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Potosi dominates all-conference voting
River Ridge fills five spots; Cassville three
River Ridge
Earning Six Rivers all-conference football honors from River Ridge were: (from left) Jeremy Cliff, Zach Ertz, Spencer White and Joel Mezera.

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.

Cassville honors

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.