Wuestewald leads three Warbirds on 9A all-state team

MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Wolsey-Wessington’s Chris Wuestewald blocks as quarterback Blaze Herdman hands the ball to Keegan Haider during a game against Deubrook Area on Oct. 20 in Wolsey.

HURON – Wolsey-Wessington Warbirds lineman Chris Wuestewald was selected to the Class 9A All-State team, announced Tuesday. Wuestewald was selected as an offensive lineman on the team.

Wuestewald, a four-year starter for the Warbirds was part of a line that blocked for more than 10,000 rushing yards and more than 7,000 passing yards during his career.

“He has been a big presence on the offensive line and who we run behind most often,” Warbird coach Hayden Hooks said. “Chris stepped up as a leader this year and was a big part of the success that we had over his career.”

Two other Warbirds received honorable mention on the All-State team.

Senior Keegan Haider moved from running back to offensive line this year while continuing to lead the Warbird defense from his linebacker spot. Over his career, he accumulated 287 tackles and 11 sacks.

“Keegan has great leadership skills,” Hooks noted. “Over his career, he has taken on a lot of roles and pushed to be the best.”

Junior Tate French was also noted among the honorable mentions. French had 43 catches for 801 yards and seven touchdowns from his tight end position this year and was also a defensive end on defense.

“Tate was a very hard-working, dedicated kid for us this season,” Hooks praised. “When we needed a big catch or tackle, he was there to make the big play for us.”

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