Experience dominates this year's Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team, with seven seniors and two juniors earning honors.

The seniors include Kaden Kimmes, Jonny Rhodes and Tucker Johnson of Superior; Brennen Werner and Dylan Ronchi of Northwestern; and Collin Krmpotich and Drake Debeir of Northwood/Solon Springs.

Juniors Mason Stenberg of Superior and Kole Paulsen of Northwestern; sophomore Cole Lahti of Northwestern; and freshman Abe Ahlberg of NSS round out the team.

Superior’s Kaden Kimmes is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Kaden Kimmes is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)


Kaden Kimmes

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Sr. • IF • Superior

  • .500 batting average, 29 hits, 16 RBI, 1 strikeout in 67 at-bats. On-base and slugging percentage: 1.153.
  • Second-team All-Lake Superior Conference; 2021 WBCA North West All District Team Honorable Mention; 2021 WBCA North West Academic All-State.
  • Coach Don Dembroski said Kimmes had an "amazing" offensive performance this season: "He just flat-out hit all season and meant so much to this team's success."

Superior’s Jonny Rhodes is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Jonny Rhodes is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Jonny Rhodes

Sr. • SS/P • Superior

  • .290 BA, 15 RBI, 8 stolen bases, .828 OPS.
  • 1-1 record pitching with a 2.80 ERA
  • "Jonny is a great leader. He brings good energy and the players really respond to him," Dembroski said. "He was a lock at shortstop all year and gobbled up baseball after baseball. He was often a spark for us on offense, too, whether it was getting a big hit, getting hit by a pitch or stealing a base."

Superior’s Tucker Johnson is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Tucker Johnson is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Tucker Johnson

Sr. • P/3B • Superior

  • 5-1 record pitching, 2.366 ERA, opponents' batting average of .174; in the batter's box Johnson had 10 hits, 9 walks.
  • Second-team All-Lake Superior Conference
  • Dembroski said he was the team's defensive MVP because of his versatility: "Tucker just took advantage of all of the opportunities he was given. Early in the season he started in the outfield and made big plays out there, then he moved to third and did the same thing. He made a number of big plays — diving plays that helped our team. He was also a go-to guy on the mound, posting a 5-1 record in relief. And you can see by his batting average against, teams rarely hit him hard."

Northwestern’s Brennen Werner is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Brennen Werner is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Brennen Werner

Sr. • IF • Northwestern

  • Led the Tigers with a .493 BA; 35 hits, 29 RBI, 15 BB, 5 SB, 1.377 OPS.
  • First-team All-Heart O' North Conference.
  • Coach Matt Ronchi said the team's co-captain pushed them to play their best: "Brennen is a competitor and would play anywhere I needed him to. His will to win and competitive nature was a big reason why we had success."

Northwestern’s Dylan Ronchi is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Dylan Ronchi is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Dylan Ronchi

Sr. • IF • Northwestern

  • .375 BA, 24 hits, 7 RBI, 24 BB, 0.942 OPS; led the Tigers with 21 SB.
  • Second-team All-Heart O' North Conference.
  • Coach Matt Ronchi said the senior anchored the Tigers' infield and knew his role at the plate: "Dylan truly loves the game, and his passion for the game is fun to watch."

Northwood/Solon Springs’ Collin Krmpotich is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwood/Solon Springs’ Collin Krmpotich is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Collin Krmpotich

Sr. • CF • Northwood/Solon Springs

  • .406 BA, 28 hits, 7 doubles, 29 RBI, 14 BB, 14 SB, 1.086 OPS.
  • First-team All-East Lakeland Conference.
  • "The senior captain used his speed, power and athleticism each and every night," coach Nate Ahlberg said.

Northwood/Solon Springs’ Drake Debeir is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwood/Solon Springs’ Drake Debeir is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Drake Debeir

Sr. • P/SS • Northwood/Solon Springs

  • .314 BA, 22 hits, six doubles, 23 RBI, 5 SB, 10 BB, .776 OPS; 6-1 pitching over 34 2/3 innings, 2.02 ERA, 48 K, 28 BB.
  • East Lakeland Conference's player of the year.
  • "Drake was our ace and dominated the East Lakeland Conference from the mound," Ahlberg said. "(He) was solid with the bat, too."

Superior’s Mason Stenberg is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team.  (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Superior’s Mason Stenberg is a member of the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Mason Stenberg

Jr. • P/OF • Superior

  • .339 BA, 21 hits, three triples, 7 SB, .888 OPS; 4-2 pitching, 2.23 ERA, 47 K.
  • First-team All-Lake Superior Conference.
  • "Mason often drew our toughest opponents on the mound and was always ready for the challenge," Dembroski said. "He found his way to the leadoff position on offense and handled that well, too. Mason was also a steady glove in center field that we could count on."

Northwestern’s Kole Paulsen is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Kole Paulsen is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Kole Paulsen

Jr. • C • Northwestern

  • .343 BA, 24 hits, 19 RBI, 22 BB, 10 SB, .985 OPS.
  • First-team All-Heart O' North Conference.
  • Paulsen "was a tough out, only striking out three times," Ronchi said.
  • In the field, the catcher's work ethic was evident. Ronchi said Paulsen is always the first player at practice and the last one to leave: "He takes pride in his position, doesn’t allow passed balls and has a strong arm," Ronchi said.

Northwestern’s Cole Lahti is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwestern’s Cole Lahti is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Cole Lahti

Soph. • Utility • Northwestern

  • .378 BA, 28 hits, 26 RBI, 15 BB, 8 SB, 1.041 OPS.
  • Second-team All-Heart O' North Conference.
  • Lahti batted in the clean-up spot and always battled at the plate, Ronchi said. Furthermore, he always showed up to practice wearing a smile, which Ronchi said made coaching easier: "Cole always has the awareness of what to do with the ball. He has incredible baseball IQ," Ronchi said.

Northwood/Solon Springs’ Abe Ahlberg is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
Northwood/Solon Springs’ Abe Ahlberg is on the 2021 Superior Telegram All-Area Baseball Team. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Abe Ahlberg

Fr. • SS/2B/P • Northwood/Solon Springs

  • .455 BA, 30 hits, 30 RBI, 2 HR, 18 SB, 18 BB, 1.2 OPS to lead the team in all of those categories; 4-1 pitching, 1.65 ERA over 29 2/3 innings, 43 K, 16 BB.
  • First-team All-East Lakeland Conference.
  • "Abe provided a little bit of everything this year: great infield defense up the middle, solid pitching and lots of offense out of the leadoff spot," coach Nate Ahlberg said.