Wildcats and Cougars wrap up 2010 football season

Happy with the achievement - William E. Hay’s Wildcat football team posed together for cameras at the end of an evening that made all players proud of their efforts throughout the 2010 season.

Wm. E Hay Wildcats and bantam Cougars wrapped up their 2010 season with award banquets last week, taking pride in their successes and looking ahead for greater achievements.

A visibly more upbeat Norbert Baharally addressed his players and the guests on Thursday, Dec. 9 with the confidence of having turned around the team from a 2009 season with no wins to playing the provincial Northern Division final this year.

“This year we learned how to win,” said Baharally.

“Last year we also had a talented team but we could not figure out how to win. This year, we believed we could win and we did win.”

Baharally stressed that it was difficult to award individual players in a team sport like football and called on his award winning players not to forget that they owed their recognition to the efforts of all the other players, as well.

Baharally expressed the hope that, with many talented young players returning next year and with a new line of players joining from the bantam Cougars, Wildcats would have bright season in 2011 as well.

Then the award winners were presented with their plaques by coaches.

The honor roll of the 2010 Wildcats football team is as follows:

Most Valuable Player – Landon Potter

Best Back – Braden Nelson

Rookies Of The Year – Morgan Loshny / Riley Anderson / Ty Page

Most Improved Player – Drew Hunt

Captain’s Award – Jared Steinwand

Most Versatile Player – Cory Fisher

Best Lineman – Randy Schofer

Player contributing the most with the east recognition – Mike Donahue

Most Dedicated Offensive Player – Dustin Dayman

Most Dedicated Defensive Player – Anton Stewart

ALL STAR AWARDS

Major League Award Winners

Landon Potter – Running Back

Braden Nelson – Rookie of the Year

Dustin Dayman – Quarterback

Randy Schofer– Lineman of the Year

Anton Stewart- Linebacker

Riley Anderson – Offensive Line

Jared Steinwand – Full Back

Cory Fisher – Linebacker

Michael Donahue – Offensive Line

Morgan Loshny – Defensive Back

Players who were given Wildcat Pride awards were Cory O’Donoghue, Dylan Pearson, Theren Churchill and Cody Shepherd.

Earlier, on Tuesday, Dec.7, the Stettler Cougars concluded their 2010 season with a banquet and awards pesentations.

“This season marked the ninth year for the Cougars,” said head coach Mike Roach.

“It was a tough regular season for the boys, but they rallied late in the season and were crowned the Tier III Champions for the Central Football League and moved on to provincials.”

This was the second straight season that the Cougars have qualified for provincial play.

The Cougars also picked up the Players Choice Sportsmanship Award at the league All Star Banquet.

“This award had never been won by the Cougars before, so it was quite an honor to win it,” said Roach.

Stephen Zuk and Nicholas Baharally were the Cougar All Stars this year.

Follows the Cougars honor roll for the 2010 season:

Timex Award-Thomas Cassidy

Offensive rookie-Patrick Kneeland

Defensive rookie-Trent Sanders

Contributed the most with least recognition-Christian Young

Captain’s award-Matt Kirk

Best lineman-Brandon Rowland

Most dedicated-Morgan Dayman

Most improved player-Josh Weeteringen

Most versatile-Jordan McCallum

Outstanding offensive -Austin Peterson

Outstanding defensive- Ryan Gerl

Dean Nemetz Memorial Award-Ryan Coleman

Defensive backs- Garrett Burns, Micheal Loblaw

Best back-Stephen Zuk

Most valuable player – Nicholas Baharally

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