TERRE HAUTE —
The Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association, as has been mentioned before, is a ground-breaking organization in itself, organizing schools that might be 100 miles apart — Cumberland to Cascade, for instance, or Turkey Run to Olney — into a unit that puts on an all-star week and hands out college scholarships every spring.
The WVFCA also chooses the All-Wabash Valley team every year, and in doing so this year has come up with something else that’s new: the 30-player first team includes a female for the first time.
Linton’s Dyllanne Deischer, a consistent source of extra points the last three years for a team that was often far enough ahead that field goal attempts weren’t necessary or even sportsmanlike, is the first-team kicker.
Deischer is one of six Miners on the first team, giving the Miners — who fell one excruciating play and a few painful inches short of an appearance in Indiana’s Class A championship game — the most selections on that unit.
Also chosen from the Miners were running back Koye Kaiser, who had approximately 50 touchdowns the past two years; interior linemen Taylor Kanen (offensively) and Ethan Lannan (defensively); defensive back Cole Bradbury, also a dangerous wide receiver; and linebacker Dane Rupska, whose ability to play just about any position makes him the obvious choice to lead the 2013 edition of the Southwest Seven Conference champions.
If you notice a Linton name missing, that’s because Austin Karazsia, one of the state’s most prolific passers ever, was a second-team choice.
He was edged for first-team quarterback honors by Purdue-bound Danny Etling of Terre Haute South, whose throws to another first-teamer, wide receiver Tyler Seibert, gave the Braves one of the most dangerous combos in the state. Also earning first-team honors for South were offensive lineman Junior Berry and punter Jeremy Patterson.
Terre Haute North, enjoying its most productive season since joining the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference, had five first-teamers and four more players on the second team, giving the Patriots the biggest representation among the 56 players chosen for the two teams.
Patriot first-teamers are led by Class 4A all-state tight end Calvin Blank and include three more future Division I players — receiver/safety/linebacker Austin Lewis, lineman A.J. Grady and linebacker Lee Davis — plus junior defensive back Ricky Brookins.
Another team that had one of its best seasons in a while was North Vermillion, and the Falcons have three first-team players — running back Kody Zumwalt, defensive lineman Dakota Uplinger and defensive back Brayden Woodard. Don’t be surprised if Woodard is the first-team quarterback a year from now.
Three Putnam County schools combined to send five more first-team players. Greencastle, undefeated until a sectional championship showdown with eventual Class 3A state champion Indianapolis Chatard, is represented by defensive lineman Dustin Williams and quarterback Nick Gilliam, the offensive at-large pick; North Putnam, always well represented on this team, has offensive lineman Eric Davis and linebacker Grant Bryan; and South Putnam’s representative is a two-time first-team all-stater, lineman Ryan Chestnut.
Also having two first-team choices are North Central, where linebacker Dante Rehmel was among the state’s leaders in tackles the past two years and where Chase VanSchoyck set the Indiana single-game rushing record this fall, and Mattoon, represented by receiver Skyler Hartbank and linebacker Mitch Hirsch.
Casey’s perennial deep run into the Illinois Class 2A playoffs resulted in defensive lineman Matt McCown earning a first-team berth. The Warriors also had three second-team selections, and coach Jim Sullivan was one of the WVFCA’s two Coach of the Year honorees; he’ll match wits with Linton’s Steve Weber six months from now in the annual all-star game.
Also getting first-team accolades are West Vigo’s Andy Velazquez, the Vikings best cornerback the past three years, and Owen Valley’s Larry Shaffer, a linebacker named the defensive at-large player.
North’s four second-team choices are linebacker Vasco Billberry, running back Brother Scank, defensive back Kai Stratten and punter Zach Potter.
Casey and Greencastle each have three players on the second unit: offensive lineman Shawn McCown, linebacker Dalton Livvix and defensive back Josh Blome of the Warriors and receiver Mac Shuee, offensive lineman T.J. Bollman and defensive back Tyler Scott of the Tiger Cubs.
South Putnam (running back Lucas Lorian and defensive lineman Jacob Williams) and Mattoon (offensive lineman Ryan Paige and defensive lineman Ben Vieth) each have two second-team players, and so does Sullivan. Running back Brooks Weszely and receiver Michael Hutchcraft represent the Golden Arrows.
Players who are their school’s only second-team representatives are Karazsia; defensive back Dillon Bell of South; offensive lineman Lucas Clark of North Vermillion; receiver Jameson Brewer of North Putnam; offensive lineman Jacob Riley of West Vigo; tight end Robbie Foster of Rockville; kicker Daniel Littlejohn of Marshall; defensive lineman Anthony Helm of Olney, linebacker Kurtis Fleek of Oblong; and defensive lineman Derrick Nicholas of Robinson.
All-Wabash Valley high school football
Selected by Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association
Quarterback — Danny Etling, Terre Haute South
Running back — Koye Kaiser, Linton
Running back — Chase VanSchoyck, North Central
Running back — Kody Zumwalt, North Vermillion
Wide receiver — Skyler Hartbank, Mattoon
Wide receiver — Austin Lewis, Terre Haute North
Wide receiver — Tyler Seibert, Terre Haute South
Tight end — Calvin Blank, Terre Haute North
Offensive lineman — Junior Berry, Terre Haute South
Offensive lineman — Ryan Chestnut, South Putnam
Offensive lineman — Eric Davis, North Putnam
Offensive lineman — A.J. Grady, Terre Haute North
Offensive lineman — Taylor Kanen, Linton
Offensive at-large — Nick Gilliam, Greencastle
Kicker — Dyllanne Deischer, Linton
Defensive lineman — Ethan Lannan, Linton
Defensive lineman — Matt McCown, Casey
Defensive lineman — Dakota Uplinger, North Vermillion
Defensive lineman — Dustin Williams, Greencastle
Linebacker — Grant Bryan, North Putnam
Linebacker — Lee Davis, Terre Haute North
Linebacker — Mitch Hirsch, Mattoon
Linebacker — Dante Rehmel, North Central
Linebacker — Dane Rupska, Linton
Defensive back — Cole Bradbury, Linton
Defensive back — Ricky Brookins, Terre Haute North
Defensive back — Andy Velazquez, West Vigo
Defensive back — Brayden Woodard, North Vermillion
Defensive at-large — Larry Shaffer, Owen Valley
Punter — Jeremy Patterson, Terre Haute South
All-Wabash Valley second team, honorable mention
Quarterback — Austin Karazsia, Linton
Running backs — Lucas Lorian, South Putnam; Brother Scank, Terre Haute North; Brooks Weszely, Sullivan
Wide receivers — Jameson Brewer, North Putnam; Michael Hutchcraft, Sullivan; Mac Shuee, Greencastle
Tight end — Robbie Foster, Rockville
Offensive linemen — T.J. Bollman, Greencastle; Lucas Clark, North Vermillion; Shawn McCown, Casey; Ryan Paige, Mattoon; Jacob Riley, West Vigo
Kicker — Daniel Littlejohn, Marshall
Defensive linemen — Anthony Helm, Olney; Derrick Nicholas, Robinson; Ben Vieth, Mattoon; Jacob Williams, South Putnam
Linebackers — Vasco Billberry, Terre Haute North; Kurtis Fleek, Oblong; Dalton Livvix, Casey
Defensive backs — Dillon Bell, Terre Haute South; Josh Blome, Casey; Tyler Scott, Greencastle; Kai Stratten, Terre Haute North
Punter — Zach Potter, Terre Haute North
Cascade — Eric Bobadilla, Austin Butler, Colin Smith
Casey — Austin Justice, Ajaye Meeks, Austin Schaefer
Cumberland — Colt Brummer, Kole Butler, Jon Duniphan, Austin Jamison, Jamin Repp
Edgewood — Cody Cowden, Derek Driver, Christian Fleener
Greencastle — Brett Gierke, Carter Lewis, Alec Pettit, Caleb Robinson
Linton — Jackson Bohnert, Zane Hayden
Marshall — Kendall Bombard, Brock Hook, Adam Kendall, Cole Rice, Zack Tharp
Mattoon — Peyton Hartbank, Sam Mitchell, Cody Monnis, Jared Pilson, Jeremy Woodyard
North Central — Dillon Bailey, Logan Berg, Justin Burris, Austin Kutch, Tod Lebeda
North Daviess — Evan Judy
North Putnam — Beau Green, Jake Haste, Hunter Overbay, Laren Sanford, Ben Wiatt
North Vermillion — Riley Chew, Robby Davis, Abbott Dowers, Ethan Kunkle
Northview — Chad Godsey, Daniel Kimball, Jesse Miller, Tyler Rector
Oblong — Anthony Johnson, Chase Mendenhall, Gerald Richardson, Ian Sablone
Olney — Justin Bailey, Mitchell Harmon
Owen Valley — Caleb Arthur, Wesley Arthur, Drew Bradley, Logan Britton, Gunnar Ranard
Palestine-Hutsonville — Joseph Eckert, Treyver Ferguson, Tim Pointon, B.J. Ramsey, Matt Schmidlin, Dylan Webster
Paris — Stewart Arp, Tyler Bouslog, Audie Temples, Devin Walker, Jacob Whitacre
Red Hill — Max Andersen, Trevor Richards, Jacob Wirth, Matt Young
Riverton Parke — Jan Ackerman, Dale Laznik
Robinson — Nic Berty, Blake Hale, Nick Iovanac, Jesse Richart, Austin Weck
Rockville — Alec Dalton, Keiontre Wilkey
South Putnam — Sawyer Arnold, Justin Bumgardner, Tanner Thompson
South Vermillion — Tanner Akers, Seth Dickey, Dalton Rowe
Sullivan — Robert Fish, Payne Fortner, Chance Hollifield, Jake Kinnaman, Michael Willis
Terre Haute North — Chris Barrett II, Lucas Comer, Charles Dillahunt, Forrest Lowery, Chris Spencer
Terre Haute South — Danny Banks, Dylan Banks, Brandon Russell-Cherry, Jonathan Weakley, Derik Whalen
Turkey Run — Jeff Girdler, Riley Sunderman, Jeff Woods
Union — Darrell Faulkner, Mike Foglesong, Sterling Langley, Jared Reynolds
West Vigo — Danny Creasey, Jacob Creasey, Jimmy Maples, Sam McClain, Skyler Warnock
Wabash Valley all-academic team
Grade-point average of 3.5 required
Cascade — Zach Batts, Eric Bobadilla, Michael Browning, Austin Butler, Zac Butler, Sawyer Donovan, Austin Gates, Chris Howard, Mitchell Hunter, Michael Morris, Dylan Musgrove, Nate Stonebraker, Lukas Stoutenour
Casey — Josh Blome, Matt McCown, Shawn McCown, Austin Schaefer
Cumberland — Colt Brummer, Austin Jamison
Edgewood — Damian Chambers, Cody Cowden, Derek Driver, Christian Fleener, Zach Harrison, Gabe Koontz, Patrick Mosby
Greencastle — T.J. Bollman, Zach Secrest, Sedrick Weinschenk, Dustin Williams
Linton — Austin Karazsia, Dylan Morris, Dane Rupska
Marshall — Kendall Bombard, Brock Hook, Matt Kesler
Mattoon — James Allee, Colton Anderson, Jacob Atkinson, Zach Black, Brad Burbes, Justin Chambers, Luke Collings, Chris Dyer, Josh Evans, Caleb Fritchnitch, Tyler Giberson, Michael Jean, Lucas Kearney, Anthony Lineberry, Samuel Mitchell, Cody Morris, Trey Mullins, Anthony Nichols, Charles Osley, Griffin Paige, Hayden Phillips, Derek Pierce, Jared Pilson, Nick Polston, Ryan Rappe, Todd Reardon, Chase Rich, Gunnar Roling, Johnathan Shaw, Colton Shoot, David Skocy, Alex Smith, Braden Smith, Alexander Steele, Cristian Sweeney, Thomas Taylor, Jackson Utsler, Andy Veth, Ben Vieth, Colton Whitley, Adam Willaredt, Jacob Woodyard, Jeremy Woodyard
North Central — Logan Berg, Justin Burris, Alek Copeland, Jeremy Hunt, Austin Kutch, Tod Lebeda
North Putnam — Grant Bryan, Jensen Conlin, Beau Green, Brian Quates, Jake Smith
Northview — Jacob Dean, Marcus Duregger, Drake McKee, Logan Mikles, Craig Rice, Tucker Stewart, Jordan Tracy, Mark Underwood
Oblong — Brody Allen, Kyler Fear, Alec Jacobs, James Rogers, Tyler Woods
Olney — Justin Bailey, Jordan Hahn
Owen Valley — Caleb Arthur, Wesley Arthur, Jesse Kestenman, Gunnar Ranard, Dylan Winkler
Palestine-Hutsonville — Joseph Eckert, Cade Fulling, Tyler Heflin, Kienan Knecht, Kyle Myers, Blake Newlin, Matt Schmidlin, Mike Watson, Dylan Webster
Paris — Stewart Arp, Justin Asbury, Tyler Bouslog, Jayman Cloward, Xavier Holt, Elliott Kauffman, Kyle Keenan, Shane Mason, Logan McDaniel, Riley Spencer, Mike Wells
Riverton Parke — Adam Byers, Kevin Dalia, Kaleb McBride
Robinson — Jay Akins, Lucas Bell, Nicky Berty, Darin Cox, Sam Cunningham, Dylan Dart, Michael Elliott, Andrew Gallagher, Connor Griffin, Wes Harrison, Nick Iovanac, Jacob Ludwig, Collin Rains, Jason Richart, Phil Salesman, Austin Van Schoyck
Rockville — John Brown, Avery Butler, Brandon Cooper, Alec Dalton, Alex Hill, Ryan Lewis, Kyle Paddock, Sam Paris, Jason Thistlewaite, Jake Thurman, Keiontre Wilkey
South Putnam — Justin Bumgardner, Kinser Franklin, Noah Taylor, Tanner Thompson
Sullivan — Dylan Boone, Payne Fortner, Tristan Hancock, Colton Harrison, Michael Hutchcraft, Kynon Johnson, Cameron Marx, Hunter McCoy, Cameron McNeely, Sheridan Sater, Matthew Siner, Luke Spurlock, Jonathon Sullivan, Brooks Weszely, Zach Willis
Terre Haute North — Evan Alexander, Austin Bishop, Calvin Blank, Seth Boland, Ricky Brookins, Xavier Craft, Charles Dillahunt, Trey Grim, Austin Lewis, Forrest Lowery, Austin Massey, Ryan Moshak, Colton Pittman, Zach Potter, Jon Sagarsee, Cole Seward, Kai Stratten, Bryce Woodason
Terre Haute South — Danny Banks, Dylan Banks, Danny Etling, Timmy Herrin, Jacob Johnson, Adam Kahn, Nic Keller, Ian Newton, D.J. Ramsook, Adam Scott, Tyler Seibert, Sammy Velazquez, Jonathan Weakley
Turkey Run — Jeff Woods
West Vigo — Tyler Gustafson, Daniel Mackey, Jimmy Maples, Sam McClain, Garrett Ray, Andy Velazquez, Hunter Voils