Six locals named all-state by INA
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 5:56 AM
The awards keep rolling in for area football players.
Decorah's Austin Ashbacher, Jake Hovden and Holt Johansen, along with South Winn's Jordan Rommes and Turkey Valley's Luke Kuennen and Kyle Reicks were all named to the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) all-state list.
It is Johansen's second honor and a first for all others.
Senior Austin Ashbacher was named first team defensive lineman in Class 3A. He was named first team by the Des Moines Register and by Class 3A District 5. With 94 total tackles, Ashbacher led the team. He had 63 solo and 31 assisted stops, along with 17 solo tackles for a loss, five assisted, nine solo sacks and four assisted sacks. He also had a fumble recovery.
Hovden, a junior, was named first team defensive back by the INA. He also was named first team defense by the Des Moines Register and first team by the district. He contributed 47 total tackles in his first full year on varsity, with 25 solo and 22 assisted stops. He also had two solo tackles for a loss, with two assists. He led the team in interceptions with four, returning them 43 yards.
Despite his season-ending early due to an injury, Johansen did enough to impress, earning third team back honors. He was a second team back last season. He also was named second team by the Register and first team by the district. He led the team in rushing with 760 yards on 113 carries. That's a 6.7 yards per carry average. He had 11 rushing touchdowns in addition to catching three passes for 45 yards and one TD.
South Winn junior Jordan Rommes was named first team tight end/wide receiver by the INA. He was also named first team by the Register and is a three-time all-district honoree. Rommes collected 1,333 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns, the most of anyone in Class 1A. With 52 receptions, he averaged 25.6 yards per catch. He also rushed for 273 yards and threw for 125.
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Turkey Valley's Luke Kuennen, a senior, was named first team utility on the defensive side for the Trojans in Class A. Kuennen was first team defensive line by the Register and by the district. With 78 tackles on the season, Kuennen made 37 solo and 41 assists, good for third most on the team. He also had seven solo tackles for a loss and one assisted. His three fumble recoveries led the team in that category.
A senior, Kyle Reicks was named third team defensive linebacker. Reicks was also named a first team utility defensive player by Class A District 3. Reicks was second on the team in tackles with 80 total (45 solo, 35 assisted). He also had one solo tackle and two assisted tackles for a loss. Reicks had one interception returned 14 yards.