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Area gridders earn Northern C honors


November 14, 2017

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Chester-Joplin-Inverness' Jackson Diemert, left, was one of several Hi-Line area football players to receive Northern C All-Conference honors for 2017.

It was a highly competitive season with the 8-Man Northern C and even though no local squads from the 12-team conference were able to make the 8-Man playoffs, there were still plenty of local schools represented when the Northern C All-Conference and Class C All-State teams were released.

Of course, with the expansion of the conference, determining who was earned All-State and All-Conference honors was a little different than in year's past. The All-State selections are among all 12 teams in the conference, but the All-Conference selections were split between the A and B Divisions.

While the Belt Huskies, who were the Northern C champions this year earned four All-State players Fort Benton was the only local team to get a player on the list and the individual that earned those honors was two-way standout Landon Taylor, who also played quarterback and safety. He also earned Second-Team All-Conference honors at both positions in the Northern C B Division.

As far as the Northern C A Division was concerned, only the Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks had players earn All-Conference honors as defensive end Ethan Woods was named Second-Team All Conference. His teammate Jackson Diemert, also received an honorable mention as a fullback.

As far as the Northern C B Division was concerned, local teams placed just three players on All-Conference First Team. One was tight end Brendan Edwards of Chinook, who was named First-Team All-Conference on offense. The others were from Fort Benton, as linebacker/cornerback Garrett Diekhans and defensive end Ethan Davis both earned First-Team honors on defense.

In addition to Taylor making his way on the Northern C B Second-Team offense, so did other Fort Benton players such as Diekhans, who made it as a wide receiver, along with Connor Schnabel, who made it as a running back. Ty Mitchell of Chinook, also made his way onto the team as a center. Edwards was also named to the Second-Team defense for his performance as a defensive end, while Schnabel and James Christensen both earned honorable mentions on defense to the All-Conference team.

Class C

Northern C All-State selections

Keagan Stroop, Belt, Sr.; Troy Hennes, Belt, Sr.; Trey Heitzman, Belt, Sr.; Robbie Flinn, Belt, Sr.; Josh Pepos, Cascade, Sr.; Brandon Travis, Centerville, Sr.; Philip Okonkwo, Centerville, Jr.; Carson McGinness, Centerville, So.; Jonathan Moore, Choteau, Sr.; Dakota Daley, Choteau, Sr.; Landon Taylor, Fort Benton, Sr.; Trevor Yuhas, Great Falls Central, Sr.; Tyler Stevens, Great Falls Central, Sr.

Northern C (League A)

First team

Offense: Nolan Myrstol, Belt, Sr., center; Tyler Stevens, GFCC, Sr., center; Dakota Daley, Choteau, Sr., guard; Trevor Yuhas, GFCC, Sr., guard; Robbie Flinn, Belt, Sr., wide receiver; Ethan Vincent, GFCC, Jr., wide receiver; Trey Heitzman, Belt, Sr., tight end; Keagan Stroop, Belt, Sr., quarterback; Jonathan Moore, Choteau, Sr., quarterback; Troy Hennes, Belt, Sr., fullback; Matt Mendenhall, GFCC, Jr., running back.

Second team

Offense: Bryan Ballard, Choteau, Jr., guard; Riley Dickinson, GFCC, Jr., tight end; Noah Ambuehl, GFCC, Jr., quarterback; Billy McDaniel, GFCC, Sr., fullback; Kyler Crabtree, Choteau, So., running back.

Honorable mention

Offense: Jackson Diemert, Chester-Joplin-Inverness, Jr., fullback; Isaac Armstrong, GFCC, Jr., running back.

First team

Defense: Keagan Stroop, Belt, Sr., safety; Robbie Flinn, Belt, Sr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Jonathan Moore, Choteau, Sr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Trey Heitzman, Belt, Sr., inside linebacker; Riley Dickinson, GFCC, Jr., inside linebacker; Troy Hennes, Belt, Sr., lineman; Bryan Ballard, Choteau, Jr., lineman; Dakota Daley, Choteau, Sr., end; Tyler Stevens, GFCC, Sr., end.

Second team

Defense: Ethan Vincent, GFCC, Jr., safety; Kyler Crabtree, Choteau, So.; outside linebacker/cornerback; Luke Marmon, GFCC, Jr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Shamus McNeil, Choteau, Jr., inside linebacker; Noah Newman, GFCC, Sr., inside linebacker; Trevor Yuhas, GFCC, Sr., lineman; Nolan Myrstol, Belt, Sr., end; Ethan Woods, CJI, Jr., end.

Honorable mention

Defense: Billy McDaniel, GFCC, Sr., end.

Coach of the Year: Jeff Graham, Belt.

Northern C (League B)

First Team

Offense: Jace McLean, Centerville, So., center; Alex Kline, Cascade, Sr., guard; Thad Phillips, Cascade, Sr., guard; Philip Okonkwo, Centerville, Jr., wide receiver; Brandon Travis, Centerville, Sr., wide receiver; Brendan Edwards, Chinook, Jr., tight end; Carson McGinness, Centerville, So., quarterback; Austin Canoy, Centerville, Jr., running back.

Second team

Offense: Ty Mitchell, Chinook, Jr., center; Jacob Robison, Centerville, Sr., guard; Ryan Scott, Fort Benton, Sr., guard; Ryder Jackson, Cascade, Sr., wide receiver; Garett Diekhans, Fort Benton, So., wide receiver; Jadon Davis, Centerville, So., tight end; Josh Pepos, Cascade, Sr., quarterback; Landon Taylor, Fort Benton, Sr., quarterback; Connor Schnabel, Fort Benton, Jr., running back.

Honorable mention

Offense: Calder Ludvigson, Cascade, Sr., running back.

First team

Defense: Brandon Travis, Centerville, Sr., safety; Josh Pepos, Cascade, Sr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Cooper Davis, Centerville, Jr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Garett Diekhans, Fort Benton, So., inisde linebacker; Alex Kline, Cascade, Sr., lineman; Jacob Robison, Centerville, Sr., lineman; Jacob Kelley, Centerville, So., end; Philip Okonkwo, Centerville, Jr., end; Ethan Davis, Fort Benton, Sr., end.

Second team

Defense: Landon Taylor, Fort Benton, Sr., safety; Calder Ludvigson, Cascade, Sr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Blayne Kohut, Centerville, Jr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Jadon Davis, Centerville, So., inside linebacker; Ryan Scott, Fort Benton, Sr., lineman; Jamison McLain, Simms, Sr., lineman; Brendan Edwards, Chinook, Jr., end.

Honorable mention

Defense: James Christensen, Chinook, Jr., outside linebacker/cornerback; Connor Schnabel, Fort Benton, Jr., outside linebacker/cornerback.


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