The postseason accolades keep rolling in for Colman-Egan as the Class 9A All-State team is dotted with members of the state champion team.
The Hawks placed six players on the first-team offense and defense, led by quarterback Bodee Groos, the Joe Robbie MVP and Outstanding Back of the title game in the DakotaDome, and added a seventh teammate to the honorable mention list.
Joining Groos on offense is center Bailey Voelker, while end Malik Poppenga, linebacker Joe Bennett and defensive back Walker Olivier headline the defense; Cole Kriech earned the punting duties; and multi-purpose player Kade Groos made the HM squad.
Warner, the runner-up in the championship game, is also well-represented on the honor squad with fullback Jack Braun and wideout Tyler Rozell earning spots on the offensive team; Micah Hoellein the lone Monarch on the defense as a linebacker; and Ryder Furhman taking on the long-snapping responsibilities. Danzan Gilborne, Nick Evangelisto and Fuhrman represent Warner on the HM list.
Semifinalist Sully Buttes placed three players on the 9A team and added another to the HM squad while Potter County, the other semifinalist, placed two players on the 9A team. Charger wide receiver Clay Feller, guard Jacob Howard and special team player Brady Hill are joined by Richard Buerger (HM) while the Battlers’ Tanner Storer was named as a running back and Jacob Rausch leads the linebacking corps.
Philip running back Dalton Kinsley and defensive back Cooper West represent the Scotties on the honor squad as Lemmon/McIntosh guard Braydon Katus and Casltewood/Estelline’s Costner Ching round out the offense. Katus’ teammate Duell Tomac is on the HM list, along with Ching’s teammate Dalton Eng.
The rest of the defensive honor squad includes Menno/Marion’s Eli Huber and New Underwood’s Cody Scott at tackle, along with Scotland’s Tanner Skorepa at end and Gayville/Volin’s Grant Rice at linebacker.
Irene/Wakonda’s Tate Gale earned the kicking duties.
Platte-Geddes had two players make the HM list – Blaine Olson and Riley Stegmeier – while Hanson’s Nathan Stewart and Viborg/Hurley’s Tanner Pulscher complete the HM team.
Here is a capsule look at the 9A All-State squad:
Quarterback – Bodee Groos, Colman-Egan: The junior helped lead the Hawks to their first state title since 1998, as he finished the season with 1,126 rushing yards on 181 carries, which included a 20-carry, 198-yard and three-touchdown effort in the championship game, which earned him both the Joe Robbie MVP and the Outstanding Back awards. Groos also completed 59-of-92 passing attempts for 1,032 yards – 185 of those coming in the Dome on an 8-of-11 day, which included a 59-yard TD toss. Groos accounted for 24 touchdowns in 2016 – 17 rushing and seven passing – to go along with 16 rushing PATs and five more passing.
“Bodee was our team captain – a student of the game and never missed a lift,” said Colman-Egan head coach Chad Williamson of his two-time All-Dakota Valley Conference performer. “He’s a great all-around athlete with a great work ethic.”
Fullback – Jack Braun, Warner: The senior averaged 6.8 yards per carry as he rushed 120 times for 816 yards in 2016 to help lead the Monarchs to the title tilt. Braun scored 18 touchdowns on offense and added a fumble return and an interception return to his point total this season and closes his career with 29 career TDs, to go along with 1,444 yards on 210 carries (6.8 yd avg.).
“Jack’s the tough guy on our team,” said Warner head coach Kerwin Hoellein of the two-time All-Lake Region Conference pick. “When we need the tough yards, Jack gets the ball.”
Running Back – Dalton Kinsley, Philip: The senior back rushed for 1,969 yards on 168 carries – an average of 11.6 yards per touch – as he scored 28 rushing TDs, caught two more and returned one punt to the house. He also completed 4-of-8 passes for 63 yards and two touchdowns, in addition, to adding 45 yards on five receptions. He totaled 3,669 rushing yards for his career with a total of 58 touchdowns in the last two years.
“Dalton is an outstanding football player with great speed and agility,” Philip head coach Keven Morehart said of the three-time All-Western Great Plains selection. “His ability to see the hole and get to top speed in two steps has helped make him one of the best football players we have had in Philip in the past 12 years.
“He is a quiet leader who leads by example and always is willing to help the younger players after practice learn the fundamentals of the game.”
Running Back – Tanner Storer, Potter County: The shifty senior ran for 1,466 yards and 16 TDs on 137 carries this season to go along with 455 yards receiving and nine touchdowns on 25 catches. Storer also tacked on four special team scores – two kick returns and two punt returns; and two defensive TDs – an interception and a fumble return to paydirt.
“Tanner is a super athlete in all sports that has the skills and knack to be in the right place at the right times,” said Potter County head coach Vern Smith of the two-time All-Yellowstone Trail Conference pick. “He is excellent in reading blocks, cutting back and sets up blocks well.”
Wide Receiver – Tyler Rozell, Warner: The lanky senior averaged 11.7 yards per catch in 2016 – 31 receptions for 363 yards – with seven scores, plus caught 15 two-point conversions. He also passed for two TDs – a 27-yarder during the regular and a 51-yard score in the championship game.
“Tyler catches everything thrown in his direction,” said Hoellein of the three-time All-LRC selection.
Wide Receiver – Clay Feller, Sully Buttes: The 6-foot senior added 36 catches for 689 yards (19.1 avg.) and 12 touchdowns this season to complete his career of 59 receptions for 1,124 yards and 19 TDs.
“Any time we need a big catch or a first down, it seemed like Clay made a play,” Sully Buttes head coach Mark Seftner said of the 2016 All-YTC selection. “Clay was also a big key in our run game as we followed his blocking many times throughout the season.”
Tight End – Costner Ching, Castlewood/Estelline: The larger-than-life senior caught 15 passes for 186 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. Ching also was on the receiving end of four two-point conversions as he earned Co-MVP All-Dakota Conference honors after being named to the All-DVC team for three straight seasons.
“Costner is a great worker and leader,” Castlewood/Estelline head coach Doug Ruesink said. “Definite All-State (material).”
Guard – Braydon Katus, Lemmon/McIntosh: The senior helped lead his team to a quarterfinal appearance in the 2016 playoffs as the Cowboys rushed for 2,040 yards this season on an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Lemmon/McIntosh finished with 2,888 yards of total offense.
“Braydon is very athletic for his size and has great foot speed – he was able to pull through the middle and get out to the side to block on screens,” said Lemmon/McIntosh head coach Brent Dirk of the two-time All-Little Moreau Conference selection. “When we needed a play, we either went behind Braydon or pulled him. He was the leader on our line.”
Guard – Jacob Howard, Sully Buttes: The junior guard was a major component of the Chargers’ success in 2016, helping the semifinalist team amass more than 4,000 yards of total offense and finish with a 9-2 record.
“Jacob led our offensive line this year,” said Seftner of the All-YTC pick. “We ran for over 3,000 yards during the year and many of those yards were gained behind Jacob. He is also a great pass blocker who has worked very hard to compete at this level.”
Center – Bailey Voelker, Colman-Egan: A three-year starter for the Hawks who never missed a game, Voelker helped the state champions put up some gaudy numbers in 2016 – 498 points and 5,237 yards – which included 4,360 rushing and 877 passing yards, an average gain of 9 rushing and 20 passing per the respective play.
“Bailey was a staple on our offensive line,” Williamson said of the two-time All-DVC selection. “He wasn’t only a leader for our younger lineman; he was the leader of our team.”
Tackle – Eli Huber, Menno/Marion: The senior totaled 59 tackles in 2016, which included 11 for loss, to go along with six sacks and three fumble recoveries.
“Eli is a three-year full-time starter and a two-year captain,” said Menno/Marion co-head coach Ken Bruckner of the 2016 All-Conference pick. “Eli is a very hard worker and is a hard-nosed kid that loves contact.”
Tackle – Cody Scott, New Underwood: The senior finished added 62 tackles, including 27 solo, to his two-year total of 95 (with 40 solo), in addition to forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble in 2016.
“Cody is a four-year starter at defensive tackle – in our 3-5 system, he was the focal point of not just our defensive line, but of our defense the last two years,” New Underwood head coach DJ Toczek said of his two-time WGP All-Conference player. “He constantly drew double teams and was an expert in creating chaos up front and in the back field.”
End – Malik Poppenga, Colman-Egan: The athletic senior led a Hawk defense that allowed just 141 points in 2016 as he came up with 78 tackles – 18 for loss – 12 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and two interception returns for touchdowns. He also blocked a kick and forced a safety this season. Poppenga’s career numbers included 93 tackles – 18 for loss – 16 sacks, three INTs and three fumble recoveries, in addition to his blocked kick and safety.
“Malik is an athlete with very special abilities,” said Williamson of his All-DVC performer. “He had to be accounted for on all pass plays as he is an excellent pass rusher, along with an excellent team player. His two pick-sixes this year were amazing catches.”
End – Tanner Skorepa, Scotland: The senior was a force on defense as he was directly involved in 100 defensive plays this season with 33 solo tackles, 31 assists, nine for a loss, seven sacks, seven pass deflections, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two blocked punts and four blocked PATs.
An HM at tight end in 2015, Skorepa’s career numbers include 79 solo tackles, 16 for loss, 14 sacks, 18 pass deflections, seven forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, two interceptions, four blocked punts and eight blocked PATs.
“Tanner is a great kid on and off the football field,” said Scotland head coach Ryan Robb of the two-time Great Plains All-Conference pick. “He is a very hard worker and one of our team leaders on both sides of the ball.”
Linebacker – Jacob Rausch, Potter County: A two-time 9A All-State selection at linebacker and a HM as a sophomore, the Battler senior had 83 solo tackles and 24 assists in 2016, plus a sack and three fumble recoveries. He finishes his high school career with 249 solo tackles, 108 assists, seven fumble recoveries and four sacks.
“Jacob has excellent hands on offense and is a good, solid tackler on defense,” said Smith of his three-time All-YTC selection.
Linebacker – Grant Rice, Gayville/Volin: Rice, also a two-time 9A linebacker, came up with 104 tackles during his senior campaign, including 16 for loss, to go along with two interceptions and a forced fumble. For his career, the three-time All-Great Plains pick finished with 296 tackles.
“Grant was a leader for us on and off the field,” said Gayville/Volin head coach Patrick Beeman. “He was part of a senior class that turned around our program as we hosted our first-ever playoff game.”
Linebacker – Joe Bennett, Colman-Egan: The senior finished with 109 tackles in 2016, which included 10 for loss, to go along with three sacks for a championship team that allowed just 2,208 total yards. For his career, he amassed 219 tackles, seven sacks, two fumble recoveries and forced one fumble.
“Joe has been a very consistent player on our defense for three year,” Williamson said. “He also saw time as a freshman.”
Linebacker – Micah Hoellein, Warner: The senior helped lead the Monarchs to an undefeated regular season as he finished with 58 tackles and had two interceptions in 2016. For his career, the three-year starter had 138 tackles and five interceptions.
“Micah makes big plays in big games,” said Kerwin Hoellein of the two-time All-LRC selection.
Back – Walker Olivier, Colman-Egan: The senior totaled 37 tackles, which included two tackles for loss, to go along with 10 interceptions this season on a title squad that had 21 takeaways. For his career, the 2016 All-DVC Co-MVP finished with 60 tackles.
“Walker is a very special athlete – very fast – and has learned to be more of a leader and more physical,” said Williamson.
Back – Cooper West, Philip: The senior had 19 unassisted and 33 assisted tackles this season and added a pair of sacks and seven interceptions on a Scotties team that finished 6-3. For his career, the All-WGP selection totaled 66 solo tackles, 61 assisted tackles, nine interceptions and five sacks.
“Cooper was another outstanding football player with great speed and agility,” said Morehart. “He had an uncanny nose for the ball and we put him on the opposing team’s best receiver. A quiet leader who leads by example and helps the younger players with the fundamentals of the game, he had the longest interception return for a touchdown – 102 yards – in school history.”
Kicker – Tate Gale, Irene/Wakonda: A 9A honorable mention pick in 2015, the junior upped his game this season as he averaged 48 yards per kickoff; went 10-of-12 on PATs; and made his only field-goal attempt – a 24-yarder. He also averaged nearly 41 yards per punt with a long of 58.
“Tate has a strong leg and his kicking ability helps to create field possession for the Eagles,” said Irene/Wakonda head coach Brent Mutchelknaus of his 2016 All-Tri-Valley Conference player. “He is very accurate and gives us the opportunity to score points with his leg.”
Punter – Cole Kriech, Colman-Egan: Although he wasn’t tasked to punt too often, the Hawk senior averaged 38 yards on eight punts in 2016, which included a 49-yard bomb in the title game against Warner.
“Cole has consistently improved at directional punts,” said Williamson of his four-year punter. “He would have had a higher average, but was asked to punt out-of-bounds often.”
Long Snapper – Ryder Fuhrman, Warner: An Honorable Mention selection as well, the senior long snapped successfully on 25 PAT and 15 punts for the Monarchs.
“Ryder’s best asset as a receiver is his yards-after-catch,” Hoellein said of the Academic All-State selection. “He has a knack for making the first tackler miss.”
Special Team Player – Brady Hill, Sully Buttes: “Brady was always a threat to return any kick for a touchdown,” Seftner said of the senior two-time All-YTC selection. “He returned a kickoff for a touchdown and also a punt for a touchdown (this season). He was on the field for all special teams.”
Class 9A All-State Team
Quarterback – Bodee Groos, Colman-Egan, Jr., 5-10, 170.
Fullback – Jack Braun, Warner, Sr., 5-10, 215.
Running Backs – Dalton Kinsley, Philip, Sr., 5-11, 175; Tanner Storer, Potter County, Sr., 5-9, 165.
Wide Receivers – Tyler Rozell, Warner, Sr., 6-2, 165; Clay Feller, Sully Buttes, Sr., 6-0, 185.
Tight End – Costner Ching, Castlewood/Estelline, Sr., 6-3, 250.
Guards – Braydon Katus, Lemmon/McIntosh, Sr., 6-0, 226; Jacob Howard, Sully Buttes, Jr., 6-3, 230.
Center – Bailey Voelker, Colman-Egan, Sr., 5-11, 230.
Tackles – Eli Huber, Menno/Marion, Sr., 6-1, 245; Cody Scott, New Underwood, Sr., 5-6, 245.
Ends – Malik Poppenga, Colman-Egan, Sr., 6-5, 186; Tanner Skorepa, Scotland, Sr., 6-6, 220.
Linebackers – Jacob Rausch, Potter County, Sr., 6-1, 190; Grant Rice, Gayville/Volin, Sr., 6-2, 195; Joe Bennett, Colman-Egan, Sr., 6-2, 200; Micah Hoellein, Warner, Sr., 6-2, 185.
Backs – Walker Olivier, Colman-Egan, Sr., 6-2, 180; Cooper West, Philip, Sr., 5-11, 170.
Kicker – Tate Gale, Irene/Wakonda, Jr., 5-10, 160.
Punter – Cole Kriech, Colman-Egan, Sr., 6-3, 180.
Long Snapper – Ryder Fuhrman, Warner, Sr., 5-11, 165.
Special Team Player – Brady Hill, Sully Buttes, Sr., 5-10, 170.
Duell Tomac, Sr., Lemmon/McIntosh; Riley Steigmeier, Jr., Platte-Geddes; Richard Buerger, Sr., Sully Buttes; Blaine Olson, Sr., Platte-Geddes; Nathan Stewart, Jr., Hanson, Kade Groos, Jr., Colman-Egan; Danzan Gilborne, Jr., Warner; Nick Evangelisto, Sr., Warner; Tanner Pulscher, Jr., Viborg/Hurley; Dalton Eng, Sr., Castlewood/Estelline; Ryder Fuhrman, Sr., Warner.