Winners of the 2017 football scholar-athlete awards presented by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation pose for a photo Saturday, March 22, 2018, during the awards ceremony in Laramie. Photo courtesy Ernie Over.

Upton’s Dawson Butts and Newcastle’s Cameron Quigley earned the honor of the state’s top football scholar-athletes from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The pair shared the honor during a ceremony Saturday in Laramie. Other finalists for the award included Sheridan’s Blayne Baker; Natrona’s Brett Brenton; Snake River’s J.D. Corson; Sheridan’s Kyle Custis; Pine Bluffs’ Wyatt Fornstrom; Green River’s Chance Hofer; Kaycee’s Mark Largent; Glenrock’s Hezekiah (Kia) Sexson; and Torrington’s Jake Wamboldt.

UW’s Dalton Fields and Drew Van Maanen were also honored.

Other award winners were:

Courage Award: Kaden Malm, Southeast; Kaiden Burk, Wind River.

Perseverance Award: Clayton Auzqui, Buffalo.

Greatest UW Football Fan: Warren Benson, Laramie; Tom and Jill Bramlet, Wheatland.

Greatest High School Football Fan: Stan Thompson, Cokeville.

Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Trish Williams, Casper; David Anderson, Lingle.

Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement Award: Joe Doak, Thermopolis; Joe White, Lovell.

Football Coach Career Achievement Award: Jeff Barnett, Douglas; Pat O’Connor, Torrington; Bruce Keith, Montrose, Colorado (formerly of Wyoming).

Together, more than $20,000 in scholarships was awarded Saturday. Keynote speakers were UW defensive line coach Pete Kaligas and former Sheridan coach Don Julian.

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Fourteen Wyoming high school football scholar-athletes, including 11 in the running to be named the state’s top football scholar-athlete, will be honored Saturday during the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet in Laramie.

The finalists for the chapter’s award recognizing Wyoming’s top football scholar-athlete are Sheridan’s Blayne Baker; Natrona’s Brett Brenton; Upton’s Dawson Butts; Snake River’s J.D. Corson; Sheridan’s Kyle Custis; Pine Bluffs’ Wyatt Fornstrom; Green River’s Chance Hofer; Kaycee’s Mark Largent; Newcastle’s Cam Quigley; Glenrock’s Hezekiah (Kia) Sexson; and Torrington’s Jake Wamboldt. These 11 were chosen from a group of 99 nominees from across the state.

One winner from this group will represent Wyoming for regional and national honors. Each wins a $1,200 scholarship for being a finalist, while the winner wins an additional $1,200 scholarship. Awards are weighted 40 percent football ability; 40 percent academic achievement and 20 percent community service.

Three other players — Southeast’s Kaden Malm, Wind River’s Kaiden Burk and Buffalo’s Clayton Auzqui — will also be recognized. Malm and Burk will be recognized with the chapter’s Courage Award, while Auzqui will be recognized with the chapter’s Perseverance Award.

UW’s Dalton Fields and Drew Van Maanen will also be honored with scholar-athlete awards.

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A total of 99 nominees are in the running for the Wyoming football scholar-athlete of the year award from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

An outstanding back and lineman from each classification will be honored at a banquet March 17 in Laramie and awarded a $1,200 scholarship. One player will be named the Wyoming scholar-athlete of the year. Awards are weighted 40 percent football ability; 40 percent academic achievement and 20 percent community service. Several other awards will also be given at the banquet to recognize various contributions to amateur football. Scholar-athletes from the University of Wyoming will also be recognized.

Big Horn’s Nolan McCafferty won last year’s top scholar-athlete award.

The nominees are:

Class 4A
CHEYENNE CENTRAL: Keaton Bell; Riley Boltz.
CHEYENNE EAST: Jordan Baker; Gunner Bartlett; Colton Bell; Tevan Chu; Braedon Davis; Jacob Fogg; Joshua Gross; Jakob Jones; Jamis Lopez; John Miller; Nick Mirich; Tommy Neal; Dylan Reed; Mathew Semler.
KELLY WALSH: Logan Neuroth.
LARAMIE: Daylon Puckett; Garrett Worden.
NATRONA: Ben Acres; Dakota DeArmon; Brett Brenton; Chris Brown; Maeson Gallegos; Kyler Halverson; Jesse Harshman; Wesley Rice; Tanner Smith; Cole Thorpen; Chance Wray.
SHERIDAN: Blayne Baker; Kyle Custis.
THUNDER BASIN: Austin Clemetson; Coleman Worsley.

Class 3A
BUFFALO: Ray Rabou.
CODY: Reece Andrew; Jacob Deardorff; Connor McLeod; Mac Simpson; Matthew Skinner; Jordan Wasia.
DOUGLAS: Collin Barker; Dawson Bratton; Harley Rhoades; Michael Yeaman.
GREEN RIVER: Chance Hofer; Devin Love; Cole White.
POWELL: A.J. Lewis.
RIVERTON: Jaren Draper.
STAR VALLEY: Hunter Cranney; Doug Dickey; Payton Erickson; Noah Hutchinson; Ronald Kaye; Cosmo Morgan; Gavin Patterson; Kaden Robinson.
TORRINGTON: Nathan Stitt; Jake Wamboldt.

Class 2A
BIG PINEY: Tristan Barney; Chancy Hunt.
GLENROCK: Dalton Davies; Richard Harris; Brock Jones; Hezekiah Sexson; Jadon Williams.
KEMMERER: Cyrus Skidmore.
MOUNTAIN VIEW: Harlan Benedict.
NEWCASTLE: Cameron Quigley.
WHEATLAND: Trevor Vaughn.

Class 1A 11-man
BIG HORN: Aidan McCurry.
COKEVILLE: Sterling Murdock; Antheny Petersen.
LUSK: Jake Heil.
PINE BLUFFS: Haize Fornstrom; Wyatt Fornstrom.
SARATOGA: Wyatt Cox.
SOUTHEAST: Brady Fullmer; Tanner Hort; Chase Lovercheck; Sterling Werner.
WRIGHT: Damon Goff; Steven Monson; Tavin Salas; Cole Thomas.

Class 1A six-man
KAYCEE: Mark Largent.
MEETEETSE: Braenn Smith.
MIDWEST: Kayden Best.
SNAKE RIVER: John Corson.

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Big Horn’s Nolan McCafferty was named the state’s to football scholar-athlete in Wyoming for 2016 by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

McCafferty was one of 12 finalists for this award, which was handed out Saturday in Laramie.

McCafferty was awarded $2,400 in total scholarships; each of the other finalists earned $1,200.

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The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will recognize its scholar-athlete choices for 2016 in a ceremony Saturday in Laramie.

Each of the finalists earns a $1,200 scholarship, while the top scholar-athlete earns an additional $1,200 scholarship. The top scholar-athlete will represent Wyoming at the regional level.

This year’s finalists are Dalton Abarr from Meeteetse; Garrett Cooper from Lingle; Garrett Vezain from Rocky Mountain; Brennan Kutterer from Tongue River; Nolan McCafferty and Andrew Ratty from Big Horn; Ty Larson from Douglas; T.J. Abraham from Powell; McCabe Smith from Star Valley; Lane Tucker from Gillette; Coy Steel from Sheridan; and Caleb Price from Cheyenne South.

The Wyoming Chapter will also hand out several special awards, including:

Keith and Joyce Bloom Courage Award: Skyler Dillon-Bennett, Tongue River
Perseverance Award: Zach Hoopman, Douglas
Greatest UW Football Fan: Jim Moore, Douglas; Tim Roberts, Worland
Greatest High School Football Fan: Wes Grussendorf, Casper; Rusty Jones, Wright
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: John Cundall; John Pine, Sheridan
Ox Zellner Official Career Achievement Award: Keith Gemar, Gillette
Junior High Coaching Career Achievement Award: Gary Jahnke, Gillette
High School Football Career Coaching Achievement Award: Gary Glenn, Douglas; Brick Cegelski, Cheyenne

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.

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Twelve high school players have been named finalists for the scholar-athlete of the year award from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

One winner will be named from the group of 12 at a banquet March 19 (Saturday) in Laramie.

Each of the 12 finalists — a lineman and a back from each classification, plus two more finalists — earns a $1,200 scholarship, while the top scholar-athlete earns another $1,200 scholarship. The top scholar-athlete will also be Wyoming’s representative for the Western U.S. Chapter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

UW players Cameron Coffman (back) and Rafe Kiely (lineman) will also be honored, as will several special award winners.

The finalists are:
Hayden Fauber, Kaycee (1A six-man)
Shawn Shepperson, Meeteetse (1A six-man)
Jackson Linford, Cokeville (1A 11-man lineman)
Jeff Burroughs, Southeast (1A 11-man back)
Elijah Stewart, Glenrock (2A back)
Josh Calvert, Wheatland (2A lineman)
Baylor Beers, Riverton (3A lineman)
Teagan Cordes, Powell (3A lineman)
Theo Dawson, Jackson (3A back)
Skyler Miller, Torrington (3A back)
Blake Godwin, Sheridan (4A back)
Quinn Happold, Cheyenne East (4A lineman)

Special award winners include:
Courage Award: Cameron Myers, Cody
Perseverance Award: Jaxn Kobza, Tongue River
Football Coaching Award: Harold Bailey, Shoshoni (now Greeley, Colorado); Doug Bartlett, Torrington; Bill Lehr, Big Piney
Greatest UW Football Fan Award: Chuck and Katie Brown, Wheatland; Keith Downey, Laramie
Greatest Wyoming High School Football Fan Award: Michael Popeck, Lander; Lee and Donna Shafer, Big Piney
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award: Danny Watson, Riverton; Dylan Grant, Randy Rider, Terry Rider and Todd Van Rensselaer, Douglas.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.

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More than 100 Wyoming football players have been nominated for one of the state’s top student-athlete honors: the Top Football Scholar Athlete award from the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

In a release, Wyoming Chapter President Jeff Felton of Cheyenne noted that 101 athletes from 35 different schools have been nominated. A back and a lineman from all five classifications of high school football, as well as from the University of Wyoming, will be honored at the Wyoming Chapter’s annual banquet March 19 in Laramie. Finalists will receive $1,200 scholarships, while one winner will receive an additional scholarship and will be the state’s nominee for the Western Chapter Scholar Athlete of the Year; the winner of the Western Chapter award will be recognized at the national NFF banquet in New York City.

Academic achievement and football performance are weighted at 40 percent apiece in the group’s ranking system; community leadership makes up the remaining 20 percent. Nominees need a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The University of Wyoming nominees are Cameron Coffman and Rafe Kiely. High school nominees include:

Big Horn: Bruce Beisher; Maxon Lube; Collin Powers; Charlie Ringley; Travis Walker.
Big Piney: J.D. Fear; Justis Fisher; R.C. Pape; Jeramiah Riggan; William Shafer; Josh Willoughby.
Burlington: Nathan Carrizales.
Cheyenne East: Jack Danni; Hunter Ernst; Ricky Garnicia-Cole; Uriah Gracia-Salinas; Quinn Happold; Baylor Hayes; Joe Helsel; Austin Jacobson; Cole Jensen.
Cody: Cameron Myers.
Cokeville: Jackson Linford.
Douglas: Cody Hooker.
Gillette: Roo Aten; Lane Barbour; Zach Clark; Isaac Hamilton; Dalton Holst; Derek Hooker.
Glenrock: Alec Arnold; Tyson Buettgenback; Dillon Farley; Justin David Love; Elijah Stewart; Isaac Ritter.
Green River: Tyler Vendetti.
Jackson: Theo Dawson.
Kaycee: Hayden Fauber.
Lander: Landon Cleveland; Scott Keaton; Dylan Tschannen; Chris Williams.
Laramie: Noah Hammontree.
Lingle: K.C. Henry.
Lovell: Konner Davis; Beau Green; Nicholas Haskell.
Meeteetse: Carter Johnson; Shawn Shepperson.
Natrona: Lorenzo Andrade; Sam Airisa; Duke Beddes; Matt Bernardis; Keegan Berry; Daniel Bliss; Taylor Edwards; Mark Feraud; Bridger Helm; Caleb Hett; Joe Keating; Mark Kinder; Tristan Kutzer; Bryant MacMillan; William Rice; Weston Richner; Dawson Rivera; Dillon Vanetti; Cody Wilkinson.
Pine Bluffs: Kyle Jeffres.
Powell: Teagan Cordes; Jackson Griffin.
Riverside: Scott Anderson; Cole Hills.
Riverton: Baylor Beers.
Saratoga: Thatcher Spiering.
Southeast: David Becker; Jeff Burroughs.
Sheridan: Davis Alden; Ed Arzy; Blake Baker; Zach Campbell; Blake Godwin.
Shoshoni: Patrick Forrester; Connor Wilkinson.
Star Valley: Reese Hiibel.
Thermopolis: Tyler Cornwell; Eric Herold.
Torrington: Skyler Miller.
Upton-Sundance: Cole Ingrahm; Rourke McPeters.
Wheatland: Justis Borton; Josh Calvert; Daniel Chesser; Preston Gunter.

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NFF Wyoming Chapter scholar-athlete award winners. Photo courtesy Ernie Over.

NFF Wyoming Chapter scholar-athlete award winners. Photo courtesy Ernie Over.

Cheyenne East’s Tevis Bartlett was named Wyoming’s top scholar-athlete football player at the annual awards banquet for the National Football Foundation’s Wyoming chapter on Saturday.

Bartlett, who will attend the University of Washington for football, won a pair of $1,200 scholarships.

Other scholar-athletes were Lusk’s Martin Fitzwater; Natrona’s Josh Harshman; Cheyenne East’s Chandler Haukup; Mountain View’s Austin Houskeeper; Thermopolis’ Logan Kay; Dubois’ Kurt Leseberg; Big Horn’s Christian Mayer; Cody’s Carter Myers; Cokeville’s Jace Petersen; Guernsey’s Austin Quynn; Powell’s Riley Stringer; and Lusk’s Derick VandeBossche. Keenan Montgomery and Stuart Williams from the University of Wyoming were also honored. Players all won $1,200 scholarships apiece.

Wright’s Michael Yeradi was awarded the group’s scholar-athlete courage award.

Special award winners included:

Greatest University of Wyoming football fans: Ron Leathers, Laramie; Leonard S. “Pete” and Sandy Pedersen, Cheyenne.
Greatest Wyoming high school football fans: Dorothy Fuller, Cody; Virgil Harris, Thermopolis.
Outstanding contribution to amateur football: Jack Nokes, Casper; Bruce Pivic, Rock Springs.
Ox Zellner football official career achievement award: John Rabun, Douglas.
Football coach career achievement award: Tom Rowley, Casper; Randy Weber, Riverton; Robert Linford, Afton.
President’s award for outstanding contribution to the Wyoming Chapter: Trudy McCraken, Laramie.

Speakers included UW coach Craig Bohl and WHSAA Commissioner Ron Laird.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.

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Sheridan’s Tyler Julian was named the state’s top football scholar-athlete by the Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation during the group’s annual banquet on Saturday in Laramie.

Julian was one of 12 finalists for the award from around the state. Each finalist earned a $1,200 scholarship, while Julian as the top scholar-athlete was awarded an additional $1,200 scholarship.

The group also gave out a handful of other awards honoring fans, coaches, officials and players from around the state.

Julian will be the state’s nominee for regional and national NFF awards.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.

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The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation will honor players, coaches and fans during its 20th annual banquet March 22 in Laramie.

In all, 12 Wyoming high school football players are finalists for the chapter’s scholar-athlete of the year award. Finalists include Dubois’ Sterling Baker and Meeteetse’s Seth Bennett from Class 1A six-man; Cokeville’s Brock Teichert and Lusk’s Matt VandeBossche from Class 1A 11-man; Big Horn’s Miles Novak, Wright’s Stormy Roy and Glenrock’s Devon Parkinson from Class 2A; Powell’s Garrett Lynch and Hayden Cragoe and Douglas’ Logan Barker from Class 3A; and Sheridan’s Tyler Julian and Gillette’s Austin Fort from Class 4A.

From this group, one player will be chosen as the chapter’s top scholar-athlete, who will represent the state at the national level. Each winner will receive a $1,200 scholarship, and the winner will receive an additional $1,200 scholarship.

In addition, Big Horn’s Michael Lamb will be given the group’s Scholar-Athlete Courage Award and Cheyenne East’s Shane Brooks will be awarded the Scholar-Athlete Perseverance Award.

University of Wyoming players Spencer Bruce and Justin Bernthaler will also be honored.

Other special awards will be given to:

Greatest University of Wyoming Football Fans: Jo Ferguson, Cheyenne; Wes and Coleen Metzler, Powell; Tracy Ringolsby Jr., Cheyenne.
Greatest Wyoming High School Football Fans: George Haas, Torrington; Ron Mills, Newcastle.
Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football: Scott Mangold, Powell; Paul Stille, Casper.
Ox Zellner Football Official Career Achievement Award: Dale Boedeker, Gillette.
Football Coach Career Achievement Award: Keith Nate, Cokeville; Steve Oldenburg, Gillette; Rick Scherry, Sheridan (Big Horn).

Former Rock Springs and UW star John Wendling, who plays for the Detroit Lions, will be the keynote speaker.

Douglas’ Ty Etchemendy was named the top scholar-athlete last year.

Previous award winners are available at the group’s website.

–patrick

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