Labette Bank Athlete of the Month: Jace McDown

Jace McDown of Columbus represented the East in the 43rd annual Kansas Shrine Bowl. (KS Shrine Bowl)
By: Sports in Kansas - Chet Kuplen
Aug 5, 2016

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Columbus graduate Jace McDown has been named the Labette Bank Athlete of the Month from the Southeast Kansas area with his performance over the month of July in the 43rd annual Kansas Shrine Bowl last Saturday in Emporia. 

In McDown's last time to suit up as a Columbus Titan he definitely impressed. The all-state selection that is headed to Emporia State racked up 12 tackles, two for loss, had an interception and tipped a pass that would go on on for a interception for TD. McDown led both the East and West squads in tackles, squads that featured all-star players from every single classification in Kansas.

The East all-stars beat the West all-stars 48-27 last Saturday at Emporia State University. McDown was also selected as one of four team captians on the East squad. He finished his Columbus career as one of the best to ever play in the Southeast Kansas area. He racked up 2,667 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns as a senior on his way to earning Top 11 honors and 4A-II player of the year. In his career he had 5,512 yards and 72 touchdowns for the Titans. He also racked up 401 career tackles on defense as a four year starter. McDown was also a state wrestling champion the last time he went out for wrestling as a sophomore in high school and was the 4A state powerlifting champion as a senior in 2016. 

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Labette Bank Athlete of the Month Nomination Criteria

-Athlete (girl or boy) 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 chetkuplen@kansas-sports.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