Nine members of the Cascade football team were recently recognized after the Cougars’ third-place finish in Class 1A, District 4. Tanner Simon earned the MVP Returner Award. Alex Aitchison, Colby Holmes, Ben Miller and Kaleb Topping were all named first-team honorees. Isaac Hogan, Simon and Ted Weber earned spots on the second team, while Isaac Delarosa and Jose Nava were honorable mention. The complete team follows.
Most Valuable Player of the Year Awards: offensive skill player — Trey Eagle, West Branch; offensive lineman — Caden Wendt, North Cedar; defensive lineman — Jeff Bowie, West Branch; defensive skill player — Tanner Lukavsky, West Branch; kicker — Cale Fiderlein, West Branch; punter — Dakota Stevenson, Northeast; returner — Simon, Cascade; utility — Gavin Hierseman, West Branch.
Coach of the Year: Butch Pedersen, West Branch.
First team (by school): West Branch — Matt Paulsen, Cameron Howsare and Dalyn Pedersen; Bellevue — Luke Giesemann, Isaac Carter, Ben Parker, Max Jackson, Jacob Waller and Colby Sieverding; Cascade — Aitchison, Holmes, Miller and Topping; Beckman — Sean Kluesner, Trent Koelker, Owen Huehnergarth and Riley Fangman; North Cedar — Ethan Sahr, Tyler Thurston and Kael Unruh; Northeast — Dakota Stevenson, Atzin Dondiego and Cade Huges.
Second team (by school): West Branch — Wyatt Goodale, Cael Fiderlein and Morgan Hartz; Bellevue — Justin Carrier, Jacob Whitmore and Ty Strowder; Cascade — Hogan, Simon and Weber; Beckman — Nick Offerman, Jacob Sadler and Tom Jaeger; North Cedar — Gage Walshire, Brady Burcum and Brody Hawtrey; Northeast — Liam Maze, Ty Schmidt and Ethan Snyder.
Honorable mention (by school): West Branch — Dakota Kaalberg and Jack Robertson; Bellevue — Logan Manders and Paxton Felderman; Cascade — Delarosa and Nava; Beckman — Bennett English and Will Brehm; North Cedar — Brennan Kreel and Jacob Sander; Northeast — Traey McAleer and Kenny King.
Golden Award (first team player who missed time due to injury) — Evan Wulfekuhle, Beckman.