Lady Falcons make All-WEC

Posted July 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

By Steve Peterson

West Sioux representatives on the All-War Eagle Conference girls’ softball team are:

For First Team, senior Rylee Negaard.

For Second Team, freshman Katey Koopmans and senior Jenna Rehder.

For Honorable Mention, freshman Taylor Rodenburgh.

The Lady Falcons had an 8-20 record.

WEC standings, league games:

Akron-Westfield, 11-0;

Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Gehlen Catholic, 9-2;

Remsen-St. Mary’s, Unity Christian and West Sioux, 6-5;

Harris-Lake Park, Trinity Christian, 5-6;

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    For Second Team: senior infielder Trevor Ericson.

    For Honorable Mention: freshman infielder Jake Lynott.

    The Falcons had

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    WS won on the 10-run”Mercy Rule” after six innings.

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