The Iowa Newspaper Association released its All-State teams this week and three Spencer players added to their postseason accolades.
Senior Austin Allen, who has already been named All-District and 2nd-Team All-State by the Des Moines Register, earned a First Team nod on the offensive line.
Senior Blake Altenhofen, who was an All-District selection at free safety, was named to the second team as a defensive back.
Junior Hunter Cushman, an All-District and Register's 2nd-Team selection, earned a third-team nod to the INA All-State team at defensive back after nine interceptions.
Honorary captains were named for each of the six classes by the INA:
The Class 4A captain, Joel Lanning, a four-year starter led Ankeny to an undefeated season and its first state championship since 1997. The Iowa State recruit threw for 2,312 yards and 22 touchdowns versus only four interceptions. Lanning also racked up 1,072 yards rushing on a team-leading 153 carries and 17 scores.
Josey Jewell of Decorah was named captain of Class 3A. Jewell led the Viking rushing attack with 1,314 yards on 166 carries, averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He had 21 rushing touchdowns, with a long of 89. He also caught 11 passes for 91 yards. He was second in the district in total tackles with 100 (62 solo, 38 assists). He also had 12 total tackles for a loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Paul Brown of Spirit Lake has been named captain of Class 2A. Brown led the Indians to their first-ever state championship as a quarterback and linebacker. The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder finished off his impressive career as the all-time leading passer at Spirit Lake with 3,638 yards and 42 TD passes. He will be walking on at Iowa next season after throwing for 1,769 yards and 22 touchdowns his senior campaign while rushing for 253 yards and six scores. Defensively, he recorded 70 tackles with three fumble recoveries and one interception from his linebacker spot. Brown passed for 210 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the championship game.
In Class 1A, Emmetsburg senior Andrew Wellik was named captain. The 5-11, 200-pound offensive back was the rushing leader for the Emmetsburg E-Hawks in their 36th state playoff qualification. After rushing 268 times for a total of 2,734 yards, Wellik scored 38 touchdowns on the ground and caught 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, as well as adding a two-point conversion run. Wellik also had 11 solo tackles and 35 assisted tackles on the season.
Tyler Odneal of Wapsie Valley, Fairbank has been named captain of Class A. Odneal was a difference-maker on offense, defense and special teams, leading Wapsie Valley to a perfect 14-0 season. He finished his senior season with 2,186 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns on 240 carries. He caught 10 passes for 157 yards and a score. As a defensive back, Odneal finished with 43 tackles and a fumble recovery. He ran back four punts for touchdowns, averaging 16.2 yards per punt return.
Austin Halls of Murray was chosen as the captain of the 8-Man all-state team. For his career, Halls is tied for fourth all-time in 8-player history with 21 defensive interceptions, sixth all-time with 83 passing TDs and ninth with 5,174 career passing yards. He has also collected 1,768 rushing yards and 42 TDs, and 213 career tackles in one of the most complete careers in 8-player history.
A complete list of the teams can be found at http://www.inanews.com/2012football.html