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Class 1-3 All-State teams released

Wednesday, December 11, 2002

Seven players from SEMO Conference honored

The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association released the All-State football team for Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3 on Wednesday.

Seven players from the SEMO Conference were selected.

Charleston running back Orrice Stanback was named a first team running back in Class 2.

This season Stanback guided the Bluejays to a third straight district title, rushing for a conference-best 2,125 yards, scoring 21 touchdowns.

"He's 100,000 miles an hour all the time," said Charleston head coach Brent Anderson. "He's probably one of the hardest and fastest runners in between the tackles that we've ever had, and probably this area's ever had. He has such a high motor and plays so hard all the time. And he's an even better kid than he is a football player."

Also in Class 2, Portageville's Chris Bates was named a second team All-State offensive lineman. Bates was considered to be the top lineman on the Bulldogs' quarterfinal playoff team, which finished the season with record of 9-2.

"I'm tickled to death that he made it," said Portageville head coach Jim McKay. "He's a real good offensive lineman, and he's a super nice kid too. He's a real good leader, he will do whatever it takes to help the team. He's the kind of kid you want in your program."

As a team, Portageville finished ranked No. 6 in the final Class 2 poll with a record of 9-2.

In Class 3, Dexter's Drew Wethington was named a second team linebacker. This season, Wethington had 109 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions for the Bearcats' 8-3 playoff team.

"He is very deserving," said Dexter head coach Aaron Pixley. "He has worked very hard for it."

Wethington was a defensive back a year ago, at about 5-foot-11, 175 pounds. After a year of growing and a solid offseason in the weight room, he stepped on the field this year at 6-foot, 200 pounds.

"He's one of the best linebackers around," said Pixley. "He played with an attacking style. He attacked every play, he never caught anything. He runs well, he's a good athlete and he's very bright. I'm proud of him."

In Class 1, Hayti had four players make the All-State team. Torey Nelson is a first team running back. This season, Nelson rushed for 1,188 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Antonio Robinson is a first team defensive lineman. The sophomore recorded a whopping 15 sacks on the line this year, finishing with 52 solo tackles and 21 assisted tackles.

William Moore is a second team receiver. Through eight games, the junior caught 33 passes for 573 yards. He was also second team all-state as a sophomore.

Danny Mack is a second team linebacker. Mack was the heart and soul of Hayti's defense, recording 73 solo and 34 assisted tackles with seven sacks.

As a team, Hayti finished ranked second in the final Class 1 poll with a record of 11-2.

Classes 4-6 will be released on Thursday.