For the 52nd year, we here at NewsChannel 7 recognize the best of the best on the grid iron, voted on by the coaches of northcentral Wisconsin.
Here are the players that make up the defensive unit...
We start up front on the line with Mosinee senior KYLE DALSKE.
A force for the co-champs of the Great Northern Conference , Dalske had 39 total tackles and a sack on the season, anchored an Indians line that allowed just 3.6 yards per rush, and selected GNC all-conference.
From Colby, KOLE DENZINE.
The senior solidified the Hornets front line, registering 56 tackles, 8 of those for a loss, with 3 sacks and a forced fumble. Denzine was tabbed All-Cloverbelt Conference.
DAVID KMIECIAK of Stanley-Boyd. The senior was a big reason for the Orioles' 6 shutouts in 9 games and allowed just 54 points.
ERIC SEEHAFER from Marshfield.
A VFA-South all-conference performer, the senior Tiger recorded 64 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery for the VFA-South co-champions.
And from SPASH, it's ADAM WACHOWIAK. A 1st team all-stater and the VFA-South Defensive Player of the Year, the senior Panther had 72 tackles, an impressive 20 tackles for a loss, and 10 sacks for the conference co-champs.
The first of our three linebackers is ZACH BUTERA from Rib Lake/Prentice. The all-Marawood first teamer had 103 tackles, 12 of those went for a loss, to go with 7 sacks, an interception and 3 forced fumbles for the Hawks.
Antigo's RYAN FASSBENDER is one of two underclassmen on our defensive all-stars. The junior Red Robin had 98 tackles, 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery while being named 1st-team all-GNC.
And from Wisconsin Rapids, it's REGIS HENKE. A bruising 6-4, 220 pounds, Henke had 69 tackles, 2 for a loss for the Red Raiders, 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery while being tabbed VFA-South all conference.
At defensive back is Edgar's BLAKE LEHMAN. The junior led the Wildcats to another Marawood Conference championship, and was named all-conference while racking up 46 tackles, 2 for a loss, a sack, a forced fumble, 5 interceptions and one INT returned for a touchdown.
From the division 5 state champion Amherst Falcons, RYAN MAKUSKI. The senior led the state with 14 interceptions to go with 40 tackles, while being chosen as all-CWC-8 and first team all-state.
TYLER ROBIDA of Colby. Selcted to the all-Cloverbelt conference 1st team, the senior Hornet had 72 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and and 3 INT's.
And our punter is BRANDON SIVERTSON from Marion/Tigerton. Sivertson punted 22 times this season for 933 yards, a 42.3 average and was voted to the CWC-10 first team.
Congratulations to the 2012 NewsChannel 7 defensive All-Stars, from all of us at NewsChannel 7.
****Thank you to the following coaches for participating in the nomination/voting process for the 52nd NewsChannel 7 Football All-Stars:
Jake Knapmiller, Abbotsford
Andrew Bradley, Almond-Bancroft
Mark Lusic, Amherst
Matt Weberpal, Antigo
Ryan Bargender, Athens
Josh Nagel, Auburndale
Jeff Rosemeyer, Colby
Jamie Conway, Crandon
Luke Coenen, DC Everest
Jerry Sinz, Edgar
Robin Rosemeyer, Gilman
Jeff Trunkel, Greenwood/Granton
Mike Mestelle, Lakeland
Todd Stoffel, Marathon
Mark Fredy, Marion/Tigerton
Dennis Goettl, Marshfield
Ted Wilson, Medford
Nick Sturm, Merrill
Paul Nievinski, Mosinee
Scott Hilber, Nekoosa
Paul Michlig, Newman
Eric Swanson, Northland Pines
Terry Laube, Owen-Withee
Steve Raczek, Pacelli
Scott Jacquart, Phillips
Dan Hahn, Pittsville
Justin Crandall, Port Edwards
Jim Moore, Rhinelander
Kevin Weiss & Jerry Shoup, Rib Lake/Prentice
Steve Schoof, Rosholt
Jason Gorst, Spencer/Columbus
Jeff Koenig, Stanley-Boyd
Pete McAdams, SPASH
Cal Tackes, Stratford
Brian Fritz, Three Lakes
John Larson, Tomahawk
Steve Jung, Wausau East
Kevin Grundy, Wausau West
Tony Biolo, Wisconsin Rapids
Aaron Doll, Wittenberg-Birnamwood