Updated: December 10, 2012 6:13AM
The Upstate Eight has announced its All-Conference football teams for the 2012 season.
Local players selected to the Valley Division offense are: tight end Troy Fumagalli, offensive linemen Jackson Hynes and Jon Harris, running back Austin Guido and running back Dylan Warden from Waubonsie Valley; wide receiver Alex Hagemaster and running back Cameron Wilcox from Metea Valley. Guido shared offensive MVP honors with running back Joey Rhattigan from Neuqua Valley.
Local players selected to the Valley Division defense are: defensive lineman Trevor Hardin, linebackers Austin Lacke and Hugh Griffin and defensive back Jeff Markham from Waubonsie Valley; and linebacker Jake Murawski of Metea Valley. Lacke was named defensive MVP.
Local players selected to the River Division offense are: wide receiver Zach Strittmatter, offensive linemen Adam Hunger, Sebastian Vermaas and Ben Link, running back Anthony Scaccia and quarterback Micah Coffey of Batavia; and wide receiver Kyle Brown, offensive lineman Connor Chapman and running back Bobby Hess of Geneva. Strittmatter was named offensive MVP.
Local players selected to the River Division defense are: defensive linemen Marquise Jenkins, Mike Gates and James Millette, linebackers Mikey Watson, Cullin Rokos and Anthony Thielk and defensive backs Robbie Bowman and Forrest Gilbertson of Batavia; and defensive lineman Paul Larson and linebacker Colin Griffin of Geneva.
Kevin Dunlop of Geneva was named the kicking specialist.
Aurora resident Curtis Malm has been recognized as the 2012 Illinois PGA Player of the Year and the 2012 Illinois PGA Assistant Player of the Year. Malm, who is the PGA assistant golf professional at St. Charles Country Club, is just the third Illinois PGA professional to win both awards in the same year.
Malm, 34, finished in the top six in all four majors and was in the top 20 in every event he competed in this season. He won the year’s first major at the Illinois PGA Match Play Championship held at Kemper Lakes Golf Club. He later finished second at the Illinois Open and the Illinois PGA Championship before turning in a sixth-place finish at the Illinois PGA Player’s Championship.
Malm was also successful in the Illinois PGA assistant events, winning the Illinois PGA Assistant Professional Championship on his home turf at St. Charles Country Club and finishing second in the Assistants Match Play Championship.
Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery won five of his first eight matches Wednesday to retain his lead in the PBA World Championship.
Rash, who entered the 24-game round-robin match play portion of the World Championship with a 64-pin lead over Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., expanded his lead by 14 pins after the first eight matches.
Rash led with a 40-game total of 9,668 pins, including match play bonus pins. Jones had a 9,590 total.