Eleven area prep gridders were named to the Iowa Newspaper Association's 2006 All-State teams, it was announced late last week.
Newell-Fonda, Alta, Sioux Central and Galva-Holstein each placed two players on the teams, while Aurelia, Schaller-Crestland and Laurens-Marathon each had one player picked.
In Class A, Alta offensive lineman Morgan Van Houten was named first-team all state. A 6-foot, 235 senior, he helped Alta to a second place district finish and a state playoff berth. He helped the Cyclones rush for 2,714 yards.
Also making Class A first team all-state was Galva Holstein linebacker Austin Todd.
In Class 1A, Sioux Central sophomore Trevor Tiefenthaler was named to the second team. The 5-foot-11 150 pound wide receiver caught 37 passes for 502 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played in the defensive backfield, notching seven interceptions.
Newell-Fonda's offensive lineman Lance Bellinghausen was named to the second team in Class A. A 6-2, 235-pound senior, Bellinghausen helped the Mustangs rush for a school record 3,745 yards this season.
Schaller-Crestland linebacker Jon Grundmeier was also named to the Class A all-state third team. A 6-2, 265 pound senior, Grundmeier anchored the Wildcats' offensive line for the past three seasons.
Two defensive lineman were named to the all-state third team, including senior Daniel Borchers of Galva-Holstein and Alta's Scott Radke.
A 6-3, 225-pound defensive end, Radke led the Cyclones with 103 tackles, including 70 solo tackles. He used his speed to notch seven quarterback sacks.
Newell-Fonda landed linebacker Travis Kies on the third team. A 6-2, 235 pound senior, Kies led the Mustangs with 93 tackles, including 23 solo tackles.
The first team all-district selection picked off seven passes this season.
Laurens-Marathon's David Brechler was named to the Class A third team as a defensive back. A 5-11, 180-pound senior, Brechler registered 54 tackles and added two interceptions this fall.
Named to the 1A third team was Sioux Central running back Justin Shideler. A 6-2 senior, Shideler was one of Iowa's leading ground gainers, and helped set a new single season school record (1,483 yards).
In the Eight Man Class, Aurelia's Jacob Bruce was named to the all-state first team. In 2006, Bruce was one of the leading receivers in the area.