Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Gage Friess

Gage Friess had a breakout year for the Vikings. (photo: Sean Frye)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Nov 12, 2018

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The Labette Bank Athlete of the Month from Southeast Kansas for their play over the last month of the 2018 season is Parsons High School senior Gage Friess.

Freiss, a quarterback, helped guide the Vikings to their first quarterfinal appearance in 42 years this season after Parsons finished 8-3 in 2018 following a loss to Sabetha this past Friday. It was also the first playoff win in 42 years in week nine against Girard and they followed that up with a second win against Prairie View in week 10. Friess had a breakout senior campaign in which he passed for 2,040 yards and 27 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. He also rushed for 801 yards and six touchdowns for the Vikings. 

It was quite the season for the Vikings, under first year head coach Kurt Friess, who is also Gage's father. Parsons won eight games this year and only had five combined wins from 2012-to-2017. It was the first winning season since 2011. 

Labette Bank would like to congratulate Gage and the Parsons High School football team on an outstanding 2018 season. 

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete or Team (girl(s)or boy(s)) must play in the CNC, Pioneer, SEK, or TRL Leagues in Kansas.

-Selection will be based on the play of that athlete over the period of that month. All stats and info must be provided. 

-All nominations are accepted with selection process being handled and finalized only by @sportsinkansas. Coaches are encouraged to nominate their own athletes or athletes from opposing schools. 

-Nominations MUST be emailed. Please email Chet Kuplen, CEO/Founder of Sports in Kansas, at sportsinkansas@gmail.com during the last seven days of the month to nominate your athlete!

-Labette Bank is a proud supporter of local athletics in the Southeast Kansas area.. Visit them online here