Coaches honor Janesville's Albeck and Walworth's Walker
Janesville Parker’s Erik Albeck and Walworth Big Foot’s Kenneth Walker put up impressive numbers during the high school football season.
Walker rushed for 1,444 yards and scored 24 touchdowns in leading the Chiefs to the Rock Valley South Conference title. Albeck had eight interceptions to help the Vikings earn the school’s 15th postseason berth.
For their efforts, Albeck and Walker were named to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state first team. They’re joined on the first team by Big Foot offensive lineman Lucas Kahl and defensive end Garrett Cary.
Walker, who was also a first-team selection at defensive back, averaged 13.2 yards per carry. The senior also caught 12 passes for 270 yards and four touchdowns. Walker averaged a staggering 22.5 yards per catch.
Albeck, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior, finished with 29 solo tackles to go along with his eight interceptions and four passes broken up.
Cary, a 6-4, 265-pound junior, had 58 tackles, four sacks, 36 solo tackles and 13 tackles for losses.
Menomonie quarterback Neico Stokke, who threw for 2,399 yards and 23 touchdowns, was named the WFCA’s Offensive Player of the Year. University of Wisconsin recruit and Wisconsin Rapids senior inside linebacker Vince Biegel was Defensive Player of the Year.
Wisconsin Football Coaches Association
QB—Johnny Eagan, sr., Wautoma; Jake Nelson, sr., Milwaukee Lutheran; Neico Stokke, sr., Menomonie; Jay Tollefson, sr., West De Pere.
RB—Mitch Champagne, sr., Colmen; Alex Giles, jr., Cedar Grove-Belgium; Toneo Gulley, sr., Kenosha Tremper; Bryar Harper, sr., DeForest; Leo Musso, sr., Waunakee; Joe Schoebert, sr., Waukesha West; Alex Schuh, sr., Kimberly; Kenneth Walker, sr., Walworth Big Foot.
WR—Matt Christensen, jr., Wilmot; Brent Esser, sr., D.C. Everest; Jazz Peavy, jr., Kenosha Tremper; Matt Sosinsky, sr., Montello/Princeton.
TE—Zach Hauser, sr., Port Washington; Ryan Himes, sr., Somersot; Kennedy Ringelberg, sr., Greendale.
OL—Hayden Biegel, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Michael Biese, sr., Kimberly; Mike Edwards, sr., Sun Prairie; Alex Jorgenson, sr., Colby; Lucas Kahl, sr., Walworth Big Foot; Levon Myers, sr., Franklin; Jacob Ohnesorge, jr., Waunakee; Ryan Ramczyk, sr., Stevens Point; Kaleb Reichert, sr., Nekoosa; Mark Spelman, sr., Marquette University High School; Mark Stefanski, sr., Waukesha West; Viktor Stelter, sr., Edgar.
PK—Jack Russell, sr., Waunakee.
n Offensive Player of the Year—Neico Stokke, quarterback, sr., Menomonie.
DL—Dan Brown, sr., Pewaukee; Kevin Clunis, sr., Kenosha Bradford; Farrett Eide, sr., Blair-Taylor; Sam Panzer, sr., Appleton North; Ken Reid, jr., Wisconsin Lutheran; Logan Schmidt, sr., Richland Center; Marcus Senn, sr., Wisconsin Rapids.
DE—Garrett Cary, jr., Walworth Big Foot; Connor Hanson, sr., Menomonie; Alec James, jr., Brookfield East; Taylor Kalepp, sr., Colby; Trevor Peterson, sr., Marshfield; Robby Williams, sr., Middleton.
ILB—Vince Biegel, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Max Chamberlain, sr., Waunakee; Haydon Dvorak, sr., Somerset; Bennet Goff, sr., Middleton; Quanzell Murphy, sr., Kenosha Bradford; Clint Nievinski, sr., Mosinee; Grant Schindler, sr., Chippewa Falls.
OLB—James Gates, sr., Menomonie; Toneo Gulley, sr., Kenosha Tremper; Thurston Schuster, sr., Marshall; Eli Steimle, sr., Manitowoc; Luke Yapp, sr., Verona.
DB—Erik Albeck, sr., Janesville Parker; Josh Brieder, jr., Muskego; Matt Gaffney, sr., Menasha; Cody Jaeger, sr., Marquette University High School; Eric Murry, sr., Milwaukee Riverside; Kyle Schueller, sr., Edgar; Bakari Triggs, sr., Milwaukee Riverside; Kenneth Walker, sr., Walworth Big Foot.
P—Jordan Gruettner, sr., Muskego.
n Defensive Player of the Year—Vince Biegel, sr., inside linebacker, Wisconsin Rapids.
n Assistant Coach of the Year—Joe Schulte, Lancaster.