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Former Aledo kicker Andrew Kocurek nominated for award

October 1, 2010 by Tony Eierdam

CHICAGO, Ill. - Southwest Baptist University and former Aledo Bearcat kicker Andrew Kocurek has been nominated for the Fred Mitchell Outstanding Placekicker Award. Kocurek is one of 32 kickers in NCAA Football Championship Series (formerly called Division II, III, and NAIA) football to be nominated for the award.

Kocurek, a freshman from Aledo, TX and the starting kicker on Aledo's 2009 state championship team, is one of just two freshman to be nominated for the award, and is the lone nominee from the state of Missouri. Kocurek has 30 points on the year from a pair of field goals and 24 out of 26 extra points. Against William Jewell, Kocurek made a 47-yard field goal, the longest by a Bearcat since 2003.

Off the field, Kocurek has participated in SBU football's "Big Cat Little Cat" program, where SBU players visit local elementary schools to visit the kids and assist teachers in their daily lessons. Kocurek has also spent time volunteering at local nursing homes, visiting with the elderly.

The Fred Mitchell Award is named for the record-setting place-kicker, Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Famer, author, philanthropist, and Chicago Tribune sports columnist. The recipient of the Fred Mitchell Award will be chosen based on excellence on the football field and in the community. The school of the Award winner receives scholarship funds, and the Fred Mitchell Award trophy will be presented on February 21, 2010, at the National Football Foundation Chicago Metro Chapter Awards Ceremony at Halas Hall.

Sports Calendar

Thursday, March 5

  • Aledo Ladycats JV at Brewer Tournament, Time TBA

  • Aledo Ladycats Varsity at A&M Consolidated Tournament, College Station, Time TBA

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Southwest and Arlington Heights Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Granbury Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Weatherford Tournament, Times TBA.

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Boswell
    Aledo Middle School at Stephenville

  • Aledo Middle School vs. Brock at Brock High School, 4:30 pm

Friday, March 6

  • Aledo Varsity at Chisholm Trail Tournament, all day

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at Bearcat Brawl at Split Rail Links and Golf Club.

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Burleson at Bearcat Stadium, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *Senior Night & District Game

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, March 9

  • Aledo Ladycats at Burleson Centennial, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, March 12

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Abilene Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats JV at Boswell Tournament, Times TBA.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Richland Tournament, Times TBA.

Monday, March 16

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Orange at Brock High School Tournament at Canyon West Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats JV vs. Joshua at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Joshua, 6:00 pm. *District Game.

Tuesday, March 17

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats JV at Lake Ridge JV Tournament at Mansfield National Golf Course.

  • Aledo Bearcats at Granbury, JV 5:30 pm and Varsity 7:00 pm. *District Game

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