MHS athletes in every sport receive all-Mid-Illini distinction
Morton High School’s highlight-filled fall season was reflected in the all-Mid-Illini Conference teams.
Thirty-three Potter athletes were awarded altogether, with at least two in each of the eight sports.
The football team, which tied for second place, led the way with 10 selections.
Junior guard Kole Jones, senior tackle Jon Losen and senior running back DJ Zahn were on the first-team offense.
Named to the first-team defense were junior defensive lineman Matt Hungate and senior defensive back Dalton White of Morton.
Zahn repeated after receiving a first-team slot in 2009 as a DB.
Potters tabbed for the all-league second team on the offensive side were senior center Joey Naab and Tristan Popadziuk, a senior RB.
The second-team defense included: senior DL Austin Walschaert, junior linebacker Kyle Hoefft and senior DB Brent Rassi.
Seven boys soccer players were honored by the conference after Morton won its third consecutive title.
Seniors Adam Bazzetta, Matt Rossi and Tyler Sniff and junior Brandon McCormick landed on the first team.
Bazzetta and Rossi both duplicated their status from a year ago.
The boys soccer second team included: junior Mark Anderson and sophomores Carson Gray and Jordan Repholz.
Four girls tennis players earned recognition from a runner-up team.
Seniors Siera Hasler and Ashley Gannon were on the first team. Hasler was elevated from the second team in ’09.
Senior Ashley Bohnker and junior Jessica Martin were Potters on the second team.
Girls golf had the same combination of honorees after also placing second in the M-I as a squad.
Karson Taphorn, a junior, and sophomore Stephanie Walter played their way on to the first team.
Taphorn moved up after second-team placement in her first two campaigns.
Sophomores Shelby Ifft and Bridget Carius collected second-team merit.
Twin sisters Ashley Pribble and Caitlin Pribble, who are juniors, were first-team all-conference in girls cross country. Ashley was the individual champion at the M-I meet.
Both girls were second-team runners as freshmen.
The boys cross country also featured two Morton contestants.
Senior Joe Zeller was on the first team, matching his output from the previous season.
Zeller was a second-team performer in ’08.
Austin Bradford, a junior, was a second-team boys cross country recipient.
The Potter boys golf squad, which placed third, had a first- and second-team pick as well.
Junior Alex Shane repeated on the first team.
Jordan Wanner, a sophomore, was part of the second team.
Two Morton volleyball players shared the same position as last year.
Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Livingston and senior middle hitter Heidi Schoenbein again were on the second team.
Encouraging for the school is that 18 of the Potters awarded this fall are eligible to return in ’11.