Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2007

Koch, Dump make First Team All State


OMAHA — The honors keep rolling in for members of the 2007 Cedar Catholic football team.
The team compiled a school-record 10-2 record this year and advanced to the state semifinal game for only the second time in school history.
Along the way, several school records were smashed and 11 Cedar athletes were selected to the C2-1 All District football team.
Sunday five Cedar athletes were named to the Class C2 All State team by the Omaha World Herald — two of those made the elite All State First Team.

Sophomore Chad Koch made the All State First Team as a running back, while senior Kyle Dump made First Team All State as a defensive tackle.
Dump and Koch also made the Huskerland Prep Report First Team All State Team.
Corey Kruse, Tim Wieseler and Tony Heine were selected as First Team Honorable Mention team members by both the Omaha and Lincoln newspapers.
Koch and Dump are only the 25th and 26th Cedar players in school history to earn First Team All State honors.
Koch, who set the school rushing record this season, has a chance to do something that only four other Cedar athletes have done in the past 30 years, repeat as a First Team All Stater.
Ben Hochstein accomplished the feat in 2001-02. His cousin, current National Football League star Russ Hochstein, accomplished the feat in 1994-95. Jaime Jones was a two-time First Team All Stater in 1993-94.
Jason Merkel was a two-time First Team All State member in 1990-91.
Koch also made the Lincoln Journal Star First Team All State squad and Norfolk Daily News All Area First Team. Dump earned an Honorable Mention slot on the Lincoln Journal All State Team.
This also marks the sixth time in school history that more than one Cedar athlete was named All State First Team. That feat also happened in 1983, 1990, 1991, 1994 and 2001.
Cedar was honored with three First Team All State picks in 1994. Jamie Jones, Paul Howey and Russ Hochstein were all honored that year.
One other Hartington athlete, Ross Eickhoff of Hartington Public School, also made the D1 All State Honorable Mention team.
Laurel’s Heath Erwin also earned a spot on the World Herald’s First Team All State squad. The Bears Tate Cunningham was named a First Team All Stater by Huskerland Prep Report.