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Eight Demons earn all-district honors

By Travis J. Brown, Journal Sports Editor | Nov 13, 2012

Eight Washington football players were selected to the Class 3A All-District 7 team recently. The Demons finished second in the district with a 5-1 record.

Seniors Spencer Woods, Wyatt Shelangoski and Justin Hoffman were all selected to the all-district team on the defensive side of the ball.

Woods, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound inside linebacker, was named Washington’s Defensive Most Valuable Player this season after making 103 tackles, including three sacks. He also recovered a fumble.

Shelangoski, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive end, led the Demons with six quarterback sacks this season. He also made 45 total tackles, including 14 for a loss, and recovered two fumbles.

Hoffman, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound free safety, made 84 tackles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass this season.

Junior linebackers Garrett Covington and Tanner Knupp were also all-district selections on defense. Covington, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound inside linebacker, led the Demons in tackles with 119 on the season. He made 11 tackles for a loss, including two sacks. Knupp, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound outside linebacker, intercepted a team-high four passes, recovered two fumbles and made 84 tackles.

Juniors Alex Coker and Craig Lillie were chosen to the all-district team on offense. Coker, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound fullback, led the Demons in rushing with 958 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 6.5 yards per carry. Lillie, an undersized right tackle at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, blocked for a Washington offense that averaged 222 rushing yards per game.

Sophomore quarterback Daryn Sebelius was also selected to the all-district squad. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound signal caller completed 63 percent of his passes for 990 yards and eight touchdowns this season while throwing just one interception. He also rushed for 213 yards and six touchdowns, and was named Washington’s Offensive Most Valuable Player.

Nine Demons also received all-district honorable mention. Seniors Mitchell Hora, Kyle Roder, Alan Sanchez and Tyler Ousey were all honored for their work on the defensive side of the ball.

Hora, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound outside linebacker, recovered a team-high five fumbles this season, including one in each of Washington’s two playoff games, and he also intercepted a pass. His 95 tackles ranked third on the team, and he recorded three sacks.

Roder, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive end, recorded 56 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and four sacks before missing much of the second half of the season with injuries to his ribs.

Sanchez, a 5-foot-7, 130-pound cornerback, intercepted three passes and recorded 59 tackles this fall.

Ousey, a 5-foot-11, 235-pound defensive tackle who missed the first six games of the season with a foot injury, finished with 15 tackles and two sacks in five games.

Juniors Carl Sivels, Carter Hesseltine and Mason Quigley were all offensive weapons for the Demons, and received honorable mention.

Sivels, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, rushed for 389 yards and seven touchdowns this season while averaging 7.3 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.

Hesseltine and sophomore Tommy Peterson received honorable mention after anchoring the left side of Washington’s offensive line. Hesseltine is a 5-foot-8, 180-pound guard, while Peterson is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle.

Quigley, a 5-foot-9, 130-pound junior, made 41 of his 46 extra-point kicks, and he was 4-for-7 on field goals with a long of 29 yards.

Sophomore Tama Leutele also received honorable mention on defense. The 5-foot-11, 260-pound defensive tackle led the Demons in tackles for a loss this season with 18. He had 73 total tackles, and recorded two sacks.

Seventeen Washington players and support staff members received academic all-district team accolades. Hoffman, Hora, Roder, Shelangoski, Coker, Knupp, Quigley, Aaron Kempf, Austin Twinam, Jacob Green, Adam Guy, Nathan Ross, Brett Wright, Natalee Enfield, Olivia Hartzler, Brianna Salow and Lauren Kimball earned academic all-district honors.

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