Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing
High School Football Award Winners Announced at Lou Groza Award Banquet
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced the Palm Beach County High School Place-Kicker of the Year, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year and Team of the Year at the 19th Annual Lou Groza Award Banquet. The award banquet took place on December 7, 2010 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, FL. In attendance were keynote speaker, Martin Gramatica—1997 Lou Groza Award Winner and Super Bowl XXXVII champion; the top three national collegiate place-kickers and Palm Beach County high school’s finest football coaches and athletes. The 2010 high school football awards proved to be extremely competitive with a contingency of elite athletes and coaches in the local community.
Place-Kicker of the Year was awarded to David Bicknell of Boca Raton High School. David was also one of three finalists for the award in 2009. The Boca Raton High School senior kicked five field goals during the 2010 season, including two of fifty yards or longer and converted 22 extra points. Bicknell is also an excellent punter, consistently booting the ball for distances that exceed 45 yards. In addition to kicking, David also competes as a solid defensive end and is the team captain. He excels in the classroom with a current ranking of eighth in his class of 671 students and has recently returned from an official visit to Harvard. Mauro Bondi—West Boca High School and Bobby Puyol—William T. Dwyer High School were the two other finalists for this award.
Earning Player of the Year honors was William T. Dwyer High School senior quarterback Jacoby Brissett who piloted his team to a nine win and one loss regular season record in 2010. Jacoby’s pass completion percentage is an amazing 67%, completing 121 passes out of 180 attempts. The standout quarterback threw for more than 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. He ran the ball for more than 300 yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns. Brissett is highly recruited by some of the nation’s strongest college football programs, including Notre Dame, Florida State and Louisiana State University. Rivals.com, one of the premier college recruiting services, has ranked Jacoby as one of the 100 top high school football players in the nation. Brissett is also a highly recruited all-state basketball player for Dwyer. Teammate Nick O’Leary and Tre Mason of Park Vista High School were also nominated for Player of the Year.
Matt Dickmann of Seminole Ridge High School was awarded the Sam Budnyk Coach of the Year. As the first head football coach for Seminole Ridge, Dickmann has built a strong foundation for the football program. Under Coach Dickmann’s leadership, the Hawks finished the 2010 regular season with a 9-1 record and won the District 6A Championship. He was selected by his peers at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association as District 17 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career. Since its inaugural season, Seminole Ridge has made the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs three times. Jack Daniels—William T. Dwyer High School, Bill Powers—Jupiter Christian High School and Steve Walsh—Cardinal Newman High School round out the list of finalists for Coach of the Year.
William T. Dwyer High School earned the ESPN 760 Team of the Year award. Dwyer High School was strongly represented in all categories of the 2010 Palm Beach County High School Awards with three athletes and head coach, Jack Daniels, making the list of finalists. Dwyer has developed a national reputation as a powerhouse. At the end of the 2010 regular season, Dwyer finished the year with nine wins and one controversial loss to Glennville High in Ohio, which was a nationally televised game. Dwyer finished the season winning another district 15-4A championship. Dwyer’s offensive unit was ranked second in the state for large schools, compiling over 3,600 yards in total offense and averaging 46 points per game. The defensive unit was ranked fourth in the state for large schools, allowing opposing teams to score only six points per game. Other finalists for the award included Glades Central High School and Jupiter Christian High School.
The 2010 Palm Beach County High School Awards were sponsored by Dr. Stephen Bradford/Orthodontics by Bradford (Place-Kicker of the Year), Comcast (Player of the Year) and ESPN 760 (Team of the Year).
The national finalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award were also recognized and honored. Dan Bailey—Oklahoma State University, Danny Hrapmann—University of Southern Mississippi and David Ruffer—University of Notre Dame are the three national finalists for the 2010 Lou Groza Award. The announcement of the winner will be made live on the Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 9, at 7pm ET on ESPN.
The 19th Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award is presented by Discover Orange Bowl. Other supporting sponsors include: The Breakers, Bus One LLC, Comcast, Continental Airlines, Dr. Stephen Bradford/ Orthodontics by Bradford, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN 760, Global JBS, McGladrey, Midnight Sun Tours, Parallax Productions and The Tux Shop. Please visit LouGrozaAward.com for additional information on this event.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.