The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


November 26, 2013

Ernst named all-state


Driscoll averaged 37.7 yards a punt and also led the River Hawks with 1,877 yards rushing and was third with 76 tackles. Zaruba ran for 278 yards, caught 32 passes for 725 yards and 15 touchdowns and was second on the team with 78 tackles.

An honorary captain -- a player who had to be a senior first-team selection -- was chosen for each class, too. The winners were John Swisher of Dowling in Class 4A, Trent Solsma of Sioux City Heelan in 3A, Cole Neary of Carroll Kuemper in 2A, Riley Dixon of Iowa City Regina in 1A, Brandon Snyder of West Lyon in A and Jake Hogan of Gilbertville Don Bosco in eight-player. Swisher played defensive tackle, Dixon was a running back and the others were quarterbacks. All played for state championship teams.



First team offense.

Quarterback – Ryan Boyle (West Des Moines Dowling), 6-1, 205, jr. Running backs – Clifford Kwaw-Mensah (Ames), 5-7, 182, sr.; Tyus Mason (West Des Moines Valley), 5-9, 185, sr.; Xavier Washpun (Iowa City High), 5-10, 200, sr. Tight ends/wide receivers – Allen Lazard (Urbandale), 6-4, 205, sr.; Ronald Nash (Sioux City East), 6-1, 190, sr.; Alex Brammer (Ames), 6-3, 195, sr. Linemen – Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls), 6-4, 290, sr.; Landon Carney (Pleasant Valley), 6-6, 285, sr.; Keegan Render (Indianola), 6-4, 315, sr.; Austin Holzer (Cedar Rapids Kennedy), 6-3, 250, sr.; Lucas LeGrand (Dubuque Senior), 6-5, 265, sr. Kicker – Miguel Recinos (Mason City), 6-1, 175, sr. Utility – Sam Straub (Ames), 6-3, 215, sr.

First team defense

Linemen – John Swisher (Dowling), 6-2, 225, sr.; Max Morris (Dowling), 6-2, 230, sr; Daniel Vega (Cedar Rapids Xavier), 6-4, 245, sr.; Matt Nelson (Xavier), 6-8, 255, sr. Linebackers – Sam Ambrose (Bettendorf), 6-0, 205, sr.; Jake Lewton (Dowling), 5-11, 190, sr.; Dakota Miller (Valley), 5-10, 195, sr.; Sean Ickes (Xavier), 6-1, 190, sr. Secondary – Rico Gafford (Dowling), 5-9, 170, sr.; Jake Gervase (Davenport Assumption), 6-1, 195, sr.; Connor Sorge (Valley), 6-1, 165, sr. Punter – Ryan Persick (Xavier), 6-1, 175, sr. Utility – A.J. Allen (Waukee), 6-1, 190, sr.

Second team offense

Quarterback – Nate Boland (Iowa City West), 6-1, 190, sr.; Running backs – Lance Dunn (Waterloo West), 5-10, 190, sr.; Trevor Allen (Waukee), 5-11, 190, jr.; John McLaughlin (Bettendorf), 5-9, 165, sr. Tight ends/wide receivers – Ricky Grimes (North Scott), 6-3, 195, jr; Tate Christensen (Southeast Polk), 6-3, 215, sr.; Deontre Dean (Sioux City North), 6-3, 185, sr. Linemen – Jon Raridon (Valley), 6-2, 255, so.; Ross Reynolds (Waukee), 6-3, 295, sr.; Bryce Meeker (Cedar Rapids Prairie), 6-5, 285, jr.; Jake Marnin (Southeast Polk), 6-2, 305, jr.; Wade Webster (Bettendorf), 6-6, 285, sr. Kicker – Hunter Sickels (Pleasant Valley), 5-11, 180, sr.

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