(Wednesday, November 20; Sioux Center, Iowa) The Great Plains Athletic Conference has announced its postseason honors for the recently completed 2019 football season and three Defenders earned first-team honors and a total of 13 Defenders earned honors in the voting done by the conference coaches.
Levi Schoonhoven (Senior; Hospers. Iowa), William Vander Woude (Senior; Merced, California) and David Kacmarynski (Junior; Pella, Iowa) were named to the first-team.
Carter Schiebout (Freshman; Orange City, Iowa), Levi Jungling (Junior; Pella, Iowa), Carter Baldwin (Sophomore; Elk River, Minnesota), Alex Huisman (Sophomore; Pella, Iowa) Brett Zachman (Freshman; Leesburg, Florida) and Connor Bosma (Junior; Kimberly, Idaho) all earned second-team honors.
Noah Clayberg (Sophomore; Pella, Iowa), Justin Urquidez (Senior; El Monte, California), Nathan Kabongo (Junior; Plano, Texas) and Josh Mrazek (Junior; Woodlands, Texas) were on the honorable mention list.
Schoonhoven led the Defenders in rushing this season with 1,029 yards on the ground and graduates as the career leader in rushing yards with 2,727 and earned honorable mention honors form the GPAC in 2018. Schoonhoven ranked second in the league in yards rushed and rushing attempts and was one of 16 players in NAIA football to rush for at least 1,000 yards this season. Schoonhoven also established a single game Dordt rushing record with 298 yards against Jamestown in September.
“Levi was more than a ball carrier he embodied the attitude of our offense. Surprisingly, Dordt’s all team leading rush preferred blocking over carrying the football, which made Levi a complete running back who is deserving of this honor,” said Dordt football coach Joel Penner.
William Vander Woude started 11 games on the offensive line and helped the Defenders to a 36.9 points per game average and 3,591 rushing yards which was second in the NAIA. With Vander Woude on the offensive line the Defenders gained over 465 yards of offense each game which ranked seventh in the NAIA and second in the GPAC. Vander Woude was a 2018 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete.
“William led the way for one of the nation’s elite rushing offensives. He is a testament to what can be accomplished over time when dedication and consistency in the weight room work together to develop a player,” said Penner.
David Kacmarynski played in all 11 games for Dordt on the defensive line and led the team with seven sacks and 19 tackles for loss with two interceptions and forced three fumbles this season. He totaled 50 tackles and is the career leader at Dordt in sacks with 15 and he has 41.5 career tackles for loss. Kacmarynski also was named a NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week this season and was a second-team all-GPAC pick in 2018 and has twice been voted a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team member.
“David is Dordt’s first ever first-team all-conference defensive player. We are so proud of David and he is well deserving of this honor. This award is a direct result of David’s hard work and dedication,” said Penner.
Carter Schiebout is one of two freshmen to earn first or second-team honors. He gained 535 yards in his first season with the Defenders and had 96 carries and rushed for over 100 yards in two games. He had five rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
Levi Jungling earned the honor after missing three full games and part of a fourth with injury. He still managed 38 catches and 658 yards and is the career leader at Dordt in receptions with 147 and receiving yards with 2,720. He scored five receiving touchdowns this season and ran for another four. He averaged 17.3 yards per catch. Jungling was a first-team selection in 2017 and 2018.
Carter Baldwin and Alex Huisman both played all 11 games on the offensive line for the Defenders and were key performers as the Defenders piled up nearly 37 points per game, over 465 yards per game and a school record 3,591 rushing yards with 42 rushing touchdowns.
Brett Zachman is the other freshman, along with Schiebout, to claim first or second-team honors. He converted 45-52 point after touchdown extra point attempts and was 9-13 on field goal attempts with a long of 44 yards. Zachman made the final 23 extra point tries he attempted and the last five field goals he tried. He was twice named the GPAC Special Teams Player of the Week and also claimed NAIA National Player of the Week honors.
Connor Bosma led the Defenders with four interceptions and broke up another six passes and was in on 57 total tackles with 4.5 tackles for loss.
Noah Clayberg ran for 896 yards this season and passed for 1,071 yards in a season where he missed three games with injury and part of a fourth. He averaged 112 yards rushing per game and 6.2 yards per carry while playing quarterback for the Defenders.
Justin Urquidez has been a mainstay on the Dordt offensive line and has been a key component in the Defenders winning 24 games over the last four seasons. He also earned all-GPAC honorable mention honors in 2018.
Nathan Kabongo had two interceptions and 33 solo tackles this season. He also returned punts and averaged 10.1 yards per return and had 20 total punt returns. Kabongo was a second-team pick in 2018.
Josh Mrazek had 51 solo tackles to lead the Defenders this season and he totaled 32 assisted stops and ranked eighth in the league in total tackles. Mrazek also had 13 tackles for loss with a sack, interception and forced fumble. Mrazek was an honorable mention pick in 2018.
“We are very proud of our second- team and honorable mention players. These guys are tremendous on and off the field, it is exciting to see representation from young players and veterans on this list,” said Penner.
Dordt recently completed a 7-4 record, posting its second straight seven-win season. The Defenders were in the top-25 rankings for two weeks.