Truckee football: Swalander, Simms, Araiza voted to All-League first team
Ten Truckee football players were honored with selections to the Northern Division I-A All-League team, while three were named to the All-State team.
The awards were determined by the league’s coaches.
Senior Erik Swalander and juniors Jose Araiza and Orlander Simms led the Wolverines’ selections.
Swalander, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound lineman, was voted to the All-League first team at offensive guard and the All-League second team at defensive end. Swalander also was named to the All-State second team at offensive guard.
Thanks to his powerful right leg, Araiza was voted to both the All-League and All-State first teams as a punter. He also made the All-League second team as a kicker.
Simms, an imposing force at 6-3 and 280 pounds, was selected to the All-League first team at defensive tackle as well as the All-State second team at the same position.
The following Truckee players were voted to the All-League second team: Senior Conor Jacobs at tight end, senior Taylor Ludwig at offensive tackle, junior Cole Harrity at both running back and safety, junior Wulfe Retzlaff at linebacker, and junior Jack Englert at cornerback.
Senior Sean Bokinskie (free safety), junior Jayme Nelson (offensive line) and Englert (wide receiver) received honorable mention recognition.
Among the top awards, senior quarterback Connor Richardson of Fallon was voted league MVP, while Elko’s Alex Puentes and Spring Creek’s Jon Jund were Co-Offensive MVPs, TJ Mauga of Fallon was Defensive MVP, and Fernley’s Tyler Roemer was Lineman of the Year.
Brooke Hill, who led Fallon to a state championship title over Moapa Valley, was voted Coach of the Year.
NORTHERN DIVISION I-A ALL-LEAGUE
Most Valuable Player: Connor Richardson, Fallon
Co-Offensive MVPs: Alex Puentes, Elko; Jon Jund, Spring Creek
Defensive MVP: TJ Mauga, Fallon
Lineman of the Year: Tyler Roemer, Fernley
Coach of the Year: Brooke Hill, Fallon
QB: Tommy Cefalu, South Tahoe
RB: Cade Vercellotti, Fallon
RB: Jake Davis, Spring Creek
RB: Hunter O’Meara, Sparks
WR: Dakota Larson, Spring Creek
WR: Brock Uptain, Fallon
Athlete: Eddie Sloan, Fernley
TE: Kyrin Allen, Elko
T: Landon Green, Elko
T: Taylen Cordes, Fallon
G: Joey Shepard, Fernley
G: Erik Swalander, Truckee
G: Wyatt Hampton, Fallon
C: Braxton Hunter, Fallon
DT: Orlander Simms, Truckee
DT: Jake Pengelly, Elko
DT: David Tuikolongahau, Sparks
DE: Michael Porras, Fallon
DE: Nick Smiley, Elko
LB: Riley Williams, Fallon
LB: Johnny Mayo, Fallon
LB: Evan Bitter, Fallon
LB: Romeo Okorie, Wooster
LB: Sheldon Wilkinson, Spring Creek
CB: Dustin Baum, Elko
CB: Kenan McDonald, Fernley
S: Aaron Bitter, Fallon
S: Eddie Sloan, Fernley
K: Nick Smiley, Elko
P: Jose Araiza, Truckee
RS: Conner Nelson, Fallon
QB: Kyle Throckmorton, Fernley
RB: Cole Harrity, Truckee
RB: Mitch Owsley, Spring Creek
RB: Jake Pengelly, Elko
WR: Zach Shearer, South Tahoe
WR: Conner Nelson, Fallon
Athlete: Darren Jackson, South Tahoe
TE: Conor Jacobs, Truckee
T: Joe Albrecht, South Tahoe
T: Taylor Ludwig, Truckee
G: Danny Lopez, Spring Creek
G: Jayson Stone, Elko
G: Andrew Herrera, South Tahoe
C: Mikeas Saumers, Lowry
DT: Joey Shepard, Fernley
DT: Luis Salazar, Elko
DT: Atalonui Tuikolongahau, Sparks
DE: Cameron Milan, South Tahoe
DE: Erik Swalander, Truckee
LB: Wulfe Retzlaff, Truckee
LB: Andrew Herrera, South Tahoe
LB: Branden Holt, Elko
LB: AC Reyes, Fernley
CB: Quinn Ritter, South Tahoe
CB: Jack Englert, Truckee
S: Cole Harrity, Truckee
S: RJ Bejarano, Elko
K: Jose Araiza, Truckee
P: Benton Wickersham, Elko
RS: Nate Nelson, Lowry
Honorable Mention (Truckee only)
FS: Sean Bokinskie
WR: Jack Englert
OL: Jayme Nelson
DIVISION I-A ALL-STATE (Truckee only)
P: Jose Araiza (First team)
G: Erik Swalander (Second team)
DT: Orlander Simms (Second team)
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