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WSL 1A football players receive 2016 awards

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Delta County's football teams were in the spotlight this fall with Paonia and Cedaredge going deep into the 1A state football playoffs.

Paonia fell to the eventual state champion, Strasburg, in semifinal action and the Bruins were eliminated by Strasburg in quarterfinal play, 29-11.

As a result of outstanding seasons, the two schools were richly rewarded with nine players each being selected to this year's All-Conference team.

Paonia's First Team selections included Trevor Smith (Sr. TE/LB), Dagan Rienks (Sr. QB/DE), Jaden Miller (Jr. RB/DE), Warren Minerich (Sr. OL/DL), Cyrus Malek-Madani (Jr. OL/LB) and Blake Benson (Sr. OL/LB).

Second Team selections for Paonia included Levi Peterson (Fr. OL/DL), Colby Simpson (Sr. WR/DB/K) and Anthony Felice (So. TE/LB).

Cedaredge's First Team selections were Brandon O'Hern (Sr. RB/LB), Isaac Swoffer (Sr. RB/LB), Christian Reynolds (Sr. OL/LB), Tre LaBossiere (Sr. OL/LB) and Tory Wilson (Sr. OL/DL).

Jared Reynolds (So. QB/LB), Pedro Madaleno (Jr. RB/De) and Ty Grant (Jr. WR/DB) were Second Team selections for the Bruins.

Hotchkiss' Bulldogs had one First Team selection, Wade Katzdorn (Sr. RB/LB), and five Second Team picks. The Second Team honorees included Joe Nault (Sr. OL/DL), Kale Litzelman (Sr. LB/WR), Colton Peebles (Jr. DB/WR), Devin Curtis (Jr. LB/RB) and Nolan Eggin (Jr. OL/DL).

In other individual awards, Cedaredge's Swoffer was the All-State CHSCA Player of the Year. In other league awards junior Logan Hughes (Meeker) was the All-League Player of the Year; Paonia's Simpson and Cedaredge's Brendon Klaseen were Co-Place Kickers of the Year; Paonia's Smith was Punter of the Year and Hotchkiss' Peebles was the Returner of the Year.

Meeker's Shane Phelan, with 11 years in coaching, was the 2016 1A WSL Coach of the Year.

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