Anthony Wayne players celebrates defeating Olmsted Falls for a regional championship. The Generals made the deepest playoff run in school history and were named BCSN's team of the year. THE BLADE
There were dozens of teams that captured the imagination of northwest Ohio during the past school year. Few, if any, produced a more unlikely script than the Anthony Wayne football team.
The Generals (10-4) made their deepest playoff run in school history — the state semifinals — as the No. 4 seed in their region under first-year coach Andy Brungard, seizing on the community’s outsized spirit during that run.
On Thursday night, Anthony Wayne was recognized as the team of the year at the BCSN Honors award show at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
“It’s an honor,” Brungard said. “It’s not just team of the year, it’s community and school district of the year. None of our success happens without the support of parents, administration, local businesses. It’s a special thing, that’s for sure. Seeing the other teams that were nominated, it’s an honor to be included with them.”
Before the 2016 season, AW had gone four consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance. And in their previous seven forays in the state playoffs, the Generals were just 1-6.
Brungard, who came to AW after 10 years at Perrysburg — the final seven as defensive coordinator — pointed to the summer of 2016 and the dissection of the 370-page book Servant Leadership.
“The book focused a lot on what humility is,” Brungard said. “Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. We just talked a lot about you’re not playing for yourself, you’re playing for the people next to you. And if you’re truly being humble, you’re thinking of them more than you’re thinking of yourself.”
The event, a high school version of the ESPYs, aired live on BCSN and attracted a who’s who among the local prep scene. A crowd of nearly 400 people filled the main theater for a night of honoring the area’s most significant milestones captured by BCSN during the 2016-17 school year.
In all, 12 awards were handed out during the two-hour show. “People have really responded really well,” said BSCN general manager Marc Jaromin. “It’s really fun. I’m not so much surprised, I’m happy the way it’s come together.”
Bedford’s Jon Scout, who died in January after a 10-month bout with brain cancer, won play of the year for his touchdown against Dexter in October. The senior attended every practice despite his diagnosis, earning praise from coaches and players for being a consummate teammate.
His parents, Greg and Julie, and siblings accepted the award to a standing ovation.
“There were two things that Jonathan loved — family and football,” Julie said. “He loved the Bedford community, and he lives on with many memories. To play in that game, he had butterflies and didn't think he’d be able to play. Once we saw him put on his helmet and get out there and play, it totally changed his world.”
■ Team of the Year: Anthony Wayne football
■ Female Athlete of the Year: Bre Hampton-Bey, Notre Dame basketball
■ Male Athlete of the Year: Moises Guillen, Perrysburg wrestling
■ Student Section of the Year: Bedford
■ Breakthrough Performance: Woodward football
■ Moment of the Year: Riley Keller, Whitmer football
■ Inspiration Award: Joe Rychnovsky
■ Play of the Year: Jon Scout, Bedford
■ Social Media Moment of the Year: The Hurdle (Bryant Koback, Springfield)
■ Student of the Year: Carley Wymer, Central Catholic
■ Teacher of the Year: Ryan Creech, Northview
■ Coach of the Year: Keith Hartbarger, Northview