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By David Sharp
Knox County senior linebacker Robert Mauck was named to the 2019 KRES All Star Football team. Robert Mauck was previously named to the First Team Lewis and Clark All Conference Football Teams, Missouri Football Coaches Association and Media All District teams for 2019.
Robert Mauck is a two time KRES All Star. He was voted by conference coaches as the Defensive Player of the Year after collecting 118 tackles in an injury shortened seven game season.
Robert Mauck set a Knox County Eagle school record for career tackles. “He was the anchor of our defense for three years,” Knox County coach Bruce Vannoy said.
The KRES All Star teams are selected by vote of area coaches, regardless of enrollment classification. Kirksville junior wide receiver Noah Copeland was named to the 2019 KRES All Star Team. Noah’s father Matt Copeland coached at Highland, Brashear, Kirksville HS and Truman State University.
Jarrett Kinder of Moberly HS was a KRES All Star defensive lineman. Larger schools like Boonville, Centralia and Macon were represented. Junior Wide Receiver Chrisjen Riekeberg set a school record with 14 receiving touchdowns in 2019. Chrisjen’s parents Darryl and Toni Riekeberg were standout athletes at Knox County High School.
Milan Junior linebacker Dominic Dabney was selected to the KRES All Star football team. Dominic is the son of John and Andrea Dabney of Milan. John Dabney is a KCHS alumni as well as a former teacher and coach at Knox County.
Immediate area KRES All Stars for 2019 include North Shelby all-purpose player Dayton Mettes. Senior Dayton Mettes is the first KRES All Star football award winner that played on an 8-Man football team.
Junior defensive lineman Devin Miller of Paris, Senior linebacker Branton Burrus of Scotland County along with Seniors Blake Claas and Caden Phillips of Macon, Sophomore Joshua Talton and Senior Keenan Batsell of Monroe City made the KRES All Star team.
Class 1 state playoff team Marceline saw seniors Colby Sims and Cullen Bruner selected. Bruner set a school record scoring 554 career points. The NCAA Division I football prospect set another Marceline school record with a 49 yard field goal this season.
Knox County finished with a 3-7 overall record. Injuries derailed the Eagles after a 3-1 start to the 2019 varsity football season. “The injury bug bit us again,” Knox County coach Bruce Vannoy said.
”The kids we had healthy didn’t quit on us. They kept working,” Coach Vannoy said. “Robert Mauck is part of the reason we are here tonight. He is definitely a prime example of that.”
“We had a group of guys that never quit working and kept fighting until the end,” Bruce Vannoy said. “It still made the season worthwhile. We got something out of it. It didn’t go the way we wanted it to go. It was successful in other accounts, not just wins and losses.”
“It’s my second time being up here,” Robert Mauck said. “Honestly I feel this is better than all state. Because there’s 24 people who make it. It’s a real honor to be a KRES All Star.”
“I feel it’s something people should push for every season. I’m just waiting to see where I can fit in,” Robert Mauck said of his college football aspirations.