Necedah senior pitcher Isabell Negaard was the foundation for a Cardinals team that went unbeaten in Scenic Bluffs play. It would’ve been hard to imagine anyone else being named the conference’s best pitcher.
Negaard was named the 2018 Scenic Bluffs Conference Pitcher of the Year when all-conference teams and postseason awards were recently released. She was a key cog in Necedah’s first conference championship-winning squad since 2006. Negaard went 15-3 with a 1.95 ERA. She logged 107 2/3 innings while striking out 104 compared to 47 walks.
Joining Negaard on the All-SBC first team was Necedah sophomore first baseman Miah Hansen and senior shortstop Lindsey Murphy. Negaard and Hansen were each first-team picks last year as well. Murphy was an all-conference honorable mention in each of her first three seasons as a Cardinal before finally finding her way onto the first team this year.
New Lisbon junior pitcher Kayla Steele and Royall senior catcher Emily Olson also garnered first-team honors. Steele was a first-team pick last year and an honorable mention as a sophomore. Olson earned first-team honors in 2016 and was an honorable mention in 2017.
This year’s all-conference honorable mentions included Necedah center fielder Mekenzie Mootz and third baseman Braedynn Jones; New Lisbon’s Margo Weiland and Callie Bever; Royall’s Claire Herek and McKenzie Baeseman; and Wonewoc-Center’s Vanessa Miller and Lexi Wohlrab.
Mootz and Miller were both honorable mentions last year too. Jones was an honorable mention in 2016.
Sportsmanship awards were given to one player on each team, including Necedah’s Gabby Wilhorn, New Lisbon’s Elizabeth Fleming, Royall’s Kirstin Lunde and Wonewoc-Center’s Jess Erie.
Necedah posted a perfect 14-0 record in conference play to win the Scenic Bluffs title by three games over Bangor, who finished second at 11-3. Cashton went 10-4 to take third, Brookwood was 7-7 and ended up in fourth, Royall was fifth at 5-9, New Lisbon took sixth at 4-10, Hillsboro wound up in seventh with a 3-11 record and Wonewoc-Center finished in eighth after going 2-12.