2017 Mass Prep Stars Public School Football Player of the Year: Shane Frommer ‘18 – King Philip
In association with First String Performance and in anticipation of our 2017 Massachusetts All-Gridiron Super Team, we are proud to announce that King Philip High School senior running back Shane Frommer ’18 is our 2017 Mass Prep Stars and First String Performance, Mr. Gridiron Public School Football Player of the Year.
Frommer helped lead KP to two consecutive Division 2 State Championship / Super Bowl victories, highlighted by a 2017 State Championship victory over Lincoln-Sudbury at Gillette Stadium this season.
“I was very lucky to have such a great high school football career at King Philip,” Frommer told Mass Prep Stars. “The current winning streak of 25-0 is simply amazing, but it did not surprise a lot of us, because of the amount of work all of the players and coaches have put in.”
Frommer, who was also a member of the Mass Elite 7-v-7 Football program in the offseason, cited the hard work his KP teammates and himself have put in, during the offseason, which has translated to their success on the gridiron in the Fall.
“We all start in June and go all the way to December,” Frommer said. “It is a very long ride, but it is all so worth it. To top the streak off with two Super Bowl Rings is a dream come true. The first one was very special, since it was the first one in our school’s history, but the second one just topped it all off. My teammates, coaches, and I all work so hard and thankfully the work paid off.”
After amassing over 1,340 all-purpose yards in 2016, as a junior, the two-time Mass Prep Stars Super Team member stepped his game up this season for KP, rushing for over 1,500 yards and leading KP in touchdowns scored, as well as on defense, from his middle linebacker position.
Frommer saved his best work for last this season, as he rushed 29 times for 203 yards and three touchdowns (including the game-sealer), in a 29-19 D2 semifinal victory over Bridgewater-Raynham. He also added a crucial 115 yards on the ground, and the lone 13-yard rushing touchdown, in KP's 10-7 Super Bowl win over L-S.
“The high points of my career are obviously the Super Bowl wins,” Frommer said. “There is no better feeling than winning on the biggest stage of high school football, with your brothers, playing the game you all love.”
Frommer was quick to praise his teammates and coaches for the success, which he has achieved at KP over the past four years.
“I am very thankful for my teammates,” Frommer added, “They have always pushed me to be a better athlete every day during practice and they have always supported me. My teammates are my brothers for life and it’s going to be hard next year playing without them. I am also very grateful for what I believe is the best coaching staff in Massachusetts. They are a huge reason why we win day in and day out. They put in so much time, from watching film to spending endless hours with us at practice, making us better every day. I cannot thank them enough.”
Frommer also credits his family, in particular his father, for support and guidance throughout his high school football career.
“My dad is the one who got me into playing football,” Frommer said. “I started around the age of seven and loved the sport instantly. My dad coached me all throughout Pop Warner and he has helped me develop into the football player and person who I am today. My mom has also always supported me throughout high school and helped me through the recruiting process. Both my Mom and Dad supported me no matter what and I am so lucky and thankful to have them as my parents.”
Frommer, who also excels in the classroom, will head to Yale University next year, where he will suit up for the Bulldogs in the prestigious Ivy League.
“I wanted to play at a school with the best combination of education and athletics,” Frommer said. “Right away I started looking at Ivy League schools, and when I visited Yale, I absolutely loved the campus, the coaches, the players, the area, and everything about it. Even though high school football has ended for me I am extremely excited for my future at Yale and cannot wait to start next fall.”
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