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 20 % of graduating class)
3. ACT Score
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) Download, fill out, and mail the application above to Coach Gawlitta in Wisconsin Rapids.
WBCA Announces SEVEN, $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...
2017 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
Trey Auchtung (Ripon)
Trey managed to maintain a 4.05 G.P.A. throughout high school while participating in three sports. He displayed excellence on the baseball field in particular. A two-time all-conference pitcher, Trey had E.R.A.s of 1.88, 2.07, and 1.03 during his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons respectively. Coach Dan Jonas says, “Trey is the consummate team player, supporting his teammates and leading by example.” Heading to the Concordia - Mequon to study Pharmacy.
Reid Hansen (Durand)
Durand baseball has had a great run of success the past three years and Reid Hansen has played a big role in that. A four-year varsity starter and senior captain, Reid scored an amazing 104 runs, stole 77 bases, and was a two-time all-conference player during his high school baseball career. In the classroom, Reid earned a 3.977 G.P.A. and spent a great deal of time involved in volunteer opportunities. Coach Tony Hansen writes, “what stands out the most about Reid is his ability to be a leader and role model for the younger players on the team.” Heading to Viterbo to study Elementary Education.
Carson Mara (Little Chute)
Recognized as a unanimous 1st team all-conference infielder and voted as the recipient of his team’s Leadership Award, Carson Mara enjoyed a successful senior season on the baseball field. But his accolades shouldn’t end there. He also earned a cumulative 3.99 G.P.A. in the classroom and provided an incredible amount of volunteer hours in and around the Little Chute community. Coach Dean Birling writes, “What separates [Carson] is how he treats people. He’s tutored players on our team that were struggling . . . whether they were one of our best players or one that wouldn’t see the field.” Heading to the DePauw to study Creative Writing, Economics, and Communications.
Paul Petit (Eau Claire Regis)
Ranking number one and valedictorian of his graduating class, Paul Petit enjoyed great success in the classroom and on the baseball field. He was a three year recipient of the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence, Forensics State Qualifier, the Regis High School Cloverbelt Scholar-Athlete. He also was a three year 1st Team all-conference baseball player as well as a team captain of the State Champion football team at Regis. Having recently played for the West Team in the WBCA All Star Game, Paul’s coach Andy Niese writes that “Paul epitomizes the type of student-athlete that any coach would want in their program . . . Paul is what “it” looks like when you think of a high school student-athlete.” Heading to UMD to study Business.
Logan Rezash (Greendale)
Logan gave an exceptional effort in the classroom as well as in his community. In addition to earning high grades, he volunteered with Milwaukee Angels Youth Baseball, a local soup kitchen, and as a member of “Teens Against Tobacco Use.” Logan was a two-year baseball team captain as well as the 2016 Woodland Conference player of the year. In addition, he was a member of the East Team in the WBCA All Star Game. Coach Brian Johnsen says of Logan, “He sets the tone everyday with his work ethic . . . and is an extension of the coaching staff, making sure no detail goes unnoticed.” Heading to McHenry County College.
Jordan Siebert (Prairie Farm)
Like all the young men on our list, Jordan hard work in the classroom is reflected by his 3.93 G.P.A. Jordan was a 4 year starter at Prairie Farm and was 1st Team All-Conference three times, the District I Player of the Year in 2016, and chosen to play for the West Team in the WBCA All Star Game. Perhaps most impressive was his record of 25 – 6 when taking the mound. Coach Joe Waite writes, “Jordan is not only one of the best players I have coached in my 30+ years as a coach, but one of the finest young men.” Heading to the UW-Stevens Point to study Fisheries.
Houston Stanek (Dodgeville)
In his scholarship application, Houston writes that “I prioritize my academics simply because . . . student comes before athlete in student-athlete.” This is illustrated through the cumulative high grades he earned during high school. In addition, he models an emphasis on community service as he lists too many activities to list here. On the baseball diamond, Houston hit .375 as a senior and was a starter on the Dodgeville team that went to sectionals last season. Coach Pat Reilly writes that Houston “came ready to play and practice every day and I often witnessed him talking to our younger players, giving them advice or helping build their confidence.” Heading to the UW-Madison to study Business and/or Economics.
2016 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
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.