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Rice named player of year

Abbotsford’s Evan Reis of Abbotsford can’t keep Iola-Scandinavia quarterback Jensen Rice from picking up a first down during the regular season. Central Wisconsin Conference-Small coaches named Rice as the CWC-Small player of the year on offense. I-S coach Scott Erickson was also named the league’s coach of the year after leading the Thunderbirds to a CWC-Small championship and a spot in the WIAA playoffs. Holly Neumann Photo

T-Birds on all-conference teams

By Greg Seubert

Not only did Iola-Scandinavia’s football team win a Central Wisconsin Conference-Small championship this season, the Thunderbirds also had the league’s offensive player and coach of the year.

CWC-Small coaches named sophomore quarterback Jensen Rice as offensive player of the year. He is one of several Iola-Scandinavia players to receive all-conference recognition.

Joining Rice on the first team are senior Weston Knorr (inside linebacker); juniors Ryan Doede (offensive and defensive lineman), Brian Krosberg (offensive lineman) and Kyrylo Kopytsia (defensive back); and freshmen Korz Loken (tight end and outside linebacker) and Alex Robbins wide receiver).

The second team includes Knorr (offensive lineman); Kopytsia (running back); juniors Billy Myers (inside linebacker) and Grant Fredy (outside linebacker); and sophomore Charlie Tappa (defensive back).

Sophomore Owen Wolberg made the honorable mention team as an offensive lineman.

Iola-Scandinavia’s Scott Erickson was named coach of the year.

Central Wisconsin Conference-Small
All-Conference Football Teams

First Team Offense

Quarterback: Jensen Rice*, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia.

Running back: Manny Schultz, senior, Assumption; Louis Nikolai, senior, Loyal.

Wide receiver: Logan Mayer, senior, Pacelli; Alex Robbins, freshman, Iola-Scandinavia.
Tight end: Korz Loken, freshman, Iola-Scandinavia.

Lineman: Adam Haasl, senior, Assumption; Devon Roehl, junior, Loyal; Ryan Doede*, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Dane Luchterhand, senior, Loyal; Brian Krosberg, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Kicker: Mason Kubis*, senior, Assumption.

First Team Defense

Lineman: Cain Toufar, sophomore, Loyal; Ryan Doede, junior, Iola-Scandinavia; Magnus Hilgers, junior, Rosholt; Adam Haasl, senior, Assumption.

Linebacker: Mitchell Grover, junior, Pacelli; Tryn Schell, junior, Loyal.

Inside linebacker: Weston Knorr*, senior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Outside linebacker: Korz Loken*, freshman, Iola-Scandinavia.

Back: Andrew Van Order, senior, Pacelli; Louis Nikolai*, senior, Loyal; Kyrylo Kopytsia, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Punter: Manny Schultz*, senior, Assumption.

Second Team Offense

Quarterback: Reed Stieglitz, sophomore, Loyal.

Running back: Bryce Flaker, freshman, Pacelli; Kyrylo Kopytsia, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Wide receiver: Joseph Johnson, junior, Assumption.

Wide receiver/kick returner: Jaxon Peterson, senior, Rosholt.

Tight end: Cain Toufar, sophomore, Loyal.

Lineman: Eli Birrenkott, junior, Pacelli; Mitchell Grover, junior, Pacelli; Gunner Krause, senior, Assumption; Brad Jorgensen, senior, Assumption; Hudson Hanson, senior, Loyal; Weston Knorr, senior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Second Team Defense

Lineman: Gavin Murray, junior, Pacelli; Ryan Zblewski, junior, Rosholt; Gunner Krause, senior, Assumption; Brad Jorgensen, senior, Assumption.

Linebacker: Eli Birrenkott, junior, Pacelli.

Inside linebacker: Billy Myers, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Outside linebacker: Wyatt Lorbiecki, junior, Rosholt; Grant Fredy, junior, Iola-Scandinavia.

Back: Joseph Johnson, junior, Assumption; Charlie Tappa, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia.

Honorable Mention Offense

Quarterback: Andrew Van Order, senior, Pacelli.

Running back: Eli Lugo, junior, Rosholt; Caleb Zick, sophomore, Rosholt; Tryn Scheel, junior, Loyal.
Wide receiver: Gavin Eron, sophomore, Rosholt.

Lineman: Chase Lyons, junior, Pacelli; Zack Jeidy, junior, Pacelli; Owen Wolberg, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia.


Lineman: TJ Wierzba, senior, Rosholt.

Inside linebacker: Keegan O’Donnell, junior, Rosholt.

Outside linebacker: Antek Kosmolski, junior, Rosholt.

Player of the year: Jensen Rice, sophomore, Iola-Scandinavia (offense); Louis Nikolai, senior, Loyal (defense).

Coach of the year: Scott Erickson, Iola-Scandinavia.

  • – Denotes unanimous selection.
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