After the league championship win against Lindsay Thurber earlier this month, Stettler Cougars had more reason to celebrate as four players were selected as “All Star” in a ceremony in Ponoka on Thursday, Nov. 24.
“This is a celebration of the season of our team, based on where they stood in the league,” said Head Coach Ernie Shirreff. “We were privileged to have four.”
Among the players were Liam McQuay, Bryce George, Brett Mercier and Cole Nichols.
“All aspects of Stettler football has had a lot of success this year – Wildcats were in the provincial finals, we made a provincial semi-final, and even the Panthers made it to a league championship game – on all levels we’ve had varying degrees of success,” Shirreff said. “It looks like it’s going to be good for the future, we’re establishing a solid base for success.”
Shirreff said that for next year he was looking for a better record at the All Star, hoping to get eight (a maximum of nine players can be selected).
“We will have a fairly old team, a lot of returnees,” Shirreff added. “We’re hoping for similar success.”
Shirreff said that one of the biggest challenge this year has been to keep up the numbers and getting more players involved in the game.
“It’s tough to practice when you don’t have two sides of the ball covered,” Shirreff explained. “When you only have 16 to 17 kids that show up for practice it’s tough to create game situations that’s game speed. You’re only working half a side, you cannot work full offence or full defence and that’s always a challenge.”