Whalers place 7 on all-state football roster
The Barrow Whalers added a few more impressive notes to their 2017 football season last week when seven Whalers, including head coach Chris Battle, were named to the Division III all-state football roster. Overall, more than 30 athletes from across the state were honored by the Alaska Football Coaches Association.
Battle was named the AFCA Division III Coach of the Year for guiding Barrow to its first-ever state football championship. Under Battle, Barrow rolled to the Aurora Conference title and then defeated Homer, 20-14, in the state championship game. Overall, Barrow finished the season at 7-2.
Senior Ben Heather highlighted the Whalers' first-team offense selections. The team's leading rusher in the state finals, he was tabbed the first-team fullback.
Joining Heather on the offensive roster were tight end Sione Tuifua and utilityman Travis Adams. Brian Filipo amd Sebastian Sias were both selected to the first-team defense as lineman. Tuifua was a first-team pick as an outside linebacker.
Homer had the most players named to the first- and second-team squads with eight.
All-State Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Yea?— Teddy Croft, Homer.
Defensive Player of the Yea?— Reed Graham, Houston.
Lineman of the Yea?— Scott Fry, Eielson.
Coach of the Yea?— Chris Battle, Barrow.
Assistant Coach of the Yea?— Don Fry, Eielson.
Quarterback — Teddy Croft, Homer
Running back — Noah Fisk, Homer; Jeramiah Brown, Eielson
Fullback — Ben Heather, Barrow
Wide receiver — Joe Ravin, Homer
Tight end — Sione Tuifua, Barrow
Tackle — Lau Takafua, Barrow; Kevin Baird, Eielson
Guard — Reed Graham, Houston; Ryan Armour, Eielson
Center — Scott Fry, Eielson
Utility — Travis Adams, Barrow.
Defensive line — Levi King, Homer; Brian Filipo, Barrow; Sebastian Sias, Barrow; Scott Fry, Eielson
Inside linebacker — Reed Graham, Houston; David Sanarov, Voznesenka
Outside linebacker — Noah Plum, Houston; Sione Tuifua, Barrow
Defensive back — Jeramiah Brown, Eielson; Joe Ravin, Homer; Isaac Minnema, Monroe.
First-team special teams
Kicker — Zach Paul, Eielson
Punter — Kyle Sadergren, Valdez
Return specialist — Isaac Minnema, Monroe
Long snapper — Derek Berg, Valdez.
Quarterback — Trae Puryear, Monroe
Running back — Noah Plumb, Houston; Kyler Rumfelt, Redington
Fullback — Ian Johnson, Nikiski
Wide receiver — Justin Sumption, Homer; Jordan Higbee, Monroe
Tight end — Brian Amirault, Redington
Tackle — Baker Hensley, Nikiski; Finn Heimbold, Homer
Guard — Justin Mullings, Nikiski; Isaac Acheryok, Redington
Center — Levi King, Homer
Utility — Dawson Felde, Homer.
Defensive line — Dylan Jackson, Houston; Baker Hensley, Nikiski; Nikit Anufriev, Voznesenka; Kyle Wells, Homer
Inside linebacker — Josh Grey, Monroe; Ian Johnson, Nikiski
Outside linebacker — Eli Benson, Redington; Noah Fisk, Homer
Defensive back — Christian Bolton, Eielson; Tyler Olsen, Nikiski. Aiden Norris, Redington.
Second-team special teams
Kicker — Michael Mysing, Nikiski
Punter — Kyle Wells, Homer
Return specialist — David Sanarov, Voznesenka
Long snapper — Beau Freiberg, Seward.