Trombley, Kelechi Madubuko earn top football honors
Two local senior football players — one a shifty open-field specialist, the other a hulking lineman — came home with two of the Cook Inlet Conference's top four awards in voting by the league's coaches.
Eagle River's Kelechi Madubuko, a senior wide receiver/return specialist who scored 10 touchdowns this season — four on returns — was named the CIC's Utility Player of the Year and also to the first team All-CIC team as a wideout and return specialist.
Chugiak's Kody Trombley, who served as team captain and was the squad's emotional leader both on and off the field, earned the CIC's first-team nod as an offensive tackle and also won Lineman of the Year.
Also taking home top conference awards were Service junior quarterback Amu Aukusitino (Offensive Player of the Year), Dimond senior linebacker Nathan Stephens (Defensive Player of the Year), East coach Jeff Trotter (Coach of the Year) and Service assistant Numi Ilalio Jr. (Assistant Coach of the Year).
The all-conference teams were announced Thursday, Oct. 6.
Also making the first team for Chugiak was senior linebacker Wayde Snell, who made the first team for the second consecutive season.
Second-team selections for Chugiak included running back Justin Schneider and defensive end Steven Puterbaugh. Eagle River's O.J. Hall was named to the second team as an offensive lineman.
All-CIC football team
Offensive Player of the Year — Amu Aukusitino, QB, Service
Defensive Player of the Year — Nathan Stephens, LB, Dimond
Utility Player of the Year — Kelechi Madubuko, Eagle River
Lineman of the Year — Kody Trombley, Chugiak
First-team offense — Trent Anthony, RB, Bartlett; Caleb Green, G, Bartlett; Henry Loia, C, Bartlett; Kody Trombley, T, Chugiak; Nathan Stephens, RB, Dimond; Kelechi Madubuko, WR, Eagle River; Jarred Laws, WR, East; Jeff Overbaugh, T, Service; Viliamu Aukusitino, QB, Service; Justin Wilson, T, Service; Allan Busey, WR, Service; Jaramie Augafa, G, South; Louis Page, TE, South; Conor Feckley, QB, West; Marcel Dion, WR, West; Lamarr Brown, WR, West; Jacob Crews, T, West
First-team defense — Justin Moore, ILB, South; Wayde Snell, LB, Chugiak; Nathan Stephens, LB, Dimond; Damon Griffith, LB, Dimond; Kendell Scott, OLB, Dimond; Tyler Rowles, DB, East; Falema’o Tosi, T, East; Brody DeLoria, LB, East; Luke Schnelbaecher, LB, East; Jack Ameperosa, T, East; Hiapo McCandless, OLB, Service; Eric Pili, T, Service; Stephan Ellis, ILB, Service; Mathew Ilalio, DB, Service; Dalton Sauder, ILB, South; Dante Williams, CB, South; Michael Wilson, CB, South; Tommy Hopp, OLB, South; Lincoln Tulimasealii, LB, West; Griffin Toomey, P, South
First-team special teams — Tom Troxel, K, West; Jeff Overbaugh, LS, Service; Kelechi Madubuko, Ret, Eagle River; Griffin Toomey, P, South.
Second-team offense — Taylor Bomar, K, Service; Nathan Stephens, LS, Dimond; Amu Aukisitino, KR, Service; Dew Yeager, T, Bartlett; Justin Schneider, RB, Chugiak; Prince Launiuvao, C, Dimond; O.J. Hall, T, Eagle River; Austin Gardner, RB, East; Derrick Jones, T, East; Nik Butler, WR, Service; Zach Lujan, QB, South; William Krolick, WR, South; Gabe Imlach, C, South; Kieran Kuiper, G, West; Esene Tui, G, West
Second-team defense — Jonah Silva, LB, Bartlett; Steven Puterbaugh, DE, Chugiak; Arman Tufaga, OLB, Dimond; Jeremiah Ieremia, DE, East; Daniel Murakami, OLB, Service; Jonathan Jenkins, OLB, Service; Trevor Williamson, DB, Service; Aaron Esplin, OLB, South; Desmond Corpu, CB, West; Ryden Hines, P, Dimond
Honoroable mention offense — Kenny Pegues, C, Chugiak; Tyler Rohde, WR, Chugiak; Malcolm Bell, RB, Eagle River; Danton Evilsizer, RB, Eagle River; Peter Kott, QB, Eagle River; Rydell Reinbold, G, Eagle River; Ryden Hines, QB, Dimond; Stanley Liaga, G, Dimond; Ryan Hellenga, T, Dimond; Osa Atifale Jr., RB, East; Jesse Vanilau, QB, East; Presley Piliati, G, East; Jerome Puletapuai, C, East; William Willis, T, East; Connor Dekalb, TE, East; Nicholas Bachman, FB, East; Michael Muller-Stubblefield, C, Service; Sam McCallum, G, Service; David Lambe, TE, Service; Michael Pearce, G, Service; CJ Toomer, QB, Service; Nathen Saiele, RB, West; Mitchell Adams, T, West
Honorable mention defense — Travis Craig, DB, Chugiak; Sam Banks, LB, Eagle River; Ed Hall, LB, Eagle River; Jachi Madubuko, LB, Eagle River; Josh Vanderlooven, LB, Eagle River; Andr’e White, DE, Eagle River; Stanford Liaga, LB, Dimond; Moses Lomu, T, Dimond; Casey Hoflich, DE, Dimond; Edward Jones, T, East; Peter Siaulaiga, LB, East; Derrick Jones, T, East; Sivia Thompson, T, East; Jacob Blunt, DB, East; Jarred Laws, DB, East; Kekoa Fomai, T, Service; DJ Williams, OLB, West.