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Fairland student wins award

Dec. 27, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Fairland High School is getting a reputation for putting out Academic All-Ohio students.

Cody Midkiff became the latest Fairland Dragon football player to win the award in the past three years, said Dave Carroll, Fairland High School football coach.

"He was one of our leaders on defense this year," Carroll said. "He kicked off for us and played on special teams. He'll definitely be missed."

Carroll called Midkiff "an excellent student."

"He's a good kid. This is a prestigious award. In the last three years, we have had four students win it. Cody is our fourth Academic All Ohio student."

Midkiff, who has a 3.6 grade point average, also has been named an all Ohio Valley Conference player.

He currently is playing basketball for the Dragons.

"I like basketball and football equally," he said. "This is my third year on the basketball team, and I played football for four years. I have a lot of good memories from that.

"It makes me proud to be the only one in Lawrence County to receive the award this year," he said. "That makes it special."

Midkiff is planning on attending the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

"I like the area," he said. "I plan to major in chemistry and be a physical therapist."

"We only had 29 players on the football team," Carroll said. "He's my only four-year player and only one of three seniors on the team. He played end on offense and outside linebacker on defense. He called the plays for the defense and kept folks in the right spot. On defense, he was our coach on the field."