Drummond, McPhail named co-winners of Alaska Athlete of the Week award

June 15, 2020

Mat-Su Valley football standouts Reggie Drummond and Julian McPhail have been named co-winners of the Alaska Athlete of the Week award after helping lead and maintain a peaceful protest in Palmer to bring attention to racial injustice.

Drummond, a recently graduated Wasilla Warriors running back and linebacker, was the first speaker at a gathering organized by local teenagers that attracted over 2,000 people of all racial backgrounds.

McPhail, a 2019 graduate who starred for the Colony Knights, was not a speaker but played an integral role in welcoming different political groups to the event and encouraging them to join together peacefully.

“Reggie has one of the highest standards of character I ever had in a player,” said Wasilla High School football coach Ken Ottinger.  “He is always reliable, always a leader.”

Drummond will be playing football at Dakota State University this fall.

“Julian is an exceptional young man with a winning personality,” said Colony High School Principal Brendan McMahon. “He’s always positive and represents himself, his family, his school and community with class.”

McPhail is entering his sophomore season as a defensive back for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The athlete of the week recipient is selected by a panel each Friday and announced Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Sports Guys on CBS Sports Radio 590AM and 96.7FM.

View past winners here.