Mechanicsburg, Southeastern land players on All-Ohio first teams

Mechanicsburg senior Cannon Propst and Charlie Bertemes, a junior at Southeastern, both were named high school football All-Ohio first team in their respective divisions on Sunday. The Ohio High School Athletic Association released the teams.

Propst, a 6-foot, 205-pound senior lineman, was named to the Division VI first team. Bertemes, a 6-2, 170-pound junior, was chosen to the D-VII first team as a receiver.

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Propst anchored the Indians’ defense. Mechanicsburg (8-3) lost only to Ohio Heritage Conference rivals Greeneview (10-1) and West Jefferson (12-1) in the regular season and fell to Spencerville in a playoff opener. Propst had 52 total tackles, including 10 for loss, 3.5 sacks, five passes broken up, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Bertemes was among the area’s most productive receivers with 62 catches for 947 yards (15.2 per catch average), 14 touchdown receptions and seven 2-point conversion catches.

Named to D-VI second team were defensive backs Joey Mascadri of Mechanicsburg and West Liberty-Salem’s Levi Moell. Making the D-VII second team were defensive lineman Jake Lyons and punter Dominic Catanzaro, both of Catholic Central and Southeastern sophomore linebacker Hayden McKee.

Trevon McNutt of West Liberty-Salem was a third-team D-VI choice as a defensive lineman.

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Honorable mention picks in D-VI were Trevor Burden and Bradon Miller of West Liberty-Salem and Mechanicsburg’s Logan Hurst and Dustin Knapp. Southeastern’s Hayden Toops was D-VII honorable mention.

The D-VI players of the year were Fort Recovery running back Will Homan and Grandview Heights defensive lineman James Lachey. Lachey is the son of former St. Henry, Ohio State University and NFL standout offensive lineman Jim Lachey. Co-coaches of the year were Scott Armrose (Galion Northmor) and Rusty Richards (Nelsonville-York).

The D-VII co-offensive players of the year were Daniel Bangura of Canal Winchester Harvest Prep and Lukas Isaly of Hannibal River. The defensive player of the year was Northwalk St. Paul’s Lue Nickoli. Coach of the year was Luke Taviano of Lima Perry.

The teams were chosen by state-wide media panels and coordinated by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. Divisions IV and V All-Ohio teams were announced on Monday. Those will be followed by Divisions II and III on Tuesday and Division I and Mr. Football on Wednesday.

All-Ohio football previously was coordinated and distributed by the Associated Press.

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