CLINTON — Eight players repeated as first-team selections on this year’s Clinton Herald All-Area Football Team.

That group includes the 2006 Herald players of the year, seniors Ben Boothby and Tony Bassett.

Boothby repeated as a defensive line selection and Bassett at running back.

Maquoketa and Bellevue each had two repeat first-teamers, as well. Maquoketa’s Billy Veach again made the team at running back, while teammate Curtis Roeder — a first-team offensive end a year ago — was named at a linebacker spot this year.

Bellevue’s Adam Calhoun repeated as a first-team linebacker and teammate Tim Roth, also a first-team linebacker last year, made the team in 2006 as an offensive lineman.

Northeast’s Dylan Diedrich, a first-team pick as a utility player last year, made the squad as a defensive back this year.

The other repeat selection is Morrison’s Nick Vandermyde, who made the team at running back this year and linebacker last year.

Here’s a look at this season’s first-team picks:


n Ben Wierema, a 6-2, 215-pound senior from Fulton: Wierema led the offensive line for a team that made the Illinois state playoffs.

He was a first-team Big Rivers Conference pick and a second-team Herald pick last year.

n Tim Roth, a 6-2, 198-pound senior from Bellevue: Roth was a third-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

The first-team all-district pick was credited by coach Rick Pogemiller for being a versatile blocker for both the run and pass, adding that he was the “go-to-guy” to run behind on short-yardage situations.

n Shaun Vegter, a 6-0, 260-pound senior from Morrison: Vegter was a unanimous Big Rivers Conference pick.

He was among the key blockers for a team that went 11-2 and advanced to the Illinois Class 2A state semifinals.

n Tom Baughman, a 6-5, 220-pound senior from Clinton: Baughman was part of an experienced offensive line that provided huge holes for all-state running back Tony Bassett.

He was a second-team Mississippi Athletic Conference selection.

n Will Maass, a 6-1, 195-pound junior from Central DeWitt: Maass was a third-team all-state selection in Class 3A while also earning a first-team spot on his district team.

Also a force on defense, Maass was the top blocker for a team that rushed for 2,079 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.


n Chris Anderson, a 6-3, 185-pound junior from West Carroll: Anderson guided the Thunder to a Class 3A playoff berth in Illinois.

He not only rushed for 975 yards, best on the team, but also threw for 605 yards.


n Tony Bassett, a 6-2, 205-pound senior from Clinton: Besides being the Herald’s player of the year, Bassett also recently earned first-team all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association.

The first-team all-conference pick led the MAC in rushing with 1,513 yards — a single-season school record — and also established school marks for single-game rushing (335 yards) and career rushing.

n Billy Veach, a 5-11, 175-pound senior from Maquoketa: Veach, a third-team all-state pick, rushed for 1,190 yards and 14 touchdowns.

He also established a school record with 385 yards in a game.

n Nick Vandermyde, a 5-10, 195-pound senior from Morrison: Vandermyde had the rare distinction of being named to the Big Rivers Conference first team at three positions, including unanimous picks as a running back and linebacker.

He was the top rusher on a successful Mustang team, tallying 1,575 yards and 20 touchdowns prior to the team’s state semifinal appearance.

n Nate McBride, a 5-8, 160-pound junior from Morrison: McBride complemented Vandermyde as an offensive backfield threat for the Mustangs.

A first-team Big Rivers Conference pick, he rushed for 1,136 yards and 15 scores prior to the team’s state semifinal game.


n Logan Near, a 6-0, 180-pound senior from Northeast: Near, a second-team all-state selection at defensive back, also made an impact on offense with 17 catches for 404 yards for a 28.8-yard per catch average. He tied the school record with eight touchdown catches.

Defensively, he had seven interceptions.


n Jordan Cornilsen, a 6-1, 155-pound junior from Preston-East Central: Cornilsen was the epitome of the versatile player. He caught 20 passes for 391 yards, scored 37 points, connected on 6-of-7 extra points, had a kickoff return average of 24.6 yards and also punted.

He was a first-team all-district pick.


n Ben Boothby, a 6-0, 265-pound senior from Clinton: Besides being named the Herald’s player of the year, Boothby was also named first-team all-state by the Iowa Newspaper Association and was an elite all-state pick by the Des Moines Register.

A first-team Mississippi Athletic Conference selection, Boothby finished with 129 tackle points, recorded 16 tackles for loss and had a hand in six fumbles.

n Sam Schmidt, a 6-0, 190-pound senior from Central DeWitt: Schmidt was a first-team all-state selection in Class 3A and was the defensive player of the year for his district.

He finished with 56 tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries.

n Chris Scott, a 6-0, 230-pound senior from Morrison: Scott was a force for the Mustangs on both sides of the ball.

Defensively, he had 74 tackle points including a pair of sacks.

He was a second-team Herald pick last year.


n Tyler Geerts, a 5-10, 170-pound senior from Fulton: Geerts was among the defensive leaders for the Steamers.

A first-team Big Rivers Conference selection, he had 82 solo tackles, 78 assists and two sacks.

n Jake Dever, a 6-1, 185-pound junior from Northeast: Dever finished with 107 tackles, including 30 solos, while also coming up with two tackles for loss and an interception.

He was a first-team all-district pick.

n Adam Calhoun, a 6-3, 200-pound senior from Bellevue: Calhoun had 70 tackles, six tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries.

He was a first-team all-district pick.

n Zach Mussman, a 5-10, 208-pound senior from Camanche: Mussman, an all-state selection by the Des Moines Register, had 119 tackles, five tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, two pass knockdowns, one interception and one defensive touchdown.

He was a first-team all-district pick and a second-team Herald selection last year.

n Curtis Roeder, a 6-3, 230-pound senior from Maquoketa: Roeder, a third-team all-state selection, had 62 solo tackles, 35 assists, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.

n Dan Dunmore, a 6-1, 190-pound senior from Clinton: Dunmore led the River Kings in tackle points with 141. He had five tackles for loss and an interception while earning third-team MAC honors.

n Jeff Ohnemus, a 5-11, 165-pound senior from Central DeWitt: Ohnemus was a first-team all-district selection.

He had 56 tackles, three sacks, three fumble recoveries while also forcing a fumble.


n Dylan Diedrich, a 6-0, 175-pound senior from Northeast: Diedrich was a first-team all-state selection after tying a school record with 10 interceptions.

The first-team all-district pick also was a star on offense at quarterback, passing for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for two scores.


n Bryan LaShelle, a 5-8, 167-pound senior from West Carroll: LaShelle was a key cog for the Thunder in many ways.

As a linebacker, he had 38 tackles including two tackles for loss. He also rushed for nearly 200 yards, caught nine passes for 103 yards and averaged 14.8 yards on kickoff returns.



Lineman Tom Baughman Clinton 6-5 220 Sr.

Lineman Will Maass Central DeWitt 6-1 195 Jr.

Lineman Tim Roth Bellevue 6-2 198 Sr.

Lineman Shaun Vegter Morrison 6-0 260 Sr.

Lineman Ben Wierema Fulton 6-2 215 Sr.

Quarterback Chris Anderson West Carroll 6-3 185 Jr.

Back Tony Bassett Clinton 6-2 205 Sr.

Back Billy Veach Maquoketa 5-11 175 Sr.

Back Nick Vandermyde Morrison 5-10 195 Sr.

Back Nate McBride Morrison 5-8 160 Jr.

End Logan Near Northeast 6-0 180 Sr.

Utility Jordan Cornilsen Preston-East Central 6-1 155 Jr.


Lineman Ben Boothby Clinton 6-0 265 Sr.

Lineman Sam Schmidt Central DeWitt 6-0 190 Sr.

Lineman Chris Scott Morrison 6-0 230 Sr.

Linebacker Zach Mussman Camanche 5-10 208 Sr.

Linebacker Jeff Ohnemus Central DeWitt 5-11 165 Sr.

Linebacker Curtis Roeder Maquoketa 6-3 230 Sr.

Linebacker Jake Dever Northeast 6-1 185 Jr.

Linebacker Adam Calhoun Bellevue 6-3 200 Sr.

Linebacker Dan Dunmore Clinton 6-1 190 Sr.

Linebacker Tyler Geerts Fulton 5-10 170 Sr.

Back Dylan Diedrich Northeast 6-0 175 Sr.

Utility Bryan LaShelle West Carroll 5-8 167 Sr.


Lineman Taylor Swanson Clinton 6-2 210 Sr.

Lineman J.C. Cornelius Maquoketa 6-4 200 Sr.

Lineman Grant Zeimet Bellevue 6-2 210 Sr.

Lineman Neal Mahoney Morrison 5-11 200 Sr.

Lineman Anthony Houzenga West Carroll 6-1 260 Sr.

Lineman Brent Munck Fulton 6-4 275 Sr.

Quarterback Patrick Gerdes Central DeWitt 5-9 155 Sr.

Back Jared Kuebel Fulton 6-0 200 Jr.

Back Alex Maass Central DeWitt 5-11 160 Sr.

Back Lance Adrian Northeast 6-0 170 Sr.

End Mitch Paysen Camanche 6-3 178 Sr.

End Reid Keeney Maquoketa 6-3 180 Sr.


Lineman Ryan Clausen Clinton 6-0 210 Sr.

Lineman Byron Tate Clinton 6-0 185 Jr.

Lineman Luke Patterson Maquoketa 6-3 280 Sr.

Lineman Derek Ketelsen Northeast 6-0 265 Sr.

Lineman Cody Housenga Erie-Prophetstown 6-1 210 Sr.

Lineman Adam Cook Morrison 6-2 220 Jr.

Linebacker Matt McIntyre West Carroll 5-10 150 Jr.

Back Michael Hedrick Central DeWitt 5-8 145 Jr.

Back Sam Drennen Camanche 5-10 165 Sr.

Back Tayden Helmle Preston-East Central 6-2 163 Jr.

Back Andrew Zahnle Fulton 5-9 140 Sr.

Utility Kurtis Brondyke Clinton 6-4 170 Sr.


n Clinton—Ben Carr, David Lakin.

n Central DeWitt—Shane Summer.

n Maquoketa—Matt Gerlach.

n Camanche—Austin Naeve, Kyle Low.

n Northeast—Nick Mohr, Lucas Rorah, Alex Eberhart.

n Preston-East Central—Neal Grant, Tyrone Malone, Nate Whitmore.

n Bellevue—Chase Medinger, Matt Weinschenk, Ben Tubbs.

n Morrison—Nate Vandermyde, Trevor Popkin.

n Fulton—Eric Boonstra.

n Erie-Prophetstown—Nick Zigler.

n West Carroll—Tyler Vandendooren, Josh Schneider.

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