The tradition continues. We're proud to present the 50th edition of the NewsChannel 7 football all-stars. Nominating and voting were done exclusively by the coaches of northcentral Wisconsin.
Lets meet the 12 players on the defensive side of the ball.
Adam Brandt, SPASH- The senior Panther recorded 89 tackles, 56 of those solo to go along with 10 sacks. His play helped lead the Panthers to the division one championship game. He'll play at the next level at North Dakota State.
Joe Horvath, SPASH- The SPASH senior was tough for opposing linemen to contain, racking up 80 total tackles and 13 quarterback sacks. Horvath will join Adam Brandt at North Dakota State.
Neil Hoffman, Marion/Tigerton- The senior led the Thundercatz to the CWC-10 championship. He had 105 tackles, 8 for a loss, 4 sacks, a blocked punt and a fumble recovery.
Trevor Peterson, Marshfield- On his season resume is 29 tackles, 17 of the solo variety, 6 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks, forced a fumble and recovered one. Just a junior, he's only going to get better.
Jeff Raymond- A repeat selection, he demanded a double team. Raymond had 71 tackles, 9 sacks, an astonishing 16 tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles. It goes without saying, the senior leaves big shoes to fill for the Wildcats.
Sam Arneson, Merrill- A repeat selection as well. The senior Blue Jay had 84 tackles, 59 solo, 9 for a loss with an interception and 2 forced fumbles. The multi-talented Arneson will join the Badgers next season as a tight end.
Vince Biegel, Wisconsin Rapids- Just a junior, Biegel has already received an offer from the Badgers, BYU and Iowa. He had a monster season with 125 tackles this season, 67 solo, 3 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, 3 fumble recoveries, 3 blocked kicks and 5 interceptions.
Aaron Karlen, Edgar- Karlen had 103 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles, a recovery and a safety. Since his sophomore season, the Wildcats were 41-1, 2 gold balls and a silver.
Dakota Heidmann, Edgar- Heidmann had a hand in that success for the Edgar Wildcats. The defensive back has been a starter for the Wildcats during this 3-year stretch. Heidmann had 4 interceptions, knocked down 6 passes and had 49 tackles.
Kyle Arndt, Wisconsin Rapids- The senior Red Raider was always assigned to the opposing teams best receiver. Kyle had 3 interceptions, 8 knockdowns, and 60 tackles.
Ty Fischer, Wausau West- The senior Warrior had 2 interceptions, 62 tackles, 24 of those solo and 3 tackles for a loss. A 2-way standout for the Warriors, Ty is getting looks from various Division 2 schools.
Sully Luepke, Marshfield- Before breaking his leg in the Tigers' win over Rapids, he punted 26 times for nearly 1,100 yards, a 42.2 average and a long of 73 yards.
Congratulations to our NewsChannel 7 defensive All-Stars, from all of us at NewsChannel 7.
We would like to thank the following coaches for participating in this year's NewsChannel 7 All-Stars:
Adams-Friendship, Jeff Kuchta
Almond-Bancroft, Andrew Bradley
Amherst, Mark Lusic
Antigo, John Lund
Athens, Jim Dobbs
Auburndale, Dean McFarlane
Bowler-Gresham, Ralph Smith
Chequamegon, Jeff Trochil
Colby, Jeff Rosemeyer
DC Everest, Wayne Steffenhagen
Edgar, Jerry Sinz
Elcho-White Lake, Matt Meronk
Gilman, Robin Rosemeyer
Greenwood, Chad Hanson
Lakeland, Don Scharbarth
Loyal, Chris Lindner
Marathon, Todd Stoffel
Marion/Tigerton, Dave Jueds
Marshfield, Dennis Goettl
Medford, Ted Wilson
Merrill, Tom Tourtillott
Mosinee, Paul Nievinski
Nekoosa, Scott Hilber
Newman, Paul Michlig
Northland Pines, Jason Foster
Owen-Withee, Terry Laube
Pacelli, Bob Raczek
Phillips, Scott Jacquart
Port Edwards, Lee Wyngaard
Rhinelander, Jim Moore
Rib Lake/Prentice, Kevin Weiss/Jerry Shoup
Rosholt, Steve Schoof
Spencer/Columbus, Greg Oestreich
Stanley-Boyd, Jeff Koenig
SPASH, Pete McAdams
Stratford, Cal Tackes
Tomahawk, John Larson
Tri-County, Andy Louis
Wausau East, Tom McCormick
Wausau West, Kevin Grundy
Wisconsin Rapids, Tony Biolo
Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Chad Wavrunek