Fisher, Wegener, Lewis, Hoyle on 2A first team

Messenger photo by Britt Kudla Kyler Fisher reacts after scoring a touchdown during the regular season for Southeast Valley.

Kyler Fisher’s record run for the Southeast Valley football team ended with first team IPSWA honors on Monday.

Fisher helped lead the Jaguars to state playoff run, while rewriting the school’s record book.

“Getting first team is an honor. I have put in so much work over the years, and it really is amazing,” Fisher said. “Individually, I didn’t achieve everything I wanted to, but I’m still proud of what I accomplished.

“This season was a special one. We proved so many people wrong and fought through adversity. I am proud to call everyone on our team my brother.”

The Southeast Valley senior was joined on the all-state teams by senior teammate Nyles Johnson (WR) and freshman Aaron Graves (OL), who both made the third team.

“I’m very happy for all three of them,” said SV head coach Mike Swieter. “It’s a great honor, and the more kids you have recognized, the more your school’s name gets out there.

“It helps motivate the younger kids. They start to realize what it’s all about.”

Joining Fisher on the first team were Algona juniors Wyatt Wegener (WR) and Cole Lewis (DL). Greene County’s Bryce Hoyle (RB) was also on the first squad.

Fisher ran wild in the 2A, District 2 field, racking up 2,054 yards — second ond best in the Class. He toted the ball 264 times and ran for 31 touchdowns, all which were single season school records. He ended up with 36 touchdowns overall.

“Kyler was very deserving first team all-state honors,” Swieter said. “Obviously being the second leading rusher in 2A, he has the talent.”

Fisher also ran for single game records of yards (316), attempts (44) and touchdowns (seven).

Fisher is now Southeast Valley’s career record holder in yards (2,923), touchdowns (41) and attempts (410).

“The honors he receives (Fisher), he deserved,” Swieter said. “When we were at 2-2, we needed somebody to step up and he took the team on his back. Everyone jumped on and it wasn’t just Kyler, as everyone followed suit.”

Johnson had a strong season for the Jaguars, catching 43 balls for 797 yards and eight touchdowns. He finished his career with 79 receptions, 1,208 yards and nine scores.

Graves, who had a dominating season on the defensive line, was second in Class 2A with 11 solo sacks and had the fourth-highest in the state. Graves had 52.5 tackles.

“A lot of people don’t understand just how good Nyles was,” Swieter said. “He had over 1,900 career yards in rushing and receiving and had big touchdowns in wins over Spirit Lake and Algona.

“Aaron is going to be a phenomenal player and to be second in the state in sacks as a freshman is impressive.”

Wegener had a monster season catching and running the ball. Wegener finished with 39 catches for 979 yards and 12 scores, to go along with 75 carries 792 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Algona seniors Jacob Durant (RB) and Skyler Groen (LB) were both on the second team. Senior quarterback Matt Grein was the third team quarterback.

Southeast Valley and Algona also dominated the Class 2A, District 2 squad. The Jaguars had eight players on the squad, while the Bulldogs had 12.

Fisher was named the defensive MVP, and Wegener was the offensive MVP. Swieter was the coach of the year and Algona’s Todd VanOtterloo was the assistant coach of the year.

“It was special (to be coach of the year with son on all-district team),” Swieter said. “To be able to do it with my son is an honor.”

Also making the all-district squad for Southeast Valley was Clayton McFarland (OL), Chase Swieter (WR/TE), Johnson (WR/TE), Hunter Kruse (utility), Graves (DL), JJ Graves (LB) and Zach Graves (LB).

“I’m very happy with our district honors to get eight guys on,” Swieter said. “I thinked the kids worked hard and got the honors they needed.

“We had a special season.”

Earning all-district honors for the Bulldogs were Grein (QB), Durant (RB), Gavin Meints (OL), Caleb Larsen (OL), Wegener (WR/TE), Spencer Holmes (WR/TE), Groen (utility), Cole Johnson (DB), Lewis (DL), Hunter Long (DL), Carson Devine (LB), and Garrett Schmidt (LB).

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