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Five Bulldogs on All-State football team

2A all-state for 13
Five Culver football players are members of the 2006 All-State team, highlighted by Kyle Fisher earning lineman of the year honors.
   The 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior Fisher is a first-team selection as an offensive and defensive lineman.
   "That's quite an honor," Culver coach Kurt Davis said. "Kyle is a big kid who can run. As we went through the playoffs, people were able to see what he could do."
   Davis added Fisher was often double- and triple-teamed on the defensive side of the ball.
   "As a nose guard, that happens; but teams really focused on where Kyle was," Davis said. "That opened up a lot for his teammates."
   Ironically, Fisher was not the Tri-River lineman of the year in Culver's first season in that league. Blanchet's Brandon Gile earned the lineman honor after playing linebacker on defense.
   "That's a good question why Kyle wasn't our league's lineman of the year," Davis said. "I think us going further in the playoffs (Blanchet lost in the opening round to eventual champion Cascade Christian) helped Kyle."
   Gile joins Fisher as a first-team all-state offensive lineman along with being a second-team linebacker.
   Jeremy Thompson is a second-team wide receiver. The senior had 27 catches for 322 yards with five touchdowns.
   "Jeremy was the leader of our team," said Davis of Thompson's selection.
   Mike Williams at quarterback, Miguel Baltazar at running back and Juan Terrazas at kicker all were honorable mention selections.
   Williams broke all of Culver's passing records in his only season as the Bulldogs' starting quarterback. Williams threw for 2,701 yards with 32 touchdowns.
   Baltazar ran for 822 yards on 205 carries with five touchdowns. He was the lone junior among the 10 running backs as first, second or honorable mention selections.
   Terrazas converted four field goals, all longer than 30 yards, and 16 extra points.
   "It's great recognition for all of those guys," Davis said. "To have five guys selected shows what kind of year we had."
   Davis has his own honor, being named as the North's co-head coach at the 55th annual Shrine All-Star Football Game this summer. Rob Kassebaum of Nyssa is the North's other co-coach.
   Team members will be announced on Jan. 27.
   A listing of the 2A All-State football team is in the Scoreboard.