West Branch had five players named to the Class 1A District 5 first team, led by a trio of Bears who earned MVP honors at their positions.
Junior running back Luke Lenoch, junior defensive lineman Colton Dietz and sophomore offensive lineman Jacob Barnhart were all named individual position MVPs by the district.
Senior quarterback Cooper Koenig, senior linebacker Devin Kindon and senior receivers Matt Shawver and Aaron Barnes were all first-team selections.
Junior linebacker Cale Donovan and senior defensive back Hunter Wargo were both named to the District 5 second team.
West Branch head coach Butch Pedersen was named district coach of the year after leading the Bears to a perfect district record and district title.
Class 1A District 5
First Team – Colton Dietz, Jr., DL, West Branch; Jacob Barnhart, Soph., OL, West Branch; Luke Lenoch, Jr., RB, West Branch; Cooper Koenig, Sr., QB, West Branch; Devin Kindon, Sr., LB, West Branch; Matt Shawver, Sr., WR, West Branch; Aaron Barnes, Sr., WR, West Branch; Bryce Oveson, Jr., LB, Wilton; Trey Brisker, Soph., LB, Wilton; Kaleb Timmsen, Jr., DL, Wilton; Gage Maynard, Sr., DT, Wilton; Bryce Paul, Sr., WR, Alburnett; Jordan Stewart, Sr., WR, Alburnett; Dillon Caves, Sr., QB, Alburnett; Ty Oster, Jr., OL, Bellevue; Mason Lyons, Jr., OL, Bellevue; Neal Valant, Sr., WR, Bellevue; Kaleb Galloway, Sr., LB, North Cedar; Cody Fields, Sr., LB, North Cedar; Gavin Blake, Sr., LB, Durant; Brandon Dykes, Sr., RB, Durant; Rogan Pforts, Jr., RB, Wapello; Austin Lanz, Sr., OL, Wapello.
Second Team – Hunter Wargo, Sr., DB, West Branch; Cale Donovan, Jr., LB, West Branch; Brady Barrett, Jr., OL, Wilton; Jared Townsend, Fr., OL, Wilton; Cody Navarro, Sr., WR, Wilton; Mason Grant, Sr., LB, Alburnett; Nick Airy, Soph., DL, Alburnett; Lucas Anderson, Sr., RB, Bellevue; Peter Kilburg, Jr., DB, Bellevue; Nick Dewell, Jr., OL, North Cedar; Brendan Sander, Sr., LB, North Cedar; Tanner Kleppe, Sr., FB, Durant; Will Bentley, Sr., QB, Durant; Ruger McNeil, Sr., LB, Wapello; Tariq Green, Sr., WR, Wapello.
Honorable mention (area athletes only) – Cooper Kabela, Jr., TE, West Branch; John Krall, Jr., OL, West Branch; Jake Evans, Jr., DE; Cole Tisinger, Jr., OL, West Branch.
Coach of the year – Butch Pedersen, West Branch
Quarterback of the year – Javin Drake, Sr., Wilton.
Running back of the year – Luke Lenoch, Jr., West Branch.
Wide receiver of the year – Ian Malaby, Sr., North Cedar.
Offensive lineman of the year – Jacob Barnhart, Soph., West Branch.
Defensive lineman of the year – Colton Dietz, Jr., West Branch.
Linebacker of the year – Connor Shulista, Sr., Alburnett.
Defensive back of the year – Evan Reifert, Jr., Wilton.
Punter of the year – Javin Drake, Sr., Wilton.
Kicker of the year – Joey Phillipp, Sr., Alburnett.