Gavin Zimbelman

Manteno High School's Gavin Zimbelman steadies to throw a pass in a game against Coal City in 2016. Zimbelman was named the Aurora Univeristy Male Athlete of the Year after finishing last season as one of the best quarterbacks in NCAA Division III.

Daily Journal Staff Report

Gavin Zimbelman added quite a few pieces of hardware to his trophy case during his banner season on the gridiron last fall, and last week, the 2017 Manteno graduate added another accolade to his long list of accomplishments.

Zimbelman was rewarded for his historic season of quarterbacking at Aurora University by being named the school’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Aside from most notably finishing as a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy — the furthest a Spartan ever has gone in the race for the top football player in NCAA Division III — Zimbelman also won a handful of other school, conference and national awards. The most notable among them are being selected a CosIDA First-Team All-Academic selection and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Player of the Year.

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