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Joe Thomas Award Semi-Finalists

09/25/2019, 1:15pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

West De Pere senior offensive lineman Kerry Kodanko

The Joe Thomas Award is given annually to the state's top senior offensive lineman as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after former Brookfield Central and University of Wisconsin athlete Joe Thomas, who has gone on to great success in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. After an All-American career at UW, Thomas has been a Pro Bowler with the Browns.
 
The pre-season list has been trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists, with five finalists chosen after the Level 1 playoffs. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.

JOE THOMAS AWARD SEMI-FINALISTS

First Name Last Name Team
Ben Barten Stratford
Sam Bautz Catholic Memorial
Ryan Blokhuis Wisconsin Rapids
Tanor Bortolini Kewaunee
Evan Buss Kimberly
John Champe Brookfield East
Braden Doyle Bay Port
Andrew Fenton Menomonie
Andrew Hodgson Brookfield Central
Cameron Jackson Wauwatosa West
Ethan Jauquet Muskego
Gunnar Kilen Verona
Easton Kilty Stratford
Kerry Kodanko West De Pere
Jacob Leszczynski Muskego
Jack Nelson Stoughton
John Pekar Franklin
Tyler Pitcel Mukwonago
Jack Thennes DeForest
Sean Timmis Marquette
Anthony Vacula Whitnall
Adam Vandervest Verona
Luke Vitale Madison La Follette
Trey Wedig Kettle Moraine
Ben Ziolkowski Oak Creek

To view the Pre-Season Watch List, click here.
 
Finalists for the award do not have to come from the semi-finalist list. Lists are compiled from statistical information available to WSN, coach nominations, player evaluations, and other resources.


About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the WisSports.net General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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