The Rock Valley Conference has announced its season honorees in football, volleyball, soccer, golf and cross country:
First Team Offense
Quarterbacks: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.; Zach Mielke, Evansville/Albany, Jr.
Running backs: Peyton Pope, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Receivers: Pedro Sierra, Big Foot, Jr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.
Tight ends: Hayden Reese, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Johnny Espinoza, Clinton, Sr.
Linemen: Brandon Malkow, Beloit Turner, Jr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.;
Austin Lynd, Clinton, Sr.; Tony Ward, Clinton, Sr.; Chris Storandt, East Troy, Jr.;
Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Athletes: Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Second Team Offense
Quarterbacks: Matt Schmitt, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tyler Halsted, Clinton, Jr.
Running backs: Ethan Burns, Turner, Sr.; Jack Speckman, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.;
Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.
Receivers: Jake Heidenreich, Big Foot, Jr.; Juan Reyes, Turner, Jr.; Noah Nyffler, East Troy, Sr.
Tight ends: Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Beau Cary, Big Foot, Sr.
Linemen: Phyllip Brown, Turner, Jr.; Danny Carpenter, Big Foot, Jr.; Clayton Hahn, Clinton, Jr.; John Marschke, East Troy, So.; Ethan Richardson, Edgerton, Sr.; Austin Anderson, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Offensive Players of the Year: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, and Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany
Backs of the Year: Jordan Jones, Clinton, and Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany
Defensive Player of the Year: Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany
Lineman of the Year: Owen Goedland, East Troy
Coach of the Year: Jeff Spiwak, Clinton, and Ron Grovesteen, Evansville/Albany
First Team Defense
Ends: Olihn Craig, Big Foot, Sr.; Cole Ciochon, Clinton, Sr.; Brody Maag, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Linemen: Tyler Burt, Turner, Sr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Manny Clotiere, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Linebackers: Connor Mullooly, Clinton, Jr.; Devin Nipple, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Mason Malzahn, East Troy, Sr.
Defensive backs: Brekan Day, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.
Second Team Defense
Ends: Nick Damman, Clinton, Sr.
Linemen: Jake Pieper, East Troy, Jr.; Sean Cox, East Troy, Sr.; Ansel Chesney, Edgerton, Sr.; Noah Pagel, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Linebackers: Jac Christman, Big Foot, Sr.; Joe Stout, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Robert Billington, Clinton, Sr.; Ernesto Magana, Whitewater, Sr.; Skyler Stuckey, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Zachary Wienke, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.
Defensive backs: Kasey Woodside, Big Foot, Sr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Demetrios Heniadis, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
First Team Special Teams
Kicker: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Punter: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.
Second Team Special Teams
Kicker: Emiliano Reyes, Turner, So.
Punter: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.
Edgerton: Mason Simmons, So.; Jaden Johnson, So.
Evansville/Albany: Nate Kleiboer, Jr.; Otis Johnson, Sr.; Brock Gilkes, Sr.
East Troy: Jacob Mast, Jr.; Sam Goral, Sr.; Chase Coleman, Jr.
Whitewater: Daniel Fuller, Jr.; Manny Alwin, Sr.; Will Leibbrand, Fr.
Big Foot: Brennan Malone, Sr.; Devon Rankins, Sr.; Tucker Milligan, Big Foot, Jr.
Brodhead/Juda: Jeffrey Williams, So.; Parker Johnson, Jr.; Trent Davis, Jr.
Clinton: Austin Beaumont, Jr.; Eric Paschke, Jr.; Kenny Ballmer, Jr.
Turner: Sereno Ferone, Jr.; Josh Fell, Sr.; Giovanni Haney, Sr.
Brianna Scuric, East Troy; Kellan Schmidt, Edgerton; Ashlyn Oren, Edgerton; Matison Jakscht, East Troy; Becca Cronin, Evansville; Miranda Karlen, Evansville
Izzy Martino, East Troy; Maggie Lawrence, Edgerton; Julian Friedrichs, East Troy;
Bethany Oren, Edgerton
Co-Player of Year: Brianna Scuric, East Troy
Edgerton: Kathleen Reilly, Jessica Danks
East Troy: Natalee Bearce, Katie Zewiske
Evansville: Samantha Kessenich, Trisha Louis
Whitewater: Catherine Yang, Kate Riemer
Abbey Johnson, Brodhead, So.; Gloria Esarco, Big Foot, Sr.; Kampbell Hehr, Big Foot, So.; Camila Hallmann, Turner, Jr.; Chandra Clark, Brodhead, Jr.; Sophia Foster, Big Foot, So.; Nicole Chrislaw, Clinton, Jr.
Payton Courier, Big Foot, Jr.; Kenzie Krizmanich, Turner, Sr.; Jordan Bobek, Big Foot, Sr.; Sami Gonfiantini, Turner, Sr.; Reagan Watts, Parkview, Sr.; Abby Peterson, Big Foot, So.; Baily Kloepefer, Parkview, Sr.; Becca Smith, Parkview, Sr.
Player of the Year: Abbey Johnson, Brodhead
Big Foot: Kennedy Hehr, Sr.
Brodhead: Brooke Malcook, Sr.
Clinton: Kallie Inman, So.
Palmyra-Eagle: Maleny Neubauer, Jr.; Brittany Neuman, Jr.
Parkview: Abby Harnack, Sr.
Turner: Makenna Lauterbach, So.
Midfielders: Juan Mercado, Big Foot, Sr.; Kevin Garcia, Evansville, Jr.
Defenders: Heath Dillenbeck, Big Foot, Jr.; Denver Roberts, East Troy, Jr.; Dineth Gunawardena, Whitewater, Sr.
Goalie: Lars Larsen, Big Foot, Sr.
Utility: Peyton Townsend, Evansville, Jr.
Midfielders: Lewis Kim, Edgerton, Jr.; Ryan Christens, Evansville, Sr.; Eder Lavariega, Big Foot, Jr.; Jake Walton, Whitewater, Sr.
Forwards: Brian Reyes, Whitewater, Sr.
Defenders: Owen Wagner, Evansville, So.; Michael Ferraro, Edgerton, Jr.; Thomas McManaway, Whitewater, Sr.
Goalie: Nic Blair, East Troy, Sr.
Utility: Vince Baxter, East Troy, Sr.
Big Foot: Hamilton Smith, Sr.; Cory Shea, Sr.
East Troy: Max Oldenburg, Sr.; Jared Paullin, Sr.
Edgerton: Ryan Tronnes, So.; Donovan Cone, Jr.
Evansville: Kyle Roth, Sr.; Andy Forster, Sr.
Whitewater: Sergio Falcon, Sr.; Roberto Soto, Sr.
Makenzie Suhr, Edgerton, So.; Sofi Gonstead, Clinton, Jr.
Johanna Brown, Edgerton, Jr.; Hannah Miller, T urner, Sr.; Mali Kruckenberg, Edgerton, So.
First Team Boys
Evan Harding, East Troy, Sr.; Jacob Korf, Whitewater, Jr.; Benedict Gallagher, Evansville, So.; Jacob Smith, East Troy, So.
Second Team Boys
Alex Dias, Parkview, Sr.; Michael Hatter, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Nathan Fox, East Troy, So.; Tommy Schueller, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Evan Spencer, Parkview, Jr.; Reuben Larson, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.
Nate Ciabatti, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tommy Larson, East Troy, Fr.; Jordan Laatz, Clinton, So.; Matt Mattingly, Whitewater, Sr.; Brice Enright, Clinton, Jr.; Ryen Hazzard, Edgerton, Fr.; Aidan Coburn, Whitewater, Fr.
First Team Girls
Madison Desing, East Troy, Fr.; Ella Rondeau, East Troy, Fr.; Allisan Barrett, Whitewater, Jr.; Christina Nolting, East Troy, Fr.; Zanzie Demco, Big Foot, Jr.; Maddie Harding Brodhead/Juda, Jr.
Second Team Girls
McKenzie Fillner, Evansville, Fr.; Ava Schroeder, Evansville, Fr.; Antonia Bartolotta, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Madison Rosin, East Troy, Sr.; Holly Pedersen, Palmyra-Eagle, Sr.; Nicole Tomomitsu, Whitewater, So.; Cora Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.
Carissa Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Fr.; Morgan Bartlett, East Troy, So.; Jackie Rosa, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.
State tournament action for girls golf and girls individual tennis are already in the books for the 2016-’17 school year.
And postseason competition begins for every other fall sport, making this week one of the busiest on the prep calendar.
Here is a rundown of where Stateline area schools will be performing:
Competitions begin Thursday, Oct. 20, and continue Saturday in Division 1, while teams in divisions 2-4 open Tuesday, Oct. 18, and continue Thursday and Saturday.
Burlington is the sectional host and earned the No. 2 seeding in one of eight D-1 brackets, where Westosha Central earned the top spot.
In other match-ups, eighth-seeded Milton hosts ninth-seeded Kenosha Bradford/Reuther, with the winner going to Westosha. The other side of the regional has fifth seed Janesville Craig entertaining 12th-seeded Badger, while No. 13 seed Janesville Parker visits fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.
The opposite side of the sectional features third-seeded Stoughton hosting 14th-seeded Beloit Memorial, while the Demons are home to 15th-seeded Elkhorn.
In Division 2, top-seeded East Troy is slated to host the McFarland Sectional semifinals and gets eighth-seeded Clinton.
The regional also includes fifth-seeded Delavan-Darien traveling to fourth-seeded Evansville, third-seeded Big Foot hosting sixth-seeded Beloit Turner and No. 7 seed Whitewater visits second-seeded Edgerton.
The New Glarus Sectional includes area squads in Division 3. Fifth-seeded Parkview visits fourth-seeded Deerfield on Tuesday, with the winner heading to top-seeded Wisconsin Heights on one side of the sectional. It also includes third-seeded Brodhead hosting sixth-seeded Cambridge.
The other side sees fifth-seeded Palmyra-Eagle traveling to fourth-seeded Dodgeland, with No. 1 seed Waterloo waiting for the winner.
The Division 4 field includes the Stoughton Sectional, with one regional bracket featuring eighth-seeded Faith Christian visiting top seed Randolph. Meanwhile, second-seeded Williams Bay entertains seventh-seeded Rio.
The schedule structure is the same as volleyball, with action, mainly play-in games with lower seeds, starting on Tuesday and games continuing Thursday and Saturday.
Area Division 1 schools open up Thursday: The Kettle Moraine Sectional includes 16th-seeded Janesville Parker visiting top-seeded Middleton, third-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 14th-seeded Janesville Craig and seventh-seeded Badger traveling to 10th-seeded Waukesha South.
The D-2 field has fifth-seeded Milton hosting No. 12 Westosha Central in the Wilmot Sectional, which also includes second-seeded Elkhorn welcoming 15th-seeded Burlington.
In Division 3, top-seeded and top-ranked Delavan-Darien opens at home Thursday with the winner of Tuesday’s Milwaukee Lutheran-Kewaskum showdown. If the Comets advance to Saturday, they will meet eighth-seeded Big Foot/Williams Bay or ninth-seeded St. Thomas More.
On the other side of the sectional, 11th-seeded Whitewater visits sixth-seeded Plymouth and 10th-seeded East Troy travels to New Berlin West, the seventh seed.
The Edgewood Sectional has 17th-seeded Edgerton playing at No. 16 Black River Falls/Melrose Mindoro on Tuesday, with the winner going to top-seeded Mount Horeb on Thursday. Third-seeded Evansville hosts 14th-seeded Mauston.
In Division 4, Faith Christian is a sixth seed in The Prairie School Sectional and hosts 11th-seeded Kenosha St. Joseph.
Sectional competitions are scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, with the state meet set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Beloit Memorial hosts a Division 1 sectional at Leeson Park with the boys race at 11 a.m. and the girls competition at 11:45 a.m. Participating teams include the Purple Knights, Elkhorn, Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig and Milton.
Badger will be in the Kenosha Bradford Sectional, while Burlington competes in the Mukwonago Sectional, both of which also take place Saturday. They start with boys events at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.
In Division 2, Evansville, Brodhead/Juda, Beloit Turner and Edgerton will be in the Platteville Sectional. Meanwhile, Whitewater, Clinton, Big Foot, Delavan-Darien and East Troy participate at Deerfield. Both events start with boys at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The D-3 competitions include Parkview traveling to Fennimore and Williams Bay, Palmyra-Eagle and Catholic Central participating in the Kenosha St. Joseph Sectional. The Fennimore event starts at 11 a.m., while action in Kenosha begins at 12:15 p.m.
All of the WIAA playoff contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. kickoffs Friday unless noted otherwise.
In Division 1, unbeaten Southern Lakes Conference winner Badger earned a No. 2 seed behind Big Eight co-champion Sun Prairie in one eight-team regional. The Badgers host seventh-seeded Madison West.
The D-3 field includes area squads Evansville/Albany and Delavan-Darien. The Comets picked up a seventh seed and travel to No. 2 Mount Horeb/Barneveld. The Blue Devils are a fifth seed and visit fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.
In Division 4, Big Foot earned an eighth seed and hits the road to top-seeded River Valley. The winner will face fourth-seeded Lodi or fifth-seeded Brodhead/Juda in the second round. East Troy is the seventh seed and visits second-seeded Platteville in the opener.
Clinton earned one of the four tops seeds in Division 5. The Cougars host eighth-seeded Marshall, with No. 4 Arcadia or No. 5 New Glarus/Monticello the prospective opponent in Level 2.
Peter Krien spent much of his high school career tormenting opposing defenses as a quarterback in Badger’s vaunted, run-oriented attack.
He made the Southern Lakes Conference’s second team as a junior and was selected to the first unit while earning Player of the Year honors as a senior, leading the Badgers to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Division 1 state playoff semifinals.
However, the former Lake Geneva standout has spent his collegiate playing days using his knowledge of offensive intricacies to help stop them as a linebacker at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
He isn’t alone, but Jared Matacynski has been a lifelong fisherman thanks to his father.
“I grew up around it … my dad was a big walleye fisherman,” said Matacynski, a Wausau West graduate who has spent a lot of time on the Wisconsin River. “But when I was 6 or 7, I saw these guys in a bass tournament on TV and learned you could go pro. So, I’ve had a passion for bass fishing ever since.”
He and about 40 other dues-paying members form the Fishing Club at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Matacynski is the organization’s vice president and one of about 15 guys who are the most active and regularly participate in weekend trips during the fall and spring seasons. They then compete in tournaments against other schools around the Midwest during the summer.
Shayne Ellis of Janesville Craig and Riley Pearson of Parkview are the epitome of unselfishness. They are among those players who have or are making position switches for the Beloit College football program.
And both moves should help head coach Seth Duerr’s defense improve as the Buccaneers seek to earn their first winning record since 2009.
Ellis was one of the catalysts in helping Craig end a five-year WIAA playoff drought as a senior in 2014, quarterbacking the explosive Cougars before getting injured in the sixth game of their eventual 6-4 finish.
Ellis made the transition from quarterback to cornerback last year, recording 36 total stops and one forced fumble.
“Overall, the position change from quarterback to defensive back has been more successful than I first imagined when I was asked to change,” Ellis said as the Bucs prepared for their Sept. 3 season opener. “I had mixed feelings about transitioning from an offensive standpoint to a completely different roll on the opposite side of the ball.
“The biggest adjustment I had to overcome was the role of being an aggressor on the field,” he added. “As a quarterback, I was the one individual who was not allowed to get touched or hit during practice. This was a hurdle to overcome as a defensive back, because quarterbacks aren’t usually big hitters. My greatest improvement since moving to defense has been the ability to communicate and execute our defensive concepts.”
He said his individual goals include winning the Eager Beaver Award, given to the defensive performer who records the most turnovers, and finish among the top five tacklers. As for the Bucs, the team’s aspirations include making it to the Midwest Conference championship game and being the top-ranked unit in the league.
“Playing quarterback growing up has allowed me to develop leadership, communication and an intelligence that have all made the switch to defensive secondary much easier,” Ellis said. “Understanding offensive concepts and situational habits allow me to make my defensive reads much quicker than if I had no experience as a quarterback.”
Pearson’s position switch from linebacker to defensive line also has presented challenges.
“It is definitely a change that I had never played before, so it took time to get used to,” Pearson said. “But I put in the extra work with film and practice to really develop my skills to be the best that I can be for the team. The biggest adjustment is just getting used to the lack of vision and time that you have compared to linebacker. You have less than a second to read your key, get your hands on your man and be in your gap, otherwise you get beat. It was just a change in techniques and mindset that I had to work at most to get where I am at now.”
Pearson finished with 59 total tackles, including two sacks and nine stops for losses, and added a fumble recovery in 2015.
“I feel like I have excelled with my transition,” Pearson said. “There are a lot of similarities, and running the defense for the last three years I already understood all of the assignments for the defensive line positions.”
So, Pearson is optimistic that he and the Bucs will continue to make strides.
“I want to make this a great senior season for myself and my team,” he said. “I want to be the difference maker that I know I can be and just go out there and have fun playing the sport that I love.
“I can see the potential that we have and want to go into each week with the expectation to win on Saturday,” Pearson added. “We have the ability to be at least a .500 or better team this year, which we could have been last year with a couple of close games. But I believe we truly can make a run at conference this year. Eleven-plus is our motto, and we are looking to fulfill it with 11 guys on the field at a time plus the whole team behind them to win every snap and win the MWC, which will get us to play 11-plus games this season.”
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