Bakero, Politz Named Senior CLASS Award Candidates
Sept. 22, 2017

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest captains Jon Bakero and Kevin Politz were each selected as candidates for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced on Friday.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

Bakero and Politz are two of just three selections from the ACC, joined by Louisville's Tim Kubel. Wake Forest and Stanford are the only programs with multiple selections out of the 30 total picks.

Demon Deacons have claimed the award twice before; Jacori Hayes earned the honor in 2016 and Sam Cronin received it in 2008. Last year, the Deacs also had two candidates in Hayes and Ian Harkes.

A forward, Bakero has steadily been climbing the Wake Forest record books. He ranks eighth all-time with 71 points, 10th with 26 goals and 18th with 19 assists. Bakero has totaled 11 game-winning scores in his four-year career.

A center back, Politz has been one of the anchors of the back line. He has started 65 of the 66 games he has played in, totaling seven points on three goals and an assist. He has helped Wake Forest to 33 shutouts since the start of the 2014 season, including in the past three games this year.



From the list of 30 candidates, a committee will select ten finalists for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

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