51 years running now, NewsChannel 7 has recognized the best football players in central and northcentral Wisconsin. Time now to meet the offensive lineup for the 2011 NewsChannel 7 Football All-Stars.
We'll start with the line, and Brad Bernarde of Marathon.
At 6-4, 305 pounds, Bernarde is a mountain of a man. He benches 340, squats 465, and protected a Red Raider lineup that bulldozed its way to level 2 of the playoffs.
Next is Hayden Biegel of Rapids.
Just a junior, he's a 6-6, 225 pound talent who the Red Raiders run behind the most, with two 1,000 yard rushers to show for it. His coach says his aggressiveness and physical play are the cornerstone of their offense. Biegel is a 1st team all-state choice.
As is our next lineman, Alex Jorgenson from the Division 5 state champion Colby Hornets.
A repeat selection, the 6-5 260 pound Hornet led the way for two 1,000 yard rushers and an offense that racked up more than 4,000 yards of offense.
Justin Mueller helped guide Spencer/Columbus to a return to the postseason after a 4-year absence.
Just a junior, Mueller stands 6-1, 275 pounds, and most of the Rockets' offense is based on him pulling in either direction.
Finally, there's Viktor Stelter from Edgar.
A 6-3, 220 pounder for an offense that was 2nd in the state at over 49 points per game and a 1st team all-stater. Stelter was a 3-year starter, winning 2 state titles and a 40-1 record over that span.
Stelter's blocking helped Kyle Schueller run for 1,265 yards with an 11.4 average per carry and 33 touchdowns, and another 360 yards and 6 scores thru the air. The Marawood Conference's back of the year, Schueller set a new state record with 50 total touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams...
Devin Peterson from Division 1 state runner up Wisconsin Rapids.
Peterson was the catalyst for that vaunted Red Raider rushing attack, averaging almost 5.5 yards per rush, going for 1,402 yards and 21 touchdowns and another 2 scores receiving.
Our third running back is Nekoosa's Austin Kukulka.
The Papermaker found the end zone 24 times on the ground, rushing for 1,553 yards plus more than 200 yards and 4 TD's catching the ball for the state's 8th best scoring offense at nearly 45 points per outing.
At receiver is DC Everest's Brent Esser.
His 1,306 yards were tops in the state, 4th with 64 catches and tied for 4th with 16 touchdowns. A threat in every aspect, he also had 2 rushing TD's, one passing, a punt return and interception return for a score.
Jordan Roosa of Mosinee.
His 56 catches good enough for 11th in the state, for 863 yards and 12 touchdowns. The GNC's offensive player of the year, he led the Indians to an undefeated regular season.
Our quarterback is Marshfield's Elliott Ashbeck.
Tabbed the VFA-South offensive player of the year, he completed 56 percent of his throws for 1,972 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
And our kicker is Marshfield's Gus Utech.
7-of-13 in field goals, but a perfect 4-for-4 from inside 30 yards...
33-for-36 on extra points. And 37 of his 66 kick offs were into the end zone.
Congratulations to the 2011 NewsChannel 7 Offensive All-Stars, from all of us at NewsChannel 7.
**The All-Stars are voted on exclusively by the coaches of Central and Northcentral Wisconsin. NewsChannel 7 would like to thank the following coaches for participating in the 2011 NC7 Football All-Stars. Without them, this tradition would not be possible.
Jake Knapmiller, Abbotsford
Mark Lusic, Amherst
John Lund, Antigo
Jim Dobbs, Athens
Josh Nagel, Auburndale
Jeff Trochil, Chequamegon
Jeff Rosemeyer, Colby
Luke Coenen, DC Everest
Jerry Sinz, Edgar
Matt Meronk, Elcho-White Lake
Chad Hanson, Greenwood/Granton
Mike Mestelle, Lakeland
Todd Stoffel, Marathon
Dave Jueds & Mark Fredy, Marion/Tigerton
Dennis Goettl, Marshfield
Ted Wilson, Medford
Tom Tourtillott, Merrill
Paul Nievinski, Mosinee
Scott Hilber, Nekoosa
Paul Michlig, Newman
Terry Laube, Owen-Withee
Scott Jacquart, Phillips
Jeff Sullivan, Port Edwards
Jim Moore, Rhinelander
Kevin Weiss & Jerry Shoup, Rib Lake/Prentice
Jason Gorst, Spencer/Columbus
Jeff Koenig, Stanley-Boyd
Cal Tackes, Stratford
John Larson, Tomahawk
Steve Jung, Wausau East
Kevin Grundy, Wausau West
Tony Biolo, Wisconsin Rapids
Chuck Wavrunek, Wittenberg-Birnamwood