Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON -- Fulton’s Austin Regenwether and Jake Willging were unanimous picks, Regenwether, Erie/Prophetstown lineman Owen McConnell and Morrison’s Ryan Mayberry made the first team on both offense and defense, and Nick Williams of Erie/Prophetstown was selected as the Player of the Year when the Three Rivers Conference North Division coaches named their all-conference football teams.
Williams, the Panthers’ powerful running back, was a unanimous first-team pick on offense in addition to claiming MVP honors. Erie/Prophetstown swept the main awards, too, as Chuck Milem was named Coach of the Year.
Erie/Prophetstown, which finished second to Sterling Newman in the North Division standings, takes an 8-2 record into Saturday’s second round of the Illinois Class 3A playoffs. The Panthers play host to Stillman Valley in a 1:30 p.m. game in Erie, Ill.
Two of the players who helped open holes for Williams also received first-team honors. Owen McConnell was selected at a guard spot, while Kyle Coleman was named first-team center. Both players are seniors, like Williams.
McConnell also earned first-team honors on the defensive line.
Regenwether and Willging represented Fulton on the first team after the Steamers went 5-4 and took third in the conference standings with a 3-3 record.
Regenwether was a unanimous first-team pick at running back and also was selected as first-team linebacker on defense. Willging, like Regenwether a senior, was a unanimous first-team pick on the defensive line.
Mayberry, a senior, was a first-team pick at receiver and was one of two Morrison players named to the first team on defense. He was picked in the secondary, while junior Austin Shoup was a first-team pick on the line. The Mustangs wound up seventh in the standings with a 2-7, 1-5 record.
Fulton also had three players each on offense and defense named to the second team.
Willging and fellow senior Paul Velasco held down the guard spots on offense, while junior Jason Osborn was picked as a receiver. Velasco also was named on the defensive line, while senior Ethan Jones was a second-team linebacker and senior Bryce Holesinger was selected as a second-team defensive back.
Jones, seniors Devin Kuehl and Zach Jenkins, junior Justin Shaffer and sophomore Kegan North were named honorable mention for the Steamers.
Division champion Sterling Newman (9-1, 6-0) had six players selected to the first team.
The South Division also announced its honor teams, and unbeaten Rockridge had both the Player of the Year (Darren Southwell) and Coach of the Year (Sam Graves).
ALL-THREE RIVERS CONFERENCE
Quarterback -- Parker Neuhalfen, jr. Bureau Valley.
Running backs -- Nick Williams*, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Austin Regenwether*, sr., Fulton; Jake Snow*, sr., Sterling Newman; Terry White, sr., Riverdale.
Ends -- Damon Quesst, sr., Amboy; Ryan Mayberry, sr., Morrison.
Center -- Kyle Coleman, sr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Guards -- Owen McConnell, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Jacob Barnes, jr., Sterling Newman.
Tackles -- Jacob Vetter*, sr., Sterling Newman; Garrett Leibing, sr., Amboy.
Linemen -- Leibing, McConnell, Jake Willging*, sr., Fulton; Austin Shoup, jr., Morrison; Barnes.
Linebackers -- Jason Bontz, sr., Amboy; Bryan Arteberry, sr., Bureau Valley; Regenwether; Mac Olson, sr., Sterling Newman.
Secondary -- Quest, Neuhalfen, Mayberry,
First-team special teams
Punter -- Tommy Johnston, jr., Bureau Valley.
Kicker -- Brandon Ahlgrim, jr., Sterling Newman.
Return specialist -- Johnston.
Quarterback -- Ethan Howard, sr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Running back -- Bontz, Johnston, Chris Bauer, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Brady Rude, so., Sterling Newman.
Ends -- Jason Osborn, jr., Fulton; Bryce Ivey, sr., Sterling Newman.
Center -- David Rowzee, sr., Sterling Newman.
Guards -- Willging, Paul Velasco, sr., Fulton.
Tackles -- Justin Buckman, sr., Bureau Valley; Jace Bright, sr., Erie/Prophetstown.
Linemen -- Emmitt Hicks, sr., Amboy; Buckman; Ken Cole, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Velasco; Michael Ely, sr., Sterling Newman.
Linebackers -- Ethan Jones, Sr., Fulton; Rude; JP Neisewander, sr., Sterling Newman; Dillan Heffelfinger, jr., Sterling Newman.
Secondary -- Bauer, Bryce Holesinger, sr., Fulton; Ahlgrim.
Quarterback -- Jones.
Running backs -- Jordan Chandler, so., Erie/Prophetstown; Devin Kuehl, sr., Fulton; Elliot Jensen, sr., Sterling Newman; Nate Rocker, sr., Riverdale.
Ends -- Kegan North, so., Fulton; Shayne Allen, jr., Sterling Newman.
Offensive linemen -- Andrew Jacobs, sr., Bureau Valley; Jason Burge, sr., Riverdale; Hicks, Cole, Jacob Monier, sr., Erie/Prophetstown; Justin Shaffer, jr., Fulton; Noah Leffelman, jr., Sterling Newman.
Defensive linemen -- Coleman, Zach Jenkins, sr., Fulton; Nyle Nestor, sr., Sterling Newman; Cole Solomon, jr., Riverdale.
Linebackers -- Dylan Binion, so., Erie/Prophetstown; Josh Mead, jr., Bureau Valley; Andy Bird, so., Morrison; Eli Smith, sr., Riverdale.
Secondary -- Tucker Schoff, sr., Bureau Valley; Kuehl; Mason Sitzmore, jr., Morrison; Trevor Bolin, jr., Sterling Newman; Jensen.
Player of the Year -- Nick Williams, Erie/Prophetstown.
Coach of the Year -- Chuck Milem, Erie/Prophetstown.
* -- Unanimous selection
Final regular-season standings
W L W L
Sterling Newman 6 0 8 1
Erie/Prophetstown 5 1 7 2
Fulton 3 3 5 4
Bureau Valley 2 4 3 6
Amboy 2 4 2 7
Riverdale 2 4 2 7
Morrison 1 5 2 7