Finley, Gear, Grupe, Wissman Lead S-C Awards
Seniors Cameron Finley, Camden Gear, Brett Grupe and Dylan Wissman received multiple honors during the Smith-Cotton High football program’s awards night presentation Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center.
Finley received the Ralph “Stub” Dow Award as the team’s best back and was selected by the coaches as the Offensive Player of the Year. Gear was the Defensive Player of the Year and an Academic All-State honoree.
Grupe earned the Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship and was the Special Teams Player of the Year. Wissman won the Charles Van Dyne Award as the team’s top lineman and is the first recipient of the Caleb Stathem Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the family of a former S-C football player who died from injuries in a car wreck.
The team had 35 players earn varsity letters and 21 achieve Tiger Scholars designation for having a grade-point average of at least 3.0.
The award winners: William “Bill” Noland Football Scholarship: Chase McMullin Charles Van Dyne Memorial Award: Dylan Wissman Ralph “Stub” Dow Award: Cameron Finley Mark Johnson Academic Achievement Scholarship: Brett Grupe Caleb Stathem Memorial Scholarship: Dylan Wissman Scout Team Player of the Year: (tie) Kole Scott, Hiram Carlos Special Teams Player of the Year: Brett Grupe, kicker Offensive Player of the Year: Cameron Finley, running back Defensive Player of the Year: Camden Gear, defensive back Academic All-State: Camden Gear, Brett Grupe, Dylan Wissman KMZU Dream Team: Cameron Finley, Camden Gear Ozark Independent All-Conference: Cameron Finley, running back; Dylan Wissman, offensive lineman; Brett Grupe, quarterback; Camden Gear, defensive back All-District, First Team: Cameron Finley, running back; Dylan Wissman, offensive lineman; Trevon Franklin, wide receiver; Brett Grupe, punter All-Distrct, Second Team: Brett Grupe, quarterback; Camden Gear, defensive back; Jackson Hazel, offensive line.
In the photos:
AcademicAllState: Three Smith-Cotton football players earned Academic All-State recognition for the 2019 season. Shown from left, are quarterback Brett Grupe, defensive coordinator Martin Zerilli, defensive back Camden Gear, Head Coach Charlie McFail and offensive lineman Dylan Wissman.
StubDow: Senior running back Cameron Finley received the Ralph “Stub” Dow Award as the Smith-Cotton football team’s top back during the team’s awards ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the Heckart Performing Arts Center. Finley ran for 880 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. With him are assistant coach Pat Pyle, left, and Head Coach Charlie McFail.