Basehor-Linwood’s Dylan Mussett and Jace Friesen have been named semifinalists for prestigious awards in the Kansas City metro.
The Bobcat players were named semifinalists to two of the six awards given out at the Thomas A. Simone Awards. Mussett was named a semifinalist for the Frank Fontana Memorial Award. The Fontana Award is given to the outstanding small class high school football player in the area.
The award was established in 1999 in memory of Frank Fontana, a standout athlete at St. Pius X in football and basketball. It is given to outstanding players in Classes 1-4 in Missouri and 1A-4A in Kansas.
The senior quarterback is up for the award with other area players from Bishop Miege, Louisburg, Smithville, Summit Christian Academy, Lathrop and Platte County.
Friesen is up for the Bobby Bell Award, which is awarded to an outstanding small class defensive player. Like the Fontana Award, the Bobby Bell Award is awarded to outstanding athletes in the smaller classes in the Kansas City metro. This award is for linemen and linebackers. It is named after the former standout lineman for the University of Minnesota and the Kansas City Chiefs. Bell was the second member of the Chiefs to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after team owner and founder Lamar Hunt.
Friesen is up for the award against other linemen and linebackers from Smithville, Paola, Bishop Miege, St. Pius X, Kearney, Summit Christian, Center, Tonganoxie and Louisburg.
The finalists will be announced during the sports report on FOX4’s 10 p.m. broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 9. The awards will be handed out Sunday, Dec. 16, at Olathe West. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.