West York’s Brandon Kinneman earned the $4,000 Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship from the Quarterback Club of York.
West York's Brandon Kinneman earned the $4,000 Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship from the Quarterback Club of York. (Daily Record/Sunday News -- File)

It's been quite a year for West York's Brandon Kinneman.

In June, the then-junior caught the last out of the PIAA Class AAA baseball championship game, won by the Bulldogs. A few months later, Kinneman quarterbacked West York's football team to the YAIAA Division II title and a 13-game winning streak heading into the district championship game.

On Tuesday the Quarterback Club of York announced it will award Kinneman with the $4,000 Charles Larson Memorial Scholarship.

For Bulldogs football coach Ron Miller, nominating Kinneman was about more than statistics. According to Miller, Kinneman didn't want to be the best quarterback in the coach's tenure, but the young man was determined to be the best leader.

"I never met someone who wanted to be a great leader. He understood his role as a quarterback and a pitcher on the baseball diamond," Miller said.

"I have had some tremendously talented quarterbacks and leaders. There are not enough good words to say about Brandon. What a pleasure to coach and a pleasure to be a part of his life."

Also on Tuesday, the Quarterback Club announced that two other YAIAA athletes will be awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Receiving the Thomas Chatman Jr. Memorial Scholarship will be Danielle Aikins, a standout softball player from York County School of Technology. Eastern York girls' soccer goalkeeper Cassidy Layman will be presented with the Sandy Kranich Memorial Scholarship.

The three athletes will be recognized at the Quarterback Club's Feb. 4 dinner at San Carlos Restaurant, as will the four YAIAA football Players of the Year.

Slated to receive trophies at the dinner is Central York's Marquis Fells -- the YAIAA Division I winner, Zack Smith of West York, plus Northeastern's Daniel Adams for Division II and Eastern York record-breaking running back Alex Cooley for Division III.
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