Cook, Hermes named scholar-athlete finalists


PEARLAND — The Touchdown Club of Houston has been huge supporters of the high school athletes in the Houston area and one of the most prestigious awards given each year is for their scholar-athlete award presented to the player who excels in the classroom and on the playing field.

This year, Friendswood and Pearland each have a player that has been named as a finalist for this great honor.

This award began back in 1999 and has featured some outstanding Houston area athletes including Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck who won the award in 2007 before going on to have a successful career at Stanford and now with the Colts.

The TD Club has awarded about $200,000 in scholarships over the last 19 years. The scholarships go to the top senior area high school football players who are considered starters with the highest grade-point averages. Finalists are selected by the presidents of the University of Houston, Rice and Texas Southern. Winners are selected by the TD Club.

There are 25 finalists each year, with the one person named the Outstanding Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year, based on academics, athletics, and citizenship, as embodied in extra-curricular activities.

Two of the finalists this year include Friendswood defensive end Mike Hermes, son of Mal and Ava Hermes, and Pearland linebacker Mason Cook, son of Joe and Rhonda Cook.

Both are outstanding students in the classroom as well as being strong players on the field for their teams. Congratulations to both players.

Hermes is coached by Robert Koopmann and Cook is coached by Ricky Tullos, both of whom make it possible for these players to be successful in the classroom and on the field of competition.