By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
In addition to their stockings and presents under their trees, the Valley's best high school football players in the 2013 season get another surprise on this Christmas morning.
They, their parents and fans can read more of them today as The Daily Item announces its annual all-star team, comprising a first- and second-team and honorable mention.
In addition to the teams, the sports department again chose an Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year and a Coach of the Year.
Those honors went to Southern Columbia fullback Adam Feudale (offense), Danville linebacker Eric Haney (defense) and Danville's Jim Keiser (coach).
Of the 17 schools included in the selections, 11 had players selected to the first-team and 13 had at least one player listed on the first- or second-teams. Every team is represented, at least as a member of the honorable mention list. The teams were chosen by a vote of The Daily Item sports staff with the help of nominations from each of the 17 coaches.
Nick Becker, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior quarterback, in his first year as a starter under center, completed 59 percent of his passes, hitting on 85 of 144 attempts for 1,699 yards and 20 touchdowns, to just eight interceptions, in 13 games.
Feudale, a 5-10, 215 senior fullback, was the Valley's rushing leader both in net yards and average per carry. He finished his final season with 1,552 yards on 154 attempts, a 10.1 average and matched his jersey number with his touchdown total of 22. He was a first-team Heartland Athletic Conference Division III selection.
Sam Dresser, a 5-7, 180-pound senior fullback, despite missing most of four games with an injury, ranked third among the Valley's rushing leaders with 1,287, and averaged 7.2 yards a carry, with 13 TDs. He was a HAC-I first-team pick. In addition, he broke Carmen DeFrancesco III's school career rushing mark, finishing with 3,821.