11 TBHS football players nominated for national award

11 TBHS football players have been nominated for this year’s Wyoming Chapter, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. (Photos courtesy of Brian Mitchell)

From victories to postseason honors, it’s been another banner year for Thunder Basin High School football. It was announced this week that 11 members of the team have been nominated for this year’s Wyoming Chapter, National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.

Aidyn Mitchell, Caden Randall, Cade Ayers, Ryan Baker, Ethan Cox, Kolter DeKay, Justin Dennison, Isaiah Haliburton, McKale Holte, Ryan Jordan and Brandon Lawton are the 2021 nominated Bolts. They are the only athletes to receive nominations among all Campbell County schools.

To be eligible for nomination, football players must have a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher. The Scholar-Athlete awards are based 40 percent on football, 40 percent on academic accomplishments and 20 percent on the athletes’ involvement within the community and school as well as citizenship and other school activities.

This year, 73 athletes from 20 Wyoming schools earned nominations for the prestigious honor. Ten finalists, and two nominees from the University of Wyoming, will be honored with a $1,200 scholarship and have a chance to be named Wyoming’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, who earns an additional $1,200 scholarship. All will be announced at a date and time to be announced in February.

Other awards presented by the Wyoming Chapter will include a Courage/Perseverance Award to an athlete or athletes who have overcome serious medical condition/injury. Some of the other wards that will be announced next month by the Chapter include a football contributor award winner, best University of Wyoming and hometown high school fan, outstanding assistant coach award and a lifetime football officiating award.