LANCASTER — Now that the regular season for all high school sports teams has wrapped up, it is time for area leagues to hand out individual awards.
There was no shortage of Fairfield County players receiving honors in the Mid-State League.
Mid-State League-Cardinal Division football
Berne Union senior quarterback Hanson Holter was named as the back of the year, and Fisher Catholic’s Jacob Burley was the lineman of the year. The Irish’s Hayden Muckensturm was selected as the Ernie Godfrey award winner, and Fairfield Christian Academy coach B.J. Queen took home the George Murphy award.
Harvest Prep won the league with a 6-0 mark, and the Warriors were the only team in the league to qualify for the playoffs. Fisher Catholic (5-1) finished second, Millersport (4-2) third, followed by Fairfield Christian (2-4) and Berne Union (1-5).
Taking home first team honors were Fisher Catholic’s Allen McCall, Jared Faulkner, Muckensturm and Burley; Millersport’s Mike Seeger, Nathan Sandusky and Beau Thorne; Fairfield Christian’s Josh Heeter, Austin Coleman and Niko Moxley; and Berne Union’s Chaz Dickerson and Holter.
Second team selections included the Irish’s Parker Brady, Brendan Handy, Ryan McGee and Aaron Van Fossen; the Lakers’ Sebastian Bateman, Isacc Butts and Dalton Ankeney; The Knights’ Ross Brandt and Zach Hasl; and the Rockets’ Jacob Ricker and Braden Little.
Honorable mentions included Fisher Catholic’s Logan Loy, Brock Conrad and Devante Herron; Millersport’s Steven Berry, Cory Jude and Storm Singleton; and Fairfield Christian’s Kyle Mosley, Bobby Leeper and Caleb Laubenthal.
MSL-Buckeye Division football
Teays Valley went undefeated (7-0) and was just one of two teams to make the playoffs. Hamilton Township (6-1) finished second, followed by Logan Elm (4-3), Bloom-Carroll (4-3), Circleville (3-4), Fairfield Union (2-5), Liberty Union (1-6) and Amanda-Clearcreek (1-6).
The Aces’ Jordan Leasure took home the Ernie Godfrey award.
Earning first team honors were Bloom-Carroll’s Cody Howard, Grant Dozer and Dylan Jude; Liberty Union’s Adam Taylor and Michael Betts; Fairfield Union’s Hunter Sunkle and Braden Heston; and Amanda-Clearcreek’s Leasure.
Second-team selections included the Bulldogs’ Isaac Spangler, Frankie Williams and Vincent Wisecarver; the Lions’ Braden Glasgow and Jake Dempsey; the Falcons’ Jack Young, Andrew McCandlish and Colin Woodside; and the Aces’ R.J. Martin and Keaton Baldwin.
Honorable mentions included Bloom-Carroll’s Dylan Collier, Noah Wolfe and Fisher Jones; Liberty Union’s Jack Bitler, Jackson Smith and Kyle Varney; Fairfield Union’s Nick Schultz, Ray Petros and Jacob Figgins; and Amanda-Clearcreek’s Lance Clevenger, Landon Roberts and Mack Smith.
The Fairfield Union boys team won the league with an 8-0-1 record. The Falcons’ Nick Fry and coach Shane Perdew were selected as the player and coach of the year, respectively.
Earning first team honors were Fairfield Union’s Nathaniel Castle, Hayden Price, Brandon Moeller and Fry; Bloom-Carroll’s Chance Ertuncay and Devin Delong; Amanda-Clearcreek’s Lane Woodruff; Liberty Union’s Braden Moon; and Fisher Catholic’s Carter Corcoran.
Second team selections were the Falcons’ Michael Rose and Jared Foster, the Aces’ Christian Meadows, the Bulldogs’ Devin Heiberger and Clayton Dunn, the Irish’s Travis Bales and the Lions’ Tyler Thomas. Honorable mentions were Fairfield Union’s Cameron Childers and Ben Miller, Bloom-Carroll’s Nick Ehrenborg and Tyler Swafford, Amanda-Clearcreek’s Trevor Young and Jacob Lamb, Fisher Catholic’s David Wood and Max Gavin, and Liberty Union’s Nathan Shifflet and Zac Bankes.
Bloom-Carroll’s girls went 8-0 to win the league for the third consecutive season. Fairfield Union (6-1-1) finished second and was district runner-up. The Bulldogs’ Ellyse McKenzie and Mark Casperson were selected as player and coach of the year.
First team honors went to Bloom-Carroll’s Melanie Casto, Lauren Bussert and McKenzie; Amanda-Clearcreek’s Dayle Hedges and Haley Hedrick; Fairfield Union’s Theron Ruff, Parker Ruff and Taylor Davis; Fisher Catholic’s Sydney Frank; and Liberty Union’s Anna Dominquez.
Second team selections were the Bulldogs’ Morgan Eakin, Abby Shirkey and Abby Luckhaupt; the Falcons’ Nichole Huston, Rachel Verdow and Abbi Baker; the Aces’ Ashlynne Wells, Michaela Sahr and Cheyenne Reid; the Irish’s Emma Tobin; and the Lions’ Alyssa Hilliard. Honorable mentions were Bloom-Carroll’s Sienna Henne, Jenna Schmidt and Miranda Frear; Fairfield Union’s Noelle Rauch, Liz LaRock and Madison Newell; Amanda-Clearcreek’s Lexi Butterbaugh and Riley Stoneburner; and Fisher Catholic’s Ashlyn Quaintance.
Bloom-Carroll went undefeated in the Buckeye Division. Bryce Walters was the player of the year for second consecutive season and the Bulldogs Denny Norris was the coach of the year.
First team selections were Bloom-Carroll’s Jake Roach, Noah Frase and Walters along with Fairfield Union’s Drew Mahler and Devin Munyan. Second team selections were the Bulldogs’ Scotty Phillips and the Falcons’ Brent Gulling and Cole Cisco. Honorable mentions were Amanda-Clearcreek’s Ryan Chaffiris, Fairfield Union’s Thomas Green and Liberty Union’s Austin Young.
Fisher Catholic went undefeated in the Cardinal Division, and the Irish also won a district title and the Division III state championship. Aaron Wood and Travis Saffell were the player and coach of the year.
First team honors went to Fisher Catholic’s Blake Saffelll, Tom Sylvester, Brady Taulbee, Zach Saffell and Wood along with Fairfield Christian’s Nick Rhodes. Second team selections were Berne Union’s Chris Chapman, Fairfield Christian’s Connor Stevens, Fisher Catholic’s Shane Funk and Millersport’s Noah Jewell. Honorable mentions were the Rockets’ Corbin Unger, the Knights’ Isaac Naayers and the Lakers’ Levi Sorsby.
Berne Union tied with Fairfield Christian for the Cardinal Division championship. The Rockets and Irish both won district tiles, with the Rockets losing in the regional final. Berne Union’s Lauren Zody and Mike Miller were the player and coach of the year.
First team honors went to Lauren Shephard and Zody, Fairfield Christian’s Sydney Tucker and Allie Albert, and Fisher Catholic’s Morgan Swartz. Second team went to the Rockets’ Keirstan Mirgon, the Knights’ Ruthie Johnson, the Irish’s Lauren Baker and the Lakers’ Amber Timmes. Honorable mentions were Maddie Staten of Berne Union, Kaylin Dewese of Fairfield Christian, Bailey Muckensturm of Fisher Catholic and Bailey Cumbow of Millersport.
Earning first team honors in the Buckeye Division were Amanda-Clearcreek’s Abigail Genders and Fairfield Union’s Michaela Criner. Second team selections were the Aces’ Kristin Ross and the Bulldogs’ Ellie Fratturo and Madelyn Nye. Honorable mentions were the Aces’ Maddy Porter, the Falcons’ Katie Gordon and the Lions’ Cari Cooley.