The Iowa Newspaper Association announced its 2012 All-State Football selections Tuesday. The elite lists included two Clear Lake and two Garner-Hayfield/Ventura players.
Clear Lake’s Bryson Hamilton was a 2nd Team selection among Class 3A players. The 6’4”, 204-pound senior was named to the Second Team defense as a lineman. Hamilton made 20 solo and 32 assisted tackles in Clear Lake’s 8-3 season.
Junior Pete Swenson was also among Class 3A’s top defensive player. The 6’3”, 200-pound linebacker was named to the Class 3A Third Team. During the 2012 season, Swenson had 24 solo tackles and assisted in 45.
Garner-Hayfield/Ventura’s Alex Van Gerpen was a Class 2A First Team selection on offense. The 5’9”, 185-pound senior led the district in rushing with 1,478 yards on 251 attempts. He also collected four interceptions and recorded 19 touchdowns.
Also named to the Class 2A All-State Team was Ryan Sonquist. The 6’2”, 250-pound senior was a Class 2A Third Team pick as an offensive lineman. Sonquist finished the season with 20 tackles and a sack.