Crangle, 13 other football players honored
FARMER’S KORNER – Now that the smoke has cleared from the Summit High School football team’s historic 12-1 season, the Tigers have found themselves with more than just an unprecedented trip to the 3A state semifinals to be happy about – they also have a showering of postseason honors.Summit seniors Drew Crangle and Braden Shoop topped the list of 14 Tigers who received recognition from the 3A Central Metro League.In addition to being named the league’s most valuable defensive player, Crangle was chosen to play in the all-state game next summer. Shoop was named special teams player of the year as the Tigers’ kicker, while D’Evelyn quarterback Mark Schaffer claimed offensive MVP honors.Crangle, who was a dominant force for the Tigers on both sides of the ball (he ran for 887 yards as a running back), will play in the north vs. south game, June 9 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Crangle is only the second player in Summit history to receive the honor, following offensive lineman Garner Agone, who earned the distinction in 1997 (then played in ’98). Shoop was named as an all-state game alternate.Both senior standouts were also named to the 3A Central Metro all-league first team along with teammates Jordan Sitkoski, Scott Campbell, Zach Campbell (no relation), Logan Sharp, Hugh Fairfield-Smith and Ryan Eberhart.Second team all-league honors went to Bryce Krampert, Talon Roggasch, Stephen Lassa and Danny Caamaño. Stephen Ike and Peter Secor received honorable mention.
Summit’s accolades didn’t stop with the players; Dylan Hollingsworth was named the league’s coach of the year and Tom Dickey was named assistant coach of the year.All awards were voted on by the league’s seven coaches shortly after the season.”It’s a great thing for these kids,” Hollingsworth said. “One of the reasons we went back to a league (the Tigers were independent for two seasons) was to get more exposure and recognition for our players. Some of them are getting calls from college coaches.”Hollingsworth, who took over the Tigers’ helm in 2005 after serving as an assistant under former coach Rob Royer, deferred the credit for his individual award.”Head coach of the year doesn’t mean too much to me,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great accolade, but I want it to reflect not just on me, but on the coaching staff of Summit.”Dickey, who served as the Tigers’ head coach from 1989-2001, won his award by a 6-to-1 vote at the league coaches meeting.Summit’s prestigious in-house Tiger Award was presented to Sharp, “for making the most positive impact on the team over the years in numerous areas,” Hollingsworth said. “That includes leadership, sportsmanship, academics, citizenship and community service.”
Several Tigers also made the Rocky Mountain News all-state team, which is voted on by coaches from around the state, not just those within the 3A Central Metro League. Eberhart (receiver) and Crangle were named to the 3A all-state first team, Shoop (kicker) made the second team and Scott Campbell (linebacker) received honorable mention.Playing at the next levelSummit football players receiving attention from college coaches is a relatively new phenomenon, according to Hollingsworth.”Last year we had to go find schools for the players that went,” he said.Summit’s class of 2005 sent three athletes to the college gridiron – Cameron Chapman (Coe College), Alex Shackleton (Michigan State) and Jordan McCarthy (Western State).
Hollingsworth has been in recent touch with each of the former Tigers.”All three redshirted,” he said. “They all made the squad and they’re playing the positions we sent them in there as. That’s good.”As for the unforgettable 2006 Tigers, seven of the 14 players recognized with postseason awards are seniors.Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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