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:

OFFENSIVE LINE

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.

QUARTERBACK

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.

RUNNING BACK

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.

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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.

UTILITY

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.

DEFENSIVE LINE

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.

LINEBACKER

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.

DEFENSIVE BACK

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.

UTILITY

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.



HERALD ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

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.



FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

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.



SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

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.



SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

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.



HONORABLE MENTION

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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