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Softball lands 4 on All-BRC teams

Senior pitcher Lexi Smith earned All-Big Rivers Conference honors for the second time, earning a spot on the All-BRC Second Team this season. Bob Burrows photo1 / 3
Senior infielder Maya Triebold earned All-Big Rivers Conference Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year. Bob Burrows photo2 / 3
Junior catcher Kindra Witthus was named to the All-Big Rivers Conference Softball First Team for the second straight year after tying for the team lead with nine home runs and 24 RBI this season. Bob Burrows photo3 / 3

Four members of the Raider softball team have been recognized by the conference coaches with selection to 2012 All-Big Rivers Conference teams.

Junior Kindra Witthus was named to the All-BRC First Team and seniors Lexi Smith and Maya Triebold were selected to the second Team while senior Steph Little earned Honorable Mention.

Raider coach Jim Revoir said he was thrilled to see the four Raiders recognized for their play this season.

"I think the girls worked really hard to earn it and they all deserve it," he said. "I'm proud of them."

Witthus was named to the All-BRC First Team for the second consecutive season after earning second team honors as a freshman in 2010. Smith and Triebold are also repeat selections, with Smith earning a spot on the Second Team for the second straight season and Triebold garnering Second Team honors after receiving Honorable Mention in 2011.

Witthus and Smith tied for the team lead with nine home runs and 24 runs batted in each this season while Triebold hit seven home runs and Little had two.

Revoir said he was pleased to see two Raider pitchers--Smith and Little--earn postseason honors.

"They complimented each other well," he said. "Lexi throws a little more junk and keeps hitters off balance while Steph comes right at you."

Revoir said Smith, Triebold and little were part of a senior class that led by example this season.

"They are kids who all hit the ball well; every at bat was a quality at bat," he said. "And as the season went on you saw the freshmen and sophomores started buying into that and making good things happen."

Revoir said Witthus was rock solid behind the plate this season.

"Hardly anyone stole a base on her," he said. "Having a player like that is essential for building a program."

Despite a loss to River Falls in the first round of the playoffs that still stings a little, Revoir said he liked what the team accomplished in his first year as head coach.

"It's always tough not knowing the girls and them not knowing me," he said. "New system, new players; but I think it was successful. People started understanding their roles. I made mistakes, but I think we're on the right track."

He said he was especially proud of the work the returning underclassmen put in this season.

"A lot of them grew confident with their role and got a lot better as the year went on," he said. "Having them understand how things work and what we do will help them in the future. I'm proud of the effort they put in; to learn what they need to do to get that much better."

Revoir said it was a fun year, and he's grateful for the support he and the team received throughout the season.

"I had a blast," he said. "To have that kind of talent and work with them every day, on a daily basis in Hudson is something special. It was a fun year. I learned a lot.

"I'm also happy with the support," he added. "From the district to the parents to the other coaches in the district, I think a lot of people wanted to see us do well and that feels good.'

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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