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Charger wins RVSA football Rookie of the Year award

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Nov 28, 2013 11:13 am

Bert Church Chargers player Braiden Poole received the RVSA football Rookie of the Year award from league commissioner Brent Legault during the league’s awards banquet in Springbank on Nov. 25.
Bert Church Chargers player Braiden Poole received the RVSA football Rookie of the Year award from league commissioner Brent Legault during the league’s awards banquet in Springbank on Nov. 25.
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Bert Church High School student Braiden Poole received an extra reward from his first year in high school football at Springbank Community High School on Nov. 25, when he accepted the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA) football league’s Rookie of the Year award during the RVSA’s annual awards banquet.

“I was not expecting this at all, but I’m really happy about getting this award,” Poole said.

“I had a lot of fun in my first year this year as I learned a lot of new things out there, and I played solidly as well.”

Playing as a running back on offence, a safety on defence, and contributing on special teams for the Chargers, the variety of roles that Poole served for his team was something that Bert Church Head Coach Andy Kirk felt was one of the reasons why he received the rookie of the year award.

“He picked up things quickly and did everything that we wanted him to do, and that makes him a good team player that way,” Kirk said.

“Braiden was also a very entertaining kid at practice, as he worked hard and joked around with the guys, but he always knew when to get serious.”

Poole admitted motivating the team, even if it was at the expense of a few laughs, was something that he tried to do on a regular basis for the Chargers throughout the RVSA season.

“Giving the guys a little bit of spirit was something that I thought would be good, especially when we were in a tough streak of losing games,” Poole added.

“We finished off the year on a winning note by winning the bronze game over Chestermere, and I can’t wait for next season to get underway.

Poole’s teammates Jared Johnson, James Spencer, and Brayden Vandermeer also received awards at the banquet as they took home RVSA all-star accolades, while Spencer Timmins received a heart award as the hardest-working player for the Chargers.

Mustangs coaching staff

The RVSA Tier II champion George McDougall Mustangs saw its coaching staff rewarded for its efforts throughout the 2013 season at the year-end banquet, as Nolan Rohl, Tyrell Rohl, Devon Baker, Robbie Sakiras, Greg Rankin, and Steve Maclean shared the coaching staff of the year award.

“The success that our program had this year is something that we have been building on for awhile here,” said Rankin, who coaches the Mustangs wide receivers.

“Brent Legault was our coach here for the last couple of years before he moved on prior to this season, and he did a good job of building up our program and having a solid base in place.”

“When he left and the Rohl brothers came in with a new offensive and defensive look to our team, I think that was something that meshed perfectly with what we had here already,” he added.

The Mustangs’ players were also rewarded in the positional awards, as four members of the Tier II championship squad took home trophies.

Wes White took home the award as the league’s top quarterback, Phil Hallett was named the RVSA’s top wide receiver, Josh Duazo was chosen as the best defensive back, and Brian Moran received the top defensive lineman trophy.

“Our approach to the game has stayed the same since I came in here a few years ago,” said Maclean, who is the Mustangs defensive back coach.

“We want the guys to work hard all of the time, and to see our players be awarded for those efforts is great to see.”

Hallett, Moran, Quinn Yakiwchuk, Kai Olsen, and Colton Church were the Mustangs representatives on the RVSA all-star team while Damon Jonson was the team’s Heart Award recipient.


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