Fulwider named to Class A All-State football team
By Neal A. Shipman
Five members, Shawn Fulwider, Lucas Nicholson, Tyler Bates, Mitchell Liebel and Daniel Marmon, of the 2011 Watford City Wolves football team, have been chosen to the All-Region Football Team, while Shawn Fulwider, a senior linebacker, was also selected to the Class A All-State Team.
Fulwider, the son of John and Brenda Fulwider, led the team on defense with 270 points, had 20 solo tackles, 66 assisted tackles and two interceptions.
“Shawn stood out as a force on our team covering sideline to sideline on defense and on offense,” stated Fred Fridley, Wolves’ head coach. “We ran the ball at the tight end 70 to 80 percent of the time.”
Nicholson, a senior and the son of Greg and Teri Nicholson, was named to the All-Region Team as a quarterback.
Nicholson led the conference in passing yards where he completed 55 of 144 passes for 941 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also named the Wolves’ Most Valuable Offense player.
“Lucas was excellent at reading defenses and was a team player for the Wolves,” stated Fridley.
Bates, a junior and the son of Berton and Roxie Bates, was named to the All-Region Team as a receiver.
“Tyler was our leading scorer with six touchdowns and was one of the top receivers in the region,” stated Fridley. “He was a deep threat for the Wolves and had double coverage most of the time.”
During the season, Bates caught 15 passes for 505 yards, which was an average of 33 yards per reception.
Mitchell Liebel, a sophomore and the son of Bill and Cari Liebel, was named to the All-Region Team as an offensive lineman.
“Mitchell was the Wolves’ go-to guy when running the ball inside the tackles,” stated Fridley. “Mitchell was a dedicated player who put a lot of time in the weight room to make himself an excellent football player.”
Daniel Marmon, a freshman and the son of Jason and Starla Marmon, was named to the All-Region Team as a defensive back.
“Daniel was the Wolves’ second leading point-getter on defense with 219 points, having 19 solo tackles and 68 assisted tackles and one interception,” stated Fridley. “He was also our return man on punts and kickoffs. Daniel was also a dedicated player in the weight room in the off-season.”