The Northwestern College football team has added 16 recruits on a very busy National Signing Day for head coach Kyle Achterhoff and his coaching staff. The 2013-recruit class now totals 20, with four players already committing to Northwestern.
Three players who starred for Spirit Lake High School signed to play football at NWC: Rick Maris from Okoboji, Casey Spaeth from Spirit Lake and Nicholas Amundson from Arnolds Park They all helped lead the Indians to a 13-1 record and the class 2A state championship. Spirit Lake is coached by former Red Raider defensive coordinator, Josh Bolluyt.
A 5’10”, 185-pound linebacker, Maris earned first team all-district honors for the third straight year. He totaled 56 tackles, seven for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. An outstanding student who earned academic all-state honors, Maris is a member of the National Honor Society. He is the son of John and Amy.
Spaeth is a 5’8”, 155-pound wide receiver/defensive back who earned second team all-state and first team all-district honors. He led Spirit Lake with 28 catches for 513 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging over 18 yards per catch. Spaeth plans to major in business at Northwestern College and is the son of Chris and Michelle.
A 6’0”, 185-pound defensive back/wide receiver, Amundson earned third team all-state honors and all-district accolades. He totaled 20 tackles and a team-high six interceptions, scoring one defensive touchdown. Amundson plans to major in athletic training at Northwestern and is the son of Paul and Pam.
Jay Elsberry of Orange City is a 5’9”, 170-pound wide receiver/defensive back and kick returner who lettered three years for the MOC-Floyd Valley High School football team. Elsberry led the Dutch with 23 catches for 447 yards and four touchdowns, averaging over 19 yards per catch. He plans to major in pre-physical therapy at Northwestern. Elsberry, who also plans to run track at NWC, is the son of Mel and Julie.
Rafael Sanchez of Orange City is a 5’8”, 190-pound kicker who also played for the MOC-Floyd Valley football team. A three-year letter winner, Sanchez made 4-of-5 field goal attempts, with a long of 33-yards, and converted 15-of-17 extra points. He averaged 45 yards per kickoff attempt and recorded three touchbacks. Sanchez, who will also play soccer for the Red Raiders, plans to major in accounting at Northwestern. He is the son of Gumaro and Maria.
J.C. Koerselman of Boyden is a 6’2”, 190-pound multi-sports star who lettered two years for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley High School football team. Koerselman posted a team-high 18 catches for 433 yards and four touchdowns, averaging over 24 yards per catch. He earned first team all-district honors as a receiver and helped lead the Nighthawks to an 11-1 record and berth in the state quarterfinals. He plans to major in business at Northwestern and is the son of Bob and Laura.
Miguel Alvarado of Hull is a 5’7”, 185-pound running back/linebacker who also lettered for the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley football team. Alvarado earned second team all-state honors after leading the Nighthawks with 89 tackles, six for a loss, and one sack. Alvarado plans to major in sociology with a criminal justice concentration at Northwestern. He is the son of Arturo Alvarado and Crystal Uvieta.
Tate Kellenberger of Larchwood earned three letters playing for the West Lyon High School football team. A 5’11”, 275-pound offensive/defensive lineman, Kellenberger earned first team all-state honors as senior and first team all-district honors as a junior and senior. He helped pave the way for a West Lyon offense that totaled 3,546 rushing yards and 47 touchdowns, averaging seven yards per carry. An honor roll student, he plans to major in education at Northwestern. Kellenberger is the son of Ladell and Shelly.