She’s joined by Brotz on all-FRCC soccer squad, Hilbelink is also recognized in baseball
South soccer player Halle Boldt says ‘most definitely not’ when asked if she thought she would finish her senior season with 21 goals.
“My coach kind of told me in the beginning of the season my goals should be double figures, so I’m thinking maybe 10 goals by the end of the season,” she said. “After that Ashwaubenon game when I had seven, that was just a big ‘wow!’”
Only two girls in the Fox River Classic Conference had more overall goals than Boldt, who was named first-team all-league. She also led the Redwings with 17 goals in 2019.
“This year, I just felt like because I didn’t have a season last year, I really wanted to give it my all,” Boldt said. “And it was my last time to represent my school, so I just felt like what could I do for myself and my team? As a forward, my only job is to score goals, and that’s exactly what I did this season.”
Coach Scott Feltner says her confidence in her ability is what makes her so good.
“And it doesn’t bother her if she tries something and it doesn’t work,” he said. “If she misses a goal, her head doesn’t drop. She’ll just say she’ll get it next time, and it just rolls off her. That’s not true of a lot of players that I’ve coached. … I think her mental toughness is pretty unique.”
Another reason South’s six wins were its most since 2014 was the play of junior midfielder Rylee Brotz, who earned all-FRCC honorable mention after scoring six times.
She started the season as a defender but her coach says he kept pushing her up the field more and more.
“Then she started scoring goals,” Feltner said. “What’s unique about her is she’s got great speed. She made state as a cross country runner, so there’s very few players on our team or in our conference that can match her pace. It’ll be interesting, because I’m going to leverage that next season, for sure. We’ve got to replace the 21 goals Halle scored and maybe Rylee can be a big part of that next year.”
Only juniors and seniors made first-team all-conference, and just three sophomores or freshmen were picked for the second team.
Outfielder Wyatt Hilbelink was one of them, as the sophomore hit .444 in the league this year.
“His age didn’t really show this year,” coach Tyler Zietz said.
“I mean, he had the confidence of an upperclassmen. He works really hard in practice, shows up to a lot of open gyms, and hitting the ball, he was seeing the ball as well as anyone in the conference.”
Hilbelink was used to playing the infield before high school, but was moved to outfield out of necessity.
“And he did a really good job for us in center,” Zietz said. “He can play anywhere – he played some innings at shortstop – and he’s a really good baserunner as well.
“I’m just really excited to coach him for two more years. He’s an awesome kid.”