Huskies celebrate honors on and off the field

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Huskies celebrate honors on and off the field

Captains Isaac Gefre, Carson Dekam, and Zach Wiese walk out at halftime of the State Quaterfinals

Captains Isaac Gefre, Carson Dekam, and Zach Wiese walk out at halftime of the State Quaterfinals

Oliver Hanson

Captains Isaac Gefre, Carson Dekam, and Zach Wiese walk out at halftime of the State Quaterfinals

Oliver Hanson

Oliver Hanson

Captains Isaac Gefre, Carson Dekam, and Zach Wiese walk out at halftime of the State Quaterfinals

Matt Williams, Writer

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The state tournament is now over ending Owatonna’s streak as state champions. The Huskies Football team was not able to reclaim a third state championship in a row, they were able to achieve other impressive awards over the season. 

The team had a conference-high of nine players receiving all-conference honors. Juniors Peyton Beyer and Brayden Truelson and seniors Carter DeBus, Carson DeKam, Isaac Gefre, Ethan Rohman, Ethan Walter, Zach Wiese and Matt Williams were all selected as All-Conference. As well as four players junior Tanner Hall and seniors Sam Henson, Hunter Menden and Isaac Oppegard receiving All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Gefre was recognized as Defensive Player of the Year for the Big Nine Conference. 

Two Huskies seniors are also being recognized by the MSHSL being just as tremendous off the field as they are on. Head coach Jeff Williams said, “Wiese and Dekam displayed great leadership as well as athletic ability over this season on both sides of the ball.”

 

Wiese and DeKam displayed great leadership as well as athletic ability over this season on both sides of the ball.”

— Coach Jeff Williams

Wiese earned Lineman of the Year in the Big Nine Conference, which is awarded to the best offensive or defensive lineman over the entirety of the season. He was also elected Mr. Football in the Big Nine Conference, which is given to the best overall player. He will follow in his father’s footsteps and be the only athlete going to the All-Star game from Owatonna this year. Wiese said, “I’m extremely honored to be recognized by my coaches and to be one of the select few to play in the All-Star game.”

 DeKam also was recognized for being a great leader off the field just as he was on it. DeKam has selected the Community Captain award from the Minnesota Vikings for his role in programs such as Trio of Friends while also volunteering for Toys for Tots. DeKam said, “It was a tremendous honor and it is something I will never forget.”