WAYNE – A Wayne State College junior linebacker was named to the CCA (Conference Commissioner’s Association) All-Super Region 4 Football Team announced late last week.
Released Friday afternoon, the award is voted on by sports information directors in the region that includes the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), Lone Star Conference (LSC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
Tyler Thomsen, a 6-1 225-pound linebacker from Fremont (Archbishop Bergan HS) earned Second Team honors on the defense.
Thomson was a First Team All-NSIC South Division selection this season after leading Wayne State and the Northern Sun Conference in tackles with 120, averaging 10.9 tackles per game. He recorded 10 or more tackles in eight games this season, highlighted by a season-best 15 stops with one interception for 49 yards in a 42-35 win at Upper Iowa. Thomsen also had two blocked kicks with 5.5 tackles for loss (11 yds.) and one sack (2 yds.) this season. He also earned All-NSIC South Division honorable mention last season as a sophomore.
Of the NSIC: Gabriel Watson from Sioux Falls was named the Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Super Region 4 on the offense.
Other First teamers were (OL) Evan Heim of Minnesota State-Mankato, (OL) Trey Pipkins of Sioux Falls and (RB) Nate Gunn of Minnesota State-Mankato.
Second Team Offense: (TE) Clint Sigg of USF, (OL) Matt Juneau of Minnesota Duluth, (RS) Gunnar Olszewski of Bemidji State and (K) Casey Bednarski of Mankao.
First Team Defense: (DL) Chris Garrett of Concordia-St. Paul, (DL) Chance Brown of Mankato, and (CB) Marcus Haskins of C-SP.
Second Team Defense: (LB) Alex Goettl of Mankato, (LB) Alex Helmer of Duluth and (CB) Olszewski of BSU.
The semifinal round of the NCAA Division II playoffs will feature #1 Valdosta State hosting #4 Notre Dame (OH) and #2 Minnesota State-Mankato hosting #3 Ferris State on Saturday, December 8. The Championship game will be played in McKinney, Texas on Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m.
The Wayne State College football team closed out the 2018 season with records of 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the NSIC South Division.