Times Sports Editor
Though the 2008 season wasn't overly successful in terms of wins and losses for the Northview Knights, the team had several players honored by the Wabash Valley Coaches Association recently.
The WVCA placed five Knights on its annual All-Wabash Valley high school team.
Senior linebacker Corey Crowder was Northview's lone First Team player to be recognized. The 5'9 linebacker was joined by Linton's Stefan Sparks, North Putnam's Grifffen Dahlstrom and Paris, Ill. linebacker Jake Keys. All four players are seniors.
Crowder did a little bit of everything for the Knights, including catching a touchdown pass and returning a kickoff and recovering a fumble.
Earning Second Team honors for the Knights were Tony Fabbri at his offensive line position. He also received Honorable Mention status on the defensive side of the ball.
On the First Team offensive line is Linton's J.D. Fish, West Vigo's Jeff Jones, Rockville's James Kent, North Putnam's Josh Keyt, who will play for IU next year as a long snapper, and Dru Sappington of Terre Haute North.
Fabbri, who is 6'0, 220-pounds, had a fumble recovery this season for the Knights and was also a valuable commodity protecting his quarterback as well as opening running lanes.
Joining Fabbri on the Second Team defense is defensive lineman Jordan Keller, who was also an Honorable Mention on the offensive side of the ball.
The 6'0, 240-pound lineman also recovered a fumble for the Knights this year and was a disrupting force on the line all season.
First Team defensive linemen are Cumberland, Ill. senior John Breese and Red Hill's Shawn Curry. South Putnam junior Adam Masters and North Putnam's Seth Vondersaar.
In the defensive backfield, Kade Baker was also a Second Team player as Terre Haute South's Elias Brown, Linton's Keith Cunningham, West Vigo's Lucas Mackey and Evan Magni of Linton are First Teamers.
Baker, a 6'1, 190-pound senior, had three interceptions for the Knights and recovered a fumble. He also played offense were he ran the ball 46 times for 207 yards and caught six passes for 54 yards.
Kyle McCoy, who unfortunately missed the second part of the season due to a broken leg suffered against Vincennes Lincoln, was still named an Honorable Mention defensive back.
The 5'10, 165-pound senior had an interception for the Knights and seemingly was always around the ball when he was on the field. His spot on the All-Star team despite missing nearly five full games is a testament to his defensive value to the Knights.
Rockville had three First Team players with quarterback Matt King, 6'5 wide receiver, Aaron Bridge and lineman, Kent.
Linton had three as well with Cunningham, fullback Mickey Tosti and Fish at his offensive line spot.
First Team running backs included South Putnam's Drew Cash and Paris, Ill. Levi Eslinger.
Joining Bridge at wide receiver is North Central's Dylan Walker and Frank Willis of Terre Haute North as Billy Sisson, also of the Patriots, at tight end.
The kicker is Greencastle's Buzz Deer with at-large picks, Landon Keith of West Vigo and Terre Haute South's Bryan Schwartz.
On defense, Greencastle's Kyle Nobles is the First Team punter with teammate, Jacob Wright an at-large pick along with Riverton Parke's Jarrid McLaughlin.
The fifth edition of the WVFCA's all-star game will be in June this year and many of this team's seniors are expected to play in the contest.
All-Wabash Valley offense
QB -- Matt King, 6-4, 175, Sr., Rockville
RB -- Drew Cash, 6-0, 175, Jr., South Putnam
RB -- Levi Eslinger, 6-1, 180, Jr., Paris
RB -- Mickey Tosti, 5-9, 195, Sr., Linton
WR -- Aaron Bridge, 6-5, 205, Sr., Rockville
WR -- Dylan Walker, 6-3, 175, Sr., North Central
WR -- Frank Willis, 6-3, 190, Sr., Terre Haute North
TE -- Billy Sisson, 6-1, 210, Sr., Terre Haute North
OL -- J.D. Fish, 5-11, 275, Sr., Linton
OL -- Jeff Jones, 5-8, 225, Sr., West Vigo
OL -- James Kent, 6-0, 250, Jr., Rockville
OL -- Josh Keyt, 6-3, 230, Sr., North Putnam
OL -- Dru Sappington, 6-2, 285, Sr., Terre Haute North
K -- Buzz Deer, 6-0, 185, Sr., Greencastle
At-Large -- Landon Keith, 5-11, 175, Sr., West Vigo
At-Large -- Bryn Schwartz, 6-0, 170, Jr., Terre Haute South
QB -- Keith Cunningham, Linton
RB -- Gene Bradford, Sullivan; Ryan Buchhaas, North Vermillion; Kameron Silcock, West Vigo
WR -- Kaleb Johnson, Marshall; Tim Johnson, Riverton Parke; Ashton Marshall, Greencastle
TE -- Jordan Tharp, Linton
OL -- Josh Bridwell, TH South; Ethan Buske, TH South; Shawn Curry, Red Hill; Tony Fabbri, Northview; Jordon Keys, Paris
K -- Wade Bush, Terre Haute North
QB -- Taylor Duncan, Marshall; Jordan Hickam, Greencastle; Scott Hunt, N. Putnam; Brett Lewis, N. Central; Andy Walsh, S. Vermillion
RB -- Nick Alfke, S. Vermillion; Daniel Gabbard, TH North; Josh Hawkins, Red Hill; Ben King, TH North; Cody McKinney, Lawrenceville
WR -- Chase Brinkley, Paris; Robert Clevenger, Rockville; Dalton Hiatt, Sullivan; Aaron Welch, West Vigo
TE -- Michael Mardis, Terre Haute South; Thad Thompson, Sullivan
OL -- Payton Baker, Cumberland; Tyler Bishop, Marshall; Jessie Earls, W. Vigo; Brandon Heaton, TH North; Grant Hill, S. Vermillion; Caleb Justice, N. Central; Jordan Keller, Northview; Adam Masters, S. Putnam; Justin Shoulders, Lawrenceville; Cody Stout, Rockville; Jacob Wright, Greencastle
K -- Robert Morris, Paris
All-Wabash Valley defense
DL -- John Breese, 5-11, 250, Sr., Cumberland
DL -- Shawn Curry, 6-1, 190, Sr., Red Hill
DL -- Adam Masters, 6-4, 235, Jr., South Putnam
DL -- Seth Vondersaar, 6-2, 230, Sr., North Putnam
LB -- Corey Crowder, 5-9, 175, Sr., Northview
LB -- Griffen Dahlstrom, 6-3, 215, Sr., North Putnam
LB -- Jake Keys, 5-10, 185, Sr., Paris
LB -- Stefan Sparks, 5-11, 225, Jr., Linton
DB -- Elias Brown, 5-11, 161, Sr., Terre Haute South
DB -- Keith Cunningham, 5-9, 142, Sr., Linton
DB -- Lucas Mackey, 6-0, 180, Sr., West Vigo
DB -- Evan Magni, 5-9, 151, Jr., Linton
P -- Kyle Nobles, 6-3, 230, Sr., Greencastle
At-Large -- Jarrid McLaughlin, 6-3, 190, Sr., Riverton Parke
At-Large -- Jacob Wright, 6-2, 195, Sr., Greencastle
DL -- Kyle Buchanan, Greencastle; Jordan Keller, Northview; Josh Meurer, Linton; Cody Stout, Rockville
LB -- Hank Goodman, South Putnam; Jake Hoalt, Marshall; Sam Spinks, Cloverdale; Tony Theriac, Red Hill
DB -- Kade Baker, Northview; Kendal Butler, Cumberland; Zach Jumps, North Vermillion; David Woodason, Terre Haute North
P -- Scott Weatherford, Terre Haute North
DL -- Jacob Collins, W. Vigo; Tony Fabbri, Northview; Blane Grimes, Paris; Colby Judy, S. Putnam; Kyle Krockenberger, TH South; Cory Porter, TH North; Dalton Sanders, Marshall; Nick Wheeler, Rockville
LB -- Jacob Allen, N. Vermillion; Eli Bean, TH North; Gene Bradford, Sullivan; Cameron Coleman, Linton; Derrik Enstrom, North Central; Ashdon Frazier, S. Vermillion; Jeremy Melton, Lawrenceville; Patrick Richardson, Greencastle; Tophel Secuskie, Rockville; Justin Shoulders, Lawrenceville
DB -- Austin Humphrey, West Vigo; Nick Keefer, Cloverdale; Logan Laswell, South Vermillion; Kyle McCoy, Northview; Cody Mumaw, South Vermillion; Gage Tucker, Red Hill; Zach Walls, Paris
P -- Ashdon Frazier, S. Vermillion; Caleb McMullen, Rockville; Derek Thomas, TH South