A total of 12 players from the North Iowa area were honored by the Iowa Newspaper Association’s all-state football teams, which were released Tuesday.
In Class 2A, Clear Lake had three players make the teams. Senior Zach Lester was selected to the second team as a receiver, junior Jared Penning was a second-team pick as an offensive lineman, and Joey Monson was a second-team pick on defense.
Lester tied for third in 2A with 818 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Penning, who’s listed at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds, helped pave the way for the Lions to gain 3,151 total yards, which included 1,796 through the air. Monson was a force on the defensive side of the ball as he racked up 12 1/2 sacks, which was second in 2A, 30 tackles for a loss, and 56 total tackles.
In Class 1A, Lake Mills senior Alex Martinson was a first-team selection as a defensive back. Martinson finished the season with three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, and added 36 tackles.
Belmond-Klemme junior Gustavo Suarez was named to the Class 1A third team after piling up 45 1/2 tackles, including five for a loss. He also picked off four passes and had two fumble recoveries.
Class A was loaded with area players.
Bishop Garrigan junior TJ Schnurr was a second-team pick as a wide receiver/tight end, St. Ansgar senior Dayton Smith was a second-team pick in the offensive backfield, his senior teammate Dylan Bissen was a second-team offensive lineman, and West Hancock senior Hunter Hagen made the second team as a defensive lineman.
Schnurr hauled in 26 passes for 433 yards and six touchdowns for the Golden Bears.
Smith led the Saints with 1,590 yards and 23 touchdowns on 244 carries, which was good enough for 6.5 yards per tote. Bissen was one of those clearing the way for Smith to do his thing as the lineman helped the Saints pile up 4,634 total yards.
Hagen was a key piece on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Eagles. Defensively, he finished with 41 1/2 total tackles, which included 12 for a loss and four sacks.
Making the third team in Class A was St. Ansgar senior Noah Bishop, who was tabbed as a defensive lineman, St. Ansgar senior Josh Van Vliet, a selection at linebacker, and West Hancock sophomore Tate Hagen, who also made the team as a linebacker.
Bishop was the Saints’ top defensive lineman all season as he finished with 52 1/2 tackles, including eight solo tackles for a loss and 1/2 a sack. Van Vliet added 51 1/2 tackles of his own, which included eight solo for a loss.
Hagen was a force himself on the West Hancock defense in his first season starting as he finished with 52 1/2 tackles, which included five total for a loss.