Posted: 5:55 pm Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Likely, Taylor and Schappert named Palm Beach County Sports Commission award finalists 

By Jeff Greer

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced Friday the finalists for its annual sports awards, and some familiar names made the list.

Football players William Likely (Glades Central) and Kelvin Taylor (Glades Day) joined former Pope John Paul II runner Stephanie Schappert as the nominees for High School Athlete of the Year. Likely was the Lou Groza High School Football Player of the Year, while Taylor broke the state’s career rushing record this fall. Schappert, who is now a freshman at Villanova, is the reigning Palm Beach County Female Athlete of the Year.

Jack Daniels, Dwyer’s long-time football coach, headlined the High School Coach of the Year nominees. American Heritage football coach Doug Socha, who led his team to the 2011 Class 3A state title, is a finalist, as is Randy Jackson, Palm Beach Gardens’ softball coach who has won four state championships in seven years, including back-to-back Class 6A titles in 2010 and 2011.

PGA golfer Keegan Bradley was named the Professional Athlete of the Year. Golfer Susan Hirsch Cohn, powerlifter Nicholas Israel-Stahre and FAU football player Alfred Morris are up for the Amateur Athlete of the Year award. Two men’s basketball coaches, FAU’s Mike Jarvis and Palm Beach State’s Butch Estes, are up for Coach of the Year, along with Jupiter Mustangs Pop Warner coach Dan Schlager.