11 Chieftains on KVL all-league teams
Kaw Valley League coaches named their all-league teams last week.
Soccer, volleyball and football coaches voted for the best players in their sport. Coaches did not vote for players on their team.
Neil Rieger was honored for his senior leadership and pass receiving skills by league coaches. He was recognized as an all-league second-team tight end and as a second-team defensive back.
Rieger caught numerous passes from quarterback John Barnes this season and was the go-to receiver in clutch situations.
League coaches also recognized Chris Calovich twice. The gutsy senior, who played the second half of the season with an injured arm, was mentioned as an honorable mention linebacker and an honorable mention punter.
Three juniors also were recognized.
Kyle Wedel was named second team defensive lineman.
Jimmy Walker received honorable mention recognition for his play on the offensive line.
Ryan Lowe, who didn't join the team until after the season started, was an honorable mention kicker.
Two Tonganoxie seniors received all-league mention for their play in Kaw Valley Volleyball matches.
Sara Poje dug, jumped and hit her way onto the first team.
Sarah Overbaugh's blocking and hitting won her a spot on the second team.
Four Tonganoxie juniors garnered the soccer team's league honors.
Mark Gepner's attacking and passing ability in the midfield and on the opponent's end of the field led to a first team selection on offense.
Kyle Rodell, the team's emotional and defensive leader, was a second team defensive player.
Scott Brewer was an honorable mention offensive player.
And, in a rare, two-sport double, Ryan Lowe was honorable mention as a utility player.