The 92nd Annual Denison Kiwanis football banquet honoring the 2018 Denison-Schleswig football team and cheerleaders took place on Monday night at the Denison High School gymnasium.
Denison-Schleswig finished 2-3 in Class 3A, District 1 and wound up 5-4 overall, the first winning season since 2011 when the Monarchs also recorded a 5-4 mark.
All four losses this past season were to playoff teams in Harlan, Spencer, Sioux City Heelan and Sergeant Bluff-Luton.
Spencer, Heelan and SB-L all were in District 1 with Chad Van Kley’s D-S squad.
Junior Terrance Weah was recognized as the team’s most valuable player after leading D-S in rushing, receiving and scoring.
Weah ran the ball 109 times for 825 yards with seven rushing touchdowns. He caught 19 passes for 252 yards and three TDs and led the team with 60 points on the year.
Weah also was among tackle leaders on defense with 20 solos and 27 assists.
Junior quarterback Charlie Wiebers was recognized as the team’s MVP on offense.
Wiebers completed 67-of-136 passes for 1,048 yards with 12 TD throws and eight interceptions.
He was second to Weah in rushing with 86 carries for 461 yards and a team-high eight TDs.
Senior Conner Reimer was named the team’s MVP on defense after leading the Monarchs in tackles with 36 solos and 29 assists.
Senior Johnny Romo was honored as the team’s MVP on special teams.
Romo handled the kicking duties for D-S, converting 26-of-27 PAT kicks and making 2-of-8 field goals with a long of 36 yards.
Senior Dylan Gehlsen also was honored with the team’s Pound the Stone award.
Gehlsen caught six passes for 110 yards and one TD on the year.
Nine Monarch players
were recognized as 3A All-District 1 performers.
Named to the first team were Weah (RB), Wiebers (QB), Reimer (DB), senior Parker Wessel (OL) and senior Austin Korner (TE).
Four other Monarchs were honorable mention picks in senior Ayuel Deng (DE), junior Wyatt Kaub (FB), junior Damien Magnuson (DB) and junior Jack Mendlik (DB).
Seniors Sean Moran and Jaden Petersen were named to the 3A District 1 all-academic first team, while Gehlsen was an honorable mention all-academic selection.
Senior manager Kayla Rauch joined Moran and Petersen as an District 1 all-academic first-teamer.
A total of 32 players lettered at the varsity level for the Monarchs.
Seniors earning varsity letters were Deng, Dawson Dorhout, Gehlsen, Franklin Gonzalez, Marcos Hernandez, Luke Matthews, Moran, Petersen, Reimer, Romo and Parker Wessel.
Lettering as juniors were Goanar Biliew, Vernon Diaz, Treyton Fender, Waw Gach, Emigdio Gutierrez, Caleb Inman, Kaub, Korner, Magnuson, Mendlik, Elijah Rangel, Jacob Schroeder, Weah, Wiebers and Avery Zenk.
Sophomores who lettered at the varsity level were Nathan Gallup, Joe Graeve, Eric Turcios, Evan Turin and Carter Weiss.
Those juniors who lettered at the JV level were Issach Anywar, Keenan Beeck, Andrew Dammen, Olivar Duran, Bryce Fink, Josue Galdamez, Mario Gomez, Kane Langenfeld, Cesar Martinez, Todd Meehan, Nyamlell Wakoson and Ringo Wol.
Sophomore letterwinners at the JV level were Karom Bol, Kyler Bryan, Adam Castillo, Javier Gonzales, Jaden Gonzalez, Edgar Guillermo, Christian Heilesen, Michael Madeira, Justice McCartney, Kevin Sabin, Jose Salas, Kyler Schulz, Carter Wessel and Austin Wessel.
Also lettering at the varsity level as managers were Rauch, senior Ashlynn Carlson and freshmen Macy Kaub and Emma Reisz.
Junior Natalia Cadwell was recognized as the most valuable cheerleader.
Junior Morgan Kahl earned the most spirited award and sophomore Jasmin Cabrera was named the most improved cheerleader.
Senior Andrea Gutierrez and Kahl were recognized as captains.
Kahl, senior Gabbi Chance and freshman Kira Langenfed all were recognized as nominees to the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) All-American team.
Langenfeld was selected to the NCA All-American team.