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8th ANNUAL PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS DINNER, presented by the Hildebrand Foundation and Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine -- Congrats to the top winners of the annual dinner to celebrate the top players on the area's private high school  football teams.
Winners named were:
Coach of the Year: Steve Leisz of Episcopal
Specialist of the Year: Paul Langemeier of St. Thomas
Iron Man of the Year: Victor Garza of Kinkaid
Lineman of the Year: Dylan Cordell of Second Baptist
Defensive Player of the Year: James Ogunrin of Episcopal
Offensive Player of the Year: Josh Johnson of Second Baptist

40th ANNUAL UIL HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS DINNER, presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Texan Live --
Come and see who the top UIL players in Greater Houston are at the annual gala. The event will be at 7 p.m., Wed., Dec. 11, at the Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road at Holmes Road.
Categories are Defensive Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
The Club also will award former Chronicle sportswriter Dale Robertson with the Ron Stone Media Excellence Award. Presentation will be by the late Ron Stone's son, Billy.

Tickets are $50 each. Tables are available and are 10 seats each. The cost of tables is $500 (regular table), $750 (bronze sponsor), $1,000 (silver sponsor), $1,500 (gold sponsor) and $2,500 (platinum sponsor). Premium tables sponsors will be announced at the event and have their names in the souvenir program.
Tickets can be purchased by using the PayPal button further down on this page. For questions, call Neal Farmer at 713-849-9860.

The TD Club is the Houston chapter of the National Football Foundation, which runs the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Finalists for 2019 Private High School Awards Dinner

Josh Crissmon, St. Thomas; Lucas Dejardins, St. John’s; William Harris, Lutheran North; Josh Johnson, Second Baptist; Nick Mayberry, Episcopal; Aaron Monsivaiz, Woodlands Christian; Beau Psencik, Lutheran South and Ethan Tuckwood, Episcopal

Peter Cannon, St. John’s; Daniel Coco, St. Thomas; Nate Dyman, Second Baptist; Jonathan Gooden, Second Baptist; Obe Lewis, Episcopal; James Ogunrin, Episcopal; Jagger Pagano, St. Pius X; Jordan Ricks, Kinkaid; Cooper Thomas, St. Thomas; and Mark Zamarripa, Lutheran South

Paul Langemeier, St. Thomas and David Nunez, Second Baptist

Caleb Chapelle, Woodlands Christian; Jaylon Coleman, Second Baptist; Thomas Elkhoury, John Cooper; Victor Garza, Kinkaid; Jake Justice, Lutheran South; and Cameron Reed, John Cooper

Dylan Cordell, Second Baptist; Zarieon Daniels, Houston Christian; Matthew Hopper, Bay Area Christian; Ethan Hummel, Woodlands Christian; Tony Saa, Fort Bend Christian; Duncan Shields, Kinkaid; Garri Smith, The Village School; and Chidera Umeh, St. Thomas

Randy Hollas, Woodlands Christian
Steve Leisz, Episcopal
Rich McGuire, St. Thomas

Finalists for 2019 UIL High School Awards Dinner

Brandon Brown, Morton Ranch
Nick Brown, Westfield
Alec Bryant, Shadow Creek
Corey Flagg, North Shore
Jayden Goodwin, Cypress Falls
Derick Mourning, Paetow
Chidozie Nwankwu, Foster
Jaylen Phillips, Katy
D.J. Warnell, Dickinson
Josh White, Cypress Creek

Devon Achane, Marshall
Josh Bankhead, College Park
Frank Brown Jr., Houston Sterling
Zach Evans, North Shore
Sofian Massoud, Cypress Lakes
Brice Matthews, Atascocita
Dwight McGlothern, Klein Oak
Ryan Stubblefield, Foster
Parker Washington, Travis
Mike Welch, Dickinson

Brad Butler, Shadow Creek
Kevin Hall, Manvel
Gary Joseph, Katy
Greg McCaig, Cypress Creek
Adrian Mitchell, Klein Collins
Todd McVey, Tompkins
Matt Meekins, Westfield
John Snelson, Dickinson
Craig Stump, Atascocita
James Williams, Marshall



Presented by the Hildebrand Foundation and Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, the seventh annual Private High School Awards Dinner recognized the top Greater Houston private high school football players. Winners were Offensive Player of the Year: Grant Gunnell, St. Pius, and Peyton Matocha, St. Thomas (tie); Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Wells, Episcopal; Lineman of the Year: Ameer Mustafa, Kinkaid; Ironman of the Year: Colin Howard, Concordia Lutheran; and coach of the year: Terry Pirtle, Second Baptist.
Helping hand out the awards were two Texas High School Hall of Fame coaches -- Ray Seals and Mike Johnston.


The 2018 UIL High School Award Dinner winners were Defensive Player of the Year, Tony Bradford of North Shore; Offensive Player of the Year, Kenyon Green of Atascocita; and Coach of the Year, Jon Kay of North Shore. The Ron Stone Sports Media Excellence Award went to Ch. 11 sportscaster Matt Musil.


The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $250,000 in scholarships to more than 350 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 21 years, and has given out approximately $225,000 in weights and weight equipment to 43 Greater Houston high schools in the past 18 years.

The high schools which received weights were Booker T. Washington, Forest Brook, Reagan, Smiley and Houston Sterling in 2002; Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Wheatley and Worthing in 2003; Milby, Northbrook and Westbury in 2004; Furr, Sharpstown and Houston Austin in 2005; Willowridge, Jones, Sam Houston, Aldine and Yates in 2006; Eisenhower, Houston Lamar, Pasadena and Scarborough (again) in 2007; in 2008, Dulles, Furr (again) South Houston and Spring Woods; in 2009, Booker T. Washington (again), Hightower, Spring and Waltrip; in 2010, Alief Hastings and Jeff Davis; in 2011, Alief Elsik, Reagan (again) and Bellaire; in 2012, Humble, Houston Lee, and Madison (again); in 2013, Hightower (again), La Marque and Lutheran North; Westbury Christian in 2014; Aldine (again), Madison (again) and Scarborough (again) in 2015; Saint John XXIII, Northbrook (again) and Sam Houston (again) in 2016; Heights, Lutheran South, North Forest (again) and Kipp-Sunnyside in 2017; C.E. King, Terry and Frassati Catholic in 2018; and Houston Austin (again) and Lamar Consolidated in 2019.


The TD Club has teamed up with the Houston Texans to distribute excess shoes and clothing to needy high schools. Schools assisted so far are in HISD, Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Humble ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Anahuac, Goose Creek ISD, C.E. King, Bridge City, Cy-Fair ISD, Tomball ISD, Stafford and Spring Branch ISD.


We helped start the Senior Showcase in 2009 with the Houston Texans and with Houston ISD co-founders Phil Camp and Coby Rhoden, during which more than 800 high school kids have been offered almost $80 million in scholarships and grants from NAIA and NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools. The event takes place in the Methodist Training Facility on the Texans campus (the practice bubble).


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