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Fletcher, Nelson Get Top Honors at All-County Banquet

The Racine Raiders held their 15th annual All-Racine County High School Football Awards Banquet on December 19, 2016, at Roma Lodge in Racine.

Horlick head football coach Brian Fletcher

Horlick head coach Brian Fletcher

The event recognizes the first and second team offensive and defensive players of the 2016 season from all nine Racine County high schools, along with honorable mentions based on the voting of each school’s coaching staffs.

The coach of the year award went to Horlick’s Brian Fletcher. Fletcher took over a struggling program five years ago and led them this season to the WIAA Division I playoffs, losing to Marquette High in the second round.

Reflecting on those years, Fletcher said, “We knew it was going to be a marathon, not a sprint.”

Fletcher also said he looks forward to continuing the program for years to come with the goal of bringing the state title back to Horlick.

2016 All-Racine County Player of the Year Matt Nelson from Union Grove

Union Grove quarterback Matt Nelson

Though his team ended up below .500 this season, Union Grove quarterback Matt Nelson’s performance on the field earned him the All-County Player of the Year Award. Nelson was recognized by his teammates and coaches as being a true leader on and off the field. Amassing 1,796 of the 1,848 passing yards at Union Grove this past season, Nelson put in a lot of time studying game films before and after practice. He also put in a lot of time towards his academics, holding down a 3.6 grade point average at Union Grove.

Nelson hasn’t made a decision a college as of yet, but he said football will be a part of it. Broncos head coach and former Raiders quarterback Craig McClelland spoke highly of Nelson.

“He will have a successful future no matter where he goes or what he decides to do,” stated McClelland.

The All-County Banquet is sponsored by the Racine Raiders, The Journal Times, A.W. Oaks and Sons, Apple Holler Restaurant, Blue Moon Detective Agency, First Call Heating and Cooling Inc., Lieungh’s on Lathrop, Modine Manufacturing, Old Timers Athletic Club, PGA Associates, Racine Dental Group, Racine Kiwanis, Roma Lodge, W.H. Pugh, InSinkErator, Tri-City Bank, Victory Car Wash, DeRango’s the Pizza King (West Racine), and Heating & Cooling Solutions, LLC.