Central Alberta high school football leagues hand out annual awards

The high school football season officially concluded with the annual all-star banquet on Thursday.

Both the rural and city league named all-stars, as well as each handing out major award trophies.

The city league MVP was Lindsay Thurber Raiders wideout Will Moir. He had six touchdowns in the regular season, rushed for 245 yards and had an additional 332 yards receiving. Lacombe Rams wideout Zach Schwab earned the nod as the offensive MVP, while linebacker Joel DeMale was the defensive MVP.

Notre Dame’s Grayson Chabot was awarded the rookie of the year and Adam Fort of Hunting Hills was the lineman of the year. Notre Dame’s Josh Burke was the special teams MVP.

Overall, the Lightning led the way with 10 all-stars including Joel DeMale, Quinn Doll, Adam Fort, Lucas Fuerbringer, Joe Hunt, Logan Kendze, Evan Larsen, Zac Sanderson, Evan Stahl and Tyler Clarkson.

The Rams picked up eight all-star selections Zach Schwab, Mitch Simmons, Takoda Dennis, Cam Wetzel, Ethan Quance, Cody Melnychuk, Cole Lardner and Josh Harper. The Cougars also had eight all-star nods, Luc Lukala, Spencer Henderson, Josh Burke, Kaden Schiller, Sabastian Carrilo, Ethan Briault, Limuel Lazaro and Grayson Chabot. The Raiders had four all-stars Will Moir, Ethan Waite, Dominic Fudge and Cody Anglo.

H.J. Cody Lakers quarterback Daxton Bylsma was the rural league MVP. He threw for almost 900 yards in the regular season. Stettler running back Brett Mercier was the offensive MVP, with 752 yards on the ground and six touchdowns. Wetaskiwin’s Josh Wiebe was the defensive MVP, Wyatt Matson of Camrose earned rookie of the year and Ardan Kasha of H.J. Cody was the lineman of the year.

Cole Nichols of Wm. E. Hay and Connor Stiles of Ponoka split the special teams award.

The Lakers, who were 6-0 in the regular season and won the rural league title, earned 11 all-star nods. They included Daxton Bylsma, Cody Peever, Reuben Braitenback, Brett Bylsma, Jacob Gauvin, Warren Steward-Brown, Brody Henry, Zane Johnson, Cole Matthews, Jhonier Batista and Ardan Kasha.

Stetter had eight players receive all-star nominations, Brett Mercier, Cole Nichols, Liam McQuay, Curtis Myshaniuk, Blake O’Connor, Bryce George, Reece Kranzler and Josh De Guzman.

Camrose had seven all-stars Wyatt Matson, Kevin Kittler, Kieran Sherman, Alex Lawson, Noah Segal, Ryan Pauls and Thaden Wolfe.

Wetaskiwin rounded out the field with six all-star selections. They included Colin Buffalo, Ethan Cullen, Riley Dixon, Chase Ertman, Hayden Mimnagh and Josh Wiebe.

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