DES MOINES - Several Palo Alto County football players were named to All State Teams for 2011 by sportswriters from the Iowa Newspaper Association over the past weekend. Players from Emmetsburg, West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate and Graettinger-Terril were selected to All State Teams following their nominations by coaches and sportswriters at the conclusion of the 2011 gridiron season.
Both Offensive and Defensive teams are selected in each class by the sportswriters, who are assisted iwth information by representatives of the Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Coach Mike Dunlap's Emmetsburg E-Hawks saw nine players earn All State recognition on the Class 1A All State Teams following Sunday's selection meeting in Des Moines.
For Coach Pete Kapustynski and the Wolverines of WBM/GCB, a quartet of players earned recognition on the Eight-Man All State Teams.
Coach Karlton Hector and the Graettinger-Terril Knights saw one player earn All State Recognition as well on the Eight Man honor teams following Sunday's balloting.
A trio of Emmetsburg E-Hawks earned roster positions on the INA?First Team units. On the Offensive team, senior Andrew Garrelts was named as one of the five linemen, while senior teammate Brady Berkland was selected as one of three backs. Berkland rushed for 1,126 yards on the season and scored 18 touchdowns for the E-Hawks.
Rounding out the First Team selections for Emmetsburg was senior Justin Studer, who was chosen as one of three Defensive Backs on the First Team Defense.
Another trio of E-Hawk players earned Second Team honors from the INA. Senior Jake Carlson was selected as one of the receivers on the Second Team Offense, as he made nine catches for 244 yards and scored four touchdowns on the season.
Junior Austin McCartan was chosen as one of four linemen on the Second Team defense, with 91 tackles on the season. Also named to the Second Team Defense was junior Jake Jackson, who earned one of the three defensive back roster positions. Jackson made a pair of interceptions and three fumble recoveries, along with 31 solo tackles and 62 assisted tackles. Jackson's accomplishment was highlighted by the fact he played with a broken thumb in a cast for the last half of the season.
The final trio of E-Hawks earning Third Team All State Honors from the INA?were led by senior Arik Kerr on the Offense as one of the five linemen.
On the Third Team Defense, junior Andrew Wellik was selected as a linebacker, with 12 solo tackles and 91 assisted tackles on the season. Rounding out the honorees for the E-Hawks was senior Marcus Akridge, who was named as a defensive back for his 15 solo tackles, 65 assisted tackles, four quarterback sacks, five fumble recoveries and a blocked punt for a touchdown.
The West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate Wolverines placed two players on the INA?First Team Defensive Team for the Eight-Man class on Sunday.
Sophomore Nathan Grimm was chosen as one of the three lineman on the First Team Defense, while senior teammate Mitch Bonnstetter was chosen as the punter for the defense, with 11 punts for 509 yards, an average of 46.3 yards per punt.
Named to the INA?Second Team Defense was senior Logan Streit as one of three linebackers. Streit amassed 76 tackles and six tackles for loss, with one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery during the season.
Rounding out the Wolverine honorees for the season was senior Matt Goeders, who was chosen as a receiver on the INA?Third Team Offense. Goeders had 23 receptions for 496 yards, for an average reception of 21 and a half yards. Goeders scored six touchdowns on the season with a longest reception of 60 yards to his credit.
The Graettinger-Terril Knights were honored with one player being accorded INA?All-State recognition during Sunday's balloting.
Knight junior Blaze Alesch was selected as the INA?Third Team Defensive team punter. During the season, Alesch punted 28 times for a total of 1,108 yards, a 39.6 yard per punt average, with a longest punt of 59 yards during the Knight's campaign.
During the balloting, sportswriters also select honorary captains for each of the six classes in Iowa High School Football. Players named as captains are:
Class 4A: Running back Barkley Hill, of Cedar Falls finished his career as Class 4A's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns with 85. The 6-foot, 210-pound Iowa State recruit finished his senior campaign with 2,493 rushing yards on 316 carries, with 40 touchdowns. He led the 11-2 Cedar Falls team to the state semifinals this year.
Class 3A:?Wesley Burnside of Union, La Porte City led the team in rushing yards with 1,993 on 296 carries as well as scoring 30 touchdowns on the ground and 190 points overall. This year, Union, La Porte City captured the 3A state championship for the first time in school history. In the championship game, Burnside ran for 142 yards and one score. The senior is being looked at by several Division 1 schools.
Class 2A: West Marshall's senior running back Dalton Ferch finished his career ranked fifth all-time with 98 total touchdowns, 589 career points and 47 single-season touchdowns. In his senior season, Ferch averaged 10.9 yards per touch as he rushed for 2,219 yards, had 42 touchdowns, 408 yards and three receiving TDs. His 21 career interceptions as a defensive back ranks him second all-time and he lead West Marshall to 37-10 during his four years with playoff seats each year.
Class 1A: Saint Ansgar's John Sievert played fullback and defensive end to help lead the Saints to their first-ever state title by running for 125 yards and two touchdowns as well as recovering a fumble in the state title game. Sievert ran for 1,108 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also had 77 tackles and 24 for loss from his defensive end spot. He led Class 1A with 13 sacks.
Class A: Ben Knake of Lisbon led the Lions to their first-ever state championship on offensive, defensive and special teams. As a starting quarterback, he threw for 1,084 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 583 yards and seven scores. Defensively he recorded 65 tackles (49 solo) and picked off five passes, while on special teams he had five kick-return touchdowns. He rushed for 146 yards and threw for 97 in the championship game.
Eight-Man: Nate Meier of Fremont-Mills, Tabor led his team to their first-ever state title. The powerful running back rushed the ball 176 times for 2,494 yards and scored 57 touchdowns. He averaged 14.2 yards every time he ran the ball.
These six team captains will be in the running for the 2nd Annual Ed Thomas Mr. Football Award presented by the Iowa Newspaper Association. The award recognizes a high school football player who has demonstrated excellent performance on the football field and exemplary character in all aspects of life and will be presented in the spring.
Class 1A FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Taylor Ashman, Woodward-Granger 6-0 165 Jr.
RB Mitchell Harger, Alburnett 5-11 185 Sr.
RB Brady Berkland, Emmetsburg 5-6 165 Sr.
RB Andrew McCune, Woodward-Granger 6-1 235 Jr.
Rec Cory Crnkovich, Woodward-Granger 5-10 175 Sr.
Rec Adam Teunissen, West Lyon 6-5 190 Sr.
Rec Luke Skinner, Lawton-Bronson 5-10 160 Sr.
OL Marco Naughton, C.B. St.Albert 6-2 305 Sr.
OL Derrick Miller, West Branch 5-10 205 Sr.
OL Dylan Liebe, Alburnett 6-2 235 Sr.
OL Andrew Garrelts, Emmetsburg 5-11 255 Sr.
OL Lucas Bouwman, West Lyon 6-3 205 Sr.
UT Paul Hutson, Logan-Magnolia 6-2 195 Jr.
K Gabe Summerhays, Ogden 6-0 170 Sr.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Dante Copeland, Panorama 6-5 310 Jr.
DL John Sievert, St. Ansgar 6-3 215 Sr.
DL Trenton Geer, Treynor 5-11 215 Sr.
DL Sam Bowers, Alburnett 6-1 185 Sr.
LB Jackson Steinberg, St. Ansgar 6-3 258 Sr.
LB Zane Cozad, C.B. St. Albert 5-7 203 Sr.
LB Dustin Gilbert, Central Decatur 5-11 195 Jr.
LB Cody Stepanek, Panorama 6-2 205 Sr.
DB Cael Halfman, St. Ansgar 5-11 175 Sr.
DB Parker Bolt, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-4 190 Sr.
DB Justin Studer, Emmetsburg 5-9 155 Sr.
UT Jacob Musser, Woodward-Granger 6-0 155 Sr.
P Nate Crozier, Woodward-Granger 6-4 210 Sr.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Josh Rekers, Dike-New Hartford 6-4 205 Sr.
RB Cade Jones, West Branch 5-10 210 Jr.
RB Vincent Otdoerfer, Starmont 5-6 160 Sr.
RB Quentin Garrels, Pekin 6-2 185 Jr.
Rec Royce Pool, Dike-New Hartford 6-0 150 Sr.
Rec Jake Carlson, Emmetsburg 6-3 180 Sr.
Rec Braydee Poore, Mount Ayr 6-2 155 Jr.
OL Greg Smith, Nodaway Valley 6-2 270 Sr.
OL Josh Cochran, C.B. St. Albert 6-0 191 Sr.
OL Justin Pritchett, Mount Ayr 6-2 275 Sr.
OL Peyton Bucholz, Aplington-Parkersburg 5-11 210 Jr.
OL Aaron Wagner, Eagle Grove 6-2 215 Sr.
K Tyler Henniger, Nodaway Valley 6-0 155 Sr.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Kyle Hulshizer, St. Ansgar 6-1 184 Jr.
DL Andy Glaser, Nashua-Plainfield 6-2 195 Sr.
DL Austin McCartan, Emmetsburg 6-1 200 Jr.
DL Adam Paulsen, South O'Brien 6-1 167 Sr.
LB Brady Billerbeck, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-0 220 Sr.
LB Si Eiklenborg, Dike-New Hartford 5-10 185 Sr.
LB Tony Heimer, St. Ansgar 6-2 197 Sr.
LB Cole Herr, C.B. St. Albert 6-0 180 Jr.
DB AustinStubbs, Des Moines Christian 6-2 175 Sr.
DB Jake Jackson, Emmetsburg 6-2 190 Jr.
DB Zach Hoyle, Alburnett 5-11 160 Jr.
P Cameron Vinsand, Highland 5-10 200 Jr.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QB Matthew Sharp, Nashua-Plainfield 6-2 180 Jr.
RB Jason Grill, Aplington-Parkersburg 5-11 180 Sr.
RB John Derry, Panorama 5-11 175 Sr.
RB Jordan Mitchell, Turkey Valley 5-9 180 Sr.
Rec Kris Alesch, Ridge View 6-3 186 Sr.
Rec Bo Bower, West Branch 6-2 215 Jr.
Rec Joe Erner, Garner-Hayfield 5-11 185 Sr.
OL Nathan Somsky, Woodward-Granger 6-0 295 Sr.
OL Grant Greenfield, Sibley-Ocheyedan 6-6 230 Sr.
OL Arik Kerr, Emmetsburg 6-4 298 Sr.
OL Josh Sander, North Cedar 6-11 320 Sr.
OL Derek Morales, Pekin 5-10 240 Sr.
K Chris Stuhrenberg, Manson-NW Webster 6-1 195 Jr.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DL Byron Klauenberg, Ogden 6-5 255 Sr.
DL Colby Luethje, Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6-3 235 Sr.
DL Bryce Arganbright, Panorama 6-0 195 Sr.
DL Chad Smith, Hudson 5-8 170 Sr.
LB Andrew Wellik, Emmetsburg 5-11 200 Jr.
LB Eli Elliott, West Branch 6-0 210 Sr.
LB Dylan Lower, Lawton-Bronson 5-10 160 Sr.
LB Nick Lande, Woodward-Granger 5-10 155 Sr.
DB Josh Calmer, Panorama 6-1 160 Sr.
DB Eric Garcia, Wapello 5-10 160 Jr.
DB Marcus Akridge, Emmetsburg 6-3 210 Sr.
P Mitch Haferbier, Northeast 6-5 190 Sr.
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB Luke Schafer, East Mills 5-9 155 Sr.
RB Nate Meier, Fremont-Mills 6-2 235 Sr.
RB Marcus Mechaelsen, Northeast Hamilton 5-9 160 Sr.
RB Dalton Ciavarelli, Clarksville 6-1 195 Sr.
WR Daniel Duysen, East Mills 6-0 170 Sr.
WR Cody Scroggie, Murray 5-11 155 Jr.
OL Karter Schult, Tripoli 6-3 250 Sr.
OL Dallas Frank, Fremont-Mills 6-2 250 Sr.
OL Cory Bertram, Clarksville 6-1 215 Jr.
UT Jason Feddersen, Preston 6-1 190 Sr.
K Brett Thackery, Armstrong-Ringsted 5-10 210 Sr.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL Jack Janett, Lansing Kee 6-4 235 Jr.
DL Nathan Grimm, West Bend-Mallard 5-10 170 So.
DL Nick Miller, Boyer Valley 6-3 240 Sr.
LB Caleb Ciavarelli, Clarksville 6-0 215 Sr.
LB Logan Wood, Fremont-Mills 5-6 165 Sr.
LB Kipp Alesch, Remsen-Union 6-3 205 Sr.
DB A.J. Scarborough, Fremont-Mills 6-3 170 Sr.
DB Clay Harreld, Northeast Hamilton 6-3 170 Sr.
UT Tate Rohde, Kingsley-Pierson 6-1 175 Sr.
P Mitch Bonnstetter, West Bend-Mallard 5-11 185 Sr.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB Austin Halls, Murray 6-1 160 Jr.
RB Dakota Odermann, Armstrong-Ringsted 5-11 220 Sr.
RB Mitchell Lonsch, Glidden-Ralston 6-1 190 Jr.
RB Michael Lincoln, West Central 6-4 204 Jr.
WR Evan Hagebock, Armstrong-Ringsted 6-5 190 Sr.
WR Travis Neumann, Kingsley-Pierson 6-0 200 Sr.
OL Mark Hall, Fremont-Mills 6-1 215 Jr.
OL David Newkirk, Armstrong-Ringsted 5-11 210 Sr.
OL Evan Colfack, Kingsley-Pierson 6-5 265 Sr.
K Hunter Meyer, Janesville 5-10 165 So.
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL Ross Dawson, Melcher-Dallas 6-0 220 Jr.
DL Keaton Tebbe, Preston 6-2 240 Jr.
DL Shane Harken, Clarksville 5-11 220 Jr.
LB Logan Streit, West Bend-Mallard 6-2 200 Sr.
LB Rigo Johnson, Newell-Fonda 5-7 160 Jr.
LB Ryan Richardson, Riceville 6-1 215 Sr.
DB Greg Focht, Stanton 6-2 180 Sr.
DB Trevor McKee, Anita CAM 6-0 175 Jr.
P Clayton Wilson, Fremont-Mills 6-4 210 Jr.
THIRD TEAM OFFENSE
QB Ryan Schmitz, Ventura 5-9 170 Sr.
RB Jordon Milton, Lansing Kee 6-0 180 Sr.
RB Josh Despard, Janesville 6-1 170 Sr.
RB Clayton Plowman, Adair-Casey 6-0 200 So.
WR Matt Goeders, West Bend-Mallard 6-2 190 Sr.
WR Reed Ostrander, East Greene 6-4 185 Jr.
OL Alex Hinericksen, Preston 5-11 245 Sr.
OL Brian West, Remsen-Union 5-10 250 Sr.
OL David Howell, East Mills 6-0 240 So.
K Wes Dicks, Clarksville 5-11 175 Sr.
THIRD TEAM DEFENSE
DL Caleb Harken, Riceville 6-1 195 Sr.
DL Nick Watson, Janesville 6-3 210 Sr.
DL Austin Sparr, Remsen-Union 6-0 220 Sr.
LB Eddie Otto, Murray 6-1 165 Jr.
LB Elias Nissen, Springville 6-4 200 So.
LB Ben Banser, Janesville 5-11 200 Sr.
DB Matt Ware, Glidden-Ralston 6-1 170 Sr.
DB Blake Tebbe, Preston 6-0 180 Jr.
P Blaze Alesch, Graettinger-Terril 6-0 180 Jr.