The coaching staff recognized some of the players for their outstanding contribution throughout the season at the Panthers annual banquet on Wednesday

Panthers recognized at annual banquet

It was a final celebration of the football season for the Stettler Panthers as they gathered together one last time at the Wm. E. Hay...

It was a final celebration of the football season for the Stettler Panthers as they gathered together one last time at the Wm. E. Hay cafeteria on Wednesday, Nov. 30 to relive the experience through the coaches’ perspective.

Parents, coaches and community members participated in the annual banquet, and applauded the players as well as the coaching staff as they were recognized for various on and off field efforts.

The evening began with supper and slowly segued into the awards and recognition night.

Looking back on the season, Head Coach Ernie Shirreff said, “The peewee season was one filled with ups and downs.”

“We played our best game of the season in the semi-final against Innisfail and probably our worst quarter in the final against Red Deer,” Shirreff said. “This team improved tremendously throughout the year especially on defence.”

According to Shirreff, the Panthers struggled at times on the offensive side of the ball, but injuries throughout the year meant they seldom had their starting 12 on either side of the ball for most of the season.

“This group of boys has lots of potential and I expect great things from them in the future,” Shirreff added.

The players recognized at the banquet were as follows:

Most Valuable – Kyle Dennis

Most Outstanding Offence – Mike Jamieson

Most Outstanding Defence – Reid Coulthard

Most Improved – Cody Paulson

Best Lineman – Colby Niehaus

Sportsmen – Zac McCord and Kaden Muhlbach

Most Dedicated – Zach Schilling

Contributing the Most with the least recognition – Wyatt Streit and Zander Carbonneau

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