Kennedy Award

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The Harrison H. Kennedy Award (often known simply as the Kennedy Award) is a high school sports award named for the late Wheeling, WV native Harry H. Kennedy and given annually to the West Virginia High School Football Player of the Year as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association. It is awarded every spring at the annual Victory Awards Dinner. It's the second oldest statewide award, second only to the Hardman Award which is presented to the Amateur Athlete of the Year.[1]


Year Winner Class School Position
1947 Darrell Patrick Shires Jr. Hinton RB
1948 Randy Broyles Sr. Woodrow Wilson RB
1949 Henry (Hoppy) Shores Sr. Stonewall Jackson RB-DB
1950 Jim Early Sr. Parkersburg RB
1951 Dale Boyd Sr. Huntington Vinson QB
1952 Don Griffith Sr. Stonewall Jackson RB
1953 Bob Barrett Sr. Barboursville RB
1954 Noel Whipkey Sr. Charleston RB-LB
1955 Ronald (Tags) Meredith Sr. St. Albans QB
1956 Johnny Frye Sr. Huntington East QB
1957 Jim Bargeloh Sr. Parkersburg RB
1958 Larry Drake Sr. Fairmont Senior RB
1959 Fred Colvard Sr. Logan QB
1960 Bob Kelley Sr. Weir RB-DB
1961 Paul Allen Sr. Huntington RB
1962 Joe White Sr. Charleston Catholic RB
1963 Jim Smithberger Sr. Welch DB-RB
1964 Frank Criniti Sr. Charleston Catholic RB
1965 Melvin Walker Sr. Dunbar QB
1966 No Award
1967 No Award
1968 David Morris Sr. Wayne DB-RB
1969 Kerry Marbury Sr. Monongah RB-DB
1970 Rick Hurt Sr. Charleston QB
1971 Rick Petty Sr. Williamstown RB-DB
1972 Danny Williams Jr. DuPont QB
1973 Danny Williams Sr. DuPont QB
1974 Robin Lyons Sr. Herbert Hoover RB-LB
1975 Robert Alexander Jr. South Charleston RB
1976 Robert Alexander Sr. South Charleston RB
1977 Mike Estes Sr. George Washington QB
1978 Curt Warner Sr. Pineville RB-DB
1979 Tim Stephens Sr. Parkersburg South QB
1980 David Bayer Sr. George Washington RB
1981 John Koontz Sr. Petersburg RB-DB
1982 Brad King Sr. North Marion RB
1983 Tony Johnson Sr. Morgantown RB
1984 Joel Wilson Sr. Sistersville RB-LB
1985 Ted Kester Sr. Winfield LB-RB
1986 Jeff Swisher Sr. Sistersville RB
1987 Jed Drenning Sr. Tucker County QB
1988 Keith Jeter Sr. Weir RB-DB
1989 David Mayfield Sr. Morgantown DB-RB
1990 Eric McGhee Sr. Wheeling Central RB-DB
1991 Darryl Johnson Sr. Wheeling Park RB
1992 Mark Cisar Jr. Magnolia QB-DB
1993 Mark Cisar Sr. Magnolia QB-DB
1994 Randy Moss Sr. DuPont WR-DB
1995 Frank Aliveto Sr. Hedgesville RB-LB
1996 J. R. House Soph. Nitro QB
1997 Chris Yura Jr. Morgantown RB-DB
1998 (tie) J. R. House Sr. Nitro QB
1998 (tie) Quincy Wilson Sr. Weir RB-DB
1999 Todd Mosby Sr. Musselman QB-LB-DB
2000 Mark Wigal Sr. Morgantown RB-DB
2001 Marc Kimes Sr. Parkersburg QB-DB
2002 Brandon Barrett Jr. Martinsburg WR-DB
2003 Brandon Barrett Sr. Martinsburg WR-DB
2004 Nate Sowers Sr. Martinsburg QB-DB
2005 Josh Culbertson Sr. Nitro RB-DB
2006 Kyle Allard Sr. Fairmont Senior QB
2007 Jordan Roberts Sr. Scott RB
2008 Will Cole Sr. Bluefield QB
2009 Tyler Harris Jr. South Charleston QB-LB
2010 Justin Fox Sr. Magnolia QB-DB
2011 Ryan Switzer Jr. George Washington RB-DB
2012 Ryan Switzer Sr. George Washington RB-DB
2013 Chazzy Thomas Sr. Morgantown RB
2014 Kashaun Haley Sr. Capital RB

Awards won by school[edit]

This is a list of the schools who have had a player win a Kennedy Award once or more. In total, players from 41 different schools have won a Kennedy Award.

School Awards
Morgantown 5
George Washington 4
Dupont 3
Magnolia 3
Martinsburg 3
Nitro 3
Parkersburg 3
South Charleston 3
Weir 3
Charleston 2
Charleston Catholic 2
Fairmont Senior 2
Parkersburg South 2
Sistersville 2
Stonewall Jackson 2
Barboursville 1
Bluefield 1
Capital 1
Dunbar 1
Hedgesville 1
Herbert Hoover 1
Hinton 1
Huntington 1
Huntington East 1
Huntington Vinson 1
Logan 1
Monongah 1
Musselman 1
North Marion 1
Petersburg 1
Pineville 1
Scott 1
St. Albans 1
Tucker County 1
Wayne 1
Welch 1
Wheeling Central 1
Wheeling Park 1
Williamstown 1
Winfield 1
Woodrow Wilson 1


  1. ^ Wheeling News-Register. November 24, 2007, Kennedy Award is Full of Quality Candidates