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  Spring Meeting:

  for Parents & Football players

  regarding 2014 summer & season

    6:30 p.m. start ---  Sunday April 27
    in the Fine Arts Center at Xavier

Topics:  Summer Dates, Weight Room Schedule, Start Date,
Player Packs – Attire, Program Overview, Q & A


 

Eligibility Meeting:  Sunday, June 1

For a parent and for ALL athletes in ANY sport next school year,  fall, winter OR spring sports seasons.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Sunday, June 1 - at Xavier - 6:30 p.m.
Athletes:  INFORM your parents!!

READ MORE ABOUT THE MANDATORY MEETING

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferris is AP State Player of the Year

One more major award for Ferris

Another huge award was passed out Monday to Matt Ferris of Xavier.

The senior quarterback was selected as the Associated Press Player of the Year in Wisconsin for 2013.

The 6-foot-5 QB set THREE state records during this past season:
  -- passing yards with 3,949 
  --  touchdown passes 50 and
  -- 8 touchdown passes in one game.

Those accomplishments led to him being named the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s offensive Player of the Year, the Gatorade State Player of the Year, and now the Associated Press state Player of the Year in voting by sports reporters from around Wisconsin.  He was also the “Dave Krieg” award winner for the state’s best quarterback, as chosen by WisSports.net.

Matt Ferris of Xavier:

Voted again as the State's best

Xavier head coach Dave Hinkens said Ferris’ attention to detail and outstanding work ethic had much to do with his excellent play in leading Xavier to an 11-2 record as the Hawks advanced to Level 4 in the Playoffs, just one game shy of the State Championship.

“It’s humbling, for me as a coach and for Matt as a player, to be recognized for his greatness,” Hinkens said.  “One thing about Matt is that he doesn’t get outworked. He studied and did everything we as a coaching staff asked him to do.

“He would study at home and on the weekends and at night to help him prepare.  His dedication was second to none in preparing for success,” added Hinkens.


Ferris, also one of the top basketball players in the area, praised Xavier offensive coordinator Jim Zuleger as a key mentor in his development.  “He’s awesome, an offensive genius, and he helped me out with reading defenses and knowing the offense inside and out,” Ferris said.

The QB also gave credit to Xavier’s outstanding set of wide receivers for helping him set those state marks.  “Those guys made me look good,” Ferris said.  Levi O'Brien and Matt Kinderman, both juniors, were the top two targets of Ferris this past season.  O'Brien finished with 1,292 yards to finish 2nd in the state in receiving yards (just 16 yards behind the leader, who played 1 more game) while Kinderman led the state in receptions with 81 and O'Brien finished 4th with 67 catches in what was clearly a special season.

Ferris averaged nearly 304 yards passing per game and had a season-high 420 yards and eight touchdown passes, a single-game state record, against Ripon in a 64-14 victory. The 64 points set a new school record for points in one game.

READ WHAT RICARDO ARGUELLO WROTE IN THE POST-CRESCENT

 

Ferris named PC all-area Player of the Year

Dave Hinkens, Xavier coach:  “Matt’s season was unprecedented on a multitude of levels.

As a coaching staff, we anticipated him to be great, but this exceeded our wildest expectations.

Matt Ferris, Xavier's quarterback

There are a few things that Matt has that helps him have success.  One, his height, he’s almost 6-foot-6, which is an enormous benefit to him in that he can scan the field.

His intelligence is another strength and his ability to read and react to what a defense is doing and deliver the ball to the right person in the right place at the right time.

You don’t see many high school quarterbacks that are able to check down to their second, third or fourth receivers.  Matt can do that, which is what makes him different than any other quarterback at the high school level.

“He’s also an incredible leader and I mean this sincerely:  There is not a person in our school who doesn’t like him.  He treats people extremely well. He’s a good kid.”

READ THE STORY BY RICARDO ARGUELLO  IN THE POST-CRESCENT

 

Another huge honor for Matt Ferris:

Gatorade ‘Wisconsin Player of the Year’

Xavier QB is selected top player in the state for 2013

6-foot-5, 175-pound XHS senior quarterback for the Hawks
led Xavier to 11-2 season, just shy of Championship game

It's the first-ever such honor for a Xavier Football player

He is now a candidate for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award

Elite award honors Ferris for his efforts on and off the field

Ferris was selected by Gatorade as an elite high school student-athlete for the very prestigious award in honor of his athletic excellence plus his academic achievement and exemplary character on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  The Gatorade Company is proud to recognize, celebrate and support the nation’s most outstanding high school talents throughout their journey to greatness both on and off the field with this illustrious award.

An envelope containing all of the exciting announcement information was delivered via FedEx to the school early on Thursday, Dec. 5.  The entire student body and school staff then met in a special morning session in the Fine Arts Center at XHS when Xavier Coach Dave Hinkens and Xavier AD Kathy Bates made the announcement of the Gatorade Player of the Year award.

Matt Ferris of Xavier, wearing warm-up #24,
after a game with XHS Head Coach Dave Hinkens

 

Among previous Gatorade Player of the Year award recipients, fans will discover names like Robert Griffin III, Dwight Howard, Derek Jeter, Lisa Leslie, Peyton Manning, Joe Mauer, Alonzo Mourning, Emmitt Smith, Abby Wambach and Kerri Walsh. These champions represent only a handful of exceptional talents who were first recognized by the Gatorade Player of the Year program before shining at the highest levels of competition.

Matt Ferris is the most complete and uniquely talented quarterback I’ve had the opportunity to coach in the past 20 years.  He gives our team a chance to win every game and his play at the quarterback position was the best in Wisconsin this year.  He has distinguished himself both on and off the field and epitomizes what it means to be a student-athlete at Xavier.

 -- Xavier head coach Dave Hinkens      

 

 

 

Matt Ferris is State Player of the Year
XHS senior chosen best player in Wisconsin

FERRIS TO ALSO RECEIVE DAVE KRIEG AWARD
Xavier senior is unanimous pick  ----  Read the story on WisSports.net

Clark & Kinderman of Xavier are HM All-State

Keaton Clark is honorable mention defensive back,
Matt Kinderman is honorable mention wide receiver

 

PHOTOS AND TEXT  -- ALL-STATE 2013 -- on XavierHawks.com

 

Hawks finish special season at 11-2,
just one step away from State finals
   details

THANKS, SENIORS !

Playoff Info

WIAA Info Page
on XavierHawks.com

 

Great season, great run in the Playoffs
Hawks advance to Level 4, only 3rd time in Xavier Football.
11th time in past 12 years in WIAA Playoffs for XHS.

AWARDS BANQUET:  SUNDAY -- DEC. 8

 

 

RECENT ITEMS:

  Another State Record:

FERRIS SETS 3 STATE PASSING RECORDS THRU LEVEL 3

Most Yards in a season,  Most TD Passes in a season,  Most TD Passes in a game

HISTORY:

FERRIS SETS NEW STATE RECORD -- READ MORE

Xavier senior sets mark for most TD passes in one season, 41

He now had 45 TD passes, thru Level 2 vs West De Pere

 

100

Coach Hinkens achieves career milestone, gains coaching win number 100 on 10-4

 

 

State record 8 touchdown passes by Ferris helps Xavier become eligible for WIAA Playoffs...   once again

READ MORE ABOUT THE HISTORIC GAME BY THE XHS QUARTERBACK

Matt Ferris under radar despite eye-catching stats
READ THE STORY BY MIKE WOODS IN THE POST-CRESCENT

 

SCARLET GUARD --- see more photos from the Level 1 & Level 3 ceremony at Xavier

 at ROCKY BLEIER FIELD ON THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SPORTS COMPLEX behind Xavier

 

PREVIEW STORIES 
POST-CRESCENT FOOTBALL PREVIEW SECTION

Also, see story how coaches use smart phones...  including Xavier Coach David Hinkens. 

WATCH AN APPLE BOWL PROMO VIDEO
on YouTube  --  By Brian Walsh

6 TDs IS TOPS IN A SINGLE GAME FOR ANY XAVIER QB

MOTHER - SON NIGHT  --  AT XAVIER FOOTBALL 2013

MEMORIAL MASS HELD FOR BRAD WILLIAMS

NEW UNIFORMS FOR 2013  --   SWEET!

NFHS network TV

PRESS BOX AT XAVIER MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKES A HUGE HIT

XAVIER GRAD CHRIS GILL NOW A BADGER

XAVIER PLAYERS REMEMBER BRADLEY WILLIAMS - 2013

Little Chute hires Brian Ryczkowski as football coach
POST-CRESCENT STORY about the Big Foot HS assistant and Bay Port grad

 

 

ARCHIVE ITEMS:

A VALUABLE LESSON - AENEAS WILLIAMS SPEAKS TO FOOTBALL PLAYERS

HINKENS TAKES OVER TOP SPOT IN CAREER WINS FOR XAVIER FOOTBALL

BOYS OF FALL -- VIDEO BY KENNY CHESNEY

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