)
2011 – Karli Persson (Albany)
2010 – Kristen Fah (Becker)
2009 – Kristen Fah (Becker)
2008 – Kristen Fah (Becker)
2007 – Anne Schleper (St. Cloud Cathedral)
2006 – Kendra Zapzalka (Holdingford)
2005 – Chelsey Winkelman (Foley)
2004 – Katie Niehaus (Melrose)
2003 – Amanda Opatz (Annandale)
2002 – Lindy Sparby (Rocori)
2001 – Megan Jahnke (Rocori)
2000 – Kari Turkowski (Rocori)
1999 – Nicole Weis (St. Cloud Tech)
1998 – Tessa Foth (Becker)
1997– Jenny Fuchs (St. Cloud Tech)
1996– Mary Libbesmeier (Kimball)
1995– Michelle Lechner (St. Cloud Tech)
1994– Michelle Lechner (St. Cloud Tech)
1993– Corrine Lundell (Princeton)
1992– Corrine Lundell (Princeton)
1991– Heather Miller (Rocori)
1990– Dana Miller (St. Cloud Apollo)