2018 GPAC Football All-Conference Honors Announced

(Sioux City, Iowa) – The 2018 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Football All-Conference Team has

been selected after a vote of the league coaches on Sunday, November 11.

Trent Solsma of Morningside has been named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Offensive Player-of-theYear.

Joel Katzer of Morningside and Bryce Van Beek of Northwestern were named the Hauff Mid-America

Sports/GPAC Defensive Co-Players-of-the-Year. Steve Ryan of Morningside College was named the Hauff MidAmerica/GPAC Coach-of-the-Year.

Morningside was the regular season conference champion for 2018 finishing 9-0 in GPAC play and 11-0 overall.

The Mustangs and regular season runner-up, Northwestern, qualified for the NAIA Football Championship

Series which opens on Saturday, Nov. 17, with first round action. Morningside will host Rock Mountain College

(Mont.), while Northwestern will host Dickinson State (N.D.).

GPAC Football First Team Offense 2018

Position Name School Class Hometown

QB Trent Solsma Morningside SR Dakota Dunes, S.D.

RB Jacob Kalogonis Northwestern JR Lake Havasu, Ariz.

RB Arnijae Ponder Morningside SO Omaha, Neb.

RB Tahj Willingham Hastings SR Denver, Colo.

WR Connor Niles Morningside SR Sioux City, Iowa

WR Levi Jungling Dordt SO Pella, Iowa

WR Bo Els Morningside JR Lincoln, Neb.

SLOT Shane Solberg Northwestern SO Hull, Iowa

TE Riley Rischling Morningside SR Bennington, Neb.

OL Garrett Temme Morningside SR Petersburg, Neb.

OL Trevor Wietzema Dakota Wesleyan SR Worthington, Minn.

OL Paxton De Haan Northwestern JR Orange City, Iowa

OL Anthony Vereen Jamestown SR Las Vegas, Nev.

OL Devin Eekhoff Dordt SR New Era, Mich.

OL Garrit Shanle Morningside SR Columbus, Neb.

GPAC Football First Team Special Teams 2018

K Jared Amundson Morningside SR Sioux City, Iowa

P Spencer Wyant Morningside SR Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

KRS Daniel Libolt Dakota Wesleyan FR Chambers, Neb.

PRS Mike Seawell Midland SR Valley Springs, Calif.

GPAC Football First Team Defense 2018

Position Name School Class Hometown

DL Omar Dyles Briar Cliff SO Bellevue, Wash.

DL Johan Williams Midland SR Mateca, Calif.

DL Seth Maitlen Morningside SO Creston, Iowa

DL Niklas Gustav Morningside SO Hamburg, Germany

DL Alex Paulson Morningside JR Buffalo Center, Iowa

LB Joel Katzer Morningside JR Wellsville, Kan.

LB Lane Napier Concordia SO David City, Neb.

LB Tanner Machacek Northwestern JR Sioux Falls, S.D.

LB Caleb Wilson Briar Cliff JR Norfolk, Va.

LB Jacob Katzer Morningside JR Wellsville, Kan.

DB Xavier Spann Morningside SR Lakeland, Fla.

DB Bryce Van Beek Northwestern SR Rock Valley, Iowa

DB Seth Majerus Doane SR Seward, Neb.

DB Anthony Murray Hastings SR Aurora, Colo.

DB Klayton Nordeen Morningside JR Alliance, Neb.

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Offensive Player-of-the-Year:

Trent Solsma, Morningside (Quarterback)

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Co-Defensive Players-of-the-Year:

Joel Katzer – Morningside (Linebacker), Bryce Van Beek – Northwestern (Defensive Back)

Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Football Coach-of-the-Year:

Steve Ryan, Morningside