Mound Westonka High School senior Kris Kurtz was recently named to the Individual Class 4A Academic All-State Football Team. Academic All-State team members must be senior varsity lettermen for the current season who are starters on offense, defense or kickers.
Selected players must have outstanding football and leadership abilities in addition to academic excellence. They must carry a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average in an academic core curriculum in their sophomore, junior and first quarter of senior years, and they must not have any Minnesota State High School League eligibility penalties or infractions during their high school careers.
Kurtz carries a 3.88 cumulative GPA and excelled on the football field throughout his career. He was selected to the Twin Cities All-District Team as a running back, linebacker and long snapper the past four seasons. Kurtz was also recently selected to play in the 2018 Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game.
Kurtz finished his White Hawks football career with 193 total tackles, 30 TFLs, six QB sacks, five interceptions, 19 receptions for 221 yards, and 398 yards rushing on 69 attempts. He also scored five touchdowns (one defensive) during his career. Kurtz was also a standout on special teams, holding down the long snapping duties the past three seasons.
Kurtz is planning on continuing his education and football career at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota next fall.