---- — 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.
Josh Brown, a 6-2, 195 senior fullback, also a first-team HAC I fullback, rushed for 1,146 yards and 21 touchdowns, with a per-carry average of 7.4. He also caught 16 passes for 260 yards,
Colby Klingerman, a 5-11, 175 senior wide receiver, led all Valley players in catches and yards (68 for 839) and tied with the other Daily Item first-team split end, Southern Columbia's Luke Rarig, with the most TD receptions (eight), with a long of 75. He was a HAC-III first-team selection. Both he and Rarig were named to this year's Associated Press all-state team.
Rarig, a 6-0, 180 junior was the Tigers' go-to guy when they needed to convert a first down. In addition to his eight TDs, Rarig had 37 catches for 713 yards (19.3 average).
Evan Tanner, a 5-11, 175 senior tight end, was among the Valley's receiving leaders with 34 catches for 519 yards and seven TDs. He was a first-team pick in the HAC-I.
Nazar Mironenko, a 6-1, 280, guard, has been a dominant player on both sides of the line for four years. He was always the focus of opposing coaches and usually double-teamed. He was a HAC-I first-team all-star and recently garnered his second AP all-state4 honor.
Chris Humbert, an undersized senior guard listed generously at 5-10, 190, was the leader of the Ironmen's offensive line and a three-year starter. Coach Jim Keiser said he was the heart of the team.
Blake Remensnyder, a 6-5, 280 senior tackle led the team in pancake blocks and, Keiser said, used his large frame to plow the running game, but was even more impressive in pass protection.
Travis Krall, a 6-4, 285 junior tackle was a four-year starter and a captain and one of the Black Panthers' most solid linemen. He helped the team rush for 2,448 yards and pass for another 1,367.
Josh Tripp, a 6-5, 270 senior tackle helped the Tigers rush for 4,239 yards. He was named to the HAC-III first-team and also made the AP all-state squad.
Shayne Riley, a 6-0, 150 junior kicker, converted 43 of 47 extra point attempts and was nine of 12 in field goal tries, with a long of 45 yards. He was the HAC-I first-team kicker and is also a standout for the Ironmen soccer team. Riley was also named to the AP all-state team.
Jayson English, a 5-9, 171 senior halfback/defensive back and kick and punt returner, is the first-team Athlete. He rushed for 703 yards on 98 carries, a 7.2 average and caught 24 passes for 372 yards and two TDs.
Mironenko, a 6-1, 280 senior tackle, made 71 total tackles, 20 solo, with a tackle for loss in 20 games. He was named to the HAC-I first-team.
Jake Klinger, a 6-1, 244 senior tackle, had 87 tackles, nine sacks and 16 tackles for loss, despite facing double teams all- season. He was the top vote-getter as a HAC-III first-team defensive lineman.
Jake Hare, a 6-4, 240 senior tackle, was a key to the Braves' defensive success. He had 33 tackles and six sacks.
Austin Steen, a 6-2, 320 senior nose guard, was a first-team HAC-II selection.
Mitch Stanziale, a 6-0, 235 senior defensive end, had 45 tackles and eights sacks. He was a first-team HAC-III selection.
Eric Haney, a 6-0, 210 senior middle linebacker, led the Ironmen in tackles for the third straight season with 140, despite playing with a high ankle sprain for most of the season. His four-year total for tackles of 442 is a school record. He was a first-team HAC-I all-star and two-time AP all-state team member.
Cody Pavlick, a 6=2. 215 senior inside linebacker, led a talented Tigers' defense with 103 tackles and four sacks. He was a HAC-III first-team selection. He also made the AP all-state team the past two seasons.
Kyle Palmer, a 5-11, 200 senior inside linebacker, made 100 tackles, two for loss, forced six fumbles, recovering one, and blocked two field goal tries.
Jack Gaugler, a 5-11, 215 sophomore inside linebacker, in his second year as the starter, led the Seals in tackles with 87. He had 3.5 sacks, three tackles for loss and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. He was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Garett Sosnoski, a 6-1, 190 senior outside linebacker, made 62 tackles with two sacks and three interceptions.
Drew Newcomb, a 6-2, 205 junior safety led all Valley defenders with nine interceptions, along with 35 tackles and a fumble recovery. He was a first-team HAC-II selection and was also recently named to the AP all-state team.
Luke Rarig, a 6-0, 180 junior cornerback, made 43 tackles, broke up 10 passes and made three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He was a first-team HAC-III selection.
Mike Gilger, a 5-7, 160 senior cornerback, made 49 tackles, including 29 solo, with five interceptions. He is among the top 10 all-time in interceptions at the school.
Matt Meloy, a 5-6, 130 sophomore safety, had six interceptions while playing the position for the first time. He also had four pass break-ups. He was a first-team HAC-I selection.
Dalton Rowe, a 6-0, 180 punter averaged 37.9 yards per boot for the Tigers.
David Brantley, a 5-10, 155 senior returner, has played several positions for the Tigers as a result of injuries to starters. As a kick returner, he ran back seven kickoffs for 222 yards, including one for a touchdown.