WAUSAU – The four finalists for the Win Brockmeyer Memorial Award, given to the top senior football player in the Wausau area, were announced Tuesday.
D.C. Everest’s Stephen Paoli, Newman Catholic’s Jake Gajewski, Wausau East’s Landon Krueger and Wausau West’s Brady Lenz were selected for award, which honors the former Wausau football coach, who won 230 games in a 34-year career.
The winner will be announced Dec. 18 at the Wausau Country Club. The recipient receives a $2,000 scholarship, while the other three nominees all receive a $500 scholarship. The award honors players not only for their outstanding play, but also the character the individual demonstrates both on and off the field.
Coaching staffs from the four Wausau area schools nominate a player and a selection committee determines the overall winner from the finalists.
Wausau West’s Jake Whalen received the award last year. A Warriors player has received the Brockmeyer eight times. West’s Timothy Freiberg was the award’s first recipient in 1996.
East has had seven Brockmeyer recipients, Everest has had three winners and Newman Catholic one.
Gajewski, who was named the Cardinals offensive most valuable player the past two years, rushed for 1,365 yards and 17 touchdowns on 165 attempts this fall to lead the Cloverwood Conference, and passed for six scores as well.
Krueger was a two-way starter for Wausau East at offensive guard and linebacker. He was named the Lumberjacks’ defensive MVP his fall and also was a honorable mention section for the all-Valley Football Association -North Division team.
Lenz was an unanimous selection on the all-VFA North team at offensive line this fall for the second straight season and also was selected as West’s offensive MVP. West football coach Kevin Grundy said Lenz is among the top three linemen he has coached in his 31-year career.
Paoli rushed for 1,449 yards and 18 touchdowns on 213 attempts this year for the Evergreens. He led the VFA-North in rushing and was a honorable mention selection for The Associated Press All-State football team.