Redhawks’ Zobel lands on Iowa Star first team

North Tama senior Samantha Zobel had an out-of-this-world batting average and crushed five home runs for the Redhawks this season.

Those numbers didn’t go unnoticed around the rest of the league as Zobel was the only area softball player named to the all-Iowa Star Conference first team. Zobel hit a blistering .530 and also drove in 26 runs for the Redhawks, who finished 9-12.

Colo-NESCO senior Madison Farren had a stellar year at the plate and in center field, but was passed up by the league coaches. Farren hit .405 with 29 RBIs and 18 runs scored and was voted to the second team, while Dunkerton’s Dani Reicherts, Janesville’s Victoria Leyh and Don Bosco’s Olivia Schmit were the first-team representatives in the outfield.

Don Bosco lost in the 1A regional final to AGWSR and landed three players on the all-Iowa Star first team, while Dunkerton placed four and Janesville two.

Three other area athletes landed on the all-Iowa Star Conference honorable mention squad.

Colo-NESCO senior catcher Kylie Sarver was included in that group after hitting .250 with 26 runs and 15 stolen bases. Anna Kvidera of North Tama hit .396 with 21 runs and 14 stolen bases to also earn a spot on the squad, while GMG senior Mikaella Koster was the Wolverines lone selection after hitting .250 this past season.

Colo-NESCO finished 9-15 and lost to AGWSR in the regional semifinals, while GMG ended up 2-13 with both wins coming against Tripoli.