At the start of the year it seemed like the Whitepine League Division I was about as open as before. This was not the case, however, as Kamiah started the year at the helm and never relinquished his position.
Not least because of this, Kub’s seventh-year coach, Nels Kludt, was named coach of the year.
The frontman guided Kamiah to a 9-2 aggregate record and a 7-0 league unbeaten mark when things were said and done.
Though Kamiah ran away with the league somewhat, the WPL DI still proved they had their fair share of top-flight teams, with Kamiah, Lapwai and Clearwater Valley all qualifying for the Idaho Class 1A Division I state tournament. The Kubs made it to the semifinals of the year-end tournament, where they lost 38-12 to Grace.
Thus, the league had many outstanding players. Today’s release of the All-League teams justifies this.
That year, the league coaches and the Tribune, along with the University of Idaho, hosted a photo shoot at the Kibbie Dome to commemorate their achievement.
Of the 21 first-team spots chosen by league coaches, seven went to players from Kamiah, five to Clearwater Valley, three to Potlatch, two to Genesee and Lapwai, and one to Troy and Prairie.
As far as offense and defense go, the Kubs had four points on offense and three on defense; the Rams had two on offense and three on defense; the Loggers had two on offense and one on defense; the Wildcats and Bulldogs each had one player on offense and one on defense; The Trojans’ only All-League player was an offensive selection; and Praire was on the defense. Players can be chosen in either direction.
The Player of the Year award went to Kamiah Junior Porter Whipple. It’s not every day that a lineman earns this honor, but when you’re as dominant as Whipple, the choice becomes easy.
Whipple was a freak on both sides of the ball, whether it was attacking opposing quarterbacks on the defensive line or opening holes for Kamiah’s dominant rushing attack.
Whipple led the team with 14 sacks and 7.3 tackles per game.
He also helped junior running back Colton Ocain average 121 rushing yards per game.
His biggest game of the year came against Butte County in the first round of the Idaho Class 1A DI State Football Tournament.
Senior running back Connor Weddle threw 88 yards behind a pulling whipple for the decisive score in a 16-12 win at home on Nov. 4.
The Offensive Player of the Year is Lapwais junior quarterback Terrell Ellenwood-Jones, the second year in a row a Wildcat quarterback took home the honor.
Ellenwood-Jones had 46 touchdowns averaging more than 170 yards per game on the ground.
He also began developing as a passer toward the end of the season, averaging another 150 yards through the air and helping the Wildcats end the regular season on a four-game winning streak with a final score of 5-3. Lapwai secured a berth in the state playoffs but fell 78-28 to Butte County in the first round on Oct. 29.
Defensive Player of the Year is Troy Senior Chandler Blazzard.
Blazzard, who was also a first-team guard, was more dynamic defensively for Troy.
“He was my go-to person,” said Troy coach Shawn Buchanan. “There wasn’t a position he couldn’t fill. He stepped up and played any position I asked him to play without hesitation or complaining.”
Blazzard finished the year with 158 total tackles, including 70 solo stops.
Also selected for the first team on offense were Genesee senior Angus Jordan as quarterback; ocaine running back; Kaden DeGroot, Sr. of Kamiah, and Sam Barnes, Sr. of Potlatch, at the end; Genesee senior Nolan Bartosz and Lapwai junior Ahlius Yearout at receiver; Potlatch Senior Logan Amos and Clearwater Valley Senior Isaac Goodwin at the station; and Kamiah Senior Wyatt Wanaka at center.
DeGroot was Kamiah quarterback David Kludt’s favorite target in 2022. He finished with 17 receptions for 446 yards, a 26.2 average and eight points.
In eight games, Jordan threw for 1,421 yards with 17 points and just five interceptions. He also added 683 yards on the ground and 14 more touchdowns.
Bartosz caught 61 passes for 953 yards and 13 points for the Bulldogs.
Also selected to the first line of defense were Clearwater Valley junior Bass Myers and Kamiah senior Will Millage at ends; Goodwin and Lapwai Senior Promise Shawl on tackle/nose guard; potlatch senior Avery Palmer and Kamiah senior Colton Sams at linebacker; Prairie Senior Colton McElroy and David Kludt at security and Clearwater Valley Senior Anthony Fabbi and Ocain at the corner.
McElroy led the Pirates in seven games with 35 total tackles, including 31 solo stops and 2.5 tackles for losses.
Myers led the Rams in 14 offensive touchdowns and 119 rushing yards per game. He finished the year with 839 grounded yards.
Defensively, he was third on the team with 54 tackles, including 31 solo stops. He also led the team in tackles for loss (seven) and sacks (seven).
The WPL Division II team has been announced
Having repeatedly distinguished himself as the Class 1A Division II state champion, it was no surprise that Kendrick dominated most places as the Whitepine League also announced their best placing in the division.
The league coaches voted for the team.
The Tigers (12-0), who defeated Dietrich 42-34 in Saturday’s state championship game at Holt Arena in Pocatello, won all but one of the top honors.
This was offensive MVP, which went to Timberline senior Rylan West. The running back and linebacker, who made first teams at both spots, helped the Spartans to a 4-5 aggregate record and a 1-2 mark in the league, good enough for third place.
Kendrick’s junior quarterback Ty Koepp was the offensive MVP and earned first-team quarterback honors, and junior linebacker Lane Clemenhagen was the defensive MVP, also earning a first-team spot. Zane Hobart, who just finished his 10th season with the team, was named Coach of the Year. The Tigers have won 15 straight games.
Koepp finished the year with 106 of 167 passes (63 percent) for 2,001 yards and 32 touchdowns. He also added 567 yards rushing with 10 more points.
Junior tight ends Jagger Hewett and Hunter Taylor were first team honors. Hewett finished with 50 receptions for 1,000+ yards and 16 scores. Wyatt Fitzmorris earned the second All-League running back spot. He finished with 50 rushes for 321 yards and 10 touchdowns. Seniors Jack Silflow and Tommy Stamper and junior Dallas Morgan earned all league honors on offense.
All three of Kendrick’s offensive linemen also earned nods on the defensive line. Taylor and Hewett each earned first-team All-League honors as defensemen, and Fitzmorris received the nod as linebacker.
Whitepine League Division I All-League Selection
QB – Angus Jordan, Genesee. RB – Colton Ocain, Kamiah; Anthony Carter, Clearwater Valley. TE – Sam Barnes, Potlatch; Kaden DeGroot, Kamiah. WR—Nolan Bartosz, Genesee; Ahlius Yearout, Lapwai. OG — Logan Amos, Potlatch; Isaac Goodwin, Clearwater Valley; Chandler Blazzard, Troy. C – Wyatt Wanaka, Kamiah.
EN – Bass Myers, Clearwater Valley; Will Millage, Kamiah. LB—Avery Palmer, Potlatch; Colton Sams, Kamiah. DT/NG — Goodwin; Promise Shawl, Lapwai. DB—Anthony Fabbi, Clearwater Valley; OK. S—Colton McElroy, Prairie; David Kludt, Kamiah.
Player of the Year – Porter Whipple, Kamiah.
Offensive Player of the Year – Terrell Ellenwood-Jones, Lapwai.
Defensive Player of the Year – Chandler Blazzard, Troy.
Special Teams Player of the Year – Fabbi.
Coach of the Year – Nels Kludt, Kamiah.
QB — Fabbi. RB – Wyatt Johnson, Potlatch; mine. TE — Eli Stoner, Troy; Quenten Kipp, Lapwai. WR—Carson Schilling, Clearwater Valley; Seamus Wilson, Logos; Dillon White, Lapwai. OG – Shane Hanson, Prairie; Mill. C—Austin Curtis, Clearwater Valley.
EN — Carter; Wanaka. LB – Wyatt Jordan, Genesee; Johnson; Year for year; DeGroot. DT/NG – Jacob Keck, Potlatsch; Noah Behler, Prairie. DB — Bartosz; Everett Oatman, Kamiah; Jalisco Miles, Lapwai. S-Johnson; Tiago Pickering, Clearwater Valley.
QB—Kludt; Jack Driskill, Logos. RB – Trenton Lorentz, Prairie; Sam’s TE – Benny Elven, Prairie. WR — Lucius Comis, Logos; Pick; OG – Carter Shears, Prairie; Scarf. C — Grant Wolf, Genesee.
EN — Logan Amos, Potlatch; Lorenz. LB — Fabbi; Kipp. DT/NG — scissors; Layson Morrell, Lapwai. DB—White; Clark; Levi McCully, Troy. S—Marcisio Noriega, Lapwai; Dirkill.
Whitepine League Division II All-League Selection
QB – Ty Koepp, Kendrick. RB — Rylan West, Timberline; Wyatt Fitzmorris Kenrick. TE—Jagger Hewett, Kendrick; Hunter Taylor, Kendrick. OL—Dallas Morgan, Kendrick; Jack Silflow, Kendrick; Tommy Stamper, Kendrick.
DL Morgan; Silflow; Rubber stamp. LB — Lane Clemenhagen, Kendrick; Fitzmorris; West. DB—Hewett; Taylor.
Attacking Player of the Year – West.
Defender of the Year — Clemenhagen.
Coach of the Year – Zane Hobart, Kendrick.
Offense – Logan Hunter, Timberline; Wyatt Webb, Lewis County; Dale Fletcher, darling.
Defense – Elvis Rickert, darling; Parker Brown, Timberline; Gavin Christopherson, Timberline.
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