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N. STONINGTON — Troy Stefanski and Kevin Knowles powered the Wheeler High baseball team’s offens this 2014 season and the duo was recognized with first-team ECC Small Division honors.
Stefanski, who earned the spot on the Small first-team as an outfielder, hit .455 had nine extra base hits and led the team with 18 RBIs.
In addition to his time in center field, the Lions’ senior also pitched and played shortstop.
In Wheeler’s final game of the season, Stefanski hit for the cycle and pitched a no-hitter in a 20-0 win over Parish Hill.
The right-hander started six games for the Lions and posted a 3.42 earned run average.
Stefanski was named to the ECC Small first-team all four years.
Kevin Knowles made the ECC-Small first team as a designated hitter.
Knowles, who played almost exclusively at catcher in 2014, led the team with a .500 batting average and 31 hits (including nine for extra bases).
The Lions’ junior had nine multiple hit games including four-hit games against Parish Hill and Tourtellotte Memorial.
Knowles had two doubles and a homer in the final game against Parish Hill.
Knowles was Wheeler’s sportsmanship award winner in 2013.
Wheeler coach Charles Roark was not available for comment.
Sophomore shortstop Mike Dellaporta garnered an ECC-Small honorable mention.
Dellaporta hit .379 and tied for second on the team in hits with 25.
The Wheeler sophomore had never previously earned an award.
Andrew Swift was Wheeler’s sportsmanship award winner.
Freshman Michael Anderson earned an ECC Small Division honorable mention for the Lions.
Anderson was the only member of the Wheeler High team to average under 50 strokes per nine holes (49.9).
His plus 14 over par average was over a stroke better than the next best average on the team (Tyler Primmett, 15.2)
Jake Umpheltt, a sophomore, won the sportsmanship award.
Ethan Belz, a Wheeler High player, earned the sportsmanship award for the St. Bernard/Wheeler co-op team.
Belz was a senior.
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