Local players named all-district


Troy, Lehman lead way with nine each

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy linebacker John Wehrkamp (33) and defensive lineman Joah Schricker (36) both were named first-team All-Southwest District in Division II.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Lehman quarterback Elliot Gilardi was named to the Southwest District Division VII Offensive Player of the Year.


Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy offensive lineman Kameron Block (65) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East East running back Vincent Villella was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.


Bryant Billing | AIM Media Troy running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.


Photo Courtesy of Lee Woolery | Speedshot Photo Tippecanoe kicker Caiden Smith was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division III.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East defensive back Justin Brown was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel quarterback Jacob Evans was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington running back Ethan Herron (12) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel running back Caleb South (21) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.


Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington wide receiver Zach Parrett was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.


By David Fong

dfong@aimmediamidwest.com

DAYTON — It was another stellar year for the 10 area high school football teams — and the All-Southwest District team reflected that, with multiple local players receiving honors in every eligible division.

The top honors went to Bethel coach Scott Clodfelter, along with Lehman quarterback Elliott Gilardi and Lehman defensive lineman Michael Bunker. Clodfelter was named Division VI Coach of the Year after guiding the Bees to a 9-1 record and their first playoff appearance since 2001. Gilardi was named Division VII Offensive Player of the Year, while his teammate Bunker was named Division VII Defensive Player of the Year.

The All-Southwest District teams were voted on by media members throughout the district.

Here’s a look at the local players honored, broken down by division:

Division I

There are no local Division I football teams.

Division II

Troy had a total of nine players named to the district team, tied with Lehman for the most of any team in the area. Four received first-team honors, while five earned second-team honors.

Junior running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop, senior offensive lineman Kameron Block, senior linebacker John Wehrkamp and senior defensive lineman Joah Schricker all were named to the first team.

Junior tight end Spencer Klopfenstein, senior defensive lineman Christian Nation, junior linebacker Shane Shoop and senior defensive backs Derek McDonagh and Zach Boyer both were named to the second team.

Division III

Tippecanoe had four players honored in Division III. Senior kicker Caiden Smith was named to the first team. Senior running back Cole Barhorst and senior linebacker Matt Garber both were named to the second team. Senior defensive back Rusty Ramsey earned honorable mention.

Piqua also had four players honored. Senior receiver Hayden Schrubb and senior linebacker Ben Schmiesing both were named to the first team. Senior quarterback and senior defensive lineman Derek Hite both were named to the second team.

Division IV

There are no local Division IV football teams.

Division V

Miami East had six players honored. Junior running back Vincent Villella, junior offensive lineman Brenden Dalton and junior defensive back Justin Brown all were named to the first team. Junior offensive lineman Caleb Snyder and junior defensive back Blaine Brokschmidt were named to the second team. Lance Rohrbach earned honorable mention.

Milton-Union senior running back Zac Shields was named first-team all-district.

Division VI

Because of the small number of Division VI teams within the Southwest District, only first-team and special mention players were honored.

In addition to Clodfelter being named Coach of the Year, four Bethel players earned all-district honors. Senior quarterback Jacob Evans, senior running back Caleb South, senior offensive lineman Hunter Shelley and senior defensive back Travis Durst were named to the first team.

Covington senior running back Ethan Herron, senior receiver Zach Parrett, senior linebacker Joe Schmelzer and senior defensive back Ty Freeman all were named to the first team, while Cade Schmelzer earned honorable mention.

Troy Christian senior offensive lineman Grant Doucette and junior defensive lineman Nick Baker were named to the first team, while Micah Trimback earned honorable mention.

Division VII

Because of the small number of Division VII teams within the Southwest District, only first-team and special mention players were honored.

In addition to earning Southwest District Player of the Year honors, Gilardi and Bunker also were named to the first team at their respective positions. Joining them on the first team were senior running back Owen Smith, senior receiver Kameron Lee, senior offensive linemen Colin Haller and Seth Sargent, junior kicker Michael Denning, sophomore linebacker Drew Barhorst and senior defensive back Brandon Barhorst.

Bradford’s Jake Barga earned honorable mention.

Contact David Fong at dfong@aimmediamidwest.com; follow him on Twitter @thefong

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy linebacker John Wehrkamp (33) and defensive lineman Joah Schricker (36) both were named first-team All-Southwest District in Division II.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_170915aw_Troy_33_36-2-2.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy linebacker John Wehrkamp (33) and defensive lineman Joah Schricker (36) both were named first-team All-Southwest District in Division II.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Lehman quarterback Elliot Gilardi was named to the Southwest District Division VII Offensive Player of the Year.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_111017mju_fb_lhs_10-3.jpgMike Ullery | AIM Media Lehman quarterback Elliot Gilardi was named to the Southwest District Division VII Offensive Player of the Year.

Anthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy offensive lineman Kameron Block (65) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_170908aw_Troy_65-1-2.jpgAnthony Weber | Troy Daily News Troy offensive lineman Kameron Block (65) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East East running back Vincent Villella was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_110317jb_me_villella-3.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East East running back Vincent Villella was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.

Bryant Billing | AIM Media Troy running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_sidney_JCB-2.jpgBryant Billing | AIM Media Troy running back Jaydon Culp-Bishop was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division II.

Photo Courtesy of Lee Woolery | Speedshot Photo Tippecanoe kicker Caiden Smith was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division III.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_092917lw_Troy_CaidenSmith-1-2.jpgPhoto Courtesy of Lee Woolery | Speedshot Photo Tippecanoe kicker Caiden Smith was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division III.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East defensive back Justin Brown was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_092917jb_ME_JustinBrown-2.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Miami East defensive back Justin Brown was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division V.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel quarterback Jacob Evans was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_092217jb_bethel_jacobevans-1-2.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel quarterback Jacob Evans was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington running back Ethan Herron (12) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_100717jb_cov_herron-1-2.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington running back Ethan Herron (12) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel running back Caleb South (21) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_092217jb_bethel_calebsouth-2.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Bethel running back Caleb South (21) was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.

Josh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington wide receiver Zach Parrett was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/11/web1_092917jb_Cov_ZachParrett-1-2.jpgJosh Brown | Troy Daily News Covington wide receiver Zach Parrett was named first-team All-Soutwest District in Division VI.
Troy, Lehman lead way with nine each