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John Anderson Award Semi-Finalists

09/26/2019, 10:00am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Catholic Memorial senior linebacker Ben Kreul

The John Anderson Award is given annually to the state's top senior linebacker as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after John Anderson, a former Waukesha South standout who went on to star at the University of Michigan and later with the Green Bay Packers.

The pre-season list has been trimmed down to 22 semi-finalists, with five finalists chosen after the Level 1 playoffs. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.


First Name Last Name Team
Andrew Behm Fox Valley Lutheran
Josiah Behm Fox Valley Lutheran
Brett Boram Menomonee Falls
Will Borchert Mukwonago
Cody Cavil West De Pere
Gabe Chenal Regis
Dalton Elrod Arrowhead
Ross Gengler Delavan-Darien
Joey Goetz Catholic Memorial
Bryan Gruehn Muskego
Sam Hafner De Pere
Jake Hoch Saint Mary’s Springs
Ben Kreul Catholic Memorial
Peter Murray Brookfield Central
Vinny Nigro Marquette
Riley Nowakowski Marquette
John O’Brien Marquette
Andrew Schumacher Lake Country Lutheran
Devonte Smith Milwaukee Vincent
Lukas Spencer Kettle Moraine
Call Verlanic Bay Port
Ben Wileman Edgerton

To view the Pre-Season Watch List, click here.

Finalists for the award do not have to come from the semi-finalist list. Lists are compiled from statistical information available to WSN, coach nominations, player evaluations, and other resources.

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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