Athletes, coach earn awards at National Football Foundation

SHERIDAN — The Wyoming Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame held its 20th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Saturday evening.

There were 11 special awards recipients along with 14 scholar-athletes and the Courage and Perseverance Award winners from each of the five high school classifications and the University of Wyoming. A total of $21,600 in scholarships was awarded and each of the finalists received a National Football Foundation plaque and a $1,200 scholarship to the school of their choice. The Top Scholar-Athlete received an additional $1,200 scholarship.

Rick Scherry from Big Horn received the Football Coach Career Achievement Award. Scherry was the football coach for Big Horn High School for 26 years.

During his coaching career he had nine conference championships, appearances in five state championship games and an undefeated state championship team in 1985. A nine-time conference Coach of the Year, Rick was named Wyoming Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1985 and National High School Athletic Coaches Association Region 7 Coach of the Year in 1992. He was also selected as an assistant coach for the North Shrine team five times.

Big Horn’s Michael Lamb received the Keith & Joyce Bloom Courage Award.

Miles Novak of Big Horn and Tyler Julian of Sheridan were the Scholar-Athlete Finalists. Tyler Julian, lineman for the Sheridan Broncs received the Top Scholar-Athlete award.

 

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