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G-R’s Lott leads all-district honorees
December 31, 2017

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One of the most prolific dual-threat quarterbacks in Class A football for the last two seasons was honored as the District 5 Offensive Player of the Year, as Gladbrook-Reinbeck senior Hunter Lott collected his league's top postseason award.

Lott was a two-time, first-team all-district quarterback for the Rebels, who won their second-straight Class A state championship with the then-junior calling the signals for the school's first perfect season (13-0).

Lott proved to be even more potent in his second season at the helm of the G-R attack, but the Rebels fell short of a fourth consecutive trip to the UNI-Dome this fall in finishing 9-2 in what for the time being is the program's final year in 11-man football.

As a senior, Lott ranked seventh in Class A in combined passing and rushing yards. He threw for 1,652 yards and totaled 2,011 yards in 11 games, averaging 10.7 yards per play (completions and rushing attempts) and was fourth in rushing (359 yards) among quarterbacks who also threw for more than 1,000 yards.

He threw for as many as 354 yards in a game, ran for 241 yards in another and led the team in tackles with 9.5 stops against archrival Grundy Center in their season opener.

In his junior campaign, Lott ranked fourth in Class A after amassing 2,141 yards in 13 games, putting up 10.2 yards per play. He threw for 1,771 yards, ran for 370 more and totaled 25 touchdowns in each season as Gladbrook-Reinbeck's starting quarterback.

He also finished third in tackles on the stout Rebel defense both years. Gladbrook-Reinbeck's defense surrendered an average of 7.42 points per game over the last two seasons.

Lott was one of five Rebels selected to the District 5 first team after finishing second in the division to eventual state runner-up Hudson. Seniors Mason Skovgard, Walker Thede, Matt Johannsen, Kyle Koppen and Rhett Barnes each received the distinction. It marked the second-straight first-team all-district honors for both Lott and Thede.

North Tama juniors Hale Hulme and Tyler Morrison both received their first all-district first-team honors, as did GMG senior linebacker Cade Bovenmyer. GMG junior Brock Baldazo was named the district's Punter of the Year after averaging 37.2 yards per punt overall and 37.1 in district play. He booted a season-long 61-yard punt in a Week 7 loss at Colfax-Mingo, ranking ninth in Class A with that kick.

Marshalltown's lone first-team all-Class 4A District 4 honoree was senior wide receiver/defensive back Josh Melde. Melde finished 21st in 4A with 592 receiving yards, averaging 22.8 yards per catch on 26 receptions. His receiving average was second-best among 4A receivers with more than 12 catches.

Melde also finished third on the Bobcats with 31 total tackles.

Representing South Tama County on Class 3A's all-District 3 squad were five players: seniors Nick Ryan, Tanner Probasco, Brady Fritz and Colton Vest and junior Keith Keahna. Vest led the Trojans with 467 rushing yards while Probasco was just behind with 451 yards. Fritz finished with a team-high 22 receptions for 314 yards, and Vest hauled in another 18 passes for 304 yards.

Probasco piled up 57.5 tackles to finish second on the team, adding two fumble recoveries (one he returned for a touchdown) and a quarterback sack. Ryan had seven receptions for 263 yards and shared team-high honors with Keahna with four touchdown catches.

Three area teams aligned in 2A District 3 were well-represented on their first team. East Marshall saw first-team honors for wide receivers Logan Nicholson and Zane Johnson, quarterback Tyler DeBondt, linebacker Noah Bandstra and defensive back Eli Anderson.

DeBondt finished fourth across 2A with 2,079 passing yards this season, totaling 16 touchdowns and a 140.4 quarterback rating. Nicholson ranked second in the class with 896 receiving yards and was third with 49 catches, racking up 10 touchdowns. Johnson had 37 catches for 568 yards and five scores.

Bandstra led the Mustang defense and ranked atop 2A with 111.5 total tackles, compiling 91 solo stops and 20.5 assists. Anderson contributed 22 tackles and an interception for East Marshall.

West Marshall was awarded eight first-team all-district selections, with four on both sides of the ball. Offensively, wide receiver Beau Coberley, linemen Kyle Schaper and Luke Pinnick and utility selection Cameron Bannister, the Trojans' quarter. On defense, lineman Levi Randall, linebacker Chase Burr, defensive back Ryan Sabastiano and utility pick Joe Halverson were on the all-district squad.

Bannister threw for 1,552 yards with 19 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions, connecting 46 times with Coberley for 584 yards and 12 scores. Halverson led the Trojan defense with 81.5 tackles, Burr was third with 53.5 stops and Randall was fourth with 40.5 total tackles. Coberley, who led the defense with four interceptions, will accept a walk-on offer to play at Iowa State.

South Hardin's two all-district first-team selections were both defensive picks, as senior defensive lineman Kevin Rewoldt (team-high 55.5 tackles and five sacks) and junior cornerback Tyrell Todd (three interceptions) were honored.

BCLUW collected three all-district picks in 1A's District 2. Senior quarterback Brad Barkema threw for 1,517 yards and 11 touchdowns. Senior linebacker Blake Mann led the Comets with 87 total tackles, and senior lineman Keegan Rhinehart, who has signed to play at Clarke University in Dubuque, also was honored.

Grundy Center's fourth-place finish in Class A District 2 yielded five first-team selections for the Spartans. Offensive lineman Jordan Hook, who has received five NCAA Division I scholarship offers, was among them. Senior linemen Nolan Freeman and Cade Rohler joined him on the all-district squad, along with junior running back Caleb Kuiper, who ranked sixth in Class A with 1,465 yards, and senior linebacker Josh Kuiper (31 tackles).

In the 8-Man class, Colo-NESCO led the area with six first-team honorees in District 5. Seniors Garrett Packer, Philip Bower, Mason Lytle, Bryce Niemeyer and Connor Clark and sophomore Francis Bower were honored.

Packer and Philip Bower shared the district rushing title, both with 1,113 yards from scrimmage and a combined 41 touchdowns.

Meskwaki Settlement had two first-team selections in juniors Noah Seymour and Tat Bear.

AGWSR had a trio of first-team honorees in District 2 play, with seniors Liam Stubbe, Sawyer Heitland and Alec Stahl. Stubbe served as the Cougars' primary ball-carrier, leading the way with 943 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught a team-leading 16 passes for 306 yards and another four scores, while Stahl was second in both categories with 298 yards rushing and 101 receiving.

Stahl led the AGWSR defense with 74.5 tackles, Stubbe was second with 58.5 stops, and Heitland added 46 tackles while doubling as a lineman on both sides of the line of scrimmage.

CLASS 4A DISTRICT 4

First Team Marshalltown - Josh Melde, sr., WR/DB.

Second Team Marshalltown - Sam Irwin, sr., QB; Blake Linsenmeyer, sr., LB.

Honorable Mention Marshalltown - Dylan Eygabroad, jr., WR/DB; Decker Mann, sr., OL/DL; Noah DeVenney, sr., WR/DB; Luis Ortiz, sr., OL/DL; Cole Tesar, sr., LB/DE.

CLASS 3A DISTRICT 3

First Team South Tama - Nick Ryan, sr.; Keith Keahna, jr.; Tanner Probasco, sr.; Brady Fritz, sr.; Colton Vest, sr.

Second Team South Tama - Josh Thiessen, sr.; Lane Koch, sr.; Mario Moncada, sr.; Tanner Walz, jr.

CLASS 2A DISTRICT 3 First Team East Marshall - Logan Nicholson, sr., WR; Zane Johnson, sr., WR; Tyler DeBondt, sr., QB; Noah Bandstra, jr., LB; Eli Anderson, sr., DB. South Hardin - Kevin Rewoldt, sr., DL; Tyrell Todd, jr., DB. West Marshall - Luke Pinnick, fr., OL; Kyle Schaper, sr., OL; Beau Coberley, sr., WR; Cameron Bannister, sr., UT; Levi Randall, sr., DL; Chase Burr, jr., LB; Ryan Sabastiano, sr., DB; Joe Halverson, jr., UT.

Second Team East Marshall - Cole Nauman, jr., WR; Ryley Overton, jr., DL; Dillon Lee, sr., LB. South Hardin - Tommy Platte, sr., OL; Jason Skartvedt, sr., OL; Ryne Fuller, sr., DL; Kolten Rewoldt, sr., LB; Logan Spindler, sr., DB. West Marshall - Josh Larsen, jr., WR/P; Alex Dickey, sr., LB; David Willis, so., LB.

Honorable Mention East Marshall - Kamren Hoskins, jr.; Logan Andrews, sr. South Hardin - Tanner Lawrence, jr.; Braxton Murphy, so.; Colton Haley, jr.; Jacob Fox, sr. West Marshall - Cole Baccam, sr.; Michael Doe, sr.

CLASS 1A DISTRICT 2 First Team BCLUW - Brad Barkema, sr., QB/FS; Blake Mann, sr., RB/LB; Keegan Rhinehart, sr., OL/DL.

Second Team BCLUW - Troy Dolphin, sr., WR/LB; Jack Garber, jr., WR/CB; Calob Keller, sr., OL/DL.

Honorable Mention BCLUW - Connor Thompson, sr., WR/LB; Colby Willett, jr., WR/CB.

CLASS A DISTRICT 3 First Team Grundy Center - Caleb Kuiper, jr.; Nolan Freeman, sr.; Cade Rohler, sr.; Josh Kuiper, sr.; Jordan Hook, sr.

CLASS A DISTRICT 5 Offensive MVP - Hunter Lott, sr., QB, Gladbrook-Reinbeck. Punter - Brock Baldazo, jr., GMG.

First Team Gladbrook-Reinbeck - Walker Thede, sr., WR; Mason Skovgard, sr., DE; Matt Johannsen, sr., WR; Kyle Koppen, sr., ILB; Rhett Barnes, sr., OL. GMG - Cade Bovenmyer, sr., LB. North Tama - Hale Hulme, jr., QB/WR; Tyler Morrison, jr., RB.

Second Team Gladbrook-Reinbeck - Gage Murty, sr., DT; Cael Wyatt, sr., OLB; Bronson Wrage, sr., OL; Seth Gretillat, sr., DL; Keagan Giesking, fr., CB. GMG - Blaze Krull, jr., LB. North Tama - Nicholas Sierra, sr., WR/DB; Cory Kennedy, sr., OL/DL.

8-MAN DISTRICT 2

First Team AGWSR - Liam Stubbe, sr.; Sawyer Heitland, sr.; Alec Stahl, sr.

Second Team AGWSR - Joe Wiarda, sr.; Lucas Starr, so.

Honorable Mention AGWSR - Aaron Roelfs, sr.; Ethan Ubben, sr.

8-MAN DISTRICT 5

First Team Colo-NESCO - Garrett Packer, sr.; Philip Bower, sr.; Mason Lytle, sr.; Bryce Niemeyer, sr.; Connor Clark, sr.; Francis Bower, so. Meskwaki - Tat Bear, jr.; Noah Seymour, jr.

Honorable Mention

Colo-NESCO - Adam Texeira, jr.

Meskwaki - Stanford Kapayou, so.

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