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Greatland Conference announces postseason honors

Riddall, Johnson, Brown take major awards

Posted: October 18, 2011 - 8:15pm

The Greatland Conference announced its all-conference selections Tuesday.

Nikiski, which shared the conference title with Barrow before going on to defeat the Whalers in the small-schools First National Bowl, had three of the four major honors.

Lincoln Johnson was named the lineman of the year. Johnson also made the first team as a tackle, long snapper and defensive lineman.

Josh Brown was named the offensive player of the year. Brown was on the first team as a fullback.

Finally, Ted Riddall was named the coach of the year.
The rest of the awards follow:

Greatland Conference All-Conference selections
Lineman of the year - Lincoln Johnson, Nikiski.
Offensive player of the year - Josh Brown, Nikiski.
Defensive player of the year - N. Samuelu, Barrow.
Coach of the year - Ted Riddall, Nikiski.
First team
Quarterback - McLaren, Delta; Colton Anderson, Nikiski.
Fullback - Josh Brown, Nikiski.
Halfback - Kaden Spurgeon, Nikiski; Holmes, Monroe.
Center - Oskolkoff, Barrow; D. Samuelu, Barrow.
Guard - N. Samuelu, Barrow; Henry Eide, Nikiski; Crooks, Eielson.
Tackle - E. Samuelu, Barrow; Lincoln Johnson, Nikiski; Milton, Monroe.
Tight end - Delauder, Eielson.
Wide receiver - Bynum, Monroe; Tappen, Delta.
Long snapper - Lincoln Johnson, Nikiski.
Second team
Quarterback - Pace, Monroe; Benson, Barrow.
Fullback - Dunlap, Eielson.
Halfback - Hudson, Barrow; Ellsworth, Eielson.
Center - Tallman, Eielson; Kimball, Delta; Davis, Seward.
Guard - Long, Valdez; Smith, Eielson; Kunkle, Monroe; Ehvgak, Barrow.
Tackle - Crane, Seward; James, Valdez.
Tight end - Masterson, Barrow.
Wide receiver - Anderson, Seward.
Long snapper - Davis, Seward.
Honorable mention
Quarterback - O'Leary, Seward.
Fullback - Deaton, Valdez; Gavora, Monroe.
Guard - Ohdner, Seward; Logan Harrison, Nikiski.
Tackle - Jones, Barrow.
Tight end - Corey Green, Nikiski.
Long snapper - Kunkle, Monroe; D. Samuelu, Barrow.
First team
Punter - McLaren, Delta.
Kicker - Benson, Barrow.
Defensive line - Smith, Eielson; Milton, Monroe; Lincoln Johnson, Nikiski; Tuai', Barrow.
Inside linebacker - Tallman, Eielson; Kaden Spurgeon, Nikiski; N. Samuelu, Barrow.
Outside linebacker - DeLauder, Eielson; Stephen Hartley, Nikiski; N. Samuelu, Barrow.
Defensive back - Bynum, Monroe; Tappen, Delta; Long, Barrow; Kincade, Eielson.
Return specialist - Bynum, Monroe.
Utility player - Smith, Seward.
Second team
Punter - Benson, Barrow.
Kicker - Mariutto, Monroe.
Defensive line - James, Valdez; Logan Harrison, Nikiski; Holmes, Monroe; Jones, Barrow.
Inside linebacker - Deaton, Valdez; DeBilzan, Delta.
Outside linebacker - Hudson, Barrow; Rininger, Seward; Kompkoff, Seward.
Defensive back - Walter Moore, Nikiski; Edwardson, Barrow; Smith, Seward; McLaren, Delta; Dunlap, Eielson.
Return specialist - Smith, Seward.
Utility player - Floyd Armstrong, Nikiski; Griffith, Eielson; Martolano, Monroe.
Honorable mention
Punter - Paquette, Seward; Pace, Monroe.
Defensive line - Crane, Seward; Fatuch, Seward; Drew, Valdez; Olds, Valdez; Masterson, Barrow.
Inside linebacker - Davis, Seward; Ohdner, Seward.
Outside linebacker - Smith, Valdez; Sanchez, Barrow.
Defensive back - MacDonald, Valdez; Hursh, Valdez; Anderson, Seward; Wells, Monroe.
Return specialist - Stephen Hartley, Nikiski.
Utility player - Snow, Barrow.


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Really 10/18/11 - 10:11 pm
Bad Coaching

I would have assumed the best players were on this list but it appears the best wide receiver from the Delta team was conveniently not put up because the coach wanted his favorite player to make the list. The coach (I use this term lightly because he isn't a good one) knew who the best wide receiver was given the numbers and decided that he was going to just ignore the facts and run with what he wanted. Seems like a coach should put forth the players that were the best in their positions and had proven themselves on the playing field every game. Unfortunately not all coaches are made equally and some of the kids suffer because he wants to promote his favorite group. In my life, I have known many great coaches that promote the athletes that they train. Unfortunately this coach doesn't live by that, and chooses to just promote his favorites. Bad form coach... To prove my point go to and look up the top receivers in the greatland conference.

alaska686 10/19/11 - 03:15 am
Please correct the second

Please correct the second team outside linebacker, Dylan Kompkoff is from Valdez not Seward.

MadNative1 10/19/11 - 07:16 am
Thanks for the great article

Thanks for the great article clarion, but can you please correct the school for first team Center Allen Oskolkoff. He is from Nikiski not Barrow, and we do not want to start any controversy like what happened in Chugiak.


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