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Aledo star beats out over 70 to earn NFF Gridiron Club scholar athlete of the year

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Tim Buchanan has been with Aledo since 1993. The Bearcats won a UIL record-tying 8th state football title, 55-19 over Fort Bend Marshall, Friday December 21, 2018.
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Tim Buchanan has been with Aledo since 1993. The Bearcats won a UIL record-tying 8th state football title, 55-19 over Fort Bend Marshall, Friday December 21, 2018.

Aledo linebacker Zach Reinert beat out over 70 other high school football scholar athletes in Dallas-Fort Worth to win the National Football Foundation (NFF) Gridiron Club of Dallas-Clay Cooley Scholar-Athlete of the Year award on Sunday at the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum.

“Just being nominated by coach Steve Wood as an NFF Scholar Athlete was a huge honor,” Reinert said.

Others nominated included Arlington Bowie’s Ty DeArman, Coppell’s Jonathan McGill and Lake Ridge’s Chandler Rogers.

The selection committee, comprised of coaches, teachers, administrators and business leaders from North Texas, evaluated the college and high school candidates based on their athletic accomplishments, academic performance and leadership in the community.

“I didn’t expect to win at all because there were so many deserving nominees there, so hearing my name called out for the winner really surprised me,” Reinert said. “It feels great though to be recognized for all the work I’ve put in to athletics and academics.”

The NFF Club also paid tribute to legendary Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson, legendary high school football coach G.A. Moore, the voice of UIL high school football and the Texas Longhorns Craig Way, longtime NFL, collegiate and high school official and timekeeper Jim Ely and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football managing editor and FOX Sports Southwest broadcaster Greg Tepper.

Mary Hardin-Baylor head coach Pete Fredenburg was honored as the College Coach of the Year after leading the Cru to the 2018 NCAA Division III national title. High school coach honorees included High School Coach of the Year Reggie Samples (Duncanville) and Assistant High School Coaches of the Year Eric Mach (Hebron) and John Towels (Duncanville).

“I was looking forward to this banquet for months,” Reinert said. “It was an amazing experience being around so many athletes that excel on the field and in the classroom.”

Reinert helped Aledo to the 5A Division II state title in December. He finished the season third on the team with 87 tackles. He also starts on the baseball team. The Bearcats are ranked No. 5 in 5A with a record of 15-2.


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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.