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2013 All-Nebraska baseball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2013 high school baseball All-Nebraska teams.

REBECCA S. GRATZ/THE WORLD-HERALD

Front row, from left: Papillion-La Vista South’s Josh Kiger, Millard West’s Ryan Merrill, Millard South’s Jake Huscroft, Lincoln North Star’s Tyler Coufal, Wahoo’s Quinn McGill, Omaha North’s Brendan Jensen, Omaha Creighton Prep’s Jeff Albrecht. Back row, from left: Omaha Westside’s Mike Waldron, Norris’ Jakson Reetz, Lincoln East’s Jake Hohensee, Waverly’s Sam Tewes, Lincoln Southwest’s Brayden Young, Norris’ Byron Hood, Omaha Westside’s Jake Meyers.

Captain shines with bat, glove, arm

By Mike Patterson / World-Herald Staff Writer

All-Nebraska
First Team

Captain

Jakson Reetz

Norris junior catcher, .444 average

Jake Hohensee

Lincoln East senior pitcher, 5-2 record

Sam Tewes

Waverly senior pitcher, 4-2 record

Jeff Albrecht

Omaha Creighton Prep senior pitcher, 4-2 record

Byron Hood

Norris junior pitcher, 6-0 record

Mike Waldron

Omaha Westside sophomore pitcher/utility player, 6-2 record

Ryan Merrill

Millard West senior infielder,
.348 average

Tyler Coufal

Lincoln North Star senior infielder, .444 average

Josh Kiger

Papillion-La Vista South senior infielder, .403 average

Brayden Young

Lincoln Southwest senior infielder, .378 average

Jake Meyers

Omaha Westside junior outfielder,
.442 average

Quinn McGill

Wahoo/RC/LL senior outfielder,
.472 average

Jake Huscroft

Millard South senior utility player, .378 average

Brendan Jensen

Omaha North senior designated hitter, .396 average

With the Class B state title on the line, Norris catcher Jakson Reetz wanted the baseball.

He took over on the mound for the Titans, pitching the final two innings to preserve the one-run victory over defending state champion Lincoln Pius X. It was the first championship for Norris after finishing as the runner-up three times, most recently last year.

Reetz, a Nebraska recruit, stayed primarily behind the plate. The junior batted .444 and led the state in RBIs with 49, but he also saw action as the Titans’ closer.

For his performance this season, Reetz is named the honorary captain of the All-Nebraska baseball team. He finished this season with 32 hits — including five home runs — and had a 2-0 record and 0.00 ERA on the mound with two saves.

Reetz, a second-team selection last year, is one of four Class B players to make the first team. The others are Byron Hood of Norris, Sam Tewes of Waverly and Quinn McGill of Wahoo.

The 10 Class A players on the first team are Jake Meyers and Mike Waldron of state champion Omaha Westside, Jake Hohensee of Lincoln East, Jeff Albrecht of Omaha Creighton Prep, Ryan Merrill of Millard West, Tyler Coufal of Lincoln North Star, Josh Kiger of Papillion-La Vista South, Brayden Young of Lincoln Southwest, Jake Huscroft of Millard South and Brendan Jensen of Omaha North.

Nominations by coaches and observations by World-Herald sportswriters determine the newspaper’s honor teams.

Reetz, who scored twice and drove in a run for Norris in the 3-2 championship win, got the save in relief of Hood. Reetz told Titans coach Jason Cullison that he’d get the job done and then did just that as Norris avenged its loss to the Thunderbolts in last year’s final.

“He was invaluable working with our pitchers,” Cullison said. “His role this year was also to be our closer when we needed him, and we needed him that day.”

Reetz saw some action behind the plate as a freshman but broke his non-throwing wrist during his sophomore basketball season. He played in the outfield last year while wearing a cast on that wrist, and the Titans were forced to use a designated hitter for him.

Healthy this season, Reetz returned to his familiar position of catcher.

“He was back where we needed him to be,” Cullison said. “He’s made so much progress back there since his freshman year.”

Hood, another Nebraska recruit, also had an outstanding season for the Titans. He was 6-0 and had a 0.97 ERA while striking out 62.

Waverly’s Tewes, a Wichita State recruit, led Class B in strikeouts with 71. He won four games, had an 1.51 ERA and was a big reason the Vikings reached state for the second straight year.

Like Tewes, McGill helped his team — a co-op of Wahoo, Raymond Central and Lincoln Lutheran — return to the state tourney. He batted .472, striking out just three times, and led the state in stolen bases with 28.

Meyers and Waldron were non-seniors who played key roles for the state champion Warriors. Meyers led the team in hitting with a .442 average and had a 4-0 pitching mark. Waldron, who threw a complete-game shutout in the championship win over Millard South, was 6-2 with a 1.42 ERA.

Hohensee was unable to help Lincoln East reach state, but he still put up solid pitching numbers. He won five games, had an ERA of 1.00 and led the state in strikeouts with 89.

Prep’s Albrecht also missed out on the state tourney. The Creighton recruit went 4-2 with a 1.18 ERA and 54 strikeouts.

Merrill, one of the few returning starters for Millard West, helped the Wildcats reach state for the 16th time. Though sidelined during the tourney by mononucleosis, Merrill batted .348 and led Millard West in runs scored (21), doubles (10) and triples (3).

Coufal batted .444 for North Star and led the Gators with 28 hits. He was 6-1 on the mound with a 0.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts.

Kiger, Papio South’s shortstop who batted .403, was among the state leaders in RBIs with 25 and also pitched the Titans to five victories with a 0.85 ERA.

Southwest’s Young is the only returning first-team selection. He batted .378 and struck out 36 while helping the Silver Hawks earn their fourth trip to state.

Millard South’s Huscroft batted .378 and finished with 31 hits, fourth in Class A. He also helped the Patriots come within one victory of their first state championship since 1980.

Jensen is the second consecutive first-teamer from Omaha North, following 2012 selection Casey Sayles. Jensen batted .396 and helped the Vikings reach state for the first time since 1964 — ending the longest state tournament drought of any Metro Conference school.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1350, mike.patterson@owh.com, twitter.com/MPattersonOWH

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All-Nebraska, All-Class, All-Metro and honorable mention selections

ALL-NEBRASKA FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P: Jake Hohensee, Lincoln East, Sr., 5-2
P: Sam Tewes, Waverly, Sr., 4-2
P: Jeff Albrecht, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 4-2
P: Byron Hood, Norris, Jr., 6-0
P/UT: Mike Waldron, Omaha Westside, So., 6-2
C: Jakson Reetz, Norris, Jr., .444 (Captain)
INF: Ryan Merrill, Millard West, Sr., .348
INF: Tyler Coufal, Lincoln North Star, Sr., .444
INF: Josh Kiger, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .403
INF: Brayden Young, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .378
OF: Jake Meyers, Omaha Westside, Jr., .442
OF: Quinn McGill, Wahoo/RC/LL, Sr., .472
UT: Jake Huscroft, Millard South, Sr., .378
DH: Brendan Jensen, Omaha North, Sr., .396

ALL-NEBRASKA SECOND TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P: Jacob Barton, Omaha Skutt, Jr., 7-1
P: Ryan Cate, Omaha Burke, Sr., 4-0
P: Matt Waldron, Omaha Westside, So., 6-2
P: Payton Kinney, Norris, Sr., 7-0
C: Adam Caniglia, Omaha Burke, Jr., .297
INF: Brook Bolles, Lincoln North Star, Jr., .370
INF: Brent Kirsch, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .400
INF: Jack Wilson, Millard North, Jr., .436
INF: Matt Evans, Millard North, Sr., .322
OF: Devin Stueck, Omaha Westside, Jr., .393
OF: Chris May, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .377
OF: Matt Gay, Papillion-LV, Sr., .333
DH: Grant Suponchick, Papillion-LV South, So., .305
UT: Trey Hair, Norris, Sr., .495

CLASS A FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P: Jake Hohensee, Lincoln East, Sr., 5-2
P: Jeff Albrecht, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 4-2
P: Mike Waldron, Omaha Westside, So., 6-2
P: Ryan Cate, Omaha Burke, Sr., 4-0
C: Adam Caniglia, Omaha Burke, Jr., .297
INF: Ryan Merrill, Millard West, Sr., .348
INF: Tyler Coufal, Lincoln North Star, Sr., .444
INF: Josh Kiger, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .403
INF: Brayden Young, Lincoln Southwest, Sr., .378
OF: Jake Meyers, Omaha Westside, Jr., .442
OF: Chris May, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .377
OF: Devin Stueck, Omaha Westside, Jr., .393
UT: Jake Huscroft, Millard South, Sr., .378
DH: Brendan Jensen, Omaha North, Sr., .396

CLASS B FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P/UT: Sam Tewes, Waverly, Sr., 4-2
P: Byron Hood, Norris, Jr., 6-0
P: Jacob Barton, Omaha Skutt, Jr., 7-1
P: Payton Kinney, Norris, Sr., 7-0
P: Dan LeDuc, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., 5-2
C: Jakson Reetz, Norris, Jr., .444
INF: Trey Hair, Norris, Sr., .495
INF: Jake Schleppenbach, Lincoln Pius X, Jr., .357
INF: Adam Fleming, Omaha Roncalli, Sr., .410
OF: Quinn McGill, Wahoo/RC/LL, Sr., .472
OF: Zach Knicky, Omaha Gross, Sr., .387
OF: Rex Raetz, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., .365
UT: Austin Alfrey, Elkhorn, Sr., .417
DH: Austin Evans, Omaha Skutt, Sr., .455

METRO CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P: Jeff Albrecht, Omaha Creighton Prep, Sr., 4-2
P: Mike Waldron, Omaha Westside, So., 6-2
P: Ryan Cate, Omaha Burke, Sr., 4-0
P: Matt Waldron, Omaha Westside, So., 6-2
C: Adam Caniglia, Omaha Burke, Jr., .297
INF: Ryan Merrill, Millard West, Sr., .348
INF: Josh Kiger, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .403
INF: Brent Kirsch, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .400
INF: Jack Wilson, Millard North, Jr., .436
OF: Jake Meyers, Omaha Westside, Jr., .442
OF: Devin Stueck, Omaha Westside, Jr., .393
OF: Chris May, Papillion-LV South, Sr., .377
UT: Jake Huscroft, Millard South, Sr., .378
DH: Brendan Jensen, Omaha North, Sr., .396

HONORABLE MENTION

Class A: Bellevue East: Jake Wild, Tommy Walther, Isaiah Charvat, Connor Parette. Bellevue West: Colton Sidener, Brennen Cascio, Cale Svehla. Columbus: Nate Ek, Nick McElhose. Fremont Bergan: Jacob Pribnow, Jake Weinrich, Clete Yount. Lincoln East: Jake Snyder, Hank Neal, Josh Pella, Alex Hulewicz. Lincoln High: Austin Dredge, DJ Castillo, Caleb Thiessen. Lincoln North Star: Alex Caruso, Adam Claypool, Seth Wilder. Lincoln Northeast: Ethan Lambe, Jake Wells. Lincoln Southwest: Eli Lovell, Eric Anderson, Derek Glen, Logan Foster. Millard North: Dallas Schramm, Mitch Hineline, Steven Price, Nate Walter, B.J. Jones, Jake Gustafson. Millard South: David Foley, Ryan DeVries, Matt Meiners, Nate Mallott, Austin Dubsky, Nick Houston. Millard West: Eric Salmonson, Cole Stobbe, Camden Parks. Omaha Bryan: Bill Kuhl, Nate Matuza. Omaha Burke: Dylan Yost, Eric Daubach, Austin Plath, Turner Gaines. Omaha Central: Jacob Grady, Keegan Lathrum. Omaha Creighton Prep: Mike Emodi, Jason Allbery, Zach Garrett, Adam Wilson, Alex Hechtner. Omaha North: Dustin Agnew, Connor Phillips, Zach Martin. Omaha Westside: Bryce McMullen, Christian Hagan, Brady Novak, Will Frei. Papillion-La Vista: Brett Jones, Jack Kalina, Geoff Birkemeier, Jared Benak, Justin Gassert, Cody Lee. Papillion-La Vista South: Sam Palensky.

Class B: Arlington: Luke Anderson. Beatrice: Colton Adams, Zach Decker, Bryce Trisler. Bennington: Brett Nice. Blair: Lance Hansen, Brad Gentzler, Dane Appel, Derek Jorgensen. Crete: Colton Steer, Mitch Steinhoff, Jordan Walker, Alex McGinnis, Grant Benson. Elkhorn: Logan Fraser, Bryan McLaughlin, Drew Smith. Elkhorn Mt. Michael: Will Ernst, Joe Ernst. Randy Speer, Mark Loeffelholz. Elkhorn South: Tanner Thibodeau, Zach Reeg, Luke Marston, Kyle Kennebeck. Fort Calhoun: Joe Genoways. Gretna: Cole Samuelson, Trent Brosdahl, Tanner Evans, Caleb Koch, Dalton Bartling. Lincoln Pius X: Tony McWilliams, Alex Schleppenbach. Nebraska City: Trever Kreifel, Tanner Faris, Jacob Pierce. Norris: Preston Price, John Estudillo, Bryce Peterson, Jake Peterson, Brady Johnson, Josh Gutzmer, Terrell Rose. Omaha Gross: Cragin Missak. Omaha Roncalli: Jacob Tyrakoski, Jared Sorenson, Tyler Crawford, Alec Bohm. Omaha Skutt: Spencer Meduna, Jared Vanlandingham, Shea Patterson, Aaron Warneke. Platte Valley: Jared Novotny, Nate Fisher. Plattsmouth: Charlie Hasty, Andrew Han, Phil Hertel, Travis Maddux. Seward: Ben Klenke, Seth Fitzke, Brady Trevino. Thurston County: Carsten Tietz. Wahoo: Brook Stuart, Mike McNally, Connor DeBusk. Waverly: Jesse Maguire, Adam Jorgensen. Wayne: Jake Lutt, Drew Carroll.


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