Last Friday, the Great Northern Conference released the 2018 all-conference teams. In all Lakeland had 47 student-athletes receive some sort of all-conference recognition this spring, including 24 first-teamers.


For the second consecutive season, Lakeland Union High School did not have a player on the first team.

The Thunderbirds did, however, have a pair of seniors on the second team.

Infielder Gunnar Weitz and outfielder Jamie Slavinsky each garnered All-GNC honors.

Slavinsky finished eighth in the conference with a .467 average, while placing sixth with 11 RBIs. Weitz tied Slavinsky with 14 hits, while also hitting .359 and placing second in the conference with five stolen bases.

Another senior, Caleb Menzia, was an honorable mention pick as both an infielder and a utility player after spending the early portion of the season at catcher before moving to first base.

Antigo's Garret Held and Scott Farmer were named player and coach of the year, respectively.


Lakeland dominated the GNC golf scene, becoming only the second team to win all seven tournaments since the format was implemented in 2011.

The T-Birds also became the first team to place three players in the top four and all five in the top 10.

Ansen Nomm was named the GNC's player of the year after earning individual championship honors with 60.5 points and two wins.

Kyle Bengtson was runner-up with 54 points and two wins, while Adam Lazaroff was fourth (top five make first team All-GNC) with 42.5 points.

Kailey Godfrey placed seventh and Jake Collins was ninth to earn second team all-conference.

T-Bird head coach Scott Howard was also named coach of the year.

Girls' soccer

The most affected conference season this spring may have been soccer, as the games were trimmed from double round robin, to just one round.

Lakeland finished tied for fourth in the standings, but still managed two place two players on the first-team.

Seniors Olivia Killian and Riley Curtis each earned All-GNC honors. The former tied for third in the conference with 10 goals, while placing fifth with 20 points. Curtis anchored a defense that allowed the third-fewest goals in the GNC this year.

Defender Zoey Ziebart was honorable mention for the second straight season, while Erika Intrepidi also earned honorable mention after tying for fourth in the GNC with four assists. Goalkeeper Clair Kaminski was also an honorable mention selection.

Kaylee McPeak and Sam Stegmann of Ashland were the conference's offensive and defensive players of the year.


Lakeland made history on the softball field in 2018, winning more GNC games than ever before.

Sophomore Tatum Morris also made history, becoming the first T-Bird to be named first-team All-GNC this year.

Morris struck out 34 batters in the circle, while also placing second on the team with a .351 average at the plate and a team-high 13 hits.

Emma Salquist was named second-team after leading Lakeland with a .353 batting average and eight runs.

Junior Caitlin Hartigan was also named second-team after hitting .333, despite missing the final four games due to an injury.

Mosinee's Brooke Wierzbanowski and Todd Felch were player and coach of the year.

Boys' Tennis

Despite being thrown together late in the preseason, with little practice time, Jack Garcia and Tony Holmes went undefeated in GNC play, earning doubles players of the year.

Garcia and Holmes took first-team all-conference after winning the GNC tournament. They were the only T-Birds to be honored.

Rhinelander's Markus Johnson was the singles player of the year and Jake Bucki of Medford was the coach of the year.

Track and Field

The All-GNC teams were determined by first, second and third place at the conference meet.

Lakeland won its ninth boys' GNC title in a row, while the girls' came in second to Medford.

Kav FitzPatrick was voted boys' runner of the year for the second year in a row after winning two individual events and being a part of the first place 4x400-meter relay team. Kevin FitzPatrick was once again named Boys' coach of the year.

Darius Diver (1,600) and Jake Rexroade (high jump and pole vault) each won individual events, while the 4x800 relay also won.

Ashley Peterson (1,600 and 3,200) and Aubrey Anderson (800) were individual GNC champions, while the 4x400 and 4x800 relay teams also scored victories.

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