2019 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team

Justin Sedin

Sr. • P/IF • Northwestern

• Led the state with 50 RBIs and led the Tigers with 41 hits, nine doubles, six HRs and a .547 batting average. … Struck out just four times in 75 at-bats and had a .907 slugging percentage … Also had a team-high seven wins with 62 strikeouts in 45 innings.

• Heart O’ North Conference Player of the Year. … 2018 Superior Telegram All-Area Player of the Year. … Honorable mention on the WBCA All-State Baseball team. ... Will play in the WBCA All-Star Game June 28-29 in Oshkosh.

• “There isn't a better pure hitter that I have been around,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “He’s the ultimate example of an exceptional baseball player. He was such a clutch player when the team needed a hit, Justin always delivered. His leadership and ability to excel in high-pressure situations was an example to all.”


Derek Fender

Sr. • P • Superior

• The Spartans’ go-to guy on the mound threw 39 innings over 12 games, picking up four wins. … He also struck out 40 batters and had a 3.02 ERA.

• First-team All-Lake Superior Conference. … Will be attending Minnesota Duluth next year to pursue a degree in engineering.

• “Derek was our workhorse on the mound this season,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “Derek often drew our toughest opponents each week.”

Jake Brill


Jr. • IF/P • Northwestern

• Brill carried a .508 batting average (40-for-79) with eight doubles, a team-high four triples, one HR and 25 RBIs. ... Was also 21-for-21 in stolen bases and had a 2-1 record on the mound with one save in 12 appearances.

• First-team All-Heart O’ North Conference.

• “Jake is a great athlete that makes programs successful here at Northwestern,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “He’s the quarterback, point guard and shortstop, and he enters his senior year as the engine of all three teams. There is not a play defensively that Jake cannot make, he’s a great ballplayer and his speed is exceptional. Having him literally puts the mind of another coach on the field.”

Carson Holsclaw

Sr. • OF/P • Northwestern

• Holsclaw’s .468 batting average (23-for-79) included six doubles, one triple and 18 RBIs. … He will continue playing baseball at Mesabi Range College in Virginia.


• First-team All-Heart O’ North Conference.

• “Carson was a dependable do-everything player for the Tigers,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “We could put him anywhere in the field and anywhere in the lineup. He could hit for power, steal bases and hit for average. He also made some great catches in center field to help secure some big wins. He will have success playing baseball at the next level. His leadership will be missed.”

Alex Hunter

Sr. • P/C/IF • Solon Springs

● The Eagles’ team leader in games pitched and saves (tied), and second in ERA and strike outs. … Hunter set a school record for pick-offs in a season (6), while on offense he finished third all-time in runs scored and fourth in hits.

● Second-team All-Indianhead Conference … Plans on attending UW-Stout in the fall.

● “Alex provided experience and leadership for our young team, especially on the mound,” SSHS coach Nathan Ahlberg said.

Gunnar Hansen

Jr. • C • Superior

• Had a .409 batting average while leading the Spartans with 27 hits, six doubles, eight stolen bases and seven hit by pitches. … He also had 12 RBIs and scored 22 runs. … Behind the plate he threw out 52.9% of runners attempting to steal.

• Honorable mention All-Lake Superior Conference.

• “An all-around spark plug for our team this season,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “One of our captains, Gunnar calls a great game for our pitchers. He also has a strong arm behind the plate and was our leading hitter this season.”

Riley Rehnstrand

Jr. • SS • Superior

• His .393 batting average included a team-high 19 RBIs. … He also had 24 hits, scored 22 runs, had an on-base percentage of .500, and shared the team lead with 12 walks.

• Second-team All-Lake Superior Conference.

• “A very pleasant surprise for us this season,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “Riley started the season as a utility player in the infield and outfield, but ended up being our everyday shortstop. He was also one of our top bats all year long.”

Ben Rhodes

Sr. • IF • Superior

• The future UW-Superior Yellowjacket played second base most of the season and picked up three wins on the mound. … He finished with a .397 batting average with 25 hits, 24 runs and a .506 on-base percentage. … On the mound he had a 2.50 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 16 innings.

• Second-team All-Lake Superior Conference.

• “Ben was once again our leadoff batter and sparked our offense this season,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said.

Joe Barker

Jr. • IF • Superior

• Barker matched teammate Derek Fender with four wins on the mound and had a 1.31 ERA in 26 innings. … He was also second with 26 strikeouts. … On offense, he batted .333 with 15 RBIs, 20 hits and 17 runs.

• “Joe was another key component to our success this year,” SHS coach Don Dembroski said. “He pitched and played all over the infield for us this spring.”

Dylan Ronchi

So. • 2B • Northwestern

• Ronchi’s offensive stats included a .328 batting average with 23 hits (two doubles), a team-high 18 walks and six RBIs.

• Second-team All-Heart O’North Conference.

• “Dylan is a pillar of our infield,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “He’s a consistent second baseman with a great ability to get on base. He got better as the season went on offensively and he’s one of those rare players who could end up all-conference four times if he continues on his current trajectory. Dylan is another example of a baseball-smart player. He understands the game, has great fundamentals and footwork, is fun to coach and is a great teammate.”

Drake Debeir

So. • P/C/SS • Solon Springs

● Led the Eagles in hits, doubles (tie), triples, runs, batting average, slugging and only struck out three times in 19 games. He was also second in on-base perentage. … He was the team leader in innings pitched, wins, saves (tie) and ERA, and finished with 56 strikeouts in 32.2 innings.

● First-team All-Indianhead Conference.

● “Drake was our best all-around player this season,” SSHS coach Nathan Ahlberg said. “He had three three-hit games, including when his walk-off single helped defeat Hurley and then in our regional win over Siren. Drake also played solid defense at all positions, leading our team with a .968 fielding percentage.”

Kole Paulsen

Fr. • C/3B • Northwestern

• The three-sport athlete had a .348 batting average with 23 hits, which included two doubles and 13 RBIs. Only struck out six times and stole seven bases.

• The second-team catcher was the only freshman named All-Heart O’ North Conference.

• “If there was one sentence I heard over and over again from opposing coaches this season it was, ‘I can't believe that catcher is a freshman,’” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “I have never received more compliments from umpires on a catcher's ability to block and frame pitches. Kole has a very bright future in the game and he made life on the bases extremely difficult for our opponents.”

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