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La Follette Names Ryan Mielke new Head Coach
Madison La Follette will welcome in a new coaching staff for the 2017 season. Coach Mielke comes from Edgewood College, UW-Stevens Point while serving as Head Coach/Manager for the Madison Legion Post #501 team. Mielke worked as the Recruiting Coordinator for Edgewood College from 2013-2016. He hails from just north of Madison as a Waunakee graduate. Mielke continued his baseball career at perennial power UW-Stevens Point. For the past 6 summers, Mielke has guieded Madison Legion to 3 AAA State Championships. Jake Page will help Mielke at the Varsity level. Page comes from Madison East,Madison College,Davenport College,UW-Stevens Point. Coach Page has seen success as a baseball player and coach. He has helped hitters for Madison College, Madison Mallards. Jake Yellovich will serve as the Junior Varsity Head Coach in 2017. Yellovich comes to LHS from the Minneapolis,MN. Coach Yellovich played his collegiate ball at Edgewood College. La Follette will have the youngest coaching staff in the conference and quite possibly Wisconsin.
Lancers Add To Staff
The Lancers will welcome two new faces to the staff, Brian Cizek will join the staff after graduating from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Cizek played 1B and pitched for Washington U. Last year he hit .361 and finished in the top 5 on the team in slugging percentage, on-base percentage, RBI, doubles, HR's, total bases and walks. He was also a two time Academic All-District Team for the second time in his career. The Lancers will also welcome back AJ Verhage after he completes his senior year at Edgewood College. AJ is a former All conference pitcher and is currently the closer at Edgewood College. Last year he led the Northern Athletic Conference in saves.
2016 Schedule Released
The Lancers will once again face one of the toughest schedules in the state. The Big Eight conference has three of the top four teams in state. The Lancers will also host the #1 ranked team in the state in Heartland Arrowhead, they are also ranked 35th in the nation. The Lancers will also face Badger conference powerhouses Oregon and Madison Edgewood.
Kian O'Brien Named 1st Team All-State
Kian O'Brien was the fifth Lancer to be named first team all-state. O'Brien hit .527 as a senior and wall also named All-District, All Confernce and Player of the Yar in the City.
La Follette Sets Records At State
After it was all said and done the Lancers finished apart of at least six records. The team finished tied for 2nd all-time in the Divison 1 State Tournament with 3 triples in a game vs Fort Atkinson. The Lancers also finished 2nd all-time with 4 sacrifices in a game(vs. Waterford), finished 3rd all-time with 8 sacrifices in a Divison 1 State Tournament. The Lancers finished 5th all-time with 35 hits in a Divison 1 State Tournament. The most impressive record the Lancers were apart of was, that they hit .393 as a team, whiched ranked 4th all-time in the Divison 1 State Tournament, which has taken place since 1948. That average finished 9th all-time for in average for the history of all 4 Divisons. On a personal note, senior Tony Grannis finished tied for 1st all-time with sacrifices in a state tournament.
La Follette Finishes Second In State
La Follette completed a unbelievable season when they finished runner up in the state title game. The Lancers ended up losing to Bay Port 10-5 in the championship game. Below is links to video and stories on the great run. Also thanks to all of our supporters who helped make the run possible.
Coach Verhage talks about the season after the final game http://host.madison.com/vmix_07f5334c-7b22-11df-9514-001cc4c03286.html
Article from the championship game http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/baseball/article_511fe96a-7a30-11df-8f39-001cc4c002e0.html
Article from semi-final win http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/baseball/article_e19e5e0c-7a19-11df-8372-001cc4c002e0.html
Article from quarter-final win vs. Fort http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/baseball/article_a2c9e2f6-78ec-11df-b8e6-001cc4c002e0.html
Article before State http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/baseball/article_ee33ef36-7818-11df-8709-001cc4c03286.html
Article from wins in the sectionals http://host.madison.com/sports/high-school/baseball/article_9b20212e-7445-11df-b4e8-001cc4c002e0.html