2015 Simone Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 2015 Simone Awards were announced live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Tuesday night from Arrowhead Stadium’s Hall of Honor. The show will re-air on TWC SportsChannel (TWC 30/323; Comcast Kansas 68/258/913; Comcast Missouri 44/258/913; WOW! Lawrence 37/226) Thursday at 1am, 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 7pm, and Saturday at 6am, 2pm, 9:30pm and 11pm.

The finalists for the 33rd Annual Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area, are:

Adam Cofield – Running Back/Linebacker – 6’0 205 Sr  Blue Springs South Jaguars:  14-0 Class 6 State Champions

Adam Cofield had a breakout senior season and was a key factor in Blue Springs South turning around a losing 2014 record into a perfect state championship run in 2015. He ran for 1,373 yards and 16 touchdowns, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, and added 18 catches for 284 yards and two scores. Cofield, like the Jaguars overall, got stronger as the year progressed. He ran for over 100 yards in seven games, including the last four. He totaled 149 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the 37-28 state championship win over CBC. He also had a 67-yard receiving score. Cofield was maybe at his best on defense, recording 86 tackles and six sacks as a linebacker. He was the unanimous Suburban Big 6 Defensive Player of the Year and is also a Buchanan Award finalist.

Christian Jegen – Wide Rec./Def. Back – 6’3 195 Sr        

Mill Valley Jaguars:  12-1 Class 5-A State Champions

One of two Simone finalists to be named first team all-conference on both sides of the ball, Christian Jegen proved to be one of the top athletes in the metro in 2015. Also an Otis Taylor Award finalist, Jegen caught 66 passes for 1,288 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was a major threat on the ground as well, rushing 112 times for 805 yards and 14 touchdowns. In each of the first three games of Mill Valley’s state championship playoff run, Jegen had over 100 yards receiving and rushing. A varsity player since his freshman year, Jegen recorded over 2,500 career receiving yards and 1,400 rushing yards, scoring 55 total touchdowns. He has been a first or second-team all-conference performer on offense and defense since his sophomore year with four total first-team designations.

Skylar Thompson – Quarterback – 6’3 195 Sr                    

Fort Osage Indians:  13-1 Class 5 State Champions

Now a two-time Simone Award finalist, Skylar Thompson capped a remarkable high school career by leading Fort Osage to the school’s first state football title with a record-breaking performance. He threw for 253 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 202 and three more scores – a championship game record 455 total yards – as the Indians rolled to a 63-28 win over Chaminade. He finished 2015 with 2,127 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing just three interceptions. He added nearly 1,100 yards and 21 scores on the ground. A three-year starter after getting some playing time as a freshman behind 2012 Simone finalist Steven McBee, Thompson finished with over 6,200 career passing yards and 71 touchdowns. He is one of the top-ranked dual threat quarterback recruits in the country and committed to Kansas State last spring.

Zach Willis – Running Back – 5’7 185 Sr                 

Belton Pirates:  8-4 Class 5 District Finalists

Zach Willis is another finalist who only emerged as a Simone contender well after the season started. It would have been tough to foresee in August the kind of senior year Willis would have. He averaged well over 200 yards per game, running for 2,628 yards on 308 carries. He found the end zone an incredible 41 times on the year as Belton posted an 8-4 record, the best season for the Pirates since a state runner-up finish in 2007. Though the MSHSAA record book does not differentiate between small and large class records, the yardage, attempts and touchdown totals for Willis are likely all among the 10 best in state history for a big school running back. Willis was named Offensive Player of the Year in the Suburban Small 6 conference.

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The 24th Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A). The finalists are:

Amani Bledsoe, Sr. OL/DL, Lawrence – Had 82 tackles and 8 sacks. Also had 3 blocked punts and 42 offensive pancake blocks.  Was Sunflower League’s Andre Maloney MVP.  Over 50 FBS offers.

Adam Cofield, Sr. LB, Blue Springs South – 86 tackles, six sacks, 13 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery at linebacker for the state champion Jaguars. Was Suburban Big 6 Defensive Player of the Year.

Chester Graves, Jr. DL, Park Hill – 108 tackles and 12 sacks as a defensive lineman. Recorded 38 tackles for loss. Elite Class of 2017 recruit. Was Suburban Mid 6 Defensive Player of the Year.

Sima Thomas, Sr. DL, Fort Osage – Finished with 83 tackles, 11 sacks and 29 tackles for loss for the state champion Indians. Forced 4 fumbles. Was Suburban Small 7 Defensive Player of the Year.

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The 17th Annual Frank Fontana Award will be given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro. The finalists are:

Jabril Cox, Sr. QB/DB, Raytown South – Threw for nearly 1,900 yards and 18 touchdowns and ran for another 1,000 with 13 TDs in just 11 games. Had 21 tackles and an interception on defense.

Dawson Downing, Sr. RB, Bishop Miege – A two-time Fontana Award finalist. Ran for 1,900 yards and 42 touchdowns in just 12 games. Capped his Miege career with 231 yards and 6 TDs in the state title game.

Kobe Hardin, Sr. RB, Odessa – In first year playing high school football, burst onto the metro scene and set an Odessa school record with nearly 2,700 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns.

Logan Hinck, Sr. QB, Kearney – Passed for 1,742 yards, 22 touchdowns and just four interceptions, leading Bulldogs to a state title. Ran for another 1,147 yards and 13 TDs, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. 

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The 16th Annual Bobby Bell Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A). The finalists are:

Cale Garrett, Sr. LB, Kearney– Two-time Bell Award finalist. Had 160 tackles, including 117 solo, for the state champion Bulldogs. 538 career tackles in four varsity seasons. Last year’s Class 4 Defensive POY.    

Jase Hollingsworth, Jr. OL/DL, Odessa – Two-way 1st-Team All-Conference player had over 60 tackles and a defensive touchdown for the state runner-up Bulldogs.

Brock Hughes, Sr. LB, O’Hara – O’Hara’s all-time leader for tackles in a season and career. Tallied 204 stops in just 11 games this year. West Central Conference Defensive Player of the Year. 

Kaelin Key, Sr. DL, Bishop Miege – 72 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 5 sacks for the state champion Stags. A four-year starter, was the EKL’s Defensive Player of the Year. 

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The 9th Annual Otis Taylor Award will be given to the top tight end/wide receiver in the metro area. The finalists are:

Jafar Armstrong, Jr. WR, Bishop Miege – Had 65 catches for 1,262 yards and 15 touchdowns. Had two games with over 200 receiving yards. Has nearly 2,700 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns in two seasons. 

Christian Jegen, Sr. WR, Mill Valley – Also a Simone finalist with over 2,000 all-purpose yards this year for the state champion Jaguars.  

Briley Moore-McKinney, Sr. WR, Blue Springs South – Finished with 672 yards and 15 touchdowns receiving. A two-way starter, also had 26 tackles and three sacks for the unbeaten state champs.

Isaiah Simmons, Sr. WR, Olathe North – Tallied over 1,200 yards on just over 30 catches with 16 touchdowns.  Also ran for 145 yards and two TDs. Holds offers from nearly a dozen Big 12 and Big 10 schools.

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The Simone Awards are voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.

In addition to the above award finalists, the following awards were presented on the show:

Ryan Schartz of Fort Osage and Joel Applebee of Mill Valley were recognized as the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri and Kansas Coaches of the Year.  Howard Rice of Southwest and Xanthanus Pierro of East were given the Interscholastic League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards.  Also, the 6th Annual All-Simone Team was announced and is listed below.  

All of these individuals will also be recognized, as well as winners announced of the Simone, Fontana, Buchanan, Bell, Taylor, Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Gordon Docking Award for excellence in high school sports reporting, at the 33rd Annual Simone Awards ceremony Tuesday morning, December 8. It will also be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel live from the school of the winner.

2015 All-Simone Team

The 6th Annual All-Simone Team recognizes the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every position.  

The 2015 All-Simone Team was unveiled Tuesday, December 1 on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and the team members will be recognized again during the Simone Awards ceremony.  Each will receive a patch for their letterman jacket.  

*Asterisks note two-time All-Simone Team honorees.

Offense

Quarterback – Jabril Cox, Senior, Raytown South

Quarterback – Joey Dolan, Senior, Blue Valley North

Quarterback – Logan Hinck, Senior, Kearney

Quarterback – Skylar Thompson, Senior, Fort Osage*

Quarterback – Bryce Torneden, Senior, Lawrence Free State

Running Back – Dawson Downing, Senior, Bishop Miege*

Running Back – Kobe Hardin, Senior, Odessa

Running Back – Howard Rice, Senior, Southwest

Running Back – AJ Taylor, Senior, Rockhurst

Running Back – Norvell Trent, Junior, Center

Running Back – Zach Willis, Senior, Belton

Running Back – JD Woods, Senior, Lawrence

Wide Receiver – Jafar Armstrong, Junior, Bishop Miege

Wide Receiver – Christian Jegen, Senior, Mill Valley

Wide Receiver – Briley Moore-McKinney, Senior, Blue Springs South

Wide Receiver – Isaiah Simmons, Senior, Olathe North

Offensive Lineman – Jared Green, Senior, Shawnee Mission West

Offensive Lineman – Colin Grunhard, Junior, Bishop Miege

Offensive Lineman – Tom Killilea, Senior, St. Thomas Aquinas

Offensive Lineman – Tanner Gulick, Senior, Harrisonville

Offensive Lineman – Achilles Griffin, Blue Springs South

Offensive Lineman – Ben Hecht, Senior, Mill Valley

Offensive Lineman – Zach Birch, Senior, Staley

 

Defense

Defensive Lineman – Cole Morris, Senior, Mill Valley

Defensive Lineman – Amani Bledsoe, Senior, Lawrence*

Defensive Lineman – Chester Graves, Junior, Park Hill

Defensive Lineman – Kaelin Key, Senior, Bishop Miege

Defensive Lineman – Jase Hollingsworth, Junior, Odessa

Defensive Lineman – Sima Thomas, Senior, Fort Osage

Linebacker – William Bradley-King, Senior, Hogan Prep

Linebacker – Adam Cofield, Senior, Blue Springs South

Linebacker – Cale Garrett, Senior, Kearney*

Linebacker – Brock Hughes, Senior, O’Hara

Linebacker – Michael Maffry, Junior, Blue Valley

Linebacker – Price Morgan, Senior, Lawrence

Linebacker – Sam Skwarlo, Senior, Lawrence Free State

Linebacker – Seven Wilson, Junior, Park Hill

Linebacker – Eli Ross, Junior, Staley

Defensive Back – Jordan Salima, Senior, Truman

Defensive Back – Jake Lamb, Senior, Blue Springs South

Defensive Back – Mitchell Miller, Senior, Liberty North    

Defensive Back – Xanthanus Pierro, Senior, East

Defensive Back – Jake Watkins, Senior, Blue Valley

 

Dalvin Double: Warmack First Two-Time Simone Winner

Blue Springs senior running back Dalvin Warmack made history Tuesday, becoming the first player in the 31-year history of the Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award to win it twice.  He ran for over 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns this season and had another 350 receiving and three scores.  He admitted it was a challenge living up to the incredible standards he set last year.

“It was a lot of pressure and a little bit of stress,” Warmack said during the Simone Awards broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.  “I just tried not to worry about it and just play football.”

In two seasons as the full-time feature back, Warmack ran for 4,500 yards and 70 TDs.  More importantly, in those seasons the Wildcats went 27-1 and won back-to-back Missouri Class 6 state titles.  Warmack was the top playmaker for an offense that averaged 40.5 points per game.  Last week, Warmack was named Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) for the second straight season.  In March, Warmack chose to play college football at Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

The three other finalists for the Simone Award were Brock Broughton of Kearney, Drew Lock of Lee’s Summit and Traevohn Wrench of Gardner-Edgerton. 

The winner of the 15th Annual Frank Fontana Award, given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro, was Josh Shewmaker of Pleasant Hill.  The three other finalists for the Fontana Award were Chad Berg of Baldwin, Aaron Graham of Oak Grove and Austin Tevis of Holden.

Shewmaker, a dual-threat senior quarterback, threw for 1,551 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for another 924 yards and 10 scores.  He led Pleasant Hill to a surprising undefeated regular season, a MRVC-West conference championship and an appearance in the Missouri Class 4 quarterfinals.

“We were the underdogs in three or four games but it just shows what hard work can do,” Shewmaker said.  “It was a fun season.”

Shewmaker is the first player from Pleasant Hill to win the Fontana Award.

The winner of the 22nd Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award, presented by the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A), was Elijah Lee of Blue Springs.  The three other finalists for the Buchanan Award were Braden Smith of Olathe South, Jimmie Swain of Olathe North and Josh Watson of Blue Springs South.

Lee became just the second two-time winner of the Buchanan Award, joining 2010-2011 winner Evan Boehm of Lee’s Summit West.

“It’s an honor,” Lee said.  “I had it in the back of my head but I didn’t think I could do it two times in a row.  I give all the honor to my teammates and my coaches.”

This season, Lee registered 85 tackles as a defensive end, the second-best total on the team.  He also had 12 sacks and 36 tackles for loss.  He had eight tackles and three sacks in the state title game against Columbia Rock Bridge. He was a unanimous pick for the MFCA’s 1st-Team All-State squad and was named the coaches Class 6 Defensive Player of the Year.  Lee’s two Buchanan Awards gives Blue Springs six in the school’s history.  He has committed to play college football for Kansas State.

The winner of the 14th Annual Bobby Bell Award, given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A), was Colton Beebe of Piper.  The three other finalists for the Bell Award were Ryan Franks of Hogan Prep, Ethan Fugitt of Oak Grove and Casey McDermott of Raytown South.

Beebe, just a junior for the Pirates, accounted for 159 tackles and two sacks from his linebacker position.  He has started all three seasons of his high school career and been Piper’s leading tackler in each.

“You gotta thank your defensive line because they take up blocks and allow me to make plays,” Beebe said of his ability to put up such huge total tackle numbers.

Beebe is now a two-time Kansas Class 4-A First-Team All-State performer.  He helped Piper to a winning season as the Pirates finished 7-5, advancing to the 4-A quarterfinals.  Beebe is the first Piper Pirate ever to win one of the Simone Awards and becomes just the second Bell Award winner from Kansas.

“It was a really special honor to be nominated,” he said.

The winner of the 7th Annual Otis Taylor Award, presented by C&C Produce and given to the best tight end/wide receiver in the metro area, was Monte Harrison of Lee’s Summit West.  The three other finalists for the Taylor Award were Khalil Bailey of Lansing, Andre Maloney of Shawnee Mission West and Darrius Shepherd of Blue Springs.

Harrison is arguably one of the most dynamic athletes to ever play in the metro, excelling in three sports.  On the football field, he was a versatile and virtually unstoppable weapon for Lee’s Summit West.  He finished the year with 60 receptions for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns as a wide receiver.  But he also ran for 198 yards and 12 touchdowns, primarily out of the Wildcat formation.  He had almost 700 return yards and three more scores.  He even threw a touchdown pass.

The senior wideout helped Lee’s Summit West to the school’s third state title, finishing with a 13-1 record, the only loss to Class 6 champ Blue Springs by a touchdown.

“It was a lot of fun,” Harrison said of winning the state championship.  “We had a lot of support from our coaches and got the job done.

He refused to take the bait when interview host Mick Shaffer tried to get him to predict a different result if Blue Springs and Lee’s Summit West were to rematch.

“No comment,” Harrison said to laughter and applause from the Blue Springs High School crowd.

Harrison has committed to play both football and baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers next year.

The Simone Awards were voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.

The 3rd Annual Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, honoring the memory of the Spring Hill standout football player who died in 2010 after collapsing on the field, was presented posthumously to Andre Maloney, the senior wide receiver from Shawnee Mission West who passed away after suffering a stroke on the field earlier this year.

A framed U.S. Army All-American Bowl signed jersey was also presented to the Maloney family and Vikings coach Tim Callaghan and will be displayed at the school in memory of Andre.

The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Kansas Coach of the Year was Dustin Delaney of Shawnee Mission East.  The Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri Coach of the Year for the second year in a row was Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs.

The Gordon Docking Media Award, honoring outstanding achievement in high school football reporting, was presented to Tony Wrisinger of Vision Sports.

The Interscholastic League Award Offensive Player of the Year was Kevin Coulter, a senior running back from East High School and the Defensive Player of the Year was Jabari Hobson, a junior linebacker from Lincoln Prep.

Additionally, the 4th Annual All-Simone Team, presented by Hot Mix Materials, Inc., was announced, recognizing the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every offensive and defensive position.  Team members were recognized during the Simone Awards ceremony and received a patch for their letterman jacket.

The 2013 All-Simone Team (* represents two-time selections):

Quarterback – Chad Berg, Senior, Baldwin

Quarterback – Drew Lock, Junior, Lee’s Summit

Quarterback – Josh Shewmaker, Senior, Pleasant Hill

Quarterback – Ryan Ralston, Senior, Blue Valley West

Quarterback – Dimonic McKinzy, Senior, Wyandotte

Running Back – Brock Broughton, Senior, Kearney

Running Back – Kevin Coulter, Senior, East

Running Back – Aaron Graham, Junior, Oak Grove

Running Back – Austin Tevis, Junior, Holden

Running Back – Dalvin Warmack, Senior, Blue Springs*

Running Back – Traevohn Wrench, Senior, Gardner-Edgerton

Wide Receiver – Khalil Bailey, Senior, Lansing

Wide Receiver – Monte Harrison, Senior, Lee’s Summit West

Wide Receiver – Andre Maloney, Senior, Shawnee Mission West*

Wide Receiver – Darrius Shepherd, Senior, Blue Springs*

Offensive Lineman – Johnny Berry, Senior, Pleasant Hill

Offensive Lineman – Mike Fairchild, Senior, Blue Valley West

Offensive Lineman – Jacob Francis, Senior, Liberty*

Offensive Lineman – Christian Gaylord, Junior, Baldwin

Offensive Lineman – A.J. Harris, Junior, Blue Valley

Offensive Lineman – Kevin Pendleton, Senior, Lee’s Summit West

Offensive Lineman – Braden Smith, Senior, Olathe South*

Defensive Lineman – Kyle Ball, Junior, Shawnee Mission East

Defensive Lineman – Khalil Davis, Junior, Blue Springs

Defensive Lineman – Elijah Lee, Senior, Blue Springs*

Defensive Lineman – Casey McDermott, Senior, Raytown South

Defensive Lineman – Dennis McKinney, Senior, Staley

Linebacker – Colton Beebe, Junior, Piper

Linebacker – Ryan Franks, Senior, Hogan Prep

Linebacker – Ethan Fugitt, Senior, Oak Grove

Linebacker – Jabari Hobson, Junior, Lincoln Prep

Linebacker – Nathan Iloilo, Senior, Fort Osage

Linebacker – Bradley Ivey, Senior, Bishop Miege*

Linebacker – Jimmie Swain, Senior, Olathe North

Linebacker – Josh Watson, Senior, Blue Springs South

Defensive Back – Logan Cheadle, Senior, Lee’s Summit West

Defensive Back – Joe Dineen, Senior, Lawrence Free State

Defensive Back – Kyle Harrison, Senior, Blue Valley Northwest

Defensive Back – McKinley Johnson, Senior, Bishop Miege

Defensive Back – Kaleb Prewett, Senior, Blue Springs

The Thomas A. Simone Awards aired live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel HD in Kansas City.  Replays of the awards ceremony will occur Tuesday at 7:00 PM and tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11 at 2:00 PM and 3:30 PM.

2013 Simone Awards Finalists Announced

Finalists for the 31st Annual Thomas A. Simone Awards were announced on a special Time Warner Cable SportsChannel broadcast live from Arrowhead Stadium’s Hall of Honor at 6:00 PM this evening.

The finalists for the 31st Annual Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award, which is given annually to the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area, are:

Brock Broughton, Sr. RB, Kearney Bulldogs (11-2 Class 5 Semifinalists) – Brock Broughton re-wrote the Kearney rushing record book in a sterling three-year career. This season he ran for 2,065 yards and 34 touchdowns on 318 attempts, all school records. He finished with 4,289 yards for his career, also a school record. Broughton was a major threat in the passing game as well, posting 29 receptions for 469 yards and another four scores. He was a First Team All-State performer a year ago when he ran for nearly 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns. Broughton had over 200 rushing yards in a game four times this year in leading the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record and appearance in the Class 5 semifinals. The senior running back plans to continue his football career next year at Western Illinois University.

Drew Lock, Jr. QB, Lee’s Summit Tigers (10-2 Class 6 Quarterfinalists) – In his second year as a starter for the Lee’s Summit Tigers, Drew Lock had a breakout season and became the only junior finalist for the 2013 Simone Award. In 12 games, Lock threw for 3,062 yards, averaging over 255 yards per contest. He had 35 passing touchdowns to just seven interceptions, completing over 60-percent of his throws. Lock becomes the second Simone-finalist quarterback for Coach Eric Thomas, joining 2010 finalist and current Mizzou QB Corbin Berkstresser. Lock triggered an offense that averaged 36 points per game and led Lee’s Summit to the most wins for the program since the state runner-up season of 1985. Also an elite basketball player, Lock has received multiple major college scholarship offers in both sports.

Dalvin Warmack, Sr. RB, Blue Springs Wildcats (14-0 Class 6 State Champions) – Last year, Dalvin Warmack became the second player ever to win the Simone Award as a junior. This year he could do something that has never been done before: win it twice. His numbers this year were nearly identical to his Simone winning season in 2012. He carried 251 times for 2,221 yards and 30 touchdowns and caught 20 passes for 347 yards and another three scores. In two seasons as the full-time feature back, Warmack ran for 4,500 yards and 70 TDs. More importantly, in those seasons the Wildcats went 27-1 and won back-to-back Missouri Class 6 state titles. Warmack was the top playmaker for an offense that averaged 40.5 points per game. In March, Warmack chose to play college football at Kansas State over offers from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma State.

Traevohn Wrench, Sr. RB, Gardner-Edgerton Trailblazers (8-2 Class 6-A) – Another finalist who will feature prominently in his school’s record book, Traevohn Wrench owns Gardner-Edgerton marks for single-game, single-season and career rushing yards and touchdowns. No small feat considering among the Trailblazers football alums is 2010 Simone Award winner Bubba Starling. In his third nomination as a semi-finalist, Wrench finally cracked the top four and now has a chance to win the school’s second Simone Award in four years. Wrench ran for 2,091 yards and 30 scores this year in just 10 games, his third straight season gaining over 2,000. He finished his career with over 6,900 yards and 93 touchdowns, shattering the previous school records. He committed to Kansas last March and is considered one of the highlight’s of KU’s Class of 2014 recruiting class.

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The 22nd Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A). The finalists are:

Elijah Lee, Sr. DE, Blue Springs – Could be the second two-time Buchanan winner, joining Evan Boehm. Lee had 85 tackles, 67 solo and 36 for loss.  He also had 12 sacks, including three in the state title game. KSU commit.

Braden Smith, Sr. OL/DL, Olathe South – A two-time finalist, Braden Smith is one of the top offensive line recruits in the country. He was a two-way starter with 59 tackles on defense and 82 pancake blocks on offense.

Jimmie Swain, Sr. LB, Olathe North – Swain had 98 tackles, nine tackles for loss and eight sacks. He was the top player on an Olathe North defense that pushed the Eagles to the Kansas 6-A semifinals. Swain has committed to play for TCU.

Josh Watson, Sr. LB, Blue Springs South – Tallied a school-record 81 solo tackles and 153 total. Also had three sacks and was named Suburban Big 6 Defensive Player of the Year. Has committed to play for Colorado State.

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The 15th Annual Frank Fontana Award will be given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro. The finalists are:

Chad Berg, Sr. QB, Baldwin – A dual threat QB who finished with 1,415 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground and 772 yards and 10 scores through the air. Also a starter on defense, he had 20 tackles and two interceptions. He was a 3-year starter, but this was his first at QB.

Aaron Graham, Jr. RB, Oak Grove – Had 1,516 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Over 2,200 all-purpose yards and 20 total touchdowns. Just a junior, already has over 4,300 career rushing yards and 5,400 all-purpose.

Josh Shewmaker, Sr. QB, Pleasant Hill – Another dual threat, Shewmaker threw for 1,551 yards and 17 TDs and ran for 924 yards with 10 scores. He led Pleasant Hill to an undefeated regular season and the Missouri Class 4 quarterfinals.

Austin Tevis, Jr. RB, Holden – Second straight Holden running back to be a Fontana finalist after Max Mickey won it last year. Tevis ran for 2,181 yards and 31 touchdowns this season.

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The 14th Annual Bobby Bell Award will be given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A). The finalists are:

Colton Beebe, Jr. LB, Piper – Totaled 159 total tackles and two sacks, Beebe is a 3-year starter and has been the leading tackler for Piper all three. First-Team All-State performer in Kansas 4-A last year.

Ryan Franks, Sr. LB, Hogan Prep – Had 135 tackles, four sacks and 11 forced fumbles this year. Tallied 44 tackles for loss. Was responsible for 25-percent of Hogan Prep’s tackles.

Ethan Fugitt, Sr. LB, Oak Grove – Tallied 101 tackles, five for loss. He was the leading tackler for a defense that allowed just over 13 points per game. He also ran for over 1,300 yards and a team-high 20 TDs.

Casey McDermott, Sr. DE, Raytown South – Finished with 75 tackles and 15 sacks. He was First-Team All-State in Missouri Class 4 last year and the 2013 Suburban Small 6 Defensive Player of the Year.

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The 7th Annual Otis Taylor Award will be given to the top tight end/wide receiver in the metro area. The finalists are:

Khalil Bailey, Sr. WR, Lansing – Had 64 catches for 1,487 yards and 17 touchdowns. Also had three return TDs and 2,162 all-purpose yards. Ended up less than 100 yards short of the Kansas state receiving record.

Monte Harrison, Sr. WR, Lee’s Summit West – Was also one of 10 semifinalists for the Simone Award. Had 60 catches for 1,006 yards and 13 TDs and 1,608 all-purpose yards with 28 total TDs.

Andre Maloney, Sr. WR, Shawnee Mission West – Had 12 catches for 353 yards and four TDs in just 17 quarters of action before suffering a fatal stroke on the field. Had a punt return TD and 711 all-purpose yards. Andre will also be honored and remembered with a special award at the Simone Awards ceremony next Tuesday.

Darrius Shepherd, Sr. WR, Blue Springs – A two-time Taylor Award finalist, Shepherd had 69 receptions for 1,203 yards and 14 touchchdowns. Finished with 1,577 all-purpose yards and 17 total TDs.

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The Simone Awards are voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.

In addition to the above award finalists, the following awards were presented on Tuesday’s show.

Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs and Dustin Delaney of Shawnee Mission East were recognized as the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri and Kansas Coaches of the Year. Tony Wrisinger of Vision Sports in Blue Springs received the Gordon Docking Award for excellence in high school sports reporting. Kevin Coulter of East and Jabari Hobson of Lincoln Prep were given the Interscholastic League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year Awards. Father/son youth football coaches Ben and Scott Dusenberry were presented the inaugural New York Life Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, the 4th Annual All-Simone Team was announced and is listed below.

All of these individuals will also be recognized, as well as winners of the Simone, Fontana, Buchanan, Bell, Taylor and Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award announced, at the 31st Annual Simone Awards ceremony Tuesday, December 10.

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2013 All-Simone Team
The 4th Annual All-Simone Team recognizes the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every position.

The 2013 All-Simone Team was unveiled Tuesday, December 3 on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and the team members will be recognized again during the Simone Awards ceremony. Each will receive a patch for their letterman jacket.

*Asterisks note two-time All-Simone Team honorees.

Offense
Quarterback – Chad Berg, Senior, Baldwin
Quarterback – Drew Lock, Junior, Lee’s Summit
Quarterback – Josh Shewmaker, Senior, Pleasant Hill
Quarterback – Ryan Ralston, Senior, Blue Valley West
Quarterback – Dimonic McKinzy, Senior, Wyandotte
Running Back – Brock Broughton, Senior, Kearney
Running Back – Kevin Coulter, Senior, East
Running Back – Aaron Graham, Junior, Oak Grove
Running Back – Austin Tevis, Junior, Holden
Running Back – Dalvin Warmack, Senior, Blue Springs*
Running Back – Traevohn Wrench, Senior, Gardner-Edgerton
Wide Receiver – Khalil Bailey, Senior, Lansing
Wide Receiver – Monte Harrison, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Wide Receiver – Andre Maloney, Senior, Shawnee Mission West*
Wide Receiver – Darrius Shepherd, Senior, Blue Springs*
Offensive Lineman – Johnny Berry, Senior, Pleasant Hill
Offensive Lineman – Mike Fairchild, Senior, Blue Valley West
Offensive Lineman – Jacob Francis, Senior, Liberty*
Offensive Lineman – Christian Gaylord, Junior, Baldwin
Offensive Lineman – A.J. Harris, Junior, Blue Valley
Offensive Lineman – Kevin Pendleton, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Offensive Lineman – Braden Smith, Senior, Olathe South*

Defense
Defensive Lineman – Kyle Ball, Junior, Shawnee Mission East
Defensive Lineman – Khalil Davis, Junior, Blue Springs
Defensive Lineman – Elijah Lee, Senior, Blue Springs*
Defensive Lineman – Casey McDermott, Senior, Raytown South
Defensive Lineman – Dennis McKinney, Senior, Staley
Linebacker – Colton Beebe, Junior, Piper
Linebacker – Ryan Franks, Senior, Hogan Prep
Linebacker – Ethan Fugitt, Senior, Oak Grove
Linebacker – Jabari Hobson, Junior, Lincoln Prep
Linebacker – Nathan Iloilo, Senior, Fort Osage
Linebacker – Bradley Ivey, Senior, Bishop Miege*
Linebacker – Jimmie Swain, Senior, Olathe North
Linebacker – Josh Watson, Senior, Blue Springs South
Defensive Back – Logan Cheadle, Senior, Lee’s Summit West
Defensive Back – Joe Dineen, Senior, Lawrence Free State
Defensive Back – Kyle Harrison, Senior, Blue Valley Northwest
Defensive Back – McKinley Johnson, Senior, Bishop Miege
Defensive Back – Kaleb Prewett, Senior, Blue Springs

2011 All-Simone Team

The 2nd Annual All-Simone Team recognizes the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every offensive and defensive position for the 2011 season. Members of the All-Simone Team were recognized during the Simone Awards ceremony and received a patch for their letterman jacket.

The honorary coach of the 2011 All-Simone team was Chip Sherman of Shawnee Mission East, the recipient of the first-ever Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award.

*Asterisks note two-time All-Simone Team honorees.

Offense
Quarterback – Montel Cozart, Junior, Bishop Miege
Quarterback – Connor Harris, Senior, Blue Springs South
Quarterback – Trent Hosick, Junior, Staley
Quarterback – Krae Kelso, Senior, Platte County
Quarterback – Colin Murphy, Senior, Basehor-Linwood
Running Back – Antwynn Beavers, Junior, Liberty North
Running Back – Justin Fulks, Senior, Blue Valley
Running Back – Morgan Steward, Senior, Staley
Running Back – Gabe Vandiver, Senior, Richmond
Running Back – Traevohn Wrench, Sophomore, Gardner-Edgerton
Wide Receiver – Jaron Alexander, Senior, Grandview
Wide Receiver – Willie Cauley, Senior, Olathe Northwest
Wide Receiver – Brandon Dennis, Senior, O’Hara
Wide Receiver – Tre Parmalee, Senior, Bishop Miege*
Offensive Lineman – Evan Boehm, Senior, Lee’s Summit West*
Offensive Lineman – Colby Bowers, Senior, Richmond
Offensive Lineman – Christian Eatherly, Senior, Rockhurst
Offensive Lineman – Scott Gourley, Senior, Olathe South*
Offensive Lineman – Jeff Imber, Senior, Blue Valley
Offensive Lineman – Trevor Wescott, Senior, Blue Springs South
Defense
Defensive Lineman – Matthew Baltimore, Senior, Olathe East
Defensive Lineman – Travis Britz, Senior, Harrisonville
Defensive Lineman – Nathanael Lohn, Senior, Staley
Defensive Lineman – Tony Tanumai, Senior, Fort Osage*
Defensive Lineman – Alex Whitten, Senior, Eudora
Linebacker – Jorge Belcher, Senior, O’Hara
Linebacker – Brandon Goodman, Senior, Paola
Linebacker – Jake King, Senior, Blue Springs South
Linebacker – Cooper McCoy, Senior, Blue Valley
Linebacker – Nick Ramirez, Junior, Lee’s Summit West
Linebacker – Michael Rose, Senior, Rockhurst
Linebacker – Charlie Sciara, Senior, St. Pius X
Defensive Back – Cole Foster, Senior, Blue Valley
Defensive Back – Derek Hukill, Senior, Staley
Defensive Back – Deiondre Hall, Senior, Blue Springs
Defensive Back – Brad Strauss, Junior, Lawrence
Defensive Back – Michael Williams, Senior, Olathe East

 

30th Annual Thomas A. Simone Award Winner – Dalvin Warmack

The winner of the 30th Annual Thomas A. Simone Memorial Award, given annually to the most outstanding football player in the Kansas City metropolitan area, was Dalvin Warmack, junior running back from the state champion Blue Springs Wildcats.

Warmack is just the second junior to win the Simone Award, joining Nathan Scheelhaase of Rockhurst (2007).  Scheelhaase was the featured speaker at Tuesday’s Simone Awards ceremony at Blue Springs High School.  Warmack rushed for nearly 2,300 yards and a school-record 40 touchdowns.  He also set three new single-game Blue Springs marks by rushing for 415 yards and six touchdowns – plus a 50-yard TD catch for seven total – in an 84-62 win over Lee’s Summit.  He is the fourth player from Blue Springs to win the Simone Award but the first since Ladell Betts in 1996.  Last week, Warmack was named Class 6 Offensive Player of the Year by the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) after the Wildcats won the state championship with a 13-1 record.

The three other finalists for the Simone Award were Trent Hosick of Staley, Steven McBee of Fort Osage and Brad Strauss of Lawrence.

The Simone Award presentation capped a packed ceremony that included announcing the Fontana, Buchanan, Bell and Taylor Award winners, plus the recipient of the Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, Metro Sports Missouri and Kansas Coaches of the Year and the Interscholastic League Award winner.

The winner of the 14th Annual Frank Fontana Award, given to the most outstanding small class (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A) football player in the metro, was Max Mickey of Holden.  The award held extra meaning this year due to the recent passing of Victor Fontana, Frank’s father and one of the original supporters of the Simone Award.

Mickey ran for 3,382 yards this year, setting a new Missouri state rushing record. His 45 touchdowns is also among the best totals in state history.  He was named MFCA Class 2 Offensive Player of the Year.  Mickey is the first player from Holden, located between Harrisonville and Warrensburg in Johnson County, Missouri, to win at the Simone Awards.  The Eagles finished 11-3, advancing to the state semi-finals.

The three other finalists for the Fontana Award were Antwynn Beavers of Liberty North, Anthony Sherrils of Hogan Prep and James Valentine of Platte County.

The winner of the 21st Annual Buck Buchanan Memorial Award, presented by the Kansas City Chiefs Ambassadors and given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ top two classes (MO 5-6, KS 5A-6A), was Elijah Lee of Blue Springs.

Lee registered 71 tackles, 18.5 sacks and 33.5 tackles for loss in his junior season for Blue Springs.  He had 10 tackles and four sacks against Rockhurst in a quarterfinal win that proved to be the Wildcats’ toughest test on the road to a state title. He was on the MFCA’s 1st-Team All-State squad.  Lee is the fifth player from Blue Springs to win the Buchanan Award.

The three other finalists for the Buchanan Award were Matt Plank of Gardner-Edgerton, Braden Smith of Olathe South and Mamu Tauiautusa of Fort Osage.

The winner of the 13th Annual Bobby Bell Award, given to the best lineman/linebacker in Missouri’s and Kansas’ smallest four classes (MO 1-4, KS 1A-4A), was Maliek Collins of Center.

Collins tallied 102 tackles, 15 sacks and 43 tackles for loss on the Yellowjackets defensive line this season.  He also had 85 pancake blocks on the offensive line.  A major college football prospect, Collins currently has offers from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State and Nebraska, among others.  He was named a Class 3 1st-Team All-State defensive end by the MFCA.  Collins is the first Center player to win one of the five Simone Awards, although two Yellowjackets, Roland Fuchs in 1970 and Mike Greene in 1960, won the D.M. Nigro Award, a precursor to the Simone Award.  Center finished 2012 with a 10-3 record, the most wins for the program in recent history.

The three other finalists for the Bell Award were Nick Becker of Eudora, Joe Dominiak of Smithville and Walter Eastwood of Harrisonville.

The winner of the 6th Annual Otis Taylor Award, presented by C&C Produce and given to the best tight end/wide receiver in the metro area, was Craig Scott of Park Hill South.

Scott finished the year with 1,110 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns.  He was named Class 5 1st-Team All-State by the Missouri coaches.  He is the first player from Park Hill South to win one of the five Simone Awards.  The Panthers finished 7-5, advancing to the district championship game.

The three other finalists for the Taylor Award were Connor Rellihan of Shawnee Mission East, Darrius Shepherd of Blue Springs and Scottie Wilson of Platte County.

The Simone Awards were voted on by the member head coaches of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association (GKCFCA) and a 12-member media committee.

The 2nd Annual Nathan Stiles Inspiration Award, honoring the memory of the Spring Hill standout football player who died in 2010 after collapsing on the field, was presented to Max Galeassi, a senior linebacker from Harrisonville.  Galeassi was diagnosed with testicular cancer in June.  He missed the first month of the season due to a rigorous chemotherapy regiment but returned in October, despite losing over 30 pounds, to help anchor a defense that led Harrisonville to the Class 4 semi-finals.

The Metro Sports Kansas Coach of the Year was Tim Callaghan of Shawnee Mission West.  The Metro Sports Missouri Coach of the Year was Kelly Donohoe of Blue Springs.

The Gordon Docking Media Award, honoring outstanding achievement in high school football reporting, was presented to Shawn Beldin of Metro Sports.

The Interscholastic League Award was given to Hassan Burnett, a senior quarterback from East High School.

Additionally, the 3rd Annual All-Simone Team, presented by Hot Mix Materials, Inc., was announced, recognizing the best players in the Kansas City metro area at every offensive and defensive position.  Team members were recognized during the Simone Awards ceremony and received a patch for their letterman jacket.

The 2012 All-Simone Team (* represents two-time selections):

Quarterback – Montel Cozart, Senior, Bishop Miege*

Quarterback – Trent Hosick, Senior, Staley*

Quarterback – Steven McBee, Senior, Fort Osage

Quarterback – Brad Strauss, Senior, Lawrence*

Quarterback – James Valentine, Senior, Platte County

Running Back – Antwynn Beavers, Senior, Liberty North*

Running Back – Max Mickey, Senior, Holden

Running Back – Anthony Sherrils, Senior, Hogan Prep

Running Back – Brett Sterbach, Senior, Shawnee Mission West

Running Back – Dalvin Warmack, Junior, Blue Springs

Wide Receiver – Connor Rellihan, Senior, Shawnee Mission East

Wide Receiver – Craig Scott, Senior, Park Hill South

Wide Receiver – Scottie Wilson, Senior, Platte County

Wide Receiver – Darrius Shepherd, Junior, Blue Springs

Offensive Lineman – Austin Chambers, Junior, Shawnee Mission West

Offensive Lineman – Jacob Francis, Junior, Liberty

Offensive Lineman – Zach Hannon, Senior, Rockhurst

Offensive Lineman – Tyler Reid, Senior, Lee’s Summit West

Offensive Lineman – Clay Rhodes, Senior, Blue Valley

Offensive Lineman – Braden Smith, Junior, Olathe South

Offensive Lineman – John Keltner, Senior, Blue Springs

Defensive Lineman – Nick Becker, Senior, Eudora

Defensive Lineman – Maliek Collins, Senior, Center

Defensive Lineman – Dan Morin, Senior, St. Thomas Aquinas

Defensive Lineman – Lane Pennington, Senior, Lee’s Summit West

Defensive Lineman – Jordan Willis, Senior, Rockhurst

Defensive Lineman – Elijah Lee, Junior, Blue Springs

Linebacker – Joe Dominiak, Senior, Smithville

Linebacker – Bradley Ivey, Junior, Bishop Miege

Linebacker – Matt Plank, Senior, Gardner-Edgerton

Linebacker – Nick Ramirez, Senior, Lee’s Summit West*

Linebacker – Mamu Tauiautusa, Senior, Fort Osage

Defensive Back – Cole Combes, Senior, Blue Valley

Defensive Back – Walter Eastwood, Senior, Harrisonville

Defensive Back – Andre Maloney, Junior, Shawnee Mission West

Defensive Back – Kyle McFarland, Senior, Lawrence Free State

Defensive Back – Joseph Tuimaseve, Senior, Fort Osage

The Thomas A. Simone Awards aired live on Metro Sports and Metro Sports HD in Kansas City.  Replays of the awards ceremony and the Varsity KC Special to announce the Simone finalists will occur in the coming weeks on Metro Sports and Metro Sports 2.  Check the TV Listings link at www.kcmetrosports.com for air times.