Prep Baseball Report

Preseason Power 25: No. 12 Tremper

The Wisconsin high school season kicks off on March 28, the first day for regular season games. Most teams will begin practicing on March 20, getting their rosters set and finalizing their lineups.

Over the next several weeks, leading up to opening day, we will be rolling out team previews of high school teams all across the state and across all classifications, eventually launching our Preseason Power 25.

We have been sending out our annual Preseason Questionnaire to coaches all across the state and as the responses flood in we will bring you a snapshot of what to expect along with top players and keys to success for that particular team. If you don’t see your team’s season preview make sure your head coach fills out his Preseason Questionnaire.

Team: Tremper
Preseason Rank: 12
2016 Record: 18-7
Conference: Southeast
WIAA Division: 1
Head Coach:
John Matera
Playoff Run: Regional Finals
2016 Final Rank: 20
Returning Starters: 4
Returning Pitchers: 6


Name State School Class Pos Commitment
Mitchell Buban WI Tremper 2017 SS/RHP Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Garrett LaBreche WI Tremper 2017 MIF Mesa CC
Hunter Weddel WI Tremper 2017 OF Wisconsin-Parkside
Nathan Renner WI Tremper 2017 INF/RHP  
Andrew Freiberg WI Tremper 2017 LHP Ripon College


Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit Mitchell Buban is one of the many two-way pieces to the Trojan puzzle in 2017. His defensive prowess at shortstop is one of the best in the state this year, and this summer Buban showed he has the ability to be an ace of the staff as well. It's a big task for Buban to juggle both, but he along with several of the Trojan position players may be doing the same.


6: The number of returning arms for Tremper in 2017. That much varsity experience on the mound will be crucial this year with the new pitch count guidelines in place. Teams will have to go deeper than ever into their bullpens and Coach Matera will have the luxury of calling on varsity experience deeper than most teams in the state.


Despite graduating some essential seniors, the Trojans surprisingly have a lot returning in 2017, especially on the mound. The key for Coach Matera will be juggling those arms against playing time, as several of their returning arms contribute as position players as well. SS Mitchell Buban, OF Hunter Weddell, INF Nathan Renner and OF/1B Andrew Freiberg will all be asked to provide big innings on the mound as well as bolstering the lineup. Defense should be a strong suit for the Trojans, but the versatility will be key for Tremper in 2017. Both Weddell and Renner were first team all-conference selections in 2016 and will look to duplicate that performance in 2017.

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