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7 local athletes named to all-state football teams

| December 16, 2021 1:00 AM

The all-state football teams were released Wednesday and seven local athletes made the cut.

Five Sandpoint players received spots on the 4A all-state team following a run to the state championship game — senior running back Gerrit Cox, junior offensive lineman Carson Laybourne, junior linebacker Wes Benefield, junior offensive lineman Wylan Dorrel and senior kicker Lasse Kuehn.

Priest River's Matyus McLain, a junior defensive lineman, was named to the 3A all-state team and Clark Fork senior Carter Sanroman secured a place on the 1A Division II all-state team for his play at kicker.

The team is selected by coaches around the state by way of a voting process hosted by the Idaho Statesman.

Cox, Laybourne and Benefield all earned first-team honors. Dorrel, Kuehn, McLain and Sanroman all grabbed second-team honors.

4A ALL-STATE TEAM

Player of the Year — Kenyon Saqid, Skyline.

Coach of the year — Scott Berger, Skyline.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Caden Young, Emmett. RB — Seth Knothe, Bishop Kelly; Gerrit Cox, Sandpoint. WR — Javonte King, Blackfoot; Trais Higgins, Nampa; Tyler Medaris, Middleton. OL — Marcus McFadden, Bishop Kelly; Carson Laybourne, Sandpoint; Tui Edwin, Skyline; Ross Lyon, Blackfoot; Gunnar Clark, Mountain Home. K — Lance Hanna, Nampa.

DEFENSE

DL — Dantee Ruiz, Minico; Jaxon White, Skyline; Kolton Dallimore, Bonneville. LB — Chandler Robinson, Skyline; Hunter Killian, Pocatello; Weston Benefield, Sandpoint; Carson Trejo, Blackfoot. DB — Krue Hales, Pocatello; Matt Christensen, Pocatello; Gabe Lamey, Bishop Kelly; Teagen Severe, Twin Falls. P — David Torres, Canyon Ridge.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

QB — Ky McClure, Middleton. RB — Jafeth Bendele, Minico; Ryker Clinger, Shelley. WR — Julian Bowie, Pocatello; Caden Taggart, Skyline; Jace Mahlke, Twin Falls. OL — Luke Arthur, Minico; Alexander Daniluc, Nampa; Jaxon Williams, Pocatello; Wylan Dorrel, Sandpoint; Tyson Krupp, Skyline. K — Lasse Kuehn, Sandpoint.

DEFENSE

DL — Jonny Baczuk, Skyline; Rowan Hynes, Bishop Kelly; Michael Edwards, Blackfoot. LB — Braxton Marlatt, Blackfoot; Jack Dennis, Bishop Kelly; Carson Fox, Vallivue; Easton Arthur, Minico. DB — Ian Galbreaith, Skyline; Tate Johansen, Middleton; Deegan Hale, Blackfoot; Ashton Madsen, Preston. P — Martin Connington, Bishop Kelly.

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Senior running back Gerrit Cox stiff arms a Post Falls defender during the season opener on Aug. 27.

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Junior defensive lineman Matyus McLain intercepts a pass during a game against Oroville this fall.

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Junior linebacker Wes Benefield tackles Lakeland's John Cornish during a game on Oct. 22 at War Memorial Field.

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Senior Lasse Kuhn, a foreign exchange student from Germany, blasts a kickoff during the 4A state playoff game against Mountain Home on Oct. 29 at War Memorial Field.

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Junior offensive lineman Wylan Dorrel looks to make a block during the game against Lakeland on Oct. 22 at War Memorial Field.

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(File photo by DYLAN GREENE)

Senior Carter Sanroman attempts an onside kick during a game against Kootenai this fall.

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