McGinn, Klemanchuck, Karraz, Gomes receive "Golden Dozen" honors

McGinn, Klemanchuck, Karraz, Gomes receive "Golden Dozen" honors

Football players will be honored at 32nd annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Dinner on April 24

PROVIDENCE – La Salle Academy's Jack McGinn of Lincoln (pictured), Tolman High's Justin Klemanchuck, Lincoln High's Julien Karraz, and Woonsocket High's Emmanuel Gomes, who were all three-year starters and multiple All-Division selections for their respective high school football teams, are four of the seniors on the 2018-19 “Golden Dozen” team that was recently selected by the Emo DiNitto/R.I. Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

McGinn, who was an offensive lineman and a captain for the Rams this season, was also named to the All-State team. After being recruited by over a dozen schools, he committed to D-III Bowdoin College last fall in Brunswick, Maine, where he will continue to play football, as well as compete in track and field.

Klemanchuck starred at quarterback for the Tigers and announced on Wednesday morning that he will continue his football career at D-III Salve Regina University this fall. Karraz played fullback for the Lions and was a Second-Team All-State pick as a junior, and Gomes was a tailback for the Novans who earned First-Team All-State honors last season by running for 2,012 yards, scoring 27 touchdowns, and earning MVP honors in helping Woonsocket defeat East Greenwich in the Division II Super Bowl.

Nineteen players were also selected as "Silver Athletes" for their fine seasons, and among the bunch were Shea's Giovanie Delgado, Ponaganset's Nolan Jolicoeur, North Smithfield's Jason Meriwether, Scituate's Dylan Palmieri, and St. Raphael Academy's Garmodeh Willie.

In addition to being either an All-State or All-Division player, all 31 football players chosen among the "Golden Dozen" and "Silver Athletes" selections currently have a grade-point-average that is a B+ or better. Two of the players will receive $1,000 grants to the colleges of their choices.

The honorees will be feted at the 32nd annual Scholar/Athlete Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick. Also being honored will be Rep. David Ciccillini (Distinguished American), Jim Norman (Contribution to Amateur Football), and George Tracy Jr. (Officials Award).