Middleton's Thomas honored for big season

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Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Alexis Thomas was named the Big Eight Conference’s Player of the Year and the co-Player of the Year in the state of Wisconsin./File photo

Middleton’s girls golfers enjoyed a dream season.

The Cardinals rolled through the Big Eight Conference winning the league’s dual meet championship and the conference tournament. Middleton finished in first place at 15 of 17 invites prior to the state tournament.

And the Cardinals finished second at state behind Hartland Arrowhead.

The postseason awards season was almost as enjoyable.

Middleton seniors Alex Thomas and Morgan Miles and junior Payton Hodson were all named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. Cardinals freshman Kate Meier was also named second-team all-conference.

Thomas was also named the Big Eight’s Player of the Year and was the state’s Co-Player of the Year, an honor she shared with Hartland Arrowhead’s Emily Lauterbach. Thomas was also named academic all-state for a third consecutive year.

Thomas won 10 of the 16 tournaments she competed in, finished second five times and was third once. She also finished the year with a 73.62 average and will play collegiately at North Dakota State.

“I couldn't be more proud of her,” Middleton coach Becky Halverson said. “She worked so hard her four years of playing golf at MHS to get to where she is today. She improved eight strokes from her freshman year to her senior year. She is arguably the best girls’ golfer to come through MHS and it was an honor to be able to coach her.”

In addition to being named first-team all-Big Eight, Miles was named honorable-mention all-state. Miles was an academic all-state performer for the second year in a row and shot under 40 nine times this season.

“I'm really proud of how far Morgan came in her three years on the team,” Halverson said. “With not coming out for golf her freshman year she really worked hard to improve every year and get to where she was her senior year. I really hope she pursues golf in her future.”

Hodson was also first-team all-conference and honorable-mention all-state. Hodson has also been named academic all-state two years in a row.  

Hodson’s nine-hole average was 40.67, an improvement of 5.41 shots from last season to this season. She also won the Cardinal Invite as well as the conference tournament.  

“I think the future is very bright for Payton and I'm excited to have her back next season,” Halverson said.

Meier averaged 43.97 during an extremely strong freshman season.

“Even though she was a freshman, the girls welcomed her with open arms and she really fit in well with the team chemistry this season,” Halverson said. “She was a great addition to our team and the girls and I all loved having her a part of it.  

“She really enjoys the game of golf and is a pleasure to be around on the course. I'm excited to see her golf game progress over the next three years.”

Senior Lindsay Callahan scored well enough to earn all-conference honors. But Callahan, who battled a back injury the last two years, didn’t compete in enough meets to earn all-league honors.

Still, Halverson knows her team wouldn’t have been the same without Callahan.

“Lindsay was an outstanding addition to our team this season,” Halverson said. “We really missed having her for her junior year, but it was great to have her back for her senior year.  

“She improved nearly 10 strokes from her freshman year to her senior year. Lindsay was an absolute joy to have on the team. Her smile was contagious and will certainly be missed next year.”

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