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A N N O U N C E M E N T S

  • Merton School Parking Lot resurfacing- please note "Throughout the month of July, the Merton Community School District will be undergoing a major asphalt resurfacing project.  One aspect to the project that will impact families is the entire Primary School Playground will be shut down and off limits for use at all times.  The back lots of the Primary and Intermediate Schools will remain open for parking like normal.  Please make sure your children (and parents) stay away from the construction areas and observe the roped off areas. "
  • Mark your calendars for the M.A.A. Red White & Brew Fest at The Legends of Bristlecone! Nov. 8th. Details to come soon!
  • Fillies Try-out dates and information, please click here. Please note-this is for the 2015 Spring Fastpitch season. Please have your child at registration 30 minutes prior to evaluation times. - The Mavericks Commissioner will need to speak to you. Please try and have your registration form filled out to turn in. - Evaluations are free there is no fee to tryout. - Evaluations should last 2 hours- We ask that parents do not stay during the evaluation times  - new players should plan on attending 2 evaluation times. Registration forms please click here.


S C H E D U L E S

  • Registration for the 2014-2015 season will be open in August.


 

I M P O R T A N T   D A T E S

 
July
9: Broncos Helfaer Field Days
19: Closing Day
24-27: Mavericks Spring 2015 Try-outs
 
August 
Registration for 2014 Fall and Winter season open
1,2 & 3 Fillies Spring 2015 Tryouts


September


October


November
8: M.A.A. Red White & Brew Fest at The Legends of Bristlecone

December
 
Contact Heidi Blatnik - M.A.A. Activities Director with general questions or feedback.
 
M.A.A. Alumni Success Story-

Arrowhead's Serres dominant at the plate

 

Diminutive leader key cog for team battling for first place

By Chuck Delsman

Posted: July 7, 2014

At 5 feet, 8 inches and 170 pounds, Arrowhead's Benny Serres doesn't have the dream body of your classic baseball hitter. Add to that average speed, and you have the combination which usually results in some pretty average numbers.

But Serres is not an average high school baseball player. Far from it. The guy can hit a baseball as well as any high school player in the area and in the state. His numbers back it up.

Last year, as a junior and a first-time member of the Arrowhead varsity, Serres surprised just about everyone on the AHS staff and throughout the Classic 8 Conference. The senior left-handed hitter went 2 for 3 in his first game and never quit producing. He finished the season with a brilliant mark of .441, striking out just twice in 107 plate appearances.

Serres was so impressive at the plate that he almost won the Player of the Year award in the Classic 8, falling just a few votes short. That's pretty good for a guy that none of the league coaches even knew existed prior to the start of the season.

Now, almost six weeks into his final year, every conference coach know about Serres, and they're trying to figure ways to get him out. The right fielder is still pounding the ball. Going into last week's games, the Concordia University recruit was hitting a hefty .475. He's already had one four-hit game and two three-hit games.

"Benny is a throw-back, old-school type of baseball player," said Arrowhead coach Vince Mancuso, who had a Hall of Fame career as a hitter at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. "He comes to the park every day 100 percent ready to play. He's mentally into the game all the time. Benny is an outstanding hitter, but he also can play defense. He'd run through a wall to catch a fly ball."

Serres has started every game the last two years, but he wasn't scheduled to be a starter last year when the 2013 summer season opened.

After playing with the freshman team his first year and with the junior varsity as a sophomore, Serres was penciled in to be a reserve last year, maybe occasionally serving as designated hitter. But that suddenly changed when the scheduled starter, Alex Romenesko, came down with an injury.

"The guy that was supposed to play in front of me got hurt, and coach put me in to start," Serres said. "I went 2 for 3 that day and stayed in the lineup the rest of the year. I was very happy how the season went. I thought I hit the ball well all year."

Lots of hard work

Unlike a lot of other kids who have played at high youth levels and have had hitting lessons from one if not two instructors, Serres did things his own way. He stayed true to his home town of Merton, playing for the locally based Mavericks. He was recruited by several coaches to join the Hartland Hawks program but stayed in Merton.

"I was on the first Merton Mavericks U9 select team and stayed in the program until I got to high school," Serres said. "Some Hartland coaches tried to get me to come over there and play, but I wanted to stay with my friends. That meant a lot to me. I started as a Maverick and finished as a Maverick."

Not only did he stay in town to play with his buddies, but he also taught himself to hit. He worked out at Stiks Academy in Oconomowoc and visited the batting cages regularly.

"I did a lot of my own stuff in the cages," the always-smiling Serres said. "I challenged myself every time I went to the cage. I would turn up the speed so it was a little faster every time. I worked on my hands a lot. I wanted to get my hands as fast as I could."

All of that discipline and hard work has apparently paid off. He'll play college baseball next year at Concordia in Mequon, where former AHS standout Mitch Dubnicka is a junior in the Concordia outfield.

"Benny will be just fine in college," Mancuso said. "He has succeeded at every level he's played at. Nobody is going to outwork him. He's not only an excellent hitter but a very good outfielder. He'll do anything to make the catch. Plus, he's always positive. He's great with his teammates and you can't tell by looking at Benny if we're ahead 20-2 or down 20-2. He's always in the game. He's a great guy to have on the team."

 
Best Wishes and LOTS of fun to all 2014 Baseball & Fastpitch Teams!
 
 
 
 
3-4th Grade Broncos LOH League Champs!
 
 
4th Grade Mavericks Blue, Champions at the Hartford Summer Slam Tournament

 
  6th Grade Mavericks Blue, Tournament Champion at the Slinger On Base Club Tournament
 
5th Grade Mavericks Blue - Watertown Armageddon Tourney Champions
 
 
7th Grade Mavericks Red - 1st in the Yellow Jacket Waukesha Tournament
 
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