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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

Monday, March 30

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday, Varsity 5:30 pm and JV 7:00 pm. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats JV at Burleson, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen vs. Burleson at AHS Baseball Field, 6:00 pm.
    Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, 7:00 pm., Rescheduled from March 31 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday.
    *District Games

Tuesday, March 31

  • Aledo JV at Brock, 4:00 pm.

  • Aledo Ladycats at Cleburne, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Burleson, changed to March 30 due to STAAR testing on Wednesday. *District Game

Thursday, April 2

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats at Cleburne

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

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

Friday, April 3

  • Aledo Bearcats vs. Granbury at AHS Baseball Field, JV 5:00 pm and Varsity 7:30 pm. *District Game
    Aledo Bearcats Freshmen at Granbury, 5:00 pm. *District Game

Monday, April 6

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

Tuesday, April 7

  • Aledo Ladycats and Bearcats Varsity Black and Orange at District 8-5A Golf Tournament at Squaw Valley Golf Course, Glen Rose.

  • Aledo Middle School at District, Hall

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

  • Aledo Bearcats Varsity at Cleburne, 7:00 pm. *District Game

Thursday, April 9

  • Aledo Varsity at District Tournament at TCU, all day

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