Six Augusta Oriole football players earned a total of seven All-Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League-Div. IV honors.
Junior Tristan Finch earned All-League honors on both sides of the ball. Finch received honorable mention at the quarterback position and earned Second Team All-League honors as a defensive back. He played safety on defense for the Orioles.
Finch arguably was Augusta’s best player on the field. He was a leading rusher on top of his passing, and he was a top tackler. He made several key plays throughout the season, including in the Orioles’ road game against Wellington that propelled Augusta to its lone win of the season.
One of Finch’s favorite targets, Connor Hurst, earned All-League recognition. Hurst was named Second Team as a wide receiver. He was among the league leaders in receiving yards and helped in the running game, as well.
Caleb Laubhan was named Second Team All-League as an offensive lineman, Laubhan helped anchor the line on both sides of the ball.
On defense, Colby Willis was named Second Team as a defensive tackle. Willis, a senior, was one of the Orioles’ most physical players on both sides of the ball.
Roy Chen, also a senior, was named Second Team All-League as a defensive end for the Orioles.
On special teams, Trae Goken was named Second Team All-League as a punter.
"I am happy for the number of players we had that received honors for their work and abilities,” AHS coach Roger Robben said. “Our record did not indicate the way our guys played at times throughout this season. It is exciting to see that a number of our All-League guys will be back next year."
Collegiate, which finished the regular season 8-1 and undefeated in league play before losing in the playoffs, led Division IV with nine First Team selections, five of which were on offense, also the most in the division. Wide receiver Markus Phox was named the league’s Most Valuable Player on offense for the Spartans. Collegiate quarterback Landon Root earned the First Team spot.
Andale and Collegiate both were second in First Team selections (8) and led the league in total All-League selections (20). Collegiate had 14 total selections. Wellington had 12, Augusta had seven and Circle had six.
Clearwater led the division with five First Team selections on defense. Andale and Augusta had a league-high six players earned Second Team honors. Clearwater had five, Collegiate had four.
Circle tight end Stewart Dennison earned Second Team All-League honors. All five of the Thunderbirds’ other All-League selections—Drew Daharsh (OL), Jordan Moore (DT), Dennison (DE), Drake Fox (LB) and Kyler Ehm (LB)—received honorable mention.
Andale’s Jake Brand (LB) was name the Most Valuable Player on defense. Andale’s Hunter Knoblauch was the special teams Most Valuable Player.