Published On: Wed, Nov 23rd, 2011

HPS athletes earn All District honors

HARTINGTON  — Six Hartington Wildcats have picked up post-season honors for their play this year on the gridiron.
Quarterback Nick Miller and running back Alec Fuelberth both earned First Team All District honors this season.
The Wildcat defense had three players on the All District First Team.
Defensive linemen Adam Wortmann and Josh Nelson both made the honor team, as did linebacker Reece Pedersen.
One more HPS athlete, Eric Derickson earned All District Honorable Mention status for his play as a defensive back.

Coach Blair Kalin said he was pleased with the way Wildcats competed this season. The Cats compiled a 5-4 record this season and advanced to the playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Kalin also said he was glad to see some of his athletes rewarded for that success with post-season honors.
Fuelberth rushed for 896 yards on 126 yards this season. His best game of the year was a 198-yard effort in the season-opener against Wynot.
Wildcat quarterback Nick Miller was also a huge threat to run this season.
He churned out 165 yards on the ground on 116 carries this season. His best effort of the year also came during Hartington’s 13-12 win over Wynot. Miller carried the ball 12 times in that contest for 116 yards. He also reached the 100-yard mark in a 22-16 win over Winside.
Miller also passed for 362 yards on the year.
Reece Pedersen not only led the Wildcat defense this season, but the entire County. His 164 tackles was the best of any Cedar County tackler in 2011. Pedersen recorded 20 or more tackles in four different games this season.
Pedersen’s teammate, Adam Wortmann, was the only one in the County even close to him in tackles. Wortmann finished the season with 161 tackles on the year. Wortmann also had at least 20 tackles in four different games this year. His best performance on the season with a 24 tackle effort in the Cats 28-12 win over Randolphl.
The duo helped the Wildcats hold their foes to less than 20 points five times this season.
Senior Josh Nelson was also a force on the defensive line for the Cats. He collected 75 tackles on the year. His best performance of the year came in a 58-18 white-washing of Allen, when he collected 14 stops in the contest.
Kalin said the Wildcats will graduate some very dedicated athletes, but a strong group of players will return for the 2012 football season.