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Mike Wech

Baraboo senior Mike Wech carries the ball during a Badger North Conference home win over Beaver Dam on Aug. 31. Wech rushed for 1,251 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018, earning a spot on the District 4 large school all-region team.

Mike Wech picked up his latest postseason honor on Thursday.

The Baraboo running back turned in a big senior season, and the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association took notice, naming Wech to the District 4 large school all-region team.

Wech carried the Baraboo offense as the Thunderbirds went 4-6 on the season, including 4-3 in Badger North Conference play, to earn their first WIAA postseason berth in 12 years. Baraboo’s season ended with a 27-0 loss at Waunakee in a first-round playoff game on Oct. 19.

Wech finished the year with 1,251 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 224 carries. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound back accounted for 125.1 rushing yards per game in a Baraboo offense that scored 15.4 points per game.

Wech broke out for 231 yards and three touchdowns on just 22 carries in a 37-21 home win over Beaver Dam on Aug. 31. Wech added 21 carries for 231 yards and two touchdowns the next week — a 34-8 home win over Portage.

Wech’s biggest night came on Sept. 28, when he had 303 yards and five touchdowns on 29 rushes in a 34-7 home win over Sauk Prairie.

While 11 T-Birds earned All-Badger North Conference honors this fall, Wech was Baraboo’s lone first-team selection, earning his first career all-conference nod.

Wech is Baraboo’s first all-region selection since running back Noah Larson was named to the All-Southwest team as a senior in 2016.

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