McCulloch, Edwards earn WIAC honors

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Gazette Staff
Friday, November 19, 2010

Janesville Parker High School’s football program has made a nice contribution to the 2010 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football team.

Parker graduates Matt McCulloch, a senior defensive back at UW-Whitewater, and Taylor Edwards, a junior running back at UW-River Falls, each have earned first-team honors.

A number of McCulloch’s teammates on the champion Warhawk squad also have earned first-team honors.

Levell Coppage heads the list. The junior running back has been voted the Player of the Year.

Whitewater coach Lance Leipold has been named the George Chryst Coach of the Year honor by league coaches.

Other Warhawks earning first-team offense honors are junior quarterback Matt Blanchard, senior wide receiver Aaron Rusch, senior offensive linemen Robbie Ustruck, Matt Weber and Mark Gawronski and junior punter Kris Rosholt.

Rusch earned the Max Sparger Scholar Athlete award.

Joining McCulloch on the first-team defense from the Warhawks are senior linemen Jon Baldwin and Wesley Hicks and senior linebacker Lane Olson.

Evansville High graduate Kyle Schulz, a senior offensive lineman at UW-La Crosse, also has earned the coaches’ vote for the first team.

UW-Platteville’s Scott Mansfield, a Juda High graduate, earned first-team honors on the offensive line.

Schulz also earned a spot on the WIAC All-Sportsmanship team.

Rusch, Ustruck and Weber are repeat first-team selections for the Warhawks.

McCulloch ranked fourth on the Warhawks in defensive points with 29.5, coming on 26 solo and seven assisted tackles. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound McCulloch had 1.5 tackles for losses, led the team with three interceptions and had five pass breakups. He returned one of the interceptions for a touchdown.

Edwards, a second-team selection last season, rushed for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns this year. The 6-1, 208-pound Edwards finished second in the league in rushing to Coppage, and ninth in total offense.

Coppage, a junior running back, earned first-team honors for the third consecutive year. He leads the conference with 1,121 rushing yards, 15 rushing touchdowns and 90 points scored, while ranking eighth with 1,126 yards of total offense.

Leipold was voted the Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

The Warhawks won their sixth straight WIAC title.

and owns a 25-game winning streak—the longest streak in the NCAA (any division).

Leipold is 52-3 in four seasons at Whitewater.

Last updated: 3:26 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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