By Stu Salkeld The Stettler Independent
The Stettler Wildcats distinguished themselves at the Central Alberta Football league’s season-ending awards banquet Dec. 9 in Ponoka.
Cole Nichols of the Wildcats was named the rural rookie of the year.
Wildcat quarterback Carson Neitz earned rural offensive player of the year. Neitz had 41 completions on 83 attempts for the year with a total of 733 yards.
“Because of where our team finished in the standings this year, we were given one of the Major League awards – our coaching staff decided that it was fitting and appropriate to recognize Carson Neitz by naming him the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Rural Conference,” said Wildcat head coach Norb Baharally in an email Dec. 11.
Steele Nichols earned rural special teams player of the year for his kicking abilities.
“The other two Major League awards – Special Teams Player (Steele Nichols) and The Rookie of the Year (Cole Nichols) were voted on by the other coaches in the Rural Conference,” said the head coach.
“Both of these guys were nominated by us and the other coaches in our conference voted for them. They are both very deserving of these awards.”
A number of Wildcats were also named all-stars by the league for their outstanding season. Stettler all-stars included Justin Matchett, Kam Bainbridge, Kelly Page, Danny Lesage, Lincoln Lesage and Steele Nichols.
“We had the six All-Stars that were selected by our coaching staff this year,” said Baharally. “These players were all very well deserving of this league recognition as they all really excelled this year. We had six because of where we finished in the standings.”
The Stettler Wildcats have their own awards ceremony scheduled for Thurs., Dec 14 at Wm. E. Hay Secondary Campus at 6 p.m.