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Athlete of the Week: McKenna Butau
The Zimmerman softball team finished the 2016 season with a 13-9 record, and it was done so on the back of pitchers Ashley Pool and McKenna Butau. Pool was more of a fastball pitcher and Butau was a junk-ball pitcher, so the two of them were able to work side by side all season long and really keep opposing hitters off balance.
Pool graduated after the conclusion of the 2016 season, which meant Butau would have to take on a bigger load during her senior year. And so far it’s been working out well for the Thunder.
The team recorded their fourth win in a row on Tuesday, April 25, improving to 5-2 on the season. While Butau didn’t start the game, she came in to start the fourth and closed out the final four innings with five strikeouts, two walks, zero hits, and zero runs allowed.
Those are the type of numbers she’s been posting in a lot of the games this season, and it’s a big reason why the Thunder have been as successful as they’ve been. But if you were to watch her during a game, it wouldn’t appear as though she is playing well.
She has a stern look on her face most of the time, and the reason why is she always feels she could be doing even better.
“I am just really hard on myself,” Butau said. “So if I walk someone, or my drop ball doesn’t drop I’m hard on myself, but really it doesn’t effect the team. I just feel like it does because I’m hard on myself for pitching.
“I have sass to me and like to be a perfectionist, so if I make a mistake I blame myself for it.”
Most of the time, when players get hard on themselves about some part of their game, or for some mistake they made, their play begins to move in a downward spiral. Slowly getting worse and worse as they try to overcompensate and make more and more mistakes. But not Butau.
Her game actually seems to get better when she is hard on herself, which is why her head coach Emily Zahn usually just lets her go when she sees a scowl start to form, instead of running out and trying to calm her pitcher down.
“I actually don’t mind when McKenna gets a little mad because sometimes she pitches a little better,” Zahn said with a bit of a laugh. “So I kind of let her do her thing. She’s just a perfectionist, so she gets upset with one walk. She walks one or fewer a game, so it’s not a problem.”
Along with taking on a bigger work load as a pitcher, Butau has also had to step up into more of a leadership role. The Thunder lost five seniors after the conclusion of the 2016 season, so there were plenty of holes to fill in that area of the game.
“All that leadership was gone and no one really wanted to step up,” the senior pitcher began. “I, personally, am super shy. So yes, I see myself as a leader, but I’m more laid back.”
Even though she describes herself as more of a shy, and laid back person, her head coach has definitely seen her mature during this early season, and step into that leadership role the Thunder were needing to fill.
Pitcher is just one of the natural leadership positions out on the softball field. They are the ones typically controlling the pace of a game, and players will often look towards them for that reason. And instead of shy away from the moment, Butau has seemingly embraced it.
“I was really hoping she would step into a leadership role this year and she has,” Zahn said. “She’s really uped it and been more of a vocal leader, which is great. When you can have your pitcher be a vocal leader it’s really beneficial for the team. Especially a team like ours, we have a newer lineup, so she’s been doing good things.”
It’s hard to say where the season will go for the Thunder this year, but Butau is hoping for a first place finish in their conference, and she has certainly gotten them on the right track in being able to do just that.
Zimmerman Middle School 2016-17 3rd Quarter Honor Roll
Grade 6 – Amelia Acker, Rebekah Anderson, Hailey Becker, Chloe Belanger, Chase Berwald, Kelsey Bibeau, Justin Blazevic, MacKenzie Bosquez, Carmen Boyer, Abby Buermann, Rayna Cabak, Brianna Carlson, Kasetin Childs-Hoban, Pieper Christiaansen, Cora Conrad, Danielle Dekok, Hunter, Dipprey, Jenna Findell, Claire Firkus, Maggie Fischbach, Isabelle Fischer, Matthew Freeberg, Cole Gibeau, Max Gostonczik, William Grangroth, Ashley Gruwell, Isaac Hagen, Drew Halland, Caitlyn Hanlon, Jessica Hartigan, Ashlynn Hauth, Natalie Hayes, Karly Hermanson, Caitlin Herrmann, Olivia Hiltner, Merrilee Hofstede, Brooks Howard, Tatum Hupalo, Amaya Jackson, Lily Jendro, Elizabeth Kerzman, Kayla Kowalski, Louise Kritzeck, Talia Kuss, Austin Lee, Lindsay Lewis, Ty Mansfield, Payton McEachern, Jack Montplaisir, Chase Morrissette, Marissa Oberfeld, Eryn Olson, Kenneth Olson, Cole Orgon, Mishima Padilla, Samantha Paulsen, Ella Pouliot, William Rachel, Rhylee Reimann, Cora Reschke, Reese Rivers, Elena Roberts, Makenna Rotz, Karyn Rzeszutek, Chase Sabinske, Ashley Sendzik, Audrey Smith, Brock Snow, Shailyn Solle, Caden Spence, Trevor Sweet, Natalie Thompson, Wyatt Tschida, Christine Waage, Sarita Watson, Dylan Weller, Treyton Wibeto, Reed Zahler, Hailee ZimpelSafe Child Rectangle
Grade 7 – Elizabeth Ahner, Kelsi Anderson, Gretchen Andresen, Michaela Beaver, Samuel Benjamin, Abigail Benson, Lauren Bondhus, Lauren Brooks, Allison Brostrom, Calan Bushinger, Caden Curtis, Madeline Dahl, Brandon Deal, Emily Dordal, Emma Flaten, Sydney Graf, Grace Guentzel, Lane Halland, Heather Hawkins, Kiana Helland-Boriboune, Avery Hollan, Luke Inman, Connor Janowiec, Meagan Jentzsch, Kenneth Jones, Trevor Jones, Lydia Keskey, Austin Kitzberger, Carter Kluge, Marley Knight, Nataysia Koehler, Ella Kostrzewski, Abigail Larson, Katelyn Lawliss, Morgan Malecha, Tiffany Maschler, Addison McBroom, Rileigh Miller, Nina Moll, Karlee Monteleone, Corbin Nelson, Gavin Neubauer, Jayna Newcomb, Samuel Norland, Peyton Opsahl, Aiden Pardino, Breanne Plude, Gavyn Popejoy, Aurora Rahn, Madison Randall, Rylan Rivers, Rachel Rotz, Josephine Rowley, Sydney Sayre, Hannah Smith, Abigail Steinbrecher, Alayna Swirtz, Bethany Szlavich, Eliana Tiggelaar, Sarah Tucker, Abigail Valencia, Elle Werner, Ella Williams
Grade 8 – Grace Baker, Avery Berg, Ryan Bouley, Abbey Brady, Sylvia Cabak, Kaylee Clifton, Alexander Cromwell, Anna Deitz, Makenna Elphick, Bjorn Franke, Kai Franke, Nils Franke, Ella Haas, Carly Hanlon, Rachael Hartley, Bryan Hoerr, Cambell Jenson, Isabelle Johnson, Logan Johnson, Polly Kritzek, Crystal Li, Shannon Mattson, Anikka Miller, Melissa Muckenhirn, McKenzie Olene, Haruka Padilla, Cheradin Ralph, Ryan Reinking, Dylan Rogers, Adyson Roman, Sierra Rosby, Lana Schultz, Miranda Schwieger, Innka Simonovich, Sophia Smith, Jacob Swirtz, Rachel Waage, Nicole Weekley, Kaitlyn Wehmeyer, Kyla Wiley, Olivia Williams, Joshua Wisness
B Honor Roll Zimmerman Middle School – 3rd Quarter 2016 – 2017
Grade 6 – Jack Abrahamson, Ryland Anderson, Alyssa Bardwell, Sadie Benjamin, Gracie Blaedorn, Joel Bouley, Alana Budish, Jackson Buskey, Jade Cash, Eva Ende, Cole Evans, Samuel Fox, Carter Haas, Angelina Hansen, Owen Harding, Ryland Higgins, Charles Hokanson, Selina Jeffers, Carson Kalisch, Nathan Kohner, Noah Kolander, William Kucherov, Gavin Lahn, Madelyn Lehman, Kaylee Leider, Reed Lundberg, Gretchen Mattson, Kelsey Miller, Autumn Murphy, Blake Nordlund, Rocco Olson, Sierra Sheets, Kaden Shortell, Chase Skramstad, Gracie Steffes, Hailey Stolte, Hunter Wagner, Tyler Wick , Samuel Williams, Sophia Williams, Trinity Zortman
Grade 7 – Tyler Aderman, Carter Anderson, Joshua Anderson, Abby Barthel, Holly Bath, Mackenzie Brooking, Dylan Carlson, Tristyn Erdman, Cecilia Galeano, Aubrey Gamache, Joseph Gardas, Abigail Gau, Peyton Giffen, Jayden Harris, Abigail Holien, Gavin Jellison, Zachary Karnes, Madison Klersy, Riley Klick, Mark Kucherov, Lucas LaVigne, Heath Lester, Luca Madland, Ty Mager, Jacob Mandler, Kellen Martin, Riley McMullen, Brynn Miller, Ekaternia Miller, Abigail Monson, Mara Olson, Brooklyn Riddel, Tristian Rinehart, Olivia Rotz, Vasiliy Rozhik, Araya Rudolph, Daunte Sellers, Molli Shannon, Milton Tuttle, Lillian Victor, Isaiah Wagner, Kayla Zinken
Grade 8 – Kameron Arieta, Avery Bakke, Teagan Braun, Abbey Callison, Lucas Carlson, Alexis Dahlheimer, Emmalee Ellingson, Kenneth Fenstermaker, Jack Firkus, Cody Hiltner, Cole Hinton, Lilienne Ihla, Mitchel Kimpton, Chase Loudon, Joseph Montplaisir, Ryan Peters, Wyatt Petron, Micheal Richter, Scott Rickard, Kayleen Rollins, Ethan Rotz, Jocelyn Sailor, Andrea Schneider, Jack Senderhauf, Drew Tempesta, Lucie Thompson, Trenton Waletzko, Ava Wark, Christian Wells, Landon Wesloh, Jonathan Wilson, Bryant Yanta
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