Football programs hand out MVPs

Glendale High, Hoover, St. Francis and Crescenta Valley laud their top athletes.

November 19, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

GLENDALE — The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club, in its 71st year, meets Tuesdays at the Elk's Lodge. The following are odds and ends from the 11th and final meeting of the year.


Each of the four area high school football teams affiliated with the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club handed out their respective awards at Tuesday's meeting.

The awards are presented in the form of scholarship funds donated by the Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club.

Glendale High, whose 4-6 record marked the team’s most victories since 2008, awarded its academic MVP to senior tight end/linebacker Osvaldo Cortez, who sported a 3.8 GPA. Senior Martin Marin, a two-way player who hauled in 38 receptions for 590 yards and six touchdowns and who also was credited with 23 touchbacks, was named the team most valuable player.


“Martin did everything for us. He was a wide receiver, kicker, couldn’t play quarterback – although we thought about it,” Tuttle quipped. “He’ll be irreplaceable next year.”

Hoover first-year Coach Matt Andersen awarded his academic MVP to quarterback Se Jun Kim, whom Andersen said “never missed a day of practice,” while senior Andres Perez was named the team’s MVP after being welcomed back before the season.

“After spending a year in the military academy, I’m glad this individual came back for his senior year of football,” Andersen said. “He did everything.”

Perez played wide receiver, safety, punter, kicker and kick returner.

When the microphone was turned over to Crescenta Valley’s Paul Schilling, the Falcons coach noted that football may have actually been a hindrance to his academic MVP, senior linebacker Austin Brines, who led the squad with 89 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

“This guy never had a ‘B’ in any class in his high school career. Throughout high school, he’s maintained a 4.333 GPA. Part of the problem that that’s not higher is that football actually hurts his GPA because it’s not an AP class,” Schilling said.

All-everything senior Kevin Hello, who was a punter/running back/defensive back/linebacker, was named the team’s most valuable player after rushing for 548 yards on 67 carries with eight touchdowns, tallying 35 tackles, two sacks and five interceptions and averaging 37 yards per punt.

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