Seven Iowa high school football players took home awards recognizing their play during the 2022 Iowa high school football state championships last week at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Hog of the Game (HOG) awards went to the outstanding offensive lineman in each of the championship games. The HOG awards are sponsored by the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and awarded by the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN).
HOG award winners were recognized for their strength and speed in creating opportunities for their teams to be successful. This is the fourth year for the award.
“This award spotlights the often unsung linemen who are out front and helping their team be effective,” said IPPA President Kevin Rasmussen of Goldfield. “We want to support these hardworking youth who have the same goals as Iowa’s pig farmers: work together, get better every day, and be an important part of their communities.”
“The IPPA’s annual Hog of the Game award sponsorship continues to grow each year,” said Ric Silvestrini, IHSSN’s vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s always exciting to recognize those athletes who battle in the trenches. We appreciate the IPPA’s longtime partnership with IHSSN and congratulate the seven winners for taking home the HOG in 2022!”
Iowa high school players who received the 2022 HOG awards are:
- Hunter Pick of St. Mary’s High School in Remsen. The Hawks won the 8-player tournament. Pick is a junior and the son of Todd Pick and Julee Kovarna of Remsen.
- Patrick Brown III, a senior at Grundy Center High School, which won the Class A contest. Brown, of Grundy Center, is the son of Pat and Michelle Brown.
- Michael Steinfeldt, a senior at Van Meter High School, the winner in the Class 1A title game. Steinfeldt is the son of Matt and Miranda Steinfeldt, Van Meter.
- Trevor Dieren, a junior with the Central Lyon/George-Little Rock team, the Class 2A tournament winner. Dieren is the son of Todd and Stacy Dieren from Rock Rapids.
- Austin Schumacher, a senior at Harlan Community High School, which won the Class 3A championship. Schumacher is the son of Dan and Sarah Schumacher, Harlan.
- Jace Borcherding, a junior at Xavier High School in Cedar Rapids, the winner of the Class 4A title. Borcherding is the son of Darryl and Jamie Borcherding of Cedar Rapids.
- Kadyn Proctor, a senior at Southeast Polk High School, Pleasant Hill, the Class 5A tournament winners. Proctor is the son of Kevin Perkins and Sarah Proctor-Perkins, and Konta and Brandi Collins, all of Altoona.