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Late Monday evening, as the College Football Playoff National Championship hit its crescendo, the Iowa Football Coaches Association released its academic all-state teams for all six classes in Iowa, and several area student athletes were honored.

The criteria for nomination and selection is as follows, according to the IFCA: 

1. Player must be a senior starter.

2. Player must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or better at the end of their junior year. 

3. Player must be involved in other extra-curricular activities. 

4. The head coach must recommend the player.

Below are the area athletes who made the lists: 

Waverly-Shell Rock (3-6 in Class 3A in 2019)

  • Ethan Flege
  • Jentry Staack
  • Noah Jeppesen
  • Jeremy Chaplin
  • Cody Langreck

“These players and their families should be extremely proud of this honor," W-SR head coach Mark Hubbard said. "Being able to balance academics and athletics takes a team of people in their corner: parents, teachers, coaches and administration. All parties would agree that these guys showed up to do the work, day after day, both on and off the field.”

Denver (5-4 in Class 1A) 

  • Nathan Eggena
  • Ely South

Nashua-Plainfield (1-8 in Class A)

  • Evan Kalainoff
  • Jordan Klueber

Sumner-Fredericksburg (3-6 in Class 1A)

  • Cayden Bergman
  • Kelby Olson