Oak Harbor all-leaguers named

With a good season, comes plenty of recognition.

Look no further than the Oak Harbor football and volleyball teams, who raked in Western Conference All-League selections after both made post-season play.

The Wildcat football team, which finished second in league and advanced to a district playoff game for a third straight year, was honored at 13 positions.

“I’m real happy for all those guys,” OHHS head coach Dave Ward said. “There were a couple of others you hoped would have got recognized, but it’s just the politics of all-league.”

Senior lineman Jake Jansen earned highest honors, gathering first-team WesCo North recognition on both sides of the ball at offensive and defensive tackle.

On defense Jansen had 58 tackles, 4.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

“He played his best against some of the tougher teams as the season went on,” Ward said.

Others on defense who picked up awards were senior Dan Raymond at outside linebacker and junior Cameron Kays at cornerback. Raymond had 48 tackles, 14 of which were for loss. Kays had 56 tackles, 10 passes defended and two interceptions.

Offensively, senior wide receiver James Blunk was the only other Wildcat beside Jansen to earn first-team honors. Blunk finished the year with 33 catches for 478 yards and four touchdowns.

Senior linebacker John Umayam was named to the second team defense, while Raymond received his second award as a second-team running back. Raymond was the Wildcats’ leading scorer with 12 TDs, while rushing 157 times for 827 yards. He also caught 16 passes for over 200 yards.

Oak Harbor picked up several honorable mentions, including seniors Keith Boon(C/DT), Dallas Sullivan (TE/LB), Nathan Davis (T/DT); juniors Gabe Vest (RB/LB), Cory Fakkema (K) and sophomore Marshall Lobbestael (QB/FS).

The Wildcat volleyball team, which made the playoffs for the first time in 11 years, was also awarded nicely.

Senior middle hitter Heidi McNeill went out with a bang in her final Wildcat season.

McNeill was named first-team hitter and tallied the second highest kill total in OHHS history with 317. Only Tricia Lake in 1988 had more, with 418.

“She improved a lot on how aggressive she was this year,” head coach Kerri Molitor said of McNeill. “It was well deserved.”

McNeill also added a team-high 113 blocks.

Juniors Krystal Rousselle, Jennifer Muzzall and Ashley Kingma were all named to the second team.

Rousselle and Muzzall had very strong seasons at the net, while Kingma broke the OHHS single season record for service aces with 113.

“Every game she had at least two aces,” Molitor said.

One disappointment, however, came with the absence of junior Miranda Thiel. Thiel was second in kills (181) and digs (304), but was left out off all-league honors.

“It would have been nice to at least see her get an honorable mention,” Molitor said.

Oak Harbor’s other fall sports also earned several honors: Boys cross country — Kelly Garcia, Jr.(second team); David Marriott, Jr. (second team); Chris Wichers, Sr. (honorable mention). Girls cross country — Leonila Celestino, Sr., (honorable mention); Jessica Brundidge, Jr. (honorable mention). Girls soccer — Meghan Newsome, Sr. (honorable mention); Sheena Paddock, Sr.(honorable mention). Girls swimming — Missy McIntyre, Sr. (first team 50 freestyle, first team 100 breast); Julia Marriott, Stacy Kallander, Kyrie Russell, McIntyre (first team 200 medley relay).

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