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Anderson County lineman Austin Corn headed a group of four Bearcat football players named to the prestigious Courier-Journal All-State teams. The teams, selected by the state's coaches, were announced in the Christmas Day editions of the Louisville paper.
"That was good for Christmas," said Corn, who learned of his selection when Bearcat coach Mark Peach called him on Christmas Day. "My mom was thrilled with it."
Corn was named to the second team as an offensive lineman, becoming the first Anderson player selected above honorable mention since kicker Jason Munafo in 1996. The last Bearcat lineman named to the second team was tackle George Stratton in 1993.
Corn, a 6-foot-4, 320 pound guard, helped anchor an Anderson line that paved the way for the Bearcats to score nearly 34 points a game in their 11-1 season. He said the all-state selection was not on his list of priorities during the season. "I just wanted to play football," Corn said with a smile.
Chances are that he will get that opportunity again in the future.
While Corn is undecided on his college choice, many of the smaller in-state colleges have expressed interest. Corn listed Union, Thomas More, Georgetown and Kentucky Christian as the schools showing the most interest at this point.
"It is a huge honor for Austin," said Anderson coach Mark Peach. "I thought he had a super year. He has really matured as a football player and as a person. "
Defensive end Austin Hammons, offensive lineman Steve Heilman and linebacker Nick Satterly all received honorable mentions. All are undecided on their college choices.
"They were very deserving. All four were captains and all were tremendous leaders," Peach said.
"I thoroughly enjoyed coaching each one of these young men! I look forward to following their careers collegiately."