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PC’s Andrew Pyszka named Tri-County Baseball Player of the Year

Four PC players earn all-conference honors

Putnam County's Andrew Pyszka (2) makes the throw to fist for the out against Marquette during the Baseball 1A Harvest Christian Sectional at Judson College in Elgin on Saturday, May 28, 2022.

Putnam County junior Andrew Pyszka was named as Tri-County Conference Baseball Player of the Year.

Pyszka, a unanimous choice, was one of three Panthers on the first team along with senior Drake Smith and junior Jackson McDonald, it was announced Monday.

Another PC junior, Nicholas Currie, received honorable mention all-conference honors.

Also named to the first team are unanimous selections senior Chase Martin of Roanoke-Benson and junior Logan Nelson of Ottawa Marquette, along with seniors Matt Cruse and Tyler Sulzberger of Seneca, senior Brady Ewers of Ottawa Marquette and sophomore Lance Kieswetter of Henry.

Cruise was named as TCC Pitcher of the Year.

Second team honors went to senior Hayden McKenna, juniors Aiden Thompson and Taylor Waldron and freshman Sam Mitre of Marquette, senior Troy Westerdahl of Henry, junior Riley McFadden of Midland, junior Jack Duffy of Dwight and sophomore Casey Clennon and freshman Paxton Giertz of Seneca.

League champ Marquette finished third in the Class 1A State Tournament.

Tri-County All-Conference Softball

In softball, Seneca’s Sam Vandevelde was voted the Tri-County Player of the Year and Marquette’s Kaylee Killelea was tabbed Pitcher of the Year.

Also earning first-team honors were Marquette’s Eva McCallum, Seneca’s Zoe Hougas and Alyssa Zellers, Woodland/Flanagan-Cornell’s Ella Sibert and Cheyenne Burns, Henry-Senachwine’s Kaitlyn Anderson and Dwight’s Jordan Schultz.

Second-team picks were Putnam County’s Zofia Uzella, Henry-Senachwine’s Lauren Harbison, Marquette’s Izzy Garkey and Lindsey Kauffman, WFC’s Cloee Johnston and Olivia Chismarick, Seneca’s Maddie Klicker and Madi Mino and Dwight’s Erin Anderson.

Putnam County’s Maggie Richetta, Marquette’s Avery Durdan, WFC’s Shae Simons, Henry-Senachwine’s Hope Self, Midland’s Sophie Milloy and Dwight’s Rachael Heath and Alexis Thetard were honorable mention selections.