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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Rams, Raiders pile up league football merits

  • Pleasant Ridge sees 15 receive accolades, while Immaculata has eight recognized by conference
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  • Rams and Raiders popped up all over the recently released Delaware Valley League football honors lists.
    Made available on Tuesday, Pleasant Ridge players received 15 distinctions while eight accolades were passed out to Immaculata.
    Beginning with the offensive unit, PR lineman Dusty Bardroff and Aaron Brown were presented first-team recognition.
    Other Rams garnering kudos were running back/returner Blake Graham, running back Riley Camp, tight end Nate Amos, guard Kyle Jones and returner Nick Holmes. All five received honorable mention nods.
    “It’s great for the kids to get these honors,” PR coach Pat McCollim said. “It says a lot about our younger guys and their confidence going forward into next season. As for the seniors, kids like Aaron Brown and Dusty Bardroff, it highlights how important they have been to us.”
    Immaculata saw five of its own get tabbed to the honorable mention list.
    The group included receiver Connor Schmidling, linemen Dakota Fricke, Paul Lednicky and Josh Boeppler, and offensive specialist Drew Sachen.
    Defensively, Immaculata had three grab honorable mention distinction — Lednicky (lineman), Sachen (safety) and Cory Holcomb (cornerback).
    “All the kids that got honorable mention were deserving,” Imac coach Sean Sachen said. “With the two that got double honors, it’s tough to talk about your own son, but he is a pretty special player. Paul was an anchor this year as a junior. He worked really hard in the offseason. If he continues to work hard, he certainly can be first-team next year.”
    Defensive tackle James Farmer was the lone Ram to be named to the first-team defensively.
    The rest — Bardroff (lineman), Logan McKinney (lineman), Brown (nose tackle), Amos (linebacker), Graham (safety) and Holmes (cornerback) — were all awarded honorable mention.
    “With three first-team lineman, I think it points to the mental aspect of who we are becoming,” McCollim said. “Though the linemen don’t usually get the newspaper headlines during the season, the other coaches recognized how important they were for us.”
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