Caledonia’s King is Minnesota AP Player of Year
MINNEAPOLIS — Caledonia quarterback Owen King is the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school football in 2017.
The award, as voted on by a statewide panel of preps writers and broadcasters, was announced Wednesday along with The AP’s all-state team.
Owatonna running back Jason Williamson joined King and 24 others on the all-state first team.
Seven from southeastern Minnesota were on the 26-member second team. They were: Zach Myhre (RB, Grand Meadow); Jordan Burg (WR/TE, Caledonia); Jacob Paulson (WR/TE, Rushford-Peterson);
Conner McKern (OL, Kasson-Mantorville); Mitchell Oswald (DL. Blooming Prairie); Mason Staggemeyer (LB, Caledonia); and Zach Mensink (LB, Owatonna).
The third team included Andrew Goergen, (WR/TE, Caledonia); Nick Waldo (OL, Winona); Ryan Schoenfelder (DL, Goodhue); Zachary Jakes (DL, Mankato West) and Alex Folz (All-purpose, Spring Grove.
King helped lead the Warriors to the Class AA championship, tying a Prep Bowl record with six total touchdowns in a 57-6 victory over Pipestone on Nov. 24. He never lost a game in three seasons as Caledonia’s starting quarterback, going 41-0 while leading the Warriors to the state title each time.
For his career, he passed for 8,158 yards and 137 touchdowns.
King edged out Eden Prairie linebacker Antonio Montero for the honor.
Minnesota AP Football Player of the Year award winners
Recent winners of the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year award for prep football:
2017 — Owen King, QB, Caledonia
2016 — Noah Carlson, RB, Rushford-Peterson
2015 — J.D. Spielman, RB, Eden Prairie
2014 — Ryan Schlichte, QB, Mankato West
2013 — Jacques Perra, QB, Roseville
2012 — Bridgeport Tusler, RB, Osseo
2011 — Philip Nelson, QB, Mankato West
2010 — Reggie Gandy, RB, DeLaSalle
2009 — Seantrel Henderson, OL, Cretin-Derham Hall
2008 — James Peterson, QB, Blaine
2007 — Michael Floyd, WR, Cretin-Derham Hall
2006 — Michael Floyd, WR, Cretin-Derham Hall
2005 — Jake Machacek, RB, Eastview
2004 — Nick Mertens, QB, East Grand Forks
2003 — Nathan Swift, RB, Hutchinson
2002 — John Majeski, RB, Hastings
2001 — Tyler Evans, RB, McLeod West
2000 — Joe Mauer, QB, Cretin-Derham Hall
1999 — Dominique Sims, DB, DeLaSalle
1998 — Thomas Tapeh, RB, St. Paul Johnson
1997 — Ryan Iversen, LB, Eden Prairie
1996 — Brian Day, RB, Brainerd
1995 — Kirk Midthun, QB, Triton