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The Lakeland Muskies stole the show when the All-IBFC awards were announced on Thursday, Nov. 17, when 22 Muskies took home 26 different honors. Headlining the list as the IBFC Player of the Year was senior quarterback Ryan Maiuri (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson). Three other seniors won player of the year honors at their position in linebacker Ryan Van De Loo (Sheboygan Falls/Sheboygan Falls), defensive lineman David Benton (Ashtabula, Ohio/Ashtabula), offensive lineman Bryon Vandlen (Monroe/Monroe), while head coach Jim Zebrowski had Coach the Year honors bestowed on him.
"It means that your team did pretty well," said Zebrowski when asked about the honors. "Any time your team plays pretty well your kids will get individual awards. It is good for them and good for the program. It is exciting for the kids, the fans and the parents. I think it will help in the recruiting of kids. It is a credit to the kids for working hard. The kids that got it deserved it."
Maiuri, who was named the 2005 IBFC Player of the Year, led the league in total offense averaging 242.3 yards per game this season and was third in rushing with 77.6 yards a game. The quarterback was also named to the All-IBFC 1st Team for the second straight season. Last year Maiuri was named the IBFC's Outstanding Offensive Back.
Van De Loo was named Linebacker of the Year after leading the league in tackles for a loss with 24.5; the next closest competitor had 16. In addition he also was named to the All-IBFC 1st Team as a linebacker. Van De Loo earned 2nd Team honors the previous two seasons.
Benton tied with Bobby Langston of Concordia, Wis., for Defensive Linemen of the Year honors for his ability to put pressure on quarterback registering 14 sacks and seven quarterback hurries. Benton earned his second All-IBFC 1st Team honor at the defensive line position as well this season.
Vandlen was rewarded for his ability to help protect the quarterback with Offensive Lineman of the Year. The senior was named to the All-IBFC 1st Team as an offensive lineman for the second year in a row, he was also named to the 2nd Team in 2003.
Coach Zebrowski has been rewarded for leading the Muskies to their second straight IBFC championship and first ever playoff berth with his second Coach of the Year honors in as many years.
Others earning first team honors for the Muskies were: senior offensive lineman Andrew Argall (Union, Ill./Marengo), who had 2nd Team honors last year; senior defensive lineman Nick Zeck (West Allis/Hale) earned his third straight 1st Team honors this season; sophomore defensive back Tyrece Warner (St. Louis, Mo./Marquette HS).
Earning second team honors for Lakeland were: sophomore wide receiver MacArthur White (Zion, Ill./Zion Benton); sophomore running back Shawn Lee (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City); senior tight end Jon Gilmore (Kaukana/Freedom); senior offensive lineman Brian Eder (Random Lake/Adell) who was named Honorable Mention last season; freshman linebacker Blaine Hornes (Neenah/Neenah); sophomore Josh Schramm (Cuba City/Cuba City); freshman linebacker Brent Miller (Menasha/Menasha) was honored on the special teams squad along with freshman kicker Dan Lucchesi (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest).
Earning Honorable Mention Honors were: freshman linebacker John Wagner (Kewaunee/Kewaunee); defensive linemen junior Shane Schrimpf (Two Rivers/Washington) and sophomore Josh Labelle (Negaunee, Mich./Negaunee); sophomore offensive lineman Joe Puhl (Ontonagon, Mich./Ontonagon); freshman running back Brandon Erdman (Menominee, Mich./Menominee); junior wide receiver Eric Royal (Oak Park, Mich./Ferndale).