Posted On: 02/17/17 7:00 PM

Champlin Park’s offense grabbed most of the headlines on the Rebels’ journey to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals, but their defense had several players with stellar 2016 seasons.

One of those performers was senior linebacker Colton Aydt. Aydt lead the team with 99 total tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. He earned a spot in the MFCA All-Star Game, joining teammate Cameron Witt on the North squad.

He recorded double-digit tackles in half of the Rebels’ 12 contests and was the anchor of a fast, but undersized defense.

“He worked very hard in the offseason to get himself ready,” said Champlin Park coach Mike Korton via email. “This work gave him the confidence to be a very good player.”

Aydt echoed what his coach said about his improvement. He said his productive senior season was largely because of hard work and intangibles away from the field.

He said he became more of a student of the game as a senior, trying to learn opponents through film study and scouting reports. The preparation showed up when Aydt, who was rarely the

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