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Dodgers, Gaels lead list of academic all-state football players

A number of senior area athletes were recently named academic all-state honorees by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.

A trio of Fort Dodge Dodgers — Shane Halligan, Nick Bice and Geoff Astor — were recognized in Class 4A. This marks the second consecutive season that FDSH rostered multiple academic all-staters; Drake Miller and Anthony Wagner made the cut in 2018-19.

St. Edmond’s Brock Stanek and Drew Schaeffer were Class A members of the team.

Algona had six representatives in 2A: Cole Lewis, Garrett Schmidt, Jason Cecil, Andrew Hamilton, Isaac Schonert and Gavin Meints. They were joined by the Southeast Valley duo of Chase Swieter and Carter Lane.

Cole Lindaman of Clarion-Goldfield/Dows was also honored in 2A.

A number of area 1A athletes were recognized. Pocahontas Area’s Chandler Witzke, Joseph Cosgrove, Isaiah Hinners and Thomas Melohn made the list, as did Gage Cates and Zane Neubaum of South Central Calhoun; Derek Aschinger, Maxwell Jessen, Nathan Thomsen and Griffin O’Neill of East Sac County; and Zachary Foxhoven, Bret Hoyman, Bradley Wirtz and Gerard Ruiz of Emmetsburg.

Manson Northwest Webster’s Austin Anliker and Tommy Lawman landed on the Class A chart, as did Alex Mammen of Bishop Garrigan.

According to the IFCA, a player must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or higher by the end of his junior year, started as a senior, stayed involved in additional extra-curricular activities, and been nominated by the program’s coach to be considered for academic all-state.