June 17 – High school students Derek Beiner and Hunter Kennedy are a pair of Newton alumni who will be participating in different programs at the same college conference.
But for one final season, the Cardinals duo teamed up with the same ultimate goal.
And they both earned first-team berths on the boys’ all-conference football team. Teams have been released recently and all conference awards are based on Little Hawkeye Conference game statistics only.
Kennedy and Byner have earned all-conference acclaim as linebacker and forward, respectively.
In total, the Cardinals included six players on an all-LHC team. Sophomore Nate Lampe was a second team linebacker, and senior Brayton Schwenker earned the honor as a second team linebacker.
Newton’s two honorary awards were senior Caleb Lawson and sophomore Cody Klein.
Kennedy scored two goals and finished first in the LHC with 10 assists. His 14 points placed fifth.
Byner finished in the top 10 in points, goals and assists. His three goals and three assists placed 10th, while his nine points placed ninth.
Lampe equalized with Bayner to finish 10th in the league with three goals. He also made two assists and finished 13th with eight points.
Schwenker was the man at the center of Newton’s defense, and he helped the Cardinals register a couple of conference shutouts this spring.
Klein and Lampe alternated between defender and midfielder. Klein scored one goal in a conference game last spring.
Lawson has been the Cardinals’ goaltender for the last few seasons. In his final spring between posts, Lawson finished fifth in the LHC with 39 saves. His save percentage was 73.6.
Little Hawkeye Conference
Team conference as a whole
Dallas Center-Grimes 6-1 14-4
Norwalk 6-1 9-9
Pella 5-2 19-3
Newton 4-3 14-7
Indianol 3-4 6-12
Oscaloosa 3-4 11-7
Grinnell 1-6 3-12
Pella Christian 0-7 7-10
First team forwards: Derek Byner Sr., Newton; Spencer Taylor Sr., Norwalk; Kendall Bickford Sr., DCG; Carson Genscoe Sr., Oscaloosa.
First team linebackers: Hunter Kennedy Sr., Newton; Jack Brown Jr., Norwalk; Tate McDermott, so., DCG; Isaac Semini Sr., Pella; Eric Schmidt Jr., Indianola; Elliot Nelson Jr., Oscaloosa.
First team defensemen: Tracey Davis Sr., Norwalk; Chase Benkendorf, Jr., DCG; Charlie Adams Sr., DCG; Aidan Boggs Sr., Indianola.
First team goaltender: Landon Briggs Sr., Oscaloosa.
Second team forwards: Izek Dingman Sr., Norwalk; Jacob Evers Sr., DCG; Preston Rowe Sr., Pella; Sage Chapman Sr., Indianola.
Second team linebackers: Nate Lampe, n., Newton; Tavin Ferner, fr., Norwalk; Chase Monroe Sr., Norwalk; Jack Avery, so., DCG; Logan Solomon Jr., Pella; Teddy Apostolopoulos, ave., Pella.
Second team defensemen: Brayton Schwenker Sr., Newton; Connor May Jr., DCG; Connor Hamilton Sr., Pella; Aaron Scholes Sr., Oscaloosa.
Second team goaltender: Kegan Trebilcock Sr., Norwalk.
Cody Klein, t. n., Newton; Caleb Lawson Sr., Newton; Brennan Mason Sr., Oscaloosa; Dalton Plate Sr., Oscaloosa; Austin Bone, t. n., Pella; Tyler Kiloren Sr., Pella; Nathan Scholl, T.D., DCG; A. J. Angus, T.D., DCG; Dalton Stoffel Sr., Norwalk; Jace Davis, so, Norwalk; Nolan Graham Sr., Indianola; Owen Tinder Sr., Indianola; Jake Fancher Jr., Pella Christian; Camden Parker, fr., Pella Christian; Jack Hoopes, fr., Grinnell; Jeff Sik, so., Grinnell.