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Sherman honored as
outstanding player

by Kim Fickett
Landmark reporter

Platte County football player was recently recognized for his outstanding efforts on the football field by Kansas City metropolitan coaches.

Senior running back, Zach Sherman was honored with the presentation of the Frank Fontana Memorial Award on Dec. 4 at Olathe North High School. The Fontana Award is presented to the Most Outstanding Football Player of the Small School Category (classes 1A-3A) in the Kansas City metro area.

Sherman was among three other finalists nominated for the award. Other finalists included Ronnell Newman of Hogan Academy, Jason Ferguson of Pembroke Hill and Eric Gutterman of St. Pius.

The nomination committee is comprised of Kansas City metro area coaches. The coaches make their nominations by a write-in ballot system, the top four vote getters are determined. Ballots are re-sent to area coaches for their final decision.

The Platte County Pirates were also recognized in 2000, when quarterback Brandon Gutshall was named the recipient of the Fontana Award. Sherman and Gutshall are the only two players in Platte County R-3 history to be recognized with this honor.

"I'm very proud of Zach," said head coach, Chip Sherman. "It's an honor to get an award based on the opposition's coaches and to receive recognition around the area."

Zach finished his final season with the Platte County Pirates, helping to lead them to the school's second straight Class 3A football championship. This past season he had 365 carries, a total of 2,851 yards and 19 touchdowns.