The Ballenas Whalers Football program honoured players, coaches and volunteers at the awards ceremony held at the school, Saturday, May 30.
The Whalers reflected on the year that concluded with a successful spring training camp and traditional season-ending jamboree that new head coach Jeremy Conn aims to use the experience in building the 2022-23 team.
This year’s senior Most Valuable Player award was presented to Ryker Sansbury, who excelled not only in the quarterback position but also as a free safety. Sansbury was also selected to the BC high school top prospects game along with fellow Whalers Ayden Chambers, Kooper Chambers and Gage Dlerma.
The Whalers outstanding lineman Enzo Agostini was presented the Ragnar Award for his work ethic that earned him the MVP in defence in the Coastal AA Conference in BC High School Football and also selection to the prestigious 2022 CFL Prospects Game. He played for Team Dunnigan in a match against Team Sanchez that was televised in TSN on May 27.
In the junior ranks, Mark Filko was voted as 2021’s MVP.
The other awards recipients are:
Inspirational – Anthony Poelzer
Outstanding O-line – Will Dubesky
Outstanding D-line – Jonah Anderson
Weight room – Ryker Sansbury
Most Improved – Cole Chislett
Sportsmanlike – Brayden Harvey
Leadership – Kooper Chambers
Outstanding Defensive Back – Avery Swanson
Outstanding Linebacker – Reme Conway
Special Teams - Gage D’Lerma
Outstanding Back – Ayden Chambers
Outstanding Receiver – Kyle Kearns
Scholar Athlete – Will Dubesky and Enzo Agositini (tie)
Ragnar Award – Enzo Agostini
Inspirational – Keenan Baldwin
Outstanding Lineman – Grant Bell
Most Improved – Brendan Dubesky
Leadership – Ajay Storey
Outstanding def. back – Cole Reid
Special teams – Jackson Miller
Outstanding Back/Receiver – Damon Stone
Scholar Athlete - Rohan Barlow
Ragnar Award – Rohan Barlow
Most Enthusiastic Mom Award – Sherri Pearson
Papa Joe Award – The Geiger Family (Brian, Debbie and Gage)
Sean Hines Award – Dan Smith