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Seven Football Players Named Section All-Stars

Three Elizabethtown football players were placed on the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section Two 1st team All-Star list and four more players were placed on the 2nd team list.

The league’s coaches were responsible for the voting and the result were presented at the honors and awards banquet.

Senior David Shank was named to the 1st team offense as a place kicker and the 1st team defense as a punter. Shank was the lone Elizabethtown player to be named on the 1st team offense.

Shank was 31-34 (91 percent) on point after touchdown attempts and 7-11 (64 percent) on field goal attempts, included a game-winning 37-yard field goal, his third of the game, against Garden Spot as time expired. Following a score, Shank’s kickoffs often landed in the end zone, which was key in battle for field position. Shank averaged 34.4 yards per punt on 34 punts and had 10 punts land inside the 20-yard line.

Sophomore Devyn Clair was named to the 1st team defense as an outside linebacker and senior Dane Hilsher was named to the 1st team defense as a defensive back.
Clair led the Elizabethtown defense in nearly every statistical category including tackles (100), tackles for a loss (19.5), sacks (8.0) and forced fumbles (5). He was tied for second on the team in fumble recoveries (3).

Clair’s best statistical stretch of the season came during Elizabethtown’s first three Section Two games. He had 19 tackles against Cocalico, 17 tackles against Solanco and 14 tackles against Manheim Central.

While Clair led the defense in most categories, safety Dane Hilsher was often not far behind. Hilsher was second on the team in tackles (96), first in fumble recoveries (5), tied for fourth in interceptions (1) and tied for sixth in forced fumbles (1).

Hilsher had a similarly dominant stretch as Clair did to open section play. He had 13 tackles against Solanco, 15 against Manheim Central and 16 tackles against Lampeter-Strasburg.

Senior Anthony Funk was named to the 2nd team offense as a wide receiver. Funk led Elizabethtown in receptions (28), receiving yards (502) and touchdown receptions (4). Through the first five games of the season, Funk had 11 receptions and no touchdowns. In the last five games of the season, Funk had 17 receptions and four touchdowns.

Senior Zach McNitt was named to the 2nd team offense as a center. While difficult to see McNitt’s statistical impact, he was a consistent force on an offensive line that saw several of his teammates suffer an injury throughout the season.

Senior Isaiah Sheetz was named to the 2nd team defense as an interior lineman. Sheetz was fourth on the team in tackles (51), second on the team in tackles for loss (11.5), second in forced fumbles (4) and tied for fourth in fumble recoveries (2).

Junior Paul Beiler was named to the 2nd team defense as an inside linebacker. Beiler missed two games this season with a separated shoulder, but was still third on the team in tackles (78). Beiler was also responsible for relaying the plays from the sideline to the rest of the defense.

Clair and Funk were two of the five Bears that also received honorable mention at the banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Clair received the recognition as a running back after leading Elizabethtown with 135 carries for 719 yards and eight touchdowns. His running mate, senior Cayden Livingston, also received honorable mention. Livingston missed a game and a half this season with an ankle injury and finished the year with 95 carries for 563 yards and eight touchdowns.

Funk received honorable mention as a kick returner. He returned 13 kickoffs for an average of 21.2 yards with a long of 51 yards. Funk also returned six punts for an average of 17.3 yards, including a return for a touchdown against Ephrata.

The final two Bears to receive honorable mention were senior Greg Good as an offensive lineman and senior Cade Robinson as a defensive back.

Robinson, an All-State safety in 2016, played the first four games of the season before missing the next five games due to an illness. He returned to play in the season finale against Ephrata. In those five games, he had 46 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.

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