Wildcats, Cardinals football named to All-MAC teams

Minster quarterback Josh Nixon earned first-team All-Midwest Athletic Conference honors in his senior season as he leads the Wildcats to their second straight home playoff game Friday against Fort Loramie
Sports Editor

The Midwest Athletic Conference announced its All-Conference teams for football Wednesday night with a number of players from Minster earning first and second-team honors.

Junior wide receiver Bryce Schmiesing, senior guard Josh Otting and senior quarterback Josh Nixon all earned first-team honors on offense.

Senior linebacker Evan Huelsman and senior safety Jacob Dues earned first-team honors on defense.

Dues also earned second-team honors as a receiver, as well as kicker Jason Schultz and Huelsman as a running back. Otting also picked up second-team honors as a defensive end, Peter Ranly earned second-team honors as an inside linebacker and Jared Thobe received second-team recognition for his play at outside linebacker.

Jarod Huelsman and Johnny Niemeyer both earned honorable mention for the Wildcats (8-2) who finished the season on a six-game winning streak and will be hosting a playoff game for the second straight season Friday against Fort Loramie.

Minster — now Division VII — is 2014 defending Division VI state champions.

New Bremen had a pair of players receive honorable mention recognition in Deion Hoehne and Greg Parker. The Cardinals (1-9) won their first game in over two years this season in their regular season opener against Bradford.

Coldwater earned the 2015 MAC football team champion.

Cavaliers coach Chip Otten was named 2015 Coach of the Year, Coldwater’s Jack Hemmelgarn was named Offensive Player of the Year as well as Coldwater’s Malave Bettinger was named Defensive Player of the Year.

The Cavaliers — 2014 defending Division V state champions — won the MAC with a 10-0 overall record and 8-0 in conference play.