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Former River Falls High School teammates JP Feyereisen of UW-Stevens Point, and Marty Herum of UW-Whitewater, have been selected the Pitcher of the Year and Position Player of the Year, respectively, to lead the 20 individuals chosen to the 2013 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Baseball Team by the league coaches.

Herum, a 2010 RFHS graduate, claimed the WIAC Position Player of the Year award for the second straight season, becoming just the second individual in league history to accomplish the feat. UW-Oshkosh's Jeremy Jirschele secured the honor in 2004 and 2005.

Herum led the WIAC with a .430 batting average and 22 doubles, while placing third with 71 hits and a .739 slugging percentage, fourth with four triples, fifth with 48 runs scored and a .470 on-base percentage, sixth with 42 RBI and seventh with seven home runs. He has recorded at least one hit in 36 of 39 games this season, including 21 multi-hit performances and three contests with four hits.

Feyereisen, a 2011 RFHS graduate, topped the conference with a 2.24 earned run average and a .213 opponent batting average, while ranking fourth with six victories, fifth with 51 strikeouts and ninth with 64.1 innings pitched. He has made 11 appearances, including 10 starting assignments, and amassed six or more strikeouts four times, including a season-high nine against UW-Platteville on April 5.

Both former Wildcats will be playing for their respective teams in the regional round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament this weekend in Whitewater.

Following the college baseball season, Herum will play ball for the Lakeshore (Mequon) Chinooks of the prestigious Northwoods League while Feyereisen will join the Northwoods League's Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The Northwoods League is a collegiate summer baseball league comprising teams of the top college players in North America.

Herum and Feyereisen were teammates with the River Falls Fighting Fish amateur baseball team the past two summers, including the Fish's 2011 Wisconsin Baseball Association State championship season.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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