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Wildcats honored by WesCo
It wont heal the emotional wounds suffered at the end of the season, but the Oak Harbor baseball team had something to smile about earlier this week.
OHHS, which ended the year with a loss to Marysville-Pilchuck and one game behind the Tomahawks for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference North, received six all-league selections to Marysvilles four.
At the beginning of the season the other baseball coaches picked us to finish near the bottom of the league, OHHS head coach Jim Waller said. I think the recognition of our players in the all-league voting was a result of how competitive we were during the season.
Junior Marshall Lobbestael led the way for the Wildcats, taking a first team honor as a utility player and second team honor as a pitcher. He was one of just two players in the WesCo North to be named to both lists and received a first-team vote from every other school. Lobbestael played shortstop as well as pitcher and was tied for first on the team with home runs (1), tied for second in RBI (11), was third in runs (10) and third in batting average (.343). As a pitcher he had a 2.84 ERA and 31 strikeouts in 37 innings.
Other Wildcats named to the honorable mention list included senior outfielder Mark Radach, senior second baseman Cameron Kays, sophomore outfielder Chris Valencia and sophomore catcher Johnny Encinas.
Radach led Oak Harbor in batting average (.414) and RBI (15) and also had one home run. Waller was disappointed to see he wasnt at least on the second team.
He was the heart of our team and his teammates recognized this by voting him as their captain and was the most consistent performer through the season, the coach said.
Valencia led OHHS in runs (13), Encinas was second in batting average (.397) and RBI (11) and Kays added one home run along with solid defense in the infield.
The Oak Harbor soccer team, which finished in seventh place in the WesCo North at 3-12-1, had five athletes named to the all-league list.
Senior defender Cory Fakkema, who will play defense for NAIA Northwestern College next year, was honored as the Wildcats only first team member.
Senior goalkeeper Brian Wandell was named to the second team, while senior defender Keith Lokkins, senior midfielder Greg Hanshaw and junior midfielder Ryan Duvenez were all listed as honorable mentions.
Sophomore Jessica Kallander was named all-league second team outfielder for her outstanding defense. Senior Meagher, who led the Wildcats in hits and RBI, was listed as honorable mention at catcher.
State golf participant Brittany Loveng was named WesCo North second team. The sophomore finished 10th in the 4A District 1 golf tournament at the Gallery Golf Course. She failed to make the cut at the state meet, finishing in a tie for 65th place. Sophomore Anndria Sutter was also named second team. She missed state by one place and earned an alternate bid.
Senior Pristine Santos earned first team singles honors for winning four matches and earning third place in the league tournament to advance to districts.
Note: Western Conference North track and field and boys golf selections were still to be announced by the league as of Friday, June 2.