Recently, the Southwestern Athletic Conference selected its 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference All-Conference Football teams. The selections are made by all of the coaches in the conference, with the individual coach of his own players being picked abstaining from the vote. Hartford was represented well once again, with nine athletes from the team picking up All-Conference honors!
Below is the entire list of All-Conference players from the Southwestern Athletic Conference All-Conference Football teams. HartfordFootball.com congratulates ALL the athletes on this list for a great 2012 season!
1st Team Offense
QB: Joey Olsiewicz (Gobles)
OL: Tim Howard (Bangor), Seth Goodrich (Saugatuck), Andrew Blok (Saugatuck), Aaron Lane (Gobles), Dylan Harrison (Bloomingdale)
WR: Corless Parker (Bangor), Jonathan Moored (Martin)
RB: Jesse Ring (Bangor), Joe Koscielski (Saugatuck), Adam Vosburg (Gobles)
P: Tanner Nutting (Saugatuck), Seth Johnson (Gobles)
1st Team Defense
DL: Kenny Aemisegger (Bangor), Andrew Blok (Saugatuck), Jeff Gilbert (Gobles)
DE: Andrew Johnson (Bangor), Phil Cooley (Saugatuck)
DB: David Watkins (Bangor), Justin Blodgett (Gobles), T.J. Sobota (Bloomingdale)
LB: Joe Koscielski (Saugatuck), Seth Goodrich (Saugatuck), Brian Hayward (Gobles)
K: Tanner Nutting (Saugatuck)
2nd Team Offense
QB: Brian Norman (Bloomingdale)
OL: Shawn Steinman (Gobles), Clayton Upsen (Bloomingdale), Adam Harris (Fennville), Cam White (Saugatuck)
WR: Phil Cooley (Saugatuck)
RB: Ryan Hunt (Martin), Justin Blodgett (Gobles), Nick Svay (Fennville), T.J. Sobota (Bloomingdale)
2nd Team Defense
DL: Ben Wyngarden (Saugatuck), Dylan Harrison (Bloomingdale)
DE: Greg Burr (Martin), Adam Vosburg (Gobles), David Smith (Gobles), Mike Jones (Bloomingdale), Nick Svay (Fennville)
DB: Adam Nausieda (Martin), Brody Westerhoff (Bloomingdale)
LB: Matt Lopez (Bloomingdale), Seth Schut (Fennville)
Bangor: Kenny Aemisegger, Chris Crandall
Bloomingdale: James Baranoski, Jacob Kasinger
Fennville: Pedro Mendoza, Frank Null
Gobles: Jamie Summerville, Brian Hayward, Jacob Tiller
Saugatuck: Logan Bush, Jason Maxwell
1st Team Offense
QB: Jake Cowsert (Watervliet)
OL: Tony Kucharski (Hartford), R.J. Rudel (Watervliet), A.J. Henderson (Lawton), Dusty Kolberg (Decatur)
WR: Travis Bolin (Watervliet), T.J. Stambek (Decatur)
RB: David Mireles (Hartford), Javauntae Thomas (Watervliet), Brandon St. Clair (Lawton), Nate Gerhold (Decatur)
P: Gareth MacMillan (Hartford)
1st Team Defense
DL: Gilbert Lopez (Hartford), Nick Steinke (Watervliet), Alec Terry (Lawton), Dusty Kolberg (Decatur)
DE: Kaleb Munro (Lawton)
DB: Jake Cowsert (Watervliet), Tony Pineda (Lawton)
LB: Tony Kucharski (Hartford), Deven Schultz (Watervliet), Kody Brigham (Lawton), Nate Gerhold (Decatur)
K: Brenden Wimes (Lawton)
2nd Team Offense
QB: Connor Murney (Lawrence)
OL: Josh Najacht (Hartford), Jake High (Marcellus), Freddy Little (Watervliet), Jacob Bukoski (Lawton), Stephayn Church (Lawton)
WR: Kaleb Munro (Lawton), Brenden Wimes (Lawton), Matt Cammire (Lawrence)
RB: Marcus Pompey (Marcellus), Corey Olkowski (Decatur), Salvador Rocha (Lawrence)
2nd Team Defense
DL: Dominic Ledesma (Hartford), Dale Mann (Decatur)
DE: Weston DeHaven (Watervliet), T.J. Stambek (Decatur)
DB: Jared Jones (Marcellus), Josh Hamilton (Lawton)
LB: Mike Ellis (Marcellus), R.J. Rudel (Watervliet), Matt Maynard (Lawton)
K: Connor Sonnevil (Marcellus)
Decatur: T.J. Cerven, Matt Glidden
Hartford: Tony Saldana, Jimmy Mullins, Casper Aviles
Lawrence: Jared Frank, Derek Gribler
Lawton: Tom Vanorder, Justin Albrecht
Marcellus: Mason New, Tony Reed
Watervliet: Connor Gohr, Travis Bolin
UPDATED (10/25/2012): Gates to Indian Stadium will open at 5:30 PM tomorrow. Also, to parents whose children will be attending to tomorrow nights game: please remind your kids to NOT play around during the game. This includes pickup football games and running around. Hartford Public Schools will not act as a babysitter. We are expecting a large crowd tomorrow night and we do not need anyone injured outside the playing field. Your cooperation is appreciated.
As you all know, this past Sunday, your Hartford Indians (7-2) were drawn into the 256 team, 2012 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoff field! If you knew that, you also know that the Indians drew fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference South Division rival, the Decatur Raiders (7-2) in the pre-district round of the playoffs. To help you prepare for the first of what we hope will be a number of playoff games, we have included some information below that will prepare you for the first contest of postseason play.
The administration, staff and students of Hartford High School welcome you to Indian Stadium for this weeks pre-district football game!
The game between Hartford and Decatur will kick off at 7:00 PM on Friday, October 26th at Indian Stadium in Hartford. This will be the seventh game in ten this season that the Indians have hosted in the friendly confines and will be the second playoff game in three years the Indians have hosted at home.
Tickets will be $5 per person at the gates at Indian Stadium. A reminder that since this is a Michigan High School Athletic Association event, NO PASSES WILL BE ACCEPTED under any circumstances. Also, the Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Athletic Department will NOT be pre-selling tickets at any offices across the school district. Also, no blankets will be allowed to section off seating prior to the gates opening. Anything of that nature will be removed from the bleachers prior to the gates opening. Seating is first come, first serve.
For us Indian fans, this is an easy find. But for people who will be joining us from out of town, this section is for you! Indian Stadium is located behind Hartford High School, which is located at the corner of North Center Street and School Street in downtown Hartford, just three tenths of a mile from the main stoplight at the center of town.
Easy Directions: From either east or west, access to Indian Stadium is easy. Make your way on Interstate 94 to the Hartford exit (Exit 46) and turn right (north). Make your way through the main stoplight in the center of town and drive three tenths of a mile. You will see the digital school sign. Turn right on School Street and follow School Street until it ends at Edwin Street. The gates to Indian Stadium are located at the intersection of Edwin Street and School Street under the illuminated Hartford Indians sign.
GPS: If you are using a GPS enabled device, set the address to 121 School Street; Hartford, Michigan. That address is the exact address to Hartford High School and will get you here easily.
Unfortunately, our resources for live stats and updates is limited. But fear not — we will try our best! We will covering Friday’s night game through our social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter. Also, with the help of our friends at MaxPreps, we will be bringing you up to date “LIVE” scoring updates, which will feature possession updates, red zone alerts and scoring in real time, like we have been all year!
HARTFORD VERSUS DECATUR HISTORY:
Hartford and Decatur are rivals from a long ways back, but this will be the first time in playoff history that the Indians and the Raiders will face off with a season on the line. In the past 50 years of football history, it’s Decatur who holds the 28-23 edge, including a 28-0 victory over the Indians just three weeks ago in Decatur. This is the Indians chance for revenge for that loss.
DECATUR SEASON RECAP:
Decatur comes into the game Friday night at 7-2 overall. They also finished 3-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference South Division, tied for third place with Hartford. All but one of their games came within the Southwestern Athletic Conference this season.
Here is a review of how the 2012 season has went for the Raiders:
8/24: @ Martin (W 44-0)
8/30: Cassopolis (W 46-30)
9/7: Bangor (W 34-14)
9/14: @ Bloomingdale (W 27-0)
9/21: Lawton (L 7-38)
9/28: @ Lawrence (W 44-14)
10/5: Hartford (W 28-0)
10/12: Watervliet (L 19-26)
10/19: @ Marcellus (W 28-7)
MORE GAMEDAY INFORMATION:
More information regarding this Friday’s game with the Indians and the Raiders can be found by checking out the web site. There, you can find a playoff roster, gameday report and much more! Click on the “Home” link on the top menu bar to experience the Hartford Indian Football web site!
It’s been a long time (since last January) that we have had the chance to use the blog for some news, but we have some exciting news to announce!
We have recently released a brand new, updated version of HartfordFootball.com to usher in the 2012 Football season! This new web site, fresh with a brand new, sleek design and updated content, will be the building point for the media arm for the Hartford Indian Football teams this season and beyond!
We encourage all of our blog readers to check out the new look web site and look around and see all the same things you are used to seeing and several new things that have been added and will be added throughout the coming season and upcoming months! We continue to strive to be the best high school football web site around and will do whatever it takes to accomplish that goal!
Let us know what you all think about the new web site! All comments are welcomed! Please leave a comment to this post or contact me through the “Contact” link on the menu bar at the top of the blog.
Here’s to a great 2012 ahead, both on the web site, blog — but more importantly, the field! GO INDIANS!
UPDATE: More information will be made available closer to the January 27th game, so stay tuned to this post for additional information! The original post begins below…
Hartford, along with the other 11 members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, will be hosting its annual “Coaches vs. Cancer” night on Friday, January 27th.
The annual endeavor, started a few years ago by then-Hartford Athletic Director and now High School Principal, Dave Janicki, has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the last few years for the American Cancer Society. Hartford hosted the first one solely on its own and the conference schools of the Southwestern Athletic Conference joined the initiative the next year.
Hartford will be hosting Lawton at the High School gym that night and “Coaches vs. Cancer” night will coincide with Hartford’s “Winterfest” festivities. The Varsity Girls Basketball game will be played first at 5:30 PM, while the Boys game will follow a between game ceremony plus 20 minutes of pregame. The crowning of Queen and Princess will happen during halftime of the Boys game, with King and Prince being crowned at the dance following the games.
As a result of “Coaches vs. Cancer” night, several fundraising efforts will be taking place the week of January 23rd-27th in preparation of the big night at Hartford and all across the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
The Hartford Athletic Department will be selling “Coaches vs. Cancer” T-Shirts in the Athletic Office beginning January 23rd. The shirts will cost $10, with a majority of the sales benefiting the American Cancer Society.
On Friday, January 27th before the games, there will be a benefit spaghetti dinner in the Hartford High School / Middle School cafeteria from 4:30-6:00 PM, with proceeds also benefiting the American Cancer Society.
Also, as you enter Hartford High School on game night, donation jars will be available with all funds also going to the American Cancer Society. Also, there will be a raffle available. There are usually some great prizes involved. Previous prizes have included game balls and a fishing trip to Canada.
GAMES ACROSS THE CONFERENCE
Other Southwestern Athletic Conference games ongoing on “Coaches vs. Cancer” night will be Gobles at Bloomingdale, Bangor at Fennville, Decatur at Lawrence, Watervliet at Marcellus and Saugatuck at Martin.
On behalf of all of us at Hartford and the Hartford Indian Football Web Site, we ask that everyone that can donate please donate to this worthwhile cause and support our vision to raise awareness and bring hope that we can make inroads to defeat cancer. We, as a conference, have pulled through the good and bad; the triumphs and the tragedies, especially in the past year. We, as a conference, can make a huge impact on so many people, within our conference, the state and the nation. This cause is far greater than ourselves!
ABOUT “COACHES vs. CANCER”
Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages personal experiences, community leadership and professional excellence of coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities and advocacy programs.
Coaches vs. Cancer evolved from the idea of Norm Stewart, the former Men’s Basketball coach at the University of Missouri. Stewart, himself, was a cancer survivor and a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. He began the program by challenging fans to pledge dollar amounts for every three points made by his team during the season.
In 1993, the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches adopted Stewart’s vision and transformed it into a nationwide effort to unite coaches and teams across the nation in a common goal to provide help and hope to people facing cancer. Today, more than 2,000 Division I, II and III college coaches and teams and more than 100 high school coaches and teams are involved in the program and have raised nearly $75 million since its inception to support the American Cancer Society lifesaving mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease.