Eight players from Decorah, South Winn and Turkey Valley were honored this week by being named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) all-state football list.


Logan Halverson and Gabriel Austin were named to the IPSWA third team offense in Class 3A. It’s the first all-state honor for both.

Playing tight end/wide receiver for the Vikings, Halverson led Decorah with 21 receptions for 356 yards in his senior campaign.

Austin’s main role was kicking, converting on 19-of-21 PATs. The senior also sailed four field goals through the uprights, with the longest being 39 yards.


Notching all-state honors from South Winn were juniors Cael Kuboushek and Jacob Herold.

Third in Class A in receiving yards, Kuboushek earned a nod on the First Team Offense list. The junior pulled down 63 passes for 819 yards, averaging 13 yards per catch and scoring five touchdowns as one of the Warriors wide receivers.

Herold moves up from a third team selection a year ago to the second team offense list at the quarterback position. Completing 61.1 percent of his passes (174-for-285) for 21 touchdowns led Class A with 2,562 yards. Herold also used his feet to rush 43 times for an additional 198 yards, scoring six times.


Already having earned first team all-district honors, four Trojans — Ethan Leibold, Brady Schmitt, Dylan Elsbernd and Kannon Leuenberger — earned all-state recognition.

Leibold, playing on the defensive line, collected his second all-state recognition on the 8-man first team defense list. Fourth on the Turkey Valley list with 50 total tackles (35 solo, 15 assists), with four solo tackles for loss and three solo sacks. The senior recovered three fumbles as well. He was a all-state second team defensive honoree as a junior last year. 

The Trojans averaged 7.2 yards per play thanks in part to the Schmitt’s offensive line play, which also earned the senior a second-team offensive nod. As a unit the Trojan offense gathered 4,175 yards of offense and averaged 62.5 points per game. 

Elsbernd is also a second team offense honoree, leading the rushing attack with 1,036 yards in 148 carries. Nineteen of his rushes culminated in touchdowns.

Leuenberger lands on the second team defense list as the team leader in tackes with 62 solo and 17.5 assisted stops. He had 11 solo tackles for loss and three solo tackles to earn his second team defense nod.