Naples Daily News Fall 2012 Players of the Year

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First Baptist Academy's Jonah Bueltel, 17, is this year's offensive football player of the year. The rookie quarterback took over the role after playing wide receiver/defensive back the past three years. In doing so, he helped lead his team to the Class 2A semifinal game. The first playoff birth in the school's four year history. Bueltel hopes to receive a football scholarship to Colgate, Taylor, Brown or Samford Universities studying Business.  'The biggest lesson learned is how to lead -- you're the one in charge,' Bueltel said. 'You just know you gotta go out there and perform because it's more on you because you're getting the ball every play. You just gotta win.'

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Corey Perrine/Staff Photo Illustration First Baptist Academy's Jonah Bueltel, 17, is this year's offensive football player of the year. The rookie quarterback took over the role after playing wide receiver/defensive back the past three years. In doing so, he helped lead his team to the Class 2A semifinal game. The first playoff birth in the school's four year history. Bueltel hopes to receive a football scholarship to Colgate, Taylor, Brown or Samford Universities studying Business. "The biggest lesson learned is how to lead -- you're the one in charge," Bueltel said. "You just know you gotta go out there and perform because it's more on you because you're getting the ball every play. You just gotta win."

Athletic directors from the 14 schools — Barron Collier, Community School, Estero, First Baptist, Golden Gate, Gulf Coast, Immokalee, Lely, Marco Island Academy, Naples, Palmetto Ridge, Seacrest, St. John Neumann and South Fort Myers — in the Daily News' coverage area were contacted and asked to have their coaches nominate players. That information, along with all-conference and all-district honors and postseason performances, were used by the PrepZone staff to make up the teams and choose Players of the Year.

FOOTBALL

BROXSON AWARD WINNER: Manny Morgan, Naples High

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jonah Bueltel, First Baptist Academy

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Mackenro Alexander, Immokalee

COACH OF THE YEAR: Billy Sparacio, First Baptist Academy football

2012 NDN ALL-AREA TEAMS: Football

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VOLLEYBALL

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lisa Dunleavy, Barron Collier

2012 NDN All-AREA TEAMS: Volleyball

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SWIMMING

BOYS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Aidan Brennan, Barron Collier

GIRLS SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Elise Haan, Gulf Coast

2012 NDN ALL-AREA TEAMS: Boys | Girls

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GOLF

BOYS GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Celano, Community School

GIRLS GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Anastasia Talalenko, Gulf Coast

2012 NDN ALL-AREA TEAMS: Boys | Girls

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CROSS COUNTRY

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Carlos Miranda, Palmetto Ridge

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Katy G. Solis, Estero

2012 NDN ALL-AREA TEAMS: Boys | Girls

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