The 33rd Annual 8-Man All-Star Games are taking place this weekend at Trojan Field in Beloit. Throughout the week, 80 of the best players in the state have been preparing themselves for the two games on Saturday. The DI game will get things started at 10:00 with the DII game to follow at 1:30. Fans can hear the DII All-Star Game on the Kansas 8-Man All-Star Radio Network, AM 1570 KNDY in Marysville and online at 8manallstars.com.
As always, there’s great Twin Valley League representation at this year’s all-star games, and also like normal, the Hanover Wildcats will have a big presence. Kevin Diederich, Brennan Zabokrtsky and coach Matt Heuer are all in Beloit this week for the DII East.
Hanover has had loads of success on the football field during Matt Heuer’s tenure as their head coach. Heuer, who is an assistant for the DII East squad this weekend, has a record of 127-25 in 13 seasons with the Wildcats, including four 8-Man DII state championships. During Diederich and Zabokrtsky’s four-year career, Hanover went 49-2 and made it to the state championship game four straight seasons. The first two finishing as runner-up in DI, the past two, going 25-0 and winning state titles in DII.
Kevin Diederich has been a solid player on both sides of the ball throughout his career at Hanover. He has really made a name for himself from his linebacker position on defense, though. The 1st-team all-state pick had 85 tackles with six for loss along with four interceptions and a fumble recovery his senior season. He finished his career with 162 tackles, including 13 for loss and eight interceptions. He also stepped up his game as a senior from his running back spot on offense, rushing for 803 yards and 19 TD. Diederich is excited to have the opportunity to play in the 8-Man All-Star Game.
Brennan Zabokrtsky was also a key factor in the success that the Wildcats have had. He caught 11 passes for 283 yards and six touchdowns from his TE position during the state championship 2017 season. As a defensive back, he had 46 tackles as well. He had 560 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving over the past two seasons for Hanover. Zabokrtsky is happy to be a part of the Hanover tradition at the 8-Man All-Star Game and to have Coach Heuer with the team this weekend.
As for Heuer, he’s looking forward to coaching his two all-stars one final time. He explained how much they have meant to his program over the past four seasons and during this week of preparation for Saturday’s game.
Again, tune in on Saturday as the Hanover Wildcats representatives, Kevin Diederich, Brennan Zabokrtsky and Matt Heuer help lead the DII East All-Stars. Pregame is at 1:00 with kickoff at 1:30 on AM 1570 KNDY Marysville and 8manallstars.com.