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2010 All-Suburban Football Finalists

Voting has concluded for the 22nd-annual NOW All-Suburban Football Team. Thanks for helping us choose this year's squad, which will be revealed online and in print Thanksgiving week.

 

Punters | Place kickers| Linebackers | Defensive linemen | Defensive backs | Centers | Guards | Tackles Wide receivers | Tight ends | Running backs | All-purpose | Quarterbacks
Coach of the Year | Player of the Year

PUNTERS

Nick Holland, 6-3, 220 Brookfield Central senior

Holland averaged 37.8 yards a punt and put 11 inside the 20 yard line. He is currently ranked seventh in the nation at his position and was given a five-star rating by Kohl's Kicking. The three-year starter placed third at a national showcase competition and is being recruited by D1 and D2 colleges.

Brett Nethery, 6-0, 185, Greendale junior

A four-star Kohl's Kicking recruit coming into the season, Nethery worked tirelessly on his drop and was registered good hang time and excellent directional punts this fall. Of his 22 punts, only four were returned for a total of 4 yards. None of his punts were blocked and only two of 22 went for touchbacks. Seven were downed inside the 20 (one went out of bounds at the 1, and another was downed at the 3.

PLACE KICKERS

Andrew Brees, 6-3, 185, Greendale senior

The returning Woodland Conference first-team kicker (and likely repeat choice this fall), had 31 of his 53 kickoffs go into the end zone for touchbacks. He made 38 of his 40 extra points and three of four regular-season field goals (makes from 37, 43 and 46 yards; a miss from 37). Last year, he was the only kicker to gain all-region votes other than all-state choice Kyle French, and he may be the all-state choice this fall. A student of kicking, he has become a regional-national recruit.

Colton Kreckler, 5-10, 195, West Allis Hale senior

Ninety percent of Kreckler's kicks went for touchbacks, making him a valuable weapon in the field-position game. His explosive leg was accurate on three of four field goals from 30-39 yards, one of two attempts from 40-49 yards and 18 of 20 extra-point attempts. He is drawing interest from Division II and III schools, according to his coach.

Brett Presnal, 6-0, 170, Muskego senior

A two-year starting kicker, Presnal made all 38 of his extra-point attempts and tallied field goals of 40, 43 and 26 yards. He had numerous touchbacks and is receiving college interest.

LINEBACKERS

Jordan Campbell, 6-2, 227, Greendale senior

One of just two four-year varsity starters at Greendale over the last decade, he is a returning first-team all-conference, all-Suburban and all-region pick and could be an all-state selection this fall. Had 11.5 tackles for loss and led the team with 7.5 sacks. He is a disruptive presence, an athletic freak and a weight-room phenom who was a two-year captain and tremendous leader. His versatility allowed the Panthers to use him in a multitude of ways, including on the defensive and offensive lines. Is drawing interest from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa and many 1-AA schools as a possible defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end or full/H-back. Posted 63 assists, 19 solos, one forced fumble, three fumbles recovered, 12 hits on QB.

Roland Dunlap, 6-3, 205, Muskego junior

The hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker had 10 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 52 tackles and two forced fumbles after earning first-team all-SEC last year. Teams ran away from Dunlap all season long. He is receiving Division 1 recruiting letters and is considered the best defensive end Ken Krause has ever coached in his 14 years as a head coach.

Troy Festge, 5-9, 165, Wauwatosa West senior

Festge is a two-year starter at outside linebacker/end. He is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. The team captain anchored the defense and led West and the Woodland Conference with 12.5 sacks with a team-high 17 tackles for loss. He finished with 41 unassisted tackles and 51 assisted, forced two fumbles and recovered one. He had one blocked field goal. Also led West with 13 special teams tackles. Festge had his two best games against the best competition - he had nine tackles and a sack against Greendale and eight tackles including three for a loss against Pewaukee.

Bobby Nelessen, 6-2, 210, Menomonee Falls senior

A three-year starter and one of the few returnees for the competitive Indians. Played most of the season with a partially torn ACL, but didn't miss a game or practice. He had 28 solos, 45 assists, six tackles for loss and five defended passes. He had three forced fumbles and recovered two others.

Macon Plewa, 6-2, 220, Franklin senior

As good as there is in the state at inside linebacker, coach Jeff Klemp said Plewa is the best leader and best linebacker the Franklin defense has had in 12 years. He averaged 10 tackles per game while sitting out many of the team's second halves because of blowouts and should get consideration for the Southeast Conference defensive player of the year award. Plewa finished with 49 solo tackles and 38 assists with two sacks, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions, including one that sealed the Sabers' five-point win over Kenosha Bradford. Plewa also doubled as a tight end and finished with four receiving touchdowns on eight catches for 162 yards (unofficially).

Klaus Speder, 6-1, 200 Brookfield East senior

Speder was the Spartans' best defensive player and a GMC defensive player of the year candidate. He had 89 tackles, 51 solo, eight tackles for losses, three hurries and a fumble recovery. Delivered some incredible hits from his outside linebacker position.

Nick Tongas, 6-0, 210, Brookfield East senior

A three-year starter, was the heart of East's defense from his inside linebacker position. Had 91 tackles, 55 solos, eight tackles for losses, two fumble recoveries, one blocked kick. Also helped out as a blocking back at times and caught a TD pass.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

Brenden Butler, 6-1, 260, Franklin senior

Choosing the Sabers' best defensive player is nearly impossible with linebacker Macon Plewa and Butler among the starting 11. Butler is the best interior linemen the Sabers have had in 12 years, according to coach Jeff Klemp. Almost always commanded double teams and when he was single blocked, often got huge penetration and made big plays. The returning NOW choice managed 26 solo tackles, 25 assists, two sacks and 14 tackles for loss.

Jon Green, 6-3, 252, West Allis Central senior

The most dominant lineman at Central since two-time all-state player Cory Cortez, Green was an amazing presence at the line of scrimmage and extremely quick off the ball. There was not one team that blocked him with any consistency with one person and most tried to run away from him only to be caught from behind. He played defensive end most snaps but was moved around to all line positions. Is expected to get some player of the year consideration in the GMC, according to coach Dax Rodriguez. Had 68 total tackles (46 solo/22 assist) with eight sacks and 21 tackles for loss (for 101 yards lost) with three forced fumbles. A 2009 All-Suburban choice.

Tyler Lecher, 6-0, 220, Brookfield East senior

An incredible motor and set a school record with 8.5 sacks. He has 62 tackles, 30 solo, 14 tackles for losses and seven hurries.

Donte' Phillips, 6-3, 260, Homestead, senior

The Indiana recruit lived up to all his hype turning in dominant performances against the Highlanders' best opponents. He completely disrupted the Whitefish Bay offense, came up with big play after big play against Cedarburg and stopped the potential game-winning two-point conversion by Germantown in the final seconds. Had 25 solo tackles, 15 assists, five tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception, and two caused fumbles despite being double- and triple-teamed constantly.

Kyle Sobocinski, 6-4, 202, Greenfield junior

A defensive lineman in Greenfield's 3-4 scheme, he held down the weak side by recording 41 solo tackles and 22 assists with 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, two passes broken up and two forced fumbles. He took on double teams, rushed the passer and was a defensive leader for a team that allowed only 998 rushing yards this season.

James Wilson, 6-3 ½, 285, Greendale senior

Arguably the best interior lineman in the Woodland Conference, the nose guard registered 33 assists and nine solo tackles for the Panthers in his third year as a starting varsity player. Extremely athletic and not simply a "plugger," this playmaker disrupted enough offensive lines with his penetration and commanded double teams, allowing his linebackers more room to make plays.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Malcolm Bowers, 6-1, 166, Germantown senior

Two-year starter and shutdown corner always got the toughest receiver and always did a good job. Had 25 solo tackles, 12 assists, four interceptions, three caused fumbles, one fumble returned for a TD and recorded the team's hardest hit in a game three times. Had a monster game against conference champ Homestead in a 21-20 loss with two interceptions and a fumble return for a TD.

Reggie Cole Jr., 5-8, 140, Wauwatosa West junior

A three-year starter at cornerback who played man coverage 90 percent of the time. He had 20 unassisted tackles and 25 assisted tackles with five passes broken up, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He held one of the state's leading receivers, Ben Schaffer of Whitnall, to a season-low three catches for 53 yards and Greendale's Andrew Brees to a season-low one catch.

Nick Corley, 6-0, 170, Nicolet senior

A true leader who helped the team stay mentally focused. Was put on an island with the North Shore's best receivers and responded well with 21 solo tackles, 14 assists, five interceptions (including one for a touchdown) and eight passes defended. Mature, tough-minded kid.

Adam Hurtz, 6-2, 175, Germantown senior

A strong safety who made the switch from receiver/defensive back to a more prominent position on defense. He was Germantown's best overall defensive player, getting in on 89 total tackles with 35 solos, seven tackles for loss with three caused fumbles. He also intercepted one pass and returned it for a score and tipped five other passes.

Nick Schmidlkofer, 6-2, 205, Muskego senior

A tremendous leader and like a coach on the field, Schmidlkofer lined up the defense when needed and was the team's third leading tackler. He led the team in interceptions and recovered fumbles and was a huge reason for the Warriors' turnaround this fall.

Jackson Weber, 6-1, 185, Whitefish Bay sophomore

Free safety was a starter as a freshman and again this year. Had 54 solo tackles, 36 assists with two tackles for loss, three passes defended, three caused fumbles and one fumble recovered. Coach Jim Tietjen called him a real student of the game and a smart player.

CENTER

Jeff Bolster, 6-1, 220, Muskego junior

Muskego had its best offense since the 1990s, scoring its most points (36 per game) and compiling its most yards (more than 400) in years. The team was first in the NOW area in yardage, and Bolster was a big reason why. He got better as the year went on and also played on the defensive line, where he was that unit's leading tackler.

Steven Chang, 6-2, 215, Brookfield East senior

The Spartans' best offensive linemen and when injuries struck, he moved around to play various line positions without missing a beat.

Noah Jankowski, 6-1, 229, Greendale senior

The three-year starter played with fractured growth plates in each foot this fall but continued to play at a high level. The center, a huge piece of the Greendale offensive puzzle, is responsible for making three to five calls on any given play and a huge reason why the Panthers totaled more than 3,300 yards and 350 points this season. A solid long- and short-snapper (Greendale worked out of the shotgun almost always) who had zero errant snaps, and a two-year captain.

GUARD

Nathan Marshall, 6-2, 255, Whitnall senior

One of few Whitnall linemen to stay healthy all season, Marshall, a national powerlifting champion, protected the state's leading passer Joel Stave the best he could and allowed the senior quarterback to pass for 2,405 yards.

Colin Smith, 6-1, 220, Muskego junior

Muskego had its best offense since the 1990s, with more points and total yards than any team in school history since then. The Warriors averaged 36 points and more than 400 yards of offense each game, first in the NOW area in total yardage. Smith, the line's leader, was a big reason why. He made all of his team's checks and the team ran a sweep behind him all year, resulting in 1,000 yards and more than 10 yards per carry on that play alone with him as the lead blocker.

Max Vielmetti, 6-3, 255, Homestead, senior

One of only two returning starters on the offensive line, Vielmetti was a phenomenal leader and helped the offense average 31.3 points per game. A great pulling guard who coached up the young players on either side of him on the line, Vielmetti helped quarterback Cody Berger pass for more than 1,000 yards and running back Antoine Easterling gain close to a 1,000.

TACKLE

Marcus Aprahamian, 6-5, 300, Brookfield Central, senior

This man mountain tackle had already accepted a scholarship to Duke. A two-way, three-year starter and team leader was one of the best around.

Craig Christian, 6-2, 240, Franklin junior

The left tackle responsible for protecting Lance Baretz's backside did a solid job as the anchor of the Sabers' offensive line. A very good run and pass blocker, he helped the undefeated Sabers compile 3,722 offensive yards - 1,502 rushing and 2,220 passing.

Drew Jones, 6-2, 225, Brown Deer senior

Was the dominating force on an experienced line for the spread option offense Falcons who won the Woodland Conference Blue Division. Was strong at the point of attack but could also pull and move and get out on the edge where Brown Deer was most effective. Coach Rob Green called him far and away the team's best lineman on both sides of the ball. With Jones leading the way, Brown Deer averaged an impressive 44.5 points per game.

Sam Versnik, 6-4, 300, West Allis Hale junior

Next in line in the Versnik family of offensive linemen, Versnik is considered the most dominating run blocker coach Sean Hegerty has ever seen. Recorded double-digit pancake blocks in every game. The big man can pull, down block and pass block well and graded out at the Wisconsin camp as the third best run-blocking tackle. Schools like Nebraska, Akron, Minnesota, and Wisconsin have shown interest in Versnik so far.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Andrew Brees, 6-3, 186, Greendale senior

One of the best athletes and accomplished football players in Rob Stoltz's 10 years as coach, he accounted for more than twice as many yards and receptions, and three times as many receiving touchdowns, as any other player on his team. Made many acrobatic catches and was as dependable as they come. He broke the school's single-season and career scoring records as he piled up 39 catches for 804 yards with 12 TDs (and 42 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD).

Chad Mathwig, 6-6, 210, New Berlin West senior

The imposing Mathwig posed matchup problems for every team this fall. Quarterback Dom Bledsoe's favorite target caught 36 passes for 810 yards (22.5 per catch) with a NOW-best 14 touchdowns. The big-play wide receiver with great size and great hands, he became a great blocker on the edge and improved on his short to intermediate routes as teams started to play him softer in an attempt to take the deep throw away.

Brady Oates, 6-1, 171, Franklin senior

A NOW selection a year ago, Oates followed his breakout campaign with another solid effort as a senior, hauling in 30 pases for 680 yards and 11 touchdowns - all team-highs. Arguably the best deep threat in the Southeast Conference, Oates averaged 22.7 yards per catch during the regular season. A great route runner with very good hands, Oates also improved his blocking on the edge this fall, helping Franklin rush for 1,502 yards. His stats are deflated quite a bit as Franklin starters rarely played beyond the third quarter.

Stephen Pelkofer, 6-1, 170, Whitnall junior

Pelkofer burst onto the scene this season with a breakout campaign as Joel Stave's top target down the stretch. He finished second in the state with 59 receptions (a school record) and fifth in the state with 863 yards (first in the NOW area) with 10 touchdowns, all in eight conference games. He was splitting targets with Ben Schaefer, who was leading the state with 37 receptions until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. After Schaefer went down, Pelkofer went off for 25 catches, 396 yards and five touchdowns over the final two regular season games. He had five games of 100 or more receiving yards.

TIGHT END

Anthony Meyer, 6-1, 186, Franklin senior

Used in a variety of ways in the Sabers' lineup, Meyer often lined up on the offensive line and stayed in to block for quarterback Lance Baretz and running back Jesse Palok, but he was most dangerous when he got out running routes, which he often did split out wide as a wide receiver. He returned from a knee injury that kept him out all of last season and caught 27 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns in just seven games, sitting out two to rest his surgically repaired knee.

Max Beckers, 6-6, 215, Homestead senior

Had not played football since grade school but emerged as a big time talent and playmaker for the Highlanders. Helped junior Cody Berger throw for more than 1,000 yards as he caught 17 balls for 273 yards (16.1 ypc.) and seven TDs. Excellent blocker on trap and sweep plays for the Highlanders who averaged 31.3 ppg. Getting D1 looks because of his size and potential.

Sam Rohr, 6-4, 235 Brookfield Central senior

A physical stud and two-year starter, Rohr is as good a blocking tight end as you will find. He also has good hands and is fast enough to split out. He caught 22 passes for 236 yards, a 10.7 average, with two touchdowns in a run-first, run-often offense. Headed to the University of Minnesota on scholarship.

RUNNING BACKS

Luke Przybylka, 5-8, 200, Muskego senior

Led the NOW area in rushing with more than 1,300 with 14 touchdowns. A workhorse who totaled more than 2,500 yards from scrimmage the last two seasons, he is a team captain who helped make many offensive checks as needed and had just one fumble in 238 carries.

Chris Smith, 5-6, 187, Brown Deer senior

Lost the better part of the last three games of the regular season due to a foot injury, but the returning All-Suburban choice still gained a total of 1,080 yards on 132 carries (8.2 a carry) with an impressive 21 TDs. Small, agile, elusive and stronger than he looks, he made great instinctive moves and saw holes that others didn't. Also has the strength to fight off the first couple of hits.

Kevin Scroggins, 5-9, 179, Menomonee Falls senior

Had to become the fulcrum of the offense when 2009 NOW player of the year Cole Myhra graduated. Situation became aggravated when senior QB Greg Roble suffered a high ankle sprain and the Indians had to go with a sophomore at signal-caller. Served in a terrific leadership capacity helping the team fight through a series of nail-biting losses. Played well against the better teams and finished with 935 yards on 202 carries (4.6 ypc.) with eight TDs and six catches for 68 yards.

ALL-PURPOSE PLAYERS

C.J. Gregg, 6-5, 200, Brookfield East senior

Coach Tom Swittel said he is by far the best wide receiver he ever coached, including all-state performer Barett Powell. A player of the year candidate in the Greater Metro Conference, he was always double covered and based on his stats, usually beat it. He had 47 catches, 781 yards, a 16.6 average and caught 13 TDs. A great two-way player, he also had 35 tackles, two tackles for losses, three interceptions and a fumble recovery as a safety. Gregg was also the punter who averaged 40.0 yards on 19 punts and consistently shifted field position in the Spartans' favor.

Jordan Gruettner, 6-0, 205, Muskego junior

The only Warrior never to leave the field, he led Muskego with 78 tackles as a linebacker who made all the defensive calls and was a vocal leader. On offense, he rushed for 970 yards, fourth in the NOW area, while splitting work with NOW-rushing champion Luke Przybylka. Gruettner, Przybylka's lead blocker on many plays, made the most of his carries, averaging 10 yards per carry with 14 touchdowns. He was also Muskego's punter and rated the best junior punter in the state by Kohl's Kicking.

Jason Katrichis, 5-10, 196, Greenfield senior

In the first year of Scott Otto's wishbone offense at Greenfield, Katrichis excelled. The senior, who was an all-conference back as a sophomore but missed most of his junior year with an injury, rushed for 1,221 yards on 148 carries (8.3 avg.), the second-most yards in the NOW area. He scored 15 rushing touchdowns and returned an interception 91 yards for a score. He finished with 100 total points, had 12 catches for 212 yards and was the team's primary kick and punt returner. Defensively, he picked off five passes, broke up three and had 15 total tackles (12 solo). Is receiving interest from Minnesota-Deluth, Minnesota-Mankato, UW-Whitewater, St. Cloud State, North Dakota.

QUARTERBACKS

Lance Baretz, 6-0, 185, Franklin senior

A returning NOW choice and a candidate for the Southeast Conference player of the year award, Baretz was the focal point of the most well-balanced offense in the NOW coverage area. The three-year varsity starter was as good a signal-caller in the area, accounting for 2,061 passing yards on 113-of-175 passing (64.6 completion percentage) with 28 touchdowns vs. only six interceptions. His passing yards ranked third in the NOW area and his touchdowns tied for first - not bad for a guy who played in the second half of only a few games due to the number of blowouts his team was a part of. Baretz also rushed for 451 yards on 73 carries (6.2 per) with 10 touchdowns.

Dom Bledsoe, 6-0, 185, New Berlin West senior

The Vikings put in a new offensive system this fall and Bledsoe was a chief reason for its success. He passed for 2,172 yards on 115-of-203 passing (56.6 percent) with 28 touchdowns (tied for best in NOW area) and eight interceptions. He passed for 241 yards per game, and added 320 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season. It's not easy for a senior to adjust to a new system, but Bledsoe did so well as he was among the state's leaders in passing all season.

Jonathan Lehman, 6-2, 175, Brookfield East senior

The run/pass threat, rushing 64 times for 434 yards (6.8 avg.) and 9 TDs. He completed 57 percent of his passes (103-for-181) for 1,464 yards, averaging 162 yards per game with 17 TD passes. Played last three weeks with a bad shoulder, hip and knee - after recovering from a concussion against Marquette.

Joel Stave, 6-6, 220, Whitnall senior

Stave, a 2009 NOW selection, led the state in passing with 2,405 yards on 168-for-294 passing, a 57 percent completion percentage. He passed for 22 touchdowns with six interceptions and also rushed for 245 yards and six scores. Passed for a school-record 394 yards and five touchdowns in a regular season finale loss to Brown Deer. The two-year varsity senior is drawing attention from several D1 colleges, including a number of Big 10 schools, though he has yet to receive a scholarship offer.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Rob Green, Brown Deer

One of the better coaching jobs this season was done by Green. He had a lot returning but by mid-season, he estimated he had nine players in street clothes for some games, including All-Suburban running back Chris Smith and excellent quarterback Brett Youngbeck who both missed close to four games. The Falcons did not skip a beat, winning three of their four final regular season games after those critical injuries to win the Woodland Blue with an 8-1 record. Used an excellent and experienced offensive line to average 44.5 points per game.

Jeff Klemp, Franklin

Sure, the Sabers were loaded with talent, but this team's foundation was built three years ago when Klemp decided to start take his lumps by starting a number of sophomores. That move began to pay off last year when the Sabers reached the state semifinals and this season, the senior-dominated crew went undefeated in the Southeast Conference and is considered a favorite to win the Division 2 state title. It is the Sabers' second undefeated regular season under Klemp, who coached the Sabers to their 14-0 2006 state championship season as well.

Ken Krause, Muskego

In the third year of his tenure with the Warriors, Krause's program finally took off. After winning just one game a year ago - the season finale against Racine Case - the Warriors went 6-3 this fall including 4-3 in the Southeast Conference, good for Muskego's first playoff berth since 2006. The Warriors exploded in the second half offensively, accumulating more than 500 total offensive yards in four of their final four games, mostly on the ground as Krause got his players to buy into his offensive system.

Rob Stoltz, Greendale

Another coach who never has a shortage of talent, Stoltz deserves recognition for not only leading the Panthers to the Woodland Black Division title, but also for making some tough decisions along the way. First, he took his smallish team and disbanded the idea of players playing both ways. Also, after just two games (both wins), Stoltz replaced senior starting quarterback Ernie Valente, who started all of last year, with junior Sam Brick. Greendale's offense looked as sharp as ever with Brick at the helm, with only a loss to Brown Deer as the only blemish on Greendale's regular season record.

Tom Swittel, Brookfield East

What Tom Swittel did with one of the worst football teams in the area the past three years is fairy-tale stuff. The Spartans were 6-1 in the Greater Metro Conference, losing only to Marquette after their star QB Jon Lehman got knocked out of the game after three plays with a concussion. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and beat Bradley Tech, 31-14, in a Level 1 game. The past three seasons they were 3-18 (.142) in GMC play and 7-20 (.350) overall. The past two years they were 1-13 (.076) in conference play and 4-14 (.222) overall. Won many games late: vs. Hamilton (safety in the last 2 minutes for a one-point win), Brookfield Central (stopped drive on the 1-yard line and then went 99 yards to score winning TD in final minute) and Menomonee Falls (rallying in the final 30 seconds to win).

PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES

Lance Baretz, 6-0, 185, Franklin senior quarterback

A returning NOW choice and a candidate for the Southeast Conference player of the year award, Baretz was the focal point of the most well-balanced offense in the NOW coverage area. The three-year varsity starter was as good a signal-caller in the area, accounting for 2,061 passing yards on 113-of-175 passing (64.6 completion percentage) with 28 touchdowns vs. only six interceptions. His passing yards ranked third in the NOW area and his touchdowns tied for first - not bad for a guy who played in the second half of only a few games due to the number of blowouts his team was a part of. Baretz also rushed for 451 yards on 73 carries (6.2 per) with 10 touchdowns.

Dom Bledsoe, 6-0, 185, New Berlin West senior quarterback

The Vikings put in a new offensive system this fall and Bledsoe was a chief reason for its success. He passed for 2,172 yards on 115-of-203 passing (56.6 percent) with 28 touchdowns (tied for best in NOW area) and eight interceptions. He passed for 241 yards per game, and added 320 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season. It's not easy for a senior to adjust to a new system, but Bledsoe did so well as he was among the state's leaders in passing all season.

Jordan Campbell, 6-2, 227, Greendale senior linebacker

One of just two four-year varsity starters at Greendale over the last decade, he is a returning first-team all-conference, all-Suburban and all-region pick and could be an all-state selection this fall. Had 11.5 tackles for loss and led the team with 7.5 sacks. He is a disruptive presence, an athletic freak and a weight-room phenom who was a two-year captain and tremendous leader. His versatility allowed the Panthers to use him in a multitude of ways, including on the defensive and offensive lines. Is drawing interest from Northwestern, Wisconsin, Iowa and many 1-AA schools as a possible defensive end, outside linebacker, tight end or full/H-back. Posted 63 assists, 19 solos, one forced fumble, three fumbles recovered, 12 hits on QB.

C.J. Gregg, 6-5, 200, Brookfield East senior all-purpose

Coach Tom Swittel said he is by far the best wide receiver he ever coached, including all-state performer Barett Powell. A player of the year candidate in the Greater Metro Conference, he was always double covered and based on his stats, usually beat it. He had 47 catches, 781 yards, a 16.6 average and caught 13 TDs. A great two-way player, he also had 35 tackles, two tackles for losses, three interceptions and a fumble recovery as a safety. Gregg was also the punter who averaged 40.0 yards on 19 punts and consistently shifted field position in the Spartans' favor.

Stephen Pelkofer, 6-1, 170, Whitnall junior receiver

Pelkofer burst onto the scene this season with a breakout campaign as Joel Stave's top target down the stretch. He finished second in the state with 59 receptions (a school record) and fifth in the state with 863 yards (first in the NOW area) with 10 touchdowns, all in eight conference games. He was splitting targets with Ben Schaefer, who was leading the state with 37 receptions until he suffered a season-ending knee injury. After Schaefer went down, Pelkofer went off for 25 catches, 396 yards and five touchdowns over the final two regular season games. He had five games of 100 or more receiving yards.

Donte' Phillips, 6-3, 260, Homestead, senior defensive lineman

The Indiana recruit lived up to all his hype turning in dominant performances against the Highlanders' best opponents. He completely disrupted the Whitefish Bay offense, came up with big play after big play against Cedarburg and stopped the potential game-winning two-point conversion by Germantown in the final seconds. Had 25 solo tackles, 15 assists, five tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception, and two caused fumbles despite being double- and triple-teamed constantly.

Macon Plewa, 6-2, 220, Franklin senior linebacker

As good as there is in the state at inside linebacker, coach Jeff Klemp said Plewa is the best leader and best linebacker the Franklin defense has had in 12 years. He averaged 10 tackles per game while sitting out many of the team's second halves because of blowouts and should get consideration for the Southeast Conference defensive player of the year award. Plewa finished with 49 solo tackles and 38 assists with two sacks, nine tackles for loss and three interceptions, including one that sealed the Sabers' five-point win over Kenosha Bradford. Plewa also doubled as a tight end and finished with four receiving touchdowns on eight catches for 162 yards (unofficially).

Luke Przybylka, 5-8, 200, Muskego senior running back

Led the NOW area in rushing with more than 1,300 with 14 touchdowns. A workhorse who totaled more than 2,500 yards from scrimmage the last two seasons, he is a team captain who helped make many offensive checks as needed and had just one fumble in 238 carries.

Chris Smith, 5-6, 187, Brown Deer senior running back

Lost the better part of the last three games of the regular season due to a foot injury, but the returning All-Suburban choice still gained a total of 1,080 yards on 132 carries (8.2 a carry) with an impressive 21 TDs. Small, agile, elusive and stronger than he looks, he made great instinctive moves and saw holes that others didn't. Also has the strength to fight off the first couple of hits.

Joel Stave, 6-6, 220, Whitnall senior quarterback

Stave, a 2009 NOW selection, led the state in passing with 2,405 yards on 168-for-294 passing, a 57 percent completion percentage. He passed for 22 touchdowns with six interceptions and also rushed for 245 yards and six scores. Passed for a school-record 394 yards and five touchdowns in a regular season finale loss to Brown Deer. The two-year varsity senior is drawing attention from several D1 colleges, including a number of Big 10 schools, though he has yet to receive a scholarship offer.


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MEET THE CANDIDATES

Incumbent Jeff Speaker will face off against challenger Steve Ponto in the general election April 6. Speaker and Ponto were the top vote-getters in the Feb. 16 primary.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Unofficial totals from the April 6 general election:

Steve Ponto 4,458 ... 51%  

Jeff Speaker 4,253 ... 49% 

JEFF SPEAKER (I)

Age: 53

Address: 18520 Milwaukee Ave.

Education: Police Recruit School, Fox Valley Technical College, 1982-83; Port Washington High School, 1976

Previous elected office: Brookfield mayor 2002-present; former city of Brookfield police officer

Web site: None

STEVE PONTO

Age: 62

Address: 19755 Kilkee Court

Education: Lawrence University, 1969 (bachelor’s in economics); Princeton University, 1971 (master’s in public affairs); University of Wisconsin Law School, 1978 (J.D.)

Previous elected office: Brookfield Common Council, 1998-present

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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POLLING PLACES

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PRIMARY RESULTS

Unofficial totals from the Feb. 16 primary:

Jeff Speaker 2,116 ... 40.8%  

Steve Ponto 1,556 ... 30% 

 

David Marcello 1,051 ... 20.3%

Thomas Schellinger 457 ... 8.8%

 

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