Elite 11 football players come from Appleton, Green Bay and Oshkosh

Versatility has always been a strength of the Elite 11 football team players.

This year’s squad has several athletes who play on both sides of the ball, including Carter Kriewaldt of Freedom (back/safety), Parker Fontaine of Oshkosh West (defensive/offensive tackle), Jase Jenkins of Neenah (back/outside linebacker) and Bay Port’s Josiah “JoJo” Azure (outside linebacker/back).

The team also includes AJ Korth of Menasha (quarterback), Gabe Herman of De Pere (quarterback), Thomas Paasch of Green Bay Southwest (offensive lineman), Taye Derrico of Appleton East (defensive back), Kimberly’s Ethan Doucette (inside linebacker), Appleton North’s Brock Salm (safety) and West De Pere’s Najeh Mitchell (offensive).

Josiah “JoJo” Azure, Bay Port, outside linebacker/back

Height: 6-2

Lester: 230

Family: Parents, Caleb and Chrissy; siblings, Micah, Samantha and Isaac

Favorite food: Cheeseburgers

Favorite TV show: “Office”

Favorite movie: “Catch Me If You Can”

Favorite school subject: Bodybuilding

Favorite musical artist: Luc Combes

Favorite pro athlete: AJ Dillon

Why he’s on the team: Ranked 4th “peak” senior defender by wissports.net and ranked No. 11 senior overall. Unanimous selection of the all-FRCC-North first team. Finished with 91 total tackles, including 19 for loss, and five sacks. Also forced three fumbles.

Taye Derrico, Appleton East, defensive back

Taye Derrico

Height: 5-10

Lester: 165

Family: Mother, Jamie; siblings, Mekhi and Austin

Favorite food: Bacon Cheeseburgers

Favorite TV show: “All American”

Favorite movie: “Purge”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Little baby

Favorite pro athlete: Alexander Jaire

Why he’s on the team: Was first-team Fox Valley Association and league Defensive Back of the Year. Led the East with 59 total tackles and also had one interception. Is the #5 ranked senior defensive back by wissports.net.

Ethan Doucette, Kimberly, inside linebacker

Ethan Doucette

Height: 6-1

Lester: 222

Family: Parents, Bill and Amanda; siblings, Alex and Marcus

Favorite food: wings

Favorite TV show: “All American”

Favorite movie: “The Blind Side”

Favorite school subject: Science

Favorite musical artist: sleeping sanctuary

Favorite pro athlete: justin flowe

Why he’s on the team: Fox Valley Association Unanimous First Team. Finished with 86 tackles, including 14 for loss. Also recorded five sacks, a forced fumble and two interceptions. Ranked #6 senior linebacker by wissports.net.

Parker Fontaine, Oshkosh West, defensive tackle/offensive tackle

Parker Fountain

Height: 6-6

Lester: 310

Family: Parents, Chris and Melissa; siblings, Ashley and Steven

Favorite food: Pizza

Favorite TV show: “Breaking Bad”

Favorite movie: “Half brothers”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Duck

Favorite pro athlete: Aaron Donald

Why he’s on the team: Ranked 11th defensive lineman by wissports.net. Totaled 22 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for the loss and was second team in the Fox Valley Association.

Gabe Herman, De Pere, quarterback

Gabe Hermann

Height: 6-3

Lester: 195

Family: Parents, Steve and Jenny. siblings, Logan and Tanner

Favorite food: Spaghetti

Favorite TV show: “Office”

Favorite movie: “De Pere Game Movie”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Little baby

Favorite pro athlete: Cam Newton

Why he’s on the team: All-Fox River Classic Conference-North and league Offensive Player of the Year. Finished with 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. Ranked #7 among senior quarterbacks by wissports.net.

Jase Jenkins, Neenah, running back/outside linebacker

Jase Jenkins

Height: 6-1

Lester: 180

Family: Parents, Jeff and Anne; siblings, Cooper and Mitchell

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “Friends”

Favorite movie: “Dumb and Even Dumber”

Favorite school subject: English language arts

Favorite musical artist: Cody Johnson

Favorite pro athlete: bo jackson

Why he’s on the team: The Fox Valley Association’s first-team running back. Totaled 1,233 yards on 210 carries (5.9 average) with eight touchdowns. Also selected to the second team at linebacker and finished with 52 total tackles, including eight for loss.

AJ Korth, Menasha, quarterback

AJ Korth

Height: 5-11

Lester: 180

Family: Parents, Jeramie and Krysta; sister, Alyx

Favorite food: wings

Favorite TV show: “External Banks”

Favorite movie: “Remember the Titans”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Little baby

Favorite pro athlete: james lebron

Why he’s on the team: Fox River Classic Conference-South Unanimous First Team and League Offensive Player of the Year. Passed for 1,223 yards and 17 touchdowns. Rushed for 1,768 yards on 203 carries (8.7 average) with 25 touchdowns. Ranked 6th senior quarterback by wissports.net and 34th senior overall.

Carter Kriewaldt, Liberty, running back/safety

Carter Kriewaldt

Height: 6-1

Lester: 185

Family: Parents, Clint and Jamie; siblings, Kierstin, Collin, Clay and Kendall

Favorite food: Steak

Favorite TV show: “External Banks”

Favorite movie: “Half brothers”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Zach Bryan

Favorite pro athlete: TJWatt

Why he’s on the team: Northeast Conference first team on offense and defense (unanimous). Finished with 1,246 yards on 250 carries with 15 touchdowns, as well as 16 catches for 237 yards and four scores. Also had 77 tackles, including two for loss, a sack and an interception return for a touchdown. Ranked #4 among senior defensive backs by wissports.net.

Thomas Paasch, Green Bay Southwest, offensive tackle

Thomas Paach

Height: 6-6

Lester: 295

Family: Parents, Andrew and Melissa; brothers and sisters, Nicolas and Benjamin

Favorite food: Chicken breast

Favorite TV show: “Only”

Favorite school subject: Story

Favorite pro athlete: Max Scharping

Why he’s on the team: All-Fox River Classic Conference-North First Team. Ranked #1 senior offensive lineman by wissports.net and #5 senior prospect overall.

Najeh Mitchell, West De Pere, running back

Najeh Mitchell

Height: 5-9

Lester: 175

Family: Father, Nick; siblings, Pejha, ​​Nia, Mya, Kiyah, and Keandre

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite TV show: “Last Chance U”

Favorite movie: “Kung Fu Panda”

Favorite school subject: Story

Favorite musical artist: Little baby

Favorite pro athlete: Alvin Kamara

Why he’s on the team: All-Fox River Classic Conference-North First Team. Ran for 903 yards and 14 touchdowns, with 37 catches for 570 yards and nine scores. Ranked #4 senior running back by wissports.net and #29 senior overall.

Brock Salm, North Appleton, Security

Brock Salm

Height: 6-2

Lester: 195

Family: Parents, Nick and Christi; sister Julia

Favorite food: Peanut butter and honey sandwich

Favorite TV show: “Office”

Favorite movie: “Interstellar”

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite musical artist: Billy Joel

Favorite pro athlete: Alexander Jaire

Why he’s on the team: Fox Valley Association Unanimous First Team. Had 42 tackles and two interceptions, including one returned for a score. Also had a fumble return for a score. Ranked 9th senior defensive back by wissports.net.