Denison-Schleswig’s 5-4 football season this past fall was celebrated on Thursday night, as the Monarch gridiron squad and cheerleaders were recognized at the 93rd Annual Denison Kiwanis banquet at Denison High School.
Denison-Schleswig recorded a winning season for the second year in a row after winning five of nine games during that stretch under 10th-year head coach Chad Van Kley.
Senior running back/linebacker Terrance Weah was named the team’s most valuable player.
Also named the team’s offensive MVP, Weah carried the ball 132 times for 1,075 yards with 12 rushing touchdowns to his credit.
Weah also was second on the team in receiving with 12 receptions for 142 yards and three TDs, as he led the Monarchs with 96 points.
Defensively, Weah was among the tackle leaders with 23 solos and 17 assists.
Junior linebacker Nathan Gallup was named the team’s defensive MVP after leading the team in tackles with 25 solos and 44 assists, including seven tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks.
Junior Evan Turin was recognized as the special teams MVP. He punted 31 times for an average of 36.6 yards per punt with a long of 50 yards.
Turin also stood out defensively for the Monarchs, recording 23 solo tackles with 26 assists on the year.
Junior running back/linebacker Leo Araujo received the team’s Pound the Stone award, recognizing the player who went to work each day and gave his all in achieving the model of Monarch football.
Offensively, Araujo ran the ball 38 times for 115 yards with one TD to his credit.
Weah and fellow-seniors Charlie Wiebers, Austin Korner and Damien Magnuson all were honored as team captains.
Wiebers, the team’s starting quarterback to begin the year, suffered a fractured clavicle in week four against Kuemper Catholic and sat out until taking the final snap under center in the Monarchs’ finale at Le Mars.
A total of 36 players lettered at the varsity level this past season, while 17 other players lettered at the junior varsity level.
Nine members of the team were honored as Class 3A, All-District 2 performers.
Named to the first team were Weah at running back, Korner at tight end, senior Elijah Rangel at linebacker, senior Vernon Diaz as a defensive lineman and senior Jack Mendlik as a defensive back.
Receiving honorable mention all-district praise were Gallup at linebacker, Turin as a defensive back, and juniors Carter Weiss and Joe Graeve as offensive linemen.
District 2 all-academic honors also were awarded to Korner, Wiebers, Diaz, Mendik, Weah and senior Keenan Beeck.
A total of 17 cheerleaders received varsity letters, while six other girls were recognized as junior varsity letterwinners.
Sophomore Kira Langenfeld was named the most valuable cheerleader.
Seniors Morgan Kahl and Natalia Cadwell were recognized as co-captains.
Other award winners were senior Joni Schmidt (Monarch Award), senior Josselyn Vallecillo (most spirited) and freshman Kaitlyn Bruhn (most improved).
Seniors who lettered at the varsity level were Kahl, Cadwell, Schmidt and Vallecillo.
Juniors who lettered as varsity cheerleaders were Tania Cortez, Aubree Holt, Jamie Ibarra and Harley Wiebers.
Varsity letterwinners as sophomores were Langenfeld, Yulisa Barraso, Emily Frazier, Jinessa Lewis, Tessa Petersen and Sophia Smith.
Freshmen who lettered at the varsity level were Bruhn, Ashlyn Herrig and Sarah Thams.
Monarch mascot Jack MacGregor also received a letter.
Junior varsity letterwinners were Lesley Chavez, Brittany Krajicek, Amy Aguilera, Rylee Block, Angela Garcia and Jazmine Iglesias.
Jack Mendlik, Damien Magnuson, Avery Zenk, Charlie Wiebers, Nyamlell Wakoson, Terrance Weah, Elijah Rangel, Emigdio Gutierrez, Kevin Corona, Treyton Fender, Ringo Wol, Wyatt Kaub, Max Kobe, Jeremi Garduno, Jack Vazquez, Kane Langenfeld, Sebastion Mink, Keenan Beeck, Oliver Duran, Jacob Schroeder, Vernon Diaz, Goanar Biliew, Mario Gomez, Josue Galdamez, Austin Korner
Carter Wessel, Nathan Gallup, Evan Turin, Leo Araujo, Carter Weiss, Michael Madeira, Joe Graeve
Trey Brotherton, Eddy Gutierrez, Colin Reis, Matthew Weltz
Junior Varsity Letterwinners
Jaden Gonzalez, Kyler Schulz, Ethan Holdsworth, Javier Gonzales, Edgar Guillermo, Adam Castillo, Tucker Bailey, Austin Wessel, Christian Heilesen
Hunter Emery, Devin Fink, Griseldo Madera, Jake Boelter, Manny Alcaraz, Westley Summers, Chris Pulido, Daniel Santamaria