Spring sports awards: Tinch, Lubner, Hestekin among the winners

Kaukauna's Haley Hestekin is the FOX 11 softball player of the year.

GREEN BAY (WLUK) --The springs sports season concluded last week and there were plenty of great moments and athletes to watch.

There are too many to name, but the top performers of the season have to be noted, and they will be here as FOX 11 announces its top athletes in spring sports.

Here we go:


Boys: Bay Port's Cordell Tinch was, oh, so close to winning four state titles at the state track and field meet. Tinch won the long (24-2 1/4) and triple jumps (49 feet, 2 1/4 inches; state record) and then tied for first in the high jump (but placed second on attempts) and lost narrowly in the 100-meter hurdles. Tinch is only a junior and has to be thinking about four titles next season.

After winning a Division 1 state title in the long jump Friday and placing second in the high jump, Tinch returned Saturday and had another successful day, placing first in the triple jump and second in the 110-meter hurdles by .03 seconds.

"Overall, this weekend has been amazing," Tinch said at the state meet. "The events I didn't think I was going to win, I ended up winning. I had some troubles in the hurdles but was still able to get a second."

Girls: The top girls track and field athlete was Reedsville's Faith Lubner, who won swept the hurdles events in the Division 3 state meet. She won the 100 hurdles in 15.58 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 44.02. Lubner, who won seven state hurdles titles in her career, also placed second in the long jump.

"Really good, amazing is probably the word to describe it," Lubner said. "There's nothing more I enjoy than this."


The top softball player was Kaukauna's Haley Hestekin, who led the Galloping Ghosts to the Division 1 state title. The Wisconsin commit was awesome down the stretch as she allowed just two runs in her final nine games.

One of those runs came in the state title game against Wilmot, which scored in the first inning.

"I think everybody in this stadium was like, oh my gosh, she gave up a run but that tells you how dominating that kid has been and I'm going to tell you she has has been so locked in," Kaukauna coach Tim Roehrig said.


There were a lot of players top pick from, but instead on naming one player it's time to throw a curveball. After winning the Division 1 state baseball title, Kimberly receives the honor as the "baseball player of the year." The Papermakers entered the state tournament with eight losses and didn't have ace and quality hitter Danny Vanden Boom, who was out with a foot injury.

Kimberly beat Waunakee, Eau Claire North and Sun Prairie to win the title, avenging a 2014 loss to Sun Prairie in the state title game.

"That's pretty special," Kimberly coach Ryan McGinnis said. "It's really, really neat to be in this environment and to beat them. They beat us a few years ago and when you're beating the best, they're as good as they come and as prepared as they come. I'm really proud of our guys, the relive they show throughout the year."


No team won a state title in girls soccer but there was plenty of talent, including Winneconne's Sadie Kosciuk. She is the girls soccer player of the year as she led the Wolves to the Division 3 state title game. Kosciuk dominated a shootout against Edgewood in a state semifinal, stopping three of four shots. She recorded 13 shutouts this season and allowed just 12 goals.


Bay Port's Jed Baranczyk is the boys golfer of the year after he proved he belonged among the best in the state as he placed second in the Division 1 state meet after carding rounds of 74-74 at University Ridge Golf Course. Baranczyk was also named co-player of the year in the Fox River Classic Conference.

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