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 offensive side of the ball.
James Bailey, Marshfield- The 6-2, 275 pound senior Tiger paved the way for an offense that gained more than 4,200 yards and 52 touchdowns.
Matt Haffemann, Merrill- The Blue Jays gained more than 3,600 yards behind Haffemann. The 6-foot, 302 pound center benches 250, squats & 510 pounds.
Alex Jorgenson, Colby- Just a junior, he stands 6-feet-5-inches, 230 pounds. Head coach Jeff Rosemeyer says Alex has the best footwork of any lineman the Hornets have had.
Jeff Raymond, Edgar- At 6-2, 291 pounds, the senior helped the Wildcats gain more than 4,600 yards. He benches 435, squats 600 and runs the 40 in 5 seconds.
Frank Vruwink, Wisconsin Rapids- He stands 6-4, 245 pounds. A repeat selection, the Red Raiders ran for more than 3,500 yards, better than 7 yards per rush, and nearly 4,200 total yards of offense.
Joe Ritchay, Wisconsin Rapids- It helps having a lineman like Vruwink opening holes for Ritchay. The senior bruising back ran for 1,238 yards, a 6.5 yard per carry average and 21 touchdowns.
Cody Rosemeyer, Gilman- Rosemeyer was the workhorse for the Division 7 champion Pirates. He ran for 1,948 yards and 29 touchdowns, including 218 yards and a D7 record 4 scores in the championship game.
Dylan Loertscher, Colby- The senior Hornet reeled off 1,870 yards and 37 touchdowns, leading Colby to a 13-1 season and a Division 5 State Runner-Up finish.
Cody Hanke, Marathon- A senior, Hanke caught 33 balls for 619 yards, 9 touchdowns, and was always a threat to break one long, as his 18.7 yard average indicates.
JT Ford, SPASH- The senior caught 27 balls for 558 yards, and an even more impressive 20.6 yard per catch average, plus 5 touchdowns for the Division 1 Runner-Up Panthers.
Sam Arneson, Merrill- Arneson completed 52-percent of his throws, over 1,400 yards, with 14 touchdowns and 10 picks. He also ran for another 900 yards and 14 TD's. The senior Blue Jay is a Division 1 college recruit at tight end. Arneson will wear the cardinal and white next season in Madison.
Matt Hanson, DC Everest- Another repeat performer, Hanson kicked 19 extra points, 6 field goals and sent 9 kickoffs into the endzone.
Congratulations to our NewsChannel 7 offensive 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