It’s no surprise that when the coaches from the Six Rivers got together to hand out postseason honors, Potosi got most of the attention following it’s perfect run of 7-0 through the league.
While there were many Chieftains named to this year’s all-conference lists, there were also a handful of players from River Ridge and Cassville who were recognized as well.
This Year’s Six Rivers Coach of the Year was none other than Potosi’s Mark Siegert, who following an undefeated conference run, led the Chieftains to a WIAA Division 7 state runner-up title.
Potosi also had the three top individual honors, as senior quarterback Tim Fritz was named the Offensive Player of the Year, senior defensive end Mitch Langkamp named the Defensive Player of the Year, and senior Tyler Udelhoven named the Lineman of the Year.
On the year, Fritz completed 113-of-196 passing attempts for 1,905 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 268 yards and four more TDs on 56 rushing attempts.
Fritz also was named to the first-team defensive squad as a defensive back, and to the second-team offense as a kicker.
Defensively, Fritz had 46 tackle, and as a kicker, averaged 50.4 yards per kick off, and made 54 extra-point kicks.
As the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, Langkamp had 61 total tackles on the year to go along with two interceptions, seven forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles, and two blocked punts.
Langkamp was also named to the first-team offense as an end, where he had a team-high 31 receptions for 489 yards and seven touchdowns.
Joining Fritz and Langkamp on the first-team offensive unit was senior offensive tackle Tyler Udelhoven, as well as senior running back Jase Udelhofen.
Tyler was also named to the first-team defensive squad, finishing with 87 total tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Jase Udelhofen ran for a team-high 1,470 yards and 20 touchdowns on 159 carries, for an average of 9.25 yards per carry. He also had six receptions for 122 yards and one more touchdown. Udelhofen also earned a spot on the honorable-mention defensive squad, where he had 86 total tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back.
Earning a spot on this year’s second-team offensive unit were senior end Hunter Leibfried, along with junior guard Keegan Brown and junior specialist Chase Kruser.
Leibfried hauled in 22 receptions for 485 yards and six touchdowns, while Kruser averaged 8.96 per punt return and 20.25 yards per kick return.
Kruser also earned a spot on the second-team defensive squad, where he accounted for 77 total tackles from his outside linebacker position.
Others earning first-team defensive honors from Potosi were senior linebackers Spencer Hawes and Alex Wright.
Hawes finished the year with 111 total tackles, half a sack, and four fumble recoveries, while Wright was in on 128 tackles, one sack, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Second-team defensive honors went to Potosi senior defensive back Logan Udelhofen, who had 62 total tackles.
As a team, the Chieftains averaged 260 rushing yards per game and 147 yards passing, while scoring an average of 40.7 points per game.
River Ridge honors
While no one from River Ridge earned first-team offensive or defensive honors, senior running back Joel Mezera and sophomore return specialist Zach Ertz were named to the second-team offensive unit.
Mezera concluded a fin season with 904 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 147 carries. He also had three receptions for 63 yards and two more TDs.
Ertz, who averaged 15.1 yards per kick return, and 2.3 yards per punt return, also was named to this year’s defensive honorable-mention squad, for his 53 total tackles, three for a loss, at his defensive back position.
Earning second-team defensive honors as a defensive end, was senior Spencer White, who had 31 total tackles, 10 for a loss, and three fumble recoveries.
Earning a spot on the honorable-mention defensive team was senior linebacker Jeremy Cliff, who had 50 total tackles, nine for a loss, to go along with three fumble recoveries.
The Timberwolves went 0-7 in league play and averaged 194.1 rushing yards per game, to an average of 17.6 passing yards per game.
After going 1-6 in the Six Rivers conference play, the young Comets of Cassville did not have anyone named to either the first, or second-team offensive or defensive units.
They did, however, have three members earn honorable-mention honors, two on defense, and one on offense.
Earning a spot on the honorable-mention offensive unit was senior kicker Erik Albage, while senior lineman Adam Kirschbaum and junior defensive back Cole Adams, each earned spots on the honorable-mention defensive team.
Albage made 13 extra-point kicks on the year.
Kirschbaum finished the year with 52 total tackles, four for a loss, one and a half sacks, two forced fumbles and four recovered fumbles.
Adams had 65 total tackles on the year, five for a loss, to go along with one interception, one sack, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble.
As a team, Cassville averaged 134.9 rushing yards per game, to go along with 59.1 passing yards per game. They also averaged 15.6 points per contest.
Six Rivers All-Conference Football Selections
Coach of the Year
Mark Siegert Potosi
Offensive Player of the Year
QB Tim Fritz Potosi Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year
DE Mitch Langkamp Potosi Sr.
Lineman of the Year
OT Tyler Udelhoven Potosi Sr.
First Team Offense
QB Tim Fritz Potosi Sr.
RB Franki Carlborg Benton/SM Sr.
RB Caleb Yager Highland Sr.
RB Jase Udelhofen Potosi Sr.
E Kyle Walters Black Hawk Sr.
E Dillon Conwell Pec./Argyle Sr.
E Mitch Langkamp Potosi Sr.
C Connor Crotty Shullsburg Jr.
G Lucas Stoney Belmont Jr.
G Coltin Piefer Black Hawk Sr.
T Brad Wolfe Highland Sr.
T Tyler Udelhoven Potosi Sr.
RS Alex Treuthardt Pec./Argyle Jr.
K Chris Severson Pec./Argyle Jr.
Second Team Offense
QB Jon Hendrickson Pec./Argyle Sr.
RB Brandon Wedig Belmont Sr.
RB Tanner Sweeney Black Hawk Jr.
RB Joel Mezera River Ridge Sr.
RB Nate Houtakker Shullsburg Jr.
E Josh Korte Benton/SM Sr.
E B. McCollough Highland Sr.
E Hunter Leibfried Potosi Sr.
C Trey Olson Highland Sr.
G Taylor Becktold Benton/SM Sr.
G Nick Gilbertson Pec./Argyle Sr.
G Keegan Brown Potosi Jr.
T Reid Schwartz Shullsburg Sr.
RS Chase Kruser Potosi Jr.
RS Zach Ertz River Ridge So.
K Nic Pierick Highland Sr.
K Tim Fritz Potosi Sr.
Honorable Mention Offense
QB Merik Meythaler Black Hawk Sr.
QB Blake Bodenstein Highland Sr.
RB J. Richardson Belmont Sr.
E Cory Rupnow Black Hawk Sr.
E Nathan Loyd Pec./Argyle Sr.
E Hervey Trejo Shullsburg Sr.
T Mike Powers Black Hawk Sr.
T Travis Gilson Pec./Argyle Sr.
RS Kyle Van Bogaert Belmont Jr.
RS Brandon Ziller Pec./Argyle Sr.
K Erik Albage Cassville Sr.
First Team Defense
DL Lucas Stoney Belmont Jr.
DL Brad Wolfe Highland Sr.
DL Tyler Udelhoven Potosi Sr.
DE Blake Bodenstein Highland Sr.
DE Mitch Langkamp Potosi Sr.
LB Weston Satern Highland Sr.
LB Spencer Hawes Potosi Sr.
LB Coltin Piefer Black Hawk Sr.
LB Alex Wright Potosi Sr.
LB Connor Crotty Shullsburg Jr.
DB Blake Bomkamp Highland Jr.
DB Alex Treuthardt Pec./Argyle Jr.
DB Tim Fritz Potosi Sr.
P Steven Korte Benton/SM Jr.
Second Team Defense
DL Taylor Becktold Benton/SM Sr.
DL Logan Stietz Black Hawk Sr.
DL Reid Schwartz Shullsburg Sr.
DE Spencer White River Ridge Sr.
DE Jeremy Ubersox Shullsburg Sr.
LB Brandon Wedig Belmont Sr.
LB Chase Kruser Potosi Jr.
LB J. Richardson Belmont Sr.
LB Caleb Yager Highland Sr.
DB Seth Butler Black Hawk Jr.
DB Logan Udelhofen Potosi Sr.
P Nic Pierick Highland Sr.
P Jon Hendrickson Pec./Argyle Sr.
Honorable Mention Defense
DL Adam Kirschbaum Cassville Sr.
DL Trey Olson Highland Sr.
DL Lucas McKeon Pec./Argyle Jr.
DE Dillon Conwell Pec./Argyle Sr.
LB Cuyler Meier Black Hawk Sr.
LB Franki Carlborg Benton/SM Sr.
LB Nic Pierick Highland Sr.
LB Jeremy Cliff River Ridge Sr.
DB Steven Korte Benton/SM Jr.
DB Cole Adams Cassville Jr.
DB Levi Linscheid Highland Sr.
DB Jon Hendrickson Pec./Argyle Sr.
DB Jase Udelhofen Potosi Sr.
DB Zach Ertz River Ridge So.
P Cory Rupnow Black Hawk Sr.