Eight scholarships were awarded Sunday at the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Awards Banquet. For the past 49 years the foundation recognizes athletes from King and Kitsap counties.
Scholarships are awarded to eight high school players, four each to linemen and backs. This season’s winners are David Emanuels from Mercer Island and Ben Josie from Kennedy Catholic.
Here is the complete list of finalists:
Davidson Emanuels Mercer Island High School Coach Brett Ogata
Ryan Fransen King’s High School Coach Jim Shapiro
Sam McPherson Bothell High School Coach Tom Bainter
Eric Smith Newport High School Coach Drew Oliver
Ben Josie Kennedy Catholic High School Coach Bob Brougette
Quinn Magaendanz Liberty High School Coach Steve Valich
Michael Milcarek Inglemoor High School Coach DJ Baddeley
Calvin Throckmorton Newport High School Coach Drew Oliver
More on the two winners from the NFF:
– This years winner in the back category is Davidson Emanuels of Mercer Island. A 4.0 student with a 2350 SAT, number one in his class ranking. the last 2 years all classes were AP. Also Seattle Times All-Area LB, All State 3A and nominated to the state all star football game. WENDY’S Heisman nominee. WIAA player of the week.
– The winner in the Line category is Ben Josie of Kennedy High School. A 3.97 SAT 2070. Ben was also a two way all League selection his JR and SR years and All State his Sr. year, nominated to the all state game.
The NFF also recognizes an organization or person that exemplifies the principles of love and dedication to football, as well as leadership. This year, the NFF recognized the football teams from Marysville-Pilchuck and Oak Harbor high schools.
Eastside Catholic and its head coach Jeremy Thielbahr, as well as Bothell and its head coach Tom Bainter, were also recognized as state champions.