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Eleven area gridders earn all-state honors

Monday, November 27, 2006

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.



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