Area Players Earn All-State Grid Honors
DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2009 All-State Football selections Tuesday, naming honorary captains in classes A, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 8-Man.
Sports writers serving on the INA selection committee which made the team selections were: Adam Wilson, Altoona Herald-Index; Bill Haglund, Adel Dallas Co News; Jim Gries, Oskaloosa Herald; Perry Bell, Pella Chronicle; Ashley Schable, Carroll Daily Times Herald; Lori Wiser, Ocheyedan Press-Melvin News; Jeff Benson, Rock Rapids Lyon County Reporter; Ryan Kronberg, Charles City Press; Matt Gengler, Missouri Valley Times-News; John Jensen, Vinton Cedar Valley Daily Times; Heidi deGier, Oelwein Daily Register; Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing; Ross Eberhart, DeWitt Observer; Scott Spurgeon, Bloomfield Democrat; Jeff Linder, Cedar Rapids Gazette; Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal; Larry Peterson, Creston News Advertiser; Kevin White, Omaha World-Herald; Greg Granbianowski, Algona Upper Des Moines; Mark Pawlak, Marshalltown Times-Republican; Doug Rieder, Jefferson Herald; Drew Herron, Atlantic News-Telegraph; Mike Oeffner, Harlan Newspapers; Matt Coss, Muscatine Journal; Ben Frotscher, Newton Daily News and Kevin Ritchie, Bedford Times-Press.
The following coaches and representatives of the Iowa Football Coaches Association assisted with statistical information: Ken Winkler, West Marshall; Dave Messerili, Marion; Kreg Lensch, Glidden-Ralston; Tony Perkins, Marion; Brian Wilken, Newell-Fonda; Tom Wilson, Dowling Catholic; Gary Swenson, West Des Moines Valley; Bob McCoy, Bedford; Tom Stone, Pekin; Steve Milder, West Central; Ryan Van Veen, Montezuma; Brian Knott, Missouri Valley; Dave Holdiman, Marshalltown; Tony Lombardi, Cedar Rapids Washington; Matt Oliver, Southeast Warren; Don Hicks, Stanton; Jim Dunne, Grinnell; Jim Womochil, Cedar Rapids Jefferson; and Dar Dahms, PCM.
Locally, a total of nine players from Palo Alto County teams earned INA?All State honors on Class 1A and Eight-man honor teams. From Ruthven-Ayrshire, Ryan Sikora was honored, and from West Bend-Mallard, Andy Riesenberg earned All State recognition. Graettinger/Terril had two honorees, Nathan Howard and Eric Hatland, whille Emmetsburg had five players earn recognition, including John Ruddy, Joey Naig, Andy Wuebker, Howard Henkelvig and Tommy Kuecker.
Honorary Captians were also named for the elite teams. Chosen as captain of the Class 1A team was Jake Waters of Council Bluffs St. Albert. Waters was named the Class 1A first-team quarterback for a third consecutive year. In three years as a starter, he led the Falcons to two state championships and a 37-2 record. For his career, he completed 324 of 496 passes (65.3 percent) for 5,288 yards, with 70 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. He also carried the ball 381 times for 1,820 yards and 28 scores. As a junior, he was also a starter on St. Albert teams which reached the state tournament in basketball and baseball.
Alex Whigham, captain of the 8-Man team, is the first player in Iowa state history to rush for over 4,000 yards and 3,000 yards receiving in any class. He ranks first in career receptions with 191 and third in the nation. With 127 total touchdowns, he comes up second in the state. He has garnered 836 points in his career and is a leader off the field with a 4.0 GPA.
Class 1A First Team
Mike Martin Prairie Valley, Gowrie Sr.
Zach Steinhoff Manson Northwest Webster Sr.
Steve O’Neill St. Albert, Council Bluffs Jr.
Jack Rummells West Branch Sr.
Justin Brinkman Prairie Valley, Gowrie Sr.
Ethan Kroll Hinton Sr.
Kyle Scholten West Lyon, Inwood Sr.
John Ruddy Emmetsburg Sr.
Jake Waters St. Albert, Council Bluffs Sr.
Alex Hornbuckle Aplington-Parkersburg Sr.
Jesse Selgeby West Lyon, Inwood Sr.
Cole Kelly West Branch Sr.
Gabe Meis St. Albert, Council Bluffs Jr.
Jordan Andera South Winneshiek Sr.
Evan Mikels Logan-Magnolia Jr.
Eric Golwitzer St. Albert, Council Bluffs Sr.
Scott Becker Aplington-Parkersburg Sr.
Wes Homeister Denver Sr.
Lucas Geneser Woodward-Granger Sr.
Kyle Twait Manson Northwest Webster Sr.
Tanner Hogeman South Winneshiek, Calmar Sr.
Seth Vande Voort Des Moines Christian Sr.
Alex Maule West Monona, Onawa Sr.
Logan Einck South Winneshiek, Calmar Sr.
Logan Keehner Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg Sr.
Levi Ross Grundy Center Sr.
Andrew Brown St. Albert, Council Bluffs Sr.
Class 1A Second Team
Levi Ettleman Logan-Magnolia Jr.
Josh Thompson Garner-Hayfield Jr.
Mitch Balik Turkey Valley, Jackson Junction Sr.
Andy Wuebker Emmetsburg Sr.
Josh Steinberg Saint Ansgar Sr.
Tucker Kehoe Prairie Valley, Gowrie Jr.
Michael Mardesen Griswold Sr.
Wayne Toft West Sioux, Hawarden Sr.
Cole Jaeschke Prairie Valley, Gowrie Sr.
Joey Naig Emmetsburg Sr.
Jon Elmore Prairie Valley, Gowrie Sr.
Jacob Batterson Eddyville-Blakesburg Sr.
Steve Topete West Sioux, Hawarden Jr.
Nick Lantz Prairie Valley, Gowrie Sr.
Howard Henkelvig Emmetsburg Sr.
Steven Messerschmidt Tri-Center, Neola Sr.
Matthew Schmelzer South Winneshiek, Calmar Jr.
Jason Frain Riverside, Oakland Sr.
Jake Brekken Lake Mills Sr.
Brendan Ter Wee West Lyon, Inwood Jr.
Michael Doster St. Edmond, Fort Dodge Sr.
Zach Brehmer Panorama, Panora Sr.
Dalton Stone Pekin Sr.
Justin Wohlert Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Jr.
Danny Sender South Winneshiek, Calmar Sr.
Class 1A Third Team
Chris Janss Belle Plaine Sr.
Jacob LaFayette Wapello Jr.
Trevor Hook Grundy Center Sr.
Austin Adam Pekin Sr.
Logan Christofferson Panorama, Panora Sr.
Tony Barry Starmont Sr.
Sean Blake Denver Sr.
Jed Johnson Lake Mills Jr.
Taylor Jacobsmeier Wapello Sr.
Josh Treybal Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Jr.
Jordan Davis Clayton Ridge, Guttenberg Sr.
Christian Van Scyoc Griswold Sr.
Brandon Young West Branch Soph.
Kyle Hoffman Northeast, Goose Lake Jr.
Dylan Lame Mount Ayr Sr.
Tyler Bos West Lyon, Inwood Sr.
Tanner Knop Hinton Sr.
Tommy Kuecker Emmetsburg Sr.
Ian Halliday Saint Ansgar Sr.
Bret Nieuwsma Pella Christian Jr.
Mike Mesheid North-Linn, Troy Mills Sr.
Sam Tvedt Pella Christian Jr.
Austin Ryan Aplington-Parkersburg Jr.
Jed Rogis Northeast, Goose Lake Sr.
Ryan Mayfield Woodward-Granger Jr.
8-Man First Team
Tyler Boeke Coon Rapids-Bayard Sr.
Alex Whigham Stanton Sr.
Andrew Williams West Central Maynard Sr.
Lucas Oster Stanton Sr.
Logan Johnson North Sentral Kossuth Sr.
Tim Olejniczak Ankeny Christian Jr.
Tyler Tonderum Armstrong-Ringsted Sr.
Nate Howard Graettinger-Terril Jr.
Eric Hensley Lenox Sr.
Ryan Sikora Ruthven-Ayrshire Sr.
Austin Ayers Adair-Casey Sr.
Jay Nissen Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Sr.
Lucas Dalton Lenox Jr.
Craig Tigges Armstrong-Ringsted Sr.
Levi Peters Twin River Valley, Bode Jr.
Austin Hughes Preston Sr.
Jon Meyers Coon Rapids-Bayard Sr.
Jaxson Armstrong CAM, Anita Sr.
Blake Pedersen North Sentral Kossuth Sr.
Jacob Esdohr Coon Rapids-Bayard Jr.
Trey Seiser Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg Sr.
8-Man Second Team
Mason Nielsen Central City Sr.
Brock Beadle North Sentral Kossuth Sr.
Ethan Jensen Armstrong-Ringsted Sr.
Luke Wilhite Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Sr.
Dayton Amdor CAM, Anita Sr.
Tanner Stubbendeck Stanton Sr.
Jason Carroll Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne Jr.
Kyle Feller Preston Sr.
Seth McGowan Northeast Hamilton, Blairsburg Sr.
Kicker Connor Lange Lenox Sr.
Andy Thomas Tri-County, Thornburg Sr.
Joe Manning Kee, Lansing Sr.
Dylan Larson East Mills Sr.
Dillan Hamilton Walnut Sr.
Billy Steichen Saint Marys, Remsen Jr.
Austin Rogers Tri-County, Thornburg Sr.
Eric Hatland Graettinger-Terril Jr.
Ike Schmidt Tri-County, Thornburg Sr.
Jake Bolton East Mills Sr.
8-Man Third Team
Luke Symonds CAM, Anita Sr.
Clint Wetterling Melcher-Dallas Sr.
Shawn Assenmacher Preston Sr.
Alex Pace Harmony, Farmington Sr.
Matt Kilworth Elk Horn-Kimballton/Exira Sr.
Carson Smith Elk Horn-Kimballton/Exira Sr.
Colt Brumbaugh Tri-County, Thornburg Sr.
Triston Crouch Sidney Sr.
Kaleb Buhrow West Central, Maynard Sr.
Ethan Eisenbacher Armstrong-Ringsted Sr.
Tyler McCorkle Adair Casey Sr.
Landon Maynes Lenox Jr.
Lee Schon Glidden-Ralston Sr.
Andy Harmsen Ankeny Christian Sr.
Andy Reisenberg West Bend-Mallard Sr.
Ryan Fouts Woodbine Sr.
Austin Hancock Lenox Jr.
Trevor Rigdon Dunkerton Sr.
Russell Hemeter Farragut Sr.