The Frank Fontana Memorial Award was established in 1999 in memory of Frank Fontana, an outstanding athlete who excelled in football and basketball. In 1981, Frank captained the State Champion St. Pius X High School football team. He was also selected to the all-Northland team that year. In basketball, he captained the Warriors’ squad.
The Frank Fontana Memorial Award is presented to the most outstanding high school football player in the smaller class (Missouri Classes 1-4 and Kansas Classes 1A-4A) category.
The recipient of this prestigious award is selected by a vote of the high school football coaches and select media members in the metropolitan area. The award is given to the football player most representative of excellence on the playing field. If the area coaches and media select a smaller class player to win the Simone Award, that player may not also win the Fontana Award. No player may win both awards in the same year.
Along with the trophy, which resides at the high school of the recipient for a period of one year, the Simone-Fontana Foundation presents a donation of $1,000 to the athletic department of the recipients’ high school.
|2013 Frank Fontana Award Finalists|
|Chad Berg, Baldwin
Aaron Graham, Oak Grove
Josh Shewmaker, Pleasant Hill
Austin Tevis, Holden
All-Time Fontana Award Winners
|2013||Josh Shewmaker||Pleasant Hill|
|2011||Krae Kelso||Platte County|
|2009||Darrenn White||University Academy|
|2006||Pat Cashmore||St. Pius X|
|2005||La’Darrian Page||Lee’s Summit West|
|2004||Leonard Durant||Hickman Mills|
|2002||Willie Cashmore||St. Pius X|
|2001||Zach Sherman||Platte County|
|2000||Brandon Gutshall||Platte County|