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PREP FOOTBALL: All-Area Football first team offense and defense
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Tanner Menke,

Jackson County Central

Possessing perhaps "the best throwing arm that we have ever had here" according to coach Tom Schuller, senior Tanner Menke owns every career passing record at JCC.


Menke was 106-for-215 this season, racking up 2,067 yards and 19 touchdown passes. He is number one all-time at JCC in career completions (231), yards (3,838) and TD passes (40).

Isaac Heard,


Putting together another big year under center was senior Isaac Heard, who engineered the high-powered Flying Dutchmen's offense which routinely scored more than 60 points each Friday night.

Heard was 112-for-171 passing with 2,067 yards and 26 touchdowns to his credit. He also gained 502 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns.

Parker Lanoue,


Leading the Little Sioux Conference in passing yards (1,941) and touchdown passes (22), senior Parker Lanoue completed a school-record 62 percent of his aerials this season.

Lanoue had a pair of games with five TD strikes this season and finished his career with nearly 3,800 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 17 games as the Panthers' signal-caller.

Colin Brons,

Harris-Lake Park

Showcasing a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 32-to-4, senior Colin Brons had another standout season under center for the Wolves.

Brons completed 134-of-208 passes for 1,970 yards and also finished his career as the school's all-time leader in single-season and career sacks as a defensive end.

Carter Kirk

Mountain Lake Area

Featuring outstanding size (6-foot-7, 220 pounds) and athleticism, junior Carter Kirk had another big year and led the Wolverines to the Class 9-man state tournament.

Kirk passed for 1,513 yards and 19 touchdowns in addition to running for 728 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had a trio of games with more than 100 yards rushing as a true dual-threat quarterback.

Running backs

Dalton Bass

Hills-Beaver Creek

Selected as the Southern Confederacy Conference West Division's Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season, senior Dalton Bass led the Patriots to a perfect 8-0 regular-season record.

Bass ran the ball 183 times for 1,513 yards and scored a total of 32 touchdowns (27 rushing, three receiving, one defensive, one punt return) this season. He finished his stellar career with 3,961 yards rushing and 80 TDs (both school records).

Darick Vancura,

Jackson County Central

A bruising-type player who was not afraid of contact, Darick Vancura put together one of the best seasons for a running back in Huskies' history.

Vancura set single-season school records for yards rushing (1,806) and touchdown runs (23). He had back-to-back games in the playoffs with more than 250 yards and multiple TDs.

Jack Thony,

Murray County Central

A threat to score every time he touched the ball, senior Jack Thony provided many big plays for the Rebels.

Thony gained more than 1,700 yards rushing and averaged 9.9 yards per carry. He had 15 touchdown runs and a pair of TD receptions, as well.

Alec Swan,


Capable of producing big plays either as a running back or as a wide receiver, senior Alec Swan accounted for more than 1,000 yards of offense and 12 total touchdowns this year.

Swan's career numbers include 2,069 yards rushing, 1,061 yards receiving and 36 total TDs.

Blake Jouwstra,


Described by coach Andrew Fleischman as "the best fullback we have had at Edgerton," senior Blake Jouwstra excelled both as a blocker and a runner for the Flying Dutchmen.

Jouwstra recorded 22 "pancake" blocks as a lead blocker, gained 901 yards on 83 carries and ran for 14 touchdowns. He also had 322 yards receiving and four TD catches.

Wide Receivers

Jeff DeCock,

Red Rock Central

Finishing with every single-season and career receiving record at Red Rock Central, senior Jeff DeCock was certainly a big-time performer for the Falcons.

DeCock had 30 receptions for 567 yards and nine touchdowns this year, ending his career with 89 catches for 1,494 yards and 25 TDs.

Eli Ihnen,

Harris-Lake Park

One of the go-to players for Harris-Lake Park was senior Eli Ihnen, who excelled on both sides of the ball and led the Wolves to an 8-3 record.

Ihnen had 64 receptions for 1,019 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also racked up 175 total tackles and was recognized as the Defensive Player of the Year in District 1 8-man.


Jake Diekmann,


A standout on both sides of the line of scrimmage, senior tackle Jake Diekmann played a major part in the success of the Adrian Dragons throughout his four years on the varsity.

He helped block for an offense that gained 267 yards per game and also recorded a total of 127 tackles (13 for a loss) and five sacks as a defensive tackle this season.

Cody Rofshus,


Using his size (6-4, 270) and strength to his advantage, junior tackle Cody Rofshus anchored the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball for Luverne.

Rofshus was "the key blocker in many of our run plays throughout the last two years" according to coach Todd Oye.

Austin Peterson,


Described by coach Derek Flann as "the best offensive lineman for a unit that averaged nearly 33 points per game," senior guard Austin Peterson had a great season for the Panthers.

Peterson converted from fullback to the offensive line and also excelled as a middle linebacker, recording a team-best 95 tackles this year.

Austin Mertens,


When the Flying Dutchmen needed a first down on a short-yardage situation, they ran behind junior guard Austin Mertens and his 32 "pancake" blocks this season.

Also a defensive end, Mertens was selected as the Lineman of the Year in the Southern Confederacy Conference's West Division for his outstanding play on both sides of the line of scrimmage.



Henry Rogotzke,

Red Rock Central

A mainstay along the line of scrimmage, senior tackle Henry Rogotzke was a leader on both sides of the ball for the last several years at Red Rock Central.

Rogotzke charted 74 tackles (17 for a loss) and two sacks this season, finishing his four-year career as a defensive starter with 198 tackles (27 for a loss) and five sacks.

Alex Weis,


Selected as the co-Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Southwest Conference, senior tackle Alex Weis combined size (6-2, 230), strength and quickness to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

Weis, who also averaged nearly 40 yards per punt attempt, had a big game against Worthington when he registered multiple sacks and recovered a Trojans' punt that he blocked in the end zone for a touchdown.

Josh Grev,

Mountain Lake Area

One of the Wolverines' best defensive players was junior tackle Josh Grev, who also started on the offensive line and played a lot on special teams, as well.

Grev was in on 116 total tackles (12 for a loss) and also had eight sacks, five fumble recoveries and two interceptions during MLA's run to the Class 9-man state tournament.

Adam Garms,


A player that coach Randy Strand could always count on to show up and play well, senior Adam Garms gave the Dragons a pass-rushing presence as a defensive end.

Garms charted 85 tackles (15 for a loss) and nine sacks, helping an Adrian defensive unit that held its opponents to 208 yards per game.


Brett Heronimus,


Rarely leaving the field and making lots of big plays, senior Brett Heronimus was one of many versatile players who helped lead Luverne to a 9-2 season.

Heronimus scored five defensive touchdowns in the last two years and also finishes his career with big passing (114-for-233, 1,467 yards, 18 TDs) and rushing (275 carries, 1,388 yards, 18 TDs) numbers.

Devin Miranowski,

Murray County Central

Leading the Little Sioux Conference in total tackles for the second consecutive season, senior Devin Miranowski was a force in the middle of MCC's defense.

Miranowski, who also started at right guard and helped block for a pair of 1,000-yard running backs this year, charted 93 tackles (24 for a loss).

Jake Tiede,


Selected as the Little Sioux Conference's co-Most Valuable Defensive Back, senior Jake Tiede was certainly a force to be reckoned with on the football field throughout his career.

Tiede finished with 165 total tackles from his middle linebacker position and also carried the ball 145 times for 715 yards and 12 TDs as the Dragons' fullback this season.

Derek Voge,


Leading Edgerton/Ellsworth's defense with 110 tackles, Derek Voge was recognized as the Southern Confederacy Conference's Defensive Player of the Year this season.

"Derek has a nose for the ball that consistently puts him where he needs to be," coach Andrew Fleischman said.

Dana Madson,

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Described by coaches Leo Theisen and Carter Ross as "the heart and soul of our defense and offense," senior Dana Madson had a big season for the Chargers.

Madson racked up 120 tackles, two sacks and two interceptions from his linebacker position. He also gained 815 yards rushing and scored 15 TDs as W-WG's featured running back.

Jeff Sandbulte,

Hills-Beaver Creek

A playmaker on each side of the ball, senior Jeff Sandbulte contributed greatly to the Patriots' 9-1 season and Southern Confederacy Conference West Division championship.

Sandbulte charted 60 tackles and five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) as an outside linebacker. He also had 32 receptions for 446 yards and 10 TDs as a tight end.

Alex Ossefoort,

Pipestone Area

A dynamic player with the ball in his hands, senior Alex Ossefoort had a big season for Pipestone Area.

Ossefoort charted 74 tackles and two interceptions, but perhaps made more of an impact offensively. He had 503 yards rushing, 464 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.

Kurt Schmitz,

Southwestern United

A leader on and off the field, SWU's Kurt Schmitz "played the game the way it is supposed to be played," according to coach Jason Fisher.

Schmitz charted 85 tackles and also gained 994 yards rushing, scoring 11 touchdowns and four two-point conversions for the Wildcats.

Zach Holt,


Leading the Raiders in tackles (103), yards receiving (421) and yards rushing (543), senior Zach Holt provided lots of big plays on both sides of the ball.

Holt scored a total of 10 touchdowns this season in addition to accounting for nearly 1,000 yards of offense. He also averaged 24.5 yards per kick return.

Will Dudley,


Selected by his teammates and coaches as the Trojans' best player on defense and special teams, junior Will Dudley was an all-around playmaker this season.

Dudley led Worthington in defensive points, solo tackles and tackles for a loss. He also blocked three punts and played some at quarterback early in the year, as well.


Kyle Luhmann,

Jackson County Central

A "jack of all trades" according to coach Tom Schuller, Kyle Luhmann was a reliable performer for a Huskies' team that advanced to the Class AA state tournament.

Luhmann led JCC with 41 receptions and 858 yards receiving this season, reeling in six aerials for scores. He also had two INTs.

Skyler Wenninger,


Described by coach Todd Oye as "one of the best big-play players Luverne has had in the last 10 years," Skyler Wenninger had a standout season.

Wenninger played a solid cornerback and was also a key to the Cardinals' dual-quarterback offense. He racked up 933 yards rushing, 751 yards passing and a total of 16 TDs, also seeing time at running back.

Compiled by Lucas Knutson

Honorable Mention:

Michael Rivera,

senior, quarterback,

Windom Area

Trevor Ruesch,

senior, defensive back, Fulda

Jordan Dingmann,

junior, running back,


Nate Loosbrock,

senior, cornerback,


Levi Bunting,

junior, tight end, Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Andrew Merrick,

senior, running back,

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Aaron Hass,

senior, defensive end,

Westbrook-Walnut Grove

Alex Hayenga,

senior, running back,


Ryan Klassen,

senior, fullback,

Mountain Lake Area

Andrew Hempeck,

junior, running back,

Mountain Lake Area

Max Whitehead,

senior, tight end,

Murray County Central

Tanner Hiveley,

senior, linebacker,

Harris-Lake Park

Kade Heikens,

senior, running back,

Harris-Lake Park


All-Area FootbalL

2012 Final Standings




Marshall 6 0 9 1

Luverne 5 1 9 2

Jackson County Central 4 2 10 3

Pipestone Area 3 3 5 5

Worthington 2 4 3 6

Redwood Valley 1 5 3 7

Windom Area 0 6 0 9

Little Sioux


Dawson-Boyd 6 1 11 2

Minneota/Lincoln HI 6 1 9 2

Adrian 6 1 8 3

Canby 5 2 6 4

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton 3 4 4 5

Murray County Central 3 4 4 6

MACCRAY 2 6 2 7

Russell-Tyler-Ruthven 1 6 1 8

Lakeview 0 7 0 9

Southern Minnesota


Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 7 0 10 1

Springfield 5 2 7 3

New Ulm Cathedral 5 2 7 4

Wabasso 4 3 5 5

Red Rock Central 4 3 4 5

Cedar Mountain/Comfrey 2 5 3 6

Buffalo Lake-Hect.-Stew. 1 6 1 8

Sleepy Eye 0 7 1 8

Southern Confederacy

East Division


Nicollet 8 0 10 1

Cleveland 6 2 7 3

Madelia 6 2 7 3

Granada-H-EC/Truman 3 5 3 6

Janesville-Wald.-Pem. 3 5 3 6

Randolph 1 7 1 8

Alden-Conger 0 8 0 9

West Division


Hills-Beaver Creek 8 0 9 1

Edgerton/Ellsworth 7 1 9 2

Mountain Lake Area 6 2 9 3

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 4 4 4 5

Fulda 2 6 3 7

Southwestern United 2 6 2 7

Renville County West 0 8 0 9


Class 2A: District 1


Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley 6 0 11 1

Sheldon 5 1 8 3

Cent. Lyon/Geo.-L.R. 4 2 6 4

MOC-Floyd Valley 3 3 5 5

Sioux Center 2 4 3 6

Unity Christian 1 5 2 7

Cherokee 0 6 0 9

Class A: District 1


West Lyon 6 1 9 2

Akron-Westfield 6 1 10 2

Hinton 5 2 10 4

Lawton-Bronson 4 3 6 3

Woodbury Central 4 3 6 4

West Sioux 2 5 2 7

Alta/Aurelia 1 6 1 8

Sibley-Ocheyedan 0 7 1 8

Class 8: District 1


Marcus-Meriden-Cleg. 7 0 14 0

Harris-Lake Park 6 1 8 3

Remsen-Union 5 2 6 4

River Valley 3 4 4 5

Kingsley-Pierson 3 4 3 6

Remsen St. Mary's 3 4 3 6

Whiting 1 6 1 8

Clay Central-Everly 0 7 0 9