Smithers Secondary Sports Awards an evening of emotion and elation

Smithers Secondary Sports Awards an evening of emotion and elation

An amazing year for Smithers Secondary athletes was celebrated last week.

By Tom Best

June 14, Smithers Secondary School was the site of their annual athletic awards presentation. All sports had coaches awards given to team members who made outstanding contributions to their team.

Athletic director Chris DeYoung explained the significance of some of the special awards. He noted that they, “transcended individual teams and look to honour the athlete as a standout in sport, academics, dedication and citizenship. These athletes receive plaques and their names will be in our trophy case to inspire future student athletes.”

Of the 31 teams that took various fields and courts for the school, cross-country running, senior boys volleyball, senior boys basketball, junior girls basketball, wrestling, boys curling, ski and snowboard, gymnastics, mountain bike, track and field and rugby were among the teams and athletes that represented Smithers at the B.C. high school provincial championships.

Exchange students from Mexico were mentioned numerous times. They participated in a number of sports but their presence was felt most in soccer. Gerardo Jimenez, Armando Garza and Armando Fuentes also participated in all intramural sports.

The emotion that coaches put into their involvement was evident as they gave recaps of their seasons and presented their team members with awards.

None was as obvious as Kyle Pernuiak as he at times struggled to keep his feelings in check while he explained how coaching two members of the mountain bike team had changed him as a person. He told how they had made him a better coach and was sad to see twins David and Robert Charette graduate after outstanding performances and medals at the high school provincials.

Awards

Outstanding Boys Team- Snowboarding, which won the provincial banner.

Outstanding Girls Team- Junior Girls Basketball, which was outstanding in every tournament they played in including knocking off some highly favored teams

Outstanding Senior Boys- Quinn Fraser and Noel Kossman

Outstanding Senior Girl- Chantel Gammie

Outstanding Junior Boy- Konrad Thummerer

Outstanding Junior Girls- Haley Hanchard and Tamiya Ness

Outstanding Grade 8 Boy- Daniel Lecourt

Outstanding Grade 8 Girl- Logan Unruh, who won provincial gold medal in Javelin

Craig Roberts Memorial Award- MacKinley Unruh

Debbie Stacey Award- Amanda Wilson

Junior Glenn Ridennoure– Kendal Zemenchik, Jared Lytle

Senior Glenn Ridennoure- Hannah Pow , Jaydin Haskins

NOTE: Due to the large number of teams and recipients, we were unable to publish the names of all award winners in the June 21 edition. Following is a list of individual sport award winners.

Teams representing Smithers Secondary School at provincials: Cross Country, Senior Boys Volleyball, Senior Boys Basketball, Junior Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Curling, Ski and Snowboarding, Gymnastics, Track and Field.

FALL SPORTS

Senior Cross Country

Joey Gardner Award- Seton Kriese, Jaydin Haskins, Ryan Williams

Senior Boys Soccer

Coach’s Award- Grant Hooper

Exchange Students- Gerardo Jimenez, Armando Garza, Armando Fuentes

Volleyball

Grade 8 boys Coach’s Award- Zach Bouvier

Grade 8 girls Coach’s Award- Jaden Allen

Junior Boys – Coach’s Award- Marco Bucher

Junior B Girls– Coach’s Award- Terra Kerr

Junior A Girls– Coach’s Award- Tamiya Ness

Senior Boys – Coach’s Award- Dylan Kramer, Fraser Lowe

Senior Girls– Coach’s Award- Grace Allen

Sheri Motz Award for Dedication to Volleyball- Amy Fowler

WINTER SPORTS

Basketball

Grade 8 girls Coach’s Award- Brooke Schley

Grade 8 boys Coach’s Award- Michael Orsetti

Junior B Girls– Coach’s Award- Laura Hamelin

Junior A Girls– Coach’s Award- Austin Carroll

Junior Boys – Coach’s Award- Tavish Crawford

Senior Boys – Coach’s Award- Dylan Cramer

Senior Boys Most Dedicated Player- Jericho Julation

Senior Girls Most Dedicated Player- Chantel Gammie

Senior Girls Rookie of the Year- Gessika Assaf

Curling

Coach’s Award- Sean Turney

Wrestling

Coach’s Award- Amanda Howard

SPRING SPORTS

Soccer

Senior Girls Coach’s Award- Aleigh Young Lowry

Senior Boys Coach’s Award- Hugh Slater

Rugby

Senior Girls Coach’s Award- Carwyn Mitchell, Blaise Sakac, Fiona O’Donoghue, Maddy West, Kayley Pereira, Katie Nicols

Cobus Jonker Award- Finn Hobson

Track and Field

Coach’s Awards- Ryan Williams, Eliyah Brawdy

Mountain Bike

Coaches Awards- David and Robert Charette

Smithers Gryphons

 

Smithers Secondary Outstanding Senior Boys athletes Quinn Fraser (left) and Noel Kossman (right).

Smithers Secondary Outstanding Senior Boys athletes Quinn Fraser (left) and Noel Kossman (right).

Craig Roberts Memorial Award winner MacKinley Unruh (right) and coach Chris van der Mark (left). The award was given to an athlete who overcame challenges and had outstanding performances on and off the field.

Craig Roberts Memorial Award winner MacKinley Unruh (right) and coach Chris van der Mark (left). The award was given to an athlete who overcame challenges and had outstanding performances on and off the field.

Smithers Secondary Outstanding Senior Girls athlete Chantel Gammie.

Smithers Secondary Outstanding Senior Girls athlete Chantel Gammie.