Chappell honored in front of Jim Thorpe Association

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As good as Landry Chappell was on the field and mat, he was equally has impressive in the classroom. For that, he was recognized for his achievements.

Joe Castigilone presents Landry Chappell with his scholar-athlete award. Photo By Chris Evans

Chappell, along with 26 other scholar-athletes, were honored at the 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner presented by the National Football Foundation and The Jim Thorpe Association held at the Jim Thorpe Museum.

Chappell was one of 10 high school football players recognized in the state. TV and radio personality Dean Blevins announced Chappell to the gallery and was handed a plaque from University of Oklahoma’s Director of Athletics and NFF member Joe Castiglione.

The scholarship of $1500 will help go toward other scholarships when he attends Oklahoma State University and wrestles for the Cowboy wrestling program.

Chappell was a three-sport letterman for the Jays where he excelled in football, wrestling and baseball. The three sports kept Chappell busy with not much down time if any throughout the year. However, he continued to deliver in the classroom with a 4.0 grade point average and named as one of the school’s valedictorians.

GHS Coach Rafe Watkins was on hand as Chappell was honored. Photo By Chris Evans

Not to shabby for a young man who has his own day (September 6) in Guthrie.

Along with Bryan Dutton in 2011, Chappell, a junior at the time, claimed the first state individual championship for the BlueJay wrestling program since 1992. His sophomore season he took third and in his senior year finished runner-up.

On the diamond, he was named to the Oklahoman’s Big-All City baseball team after hitting .440 with five home runs and 38 RBI’s. The four-year starter help guided the Jays to back-to-back state tournament berths.

Chappell’s named will be remember with the best ever to suit up in a Guthrie football uniform as he exits with the most tackles in school history.

In his four seasons, Chappell collected 587 tackles, 24 sacks and three interceptions.

The 12 sacks, in 2011, lead Class 5A and was near the top across the state.

In 2oo9, sophomore season, Chappell finished with 170 tackles in his freshmen season concluded with 75.

The senior defensive leader played in 12 post season games and 52 games total. He averaged 11.2 tackles per game.


1 Comment on "Chappell honored in front of Jim Thorpe Association"

  1. Hey Evans, remember when this little guy used to always be into everything when we were trying to practice at Squires and at the complex? We always knew the aggressive little turd would be one to watch out for. And look at him now! Congrats Landry and the Chaps!

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