Menominee Indian’s Waukau co-player of year in MONLPC

MONLPC and NEC release all-conference honors
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Editor’s note: Bay and Central Wisconsin Conference awards were featured in Saturday’s publication.

Menominee Indian’s Meshaen Waukau was selected co-offensive player of the year as the MONLPC released its conference honorees.

The senior running back also clinched a spot on the all-conference first team.

“It was a great feeling being told I won the those awards,” Waukau said. “I put in so much time and effort in the offseason working out every day and going to camps. It wasn’t my goal to make first team; my goal coming into the season was to hit 2,000 rushing yards and it stung when I heard I came up 63 yards short, so getting the honor caught me by surprise.”

Waukau led the conference and state with 1,937 rushing yards and holds almost every rushing record in the school’s history. He scored 18 touchdowns and 12 two-point conversions on the season, and accounted for 348 passing yards with four touchdowns.

“Meshaen has worked for four years to earn this honor,” head coach Chris Clache said. “He is the most complete football player I have ever coached. He understands the game, much like a coach. He is one of those types of players that will out-work you and is very durable. Teams keyed on him all season and he still couldn’t be stopped. He’s lived in the weight room. He does the little things right. A natural born leader.”

Menominee Indian’s Darius Wayka also received first-team honors on defense. The junior linebacker finished the season with 97 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also recovered two fumbles, forced five fumbles and had an interception.

“It has been a goal of mine to make all-conference first team since last year when I made all-conference second team,” he said. “It feels great to have this honor and accomplish what I set out to do. It surprised me that I earned the honor at linebacker since last year I was on the defensive line.”

“Darius made huge strides in just a short amount of time,” Clache said. “He almost never left the field. Made the switch from the defensive line to linebacker and just excelled. No matter how the game was going, he just wouldn’t stop. He has the potential to become even better as he’s just a junior!”

Honorable mentions include senior receiver Jarin Reiter, who had five touchdown catches and averaged 31 yards-per-catch, and sophomore offensive lineman Hunter Connahvichnah.

Bowler/Gresham

Five Bowler/Gresham football players received honorable mentions in the MONLPC.

Players include senior receiver Nathan Montez, senior offensive lineman Preston Teuchert, junior defensive back Landon Kroening, junior defensive back Ezra Spencer and junior defensive lineman Noah Bestul.

Clintonville High School

The North Eastern Conference honored Clintonville High School athletes in football, soccer, volleyball and cross-country.

Clintonville junior Hunter Lohrengel was selected to the football all-conference second team on defense as an inside linebacker. Honorable mentions include senior offensive lineman Jack Klein, junior defensive back Riley Jaensch and senior punter Kyle Finger.

For soccer, senior midfielder Cesar Elias was unanimously selected to the all-conference first team. Senior goalkeeper Seth Betz was also selected to the first team.

Senior forward Nick Schoen clinched a spot on the all-conference second team. Junior midfielder Matthew Morse received honorable mention.

Senior Melany Lorge received honorable mention for volleyball.

Cameron Mauel represented Clintonville’s cross-country team on the all-conference second team.