DHS senior softball players

Julia Wopat (left) and Roxanna Haakenson, both seniors on the De Soto High School softball team, were recognized at Parents’ Night for their accomplishments and contributions.

De Soto High School seniors Roxanna Haakenson and Julia Wopat were honored by the coaches and their team on Parents’ Night at Stoddard Elementary Field, Thursday, May 18.

“These two athletes have worked extremely hard to become the great softball players and team leaders that they are today. We can’t say enough about what they have accomplished over their four years in our program,” said head softball coach Tony Paletta.

Paletta went on to list some of the accomplishments during Haakenson and Wopat’s softball careers: they were on Ridge and Valley Conference softball championship teams for three years in a row and had a combined conference record of 52 and 4. Their teams were regional champs three years in a row. (This year is still to be determined.) They end their regular season careers with an overall record of 73 and 22, including two 20-win seasons, including holding the school record for most seasons. In their four seasons they have outscored their opponents 1,007 to 350.

From the pitching ring, Haakenson has averaged a 2.31 ERA over three seasons. She has thrown 381 strikeouts, while issuing only 169 walks. She has had numerous shutouts and no hitters. At the plate is a force to be reckoned with, building a career batting average of .315 including 54 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs, and 62 RBI. Rosanna was named conference Pitcher of the Year last season and was also named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star team.

“Julia is one of the best shortstops that we have ever had here at De Soto,” Paletta said. “She makes all the plays she is supposed to make and makes it look easy.”

Wopat has a career field percentage of .955. She is even better on offense, with a career batting average of .487. She hits for power with 27 doubles, seven triples, 89 RBI, and a new school record 17 career home runs, including nine this season. She was named to the Ridge and Valley All-Conference Team her sophomore and junior seasons. She was also runner-up for Conference Player of the Year last season, coming in second to teammate Cassidy Trussoni. In 2016, Wopat was selected to the 2016 All District Team. Like Haakenson, Wopat has also been selected to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Star Team.

Haakenson is the daughter of Sheryl and Mark Haakenson of De Soto. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for pre-med in the fall.

Wopat’s parents are Dennis and Theresa Wopat of Genoa. She plans to attend UW-Eau Claire in the fall, majoring in kinesiology. She will also be in the Army ROTC on a full scholarship.


Angie Cina is editor of the Vernon County Broadcaster. Contact her at 608-637-5616.

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