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Waupun picked to repeat in DII in WBCA Preseason Poll

02/11/2019, 11:00pm CST
By Joe Waite, WBCA

Warriors return most of their starters

  1. Waupun Warriors: Waupun was loaded last year and are loaded again this year.  Four 1st Team All-Conference players, two of whom are juniors, are back.  The tradition is back on track.
  2. Waukesha Catholic Memorial Crusaders: Memorial made it to the Sectional Finals last year and bring back almost every starter.  1st Team All-C8 seniors Luke Fox and Chris Byhre both hit over .400.
  3. Jefferson Eagles: The State-Runner-Ups want another shot at a title and might get it.  Four starters are back along with half the pitching staff, including 9-0 Ryan Brost, a lefty senior.
  4. West De Pere Phantoms: Dominating the Bay the past four years, the Phantoms are expected to do it again.  They bring back four All-Bay players are look ready to make a run at a DII title.
  5. Tomah Timberwolves: Prielipp is almost unhittable.  If the Timberwolves can find a little more pitching and the 6 returning starters have grown after last year, they’ll be tough to beat at any time.
  6. Beloit Turner Trojans: Tied with Jefferson last year in the first unified Rock Valley race.  With six starters returning, the Trojans and Eagles are on yet another collision course.
  7. Greendale Panthers: The Panthers won a summer Regional last year and return almost all of their pitching and six starters.  Are picked to win the Woodland West over Pewaukee.
  8. New Richmond Tigers: The Tigers have won the last three MBC titles but always found themselves a small DI school come tournament time.  Look out: their top pitcher and five starters return. 
  9. Waupaca Comets: One of many that could win the balanced North Eastern Conference.  Six starters return but only a third are pitchers.  Still, the Comets have a good, consistent program.
  10. River Falls Wildcats: River Falls will have a deep pitching staff that could challenge both Eau Claire schools for a Big Rivers title.  Shortstop Adam Feyereisen hit .400 last year.
  11. Whitefish Bay Blue Dukes: Playing a tough, mostly DI North Shore schedule will make them dangerous come DII tournament time.  Most of their pitching is back from last year.
  12. Plymouth Panthers: The Panthers finished 27-7.  With most of the team coming back, they and Waupun will have a pair, or possibly three, great games this spring. 
  13. Adams-Friendship Green Devils: Almost entire lineup returns for South Central favorites including six All-Conference players.   Braedyn Quinnell hit .420 last spring and will lead the attack.
  14. Greendale Martin Luther Spartans: Metro Classic favorites and defending champs lost a lot to graduation but still return two 1st Team All-MCC players in Bryce Kulinski and Nate Crawey.
  15. Antigo Red Robins: Predicted to win their 7th straight Great Northern title despite losing a lot of talent from last year’s 25-win team.  Junior Brady Renfro returns.  He was 4-0 last year.
  16. Whitnall Falcons: The Falcons have been rising for three years. 2019 might be their year with almost half their pitching staff and half their starters returning,
  17. Freedom Irish: Won a Regional last year and return five starters and over half the pitching staff.  They’ll challenge Waupaca for a North East Conference title along with...
  18. Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes: Fox Valley Lutheran.  The Foxes return half of their starters from a team that was Sectional finalists last spring.  They have a solid lineup throughout.
  19. Pewaukee Pirates: The Pirates won 20 games last summer and return most of their pitching plus five starters.  They return All-Conference catcher Josh Geisel.
  20. Ashland Oredockers: Coach Chris Kempf picked up his 400th win last spring.  He should get a lot more this year as the Dockers compete mostly in a Duluth-area conference, the Lake Superior.

Also Receiving Votes: Mount Horeb, Kiel, Edgerton, Winneconne, West Salem, Altoona, Onalaska, Hayward, Mosinee, Northwestern, River Valley, Monona Grove, Edgewood, Medford.

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