Whittell cross country, football recognized
The Whittell cross country program continued its success again this season, with the girls finishing fourth at state and the boys claiming their first state title since 1980.
The Warriors’ football program, meanwhile, struggled to a second straight winless season, finishing 0-9. However, despite the contrast in their respective seasons, both programs received significant recognition in the all-league and all-state voting.
In football, Jeff Young was a first-team 2A all-state selection as both a kicker and a punter. The senior made all three of his field goal attempts this season and had a season-best kick of 43 yards.
In 2004, Young set the school record (50 yards) for a field goal. As a punter this season, Young averaged 41 yards per punt. He also made the second team as a defensive back.
Also on the all-state second team were seniors David Allen (offensive lineman) and David Sabistina (linebacker). Young, Allen and Sabistina were all first-team Northern 2A selections at those positions.
“Daniel Allen had a great year,” said WHS head coach Dennis Young. “What an improvement from last year to this year. Along with David, the two of them were pretty awesome on defense. Those two kids really carried our team.
“We played good at times this season as a team, but those kids played good all the time.”
Matt Hirst, Bryce Rafferty, Travis Swoger and Zack Witt were all honorable mention all-league selections.
In boys’ cross country, Tyson Guajardo, Jeremy Worley, Willis Hughes and Chris Craig all collected all-league and all-state honors. Guajardo took second at the 2A state meet, while Worley, Hughes and Craig all finished among the top 15 at state.
In girls’ cross country, Kristin Kline was named all-league and all-state teams after finishing ninth at the 2A state meet. In 2004, she helped lead the Whittell Warriors to the 2A state championship.
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