It was one of those years where competition in the Pioneer Valley Conference on the gridiron was fairly even once you got past the Monroe Central Seminoles.
Monroe Central easily claimed the PVC football crown and while Caldwell finished as runner up with a 5-1 league record its games were far closer than expected.
Three teams posted identical 3-3 league records as Frontier, Fort Frye and Shenandoah managed to beat up on each other while River and Buckeye Trail rounded out the PVC finish.
For its success on the gridiron Monroe Central was rewarded with seven players named All-PVC while Caldwell had six and Fort Frye, Shenandoah and Frontier had five each.
Honored for the Seminoles and coach Jay Circosta, who was named the PVC Coach of the Year, were seniors Kory Hill, Brock Jones, Jonathan Muntz and Marcus Schumacher as well as juniors Kole Hogue and Tyler Kinchen and sophomore Korey Lafferre.
Kinchen, who was the East District Player of the Year, rushed for 1,055 yards and nine TDs and also threw for 1,177 yards and 15 TDs as the Seminole quarterback.
Honored for Caldwell after its runner-up finish were seniors Cody Morris, Pat Pickenpaugh, Dylan Sayre and Michael Smith as well as juniors Adam Rossiter and Bryan Sawyer.
Fort Frye had five honorees in seniors Jared Garvin, Matthew Klinger, Colten Skinner, Josh Spindler and Eddie Watson.
Watson threw 14 touchdown passes while rushing for five TDs as he scored 21 total touchdowns for the Cadets this fall.
Skinner rushed for 750 yards offensively and also led the team in tackles as a linebacker while Klinger rushed for 300 yards and scored seven TDs, three rushing.
Garvin and Spindler emerged as two of the Cadets' top lineman in the offensive scheme while also performing well at defensive end and linebacker respectively.
Frontier's honorees were led by senior quarterback Corey Fickiesen and senior tailback Reid Tilton.
Jake Brunoni, Dennis Buegel and Levi Zartman also earned All-PVC honors for the Cougars, who went 5-5 playing a difficult schedule that included not only Caldwell and Monroe Central but two Ohio Div. IV schools, something few Div. VI schools attempt.
Fickiesen rushed for 650 yards and nine TDs this fall while throwing for more than 1,850 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was intercepted just five times.
Tilton also rushed the ball effectively, gaining over 600 yards while leading the team with 107 tackles.
Zartman was Frontier's leading receiver with 580 yards while Brunoni rushed for over 230 yards and had 400 yards receiving.
Buegel had the task of blocking for all that offense as the Cougars effectively moved the ball this season.
Shenandoah had seniors Brett Farnsworth and Brandon Starr earn all-league honors as well as juniors Shane Crum, Kalob Davis and Michael Leasure.
On the volleyball court play was just about as even as it was on the gridiron except it was the Buckeye Trail Lady Warriors who dominated play, particularly senior Alexa Abrams.
Honored for Caldwell were seniors Lizzy Nau, Stacey Mugrage and Katlin Weisend.
For Monroe Central, it was senior Alex Kuhn, junior Kayley Stephens and sophomore Chelsie Roberts who earned honors.
The Lady Cadets had a pair of honorees in seniors Hannah Schott and Lacey Huck.
Schott recorded 121 assists and 79 digs as the setter for the Lady Cadets this year while Huck had 40 kills, 14 blocks and 407 digs playing all the way around the net.
Shenandoah had a pair of honorees in juniors Caralee Wukelich and Renee Schwieterman. Frontier's lone representative on the All-PVC team was senior middle hitter Ashley Kimble, who notched 81 points, 14 aces, 162 kills and 28 blocks coming off a pair of tough injuries suffered over the summer.
Buckeye Trail head coach Jeff Beros was named the PVC Coach of the Year in volleyball. The PVC did not honor golf players this year as there were not enough schools fielding a full golf team to meet the requirements for a league match.