TUPPER LAKE - A Tupper Lake football team that showed marked improvement as the season progressed saw six of its players honored as all-Northern Athletic Conference selections.
As the lone Class D team in Section X, the Lumberjacks had three players named to the NAC's first-team defense, two more added as first-team offensive picks and another player selected to the second-team offense.
Named to the first-team defense were seniors Marcus Richer and Elliot Kerst and junior Mitch Keniston. Richer will be greatly missed by the Lumberjacks as he was one of the North Country's top two-way starters in the trenches. Richer was named to the NAC first team as a defensive end.
First-team defensive end
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Kerst was a first-team selection at linebacker and joined Richer as one of Tupper Lake's leaders on defense. Keniston, who will be back with the Lumberjacks for one more season, was an NAC first-team selection at defensive back.
Brock Tarbox and Nash Botala were Tupper Lake's first-team selections on offense. Tarbox is a senior and was picked at tight end. Just a sophomore, Botala earned a first-team selection as an offensive lineman.
Tom Barton, another sophomore, was also honored as a second-team offensive tackle for the Lumberjacks.
After getting off to a tough start against some of the bigger schools on their Section X schedule, the Lumberjacks gradually became more competitive as their campaign progressed, despite season-ending injuries to starting quarterback Morgan Stevens and starting running back Tyler Minogue, who was a senior.
Under head coach Dennis Klossner and his staff, Tupper Lake finished with a 3-7 record overall. With three starting linemen returning next season along with some talented players coming back to skill positions, the Lumberjacks should be heading into the 2013 schedule with plenty of optimism.