11/14/2017 7:27:00 AM Carroll and Rentmeester named to WFCA All-Region team
Photos by Dean Hall/Lakeland Times
Lakeland senior Tyler Carroll was named to the WFCA Northwest All-Region team as a utility player after leading the Great Northern Conference in total yards, passing yards and total touchdowns.
Lakeland junior Ray Rentmeester caught 52 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the conference in each receiving category.
The awards keep rolling in for two Lakeland Union High School football players.
Tyler Carroll and Ray Rentmeester were both first-team All-Great Northern Conference selections last month, and on Tuesday, they were selected to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Northwest All-Region team.
The pair of Thunderbirds were two of just six players from the GNC to be named to the team.
Versatility helps Carroll
For Carroll, what hurt his prospects for winning GNC Offensive Player of the Year honors helped him in the All-Region voting.
Carroll led the conference in all-purpose yards (1,344) , passing yards (819) and total touchdowns (13). For the whole year, he racked up 1,514 total yards and 17 total touchdowns.
Those statistics hindered Carroll from becoming the Player of the Year in the conference because he played three different positions on offense, starting just four games at quarterback - only two complete games at the position - while also spending time at running back and wide receiver.
Without a set position, he was relegated to being the second-team All-GNC quarterback (while also finishing second in the Defensive Player of the Year voting).
The All-Region team features a utility position, however, was tailor-made for Carroll.
"I thought Tyler should have been the player of the year based on the fact that he scored 17 touchdowns, which was most in the conference, accounted for over 1,500 yards of total offense, which was most in the conference and did it from three different positions, which no player in the conference can say," LUHS head coach Dan Barutha said.
Rentmeester breaks out
Rentmeester had a breakout junior campaign that made a unanimous selection as a first-team All-GNC wide receiver. His play was so good that it was also recognized by the WFCA.
Rentmeester caught 52 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns this season, leading the conference in each category.
Rentmeester exploded in the second half of the season, delivering three 100-yard games and three multi-touchdown games.
Against Ashland, the junior caught seven passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while making nine grabs for 148 yards and two scores against Rhinelander in the season finale.
"Ray earned his spot through hard work and deserved success that he got this year," Barutha said. "Ray certainly played a lot minutes on the JV team in basketball last year and saw some minutes on varsity towards the end of the year and saw some confidence there. Ray puts the time in the weight room and the big thing I thought was the ability Ray showed in summer 7-on-7. He didn't miss a 7-on-7, didn't miss a rep, didn't miss a snap, came to our offensive instillation camp and absolutely took control of the 'Z' receiver position. In doing that he developed confidence in Michael (Ouimette) and Tyler at quarterback. So there was a lot of trust in getting the ball in his hands."
Medford defensive lineman Brady Loertscher, Antigo defensive back Matt Winter, along with Mosinee running back Justin Stubbe and offensive lineman Jose Mohr were the other players from the GNC to be named to the All-Region team.
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