Diethelm of Athens, Grunwald of Medford, Neillsville’s Zoschke Named to Preseason Senior Running Backs Watchlist

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Medford (OnFocus) – Wisconsin Sports Network has announced its preseason football senior award watchlist for running back. Named after Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, the award is presented annually to the state’s top senior running back as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards.

Three area running backs have been named to the watchlist:

  • Dayne Diethelm of Athens
  • Emett Grunwald of Medford
  • Jonah Zoschke of Neillsville/Granton

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The award is named after former Wausau High School athlete Elroy “Crazylegs” Hirsch, who went on to play for the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan before starring at end in the NFL for 12 seasons. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the National High School Hall of Fame, and later went on to serve as Wisconsin’s athletic director from 1969 to 1987.

The pre-season list will be trimmed down to about 25 semi-finalists halfway through the year, with five finalists chosen at the start of the playoffs. Winners are announced the week of the state finals by WSN.




Jackson Acker Verona
Ja’Shawn Austin Nicolet
Donald Austin Saint John’s NW Military
Connor Baumann University School
Jameson Bender Royall
Nick Bouvat Appleton East
Alex Boyko Greenfield
Matthew Brandenburg Blair-Taylor
Caden Brunell Columbus
Josh Bulski Muskego
Loyal Crawford Eau Claire Memorial
Alex Current Muskego
Hunter Danielson Hudson
Cam Devine Brookfield Central
Dayne Dietheim Athens
Dylan Dohr Hilbert
Gabe Finley DeForest
Carter Fonger Superior
Caleb Frazer Kimberly
Austin Gibson Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Emett Grunwald Medford
Owyn Halverson Highland
Amrion Hamilton Obama SCTE
Jeremiah Hampton Wisconsin Lutheran
Kodey Henning Hurley
Hank Hoffmann Kaukauna
Roman Jensen River Valley
Kris Johnson Pewaukee
Nazir Jones Madison West
Cole Kaestner Mukwonago
Tim Kaull Lourdes Academy
Alex Kleinhans Kiel
Michael Krueger River Falls
Conner Kudma Appleton East
Tanner Marsh Mondovi
David Mueller Saint Mary’s Springs
Andrew Niven Northern Elite
Connor Ramage Ashwaubenon
Isaiah Randall Baldwin-Woodville
Ben Redlin Pulaski
Trevor Rodebaugh Monroe
Tate Sauerwein Lake Holcombe/Cornell
Brady Schmidt West Bend East
Seth Schnell Winneconne
Max Sokolski Bonduel
Ben Steinmetz Chippewa Falls
Graham Stier Verona
Jordan Tietz Randolph
Colin Trautt Northwestern
Ryan Van Ellis Oconomowoc
Luke Vance G-E-T
David Vanderlogt West De Pere
Kabaris Vasser Madison Memorial
Dayne Vojtik Osseo-Fairchild
Zach Wallace Burlington
Lane Wieczorek Pepin/Alma
Jonah Zoschke Neillsville/Granton


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David Keech
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David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]