HASTINGS — Three Cedar County football players will compete in the annual Sertoma Eight-Man Classic game in Hastings this June.
Hartington Wildcats Caleb Lammers and Ross Eickhoff have both been selected for the All Star contest. Tyler Hefner of Coleridge was also named to the elite team as a running back and punt returner.
Ron Lund, who has led Dodge to a couple of state playoff championships, will be the East team head coach. He will be assisted by Kevin Hahm of Nebraska Lutheran and Dave Uldrich of Allen.
Head coach for the West will be Randy Geier of Wauneta-Palisade, and he will be assisted by Glen Lipska of Leyton and Brock Eichelberger, who coached Ewing to the 2008 Class D2 state title.
Lammers, a 6-3, 220-pound tight end, led the team in receiving, hauling in 14 catches for 174 yards this season.
Lammers was also one of five Wildcat rushers to carry the ball for at least 100 yards this season. He had 28 carries for 138 yards.
Lammers was also a weapon on special teams, as he punted the ball an average of 38 yards per kick. He was also the team’s kicker, handling the kick-off chores and the extra-point kicks.
On defense, Lammers was one of several stellar players. He collected 64 tackles on the year, fourth-highest on the team.
The East team will have a couple of options at QB, including Garrett Hoins of Bruning-Davenport and Brandon Bruha of Dorchester, who twice in his career threw for 1,000 yards in a season.
The East will be able to build around all-staters Blake Reil (Bancroft-Rosalie), Holliday Quezada (Bloomfield) and Tim Prokopec (Clarkson) and Eickhoff.
Eickhoff led the Wildcat defense with 107 tackles this year. He also anchored the line from his guard spot, but also lined up at tight end on occasion in order to take a few passes. He caught three passes this season for 59 yards and one touchdown.
Hartington Coach Scott Miller credits the 205-pound Eickhoff with being the heart of the Wildcat team.
“He really makes things happen out there, and not just by the way he plays. He is a very emotional leader for us,” Miller said.
The West will counter with one of the better linebacking corps in recent all-star game history, led by two-time all-stater Matt Gohl (Hayes Center) and also including all-staters Dillon Breinig (Arapahoe), Tad Henkenius (Elgin) and Russell Walton (Franklin).
The offense will be sparked by Ewing all-stater Brett Kaczor, the Huskerland Prep Report’s D2 player of the year. He gained 1,212 yards and scored 54 touchdowns. He also threw the ball for 1,712 yards and 26 TDs. Elgin’s Andrew Bauer is another very capable QB and DB, where he was a two-time all-stater. Cody Gurney, who led Burwell to a perfect regular season, could also help at both QB and DB.
Scott Wilmes, Allen; Blake Reil, Bancroft-Rosalie; Holliday Quezada, Bloomfield; Garrett Hoins, Bruning-Davenport; Brendon Jorgensen, Cedar Bluffs; Michael Konicek, Clarkson; Tim Prokopec, Clarkson; Tyler Hefner, Coleridge; Adam Ortmeier, Dodge; Brandon Bruha, Dorchester; Dalton Brandt, Exeter-Milligan; Elliot Mencl, Freeman; Dwayne Wall, Hampton; Caleb Lammers, Hartington; Ross Eickhoff, Hartington; Dustin Sindelar, Howells; Derek Classen, Humphrey St. Francis; Jameson Werner, Humphrey St. Francis; Jimmie Bunting, Johnson-Brock; Ross Eickhoff, Hartington; Jordan Moline, Mead; Jordan Nelson, Newman Grove; Seth Houdersheldt, Shelby; Tim Kosch, Shelby; Bret Carlson, Shickley.
Tyler Bartak, Anselm-Merna; Dillon Breinig, Arapahoe; Cody Gurney, Burwell; Rob Keeney, Callaway; Austin Schleusener, Clearwater/Orchard; Trevor Junge, Crawford; Andrew Bauer, Elgin; Tad Henkenius, Elgin; Kayle Barnes, Elwood; Beau Fry, Ewing; Brett Kaczor, Ewing; Russell Walton, Franklin; Dustin Jasnoch, Garden County; Matt Gohl, Hayes Center; Anthony Adamson, Hemingford; Cory Frerichs, Leyton; Jacob Morten, Loomis; Matt Helms, Maxwell; Clint Bryant, Medicine Valley; Drew Carr, Overton; Lance Juelfs, Potter-Dix; Cole Stoltenberg, Stuart; Brandon Clough, Wallace; Cody Fanning, Wauneta-Palisade.
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