Milton's Vruwink joins WFSCA Hall of Fame

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Eric Schmoldt
Sunday, February 16, 2014

In 27 years of coaching, Don Vruwink is most proud of the players and coaches that surrounded him.

That was clear in the former Milton softball coaches Hall of Fame induction speech last weekend and again in reminiscing this past week.

Vruwink was inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Feb. 8 as part of its sixth class.

“It means quite a bit, because it’s over a long period of time, and I think it measures your accomplishment—for me, over 27 years that I coached,” Vruwink said. “In that time, we won 18 conference titles, and that’s hard to do.

“What I remember is that we had some girls who worked awfully hard. We had a lot of girls who made themselves into very good softball players. It’s probably the neatest feeling to see them reach their potential.”

On his way to those 18 conference crowns, Vruwink’s teams won 363 games.

He said it would not be possible if he hadn’t surrounded himself with special people, and that was his focus when speaking to the association’s coaches as part of the Hall of Fame weekend.

“I don’t think one person can build a good program without surrounding yourself with great people,” Vruwink said. “I gave advice to young coaches to find good people, and not just people that know something about the game, but those who are good people when it comes to the kids.”

Joining Vruwink in the Hall’s class were Tigerton’s Glenda Smith and another coach Vruwink knew very well throughout his career—Beloit Memorial coach John Schroeder.

“He coached 27 years, as well, and I think we coached 26 years against each other,” Vruwink said. “Our records were very similar. I think he won 347 games and I won 363. It was quite an honor to be inducted with him.”

Vruwink, who is working as a long-term substitute teacher in Oregon and serves on the Milton City Council, had one last message for his former players.

“Tell all the girls who played for me over 27 years that they’re a special group and I appreciate all the hard work they gave me.”

East Troy volleyball honored

The East Troy girls volleyball team continues to pick up postseason accolades.

On Friday, the program was presented with the Army National Guard national ranking trophy as part of the fourth-annual MaxPreps Tour of Champions. The Trojans finished No. 22 in the final MaxPreps computer rankings.

Senior Brittney Jakscht recently received the Andi Collins Award, given annually to the top setter in the nation, from prepvolleyball.com. And sophomore M.E. Dodge was named a sophomore All-American by MaxPreps, as well.

Comets will play at Miller Park

The Delavan-Darien baseball team will play at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park again.

The Comets will play a nonconference game against Medford at 2 p.m. on April 30. There is no cost to fans to attend the game, but the program is asked to sell $10,000 in Brewers tickets in order to play the game.

Tickets to games against the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are available through the program. For more, contact Paul Yanko at pyanko@ddschools.org or 262-728-2642 ext. 4251.

Badger to host baseball camp

The Lake Geneva Badger baseball program will host the nationally recognized Doyle Academy on March 22-23. The camp is for baseball and softball players ages 6-18 and will take place from noon-5 p.m. each day.

Cost is $85 per player. For more, or to register, contact Aaron Zweifel at 262-348-3000 ext. 3505.

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