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11 Raiders named MSFL 1st team all-stars

Racine Raiders 2015 1st team offensive all-starsRacine Raiders 2015 1st team defensive all-starsThe MidStates Football League (MSFL) announced the Northern and Southern Conference all-star teams today. Eleven Racine Raiders players were named first team all-stars and another ten players were named second team all-stars.

Five players each from offense and defense were named first team all-stars and kicker Justin Schoepke was the only special teams player named to the all-star team.

The selections were picked based off of MSFL stats for the 2015 season and each owner voting for players. Each team nominated their players for the final ballot and then all owners ranked each player and stats were provided to make the final decision.

The MSFL is in talks with the Gridiron Football League (GFL) to do a mixed all-star game, in which the Northern Conference will face the Southern Conference of both leagues.

The offensive players named first team all-stars were:

  • Quarterback Craig McClelland – McClelland completed 57% of his passes in MSFL play, throwing for 1,104 yards, 15 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He added 25 yards on the ground and another touchdown.
  • Running back J.R. Taylor – Taylor rushed for 420 yards in league play on 74 carries, an average of 5.7 yards per carry, with a long run of 54 yards. Taylor added 13 receptions for 138 yards. He had eight rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Myles Spiegel – Spiegel was third on the team with 13 receptions and second with 204 yards receiving. He had three touchdowns in league play.
  • Offensive lineman Dusty Svendsen – Svendsen provided veteran leadership at the right tackle position.
  • Offensive lineman Steven Tucker – Tucker joined the Raiders later in the season and there was a noticeable difference on the offensive line.


The defensive players named first team all-stars were:

  • Defensive end Larry Williams – Williams recorded 22 tackles, 3-1/2 tackles for loss,  2-1/2 sacks, and a pass defensed during MSFL play.
  • Defensive tackle Justin Ankley – Ankley had 17 tackles, including a monstrous 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. He added an interception and two passes defensed.
  • Linebacker Steve Kleist – Kleist led the Raiders with 30 tackles in MSFL play. He had 7-1/2 tackles for loss and 4-1/2 sacks. Kleist added a forced fumble, 2 pass breakups, and 1 interception which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
  • Cornerback Nate Heard – Heard has long been considered a shutdown cornerback and lived up those expectations again in 2015. Heard had 14 tackles, 4 pass breakups, and an interception, which he took 45 yards for a score.
  • Safety J.D. Hardy – Hardy had 20 tackles with 1/2 tackle for loss on the season. He added two pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble.

The special teams player named first team all-star was:

  • Kicker Justin Schoepke – Schoepke followed up his rookie campaign with another stellar season. Schoepke converted 30 of 32 extra point attempts and was 6 for 8 on field goals with a career long of 43 yards.

The Raiders named second team all-stars were:

  • Offense – Wide receiver Terrance Fitch, tight end Chris Hicks, offensive lineman Kingston Wynn, offensive lineman Ryan Gails, and offensive lineman Wilton Jones III.
  • Defense – Defensive end Brandon Rogers, defensive tackle Pierre Smith, linebacker Deveron Davis, cornerback Eric Feest, and safety Torie Ruffin.

The complete list of MSFL all-stars:

QB  Craig McClelland, Racine Raiders  Tony Henner, Muskego Hitmen
RB  J.R. Taylor, Racine Raiders  Trevor York, Muskego Hitmen
RB  TaMar Scott, Door County Detroyers  JoJo Moore, Muskego Hitmen
FB  Brock Rosendale, Door County Destroyers  Russ Hochstaetter, Muskego Hitmen
WR  T.J. Hulbert, Door County Destroyers  Gerry Hammons, Sheboygan Rebels
WR  Nick Hirsch, Muskego Hitmen  Terrance Fitch, Racine Raiders
WR  Myles Spiegel, Racine Raiders  Michael Beckom, Muskego Hitmen
TE  Andrew Lamers, Door County Destroyers  Chris Hicks, Racine Raiders
OT  Dusty Svendsen, Racine Raiders  Dan Harris, Door County Destroyers
OT  Jacob Monigal, Door County Destroyers  Kingston Wynn, Racine Raiders
C  Ryan Zuehlke, Door County Destroyers  Ryan Gails, Racine Raiders
OG  Steven Tucker, Racine Raiders  Wilton Jones, Racine Raiders
OG  Demario Sutton, Muskego Hitmen  Kevin Buxton, Muskego Hitmen
DE  Larry Williams, Racine Raiders  Brandon Rogers, Racine Raiders
DE  Brian Oudenhoven, Door County Destroyers  Jamil Moore, Sheboygan Rebels
DT  Justin Ankley, Racine Raiders  Pierre Smith, Racine Raiders
DT  Travis Weber, Door County Destroyers  Mike Raetz, Muskego Hitmen
LB  Chris LeCloux, Door County Destroyers  Deveron Davis, Racine Raiders
LB  Steve Kleist, Racine Raiders  Donny Johnson, Door County Destroyers
LB  Kevin Morris, Muskego Hitmen  John Wagner, Sheboygan Rebels
CB  Dave Solfest, Door County Destroyers  Eric Feest, Racine Raiders
CB  Nate Heard, Racine Raiders  A.J. Hollenquest, Sheboygan Rebels
S  Bryan Beachler, Door County Destroyers  Torie Ruffin, Racine Raiders
S  J.D. Hardy, Racine Raiders  Anthony Evans, Muskego Hitmen
K  Justin Schoepke, Racine Raiders  Eric Natwick, Door County Destroyers
P  Eric Natwick, Door County Destroyers
RET  Al Clarke, Sheboygan Rebels


QB  Tony Powell, Lincoln-Way Patriots  Brad Dement, Rockton Rush
RB  Jalon Banks, Lincoln-Way Patriots  Derek Wernsman, Quad City Raiders
RB  Gordan Douglas, Rockton Rush  D’Angelo Allison, Quad City Raiders
FB  No Nominations
WR  Lexus Jackson, Lincoln-Way Patriots  Steve Trudo, Lincoln-Way Patriots
WR  Dan Carter, Rockton Rush  Charles Chatman, Rockton Rush
WR  Darnell King, Chicago Thunder  Marcus Terry, Quad City Raiders
TE  Bryce True, Rockton Rush
OT  Mike Johnson, Lincoln-Way Patriots  Baptiste Williams, Chicago Thunder
OT  Daryl Pernell, Rockton Rush  Mike Steakas, Lincoln-Way Patriots
C  Kyler Holeton, Rockton Rush  Brian McGeever, Quad City Raiders
OG  Juan Manriquez, Rockton Rush  Niko Miller, Chicago Thunder
OG  Ralph Galespie, Quad City Raiders  Moak Brown, Rockton Rush
DE  Shonn Bell, Quad City Raiders  Geoff Morehead, Rockton Rush
DE  Ryan O’Neil, Chicago Thunder  Maurice Hill, Lincoln-Way Patriots
DT  T.J. Smice, Rockton Rush  Perry Sanders, Lincoln-Way Patriots
DT  Aaron Miller, Rockton Rush  Kenneth Fouse, Quad City Raiders
LB  Gary Young, Jr., Lincoln-Way Patriots  Bobby Miller, Chicago Thunder
LB  Anthony Dedmond, Rockton Rush  Jeremiah Jobe, Lincoln-Way Patriots
LB  Logan Larson-Smith, Quad City Raiders  Hashim Kamau, Rockton Rush
CB  Mack Nicholas, Rockton Rush  Anthony Jordan, Rockton Rush
CB  Ashton Hardy, Quad City Raiders  Alex Fuller, Lincoln-Way Patriots
S  Willie Tolon, Rockton Rush  Seth Hood, Quad City Raiders
S  Brandon Bowdry, Quad City Raiders  James Wright, Rockton Rush
K  Ryan Dunne, Lincoln-Way Patriots  Julie Harshbarger, Rockton Rush
P  Dan Carter, Rockton Rush
RET  Justin Opengo, Rockton Rush  Ashton Hardy, Quad City Raiders