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Friday, December 4, 2009

Getting the most out of their unique gifts

Coach of the Year Joshua Lindeman Jonesville

With all of the devotion and dedication around the county it was hard to put one man’s work ahead of the others this year. Hillsdale’s Marc Lemerand overcame the backlash and grumblings of an 0-3 start, stuck to his tried Lindeman and true philosophies and led his team to the playoffs. Rick Bailey had new faces scattered about following a run to the state semifinals in 2008, yet he managed to help prove Reading is currently the flagship program in the county. And Bryan Cook finally got consistent effort and output from his boys, as N A-J won a division title, and rookie head coach Scott Campble did a respectable job bringing some offensive flair to C-F. But what Lindeman did was change the character and direction of a program. Sure the Comets went 5-4, the same record as in 2008, but the aura the team gave off was completely different. In a few short months Lindeman became like a second-father to his boys, teaching them that games are won on the practce field and that no one player is bigger than the team. His ideals of faith and family combined with his ability to transform the program’s rushing attack so quickly are a tremendous start for a first-year head coach.

RJ WALTERS HDN Sports Editor

The area’s top catches across the gridiron scene in 2009 By RJ Walters


Player of the Year Garet Lee Sr. QB, Pittsford

Brian Rauth Sr. HB, Reading

John Sigler Sr. HB, Jonesville

Trevor Kelley Jr. HB, Jonesville

Brady Nusbaum Sr. WR, C-F

Fletcher Masters Jr. WR, Waldron

James Piner Sr. OL, Reading

Jake Harden Jr. OL, Jonesville

Taylor Miller Sr. OL, Reading

Kirk Putnam Sr. OL, Hillsdale

Matt McCormick So. OL, N A-J

Dan Vear Jr. K, Hillsdale

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM Offense QUARTERBACK Joe Hubbard Reading Sr. RUNNING BACKS David Wick North Adams-Jerome Sr. Jake Jividen Camden-Frontier Jr. Matt VanNuys Reading Jr. WIDE RECEIVERS Dekota Borton North Adams-Jerome Jr. Jeremy Cornish Litchfield Sr. OFFENSIVE LINE Alex Bontempo Jonesville Jr. Michael Kovacic Reading Sr. Nik Kik Pittsford Jr. Andy Slusher Camden-Frontier Sr. Ben Fellows Waldron Jr.

Justin Reed Sr. LB, Hillsdale

James Piner Sr. LB, Reading

Matt McCormick So. LB, N A-J

Alex Eastwood Sr. DE, Reading

Evan Lobdell Sr. DE, Jonesville

Brock Estel Sr. DL, Hillsdale

Jacob Foust Jr. DL, Jonesville

Jimmy Julian Jr. DL, Reading

Garet Lee Sr. DB, Pittsford

Sonny McCoy Sr. DB, Hillsdale

Joe Hubbard Sr. DB, Reading

Garet Lee Sr. P, Pittsford

DEFENSIVE ENDS Logan Jenkins Jonesville Sr. Mike Benedict Pittsford Sr. DEFENSIVE LINEMEN Brett Bradford North Adams-Jerome Sr. Zac Broughman Pittsford Sr. Kirk Putnam Hillsdale Jr. DEFENSIVE BACKS Jay Bearden Jonesville Sr. Brady Nusbaum Camden-Frontier Sr. Devon Butler Hillsdale Sr. PUNTER Brady Nusbaum Camden-Frontier Sr.


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Example number one was perhaps the county's most complete athlete, Garet Lee. The Pittsford senior is the first player to ever earn three spots on the All-County First Team, and while that might seem like too much of a good thing, just look at his numbers and intangibles and feel free to give him a call if you think it's unmerited. What's really unfair is how easy he has made the game look the past few years. This season he was the county's secondleading rusher despite teams pinpointing him as option 1 and 1a for an inexperienced Wildcats team that didn't have much of a passing attack. He rarely made a key mistake, he threw for more touchdowns than interceptions despite having a handful of scores called back due to penalties, and in case that's not enough, don't forget, he was named All-State Honorable Mention for his play — as a defensive back. He played more like a linebacker who was given the green light to roam all over the field and he showcased a true knack to read plays as they developed at the line of scrimmage. And as a side note, Lee also just happened to lead the county in average yards per punt, which earned him First-Team All-SCAA D I status as a special teams players.



LINEBACKERS Josh Blonde Jonesville Jr. Billy Julian Reading Sr. Kurtis Brackman Pittsford Sr.

The 2009 high school football season will go down in the county's history as having come and gone, but with what historical significance attached to it? Reading completed another undefeated regular season, only to get demolished in the second round of the playoffs, Hillsdale valiantly recovered from an 0-3 start to rally for a postseason bid and Pittsford's legendary head coach Bob Clement bowed out following a final playoff win. But the lone conference champion aside from Reading was North Adams-Jerome who won the SCAA D II without even qualifying for the playoffs and most of the area's attention was focused on the Hudson Tigers, a team just across the county line, whose final destiny was a state finals berth. Like it or not, it was far from the finest this county has seen, even in recent years, and it was lacking the memorable names like Lantis and Gabriele and All-State caliber players such as Trent Morris and Steven Smith. But beneath the losing records and sometimes ugly contests the truth is there was plenty to celebrate and laud, as the county's cream slowly rose to the top, and a bunch of guys who were just waiting for a chance exploded onto the scene to give fans the hope of big plays and unexpected outcomes.

While Lee was the quintessential smalltown football star who could do it all, Brian Rauth was easily the most polished running back in the county. So much for a down cycle for the Rangers following the graduation of Trent Morris and Trevor Ryan. Rauth used his exquisite ability to read blocks and wait for them to develop, and his great lateral running is the perfect complement to his deceptive speed that led to 1,761 yards rushing, 233 yards receiving and 25 total TD. When it comes to running backs who can catch, First-Team selection John Sigler was the county's most versatile threat out of the backfield. Just a year removed from his duties as Jonesville's starting QB, Sigler was all fight all year long, as he helped will the Comets to a number of important wins down the stretch. He ran for 1,033 yards at 8.3 yards per pop and he was also a top-notch receiver, especially when given the chance to go one-on-one with opposing corners. It's hard to not like Sigler — he was not afraid to cry and hug his teammates, he got back up after big hits and his infectious smile was always present on the Comets sideline in the biggest moments. Joining him on the First-Team is his teammate and the county's equivalent of dynamite, Trevor Kelley. The junior made defense's go 'BOOM' when he stepped on the field. Once he hit a hole and got outside there was no slowing him down. He was no means an every-down back, but

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