By Rob Tetro
Phoenix three-sport athlete Dylan Doupe was honored recently during an event at Turning Stone Casino for his induction into The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The event marks the 14th annual Scholar Athlete Dinner that the National Football Foundation offers its recipients. Doupe and his fellow recipients were honored for their achievements both on the gridiron and in the classroom.
Doupe’s parents have been been a big part of his success in athletics and in the classroom.
Brian and Brenda Doupe have a strong involvement in their son’s life, making it perfectly clear to him that if his average is 90 or below, he loses certain privileges.
As a result, Doupe has the 17th best grade point average in his class at 93.4.
When a student succeeds in both the classroom and athletics, impressive local honors tend to follow. Doupe was elected president of his class at John C. Birdlebough High School and was selected to the National Honor Society.
However, as impressive of a student-athlete he is, who Doupe is outside of school and sports is far more impressive.
He is a volunteer scorekeeper, referee and basketball coach for a local youth basketball league. Doupe is the supervisor of Bridge House Brats. He works to keep the community clean. Doupe also helps local boaters dock their boats. On top of his volunteer efforts, he also has three jobs — Doupe works at a local Nice N Easy, a local ice cream shop and does construction work for his father.
Throughout the course of the school year, Doupe takes part in football, basketball and track and field. Fittingly, he is a captain on all three teams. This past fall, Doupe was a defensive end and fullback for the Phoenix varsity football team. Football Coach Chad Rowe said Doupe was named a team captain following the first game of the season.
At defensive end, he recorded 36 tackles, with 6 tackles for a loss. At fullback, Doupe ran for 190 yards on 48 rushes while also catching 7 passes for 146 yards. His efforts at defensive end earned him 1st Team All-League Honors.
On top of the numbers he produced on the field, Doupe’s efforts went beyond anything a statistic could dictate. For the most part, he never missed a key block and always knew what he needed to do. Without question, it will be quite a challenge for Phoenix to fill the void Doupe leaves behind next season.
Rowe said Doupe is a player that any coach would want on their team..
“He was a great leader for us and kept the moral of the team up when things were not going our way.”, he said.
Doupe hopes to attend St. John Fisher College in Rochester in the fall. He wants to major in biology and hopes to be able to play basketball.