View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 12/11
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
With this week’s Simone Awards we have officially crossed over to the offseason. The news now will revolve around all-state teams, coaching changes, team recaps and looking forward to the next season.
Before we rush off into the distance I wanted to look back at this year’s Simone Awards and focus on one moment that was different than the more than 30 that came before it.
As the ceremony was winding down Lee’s Summit coach Eric Thomas took to the microphone and began talking about the impact the award just won by Drew Lock had on the program and the school. He talked about all of the good the Simone family had done for high school football. At that time he told the packed gym and those watching on Time Warner Cable Sportschannel that Tommy Simone would receive an honorary Lee’s Summit football letter and have a plaque with other sports’ achievers at Lee’s Summit High School.
I’ve been to quite a few Simone Awards ceremonies but that was a first. It was the first time a school honored the late Tommy Simone. The award that is handed out each year is named for Tommy and the motto Love, Courage, Friendship, Champion is what the award symbolizes.
Lee’s Summit now has two Simone Award winners. Craig Phillips won the third award ever given in 1985 after leading the Tigers to their only state championship appearance that season.
That is two winners now for Lee’s Summit. While there are other programs with two and three times as many winners, the Tigers’ gesture stands above the number of winners.
Lee’s Summit may not have won as many games as other programs but they are still winners because the Tigers honored the family that has honored so many athletes in the Kansas City Metro.
It was a great way to say thank you to the Simones. Something we all should be saying every year at this time no matter who wins the award.
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