Versailles’ Hiestand named to MAC first team defense


Versailles had one player named to the first team in the Midwest Athletic Conference.

Senior Evan Hiestand was named to the first team defense as a defensive n end. He also made second team offense as an offensive end.

Versailles also had several players receive special mention. They were Andrew DeMange, Tyler Gigandet and Nathan Wagner.

The Tigers placed ninth in the league with a 1-7 record. They were 2-8 overall for the season.

The MAC league champions were Anna and Marion Local, each with 7-1 marks. Anna coach Nick Marino and Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin shared the Coach of the Year honors.

The MAC Offensive Player of the Year was St. Henry running back Zach Niekamp, and the Defensive Player of the Year was Marion Local outside linebacker Sam Huelsman.

The first team offensive consisted of five players from Anna, four players from Marion Local, three players from Coldwater, three players from St. Henry, one player from Minster and one player from Fort Recovery. From Anna, Jeffrey Richards (receiver/split end), Isaac Dodds (center), Brayden Farley (guard), Riley Huelskamp (running back) and Bart Bixler (utility). From Marion Local, Nick Tangeman (receiver/split end), Brandon Fleck (punter), Nathan Bruns (quarterback) and Nolan Habodasz (running back). From Coldwater, Cole Frilling (receiver/split end), Blake Dippold (kicker) and Jake Hemmelgarn (utility). From St. Henry, Payton Lange (guard), Devin Siefring (tackle) and Zach Niekamp (running back). From Minster, Cody Frericks (end). From Fort Recovery, Jack Knapke (tackle).

The first team defense included four players from Marion Local, two players from Coldwater, two players from New Bremen, two players St. Henry, one player from Minster and one player from Versailles.

From Marion Local, Darrin Hays (interior lineman), Sam Huelsman (outside linebacker), Matt Rethman (cornerback), John Tangeman (safety). From Coldwater, Mitch Niekamp (inside linebacker) and Ben Wenning (outside linebacker). From New Bremen, Brandon Heitkamp (defensive end) and Jacob Rindler (interior lineman). From St. Henry, Jay Knapke (cornerback) and Sam Lefeld (safety). From Minster, August Boehnlein (inside linebacker). From Versailles, Evan Hiestand (defensive end).

The second team offense included quarterback Clay Schmitz of Fort Recovery, running backs Mitch Niekamp (Coldwater), Alex Schmitmeyer (Minster) and Nick Hawk (Parkway), receiver/split ends Gavin Thobe (Fort Recovery), Bryce Blickle (New Bremen) and Jay Knapke (St. Henry), offensive linemen Evan Hiestand (Versailles), Brandon Siegrist (Fort Recovery), Reece Eifert (Marion Local), Derek Wilker (Marion Local), Sam Schmiesing (Minster), Eric Schlarman (Marion Local) and Ben Kuck (New Bremen), Kicker Ryan Bertke (New Bremen) and punter Jacob Wenning (Coldwater).

Members of the second team defense are Isaac Dodds (Anna), Payton Lange (St. Henry), Brayden Farley (Anna), Cameron McEldowney (St. Henry), linebackers Kam Steward (Anna), Jaren Fishbaugh (St. Henry), Jeffrey Richards (Anna) and Ethan Thieman (St. Henry), cornerbacks Justin Schwieterman (Coldwater) and Mike Ketner (Minster), safeties Brandon Shannon (Anna), Myles Blasingame (Coldwater) and Curtis Schwinnen (Delphos St. John’s).

Players receiving honorable mention were as follows:

Anna – Luke Cantrell, Isaac Lininger, Jarred Seigle, Dylan Steinke-Ellinger

Coldwater – Paul Buschur, Evan Dysert, AJ Kunk, Alex May, Noah Miller, Nolan Tobe

Fort Recovery – Josh Muhlenkamp, Clayton Pearson, Braydon Schoen, Owen Sheridan, Kaden Will

Marion Local – Lucas Bertke, Matt Everman, Alex Klosterman, Grant Meier

Minster – Dustin Frericks, Jack Heitbrink, Jacob Niemeyer, Dylan Sharp

New Bremen – Casey Parker, Justin Tenkman, Grant Selby, Nick Wells

Parkway – Jason Luth, Nick Riley, Noah Riley

St. Henry – Cody Bruggeman, Daylen Froning, Sam Hartings, Caden Niekamp

Delphos St. John’s – Hunter Bonifas, Lucas Metcalfe, Dominic Metzger, Jared Wurst

Versailles – Andrew DeMange, Tyler Gigandet, Nathan Wagner

Versailles’ Evan Hiestand was named to both the first team defense and second team offense in the Midwest Athletic Conference.’ Evan Hiestand was named to both the first team defense and second team offense in the Midwest Athletic Conference. Chuck Runner | For The Daily Advocate

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