Posted: 12:21 pm Monday, November 16th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Updated Nov. 24, 11:42 a.m.
The Lou Groza committee announced its finalists for Palm Beach County Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Place-Kicker of the Year.
In total, 10 high school players and coaches are invited to the awards ceremony Dec. 8 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Tables are still available and can be purchased by calling (561) 233-3180.
Finalists were selected by a panel of more than 70 local representatives of the Palm Beach County high school football community, including head coaches and local media. They were chosen from an original pool of 25 nominees.
Here are the finalists in each category:
Player of the Year
Matt Elam, LB/RB, Dwyer, senior
Tre Mason, RB, Park Vista, junior
Will Powers, RB/LB, Jupiter Christian, senior
High School Place-Kicker of the Year
David Bicknell, Boca Raton, junior
Justin Haig, American Heritage, senior
Cody Parkey, Jupiter, senior
Sam Budnyk Coach of the Year
Jack Daniels, Dwyer
Jessie Hester, Glades Central
Bill Powers, Jupiter Christian
Park Vista’s Brian Dodds was a finalist for Coach of the Year, but committee chair Bill Davis said Dodds asked to be remove following his team’s on-field fight with Lake Worth on Nov. 13.
Elam and Daniels are looking for repeat wins in their respective categories. Hester and Parkey were finalists last season, but did not win.