But that's later....for now, let's talk about Tim Hiller, Kyle Simmons and some post-season honors.
Hiller Era ends.
It sure wasn't the way it should have gone, but it shouldn't take the luster off a great career for Tim Hiller. All he did was break school records left and right and did it all with class. Counting Tim's 3 years at Orrville and his time at WMU, he's thrown for nearly 20,000 yards and has 150 (or so) TD passes to his name....oh, and an MBA and an almost surefire NFL draft pick coming next April. Not too shabby.
Congrats on a gret career Tim! Check out WhereIsTimHiller.com for final stats and where he ranks in school and MAC history.
Simmons, ONU have banner year.
Again, it didn't end like it should, but the Ohio Northern Polar Bears put together a solid 8-2 campaign and should have been given a shot in the Div. 3 playoffs, but weren't selected. 2007 grad Kyle Simmons was a big part of their success, and with that comes individual honors. I'll let the ONU press release take it from here...
Simmons, a three-year starter at quarterback, received the Bob Packard Award as the league's top offensive back.Congrats on a great seaon Kyle. Hopefully you get that playoff shot in 2010.
He was also an Second Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honoree and won OAC Offensive Player of the Week honors twicew this season.
Simmons completed 138 of 230 passes for 1,783 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran 96 times for 441 yards and 10 TDs to account for 2,224 yards of total offense and 26 touchdowns.
In his first three seasons, Simmons has completed 289 of 490 passes for 3,446 yards and 32 TDs.
He ranks 8th all-time in passing yardage and his .590 completion percentage is the highest in ONU history.
All-Daily Record full of Red Riders.
Jill Reed - Coach of the Year
Kyle Osburn & Nathan Rosenbaum - First Team
Erica Short & Hannah Brenner - First Team
Chase Hoobler - Player of the Year (6th Red Rider to earn Player of the Year)
Doug Davault - Coach of the Year (2nd time as COY, first was in '06)
Sam Miller, Joe Basancon, Tre Simpson & Vincent Monheim - First Team Offense
Dennis Raber & JT Mosley - First Team Defense
Tre Simpson led area in scoring with 122 pts. and his 1070 yards was the most by a Rider back since Demarkus Robinson in 2000. Chase Hoobler led the area with 163 (!) tackles and 22 tackles for loss.
The other five Red Riders to win the Daily Record Player of the year are Tom Bolyard (1984), Jack Leeder ('85), Dru Robinson ('98), Tim Hiller ('04) and Kyle Simmons ('06).
Coach Davault became the first Orrville coach to win the award multiple times. Bill McMillan won the award in 1998, and amazingly, Mo Tipton never won the award. The award started in 1982 and went until 1986, then was not awarded from 1987 to 1994.
Some of Mo's best years were in the early 80's. I guess you could justify Wooster's Bob McFarland winning in 1986 and Waynedale's Jeff Sourers winning in 1985...and our 1983 state runner up team did have 3 regular season losses, but you'd think making the state final 4 in three straight years (83-85) and finishing state runner-up in 2 of those years would have nabbed him the award at least once. Oh well, that was 25 years ago, it's not worth talking about...yet here I am.
Brenner, Short named All-American Honorable Mention.
Earlier this fall, I mentioned that these 2 were on the All-America watch list....well, now it can be said that both were named Honorable Mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Assoc. (AVCA). They were 2 of 6 Ohio volleyballers to make Honorable Mention. Only one Ohioan was named to the 2nd team (Reinert from Cin. Ursuline).
View the entire list here.