Zachary Klein and Arlo Pike Named Gaziano Award Winners
The scholarship and awards program for Maine senior high school football linemen was created in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors and a former college All American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. Annual funding for the $14,000 in scholarships is provided by National Distributors in South Portland, the company founded by the late Gaziano. During the past eight years of the Gaziano Awards, $96,000 has been awarded by National Distributors to Maine students.
Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Award and Scholarship Recipients:
Zachary Klein, Bonny Eagle High School
Frank J. Gaziano Offensive Lineman of the Year
Klein was a member of the SMAA All-Academic Team in 2017 and has been on the honor roll since his freshman year. On the field, this past season he was named the Gerry Raymond Award winner as the best lineman in the SMAA and named 1st Team All-SMAA Offensive Line. In addition to four years on the Scots lacrosse team, he has volunteered as a youth football coach for Bonny Eagle and served as a coach for Gorham youth lacrosse. After his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, he has dedicated time since his freshman year to create the "Fight Like a Scot" program for cancer research, which includes selling merchandise with all profits going to cancer research in Maine.
"This award means a lot. It means all the hard work in the weight room, classroom and in the community, has finally paid off. As linemen we don't get a lot of what I'll call love, for lack of a better word, because when the quarterbacks are throwing touchdowns, we're the ones blocking for them. It all kind of starts with us, so it is nice to be recognized for that," said Klein.
Arlo Pike, Bonny Eagle High School
Frank J. Gaziano Defensive Lineman of the Year
Pike has excelled in the classroom with a strong GPA, making the honor roll the past four years at Bonny Eagle. He has also earned several athletic honors as a 1st Team All-SMAA Defensive Line, and AMAA All-Academic Team. As captain of the Scots football and baseball teams in 2016 and 2017, he leads by example and contributes to the community by volunteering time at Catherine's Cupboard, a local food bank, as well as supporting the Standish Kiwanis and volunteering to coach youth football. In 2015, he received the Julia Clukey "Courage Award" that recognizes Maine students for demonstrating leadership or overcoming adversity.
All eligible applicants must have been a high school senior in 2017, competed at the varsity level for a minimum of two years and have an exemplary record of positive athletic and non-athletic citizenship. As part of the selection process, the students submitted an essay and game film featuring each lineman against his toughest competition.
Applicants from all levels of Maine's high school football were eligible for the scholarship and able to be nominated by their coaches. For more information on the scholarship program application process, or to contribute to the scholarship fund, visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org.
Owen Garrard named the 47th recipient of the Fitzpatrick Trophy
"As he did on so many scoring drives, Owen Garrard put the finishing touch Sunday on the greatest season in Scarborough High football history.
Garrard was named the 47th winner of the James J. Fitzpatrick Trophy, given annually in recognition of the state’s top senior high school football player."
Owen Garrard named Gatorade Maine Player of the Year
CHICAGO (December 11, 2017) — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Owen Garrard of Scarborough High School as its 2017-18 Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year. Garrard is the first Gatorade Maine Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Scarborough High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Garrard as Maine’s best high school football player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Garrard joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports, including Mitchell Trubisky (2012-13, Mentor High School, Ohio), Greg Olsen (2002-03, Wayne Hills High School, N.J.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas), Harrison Smith (2006-07 Knoxville Catholic High School, Tenn.), Latavius Murray (2007-08, Onondaga High School, N.Y.), Brock Osweiler (2008-09, Flathead High School, Mont.) and Leonard Fournette (2014-15 & 2012-13, St. Augustine High School, La.).
The 6-foot, 230-pound senior running back and linebacker led the Red Storm to a 10-1 record and the Class A state championship this past season. Garrard rushed for 1,204 yards and 24 touchdowns and also caught two TD passes. On defense, he recorded 76 tackles, 10 for loss, two sacks and one interception. A First Team All-State running back as a junior, Garrard concluded his prep football career with 2,677 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns.
For more details, go to http://playeroftheyear.gatorade.com/poy/assets/writable/43838/2018_FB_OGarrard.pdf
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