Somerset senior Jeremy Kelly and Baldwin-Woodvilleâ€™s Jake Keefer are among a handful of players state-wide who received first team all-state honors when the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State Team was announced on Monday.
Kelly and Jake Keefer were both named as first team all-state players on offense and defense, making the Middle Border Conference one of the few conferences to have two players earn that distinction.
Kelly earned his all-state honors at defensive end and offensive tackle. At 6 feet, 6 inches and 245 pounds, Kelly is getting plenty of attention from colleges. He has received several offers, including one from the Air Force Academy.
Kelly uses his height extremely well to get leverage when heâ€™s blocking on offense and to overpower blockers on defense. On the field Kelly has a mean streak that college coaches love to see, because they know heâ€™ll be a competitor at their level.
Keefer earned his honors at tight end and linebacker. Keefer has already agreed to play for the University of Wisconsin Badgers beginning next fall.
New Richmond senior Justice Harvieux and Somerset senior Isaac Neumann were named as honorable mention all-state players.
Harvieux is the first all-state player from New Richmond in a number of years. He received the honor for his play at defensive back. Harvieuxâ€™s play at receiver on offense has earned him more notoriety over the past two seasons. Heâ€™s known for his ability to make leaping catches, often while double-teamed.
His worked at defensive back is highly respected. Heâ€™s 6 feet, 2 inches and 190 pounds. He has the ideal size and quickness to play cornerback and there were very few completed passes in his area this season. He intercepted three of the passes that were attempted against him. Harvieux is also one of the best corners youâ€™ll find at playing the run. There were several times this season where opponents thought they had running plays that were going to go a long way on the outside, only to have Harvieux throw his blocker out of the way and completely blow up the running play.
Neumann was honored for his play at inside linebacker. The Spartan defense struggled when Neumann missed the start of the season following a car accident in the pre-season. When he returned, it completely transformed the defense. Heâ€™s one of the most ferocious hitters youâ€™ll find at linebacker in the state.
New Richmond, Somerset and St. Croix Central were all well represented on the All-Region teams that were announced last week.
Kelly and Neumann were All-Region players on offense and defense for Somerset.
New Richmond had three players receive All-Region recognition. Harvieux was selected as a defensive back. Senior running back Cody Taubman and senior defensive tackle Buck Oâ€™Flanagan were also named to the All-Region team.
Taubman led the Tiger running attack that was the backbone of the teamâ€™s offensive success this season. Oâ€™Flanagan was one of the immovable linemen in the middle of the Tiger defense that made the Tigers so difficult to run against this season.
Also receiving All-Region honors from the Middle Border Conference were Tanner Eggenberger of Ellsworth and Jordan Weyer, Riley Anderson and Cody Berends of Baldwin-Woodville.
St. Croix Central had two players chosen for All-Region honors. Senior quarterback Kyle Cress and sophomore defensive back Cody Nyhagen received those honors. Cress was the small school quarterback selection for the region after putting together huge passing numbers this season. Nyhagen was one of the best ballhawks in the state this year, grabbing 10 interceptions.