Two players in the Leader-Telegram’s coverage area earned second-team all-state honors, as voted on by the Associated Press.

Chippewa Falls’ defensive lineman Rico DeLeon and River Falls wide receiver Jared Creen were selected by state-wide media members as two of the top 24 players in Wisconsin.

DeLeon had 102 tackles on the year, including 32 for a loss with 4.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was a first-team WFCA all-state selection and was the Big Rivers co-defensive player of the year.

Creen led the state in touchdown receptions with 18 and was also a first-team WFCA all-state selection. He caught 57 passes for 1,001 yards.

Regis defensive back Cade Osborn, River Falls quarterback Logan Graetz and Hudson quarterback Keyster Helterbrand were named honorable mention all-state picks.

Iola-Scandinavia’s Bryce Huettner was voted as the player of the year.

He finished the season with 2,612 yards and 42 touchdowns to bring his career total to a state-record 6,870 yards, surpassing Hilbert’s Mike Firkus who rushed for 6,707 yards from 2003-05.

“He’s that guy that can come into a football game and everybody plays better,” Iola-Scandinavia coach Scott Erickson said. “Bryce is one of those kids you don’t see very often. They are few and far between and pick everybody up no matter what happens. He’s a student of the game. Thankfully I got an opportunity to coach him.”

Also nominated for Player of the Year were Grantsburg’s Leo Chenal, Mitchell Waechter of Fond du Lac St Mary’s Springs, Waunakee’s Sawyer Maly, Dylan Hendricks of Pulaski and Racine St. Catherine’s Da’Shaun Brown.

Huettner was instrumental in Iola-Scandinavia claiming the school’s first state championship with a 43-14 romp over Racine Lutheran at Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 15. He gained 156 yards and scored three times.

Amherst coach Mark Lusic had the unenviable task of trying to slow Huettner down during their annual Central Wisconsin Conference-Large matchup the past four years.

“There’s no doubt his senior year he was really special. He really made Iola go offensively and defensively. He made them a special team,” Lusic said. “Bryce was a heck of a runner and very tough to bring down. It usually took two guys to bring him down.”

COACH OF THE YEAR

This may have been the longest season Muskego’s Ken Krause has coached, but it felt like the fastest.

You could chalk that up to a 14-0 season that ended with the school’s first state championship, but for Krause it had as much to do with how his team handled adversity and in general maintained a positive vibe regardless of the circumstance.

“This group was by far our most positive group and probably our hardest-working group every day,” Krause said. “There wasn’t one day when they were negative or not working hard.”

The 2018 season was the year when everything came together for the Warriors. One year after losing in the state semifinals, Muskego ran the table, winning its Classic 8 games by average of 28 points, and capping its playoff run with a 24-21 victory over Kimberly that snapped the Papermakers’ five-year streak of state championships.

Four other coaches — Black Hawk’s Cory Milz, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs Bob Hyland, Iola-Scandinavia’s Scott Erickson and Racine St. Catherine’s Dan Miller — were also considered for the honor, but Krause’s work in getting Muskego to climb the ranks for one of the state’s toughest conferences swayed the committee.

The program started with a fourth-place finish in the Classic 8 when it joined the league in 2012 and dipped to fifth the next year. In 2014, however, Muskego tied Arrowhead for the league title, the first of three conference championships over the next five seasons.

The team’s success this year put the community, as Krause said, on Cloud 9.

“I live in Muskego and I have kids in youth sports. When I go to youth sporting events or go to different restaurants or gas stations, just everybody is so happy in our community,” Krause said. “It’s just a special feeling.”

The 2018 Associated Press All-State football team, as chosen by a panel of AP member reporters and editors:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Bryce Huettner, Sr., Iola-Scandinavia

COACH OF THE YEAR — Ken Krause, Muskego

x — unanimous selection

OFFENSE FIRST TEAM

QB — Da’Shaun Brown, 6-1, 180, Sr., Racine St. Catherine’s

RB — x-Dylan Hendricks, 6-4, 215, Sr., Pulaski

RB — Bryce Huettner, 5-10, 215, Sr., Iola-Scandinavia

RB — Darios Crawley-Reid, 5-8, 185, Sr., Greendale Martin Luther

OL — Ben Barten, 6-6, 255, Jr., Stratford

OL — Logan Berandt, 6-3, 265, Sr., Fond du Lac

OL — Jack Nelson, 6-7, 270, Jr., Stoughton

OL — Andrew Stone, 6-1, 255, Sr., Fond du Lac

OL — Trey Wedig, 6-7, 300, Jr., Kettle Moraine

WR/TE — x-Sawyer Maly, 6-1, 180, Sr., Waunakee

WR/TE — Cooper Nelson, 6-4, 180, Sr., Sun Prairie

PK — Blake Wilcox, 6-4, 220, Sr., Kettle Moraine

ALL-PURPOSE — Derek LeCaptain, 6-2, 200, Sr., Southern Door

ALL-PURPOSE — Matthew Wedig, 6-4, 220, Beloit Memorial

OFFENSE SECOND TEAM

QB — Cody Staerkel, 6-2, 180, Sr., Kimberly

RB — Leo Chenal, 6-3, 235, Sr., Grantsburg

RB — Rashad Lampkin, 5-10, 200, Jr., Brookfield Central

RB — Tyler Tenner, 5-9, 200, Jr., Racine Lutheran

OL — Braden Doyle, 6-4, 275, Jr., Bay Port

OL — Austin Ertl, 6-3, 290, Sr., Wauwatosa West

OL — Liam Fahey, 6-2, 275, Sr., Pulaski

OL — Ben Hoitink, 6-6, 300, Sr., Slinger

OL — Ben Johnson, 6-4, 305, Sr., Sun Prairie

WR/TE — Cade Christensen, 6-4, 210, Sr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs

WR/TE — Jared Creen, 5-9, 165, Sr., River Falls

PK — Jack Van Dyke, 6-5, 175, Jr., Neenah

ALL-PURPOSE — Caden Lee, 5-11, 160, Sr., Mount Horeb/Barneveld

ALL-PURPOSE — Marcus Orlandoni, 5-11, 210, Jr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs

DEFENSE FIRST TEAM

DL — Keeanu Benton, 6-4, 280, Sr., Janesville Craig

DL — Chase Maier, 6-4, 205, Sr., Waunakee

DL — Nate Stewart, 6-2, 280, Sr., Muskego

DE/OLB — Reed Ryan, 6-4, 230, Sr., Waunakee

DE/OLB — Jake Raddatz, 6-3, 238, Sr., Mequon Homestead

ILB — Tristan Argall, 5-11, 206, Sr., Kimberly

ILB — John Klus, 6-0, 235, Sr., Oregon

ILB — Vinny Nigro, 6-0, 222, Jr., Milwaukee Marquette

DB — David Hayden, 6-0, 170, Sr., La Crosse Central

DB — Amaun Williams, 5-10, 170, Jr., Milwaukee Riverside

DB — Hunter Wohler, 6-1, 176, So., Muskego

PUNTER — Blake Wilcox, 6-4, 220, Sr., Kettle Moraine

DEFENSE SECOND TEAM

DL — Adrian Garcia, 5-10, 250, Sr., Racine St. Catherine’s

DL — Jacob Schrauth, 6-4, 240, Sr., Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs

DL — Tanner Schwartz, 5-10, 230, Sr., Franklin

DE/OLB — Jake Karchinski, 6-6, 250, Sr., West De Pere

DE/OLB — Rico DeLeon, 6-3, 235, Sr., Chippewa Falls

ILB — Stephon Chapman, 6-1, 205, Sr., Racine Horlick

ILB — Leo Chenal, 6-3, 235, Sr., Grantsburg

ILB — Hunter Hansen, 5-10, 165, Jr., Fond du Lac

DB — Karson Butt, 5-11, 180, Sr., Edgar

DB — Lucas Finnessy, 6-3, 215, Jr., Sussex Hamilton

DB — Logan Geissler, 6-0, 175, Jr., Bay Port

PUNTER — Derek Myer, 6-2, 205, Sr., St. Croix Central

HONORABLE MENTION

Joseph Aguilera, Sr., RB, Abbotsford; Colby Argall, sr., RB, Black Hawk; Jordan Bishop, sr., QB, Monona Grove; DJ Carter, sr., Racine St. Catherine’s; Alex Current, soph. RB, Muskego; Ryan Daines, sr., RB-DL, Westby; Johnny Davis, jr., QB, La Crosse Central; Kade Ehrike, Sr., RB/LB, Stratford; Logan Eiden, sr., LB, Neenah; Jake Gannon, sr., OL, Franklin; Isaiah Gash, jr., RB, Bay Port; Logan Graetz, sr., QB, River Falls; Tate Grass, sr., TE-DE, Holmen Sam Gronski, sr., DE, Monona Grove; Keyser Helterbrand, QB, Hudson; Teagan Herschleb, jr., DB, Columbus; Steve Hoepfner, sr., DB/WR, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Brendan Holt, sr., RB-LB, West Salem; Brayden Holzemer, sr., WR/DB, Cuba City; Carter Horstman,jr, RB-LB, Bangor; Harley Jones, sr., OL/DL, Jeremiah Jordan, sr., DB/LB, Madison Memorial; Tanner Keller, jr., RB, Waterford; Jack Kelly, Sr. DL/RB, Stevens Point; Lake Mills; Ben Kreul, jr., LB, Catholic Memorial; Ryan Larson, sr., RB, St. Croix Central; Drew Leszczynski, sr., QB, Brookfield Central; Jacob Leszczynski, sr., OL, Muskego; Jordan Lietz, sr., DE/OL, Edgerton; Max Meeuwsen, jr., DE, Bay Port; Gavin Meyer, jr., DE, Franklin; Jake Omitt, sr., WR/DB, Winneconne; Cade Osborn, sr, DB, Regis; Carson Raddatz, sr., QB/LB Fond du Lac; Brady Redwine, sr., RB, Elk Mound; Carter Robinson, sr., QB, Appleton North; Harrison Roubidoux, jr., QB, Winneconne; Jared Schneider, sr., RB, Homestead; Mark Shields, sr., DE, New Berlin Eisenhower; Trey Tennessen, sr., DB, Kimberly; Mitchell Waechter, sr., QB/DB, Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs; Kellan Wandtke, sr., OL/DL, Iola-Scandinavia; Nick Webley, sr., WR, Burlington; Keegan Wodill, sr., OL/DL, Fall River; Jarrett Wulf, sr., QB, Waunakee; Logan Zschernitz, sr., OL/DL, Spencer/Columbus Catholic.