Crass was a tenacious linebacker for the Nicolet football team

Earns NOW All-Suburban honors

Nov. 27, 2012

Glendale - Hunter Crass and his twin brother, Tyler, are baseball guys through and through having been on the varsity together at Nicolet since their sophomore years.

But they're also football guys, and as the Knights worked their way through a tough 2-6 campaign this fall, it became clear that Hunter was a pretty good football at that, as he earned Linebacker of the Year honors in the North Shore Conference and was a pretty fair guard on offense, too.

For his efforts, the 6-0, 190-pound Hunter Crass earned NOW All-Suburban honors at linebacker.

It was another transition year for the Crass twins as well as the other Nicolet players as they were going through their fifth head coach in as many years, as David Quam came to take the position he had once held years ago.

"And it turned out OK," Hunter Crass said. "He taught a little like our former coaches and he brought it in at a higher level. He had us looking forward to a good year. It was hard at times (in a very competitive and top-heavy North Shore), but I thought we did all right hanging in there as well as we could.

"As it was, I thought we could have won a couple of more games."

Quam thought Crass had an excellent year and noted that if he had been playing on a higher level team, may have earned even greater consideration than he did.

"I think he had a real chance to be all-region and maybe even all-state," Quam said. "I think if he was on a top tier team he would have an excellent chance to be all-state. He had 96 tackles in 8 games and made plays from sideline to sideline. He also was second-team (All-NSC) at guard which is pretty good in the North Shore for a kid who is under 200 pounds."

Crass says he likes to play with a lot of tenaciousness and aggressiveness. He's a pitcher and third baseman for the baseball team and also plays rugby, which he would like to carry on at college.

"There were some good things that happened this year," Crass said. "I liked playing two-way, it made sure that I was in shape."

Quam felt a little like Crass did, noting that there were a few games that got away from the Knights this fall. He said more will have to be done in terms of off-season preparation ("That makes or breaks you," he said) if the team is to improve.

He said he was pleased with his staff and how they helped him out, especially remembering all the detail work a head coach has to do.

"And I thought from beginning to end that the kids put in a real good effort," he said. "We battled some of the better teams right to the end."

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