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Milton's Kovars earns first-team honors

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Gazette Staff
November 16, 2011

Monona Grove dominated the Badger South in football this season, so it’s no surprise the Silver Eagles dominate the all-conference selections.


Led by Theron Baumann, a unanimous first-team selection at center and defensive lineman, the Silver Eagles occupy 10 of the 26 all-conference, first-team spots.


Madison Edgewood, which advanced to the WIAA Division 3 state semifinals, has eight players on the first team.


Milton’s Riley Kovars was named to the first team at wide receiver. The senior caught 30 passes for 535 yards and eight touchdowns. Kovars averaged 17.8 yards per reception.


Fort Atkinson, which finished third and advanced to the postseason for the first time since 2007, has three players on the first team defense. Junior Jordan Strasburg was first team at defensive end, while junior Nick Schulenberg was first team at linebacker. The Blackhawks’ Jesse Garcia, a junior, was the first team punter.


Milton’s A.J. Natter and Ian Johnson were both unanimous first-team selections on defense. Natter, a junior, joined Strasburg on the defensive front. Johnson, a senior, was one of three first team down lineman.


Badger South football

OFFENSE


First team


QB—Caleb Choate, sr., Monona Grove.


RB—Chris Wells, sr., Edgewood; James Connor, jr., Monona Grove; Matt Besch, sr., Monona Grove.


WR—Jack Zwettler, sr., Edgewood; Riley Kovars, sr., Milton.


OL—Sam Wolfe, jr., Edgewood; Jaden Gault, soph., Monona Grove; Kyle Dahman, sr., Edgewood; Joel Isenberger, sr., Monona Grove; Theron Baumann, sr., Monona Grove.


PK—Jake Dragoo, soph., Edgewood.


Second team


QB—Drew Dunkleberger, sr., Fort Atkinson.


RB—Tyler Courtier, soph., Fort Atkinson; Jon Becker, sr., Monroe; Jake Gundlach, sr., Oregon.


WR—James Nachigal, soph., Fort Atkinson; Max Fuller, sr., Stoughton.


OL—Tim Landgraf, jr., Edgewood; Dillon Dewey, jr., Stoughton; Garrett Carson, sr., Fort Atkinson;, Mike Sullivan, jr., Monona Grove; Ethan Foerster, sr., Fort Atkinson.


PK—Marie Fitzgerald, sr., Fort Atkinson.


HONORABLE MENTION


Edgewood—Justin Peet. sr; Fort Atkinson—Shiloh Weber, jr.; Mitch Brock. sr.; Milton—Sam McCann, sr; Luke Ganz, jr; Issac Gunn, soph.; Tucker Hecimovich, sr.; Evan Phillips, jr.; Monona Grove—Zach Wanta, sr.; Curtis Walsvik, sr.; Evan Oldenburg, jr.; Drew Schucardt, fr.; Monroe—Alex Dahlk. sr.; Oregon—David Solberg, sr.; Jake McGrath. sr.; Stoughton—Mac Shumaker, jr.; Tony Volk, jr.; Ben Gerber, jr.; Connor Kowalkowski, sr.


DEFENSE


First team


DL—Jordan Strasburg, jr., Fort Atkinson; A.J. Natter, jr., Milton; Sam Richards, sr., Edgewood; Ian Johnson, sr., Milton; Theron Baumann, sr., Monona Grove.


LB—Tom Murphy, sr., Edgewood; Nick Schulenburg, jr., Fort Atkinson; Nate Taylor, sr., Monona Grove; Markus Goff, jr., Monona Grove.


DB—Spencer Brink, sr., Edgewood; Brad Emmerich, sr., Monona Grove; Jon Becker, sr., Monroe.


P—Jesse Garcia, jr., Fort Atkinson.


Second team


DL—Ben Young, sr., Edgewood; Max Fuller, sr., Stoughton; Connor Bakken, sr., Fort Atkinson; Brandon Tornow, sr., Milton; Ryan Hughes, soph., Monroe ; Corey Herman, sr., Oregon.


LB—John Eshun, sr., Edgewood; Ryne Rowley, sr., Fort Atkinson; Ryan Hughes, soph., Monroe; Corey Herman, sr., Oregon.


DB—Tanner Boos, jr., Fort Atkinson; James Conner, jr., Monona Grove; Conner Kowalkowski, sr., Stoughton.


Punter: Nick Liggett, Stoughton (senior)


HONORABLE MENTION


Edgewood—Nick Fahrney, sr; Jake Dragoo, soph.; Fort Atkinson—Will Cook, jr.; Milton—Dan Haun, sr; Monona Grove—Austin Guillen, sr.; Cam Sauk, sr.; Chase Lewis, sr.; Brett Percy, jr.; Monroe—Cameron Elmer, sr.; Colin Lehman, sr.; Oregon—Jake McGrath, sr.; Max Sampson, sr.; James Hermus, sr.; Stoughton—Nick Liggett, sr.; Casey Schultz, sr.


FINAL STANDINGS


Monona Grove, 6-0; Madison Edgewood, 5-1; Fort Atkinson, 4-2; Monroe, 3-3; Stoughton, 2-4; Milton, 1-5; Oregon, 0-6.



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