By Doug Brenneman, JOURNAL Sports
The River Valley Conference has released its baseball coaches? selections for all-conference, all-division and honorable mention.
The conference selects an elite team and honorable mention from both the North and South Divisions, then a division team for each.
The elite team had athletes from just five conference teams.
Mid-Prairie High School was represented by Brad Tornow, a sophomore, on the South Division team. He was selected as an outfielder.
Tornow led the Golden Hawks with a .303 batting average, a .448 on-base percentage, and a .395 slugging percentage. He hit three doubles and two triples, batted in 11 runs, drew 20 walks and stole 10 bases in 11 attempts. He made just two errors for a .973 fielding percentage.
Tornow also pitched for Mid-Prairie. He had a 4-4 record in 10 starts and four other apperances with a 1.69 earned run average. He struck out 70 while walking 27 in 45 2/3 innings pitched. Opponents batted .165 against him.
The Golden Hawks? Rex Peck was an honorable mention pick.
Peck hit three doubles, a triple and batted in seven runs. He had a .314 OBP. As the catcher, he threw out 11 runners attempting to steal.
The Golden Hawks finished fourth in the South Division with a league mark of 8-10. They were 12-16 overall.
Iowa City Regina and Wilton finished first and second, respectively, in the South. Wilton made it to the state semifinals in Class 2A while Regina played for the title.
2018 RIVER VALLEY
Catchers: Jacob Manternach, Monticello; Trent Hoogenwerf, Regina
Pitchers: Ryan Manternach, Monticello; Mitchell Gahan, Regina; Harris Hoffman, Cascade; Jared Townsend, Wilton
Infield: Andrew Mescher, Monticello; Gannon O? Brien, Cascade; Collin McCrabb, Wilton; Ryan Schott, Regina
Outfield: Blake Burns, Regina; Logen Otting, Cascade; Brock Simon, Cascade; Mason Compton, Durant
Utility: Kyle Sperfslage, Monticello; Reid Rausch, Cascade; Ryne Schooley, Regina
SOUTH DIVISIONAL TEAM
Catchers: Brady Lukavsky, West Branch; Brock Hartley, Wilton
Pitchers: Matt Paulsen, West Branch; Cory Anderson, Wilton; Logan Hoffman, Tipton; Justis Dengler, West Liberty
Infield: Nick Brandt, Regina; Tanner Lukavsky, West Branch; Trent Pelzer, Tipton; Curtis Lilienthal, Durant
Outfield: Evan Suchomel, Regina; Jayden Kies, Regina; Brad Tornow, Mid-Prairie; Quinten Mesick, Tipton
Utility: Tyler Hartman, Wilton; Ted Bridges, West Branch; Caleb Wulf, West Liberty
COACH OF THE YEAR: Jeff Pacha ? Regina
NORTH DIVISIONAL TEAM
Pitchers: Matt French, Northeast; Jake Drury, Camanche; Riley Konrardy, Bellevue; Cade Everson, Camanche
Catchers: Mason Byrns, Camanche; Brandon Kafer, Bellevue
Infield: Avery Martensen, Monticello; Evan Hall, Camanche; Blake Simon, Cascade; Cade Daugherty, Bellevue
Outfield: Alex Nealson, Monticello; Gavin Cooper, Monticello; Derek Koppes, Cascade; Riley Reed, Cascade
Utility: Jon Mootz, Monticello; Ethan Sahr, North Cedar; Caleb Delzell, Camanche
COACH OF THE YEAR: Josh Soper - Monticello
Masen Miller, Regina; Cole Miedema, Durant; Bryce Esmoil, West Liberty; Rex Peck, Mid-Prairie; Pete Espensen, West Branch; Luke Becker, Tipton; Garrett Bohnsack, Wilton
Kegan Arduser, Monticello; Tristan Daniels, Northeast; Devon Willis, North Cedar; Trey Daugherty, Bellevue; Evan Knipper, Cascade
2018 RIVER VALLEY CONFERENCE