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Jim Leonhard Award Semi-Finalists

10/23/2020, 10:30am CDT
By Travis Wilson

Muskego defensive back Mason Buehler

The Jim Leonhard Award is given to the top senior defensive back as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after former Flambeau High School and University of Wisconsin athlete Jim Leonhard, who went on to great success in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns before returning to his alma mater in 2016 as an assistant coach.

The pre-season list has been trimmed down to 10 semi-finalists, with five finalists chosen after the regular season. Winners are announced after the final culminating events.


First Name Last Name Team
Owen Arnett Arrowhead
Grover Bortolotti Whitefish Bay
C.J. Boyd University School
Mason Buehler Muskego
C.J. Grisar Waukesha West
Alex Oechsner Catholic Memorial
DeVauntaye Parker Menomonie
Jon Verhasselt Freedom
Hunter Wohler Muskego

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 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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