Prep Zone: 3 players named football all-stars

Published: Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 7:42 p.m. CDT

Dakota Trebes’ football future is very much up in the air.

The Harvard senior, who was a two-way lineman on the Hornets’ Class 4A playoff quarterfinal team, is considering playing in college, although he may just move to Montana and either work or go to school, or both.

So when Trebes received a letter regarding football during the week before Christmas, he got excited.

Trebes, Richmond-Burton’s Bryce Wagner and Huntley’s Brandon Dranka all have been invited to play in the Illinois Coaches Association All-Star Shrine Game on Saturday, July 12 at Illinois Wesleyan’s Tucci Stadium in Bloomington.

“Honestly, it was the last thing I expected,” said Trebes, a Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection on the offensive line. “It took me by surprise. I thought my football career was over. It’s an awesome feeling to play one more time.”

Trebes (5-foot-10, 220 pounds) handed his information to Harvard coach Tim Haak, who was going to send it in to the ICA.

Wagner (6-7, 335) was a Northwest Herald All-Area second-team offensive lineman and an Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 4A All-Stater. Dranka (6-2, 235) was an All-Area first-team selection after recording an area-best 11 sacks.

Trebes and Dranka were invited to play for the West; Wagner will be on the East.

“I’m pretty ecstatic. It’s a pretty good honor,” Wagner said. “I was hoping for it, I remember some past players from Richmond-Burton who had gotten to play in it.”

Wagner wants to play in college and has official visits set for NCAA Division I schools Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. R-B coach Pat Elder said Wagner is young for his class and feels he has great potential at the college level.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Wagner said. “Playing in college is one of my goals, I’m trying to make it a reality. The recruitment process is incredibly stressful and I got started a little late. I wish it was over.”

Wagner hopes college coaches can look at the way he moves for his size and will be impressed.

“I move faster than some big people,” he said. “That’s one thing I try to get across.”

Dranka is looking at Southern Illinois, Western Illinois, Indianapolis and South Dakota State for D-I schools, and at Bemidji (Minn.) State and Ferris (Mich.) State at the D-II level.

“I’m going to play college football, but I’m not sure yet if my coach will let me play [in the All-Star game],” Dranka said. “When I pick my school, if the coach will let me, I’ll play.”

Pecoraro to Loras: Prairie Ridge shortstop Danny Pecoraro will play baseball at D-III Loras University in Dubuque next year.

Pecoraro, the son of Wolves coach Glen Pecoraro, started last season for Prairie Ridge’s Class 4A regional championship team. Pecoraro hit .263 and had nine RBIs and had a .392 on-base percentage.

Pecoraro played well in the St. Charles Junior Showcase and for Team Illinois last summer. He was considering D-III schools Augustana, Beloit, Wisconsin-Oshkosh and North Park, along with NAIA Cornerstone and McHenry County College.

• Joe Stevenson is a senior sports writer for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached by email at joestevenson@shawmedia.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @nwh_JoePrepZone.

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