The Lakeland conference recently released the 2020 All-Conference teams. It features players from Grantsburg, Siren and Webster.
The Pirates had three players named to the first team offense.
“Well deserved for all 3 of these young men,” Pirate head coach Adam Hale said.
Junior offensive lineman Ike Lee and junior running back Isaac Quimby were named to the team. Lee was helpful in Quimby rushing for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
“Lee has been a solid 2 way player for the last two seasons and turned into our leader on the offensive line,” Hale said. “Quimby was a threat any time he had the ball and had a number of big runs at key times to help us win games.”
Senior quarterback Sterling McKinley was the only QB on the first All-Conference team. He threw for over 1,200 yards this season along with 13 touchdown passes. McKinley also tallied 176 yards rushing the ball this year and nine rushing touchdowns.
McKinley was also named All-Region QB, “a huge honor,” Hale said.
“McKinley made himself into a first team QB with all of the efforts put in the weight room and throwing in the off season,” Hale commented. “We wouldn't have had the year we had without him, that's for sure.”
Juniors Zach Miller and Aidan Burkman were named to the second All-Conference team. Miller at wide receiver led the team in yards, 434 yards, and touchdowns with nine. Burkman was the second leading rusher for the Pirates. He rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns.
“If they would have chosen a first team by position, Zach Miller would have been a first team WR no question. Along with the big numbers he put up catching the ball, he continued to improve as a blocker,” Hale said. “Aidan Burkman is a first team talent that just didn't have the carries that some of the other backs in the league had but had several big plays running and receiving.
Junior offensive lineman Gage Hall was named as an honorable mention for the All-Conference teams.
“Gage took a huge step forward this year and really developed into a physical presence for us on the o-line,” Hale said. “If he continues to work and improve, he could have a terrific senior season.”
Senior kicker Jared VanWatermeulen was named first team defense All-Conference, the only special teams player to be named All-Conference. He missed just one of the 32 extra point attempts this season.
“Jared has been a huge weapon for us over the past four years and made a number of big time kicks,” Hale said. “We'll miss him next year for certain.”
Senior linebacker Carter Johnson and Junior defensive lineman Cam Denn were also named to the first All-Conference team on defense.
“Johnson and Denn both put a lot of time in the weight room and worked themselves into good defensive players,” Hale said. “They played physical and weren't afraid to hit.”
Junior Sam Prusinski, defensive lineman, and Aaron Burkman were both named second team All-Conference on defense.
“Sam and Aaron really improved over the season and we're looking for both of them to be big impact players next season,” Hale said.
Junior linebacker Trevor Anderson and Lee were both named as honorable mentions on defense. Anderson had 51 total tackles this year and a forced fumble. Lee had 32 total tackles.
“Trevor had a nice year at inside linebacker and continues to improve. Ike has been steady on both sides of the ball,” Hale said.
The Siren Dragons had a handful of players named to the 2020 Lakeland-West 8-player team.
Three seniors were selected to the team. Linebacker Jimmy Krentke made the defense first team, offensive lineman Nate Curry made second team on offense and wide receiver Brady Kosloski was selected as a honorable mention on offense.
Head coach Ryan Karsten spoke to the Sentinel about his senior players.
“It was a nice way for Jimmy to end his high school football career. Jimmy is a great kid on and off the field and he was our leader on the defensive side of the ball,” Karsten said.
Krentke led the team with three sacks and 73 total tackles.
“It was great for Nate (Curry) to get that award, he works really and gives great effort,” Karsten said.
“His award is a recognition of the many positions he has played and helped his team. Brady played where his team needed him to play and did it well,” Karsten said.
Karsten added that all three of these seniors will be missed next year.
Siren Sophomore quarterback Nick Webster was named on the first team for offense and honorable mention on defense. At QB, Webster threw for 1,050 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 370 yards and six touchdowns. On defense Webster had an interception and 27 total tackles.
“Nick had a good year for the Dragons,” Karsten said. “He was a dual threat QB, He led the conference in passing with over 1000 yards and he also almost 400 yards rushing. He was our best DB that would come up and tackle on defense. I look for Nick to take a huge step for next year on both sides of the ball.”
Junior linebacker Taedon Nichols was named to the second defense team. Nichols compiled 55 total tackles with two sacks and a forced fumble.
“Taedon worked harder than any of my players in the off season and it showed on the field,” Karsten noted. “He was a fixture on defense and didn't miss a play on defense.”
Sophomore running back Luke Pettis was an honorable mention on offense. Pettis rushed for 232 yards on 38 carries with two rushing touchdowns. He caught 15 passes for 200 yards and another touchdown.
“Luke had a good year for us. He was new to the team and had to learn how our offense works and where he fit in,” Karsten commented. “Once we got that done, he took off. I expect great things out of him next year.”
Freshman wide receiver Ethan Ruud had an outbreak season and was named as an honorable mention on offense. Ruud caught 23 passes for 261 yards and two touchdowns.
Ethan Ruud - HM Offense – “Ethan had one of the best Varsity years for a freshman in the conference,” Karsten said. “He lead us in catches and has great rapport with Nick. I am excited to see what Ethan can do over the next 3 years.”
The Webster Tigers had three players named to the All-Conference team. Head Coach Andy Smith said, “I am proud of the effort that these players have put in and glad they are being recognized.”
Senior offensive lineman Tristan Benjamin was named to the first team All-Conference. Junior offensive lineman Brady Madsen was named to the second team All-Conference.
Senior wide receiver Mason Gustagson was named as an honorable mention on offense. Gustafson had 16 receptions this season for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball 43 attempts for over 200 yards.
Senior linebacker Tim Fornengo was named to the first team All-Conference. Fornengo led the Tigers with 66 total tackles and 10 tackles for loss.
Junior defensive back Gage Rossow made the second All-Conference team. He lead the team with five interceptions this season while racking up 45 total tackles.
Junior linebacker Evan Sikorski was named as an honorable mention on defense. Sikorski had one interception, one fumble recovery and 39 total tackles this season.