Three Brookfield East football players earn All-Suburban honors
Schimborski, Damico, Pulsifer take home accolades from NOW
When interviewed this past week, the five Brookfield athletes who made the 2013 NOW All-Suburban Team always brought up their team first.
Brookfield East, which placed three seniors on the team in linebacker Vince Schimborski, quarterback Zach Damico and offensive guard Noah Pulsifer, finished fifth in the GMC (4-3) and 5-5 overall, losing to Cedarburg, 42-17, in the first round of the playoffs.
They put team first and wished they would have had a better season by winning conference and advancing further into the postseason.
But they all deserved the honor of being on the 32-man roster of the over 20 teams in the NOW Newspapers coverage area.
Here is an alphabetical look at each of the three first-team selections from Brookfield East.
The 6-foot, 170-pounder made the NOW All-Surburban Team for the second year in a row. He was also two-time first-team All-Conference QB and a two-time Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) All-Region performer.
He holds virtually every record a quarterback can hold at East (rushing yards, passing yards, touchdowns). This past regular season, he rushed for 1,250 yards and 12 TDs and passed for 1,100 yards and 11 TDs.
He was the leader for an offense that averaged 445 yards a game in conference and 426 yards a game overall.
"It is a lot of responsibility to have to make a decision on every play," Damico said. "Run or pass, keep it or hand off. I enjoy it. The more you get into the offense, the better it gets and it's fun to run.
"I enjoy the fact that I get the opportunity to both run and throw the ball."
Pulsifer, who blocked for Damico, has been his teammate for awhile.
"I've been playing football with Zach since the sixth grade, so I'm familiar with him. I felt since he was a freshman he was going places. He is a dominant player.
"As an offensive lineman, he didn't need a big hole because he was a great ball carrier."
Central's Luke Rasmussen, who also played some defense for the Lancers, also had some kind words for Damico.
"We made sure we would contain Zach," Rasmussen said. "We didn't let him get outside of our tackles. He could easily scramble 6-7 yards every time. We tried to make him throw more, but he was retty comfortable in the pocket too."
As for college, Damico would like to play quarterback, although some schools that play a pro style would like to move him to wide receiver.
"I'm looking at some of the UW schools or DII schools," he said. "The main thing will be how I feel about the school. I want somewhere I can call home the next four to five years.
"It has to be great academic school, because I'm going there to learn."
If you want to know how good Noah Pulsifer was, just listen to his coach.
"Noah is one of the toughest, most hard-nosed players I have ever coached," said veteran coach Tom Swittel. "He may be the best lineman I have ever coached in my 35 years of coaching."
When asked what he thought of that compliment, Pulsifer was all smiles.
"Coming from a guy like coach Swittel, that's a huge compliment. Knowing how long he has coached, to put me above the rest..."
The 6-2, 230-pounder is a two-time first team All-Conference player in the Greater Metro Conference who also made the WFCA All-Region team and was honorable mention WFCA All-State.
"He's a heck of a player," Damico said. "Not the biggest but he is as strong as anyone. He has real good technique. He can do anything, play any position on the line. He was a great leader."
Pulsifer, the Spartans' Most Valuable Lineman, was also a good leader, Swittel said.
"He was the only senior offensive linemen this year and was almost a player-coach," Swittel said. "He was a great mentor for the youngsters on the O-line and made sure everyone knew what they were doing."
Pulsifer was flanked by juniors Will Wiemero at left tackle and PJ LeClaire at center and sophomores Jack Leonovicz at right guard and Mike Caliendo at right tackle.
"I was crazy proud of them," he said. "They took on a huge responsibility. The O-line doesn't get all the glory, the touchdowns or the yards, but they are a big part of something really."
Pulsifer plans on playing football at the next level, but as a fullback, since he only weighs 230 pounds. Swittel doesn't think he will have any problem.
"He is one of the toughest, most hard-nosed players I have ever coached," he said. "He has great technique and knowledge of the game."
Schimborski is a remarkable story. An All-Conference player as a sophomore in the Greater Metro Conference, he missed all of last year with an ACL tear suffered in track the previous spring. He worked hard and came back this year better than ever.
"I was pumped up for the season having to wait a year," Schimborski said. "Having to sit out my entire junior year, I can't even describe how excited I was to play this season."
He started the season at defensive end but was moved to outside linebacker because the Spartans needed help at the position.
"I'm an outside linebacker at heart," Pulsifer said.
"The defense got better immediately," Swittel said. "He was voted the Spartan Award winner by his teammates and was also selected as captain by the team."
Rasmussen was happy to see his old friend back on the field.
"I played with Vince since 7-8 grade and every year he's been a good D-lineman, linebacker. Then he had that knee injury. It was nice to see him back on the field and go against him. He's a really good competitor."
In the regular season Schimborski had 35 solo tackles, 38 assists, three forced fumbles, 14 tackles for losses, five sacks, two interceptions and three passes defended.
"I played football with Vince since sixth grade," Pulsifer said. "He is a dominant football player. He didn't miss a step going into high school."
As for the next step, Schimborski has sent out film to various programs and he is looking into different schools.
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