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All-SAC
First teams
Volleyball
Concordia: Olivia Hahn, Erica Shively, Tionna Williams
Dwenger: Jennifer O’Daniel, Brie Rahrig, Abby Sordelet
Luers: MacKenzie North, Emily Scheiber
North Side: Julia Bursova, Jayla Lewis
Snider: Kaleigh Ensley, Somer Johnson
Northrop: Jazmin Alexander
South Side: Lynnia Noel
Football
Snider: Addison Dellinger, Ruben Holcomb, Andrew Meyers, Travis Leonard, Je’Norie Smith, Josh Spitnale, Adam Whisler, Weston Painter, Devontay Reese, Nick Reese
Luers: Michael Rogers, Jaylon Smith, Dan Beckman, Aaron LaMaster, Kendrick Mullen
North Side: Russell Collins, C.J. Jackson, Anthony Linnear, W.R. Sanders
South Side: Nathan Braster, Donovan Clark, Aaron Thomas
Northrop: Spencer Cowherd, Colin Brockhouse
Dwenger: Blake Bowers, Ryan Watercutter
Concordia: Tony Perugini, Marq Rogers
Wayne: Joseph Griffin, Terrance Fincher

SAC champions lead honor roll

– The SAC champions in football and volleyball had different starts to the season, but finished in the same place – atop the conference standings.

Snider’s football SAC title run began with a 10-7 win over Bishop Luers that started the Panthers on the road to a 7-0 finish in the conference.

“A huge emphasis in the program is to get better every week,” Snider football coach Kurt Tippmann said. “That’s whether we have won the first game or lost the first game. We structure everything with that No. 1 issue in mind.”

Concordia, coming off two straight SAC volleyball titles but dealing with the loss of seven seniors, lost in the championship of the SAC tournament to Bishop Luers. The Cadets, though, turned things around en route to a 7-0 mark in regular season conference matches.

“We had to face a lot of adversity this year,” Concordia volleyball coach Tricia Miller said. “We knew it was going to be a lot about the climb and trying to get the edge, which was our theme this year.

“I don’t think anybody thought we were going to do that. In fact they had us (seeded) third or fourth in the Pre-SAC. That’s a tribute to these kids and the tradition and the climate here of winning and the expectations.”

Both teams were rewarded for their championships in terms of the number of the 2012 All-SAC first team selections they received Monday.

The Panthers put a conference-high 10 players on the 30-player first team in Addison Dellinger, Ruben Holcomb, Andrew Meyers, Travis Leonard, Je’Norie Smith, Josh Spitnale, Adam Whisler, Weston Painter, Devontay Reese and Nick Reese.

“It comes from a large senior class, guys who have played for two or three years and bring a lot of experience to our team,” Tippmann said. “This is a very unselfish group, and we haven’t had any complaining about not getting the ball or the carries or the notoriety, not any of that. They just go about their business.

“I am sure when they are informed of the all-conference team they will congratulate the guys who did make it and then just move on. It is a pretty unique group.”

The Cadets tied Bishop Dwenger getting three of 14 first-teamers with Olivia Hahn, Erica Shively, Tionna Williams.

“We did something nobody thought we were going to do,” Miller said of winning the SAC.

“We were up and down all year, but it was part of the learning curve. But they never gave up and came in everyday to get better.”

gjones@jg.net

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