By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — A Glenwood City senior was chosen as the 2017 Dunn-St. Croix football co-defensive player of the year.
Carson Strong, son of head coach Shane Strong, was chosen by conference coaches for the award, and said he was pleased to receive it.
[emember_protected] “I was honored to know that other coaches felt I was a good enough player to receive that award,” he said.
Strong shared the honor with Spring Valley senior Zacc Larson.
The Hilltoppers’ defensive back went from making just five tackles as a freshman to 54 this fall in his senior season. He totaled 127 tackles over the course of four years. He also played as a wide receiver offensively, where he nabbed 62 passes for 964 yards, and rushed 258 yards on 49 carries.
He said his favorite part of his senior season has been playing with his teammates and having a tighter-knit football team.
“My favorite part of my high school career would be playing for my father, and playing with my brothers in Blue on Friday nights” Strong said.
The senior player said his parents were excited for him, and happy to see his hard work on the field pay off. He expressed gratitude for his parents giving him opportunities to excel in sports, and for their support throughout his career.
Strong’s father, Shane, said it was a great honor for the conference coaches to honor Carson for his level of play, and expressed respect for the other D-SC coaches, which makes the award more meaningful.
“As a parent, it feels good to see your son earn something he worked hard to earn,” the Hilltoppers’ coach said. “At the same time, I know my son; he would trade any individual award to win more games.”
The Class of 2018 member also said he appreciated his teammates for being there for him and pushing him every day at practice and during games.
Strong plans to attend UW-LaCrosse next fall and play football for Eagles. [/emember_protected]