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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.

Rings can be ordered up until December 20th by clicking the image above.

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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