Four diamond gems on elite team
The Lakers also dominated the inaugural 10-member girls softball/ track Enterprise Dream Team.
A quartet of Glen Lake diamond girls, who led the Lakers to a 29-9-1 conference and district championship were chosen to the elite team. Players were nominated by their respective coaches and voted onto the squad by a local officials’ association and the Enterprise sports staff.
Seniors Casey Kahler, Paige Picard and Marriah Sobczak along with junior Hannah Schweikart were among the Glen Lake girls softball players chosen.
Glen Lake track and field athletes and state qualifiers Lindsey Friend, a senior, and Katie Stowe, a sophomore were also chosen to the squad.
Suttons Bay had senior track and field athlete Dana Wessels, junior track and field athlete Katie Tigges and sophomore softball pitcher Jane Hursey elected to the Dream Team.
Glen Lake softball coach Gary Galla said his quartet was truly something special.
“I’m happy for these girls,” said Galla of the four who played a key role in the Lakers third league title in the last four seasons. “They have worked extremely hard over the years and it shows in the way they play the game and the way their season progressed.
“These four ladies have set wonderful examples for the younger players, plus they set the bar high.”
Picard, who was the team’s leadoff batter and centerfielder, led the team in most offensive categories including batting average.
Sobczak, who played shortstop and batted second, Schweikart, who played third base and batted cleanup, were also among the offensive leaders.
Although Galla had a solid ballclub, he wouldn’t mind coaching a full squad of Dream Team softball players.
“Players are generally the same no matter what school they are from — they work hard, want to win and want to be successful,” Galla said.
Although softball players and track athletes had opportunities for other post-season honors like all-conference, all-district or all-region, Galla said the Dream Team is a great additon.
“I think this is a neat opportunity for girls to be recognized in the area and get some attention,” Galla said. “It’s wonderful for the girls to get some accolades for all their hard work and accomplishments. They all deserve it.”