The News-Gazette''s 63rd All-State Football Team

The News-Gazette''s 63rd All-State Football Team

63rd News-Gazette All-State Football Team

QUARTERBACKS

Player High School Ht Wt Yr Coach Comment

Jon Beutjer Wheaton W.S. 6-5 185 Sr. John Thorne News-Gazette Player of the Year has state-record 54 TDs and counting

Talmadge Hill Oak Park-R.F. 6-1 188 Sr. Rich Arcieri Son of former NFL player Ike helped Huskies win conference title

Dustin Ward Centennial 6-3 185 Sr. Mike McDonnell Illinois recruit led Chargers into Class 5A semifinals

RUNNING BACKS

Joe Bevis Edwardsville 6-0 216 Jr. Tim Daugherty Lone underclassmen on the team also excelled at linebacker

Joe Martinez St. Laurence 6-0 200 Sr. Sean Mele State wrestling title contender one of the top students in the school

Marcus Moore Downers Gr. S. 5-11 175 Sr. John Belskis Triple threat one of five West Suburban players to make the cut

Johnny Short Bishop McNamara 5-8 185 Sr. Rich Zinanni League offensive MVP pushed Fightin'' Irish into 4A title game

Duane Stone Evanston 5-10 175 Sr. John Riehle Converted receiver stepped in for ''97 N-G Player of the Year Siaka Massaquoi

RECEIVERS-TIGHT ENDS

Ken Boyle Chatham Glen. 6-5 240 Sr. Dan Rourke His Dad, also Ken, is a former member of the UI Board of Trustees

P.J. Fleck Kaneland 5-10 170 Sr. Joe Thorgesen Mahomet-Seymour got a good look at Fleck during 3A playoff loss

Pete Holak Canton 5-10 190 Sr. Steve Graves Best player in the Peoria area had 1,038 yards receiving and 661 more on runs

Philip Macklin Proviso East 6-2 225 Sr. David Holmes Three-position star called "Jim Thorpe reincarnated" by his coach

J. Schweighardt Wheaton W.S. 5-11 175 Sr. John Thorne Two-time All-Stater set IHSA record with 24 TD catches this season

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Ed Boness Morris 6-5 290 Sr. Dan Darlington Tackle has size, balance and footwork to excel in the Big Ten

Joel Dodson Pontiac 5-11 225 Sr. Mick Peterson Could have made the team at three other positions: linebacker, kicker, punter

Aaron Hodges Rich Central 6-5 280 Sr. Jon McLaughlin Illinois coaches hoping he''ll join brother Brian in Champaign

Dam. McCottrell East St. Louis 6-3 275 Sr. Terry Hill First Flyer honored since running back Kevin Beard in ''95

Tony Pape Hinsdale South 6-7 290 Sr. Jim Kirwan One rival coach said Pape should have been playing in college this year

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Matt Anderson Belvidere 6-4 245 Sr. Mike Hearn Northwestern recruit spent the season fighting off double-teams

Dar. Campbell Thornwood 6-4 245 Sr. Terry Kennedy Two-way player considered one of the top college prospects in the state

Ryan Corley Lake Park 5-11 240 Sr. Andy Livingston Rival coach compares him to NFL standout and former EIU star John Jurkovic

Jon Kowalyshen Leyden 6-3 222 Sr. George Duffey Sackmaster had four TDs on defense and forced three fumbles that led to scores

Gabe Nyenhuis St. Charles 6-4 245 Sr. Buck Drach Northwestern recruit nationally ranked in BMX racing

Jeff Ruffin Aurora West 6-4 288 Sr. Ira Jefferson Three-sport athlete taking visits to Illinois, Purdue

LINEBACKERS

Robert May Waukegan 6-1 224 Sr. John Neff Three-year starter among the all-time state leaders in tackles

Jason Morelock Rock Island 6-3 190 Sr. Vic Boblett Future baseball player became Rocks'' career tackle leader

Mike Roscoe Harlem 6-3 215 Sr. Brian Benning League MVP spent plenty of time in opponents'' backfields

Jer. Schumacher Chi. Mt. Carmel 6-3 215 Sr. Frank Lenti Centennial got a taste of the next Simeon Rice in Saturday''s 5A playoff loss

Nick Trzesniak Andrew 6-1 218 Sr. Mike O''Neill Called "the best player in school history" by coach; should be a high baseball draft pick

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Chuck Frazier Chicago Hubbard 5-11 185 Sr. Elton Harris Best player in the Chicago Public League scored 30-plus TDs as a running back

Kevin Hatch Bolingbrook 6-2 185 Sr. Phil Acton It wouldn''t feel right if there wasn''t a Raider on the team

Kevin Kaplan Cary-Grove 6-0 186 Sr. Bruce Kay With a 10.4 per carry average, as easily could have made team as running back

KICKERS

Nick Setta Lockport 6-0 170 Sr. Bret Kooi Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame want him to be their kicker in ''99

Special Mention 100

QUARTERBACKS

Player School Class

Patrick Brown Fremd Sr.

Scott Brown Streamwood Sr.

Eric Delaney Kaneland Sr.

Jon Drach St. Charles Sr.

Griffith Jurgens Chatham Glenwood Sr.

Russ Michna Conant Sr.

Bryce Palar Rock Island Sr.

Tony Patterson Belleville East Sr.

Scott Sagehorn Barrington Sr.

Matt Schabert Elgin Larkin Jr.

Wally Stoklosa Reavis Sr.

RUNNING BACKS

Ryan Barder Quincy Notre Dame Sr.

Chris Brown Naperville North Sr.

Kevin Curtin Bremen Sr.

Tristan Davis Pontiac Sr.

Aaron DeLong Piasa Southwestern Sr.

Craig Dupong Lockport Sr.

Brad Ellis Marion Sr.

Brad Haywood Mount Carmel Sr.

Ricarlus Howard Rockford Guilford Jr.

Warren Holloway Homewood-Flossmoor Jr.

Tom Koutsos Marmion Academy Sr.

Jon Lanum DuQuoin Sr.

Clint McLeod Decatur St. Teresa Sr.

Mike Mims Glenbard North Sr.

Kolin Peterson Arcola Sr.

Brendon Reilly Hersey Sr.

Kenneth Rogers Jacksonville Jr.

Chris Ross Chatham Glenwood Sr.

Dwayne Smith Rantoul Sr.

Clint Soper Bloomington Sr.

Torri Stuckey B.I. Eisenhower Jr.

Joe Toner Shepard Sr.

Otis Varden Milledgville Sr.

RECEIVERS-TIGHT ENDS

Matt Blomquist Taylorville Sr.

Octavius Bond Chi. Mount Carmel Sr.

Anthony Kiner Tinley Park Sr.

John Lillis Rock Island Sr.

Eric McGoey Wheaton Warrenville S. Sr.

Sean Quayle McHenry Sr.

Brandon Roddy Peoria Richwoods Sr.

Justin Willis Palatine Sr.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Sam Aiello Streamwood Sr.

Patrick Babcock Stillman Valley Jr.

Sean Bubin Rantoul Sr.

Scott Fehr Metamora Sr.

Jim Ferguson Morton Sr.

Phil Foster PBL Sr.

Nathan Gavzer Fremd Sr.

Matt Griebel Lockport Sr.

Axel Mohr St. Joseph-Ogden Sr.

Chris Rucks Stevenson Sr.

Matt Schell Edwardsville Sr.

Eric Schulenburg Sacred Heart-Griffin Sr.

Mike Sharp Cahokia Sr.

Donnie Williams Peoria Manual Sr.

Nathan York Collinsville Sr.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Mike Brasile Woodstock Sr.

Chris Davies Moline Sr.

Justin Goebel Plainfield Sr.

Luke Johnston Sherrard Sr.

Brian Klostermann Mater Dei Sr.

Dan Malin Wheeling Sr.

Dominic Mancini Fenwick Sr.

Dan Roche Cary-Grove Sr.

LINEBACKERS

Jim Bacevich Unity Sr.

Brian Boyd Roxana Sr.

J.D. Cates Springfield Lanphier Sr.

Pat Durr St. Charles Sr.

Vedron Dzolovich Maine South Sr.

Darius Green Peoria Central Sr.

Andy Herko Chicago Weber Sr.

Dan Hornbuckle Centennial Sr.

Jake Maurer Metamora Sr.

Nick Monacelli Bradley-Bourbonnais Sr.

Tim Olmstead Bishop McNamara Sr.

Joe Podschweit Yorkville Jr.

Kyle Schrader Kaneland Sr.

Mike Simlin Champaign Central Sr.

Matt Simosky Geneseo Sr.

Winston Taylor Mount Zion Sr.

Chris Whitaker Belleville Althoff Sr.

Steve Williams Bolingbrook Jr.

Cory Wilson Collinsville Jr.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Justin Allen Oak Park-River Forest Sr.

Kyle Derickson Barrington Sr.

Glenn Earl Naperville North Sr.

Rob Garnes Rolling Meadows Sr.

Chris Lewis B.I. Eisenhower Sr.

Bart Loewen Civic Memorial Sr.

John Spellman New Trier Sr.

Wayne Washington Oak Park-River Forest Sr.

Jonathan Wills Mahomet-Seymour Sr.

SPECIALISTS

Peter Christofilakos Sacred Heart-Griffin Sr.

K.C. Goad Belvidere Sr.

Jarrett Payton St. Viator Sr.

Jeremy Sterzik Pontiac Sr.

J.J. Tubbs Rock Island Sr.

Adam Wyman Bolingbrook Jr.

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