Saturday, November 24, 2012

Hubley selected state's best FB player

  Hubley selected state's best Senior led CMH to state title

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Matt Hubley was an exceptional high school football player during his first three seasons at Waukesha Catholic Memorial before he turned a negative into a positive and elevated himself into The Associated Press 2012 Player of the Year in Wisconsin.

Hubley was chosen for the honor in a vote by a statewide panel of media members In June 2011, just after his sophomore year, Hubley fell off his bicycle, breaking his left shoulder and left elbow. Surgery was needed to repair the elbow and he gutted out constant pain throughout his junior season, during which the Crusaders
went 6-4. Just making it through that season might have been enough of an accomplishment, but not for Hubley.

''I realized I only had one year left and I hadn't done anything that great my first three years,'' he said. ''I just wanted to come out and have a good season and win the state championship.''

Hubley upped his already unreal dedication in the weight room and in conditioning. And then the running back-linebacker, a University of Wisconsin
recruit, directed his motivation and frustration into a memorable senior season for the WIAA Division 3 champion Crusaders.

Moving from strong safety
to outside linebacker, the 6foot-2, 205-pound Hubley was a force with 47 solo tackles, 29 assists, 15 sacks, 17 tackles for loss and a defensive touchdown.

The clincher was his performance at running back, a position he had played sparingly his first three seasons. Hubley rushed for 1,658 yards and 21 touchdowns on 236 carries, averaging 127.5 yards per game.

He topped off his high school career by rushing for 199 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries to lead the 11-2 Crusaders to a 42-7 victory over Waupaca on Nov. 16 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

''We literally had to pull him out of the weight room and send him home during the offseason,'' said Catholic Memorial coach Bill Young, Crusaders coach since 1978. ''He just gave us everything he had.

''We talk about giving us everything you've got and two steps more. Matt was like four steps more. He represented what we were trying to do.''

Also nominated for player of the year was Alec James of Brookfield East.

AP Wisconsin 2012 Coach of the Year honors went to Dave Keel of Homestead. He led the Highlanders to the Division 2 Championship.

As soon as Keel found out


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Catholic Memorial senior Matt Hubley ran for 21 touchdowns this season.

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