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
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.