Parker Glissendorf will someday be the answer to a trivia question.
Who was the last Janesville football player to be named first-team all-Big Eight Conference?
The Janesville Craig senior was the lone city player named to the 2019 first team, garnering the second-most votes at inside linebacker.
This season signaled the end of an era, as Craig and Parker played their last games as members of the Big Eight Conference. Both schools will move to the Badger Large Conference for football in 2020.
Seniors dominated the all-Big Eight Conference football selections.
Of the 38 spots filled on the first-team offense and defense, 32 were occupied by seniors.
Madison La Follette senior Charlie Kunkel and Verona senior Haakon Anderson were the only players named to the first team on both offense and defense. Kunkel was all-conference at defensive back and wide receiver, while Anderson was selected as a tight end/H-back and defensive back.
Madison Memorial’s Mike Harris, who led the Spartans to their first Big Eight title since 1984, was coach of the year.
Glissendorf finished with 122 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
“I’ve never seen a kid with such a nose for the ball as ‘Gliss,’” Craig coach Adam Bunderson said.
“He’s never the biggest, strongest or fastest kid on the field, but he knows how to make a play.
“His motor never stops, and he seemed to be all over the field. A well-deserved honor.”
Craig senior Mitchell Schumann was named to the second-team as an offensive lineman.
Janesville Parker had two second-team selections. Senior Nathan White as an offensive lineman and junior Kaden Vernon at defensive back.
Memorial and Middleton each had seven first-team players, while La Follette and Sun Prairie had six each.
The Big Eight has two teams remaining in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs and is assured of having a team in a state semifinal game.
Top-seed Memorial (11-0) hosts sixth-seeded Sun Prairie (8-3) in a state quarterfinal game Friday night.
“I’d say it was a typical type of Big Eight season,” Bunderson said. “Maybe a little bit more spread out than normal, and more total talent among the underclassmen that played on Friday nights.”
All-Big Eight Offense
QB—Jason Ceniti, sr., Memorial; Ben Probst, sr., La Follette
RB—Kallion Buckner, sr., Middleton; Jackson Acker, jr., Verona; Kam Marshall, sr., Memorial; Jaylend Brown, sr., La Follette
WR—Colin Schaefer,sr., Sun Prairie; Charlie Kunkel, sr., La Follette; Aubrey Dawksin, sr., Verona
TE—Haakon Anderson, sr., Verona; Sam Engler, sr., Middleton
OL—Clay Craker, sr., Middleton; Luke Vitale, sr., La Follette; Joe Gervasi, sr., Verona; Gunnar Kilen, sr., Verona; Tyson Nash, sr., Memorial; Evan Holman, sr., Sun Prairie; Anders Hegg, jr., West
UT—Shelvin Garrett, sr., Beloit
K—Owen Konopacki, jr., Sun Prairie
DL—Roary Jones, sr., Memorial; Billy Johnson, sr., Middleton; Erick Lumpkin, sr., La Follette
DE—Sammy Smithy, jr., West; Jake Wuebben, sr., Middleton; Isaac Hamm, soph., Sun Prairie
ILB—Kyle Murphy, sr., Memorial; Parker Glissendorf, sr., Craig Matt McLain, jr., West
OLB—Kaden Reetz, sr., Memorial; Ben Cramer, sr., Verona; Jake Pavelski, sr., Middleton
DB—Dominick Landphier, sr., Sun Prairie; Charlie Kunkel, sr., La Follette; Haakon Anderson, sr., Verona; Jamel Stone, sr., Sun Prairie
P—Jake Wuebben, sr., Middleton
QB—Adam Bekx, sr., Verona; Brady Stevens, jr., Sun Prairie
RB—Kabaris Vasser, jr., Memorial; Nazier Jones, jr., West; Nathan Schauer, sr., Sun Prairie; Graham Stier, jr., Verona
WR—Dakovin Prather, sr., La Follette; Jevan Boyton, jr., East; LeKwan Lewis, sr., Memorial
TE—Kyle Doll, sr., Memorial; Andrew Rajkovich, sr., La Follette
OL—Nick Carl, sr., Memorial; Zac Mayhew, sr., Middleton; Billy Johnson, sr., Middleton; Nathan White, sr., Parker Mitchell Schumann, sr., Craig Adam Vandervest, sr., Verona; Michael Horvath, soph., West
UT—Will Gutnecht, sr., West
K—Kole Kerkhoff, sr., Memorial
DL—Hans Bryan, jr., West; Terrance Briggs, sr., Sun Prairie; James Rae, jr., Verona
DE—Tyler Laham, jr., Verona; Demetrius Walker, jr., La Follette; Cole Hendrickson, soph., Memorial
ILB—Malik Robinson, sr., La Follette; Noaln Dunn, jr., Middleton; Mekhi Gullens, jr., Sun Prairie
OLB—Addison Ostrenga, soph., Sun Prairie; Alijah Scott, sr., La Follette; Jevan Boyton, jr., East
DB—Josh Stormer, jr., Middleton; Matt Gibson, sr., Beloit; Zach Mercier, sr., West; Kaden Veron, jr., Parker Tyler Owen, jr., East
P—Kyle Krantz, soph., Verona
Coach of the Year—Mike Harris, Memorial
Assistant Coach of the Year—Chris Ceniti, Memorial
Craig—Eric Hughes, sr., Eric McLevige, jr., Sam Hart, sr., Jon Hernandez, sr., Brady Schenk, jr.; Parker—Garrett Sanwick, jr.; Matthew Hartwig, jr.; John Simons, jr.; Jesse Severson, jr.; Bryce Heerey, sr
Madison Memorial, 9-0; Verona, 7-2; Middleton, 7-2; Madison La Follette, 6-3; Sun Prairie, 6-3; Madison West, 4-5; Madison East, 3-6; Janesville Craig, 1-8; Janesville Parker, 1-8; Beloit Memorial, 1-8