Awards have been distributed for 2017 District 9 West, South football teams. Verndale had the best record in the Sub-District at 8-0, followed by Brandon-Evansville and Rothsay at 7-1.
Wyatt Curtis (SR, Rothsay) and Kaleb Koehl (SR, Hancock) shared the Sub-District MVP award. Mack Jones (SR, Verndale) was the Offensive Player of the Year and Samuel Moore (SR, Verndale) was named Defensive Player of the Year. The Lineman of the Year award went to James Strese (SR, Brandon-Evansville), and the special Teams Player of the Year was Devin Dean (JR, Bertha-Hewitt). Mike Mahlen of Verndale was selected as Sub-District Coach of the Year.
Here are members of the All Sub-District team, listed by school.
Verndale – Mack Jones (SR, QB/DB), Samuel Moore (SR, TE/DL), Luke Weniger (SR, RB-WR/S), Josh Bounds (SR, RB/LB), Carter Schmitz (SR, OL/DL), John McIntire (SR, OL/DL), Craig Orlando (SO, TE/DE). Honorable Mention – Jackson Weniger (JR, TE/DL), Matthew Steege (JR, WR/LB), Jaden Ehrmantraut (SR, WR/DB).
Brandon-Evansville – Jacob Hintermeister (SR, RB/DB), James Strese (SR, OL/DL), Taylor Bitzan (SR, RB/LB), Darrin Wibstad (SR, OE/LB), Tanner Bitzan (SO, OE/LB). Honorable Mention – Avery Wendt (SR, OL/DL), Nick Thorstad (SR, RB/DB), Chris Vinson (JR, OL/DL).
Rothsay – Wyatt Curtis (SR, RB/LB), Riley Larson (SR, OL/DL), Jacob Christ (JR, RB/LB), Parker Keep (JR, OL/DL), Levi Foss (SR, RB/LB). Honorable Mention – Landon Lang (SR, QB/DB).
Bertha-Hewitt – Holt Truax (SR, RB/LB), Avery Pavek (SR, RB/DB), Matt Powers (SR, OL/DL), Brett Jansen (SR, TE/DE). Honorable Mention – Charles Bakken (SR, OL/DL), Dominick Shesta (JR, OL/DL), Zachary Araca (SR, TE/CB). Hancock – Kaleb Koehl (SR, QB/LB), Noah Kannegiesser (SR, WR/FS), Josh Birr (SR, RB/DL), Montana Molden (JR, OL/DL). Honorable Mention – Harrison Zeltwanger (JR, OL/DL), Peyton Roholoff (JR, OL/DL), Tyler Timmerman (SO, WR/CB), Gideon Joos (SO, RB/LB).
Underwood – Brodey Rocholl (SR, QB/FS), Thomas Kaste (JR, OL/DL). Honorable Mention – Daston Olson (JR, WR/DB), Thomas Noyes (JR, RB/DE), Levi Blaskowski (JR, WR/DE), Wyatt Thorson (SO, RB/LB).
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley – Jason Murphy (SR, RB/LB), Bryce Hoffman (SR, RB/LB). Honorable Mention – Austin Kipp (SR, OL/DL), Jake Gillespie (SR, DE/TE), Cedrick Barnes (SR, RB/DB).
Wheaton-Herman-Norcross – Nelson Schmidt (JR, QB/LB), Brandon Johnson (SR, OL/DL). Honorable Mention – Ben Findlay (SR, DE/TE), Isaac Deal (JR, OL/DL-LB), James Conroy (JR, RB/LB).
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy – Sam Ihrke (SR, RB/LB). Honorable Mention – Nate Frustol (SR, OL/DL), Zakary Zwiers (SR, OL/DL-LB).
Laporte – Jordan Lukanen (SR, RB/LB). Honorable Mention – Anthony Sconce (SO, RB/DB).