Nine Bucs named to All-District team
Anderson is player of the year; Kuechenmeister is coach of the year
The Blue Earth Area football program was honored for their outstanding season this year with numerous awards from the South Central White District.
Seven members of the squad were named to the South Central White District First Team and two received honorable mention.
Named to the First Team were seniors Cameron Anderson, Max Ehrich, Anders Fering, Nick Frank, Luke Mertens and Gavin Storbeck, along with junior Kean Hicks.
Senior Austin Thielfoldt and junior Adam Schavey received honorable mention.
In addition to those honors, several players received individual accolades for play at their position and BEA head coach Randy Kuechenmeister was named coach of the year for the South Central White District.
Wide receiver/safe-ty/kick returner Cameron Anderson was named player of the year for the district.
“Cam is a game changer. He can make it happen with his feet or his hands,” coach Kuechenmeister said. “He makes his presence known in the game. He is a special player.”
Ehrich and Storbeck were named district co- offensive backs of the year.
Ehrich averaged over 8.31 yards per carry from his running back position.
“Max is a physical, down-hill runner. He has great vision,” Kuechenmeister comments. “He is tough and it shows by the number of yards he gets after contact.”
Storbeck threw for 16 touchdowns this season.
“Gavin is a pure passer. He understands defenses,” Kuechenmeister shared. “He is smart, has good vision and puts the ball where it needs to be.”
Fering picked up the defensive lineman of the year for the district.
“Anders is physical and has great feet and he moves well. He takes on blockers well from his defensive tackle position,” Kuechenmeister stated. “He is a good blocker on offense and is a real solid football player.”
Named the district offensive lineman of the year was Mertens.
“Luke is another physical player. He is good at the down block and he knows how to block,” the BEA head coach said. “He loves contact, has good feet, and can move the defender from one spot to another.”
Hicks was honored as the special teams player of the year.
“Kean is very quick and very fast. He loves to hit and get on people,” Kuechenmeister commented. “As a linebacker he is good at taking on the lead blocker. He is aggressive and hard-nosed.”
Frank made the All-District Team as an offensive/defensive lineman.
“Nick is another one of those guys who loves contact – he almost seeks it out,” Kuechenmeister remarked. “He is an excellent blocker on offense who runs well and moves people. On defense he is able to take on the lead blocker from his defensive end position.”
Thielfoldt received honorable mention honors for his role as a utility back on offense and a cornerback on defense.
“Austin is very versatile which enables him to play a number of positions on both sides of the ball,” Kuechenmeister said. “He is tough and durable and is an excellent blocker who is able to kick-out bigger defensive players. He is able to affect the game from a variety of positions.”
Linebacker Adam Schavey was the other BEA player to receive honorable mention.
“Adam is a very good tackler with a nose for the ball,” Kuechenmeister stated. “He understands the game and likes to hit. He is very physical.”
The Bucs finished the year with a perfect 7-0 record. They were the champions of the South Central White District and also the Section 2AA title winners.