It was announced earlier this week that eight members of the Turkey Valley football team were named to the Eight Man All-District 3 list.

Defensive MVP

Junior Ethan Leibold was named the District’s Defensive MVP of the Year for his role in the Trojans’ 8-2 season. Leibold led the squad with 67.5 total tackles (46 solo and 21.5 assists), with five solo tackles for a loss, two assisted tackles for loss and four solo sacks. In addition, Leibold had one interception that he returned for 15 yards and a pair of fumble recoveries. This marks his second all-district nod after getting noted on the second team all-district list as a sophomore a year ago.

First team

Kannon Leuenberger and Dylan Elsbernd were selected as first team defensive all-district honorees.

A year ago as a sophomore, Leuenberger was an honorable mention selection and leaps to first team as a junior. He was second on the tackle chart with 65 total stops that included 43 solo and 22 assisted tackles. The linebacker also recovered two fumbles.

Elsbernd, also a junior, was a defensive presence with 41 total tackles. Of his 41 takedowns, 28 were solo and 13 were assists. He threw various offenses out of rhythm with three solo tackles for loss and three solo sacks.

Second team

Collecting recognition on the district’s second team were first-time honorees Carter Reicks, Billy Swestka and Gage Gruenberg.

Reicks, a senior was third on the Trojan tackle chart with 53.5 total tackles (34 solo, 19.5 assists), with two solo tackles for a loss and two solo sacks.

Swestka was Turkey Valley’s leading receiver with 25 catches for 459 yards, resulting in 12 touchdowns throughout the season. The senior also collected 11 solo and seven assisted tackles.

A key element on the offensive line, Gruenberg helped the Trojans average 6.5 yards per play and score 66 touchdowns. 

Honorable mention

Jason Herold and Brady Schmitt garnered honorable mention nods.

In his senior campaign, Herold had 12 total tackles and one reception for a 25-yard gain. He also handled 20 kickoffs for 806 yards.

A mainstay on the offensive and defensive lines, Schmitt helped TV pile up 3,739 yards of total offense. They averaged 50.4 points per game.