Canistota lands five on 9A all-state listIt’s only fitting that three-time 9B state champion Canistota has five players on the all-state team. The Hawks have won 36 straight games and sealed their third consecutive championship, beating Warner 52-8 in the state title game.
By: Brooke Cersosimo, The Daily Republic
It’s only fitting that three-time 9B state champion Canistota has five players on the all-state team.
The Hawks have won 36 straight games and sealed their third consecutive championship, beating Warner 52-8 in the state title game.
Canistota seniors Cody Bunger, Eric Tieszen, Alex Robertson, Jason Van Winkle and Boone DeKramer led the team in its dominant season and were named to the 9A all-state team, released today by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association.
Bunger, named the outstanding back and most valuable player of the 9A championship game, made his final game as a Hawk memorable. The 6-foot-3 quarterback threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns against Warner, which was named with four all-state selections.
The two-year starter displayed his dominance on both sides of the ball all season as he put up notable figures on offense and defense. He completed 58 of 92 passes for 1,260 yards and 20 touchdowns and had 107 carries for 645 yards rushing for 17 touchdowns.
“Cody does a tremendous job running our option offense and throws a very good, catchable ball,” Canistota head coach Lenny Schroeder said. “His stats suffered a bit this year as he was the focus of every team we played, but his teammates’ stats increased due to his unselfish play and dedication to his team.”
Robertson and Tieszen were two players who benefitted from Bunger’s selfless play. Robertson was the Hawks’ leading rusher with 125 attempts for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns. Robertson also had three receptions for 78 yards and three touchdowns.
Schroeder said the undersized runner got the most out of every play, averaging 8.5 yards per carry and 18.5 yards per reception.
“He has good speed and vision that allows him to find openings and break into the open field,” Schroeder said.
Although Tieszen is best known for his defensive work, he was able to make many contributions offensively for Canistota. This season, he had 90 carries for 797 yards and 13 touchdowns, along with four catches for 144 yards and a score.
Schroeder said Tieszen’s understanding of offensive and defensive schemes has helped him “become one of the best players in the Cornbelt Conference.”
“He has played just about every position for us and has a great nose for the football and reacts to his reads,” Schroeder said.
Alongside Canistota’s offensive achievements, defensive players Jason Van Winkle and DeKramer took part in holding Hawk opponents to limited figures this season.
Van Winkle, who was named the outstanding lineman in the title game, led the team defensively with 119 tackles. He also had 14 sacks, a Canistota school record.
“(Van Winkle’s) speed and strength make him difficult to contain, allowing our linebackers to come up and make plays untouched,” Schroeder said.
DeKramer followed Van Winkle in tackles with 108 on the season and also had an interception.
Schroeder said DeKramer’s capability to read the play allows him to react and make plays quickly.
“Boone is a very intelligent linebacker with very good speed,” he said. “He can cover the pass very well and run down plays from the backside.”
Canistota allowed only 14 points during the course of the playoffs, and Warner’s Clay Rozell and Mitch Boesl, who were named to the all-state team, teamed up for eight points in the title game on a 45-yard touchdown pass and catch. Boesl, a 5-foor-9 senior, led the Monarchs on the ground with 141 carries for 1,313 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Rozell also lit up the score board offensively for the Monarchs but also made an impact as a defensive back with 68 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
These two selections were joined by teammates Brian Peterson, who had 32 tackles and two sacks, at offensive guard, and senior tight end Jarrod Tuszka, who had 12 receptions for 193 yards and six touchdowns and racked up 382 yards and eight touchdowns on 34 carries.
“I feel he is the best overall linebacker in nine-man football,” Kulesa said of the North Dakota State recruit.
Corsica/Stickney placed two on the team with linebacker Adam Bormann and defensive end Cameron Kostal. Arlington earned selections with linebacker Zach Warnke and defensive back Lane Weber.
Herreid/Selbey Area center Kennedy Kosters and special team player Nick Larson were also named to the team. Wilmot had a pair of selections with wide receiver Landon Hammer and defensive end Austin Hulscher.
Completing the team were Hanson linebacker Jacob Paradeis, South Central defensive tackle Sam Hazen, Hamlin wide receiver Mason Leiseth, Eureka Bowdle defensive tackle Brady Brockel, Wall long snapper Tyler Trask, Philip kicker Chaney Burns and Chester punter Austin Opdaul.
In the Mitchell area, Canistota’s Nick Hofer and Tyler Decker were honorable mention, along with Lyman’s Charlie LaRoche.
9A all-state football team
Arlington — Zach Warnke, linebacker; Lane Weber, defensive back
Canistota — Cody Bunger, quarterback; Eric Tieszen, fullback; Alex Robertson, running back; Jason Van Winkle, guard; Boone DeKramer, linebacker
Chester — Austin Opdaul, punter
Corsica/Stickney — Cameron Kostal, defensive end; Adam Bormann, linebacker
Eureka Bowdle — Brady Brockel, defensive tackle
Hamlin — Mason Leiseth, wide receiver
Hanson — Jacob Paradeis, linebacker
Herreid/Selby Area — Kennedy Kosters, center; Nick Larson, special team player
Philip — Chaney Burns, kicker
South Central — Sam Hazen, defensive tackle
Wall — Tyler Trask, long snapper
Warner — Mitch Boesl, running back; Jarrod Tuszka, tight end; Brian Peterson, guard; Clay Rozell, defensive back
Wilmot — Landon Hammer, wide receiver; Austin Hulscher, defensive end
Canistota — Nick Hofer, Tyler Decker; Hamlin — Alex Holzwarth; Herreid/Selby Area — Dakota Thorstenson; Irene-Wakonda — Dustin Livingston; Kadoka Area — Chandlier Sudbeck, Clint Stout; Lyman — Charlie LaRoche; Wall — Laketon McLaughlin, Trevor Anderson