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Big Foot seniors earn Player of Year honors

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Gazette staff
November 19, 2011

Postseason honors continue to pile up for Kenneth Walker and Luke Kahl.


The Walworth Big Foot seniors both made the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state first-team after earlier being named the Player of the Year at their positions in the Rock Valley South Conference.


Walker was the Back of the Year, while Kahl was named Lineman of the Year. Jefferson’s Nate Keller was the Back of the Year in the Rock Valley North, and Jefferson’s Esau Ramirez was Lineman of the Year.


Big Foot’s Rodney Wedig, who led the Chiefs to a fifth straight South title, was the Coach of the Year. Jefferson’s Steve Gee was the Coach of the Year in the North after leading the Eagles to an unbeaten Rock North record.


Walker rushed for 1,444 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, and added 270 receiving yards and four touchdown receptions.


“I don’t think I’ll see another back in our conference have the kind of year Kenneth had.” Wedig said. “When he had the ball in his hands, especially at our home games, there was a buzz throughout the stands because you knew he could score each and every time.


“And as impressive as his stats were, you have to remember that he didn’t play in the second half in six of our games because we were in control.”


Kahl anchored an offensive line that also produced 1,000-yard rusher and first-team selection Mason Dixon.


“Luke was a kid that made sure everybody was settled in and doing their job,” Wedig said. “Anchor is the perfect word for him because that’s what he was for us.”


The South’s first-team wide receivers were Orfordville Parkview’s Jameson Lavery and Brodhead/Juda’s Levi Frost. Brodhead/Juda’s Jesse DeLorme and Palmyra-Eagle’s Ryan Rapacz joined Walker and Dixon in the backfield.


Keller rushed for 1,425 yards and scored 23 touchdowns to earn the North’s Back of the Year.


Edgerton Collin Gregory, who threw for 1,520 yards and 15 touchdowns, was the first-team quarterback in the North. East Troy’s D.J. Sweet and Evansville’s Dalton Sendelbach joined Keller in the first-team backfield. Edgerton’s Tyler Oren, who averaged 19.7 yards per catch and scored seven touchdowns, leads the North’s first-team receivers. Oren, Sweet, Ramirez and Edgerton’s Adam Carlson were first-team selections on both sides of the ball.


Walker, Kahl, Big Foot’s Garrett Cary, Palmyra-Eagle’s Caleb Lucht and Parkview’s Joe Busch were two-way first-team selections for the South.


All-Rock Valley South

OFFENSE


First Team


QB—Jake Wedig, Big Foot, 6-1, 165 pounds, sr.; David Earleywine, Brodhead/Juda, 6-4, 185, sr.


RB—Kenneth Walker, Big Foot, 6-1, 185, sr.; Mason Dixon, Big Foot, 5-10, 195, jr. Jesse Delorme, Brodhead/Juda,


6-1, 215, sr.; Ryan Rapacz, Palmyra-Eagle, 5-10, 205, sr.


WR—Jameson Lavery, Parkview, 6-3, 180, jr.; Levi Frost, Brodhead/Juda, 6-2, 160, sr.


OL—Luke Kahl, Big Foot, 6-2, 275, sr.; Garrett Cary, Big Foot, 6-4, 265, jr.; Caleb Lucht, Palmyra-Eagle, 5-7, 165, sr.; Joe Busch, Parkview, 6-5, 255, jr.; Evan Marchant, Brodhead/Juda, 6-0, 250, sr.


SECOND TEAM


QB—Aaron Roth, Clinton, 6-1, 162, sr.


RB—Brett Knoebel, Palmyra-Eagle, 5-7, 157, soph.; Trent Jordan, Brodhead/Juda, 6-1, 170, sr.; Jacob Marchillo, Clinton, 5-8, 163, soph.


TE—Joey Jordan, Brodhead/Juda, 6-2, 175, sr.


WR—Jalen McMartin, Clinton, 6-0, 168, jr.; Jordan Miller, Big Foot, 6-2, 180, sr.


OL—Tyler Santeler, Big Foot, 6-1, 250, sr.; Lucas Hargarten, Clinton, 5-9, 162, sr.; Colton Baertschi, Brodhead/Juda, 6-1, 195, sr.; Taylor Smith, Beloit Turner, 6-2, 250, sr.; Dillon Voltz, Big Foot, 6-5, 290, sr.


DEFENSE


First Team


DE—Garrett Cary, Big Foot, 6-4, 265, jr.; Joey Jordan, Brodhead/Juda, 6-2, 175, sr.


DL—Tyler Santeler, Big Foot, 6-1, 250, sr.; Jake Boegli, Brodhead/Juda, 6-2, 175, sr.; Tyler Santeler, Big Foot, 6-1, 250, sr.; Jake Boegli, Brodhead/Juda, 5-8, 215, sr.


LB—Ian Vara, Big Foot, 5-10, 220, sr.; Jesse Delorme, Brodhead/Juda, 6-1, 215, sr.; Joe Busch, Parkview, 6-5, 255, jr.; Caleb Lucht, Palmyra-Eagle, 5-7, 165, sr.


DB—Kenneth Walker, Big Foot, 6-1, 185, sr.; Trent Jordan, Brodhead/Juda, 6-1, 170, sr.; Carter Hehr, Big Foot, 5-9, 165, jr.


SPECIAL TEAMS


PK—Ian Gallagher, Big Foot, 5-11, 145, soph.; Josh Dougherty, Brodhead/Juda, 5-7, 172, sr.


P—Ian Gallagher, Big Foot, 5-11, 145, soph.


HONORABLE MENTION


Beloit Turner—Zach Sherrod, Matthew Kreiser, Nick Anderson. Big Foot—Matt Ripkey, Austin Snudden, Shaun Sovsky. Brodhead/Juda—Connor Olsen, Ethan Voights, Trent Gerlach. Clinton—Duncan Desing, Nathan McConnell, Garrett Jeffers. Parkview—Trevor Aasen, Bo Lund, Riley Pearson. Palmyra-Eagle—Ryan Aukofer, Tanner Gess, Alex Kelly.


Back of the Year—Kenneth Walker, Big Foot


Lineman of the Year—Luke Kahl, Big Foot.


Coach of the Year—Rodney Wedig, Big Foot


Assistant Coach of the Year—Gary Larson, Brodhead/Juda.


All-Rock Valley North

OFFENSE


First Team


QB—Collin Gregory, Edgerton, 6-2, 180, sr.


RB—Nate Keller, Jefferson, 5-10, 170, sr.; D.J. Sweet, East Troy, 6-1, 190, sr.; Dalton Sendelbach, Evansville, 6-0, 190, sr.


WR—Tyler Oren, Edgerton, 5-9, 155, sr.; Sam Eckert, East Troy, 6-4, 205, soph.


OL—Zach Davis, East Troy, 6-5, 220, sr.; Keaton Williams, McFarland, 5-11, 280, sr.; Jared Pinnow, Jefferson, 5-10, 275, sr.; Billy Buth, Jefferson, 6-1, 230, jr.; Alex Kazmierski, East Troy, 6-4, 210, jr.; Adam Carlson, Edgerton, 6-2, 225, sr.


TE—Esau Ramirez, Jefferson, 6-2, 207, sr.


Second Team


QB—Dustin Moldenhauer, Jefferson, 6-3, 160, jr.


RB—Peter Linsley, Edgerton, 5-11, 170, jr.; Bryan Edwards, Whitewater, 6-0, 160, sr.; Zeke Emrick, Jefferson, 6-0, 167, jr.


WR—Lucas Gregory, Edgerton, 6-1, 185, soph.; Danny Walczak, Evansville, 6-0, 180, sr.


OL—Kale George, Evansville, 5-10, 215, jr.; Brad Stoll, Whitewater, 6-4, 250, soph.; Randy Frie, Whitewater, 5-9, 180, sr.; Jackson Hermanson, Evansville, 6-1, 230, sr.


TE—Owen Schoenberger, Evansville, 6-4, 220, jr.


DEFENSE


First Team


DE—Esau Ramirez, Jefferson, 6-2, 207, sr.; Austin Hill, Evansville, 6-0, 180, jr.


DL—Joey Dedick, East Troy, 6-0, 180, jr.; Adam Carlson, Edgerton, 6-2, 225, sr.; Corey Dean, Whitewater, 5-10, 210, jr.


LB—Cody Pfeifer, Jefferson, 6-1, 175, sr.; Tyler Tabor, Jefferson, 6-1, 175, sr.; Nate Dodge, East Troy, 6-3, 200, jr.; Kevin Kovacic, McFarland, 6-0, 210, sr.


DB—D.J. Sweet, East Troy, 6-1, 190, sr.; Tyler Oren, Edgerton, 5-9, 155, sr.; Zach Peachey, Jefferson, 6-4, 195, sr.


Second Team


DE—Sean Mueller, Jefferson, 6-7, 220, sr.; Antwon Washington, McFarland, 6-0, 200, jr.; Josh Kyle, Whitewater, 5-10, 210, jr.


DL—Alex Kazmierski, East Troy, 6-4, 220, jr.


LB—Spencer Ashburn, Jefferson, 6-3, 185, sr.; Nate Keller, Jefferson, 5-10, 170, sr.; Nik Ewelt, McFarland, 6-2, 200, sr.; Peter Linsley, Edgerton, 5-11, 170, jr.; Jacob Grams, Edgerton, 5-9, 200, jr.


DB—Seth Johnson, McFarland, 6-3, 170, sr.; Cody Zaeske, East Troy, 6-0, 145, jr.; Brendon Paucek, Jefferson, 5-10, 145, jr.


SPECIAL TEAMS


First team


PK—Zach Peachey, Jefferson.


P—Nate Dodge, East Troy


Second team


PK—Austin Hill, Evansville


P—Chris Wedel, McFarland.


Back of the Year—Nate Keller, Jefferson


Lineman of the Year—Esau Ramirez, Jefferson.


Coach of the Year—Steve Gee, Jefferson


Assistant Coach of the Year—Mark Peterson.


HONORABLE MENTION


Edgerton—Nick Seibert, soph.; Dylan Nelson, sr.; Evansville—Ryan Weaver, sr.; Zachary Schneider, sr.; Reed Parker, sr.; Jefferson—Mike Kevin, jr.; Riley Cotter, jr.; Brett Schoenherr, jr.; McFarland—Adam Schluter, sr.; Jordan Smith, sr.; Adam Rowe-Johnson, jr.; East Troy—Myles Olsen, sr.; Nick Felske, jr.; Tanner Braunschweig, jr.; Whitewater—Aaron Brunner, sr.; Sam Tisdale, sr.




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