WBCA Announces Six, $500 scholarship winners.
The WBCA is pleased to announce the six winners of the annual WBCA scholarship given to outstanding students who were outstanding baseball players. They include...
BLAKE HANSEN - UNION GROVE
A 2016 WIAA Scholar Athlete, Blake received All-Conference recognition during his junior year. Blake graduated with a G.P.A. of 3.98 and dedicated a tremendous amount of time in Community Service projects, including spending a week in Moorhead, North Carolina helping cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy. Head coach Michael Arendt writes that “Blake is the type of student-athlete that every teacher and coach dreams of having multiples of because of his selfless attitude and incredible abilities.” Heading to the UW-Milwaukee to study mechanical engineering.
MATTHEW HELMS - PACELLI
Matthew just completed a very successful high school career both on and off the field. On the field, Matthew was 1st team All-Conference and was named CWC 8 Player of the Year. On the season, he hit .451 with 41 hits, 27 RBIs, 15 stolen bases. He also went 8 – 1 on the mound with a 0.78 ERA while striking out 57. Off the field, he earned a 3.948 G.P.A. while taking several AP and Honors classes. Just as impressive, he earned Eagle Scout. Coach Wayne Sankey says, “Matt has been one of the most unselfish players that I have ever coached.” Heading to UW-Platteville to study engineering.
MATT McCARTY - SOUTH MILWAUKEE
Matt was ranked number 1 is his graduating class of 281. Just as impressive is that he took a rigorous class load with nine AP classes on his way to a 4.0 G.P.A., earning the Wisconsin Academic Excellence Award. Matt also spends a great deal of time volunteering, including a visit to Guatemala to tutor English in 2014. Earning FOUR varsity letters in baseball, Matt was All-conference all four years and finished his career with a 17 – 9 record while striking out 235. He recently played in the WBCA All Star Game and will pitch at Louisville next year. Coach John Galewski says Matt “is a selfless competitor who
passes praise on to others before himself.” Heading to the University of Louisville to study biochemistry.
LOGAN PETERSON - SOMERSET
Logan graduated with a 3.967 G.P.A. and was selected as the Middle Border Conference Scholar Athlete and WIAA Scholar Athlete. Logan was a three-sport athlete. He received All-Conference recognition in football, wrestling, and baseball the past three years and recently played in the WBCA All Star Game. He hopes to continue to play baseball at UW-LaCrosse next year. Coach John Ball writes, “he is a born leader and is looked up to by his peers.”
Heading to UW-LaCrosse to study biology.
MARK SCHAUF - BIG FOOT
Mark graduated with a 3.92 G.P.A. and was very involved in the Community Service opportunities offered in and around Big Foot High School. From July of 2013 to July of 2015, Mark volunteered 195 hours of time helping community improvements on church mission trips. On the baseball field, he was a
two-time All-Conference player and was voted team captain his senior year. His high school coach was Steve Bochat. He is heading to UW-LaCrosse to study math and secondary education.
JAKE WIEDOWER - SAINT FRANCIS
Jake earned numerous academic recognitions in his high school career, including WBCA Academic All-State and attending Badger Boys State. Jake played three sports and took several AP classes while continuing to earn high grades. As a senior, Jake hit .543 with 50 hits, 40 runs scored, and 26 RBIs while going 7 – 3 on the mound, striking out 84 with an ERA of 1.35. He was selected Midwest Classic Conference Player of the Year and recently participated in the WBCA All Star Game. Coach Jared Kwiatkowski writes, “Jake is one of the best well-rounded students I have ever met . . . he takes pride in everything he does.” Heading to the UW-Whitewater to study human development or pre-physical therapy.
Given out annually since 2006, the WBCA is proud to offer six $500 scholarships each year. The criteria and due dates for nominations are listed below. All information can be sent to Bob Gawlitta at his home address (2640 Boles Circle, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495). Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Head Coach is a WBCA Member (by May 1 of the respective year)
2. Class Rank (upper 10 % of graduating class)
3. ACT Score (24 or above)
4. Varsity player (varsity stats only)
5. G.P.A. (3.2 or higher)
8. Coach’s recommendation
9. Community Involvement (not a criteria)
10. All in to Bob Gawlitta by June 15 (no exceptions)
Must have everything in to qualify (including photo