Bryan Kasten

Troy Buchanan linebacker Bryan Kasten, left, assists on a tackle during the second quarter of the Trojans Class 6 District playoff game against Hazelwood Central on Nov. 5. The senior was recently named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association’s 2021 Hands Team for outstanding contributions to the community.

Troy, Mo. - The Missouri Football Coaches Association has released their 2021 MFCA Hands Team. 

This award exemplifies the selflessness and community service displayed by Missouri high school student-athletes who make outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement and embody the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back” through commendable acts of kindness. It honors their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.

Earlier this season, Missouri high school head football coaches and/or members of the coaching staff, high school principals and guidance counselors across the state submitted nominations of players they felt best embodied the spirit of the Hands Team award.  

A voting panel consisting of members of the Missouri Football Coaches Association from around the state selected the award recipients.

“For me, the MFCA Hands Team embodies what it means to be successful as a student-athlete,” said Brian Van Hauen, assistant football coach at Liberty High School and Chairman of the MFCA Hands Team Committee. “I know it is important to develop the skills of players on the field, but it is far greater to encourage these young people to see all the positive things they can do off the field and help them realize the influence they can have in their communities.”

The following players have been named to the 2021 MFCA Hands Team:


• Austin Gard - Lafayette County High School - Higginsville

• Alex Israelite- Blue Springs South High School - Blue Springs

• Bryan Kasten - Troy Buchanan High School - Troy

• Cameron Lawson - Liberty High School - Liberty

• Braden Nicholson - Blue Springs South High School - Blue Springs

• Evan Westermayer - Affton High School, Affton

“The 2021 MFCA Hands Team members are terrific examples of the great student-athletes and coaches that are on high school football teams all across our state,” said Van Hauen.  “The MFCA takes great pride in honoring these outstanding individuals, who go above and beyond to make their schools and communities a better place.”