Quickness, strength propel Hahn to All-Suburban team

Junior led Knight's defensive unit

Nov. 29, 2011

Oak Creek - Oak Creek junior defensive end Alex Hahn is listed as 6-2, 219, but there are coaches on the Knight's football staff, who wink and nod at those figures, as the lightning-quick defender is more than likely actually a bit smaller than that.

That made his All-Southeast Conference and first-team NOW Newspapers All-Suburban selections this fall all the more stunning, as he helped the Knights to a more competitive squad at 4-5 this season.

He had a knack for getting to the ball as a remarkable strip and recovery showed in the tough loss to area rival Franklin earlier this season. The effort surprised the Sabers' ball carrier as Hahn was in the backfield before the runner even got the ball.

"Just a really good ballplayer," said Franklin coach Louis Brown.

It was one of two forced fumbles on the year, along with two interceptions and 13 quarterback pressures that were just some of his team-topping defensive stats.

He led the Knights in every significant defensive category using strength gleaned from his top-flight power-lifting exploits (five first-place medals in recent state competitions) and though Oak Creek occasionally had trouble stopping people (40-plus point defensive efforts in losses to state champion Kenosha Bradford as well as Tremper and Muskego), there were moments that the unit, behind Hahn, did shine.

The Knights posted shutouts against Milwaukee Hamilton and Racine Horlick and held Racine Park to 10 points and Racine Case to just seven. Helping in that regard were Hahn's 12 tackles for loss and five sacks for the season.

His efforts impressed coach Mike Bartholomew.

"As good a defensive lineman as I've been around," said Bartholomew. "He has just tremendous physical talent. He is so quick off the ball and so strong too. He just did great things for us all year long and to do it in a conference as deep as we had this season (five players from the Southeast made either first- or second-team AP All-State on the defensive side of the ball) is just amazing."

Hahn will be a player the Knights build around next year, as other talented returnees include running back Virgil Hammond, tight end Jordan Veloz and freshman offensive lineman Nathan Veloz (6-5, 288).

Hahn earns All-Suburban nod

Recent Oak Creek honorees include the following:

2011 - Hahn, defensive end

2008 - Jake Thiel, offensive tackle; Angelo Ruiz, defensive back.

2007 - Ruiz, defensive back.

2005 - Mike Wey, linebacker.

2004 - Tim Beasley, guard; Travis Beckum, linebacker; Raymond Henderson, receiver.

2003 - Beasley, guard, David Mortensen, quarterback; Rhyan Anderson, defensive end (Player of the Year); Henderson, defensive end; Beckum, linebacker; John West, defensive back.

2002 - Kevin Serfort, offensive tackle; Anderson, defensive end.

2001 - Nick Rohrer, offensive tackle; Brian Calhoun, running back; Matt Ludeman, defensive end; Jesse Carver, linebacker.

2000 -Calhoun, running back (Player of the Year).

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