As of Tuesday, December 15, 2015
GRANGEVILLE When the Central Idaho League coaches named the best players in their league Tuesday, Dec. 15, Bulldogs standout Austin Parks got major kudos: he’s the CIL’s 2015 player of the year and its offensive MVP.
“I think it’s deserving,” coach Jeff Lindsley said, “for the production on both sides of the football, especially in the games against our league opponents. They recognized that he should be player of the year.”
Grangeville’s Jakob Layman, Jake Kaschmitter, Layton Harris and Shaydn Wassmuth were named all-league offensive first-teamers.
“For Layman, I feel he should have been a first-team all-state guy,” Lindsley said. “So I was glad they agreed, conference-wise, he was deserving.”
Kaschmitter was named an all-state first-teamer.
“Maybe the kid from Sandpoint was a little better,” Lindsley said. “I think Jake was the best back in 2A.”
Harris — the prime mover in Grangeville’s offense — is “the best skilled quarterback in 2A,” Lindsley said. “He was certainly quite a bit better than anybody in our league.”
Wassmuth missed the latter part of the season with injury, but was dominant in games against Orofino and St. Maries.
“He was getting better and better every week, and we sure missed him after that Sandpoint game,” Lindsley said.
Jack Lawrence, Luke Stokes, Ben Lothspeich and Tristan Roberts reaped CIL second-team offensive honors.
Freshman Noah Kaschmitter was among the league’s “Defensive MVP” candidates, Lindsley said. “Sometimes as a freshman you don’t get that acknowledgement,” he said. “The only way they could slow him down was to hold him.”
He was tabbed first-team defense, along with Stokes, Cole Lindsley and Parks.
Stokes is “one of the best outside linebackers in the state,” Lindsley said. “He’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever come across.”
Cole Lindsley, at inside linebacker, “changed some of the game plans [for opposing coaches] especially during that last game,” Jeff Lindsley said. “They could not run inside.”
In his coach’s view, Parks was the best cornerback in the state.
“Any of the most talented receivers we saw playing at 4As, they threw away from him,” Lindsley said. “Rarely would they complete a ball against him.”
Landing second-team all-CIL defensive honors were TJ Wiltse, Parker Walters, Frankie Zumwalt and Booker Bush.
“I’m proud of our team and what we accomplished,” Lindsley said. “And it’s a nice feather in the cap to be acknowledged on the CIL team.”