|Posted January 4, 2012|
Nine ThunderWolves earn first-team all-region honors
Pack secures most first-team honors in region as well as region co-coach of the year in Wristen.
BROOKFIELD, Ill. (GoThunderWolves.com - Jan. 4, 2012) - Postseason honors again rolled in for the ThunderWolves as a total of 16 Pack players were recognized as All-Super Region Three selections by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, including nine first-teamers, the Don Hansen Football Committee announced Wednesday.
The ThunderWolves' 16 entrants onto squad was the most in the region, as were its nine first-team selections. Seven Pack players earned second- or third-team distinction.
Additionally, for his efforts leading the ThunderWolves to an 11-0 regular season record and a number-one national ranking heading into the playoffs, head coach John Wristen was also named region co-coach of the year, sharing the honor with Wayne State (Mich.) coach Paul Winters, who coached the Warriors to the national title game.
Two ThunderWolves, Lee Meisner (Sr., Sterling, Colo.) and Kyle Major (Sr., Littleton, Colo.), collected first-team all-region honors for the second time this year (each earned Daktronics all-region honors in November). Daktronics second-team all-region selections, guard J.T. Haddan (Sr., Craig, Colo.) and cornerback Mark Sterling (Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), also earned first-team all-region honors from Don Hansen's Football Gazette.
Joining Meisner, Major, Haddan and Sterling with first-team honors were fullback Marquis McNeal (RFr., Commerce City, Colo.), tight end Koby Wittek (Sr., Golden, Colo.), tackle Ryan Jensen (Jr., Fort Morgan, Colo.), defensive end Grant Jansen (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.), and defensive tackle Josh Mack (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.).
Rounding out the Pack's selections were third-team selections Ross Dausin (Jr., San Antonio, Tex.), Jonathan Jones (Jr., Houston, Tex.), Jason Campbell (Jr., Kailua, Hawaii), and Jon Bailey (Sr., Fort Morgan, Colo.).
The Don Hansen team carries out the legacy of long-time small college football advocate Don Hansen, who passed away at age 75 on Aug. 29, 2010. Hansen, from Brookfield, ill., started and published Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette for three decades, selecting NCAA Division II All-America teams for the first time in 1988. Don Hansen's Football Gazette began selecting Division II All-Region squads in 2003.
The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2011 Don Hansen NCAA Division II All-America team will be named later this month.