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2015 All-Nebraska baseball

The World-Herald names its selections to the 2015 high school baseball All-Nebraska teams.

CHRIS MACHIAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

From left, Seward’s Ben Klenke, Papillion-La Vista’s Jack Kalina, Papillion-La Vista South’s Grant Suponchick, Papillion-La Vista’s Grant Van Scoy, Pius’ Michael Helman, Westside’s Matt Waldron, Southwest’s Logan Foster, Westside’s Mike Waldron, Millard West’s Cole Stobbe, Westside’s Alex Nielsen, Millard North’s Bryce Rogokos, Elkhorn’s Drew Smith and Millard South’s Nate Mallott. Omaha Roncalli's Alec Bohm is not pictured.

Waldrons saw plenty of W’s

By Mike Patterson / World-Herald Staff Writer

All-Nebraska
First Team

Co-captain

Matt Waldron

Omaha Westside senior pitcher,
9-0 record

Co-captain

Mike Waldron

Omaha Westside senior pitcher, 4-2 record

Michael Helman

Lincoln Pius X senior pitcher, 4-0 record

Ben Klenke

Seward senior pitcher, 4-2 record

Alex Nielsen

Omaha Westside senior catcher,
.419 average

Grant Suponchick

Papillion-La Vista South senior infielder,
.373 average

Grant Van Scoy

Papillion-La Vista senior infielder,
.456 average

Cole Stobbe

Millard West junior infielder, .426 average

Alec Bohm

Omaha Roncalli senior infielder,
.533 average

Logan Foster

Lincoln Southwest junior outfielder,
.422 average

Bryce Rogokos

Millard North senior outfielder,
.340 average

Drew Smith

Elkhorn junior outfielder, .467 average

Nate Mallott

Millard South senior designated hitter, .455 average

Jack Kalina

Papillion-La Vista senior
utility player, .416 average

Twins Matt and Mike Waldron went out on top this season at Omaha Westside.

Opposing coaches are probably just happy they went out, period.

The Waldrons have been key performers for the Warriors since their freshman year. The seniors were key contributors once again for Westside, which captured its third straight Class A title and eighth overall.

The duo capped their varsity careers in style as the Warriors defeated Millard South 1-0 in the Class A championship game. Matt threw a no-hitter while Mike drove in the game’s only run with a sixth-inning double.

The brothers Waldron are named today as the honorary captains of the 14-player All-Nebraska team. They are joined on that first team by one other player from the state-champion Warriors, senior catcher Alex Nielsen.

Only one other school has more than one member on the first team. Papillion-La Vista is represented by seniors Jack Kalina and Grant Van Scoy.

Other Class A players on the first team are Grant Suponchick of Papillion-La Vista South, Cole Stobbe of Millard West, Logan Foster of Lincoln Southwest, Bryce Rogokos of Millard North and Nate Mallott of Millard South.

Representing Class B on the first team are Michael Helman of Lincoln Pius X, Ben Klenke of Seward, Drew Smith of Elkhorn and Alec Bohm of Omaha Roncalli.

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

Matt Waldron, a Nebraska recruit, went 9-0 for the Warriors. He had a 1.29 ERA, struck out a state-leading 82 batters and walked only seven in 65 innings.

He also was a dangerous hitter, batting .320 with 25 RBIs.

“When it came to pitching, Matt didn’t have any average outings,” Westside coach Bob Greco said. “He really got after it, and that’s all part of being a senior.”

Matt was part of a strong pitching staff that included his brother Mike (4-2, 1.29 ERA), Aidan Breedlove (9-0, 1.56), Graham Cahill (1-1, 1.91) and Jackson Frerichs (5-2, 2.67).

Westside, which entered the state tournament with a 29-5 record, sent Matt Waldron to the mound in its first-round game against Grand Island. He tossed a five-hitter and struck out seven in a 7-3 win.

Greco’s squad advanced to the final five days later, and Matt once again drew the start. He struck out 12 and made sure the game’s only run held up in the 1-0, complete-game no-hitter.

“I had my stuff that day,” he said. “It was tough to pitch without a lead, but that one run we got in the sixth was huge.”

That run came home when Mike Waldron doubled to right-center field, bringing home Nielsen. That hit shouldn’t have come as a surprise as Mike batted .365 and led the team in RBIs (32) and doubles (11).

“I was glad that I was able to help my brother that day,” he said. “I didn’t really picture myself doing that, but it felt good that I did.”

Mike Waldron also played a key role at state on the mound. He pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out seven in a 1-0 victory over Millard North in the second round.

“They both played important roles for us, not just this season but all through their careers,” Greco said. “They pitched, they hit, they played defense. They did it all.”

The twins, who grew up playing in the Pacesetters organization, always have been on the same team. That will change in the fall when Matt goes on to NU while Mike — a three-time All-Nebraska first-team selection — is leaning toward Iowa Western Community College.

“It’s going to be strange not having him there because we’re pretty much together all the time,” Matt said. “But it’s just something we’ll both have to deal with.”

Mike said it also will be an adjustment for him.

“It’s weird when you think of all the games we’ve played together over the years,” he said. “It’ll be a change, but I know we’ll still get together as much as we can.”

The Waldrons spent much of their time this season throwing to Nielsen, the Warriors’ hard-hitting catcher. He led the team in batting average (.365) and runs scored (39) and called the pitches for all of Westside’s pitchers.

“Alex did a great job defensively and saved us a lot of runs,” Greco said. “We had some close calls this season where one run was the difference, and he was a big reason we won a lot of those games.”

Kalina batted .416 for Papio and led the Monarchs in RBIs (36) and home runs (4). The three-sport athlete — he also played quarterback in football and small forward in basketball — will play baseball at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Van Scoy was another key contributor for Papio, which reached the state tourney for the 26th time. The Southeast (Nebraska) Community College recruit hit a team-leading .456 and paced the Monarchs in runs scored (42), doubles (12), triples (4) and stolen bases (17).

Suponchick, one of four returnees from last year’s first team, led the Titans in hitting at .373. The UNO recruit also was 4-2 on the mound with a 2.64 ERA in 41 innings.

Stobbe, an Arkansas recruit, helped the Wildcats reach state for the 18th time — and the last for retiring head coach Frank Ryan. The junior batted a team-leading .426 and also was first on the team in RBIs (44), runs (43), doubles (19), triples (5) and home runs (4).

Foster batted .422 for the Silver Hawks, who reached state after a one-year absence. The Texas A&M recruit also was Southwest’s top pitcher, going 6-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 62 strikeouts.

Rogokos, one of the top defensive outfielders in the Metro Conference, batted .333 for the Mustangs. He had 37 hits, scored 28 runs, drove in 18 and had 18 stolen bases.

Mallott, who played catcher for Millard South, batted a team-leading .455. The Scottsdale (Arizona) Community College recruit also led the Patriots with 46 hits and 33 RBIs.

Helman was a big reason why Pius was able to repeat as Class B champion. The Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College recruit batted .471 while also posting a 4-0 record with five saves and a 0.93 ERA.

Klenke, a Nebraska recruit, batted .455 for the Bluejays. The three-sport athlete was 4-2 on the mound with a 1.52 ERA.

Smith, one of three juniors on the first team, led Elkhorn in hitting at .467. He scored 29 runs, had 11 doubles and belted a pair of homers for the 18-11 Antlers.

Bohm, a Wichita State recruit, batted a state-leading .533 for Roncalli. The returning first-teamer was unavailable for the All-Nebraska photo because he is playing on a summer travel team in Texas.

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, Matt Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 9-0 (Co-captain)
P, Michael Helman, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., 4-0
P, Mike Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 4-2 (Co-captain)
P, Ben Klenke, Seward, Sr., 4-2
C, Alex Nielsen, O. Westside, Sr., .419
INF, Grant Suponchick, Papillion-LVS, Sr., .373
INF, Grant Van Scoy, Papillion-LV, Sr., .456
INF, Cole Stobbe, Millard West, Jr., .426
INF, Alec Bohm, Om. Roncalli, Sr., .533
OF, Logan Foster, Lincoln SW, Jr., .422
OF, Bryce Rogokos, Millard North, Sr., .340
OF, Drew Smith, Elkhorn, Jr., .467
DH, Nate Mallott, Millard South, Sr., .455
UTIL, Jack Kalina, Papillion-LV, Sr., .416

ALL-NEBRASKA SECOND TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Sean Chandler, Papillion-LV, Sr., 6-2
P, Aidan Breedlove, Om. Westside, Jr., 9-0
P, Matt Eardensohn, Millard West, Sr., 5-2
P, Nolan Hoffman, Lincoln SE, Sr., 7-0
C, Jake Kistaitis, Millard West, Sr., .420
INF, Cal Hehnke, Grand Island, Sr., .333
INF, Jason Allbery, Om. Creighton Prep, Sr., .343
INF, Logan Sisson, Millard North, Jr., .418
INF, Calvin Rudolph, Millard South, Jr., .405
OF, Brandon Bena, Om. Creighton Prep, Jr., .458
OF, Nolan Hakel, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., .358
OF, Zach Gidley, Millard North, Sr., .392
DH, Ryan Moritz, Om. Skutt, So., .458
UTIL, Phil Ehly, Millard West, Sr., .404

ALL-CLASS A TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Matt Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 9-0
P, Mike Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 4-2
P, Sean Chandler, Papillion-LV, Sr., 6-2
P, Aidan Breedlove, Om. Westside, Jr., 9-0
C, Alex Nielsen, O. Westside, Sr., .419
INF, Grant Suponchick, Papillion-LVS, Sr., .373
INF, Grant Van Scoy, Papillion-LV, Sr., .456
INF, Cole Stobbe, Millard West, Jr., .426
INF, Matt Eardensohn, Millard West, Sr., .294
OF, Logan Foster, Lincoln SW, Jr., .422
OF, Bryce Rogokos, Millard North, Sr., .340
OF, Brandon Bena, Om. Creighton Prep, Jr., .458
DH, Nate Mallott, Millard South, Sr., .455
UTIL, Jack Kalina, Papillion-LV, Sr., .416

ALL-CLASS B TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Michael Helman, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., 4-0
P, Ben Klenke, Seward, Sr., 4-2
P, Dylan DuRee, Elkhorn South, Sr., 6-0
P, Ryan Junker, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., 6-1
C, Nick Nelsen, Blair, Jr., .397
INF, Alec Bohm, Om. Roncalli, Sr., .533
INF, Patrick Mruz, Om. Gross, Sr., .464
INF, Ryan Moritz, Om. Skutt, So., .458
INF, Colton Abendroth, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., .375
OF, Nolan Hakel, Lincoln Pius X, Sr., .358
OF, Drew Smith, Elkhorn, Jr., .467
OF, Collin Point, Elkhorn South, Sr., .394
DH, Colin Weis, Om. Gross, Jr., .328
UTIL, Mojo Hagge, Om. Skutt, Jr., .444

ALL-METRO CONFERENCE TEAM
Pos. Player, School, Class, Record/Avg.
P, Matt Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 9-0
P, Mike Waldron, Om. Westside, Sr., 4-2
P, Sean Chandler, Papillion-LV, Sr., 6-2
P, Aidan Breedlove, Om. Westside, Jr., 9-0
C, Alex Nielsen, O. Westside, Sr., .419
INF, Grant Suponchick, Papillion-LVS, Sr., .373
INF, Grant Van Scoy, Papillion-LV, Sr., .456
INF, Cole Stobbe, Millard West, Jr., .426
INF, Matt Eardensohn, Millard West, Sr., .294
INF/OF, Jason Allbery, Om. Creighton Prep, Sr., .343
OF, Bryce Rogokos, Millard North, Sr., .340
OF, Brandon Bena, Om. Creighton Prep, Jr., .458
DH, Nate Mallott, Millard South, Sr., .455
UTIL, Jack Kalina, Papillion-LV, Sr., .416

HONORABLE MENTION

Class A: Bellevue East: Brandon Dolezal. Bellevue West: Brendan Madsen, C.J. Hlavac, Christian Dumont, Mitch Savine, Aaron Mason. Columbus: Parker Smejkal, Tyler Morton, Miles Putnam, Blake Bubak, Nathan Sliva. Fremont Bergan: Kyle Bristol, Bradyn Thomas, Matt Hahn. Grand Island: Parker Upton, Alec Lee, Matt Lamb, Riley Baasch, Ryan Krolikowski. Lincoln East: Kai Friesen, Chris Zwiebel, Max White. Lincoln North Star: Trevor Marreel, Dalton Vergith. Lincoln Northeast: Ryan Garver, Wyatt Divis, Kole McKinnon. Lincoln Southeast: Noah Kulhanek, Brock Olson, Connor Curry. Lincoln Southwest: Chase Gobel, Conner Sudik, Mitch Conklin, Cal White, Isaiah Peterson, Jared Jesske, Nate Russell, Hogan Shaw, Braxton Tonniges. Millard North: John Schomers, Nick Engle, Riley Herold, Aaron Gerdes, Dillon Nelson, Cole Johnson. Millard South: Mike Brown, Ryan Cornell, Jared Renken, Garran Pauli, Kayleb Sanderson, Jonah Ulane. Millard West: Peyton Barnes, Kaden Keplinger. Omaha Bryan: Jacob Stewart. Omaha Burke: Andrew Ericson, Sam Oehm, Ryan Moore, Nate Lorenzen, Tanner Dungan. Omaha Central: Jacob Grady, Mark Timmins. Omaha Creighton Prep: Zac Zagozda, Jeff O’Doherty, Craig Petrich, John Sakowski. Omaha North: Cole Bixler, Jake Nielsen, Devin Safford. Omaha Northwest: Struje Robinson. Omaha South: David Adam. Omaha Westside: Mitch Hagan, Will Patterson, Jackson Frerichs, Alex Lindquist, Nate Hall, Paul Romero, Graham Cahill. Papillion-La Vista: Trevor Jurjevich, Colin Chick, KC Siwa, Garrett Graveline. Papillion-La Vista South: Ben Palensky, Aaron Homme.

Class B: Arlington: Braden Johnson, Dillon O’Flaherty. Beatrice: Braden Nowka, Zach Pinkerton, Jarrett Schulte. Bennington: Masen Prososki, Todd Cerny. Blair: Jackson Petersen, Mills Macek, Damon Jorgensen, Sam Nicholson. Crete: Alex McGinnis, Jaden Ostrander. Douglas County West: TJ Egbarts, Spencer Hays. Elkhorn: Andrew Garrison, Tanner Hunt, Jack Morock, Nick Anderson, Joe Roecker. Elkhorn Mount Michael: Chris Riddle, Ryan Riddle, Mick Steier, Jake Batenhorst. Elkhorn South: Cole Thibodeau, Blake Banghart, Austin Hoffman, Michael Kardell, Zach Jennings, Connor Cech, Tyler Winterstein. Falls City: Noah Milan, Weston Witt, Trent Pentecost. Fort Calhoun: Peyton Griesert. Gretna: Dieter Thamm, Trent Jeary, Grant Svec. Lincoln Pius X: Brock Wordekemper, Nolan Meyer, Jared Nottlemann, Micah Hoage, Nick Aldridge. Nebraska City: Brennen Bales, Bret Kochowicz, Kestyn Lee. Norris: Tommy Sullivan, Nate Welker, Terrell Rose, Maison Burnley, Austin Schultz, Spencer Johnson. Omaha Concordia: Will Calderon, Kamen Mahoney, Landon Garrelts, Jacob Rau, Zach Soliday. Omaha Gross: Jeff Pospichal, Nick Huelskamp, Dominic Swertzic. Omaha Roncalli: Dan Bowers, Ryan Niederle, Connor Berg, Tyler Crawford, Tyler Kloewer. Omaha Skutt: Connor Schwetschenau, Luke Pavel, Kyle O’Neill, Ben Wenke, Brennan Myers, AJ Olnes. Platte Valley: Connor Worden, Wyatt Zaugg, Collin Lewis, Brody Elliott, Trevor Ziemba. Platteview: Dillon Petersen, Gage Duda. Plattsmouth: Richard Hasty, CJ Neumann, Travis Sabatka, Wade Brugger. Ralston: Thomas Webster, Sam Dannehl, Mark Weidner, Joey Weber. Seward: Reid Karel, Seth Majerus, Brady Fitzke, Jesse Rood, Chance Stevenson. Thurston-Cuming: Aaron Ras, Carsten Tietz, Dylan Roth. Wahoo: Josh Leymaster, Brenton Davis. Waverly: Tyson Brown. Wayne: Alex Conley. West Point GACC: Jeremy Wordekemper, Luke Gnad.


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