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2017 Lorne Park Football Banquet
Dec. 10, 2017
2017 Lorne Park Football Banquet
The Junior and Senior teams put a bow on their historic 2017 football seasons with an evening of celebration at the 59th annual Lorne Park Spartans Football Banquet, put together by the Lorne Park Boosters.
The captains of both teams unveiled their championship ring designs, Lorne Park's ROPSSAA All-Stars were honoured, there was a pre-screening of the 2017 Junior and Senior highlight videos, individual award winners were presented with trophies, all players were presented with championship medals, and a lot of good food was consumed.
At Lorne Park, jackets and rings are only ordered when a team wins the Peel championship. With the last Junior ROPSSAA title in 2012, and the last Senior ROPSSAA title in 2014, there were no jackets or rings in the school these past three months for the first time since the fall of 1994. After a championship win, the team captains design both the jackets and the rings. The two ring designs were unveiled to parents and players at the beginning of the banquet.
For the first time in several years, ROPSSAA brought back their Football All-Star Team. Six Spartans were selected to the 24-man team, including QB Christian Smodis, OL Riley Birch, WR Will Manko, DL Cal Duncan, LB Luke Tejerina, and DB Chris Haggart. Additionally, Christian Smodis was voted League MVP, an incredible honour for the grade 11 pivot who quickly played his way out of Alex Lavric's shadow.
The Junior Football individual award winners were as follows:
Dave Turner Offensive MVP Award - Nolan Dillingham / Liam Bowman
Most Valuable Defensive Player - Max Ramsay / Max Henry
Manny Castillo Special Teams MVP Award - Francis St. Onge
Colin Guthrie Award - Zander Castro Wiese
Most Valuable Lineman - Dougal Graham
Coach's Award - Shadi Abdelmalik
Most Valuable Freshman - Liam Ventresca
Junior Team Managers - Spencer Robson, Bish Sunner, Maya Ivancevic and Sia Manolakis
The Senior Football individual award winners were as follows:
Offensive MVP - Will Manko
Defensive MVP - Chris Haggart
Most Valuable Lineman - Cal Duncan
Rick Millar Memorial Award - Rowan Hancocks
Doug Dixon Award - Jakob Page
Special Teams MVP - Luke Tejerina
Rookie of the Year - Christian Smodis
John Musselman Student Athlete Award - Duncan Rolston
Senior Team Managers - Maya Reynolds and Sydney Buchanan
Head of the Lorne Park Boosters - Christina Birch
For now, the locker rooms are empty and the football field is quiet as both teams celebrate their amazing accomplishments this season and catch up on schoolwork. But the offseason is always a short one at Lorne Park. Soon, graduating seniors will start considering their offers and committing to universities, and all returning players will be given their offseason workout schedules. As anyone who has won one can attest, the only thing more difficult than winning a ROPSSAA Championship is defending one.
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