Liberty North quarterback finalist for Simone Award

Senior quarterback Jake Van Dyne surveys the field during a jamboree at Liberty North High School.

KANSAS CITY — Liberty North High School quarterback Jake Van Dyne is among the nominees for the Thomas A. Simone Award.

Nominees were announced Monday, Dec. 2. Van Dyne made the top four for the prize for top all-around player alongside Arland Bruce IV of Olathe North, Luke Grimm of Raymore-Peculiar and Tyron “Tank” Young of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The Thomas A. Simone Memorial Football Award is presented yearly to the most outstanding high school football player in the metro area. The award is informally likened to a high school Heisman trophy.

In the nomination video, Van Dyne is described as reliable week in and week out, leading the team to a no-loss regular season.

The award was created in 1931 by Dr. D. M. Nigro and continued until Dr. Nigro’s death in 1976. It was reinstated by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Simone as a tribute to their late 12-year-old son, Tommy.

The award is selected by a vote of the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association, head coaches in the metro area and selected media members.

The winner will be announced Thursday, Dec. 12.

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