Football: Scots Klein and Pike win Gaziano Linemen Awards

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Peter DeSimon (left), President of the Gaziano Awards, and Jeff Kane (right), Frank Gaziano's son-in-law and retired President of National Distributors, present Arlo Pike with a $5,000 scholarship.Photo courtesy of Gaziano Awards.

AUGUSTA and STANDISH–Bonny Eaglers Zach Klein and Arlo Pike clean-swept the Gaziano Lineman Awards on Saturday, Jan. 27, with Klein winning Offensive Lineman of the Year and Pike winning Defensive Lineman of the Year.

The Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Lineman Awards are handed out based on more than just are Alongside their respective awards, Klein and Pike each received a $5,000 scholarship–the largest of its kind in the country, according to a press release.

Beyond standing out on the gridiron, both Klein and Pike have excelled in the classroom and contributed in the community.

Klein has volunteered as a Bonny Eagle youth football coach and a Gorham youth lacrosse coach; he’s also invested a great deal of time in establishing the “Fight Like a Scot” fundraising program for cancer research, which he was motivated to do after his own mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It means a ton to receive such a prestigious award,” Klein said, reached by Twitter. “There’s such a legacy behind it and to become a part of it is awesome.”

Pike volunteers his time at Catherine’s Cupboard, a local foodbank; he also supports the Standish Kiwanis and and volunteers as a youth football coach. In 2015, he received the Julia Clukey Courage Award, which recognizes Maine students who show leadership and overcome adversity.

“We might not get all the attention, but it is definitely cool to be recognized for all the hard work we put in,” Pike is quoted in the press release as saying. “It’s an honor to win the award, I know everything Frank Gaziano did and I am definitely going to try to live up to his legacy and be the best man I can be.”

Frank Gaziano founded National Distributors, which funds the Awards; he was a college All-American and a professional football player “with a lifelong passion for local sports,” as the press release put it. In the past eight years, the Gaziano Awards have bestowed $96,000 dollars on Maine students.

Adam Birt can be reached at abirt@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter: @CurrentSportsME.

Peter DeSimon (left), President of the Gaziano Awards, and Jeff Kane (right), Frank Gaziano’s son-in-law and retired President of National Distributors, present Arlo Pike with a $5,000 scholarship.

Photo courtesy of Gaziano Awards.

Peter DeSimon (left), President of the Gaziano Awards, and Jeff Kane (right), Frank Gaziano’s son-in-law and retired President of National Distributors, present Zach Klein with a $5,000 scholarship.

Photo courtesy of Gaziano Awards. 

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