The Peoria Journal Star announced its large school all area football team this week. Not surprisingly, it was heavily dominated by players from the Mid Illini conference. Washington's Casey Danley was named overall player of the year.
A few stars from the Mid State 6 were also named to the squad. Daejgon Love (DL) and Kiontre O'Neal (LB) from Richwoods represent the Knights. The choice of O'Neal is particularly noteworthy as he missed extensive time to due to injury and was slowed upon his return as a result. This was also the case for Pekin's Cole Henderson (DB) who missed a majority of the season for the same reason.
Notre Dame placed three players on the squad. Nick Root (OL), Jake Hurst (LB) and Andy Shadid represent the Irish. Shadid was named at the "special teams" spot, but one would be hard pressed to find a more effective or dangerous running back as well. From Peoria Central, Jermon Jones (R) and B.J. Harris (RB) were also so honored.
In other news, it was also announced that former Richwoods' star Kendrick Foster was named as the most valuable player on the University of Illinois' "scout team". (www.fightingillini.com). This bodes well for Foster's future with the Illini and is a tribute to his work ethic. Lastly, a familiar face for Knights' fans, LaQuon Treadwell from Crete-Monee and now at Ole Miss, was named freshman of the year in the Southeastern Conference. (www.csnchicago.com)