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Six Tigers named to All-Sierra Nevada football team

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The Douglas football team’s strong squad of linemen received yet some more recognition in the recently-released All-Sierra Nevada teams.

Six Tigers, three of which were linemen, were named to the squad, which is selected from teams regularly covered by the newspapers in the Sierra Nevada Media Group.

The Douglas line cleaned up in the All-Sierra League honors earlier this month, receiving eight nods in the trenches.

In the All-Sierra Nevada lists, linemen Ryan Guzman, Cory Fry and James Barnard each received a spot, along with linebackers Brent Koontz and Ryan Pruitt and defensive back Cole Hamzik.

Galena and Truckee each placed seven players on the team.

The Grizzlies, which advanced to the Northern 4A semifinals where they lost to McQueen, placed running backs Ryan Kruger and Jimmy Sargent, lineman James Ripson and defensive standouts Cole Dowty, Casey Ernst, Jordan Arnold and Tony Fritsche on the team. Truckee, which won its second straight NIAA 3A state title by beating Virgin Valley, placed offensive standouts Ben Tonon and Brandon Peterson, linemen Riley Allanson, Kyle Steverman, Jorge Vasquez, linebacker Matt Klesken and defensive back John Hooper on the All-Sierra Nevada team.

Carson also placed six players on the team. Among those chosen from Carson was Sierra League Offensive Co-Player of the Year, running back Bryan Maffei. He was joined by receiver Scott Witter, linemen Zach Taylor and Eric Walther, linebacker Jason Dittenber and defensive back Ryan Jesse, who were All-Sierra League first team selections.

Taylor, Walther and Maffei were also all Northern 4A first team selections for the Senators.

Dayton, which advanced to the NIAA State 3A semifinals for the first time in school history where it lost to Virgin Valley, had three players named to the team. Quarterback Travis Wood, running back Erik Hopper and receiver Jordan Stokes were all picked.

The All-Sierra Nevada team is chosen by media from the Nevada Appeal, The Record Courier, Fallon’s Lahontan Valley News, the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the Tahoe World, the Tahoe Bonanza and Truckee’s Sierra Sun.

Honorees are listed below:

ALL-SIERRA NEVADA FOOTBALL

2005

Offense

QB – Travis Wood, Dayton, jr.: An All-Carson Country QB last year, Wood completed 119 passes for 2,046 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading Dayton into the 3A state semifinals.

RB – Bryan Maffei, Carson, sr.: Rushed for 1,505 yards on 215 carries for a 7.0 yard average with 15 touchdowns. Sierra League co-offensive player of the year. All-region first team. A two-time All-Sierra League first team performer

RB – Ryan Krueger, Galena, sr.: Gained 1,559 yards on 240 carries for a 6.7 yard average and 17 touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.

FB – Jimmmy Sargent, Galena, jr.: He gained 653 yards on 107 carries and rushed for three touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception. On defense he had six sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

WR – Brandon Peterson, Truckee, sr.: Caught 24 passes for 591 yards for a 25 yard average and also had eight touchdown catches during the regular season.

WR – Jordan Stokes, Dayton, sr.: Caught 47 passes for 860 yards for an 18.3 yard average.

WR – Travis McCurry, Fernley, jr.: was a versatile performer for the Vaqueros who could score from anywhere on the field as a return specialist, receiver or runner. His kickoff return for a touchdown was a key play in the Vaqueros’ 42-34 win over Dayton, securing the Golden Pick for Fernley. Also named All-Carson Country last year.

WR – Scott Witter, Carson, sr.: A repeat all-league first-team wide receiver and All-Carson Country pick. He had 37 catches for two touchdowns. His 37 receptions was second in the Northern 4A. All-region second team.

Utility – Erik Hopper, Dayton, jr.: Gained 1,236 yards on 125 carries for a 9.9 yard average and was also a dangerous receiver.

Utility – Ben Tonon, Truckee, sr.: Gained 575 yards rushing on 46 carries for an 11.0 yard average and also rushed for 11 TDs during the regular season. He added 308 yards receiving and three TDs on 21 catches.

KR – Rick Cornu, Fallon: All-Northern 4A second team and all-High Desert League first team as a receiver.

TE – Evan Thomas, North Tahoe: A workhorse on the end of NT’s line. Also an inspiration to players, pushing through a fractured vertebrae until he was eventually pulled out due to risk of serious and tragic injury. Was named MVP and Most Inspirational. Two-year captain.

TE – Lyle Gardner, Fallon: All-league second team.

Line – Eric Walther, Carson, sr.: All-league first team and all-region first team as a center and second team all-league as a defensive end

Line – Zach Taylor, Carson, sr.: All-league first team as an offensive guard and defense tackle and all-region first team as a defensive tackle. All-region second team as an offensive guard.

Line – Ryan Guzman, Douglas: Second team all-sierra league offensive guard. Was a solid defensive lineman with four sacks and a forced fumble.

Line – Cory Fry, Douglas: All-Sierra League second team tackle. Had one fumble forced. Gritty blocker offensively.

Line – Ryan Gilmore, Yerington. Was named the Northern 2A’S Lineman of the Year.

Line – James Ripson, Galena, sr. Was named to the all-Northern 4A first team.

Defense

Line – Riley Allanson, Truckee, sr.: Known as a hard hitter who punished his opposition this year.

Line – Kyle Steverman, Truckee, sr.: An excellent pass rusher who had numerous sacks.

Line – Jorge Vasquez, Truckee, sr.: Described as an animal on the field and certainly a force in the state championship game against Virgin Valley.

Line – James Barnard, Douglas: First-team all-region defensive tackle, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt.

LB – Matt Klesken, Truckee, sr. A player who seemed to be all over the field – and delivering hard hits all over the field.

LB – Brent Koontz, Douglas: Shifted over to middle linebacker from the outside halfway through the season. Had two interceptions. A first-team All-Sierra Leaguer and first-team all-region pick at linebacker. Second-team All-Sierra League tight end with 16 catches for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

LB – David Hyde, Fallon: All-Norther 4A second team and all-league first team.

LB – Jason Dittenber, Carson, sr.: All-league first team and all-region second team. He had more than 90 tackles which led the team.

LB – Casey Ernst, Galena, sr.: A third-year varsity starter who earned All-Carson Country pick last year. He caught 22 passes and had three touchdown catches. On defense, he had 122 tackles, 16 for loss and six forced fumbles.

LB – Ryan Pruitt, Douglas: Second team all-Sierra League pick. Hard hitter that found his way to the heart of every play.

LB – Cole Dowty, Galena, sr.: He had six sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

DB – John Hooper, Truckee, sr.: An all-Northern 3A first team performer last year, had another solid season despite an ankle injury.

DB – Cole Hamzik, Douglas: First-team All-Sierra League pick and second-team all-region. Had two interceptions on the year. Stepped in at quarterback for the tigers with two games left in the season and threw for 447 yards and four touchdowns in three starts including the playoffs.

DB – Tony Fritsche, Galena, sr.: Athletic enough to be the state pole vault champion last spring. Fritsche caught 16 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns. On defense,he had three interceptions and a blocked punt for a touchdown.

DB – Jordan Arnold, Galena, sr.: He caught 15 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns. One of the leaders in the Yellow Swarm defense, he intercepted three passes and returned one 100 yards for a touchdown in the playoffs against McQueen.

DB – Ryan Jesse, Carson, sr.: A All-Sierra League first team and all-region second team. He had three interceptions.