By Paul Lecker
Marshfield Columbus Catholic senior Matthias Gouin and Spencer sophomore Hunter Luepke earned first-team selections to the 2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball team, as voted on by the conference coaches.
Luepke, an outfielder and pitcher, helped the Rockets to a second-place tie with Neillsville at 12-4, three games behind conference champion Loyal.
Gouin was joined on the all-conference team for Columbus by teammates Tyler Fuerlinger (second team) and Billy Young (honorable mention). The Dons finished 7-9 and in sixth place in the conference standings.
Spencer infielder Jonny Tomke was a second-team selection.
Loyal, which went 15-1 in conference play, had four first-team selections and seven picks in all, including Player of the Year Brenden Collins.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
2016 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Baseball Team
First team: Matthias Gouin, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Brenden Collins, sr., Loyal; Kanyan Rachu, sr., Loyal; Colten Roehl, sr., Loyal; Riley Geiger, jr., Loyal; Jason Kurth, sr., Neillsville; Logan Matson, so., Neillsville; Kole Karaba, jr., Owen-Withee; A.J. Ovyn, so., Owen-Withee; Hunter Luepke, so., Spencer.
Second team: Aaron Morrow, jr., Colby; Tyler Fuerlinger, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Brock Opelt, jr., Granton; David Vesel, sr., Greenwood; Jake Waldhart, sr., Loyal; Josh Zupanc, sr., Loyal; Jacob Kunze, sr., Neillsville; David Harder, jr., Neillsville; Josiah Goerlitz, jr., Owen-Withee; Jonny Tomke, sr., Spencer.
Honorable mention: Billy Young, sr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Connor Skabroud, so., Gilman; Elliot Wininger, so., Gilman; Devin Toburen, so., Greenwood; Ben Zimmerman, sr., Loyal; Marshall Opelt, so., Neillsville; Ben Esker, sr., Owen-Withee.
Player of the Year: Brenden Collins, Loyal.