Joseph Tschantz of CPU, and was honored for his contributions to the Central College football team this fall at the squad’s recent awards banquet.

In Jeff McMartin’s 14th season as head coach, the Dutch finished 7-3 overall for their 54rd winning season since 1961 and finished second in the Iowa Conference with a 6-2 league record.

The team’s Heerema-Schilder MVP Award went to wide receiver Sam Markham (junior, Atlantic) for the third year in a row. Among others honored was Blaine Hawkins (freshman, Ankeny) who received the Brian O’Donnell Award for most outstanding freshman and the Lankelma-Menning Award for most outstanding underclass player. The Les Claussen Award for most improved player was awarded to Tyler Olson (senior, Mapleton, Minn./Maple River HS). The Richard J. Mentink Award for outstanding leadership and sportsmanship on the field and in the classroom was given to Kyle Gritsch (senior, Brooklyn, BGM HS). Nate Boland (Iowa City, West HS) received the Borgman Award, given to the senior with the highest grade point average. The Mel VerMeer Loyalty Award was given to Jerem Shannon (senior, Morris, Ill.) In total, McMartin awarded 64 varsity letters.

The Dutch have not had a losing season since 1960 and return 33 letterwinners for the 2018 season.

All of the area award winners are listed below.

ATKINS— Drew Kithcart, linebacker, 5-10, 225, jr., Benton HS

Awards/honors: Second varsity letter; Academic All-Iowa Conference (2016, 2017)

2017 stats: 12 tackles (5 solo)


BLAIRSTOWN—Blade Durbala, defensive lineman, 5-11, 240, fr., Benton

Awards/honors: First varsity letter

2017 stats: 15 tackles (2 solo); 1.0 tackle for loss, 1 fumble forced. 1 sack


CENTER POINT— Joseph Tschantz, defensive back, 5-9, 165, fr., Center Point-Urbana HS

Awards/honors: 2018 Ted Dagh Award (outstanding member – defensive scout team)