Springer, Schuls take Bobcats’ top athlete honors

Jenna Springer and Kaden Schuls received Florence High School's athlete of the year awards Wednesday. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

FLORENCE, Wis. — Florence High School’s athletes of the year are team leaders and versatile sophomores.

Jenna Springer received the Ginny Ehrenreich Memorial for the top female athlete and Kaden Schuls accepted the David Wenzel Memorial for the premier male athletes.

Only three-sport athletes are eligible, with coaches voting on the honors.

During Wednesday’s 49th annual Florence High School Athletic Awards Ceremony, Springer was named the most outstanding player on the girls basketball team and softball’s top defensive player. She also stood out as a server and back-row performer for the Bobcats’ volleyball sectional finalist team.

“Jenna has a love for the game and a desire to play at a high level,” said Florence softball coach Dan Robinson. “She’s a team ball player and does what’s asked of her. Jenna gives 100 percent all of the time.”

Volleyball coach Joan Canfield cited Springer’s work ethic.

“Jenna has worked extremely hard proving herself to be an excellent varsity player,” Canfield said.

Schuls was the baseball team’s most outstanding player along with playing key roles for the boys basketball and football programs.

“Kaden is an extra-effort athlete,” said baseball coach Dave LaPoint, adding that Schuls can play anywhere.

Boys basketball coach Bryan Bomberg described Schuls as a “gym rat.”

“Kaden is always trying to improve some facet of his game,” Bomberg said of the multi-dimensional player.

Shayla McLain and Alicia Gehlhoff also collected several major honors.

McLain took home the Florence Athletic Booster Club Scholarship and Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award along with MVP of the girls track program.

Gehlhoff was the recipient of the K. Casey Constantini Memorial and Florence Athletic Booster Club scholarships plus volleyball’s team spirit award.

Tommy Podnar, Gehlhoff and McLain were Florence’s only four-year scholar athletes.

Also during the program, new head girls basketball coach Brad Perry presented junior varsity and varsity awards.

Perry’s Florence junior varsity team finished 15-4 overall and 8-2 in the Northern Lakes Conference last season.

“We’ve talked about changing the atmosphere and culture,” said Perry, Florence’s third varsity girls basketball coach in the past three years. “We saw moments of potential (from the varsity last season).”

Team awards:

Football — Dallas Bonetti, most improved player; Eric DeCremer, MVP Defense

Cross Country –Tristen Mascarette, boys MVP; Faith Neuens, girls MVP

Volleyball — Alicia Gehlhoff, team spirit

Girls Basketball — Jenna Springer, most outstanding; Cassie Larson, most improved

Boys Basketball — Evan Beaster, most outstanding; Toby Wheeler, coach’s choice

Wrestling — Tristen Mascarette, most outstanding; Dakota Wicke, most improved player

Baseball — Kaden Schuls, most outstanding player

Softball — Sydney Tomczak and Jordyn Springer, MVP; Kendra Milan, outstanding offense; Jenna Springer, outstanding defense

Track — Shayla McLain, girls MVP; Eric DeCremer, boys MVP; Josh Sonkowsky and Haley Behrmann, coach’s choice

Golf — Matthew Dishaw and Evan Beaster, co-MVP; Matthew Johnson, most improved player