M&O/Northwoods All-Conference Teams ReleasedIssue Date: December 3, 2021
Coleman's Zahn, Klimek Get MVPs;
Borchardt Named Volleyball MVP
The Northwoods Conference announced it's all conference football teams and the Coleman Cougars led the way with eight spots on the first team selections. Crivitz and Oconto Falls took their share with four spots each.
For the Coleman Cougars the offensive first team included Tieg Sadwoski at Tight end and Owen Kinzinger at back. For the offensive line Brody Zahn, Cole Klimek and John Zirbel all made the first team list.
"We had three of our five starters earn 1st team all-conference this year and a 4th earned second team," said Coleman head coach Jeff Bronson. "Brody Zahn, Cole Klimek and John Zirbel were our three 1st team linemen with Sawyer Seefeldt being 2nd team. Coleman had another good year running the ball and it was great to see this group being recognized for what their part in the success we had offensively. For Brody and Cole, it is their second year in a row for being named first team and John went from a 2nd team to first. It is a nice way for these three seniors to end the Cougar Football career."
Bronson continued, "With the three linemen being first team, we had a first and second team running back. Owen Kinziger was once again 1st team. Owen has had two strong years of running the ball and his junior year marked a third strong year. Will Bieber was a second team running back and also had a strong junior year. With our backs, they are all unselfish as they are asked to share carries with each other, block for each other and run routes. This team had five strong runners with Owen, Will, Noah Nosgovitz, Trent Mongin, and Peter Kuchta. What they did as a collective was quite impressive and will be hard to repeat."
On the defensive side of elections Coleman's Will Bieber got a spot for back while Klimek made it both ways with his spot at linebacker. Zahn also got a defensive selection to go both ways thanks to his standout play at defensive lineman. Sawyer Seefeldt also made the first team at defensive end.
Bronson also took time to explain his defensive standouts efforts saying, "Defensively Coleman had every level represented. Our front four had two first team players. Sawyer Seefeldt, as a sophomore, made big plays in every game at defensive end and has the potential to be something special at that spot. Brody Zahn was a bull as an inside defensive tackle and the two of them helped anchor a defense that was statistically the best in the NFC. At the linebacker level, Cole Klimek was once again a 1st team member. Cole used his speed and agility to lead the team in tackles for a loss. It was unfortunate that during our playoff run, Cole knicked up his knee and lost some of the speed and agility he had during the regular season. At the defensive back level, Will Bieber was named as a first team defensive back. Will tackles well in space and is covers well." regardless if he is out wide or covering a slot.
Coleman's Klimek not only was honored for his play on both sides of the field but was also elected as the Conference's defensive play of the year. Zahn also received honors for lineman of the year along with Mitchell Kallies of Oconto Falls. Zahn was also defensive lineman of the year.
Crivitz's selections included Tegan Werner at running back, Brady Tadisch at offensive lineman and Caleb Allard at kicker. On the defense Dillian Ghem took a first team spot air linebacker while Seth Sellen made the team at lineman.
Tegan Werner finished the season with 69 carries for 793 yards for a 11.5 year average. He had 10 teedee's and had 2 catches for 32 yards. "He is a very dynamic player for us on the edge," said Crivitz head coach Matt Bernier. " He was a two way starter that had big play potential every time he touched the ball."
Bernier went on to say, "Brady led the way for our rushing attack, physical at the point of attack, very dependable player for us."
At kicker Allard was 22-27 on extra points, had two field goals made of 37 and 24 yards and also two touchbacks on extra points. "Caleb was a dynamic weapon that we don't have every year," said Bernier. "Caleb worked hard each practice to improve his kicking and will be missed next season."
Of his defensive selections Bernier had this to say, "In 8 games Dillan led our team in tackles with 36 solo, 31 assists, 12 tackles for a loss, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, and a blocked punt. Dillan Anchored the interior of our defense, a very smart player that worked hard to prepare for every game, was our player on defense that always stepped up when we needed a big play." He went on to describe Sellens contributions saying, "Seth had 27 solo tackles, 25 assists, 6 tfl, and 2 fumble recoveries. Seth was used on the strong side of our defense playing multiple positions and always had an influence on plays his way. Has a high motor to the ball and will be exciting to watch next season."
Oconto Falls had four spots on the first team with back Dylan Thompson leading the way with his first team selection and Player of The Year honor.
Mitchell Kallies joined Thompson on the offensive first team at lineman. On the defensive side Noah Hirst took a spot at back while Weston Borkovec jumped on the team at linebacker. Kallies took a spot at lineman for his both ways honors. Punter Isaac Raddatz rounded off the defensive first team selections for Oconto Falls.
Oconto Falls head coach Nicholas Bohls took time to talk about his first teamers saying, "Dylan Thomson was WFCA All Region and is a tremendous running back with great vision and had the ability to bust the big runs. He was the workhorse for us back for us this year and had a great year." He went on to describe his both ways first teaser Kallies saying, "a large part of Dylan's success was our Offensive line led by Mitch Kallies. He is big, athletic, and physical which is a great thing in our power offense. He is a tremendous leader and are excited that he is back next year. And as good as he is at offense, he is equally as good on Defense. He is very hard to move, plays with great leverage, and has a high motor."
For his defensive selections Bohl said, "Weston Borkovec is an Undersized kid who makes great use of his athleticism and toughness at inside backer. He is just a tough kid and always seems to find away against bigger blockers to still make the tackle. Noah Hirst was our utility knife on defense. He always put the team first and played a multitude of positions for us. He is a competitor and a gamer who always was in the right place. He was a great leader for our football team and had a terrific season. And we were lucky to get Isaac out for football as this was his first year. He is a great athlete with a great leg and was really able to flip the field for us when we had to punt."
In the M&O/ Northern Lakes/ Packerland 8-man conference Lena/STAA took a considerable amount of first team selections taking nine first team spots over the offense and defense.
Lena/STAA's selections were Logan Shallow and Lane Whiting at running back, Blake DeDamos and Anthony Seefeldt at lineman, Sam Marquardt at defensive back, John Kristof at linebacker, Lane Whitting at lineman and punter.
Co-head coach Dale Lange went into depth discussing what made this group of guys so great saying, "Lane Whiting Is a very powerful runner and made a lot of his yardage after first contact, Logan Shallow was also a powerful runner but had just a little more evasiveness than Lane. Both players were unanimous in being selected.
He went on to discuss his offensive line saying, "Blake DeDamos was our most improved lineman and was our pulling lineman on traps and sweeps, Sophomore Anthony Seefeldt was our center and did a great job on snapping and was sure force on drive blocking for the tough yardage."
Lange also had a great special teams push this season coming from his kicker, "Ethan Braley, had a very high percentage of x-points and we were ready to use him if need be to kick a field goal."
Continuing about his defense Lange said, "Sam Marquardt was a very strong open field tackler and pass coverage, He was usually put on the opponents best receiver, Sam was also a second team Quarterback. Lane Whiting contained the outside of the LOS and force runners into our Linebackers. Lane was also 1 Team Punter who when we did have to Punt pinned teams deep. Linebacker Josh Kristof reacts and flows to the ball, He was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year, Josh was also a All Regional Team Select at Linebacker and Honorable Mention at All State. He will be the anchor for next years defense. Only other player who received."
Along with the Football selections Volleyball also released thier fall conference teams.
The M&O volleyball All conference teams have been announced and Niagara and Wausaukee shared in the most first team spots with two each. Crivitz and Coleman both added one to the prestigious list.
For the Badgers Morgan Borchardt was selected as the conferences MVP while teammate Bailey Pearson joined her on the first team list.
Niagara head coach Carol St. Arnauld said, "Morgan was a first team all conference player last year. She is a 3 year starter. She is the "key" mainstay of our team. She touches the ball virtually every play. She has played club since 6th grade. She has great hands, is second in kills on our team (which is amazing since we run a 5 1.), and leads our team in aces (great jump server.) She is a true leader in every sense of the word. She truly is the girl that makes our team tick. Volleyball is her love, although she is a great multi-sport athlete. She wants to play college ball and I am sure will play at some level. There are not enough words to describe what she means to our team. She is a first team all conference and I truly believe player of the year."
She went on to explain what made Pearson so important to the team saying, "Bailey was a first team all conference player last year. She is a 4 year starter. She leads our team in kills, and block kills. There isn't a single match this year that she wasn't leading our team in kills. She truly is our go to girl. She can hit a multitude of sets from every position on the floor. She has played club since 7th grade. Bailey and Morgan are two huge reasons why we are conference champs. She also wants to play college ball. This sport is her love. Bailey is a first team all conference player."
Wausaukee added two to the list of selections with Amber Taylor and Rachel Schlies.
Crivitz's lone selection was Kylie Chilcote while Coleman added Kylee Tadisch as their first teamer. At middle hitter Chilchote posted 136 kills and 34 blocks.
"Kylie is a very athletic middle that has good court sense," Crivitz head coach Molly Meyers. "Even though she is a middle hitter, Kylie can hit any of the positions. She was plagued by a shoulder injury that kept her from serving this year. I look forward to adding that to her arsenal next year."
Gillett's Naomi Anker was selected as the conferences defensive specialist.
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