GRANTSBURG – Postseason appearances for both the Grantsburg and Webster football teams were accompanied by all-conference designation for players on each team.
In the 2019 selections for the Lakeland Conference, the Pirates had five players selected on offense and six on defense while the Tigers had four picks on both sides of the ball.
Grantsburg’s lone first-team selection was junior offensive lineman Ike Lee; three teammates were selected for second-team status. Sophomore running back Isaac Quimby led the Pirates’ rushing attack with 752 yards and six touchdowns; senior tight end Reed Arnold had 22 catches for 304 yards and six touchdowns; sophomore Zach Miller led the team with 25 catches for 484 yards and four touchdowns.
Webster senior Coleton Peterson, who spent time at quarterback while leading the team in receiving and ranking second in rushing, was a second-team selection. He had 10 catches for 132 yards, 82 carries for 334 yards and two rushing touchdowns along with 204 yards passing and a touchdown. Teammate and fellow senior Harlo Olson also was a second-team pick.
The Pirates also had junior quarterback Sterling McKinley and junior lineman Carter Johnson included in honorable mentions, along with Webster’s junior lineman Jacob Berg and senior running back Nathan Stadler. McKinley passed for 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns; Stadler led the Tigers’ run game with 724 yards and eight touchdowns.
A pair of Grantsburg players were included in first-team defensive selections. Senior defensive back Dane Jensen had 47 tackles and a team-high six interceptions; he was joined by junior kicker Jared VanWatermuelen, who made six of his seven field goal attempts and kicked 26 extra points.
Senior defensive back Keith Glienke, junior linebacker Tim Fornego and lineman teammate Olson were second-team defensive selections for Webster. Glienke had a team-high 70 tackles while Fornego had 59 and Olson added 50. Arnold and senior lineman Levi Miller were second-team selections for Grantsburg; Arnold led the Pirates with 90 tackles and Miller had 51.
Lee and senior defensive back Garret Johnson were defensive honorable mentions for the Pirates; Lee had 53 tackles and Johnson had 54. Webster’s sophomore linebacker Evan Sikorski got an honorable mention after ranking second on the team with 60 tackles.