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Cocalico lands 12 First Team berths on Section All-Star squad
Section Two champion Cocalico cleaned up last Wednesday evening at the L-L League Football Banquet held at the Timbers Restaurant & Dinner Theatre in Mt. Gretna.
In addition to landing 19 All-Star selections, including a whopping 12 to the Section Two First Team, Cocalico Coach Dave Gingrich was named Section Two Coach of the Year and the Eagles’ were the recipients of the League’s Sportsmanship Award.
The 12 First-Team selections was the most league-wide, and three players were honored as two-way First Team All-Stars.
The two-way selections were: senior Zach Rissler, who claimed First Team honors at offensive tackle and defensive end; junior Spencer Moser, a First Teamer at both running back and defensive back; and junior Jhett Janis, who earned First Team berths at defensive back and kick returner.
Others who received First Team berths from Cocalico were: senior Nick Reitenbach at running back; junior Casey Kerschner at tight end; sophomore John Fry at offensive guard; senior Wyatt Dungan at place kicker; senior Logan High at interior defensive line; and junior Mitch Shober at linebacker.
In addition to their First Team selections, several other Eagles garnered Second Team berths and received Honorable Mention. The members of the Second Team included: senior Brock Gosling at quarterback; Shober at wide receiver; junior Zach Eberly at offensive tackle; junior Dalton Kern at linebacker; and Dungan at punter.
Those receiving Honorable Mention from Cocalico were: High at offensive guard and senior Hiram Tapia at defensive end.
Ephrata, meanwhile, did not have a single player named to the First Team. However, a pair of juniors earned Second Team berths. Blake Weaver was named to the Second Team at both running back and defensive back to lead the Mounts. Fellow junior Jeremy Kachel also was a Second Team selection as a defensive back.
Kachel also was one of two Ephrata players to receive Honorable Mention. Kachel earned that honor as a kick returner while senior Max Schrom got Honorable Mention as a defensive end.
The top three offensive awards in Section Two were presented to: Taylor Geib, Manheim Central, Wide Receiver of the Year; Anthony Brown, Conestoga Valley, Offensive Back of the Year; and Jeff Pickel, Lampeter-Strasburg, Offensive Lineman of the Year.
Winners of the top defensive awards in Section Two were: Kirby Breault, Elizabethtown, Defensive Back of the Year; Nate Henry, Manheim Central, Defensive Lineman of the Year; and Tyler Petri, Conestoga Valley, Linebacker of the Year.
Brown was named Outstanding Back of the Year while Pickel earned Outstanding Lineman of the Year.