Four make all-state teams, including 3 from KLC football squad
Only one player in the state caught more touchdowns than Colin Girdaukas, so it was a no-brainer he was selected to the WFCA Small School all-state team for the second straight season.
The Koehler/Lutheran/Christian wide receiver, who had seven touchdowns, also ranked 10th in Wisconsin with 58 receptions.
Last season, Girdaukas led the state with 1,495 yards and 18 touchdowns, and his 58 catches were 5th.
“I think that’s very well deserving,” coach Ryan Eigenberger said. “For the time that he puts in and how serious he takes playing receiver, and trying to play that at a high level. Teams tried to take him away – they struggled to do that – and he still had a phenomenal year.”
Senior teammates Casey Verhagen and Robby Michael also made all-state honorable mention.
Verhagen, another wide receiver, was second in the state with 1,194 yards. He ranked third with 76 receptions and fifth with 15 touchdowns.
“It’s awesome that Casey got that recognition because it’s well deserved,” Eigenberger said. “We always talk about how every time the lights come on, Casey’s going to be out there, pushing everybody and trying to make all the plays that he can. He was that guy for us this year that made a lot of those plays that we needed.”
Michael, a quarterback who will play at UW-Whitewater, earned honorable mention for the second consecutive time.
His 39 touchdown passes led Wisconsin and his 2,596 yards were fourth.
He also became the state’s all-time leader for most touchdown passes in high school (96), surpassing the previous mark of 92 set by Franklin’s Ben Hempel from 2002-04.
Earlier this season, Michael tied a state record with nine touchdowns in a game, a feat that hadn’t been accomplished in over 100 years. His seven passing TDs in the victory over Random Lake also tied a state mark.
“The career as a whole is a cumulation of a lot of hard work,” Eigenberger said. “He’s very well deserving. He’s made my job a lot easier at times, so I’m really thankful to be able to coach him. He’s the best kid you could ask for, as far as his work ethic, he never talks back, takes the coaching and it’s been awesome.”
Michael Modahl was the only player in Sheboygan to make the all-state soccer team this year.
The Christian/Lutheran senior earned honorable mention by the WSCA, after he helped his team win state and was tabbed the conference defensive player of the year.
Last season, Modahl was injured and did not play.
“It’s a big honor,” he said. “I have great teammates and coaches that helped me along the way. I am thankful for the gifts God has given me and thankful that I was able to make a full recovery from surgery last year. This year couldn’t have gone any better.”