A trio of Great Northern Conference football players, all from Mosinee, are finalists for several prestigious senior football awards.
Quarterback Michal Dul is a finalist for the Dave Krieg Award, given annually by wissports.net to the state’s top quarterback, while wide receivers Cyle Kowalski and Drayton Lehman are finalists for the Al Toon award, handed out to the state’s top pass catcher.
Dul threw for at least 200 yards in every game he played in this season and went over 300 yards passing three times, including a season high 403 yards and five touchdowns in a win over Merrill.
On the year, Dul has completed nearly 62 percent of his passes for 2,054 yards and 23 touchdowns.
He also ran for seven touchdowns in his first season as Mosinee’s starter.
Other Dave Krieg award finalists include Josh Bauer of Lourdes Academy, Brady Hoppert of Martin Luther, Adam Moen of Lake Mills and Amherst’s Tristan Schelvan.
Krieg, for whom the award is named, played quarterback at D.C. Everest and Milton College, before going on to a 12-year career in the NFL with multiple teams. Most notably Seattle, where he was named to several Pro Bowls.
Kowalski and Lehman were the featured targets for Dul in Mosinee’s high-powered passing attack.
Kowalski followed up an outstanding junior campaign with 47 receptions for 859 yards this season. He averaged a big 18.3 yards-per-reception and scored 10 touchdowns.
He had over 120 yards receiving in four games.
Lehman led the state in catches with 102, totaling 1,269 yards and tallied 14 touchdowns. The yardage total was second in the state and the touchdowns tied for third best.
In a week eight replacement game against Cadott, he tied a state record with 20 catches, while racking up 188 yards and four scores.
Other finalists include Jack Martens of Cumberland, Preston Ruedinger from Lourdes Academy and Freedom’s Quinn Taege.
The award’s namesake, Toon, was a star wideout for the University of Wisconsin before going on to a successful NFL career with the New York Jets.
The winners of the awards, handed out by the Wisconsin Sports Network (WSN), will be announced this week.