Port’s Lippe shines again in double duty Print
Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:48

Junior singled out again as All-NSC two-way player; other locals also honored

The Port Washington High School football team’s second straight year of making the WIAA playoffs has yielded some postseason honors.
Junior Jacob Lippe, after making the North Shore Conference’s first team at split end and defensive back as a sophomore, equaled the feat this year.
Lippe had 50 catches for 591 yards and five touchdowns this season, breaking the school record for total receptions.
He also ran for 199 yards and two scores on 33 carries, and threw two passes for touchdowns.
He had a tremendous year as a junior,” Port coach John Bunyan said.
“And he earned it. He’s worked real hard in the offseason. He’s a special kid.”
LIPPE CATCH 2 (CR) s2091517195On defense, Lippe was a physical corner who made 36 tackles, one for a loss, and picked off two passes.
“He came up and made a lot of good tackles. He filled in on sweeps and options,” Bunyan said.
Lippe also served as one of the Pirates’ sparkplugs of enthusiasm.
“He has a lot of fire, a lot of drive and wanted to get it done,” Bunyan said.
Port lands four on all-league second team
Junior quarterback Adam Baierl used his arm and legs to keep Port on the move this season.
A second-team selection, he went 85-for-160 passing for 991 yards, with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.
On the ground, Baierl ran for 607 yards and eight scores on 143 carries.
“That was well deserved, too. Adam was a multiple threat, running it and throwing it,” Bunyan said. “He made a lot of guys miss and made a lot of great decisions.”
Beyond his physical skills, Baierl kept Port on an even keel.

“He was calm. That was the great thing about Adam. Nothing got him too high, or too low, he just went out there and did his job,” Bunyan said.
When Baierl wasn’t passing or running, he would often hand to second-team honoree Deron Spicer, who led the Pirates with 976 rushing yards — fourth in the NSC — and 13 touchdowns on 161 carries.
“He’s explosive and made a lot of people miss,” Bunyan said.
Port tight end Devon Edwards, a junior, caught 19 balls for 263 yards and two scores on his way to second-team honors.
“Devon blocked exceptionally well for us – some kickouts and speed option,” Bunyan said.
“He had some big catches for us too. He’s definitely a talented kid.”
Senior Lukas Burke led the Port offensive line at center and its defensive as a tackle. He received second-team honors at both positions
“For a kid that’s undersized a bit, he competed hard,” Bunyan said. “He did a great job at putting our guys in the best position possible.”
On defense, Burke “was strong at the point of attack, a good run stopper, made a lot of tackles for losses,” Bunyan said.
Another second-team pick, senior inside linebacker Michael Murphy led the Pirates in tackles and was chosen as their defensive most valuable player.
“He was the heartbeat of our defense,” Bunyan said. “He could go sideline to sideline. He ran people down.”
Outside linebacker Spicer joined Murphy on the second team. He led the Pirates in sacks, had an interception and recovered two fumbles.
“He really did a great job defensively at outside linebacker for us,” Bunyan said.
Noah Prom starred as a second-team defensive end, after being pegged to play linebacker.
“He was undersized. He has had a phenomenal year. He made a ton of plays against option stuff,” Bunyan said.
Bunyan highlighted Prom’s attitude: “‘I’ll do whatever you want, coach, in order for us to be successful.’”
Four Pirates earn honorable mention
Senior left tackle Calvin Boese protected Baierl’s blind side and excelled.
“I was really proud of him and his work ethic,” Bunyan said.
“Undersized like Burke, got to linebacker second level, ran really well,” Bunyan said.
Junior Zach Sharpe stood out at strong safety.
“He did great job at strong-side run, had a couple of interceptions,” Bunyan said.
Lippe added honorable mention as a utility player, returning kicks and punts.
“Teams would avoid him and would squib kick a ton,” Bunyan said.
Prom helped turn field position around at punter.
“It’s huge,” Bunyan said, “and we rugby punted and straight punted.”
Black Hawks have six all-league selections
Grafton senior guard Connor Ramsey was named to the all-league first team for his physical skills and leadership.
“Not the tallest guy out there, but pound for pound, as strong as anyone,” Grafton coach Sean Behrend said. “When we needed something, we went behind him.”
Also for the Black Hawks, senior end and linebacker John Kluck made the second team each way
On offense, Kluck made 33 catches for 513 yards and five scores.
“We knew where he was going to be all the time,” coach Sean Behrend said.
On defense, Kluck led the Hawks in tackles with 101, including 10 for loss with one fumble recovery.
“He made us go over there,” Behrend said. “I thought could have been first team, but we’ve got a pretty good conference.”
Several Grafton players received honorable mention.
Sophomore running back Joey Giorgi came in after starter Caden Knauer got hurt, and then got banged up himself, but not before a couple of standout games, including eclipsing 100 yards against Homestead. Giorgi was second on the Hawks with 428 rushing yards and two scores on 75 carries.
“He was consistent and did a really, really good job for us,” Behrend said.
Junior outside linebacker Kyle Proefrock made 36 tackles, seven for loss. He turned many plays back inside so Kluck could make the tackle.
“It was good that they saw him. If you turn on the film each week, you’ve got to prepare for him,” Behrend said.
Junior quarterback Brady Ward got banged up late in the season but started every game. He went 89-for-162 passing for 1,188 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. He ran for 343 yards and three scores on 77 carries.
“He was tough. He could be more of a dual-threat kid,” Behrend said.