The News Herald Selected their All Area Team and several Pioneers made the team including.
Nevin Hughes, Richard: In just his sophomore season, Hughes came up big for the Pioneers. As a defensive end, he finished with 77 tackles and on the other side of the ball he rushed for 416 yards and two touchdowns.
Zach Loewengruber, Richard: After a big junior season as the Pioneers’ kicker, Loewengruber was back for 2016. The senior was perfect on his extra-point attempts and was 4-for-6 on field goal tries. He also served as the team’s punter and averaged 35 yards a kick. A five-sport athlete, Loewengruber also played soccer this past fall and picked up both All-Catholic and All-News-Herald honors in that sport, as well.
SECOND TEAM and HONORABLE MENTION
Devin Slaughter, Richard: Slaughter dominated up front for the Pioneers in 2016. The junior had 56 tackles and two sacks on the defensive line. On the other side of the ball, he lined up on the offensive line and provided solid protection all year.
Michael Cacaj: Cacaj played both ways as a Jr. and Senior for Richard. He helped power the Pioneer running game and anchor down the defensive line.
Jac Lemieux: The senior was named captain in football, basketball, baseball and was the starting linebacker for Richard. He also played full back for the Pioneers and is a three-sport athlete.