By The Daily Item
Two-way players abound throughout the 2013 Heartland Athletic Conference all-star team, except that wasn't the case for two squads: Danville and Southern.
The Ironmen and Tigers placed the most players on their respective Division I and III teams to lead the all-star selections as picked by the HAC's head coaches.
Danville, which claimed the Division I title with a 5-1 mark (8-2 overall), had tight end Evan Tanner, placekicker Shayne Riley, running backs Sam Dressler and Isaiah Croll, plus lineman Blake Remensnyder named to the offensive first team.
Dressler finished the regular season as the sixth-best rusher from the area (130 carries, 934 yards), while Tanner was seventh in receiving with 26 catches for 470 yards.
Defensively for the Ironmen, linebacker Eric Haney and defensive back Matt Meloy were named to the first team.
Milton had three players occupy two spots apiece on the first team: Greg Schultz at wide receiver/defensive back, Josh Brown at running back/linebacker and Travis Krall on the offensive and defensive lines.
In addition for the Black Panthers, Brady Chappell was the first-team quarterback. Chappell was the area's fifth-best quarterback with 1,299 passing yards (76-of-139 passing).
Selinsgrove sophomore Jack Gaugler was a first-team pick as both an offensive lineman and linebacker; Mifflinburg senior Nazar Mironenko was a first-team pick on both sides of the line and Shamokin's Sean McGlaughlin was a first-team selection at both wide receiver and defensive back.
Other notables to make the Division I first team were Selinsgrove offensive linemen Nick Showers and John Daku, plus Seals defensive lineman Andrew Boob.
The Division I Coach of the Year honors went to Danville's Jim Keiser, who directed the Ironmen to the HAC-I title despite his team suffering many injury issues throughout the season.