TKA Placekicker Paul Schumacher Wins Lou Groza Award

Friday, Dec. 10 was a big night for Paul Schumacher, a senior football player from the King’s Academy. Schumacher was awarded the Lou Groza Award, a prestigious award given to the top kicker in Palm Beach County.

Schumacher won the award over Cardinal Newman’s Steven Holmes and Park Vista’s Gabe Montes.

This year for the Lions, Schumacher hit 4 of 7 field goals from longer than 40 yards, including a 50-yarder against Pahokee to set a TKA record for the longest field goal.

“The TKA coaching staff and members of our football team are extremely proud of Paul for being named the 2013 Lou Groza High School Placekicker of the Year,” TKA head football coach Heath Nivens said. “He played such a pivotal role in our success as a team this season. It is rare to have the opportunity to coach a young man at the high school level with such a balance of athletic talent, academic promise and outstanding character. Paul has done a fantastic job of representing TKA Lion football over the course of the past three years.”

Schumacher is also one of the top players on the district champion boys soccer team and a member of the track and field team.

Other local athletes were nominated for awards from the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Tommy McDonald, running back for Palm Beach Central High School, was nominated for Player of the Year, and the Broncos’ varsity football team was nominated for Team of the Year.

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ABOVE: TKA placekicker Paul Schumacher with his award.