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All-Area football: The top players in Divisions VI, VII

Marion Local QB Nathan Bruns had three TD passes in the first quarter and ran for another TD. Marion Local defeated Coldwater 40-19 in a D-VI, Region 24 high school football final at Sidney on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Marion Local QB Nathan Bruns had three TD passes in the first quarter and ran for another TD. Marion Local defeated Coldwater 40-19 in a D-VI, Region 24 high school football final at Sidney on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The combined Divisions VI-VII All-Area football team, chosen by Cox Media Group Ohio. Selections were based on coaches’ nominations.

DIVISIONS VI-VII

First Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Nathan Bruns, Marion Local, 6-6, 195, sr.; Elliott Gilardi, Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 170, sr.; Jake Hemmelgarn, Coldwater, 5-11, 150, jr.; Logan Hurst, Mechanicsburg, 6-2, 175, jr.; Collin Moore; Fort Loramie, 6-0, 190, so.; Jacob Ullmer, Bethel, 5-10, 180, sr.

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Running backs: Nolan Habodasz, Marion Local, 5-11, 175, sr.; Joey Mascadri, Mechanicsburg, 5-10, 175, sr.; Zach Niekamp, St. Henry, 6-1, 195, sr.; Alex Schmitmeyer, Minster, 5-11, 180, sr.

Receivers: Charlie Bertemes, Southeastern, 6-2, 190, sr.; Cole Frilling, Coldwater, 6-4, 175, sr.; Carter Mescher; Fort Loramie, 6-0, 170, sr.; Hunter Muir, Ansonia, 6-5, 190, sr.; Nick Tangeman, Marion Local, 6-4, 175, sr.; Kix Thiel, Mechanicsburg, 6-0, 195, jr.

Mechanicsburg’s Joey Mascadri runs through a hole in the Kenton Ridge defense toward Andrew Good, 1, and away from Brandon Collins, 55, during Friday night s season opener at Kenton Ridge. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED
Mechanicsburg’s Joey Mascadri runs through a hole in the Kenton Ridge defense toward Andrew Good, 1, and away from Brandon Collins, 55, during Friday night s season opener at Kenton Ridge. Jeff Gilbert/CONTRIBUTED

Linemen: Nick Baker, Troy Christian, 6-2, 260, sr.; Reece Eifert, Marion Local, 5-10, 200, sr.; Grant Imwalle; Fort Loramie, 6-0, 245, sr.; Payton Lange, St. Henry, 6-3, 220, sr.; Ross Shook, Ansonia, 5-10, 230, sr.

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Kicker: Blake Dippold, Coldwater, 5-9, 190, jr.

First Team Defense

Linemen: CJ Billing; Fort Loramie, 6-0, 210, sr.; Collin Detrick; Fort Loramie, 6-0, 280, sr.; Grant Doucette, Troy Christian, 6-0, 220, sr.; Darrin Hays, Marion Local, 5-8, 180, sr.; Preston Jackson, Tri-County North, 6-3, 300, sr.; Gage Kerrigan, Covington, 5-7, 200, jr.; Ethan Knapke, Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 175, sr.; Noah Luiken, Dayton Christian, 6-0, 365, jr.

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Linebackers: Parker Dysinger, Covington, 5-11, 170, sr.; Max Hoying; Fort Loramie, 5-10, 190, so.; Sam Huelsman, Marion Local, 6-4, 230, sr.; Dylan Kelley, Bethel, 5-11, 205, jr.; Hayden McKee, Southeastern, 6-0, 235, jr.; Mitch Niekamp, Coldwater, 5-10, 180, sr.; Andrew Rowland, Ansonia, 5-10, 215, sr.

Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin and senior TE/LB Sam Huelsman. Marion Local defeated Coldwater 40-19 in a Week 13 high school football playoff game at Sidney on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin and senior TE/LB Sam Huelsman. Marion Local defeated Coldwater 40-19 in a Week 13 high school football playoff game at Sidney on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Secondary: Mykah Eichie, Catholic Central, 6-1, 190, sr.; Sam Lefeld, St. Henry, 6-3, 185, sr.; Matt Rethman, Marion Local, 5-11, 155, sr.; Mark Seger; Fort Loramie, 6-4, 185, jr.; Matthew Shook, Ansonia, 6-0, 165, sr.; John Tangeman, Marion Local, 5-10, 170, sr.

Punter: Brandon Fleck, Marion Local, 5-11, 185, jr.

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Co-Offensive players of the year: Nathan Bruns, Marion Local; Zach Niekamp, St. Henry

Co-Defensive players of the year: Max Hoying, Fort Loramie; Sam Huelsman, Marion Local

Co-Coaches of the year: Tim Goodwin, Marion Local; Spencer Wells, Fort Loramie

Catholic Central senior cornerback and receiver Mykah Eichie had an interception against Triad last season. HANDOUT
Catholic Central senior cornerback and receiver Mykah Eichie had an interception against Triad last season. HANDOUT

Second Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Trent Collins, Mississinawa Valley, 6-2, 180, sr.; Mac Davis, Northeastern, 6-1, 165, sr.; Seth Griswold, Dayton Christian, 6-0, 170, jr.; Cade Schmelzer, Covington, 6-2, 185, jr.; Brian Stinson, Tri-County North, 6-0, 155, sr.; Trevor Woodruff, West Liberty-Salem, 5-7, 150, jr.

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Running backs: Jason Blake, Troy Christian, 6-0, 190, jr.; Will Hall, Mississinawa Valley, 5-9, 165, sr.; Dylan Rice, Triad, 5-10, 190, sr.

Fort Loramie coach Spencer Wells (right) and the Redskins celebrate a 48-20 defeat of Convoy Crestview in a Week 13 high school football playoff game at Lima on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Fort Loramie coach Spencer Wells (right) and the Redskins celebrate a 48-20 defeat of Convoy Crestview in a Week 13 high school football playoff game at Lima on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Receivers: Isaiah Bruce, Triad, 6-2, 205, sr.; Austin Bruner, Tri-Village, 5-8, 165, sr.; Andrew Cates, Covington, 6-1, 185, jr.; Cody Frericks, Minster, 6-6, 195, sr.; Brandon Pollock, Cedarville, 5-10, 175, sr.; Max Queen, Northeastern, 6-2,175, sr.

Linemen: Caleb Harding, Cedarville, 5-11, 210, sr.; Jack Knapke, Fort Recovery, 6-4, 250, sr.; Devin Siefring, St. Henry, 5-10, 195, sr.; Trevor Warren, Dayton Christian, 6-2, 175, sr.; Derek Wilker, Marion Local, 6-3, 215, sr.

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Kicker: Michael Denning, Lehman Catholic, 6-1, 180, sr.

Bethel QB Jacob Ullmer had a unique way of preventing dehydration by eating packaged mustard during breaks in a 52-28 Week 5 loss at Miami East. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Bethel QB Jacob Ullmer had a unique way of preventing dehydration by eating packaged mustard during breaks in a 52-28 Week 5 loss at Miami East. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

Second Team Defense

Linemen: Cooper Cole, Tri-County North, 6-2, 185, so.; Brandon Heitkamp, New Bremen, 6-2, 201, sr.; Thad Lawrence, West Liberty-Salem, 5-10, 210, jr.; Isaac Lee, West Liberty-Salem, 5-11, 230, jr.; Jacob Rindler, New Bremen, 6-2, 204, sr.; Mason Sullenbarger, Tri-Village, 5-9 190, sr.; Micah Trimbach, Troy Christian, 5-8, 200, jr.; Kyle Wolfe, West Liberty-Salem, 6-0, 284, jr.

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Linebackers: Johnny Edwards, Lehman Catholic, 5-10, 170, fr.; Josh Hivner, Troy Christian, 5-8, 175, sr.; Jake Hurst, Mechanicsburg, 5-9, 150, fr.; Major Stratton, West Liberty-Salem, 6-0, 215, sr.; Codey Taylor, Northeastern, 6-2, 205, jr.; Ben Wenning, Coldwater, 5-10, 180, sr.; Ian Wilson, Covington, 5-11, 190, sr.

Secondary: Drew Barhorst, Lehman Catholic, 6-0, 170, jr.; Derek Eyer, Tri-Village, 5-7, 155, sr.; Mike Ketner, Minster, 5-10, 165, sr.; Hayden Lee, Cedarville, 5-10, 180, sr.; Nathan Waltz, Troy Christian, 6-0, 155, jr.

Punter: Devyn Sink, Ansonia, 5-10, 185, sr.

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Southeastern’s Charlie Bertemes catches a pass under pressure from Greenon’s Kameron Cox. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Southeastern’s Charlie Bertemes catches a pass under pressure from Greenon’s Kameron Cox. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Honorable mention: Cade Cottingim, Twin Valley South; Caleb Twiss, Troy Christian; Keith Bebout, Caden Coleman, Mechanicsburg; Nick Burden, West Liberty-Salem; Sam Jackson, Dayton Christian; Zac Woodall, National Trail; Jayden Heltsley, Arcanum; Wyatt Hutchins, Tri-County North; Cody Eyer, Layne Sarver, Tri-Village; Michael Hall, Austin Helmke, Reece Stammen, Ansonia; Austin Bails, Riley Louck, Triad;

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Tucker Eriksen, Aaron Flores, Jason Rutschilling, Southeastern; Bradly Haynes, Lehman Catholic; Josiah Brewer, Hunter Gheen, Larkin Painter, Gavin Trevino, Bradford; Beltran Dorado Lagarga, Griffin Meyer, Fort Loramie; Cody Dirksen, Max Dirmeyer, Mississinawa Valley; Gavin Thobe, Fort Recovery; Eric Schlarman, Marion Local; Jay Knapke, St. Henry; Myles Blasingame, Coldwater; Sam Schmiesing, Minster.

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