McGuire and Aasness Earn MVP as Comets Closing Books with Accolades
Sean McGuire and Megan Aasness earned top honors in the Pheasant Conference as the season closed. Both students were recognized as MVPs for the conference, showing a unique dominance on the diamond that led their teams to successful seasons. They were joined by a host of underclassmen who look forward to future success in the Comet's spring sports.
Megan Aasness hung her cleats up this weekend after playing in the State Softball All-star game. Megan was recognized as the Pheasant Conference MVP after setting career steals records for both individual season and career. Noted as the most valuable player in the conference, Aasness saw a similar accolade fall to teammate Nicole Dekok who was recognized as Co-Pitcher of the Year, sharing the title with Sara Jacobson from Brandon-Evansville.
The Comets put 4 players onto the 11 player roster for the all conference team. Senior Annie Murphy, and junior Sophie Iverson received recognition for their work on the field and behind the plate. The Comets will look to replace the two-time all conference player in Murphy at first base. Her graduation creates a hole, while Aasness' work holding down short stop will also cause pause for the Comets looking forward to next year. However, Iverson displays a versatility that Comet Coach Craig Nersten could utilize. Iverson earned her accolade for her work at third base and second base, showing an ability to field well and throw across the diamond.
Emma Royce and Ruthanne Erickson were recognized as honorable mention for the all conference accolade. Emma's bat opened scoring opportunities for the Comets. First year catcher Ruthanne Erickson displayed a unique ability to take tough pitches from the region's top pitcher and rise above the conference's other catchers. Ruthanne will join teammates in another run at playoffs, where they were considered one of the region and state's best teams.
Joining McGuire on the stand of All-conference for baseball was fellow hurler Chris Tungseth. The Comets created a great one-two punch with McGuire and Tungseth, causing every team to realize they would face tough pitching against the Comets no matter who threw last. The two pitchers were known to go the distance for the Comets, pulling off big games at the Comets took their season three games deep into playoffs.
Sam Ihrke hopes his success behind the plate can translate to winning more games next year as he also earned recognition as the one of the conference's best catcher. Ihrke's all conference award will propel him to continue honing his skills behind the plate as he teams up with McGuire next season to go deeper into the playoffs next year. Senior Jordan Foss was recognized with an honorable mention for all conference.