Football: Cardinals' depth showcased in DSC All-Conference honors
The Spring Valley Cardinals' depth helped them earn a 7-4 2018 record, an appearance in the WIAA Division 6 level 2 football playoffs and a share of the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title this season. Their well-rounded roster was recently recognized when seven of its players received DSC All-Conference honors at the conclusion of the regular season.
Senior Santana Schlegel was named an All-Conference first team defensive linebacker and a second team offensive lineman. Schlegel recorded 200 tackles during his four-year career with the Cardinals, 104 of which came in his final year of high school football. Schlegel was second in the conference for total tackles this season only behind Elk Mound's Brett Lew who was named the DSC's Most Valuable Defensive Player.
Spring Valley junior Aaron Borgerding was the only DSC quarterback to receive first team honors. Borgerding was 39-for-84 in pass attempts this season and recorded 585 passing yards along with six passing touchdowns.He showed off his multidimensional game by recording the conference's third-best rushing yard total of 845 yards, and he added 12 rushing touchdowns to his impressive stat line. Borgerding averaged 76.8 rushing yards per game and 4.9 per carry.
The Spring Valley co-captain was also named to the DSC's defensive first team for his play as a defensive back. Borgerding recorded 67 total tackles and two tackles for loss in his junior season.
Finally, Borgerding received All-Conference honorable mention recognition for his place kicking duties. Borgerding was 22-for-32 in extra point attempts this season for a 70 percent kicking rate.
Senior co-captain Kenny Fesenmaier also received offensive and defensive All-Conference honors. He was named a first team defensive back and a first team offensive lineman. Fesenmaier recorded 61 career tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks during his four years with the Cardinals. He capped off his high school football career with a stat line of 37 total tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior.
Senior co-captain Dylan Bosshart was named a first team running back after rushing for 530 yards on 77 carries this season. Bosshart ran into the end zone four times as a senior and recorded seven total rushing touchdowns during his career. Bosshart leaves the Spring Valley football team with 668 total rushing yards and an average of 36.2 yards per game.
Bosshart also recorded 29 tackles this season and was named a second team defensive back. Bosshart completed 97 total tackles and recovered two fumbles over the course of his four-year career with the Cardinals.
The Cardinals' fourth co-captain Lance McMurrin was named a second team defensive end and a second team offensive lineman. McMurrin recorded 21 total tackles, five tackles for loss and one sack in his senior season. McMurrin was a four-year player for the Cardinals.
Senior Dakota Kerr was named a second team defensive lineman after recording 21 total tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and one recovered fumble.
Sophomore Nate Fesenmaier was the only Spring Valley underclassman to receive All-Conference honors. Fesenmaier was named a second team back after recording 789 rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns and an average of 4.5 yards per carry. The Spring Valley sophomore made a huge stride from 2017 when he recorded a total of 32 rushing yards on six attempts. His role on the 2019 Cardinals team is expected to continue to grow to help fill the void left by the talented class of 2018.
Elk Mound's Brady Redwine was named the DSC's Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,106 yards and 32 touchdowns in his senior season.