Ballenas Whalers provincial all stars Adrian Friesen, Zach Mosher and Demar Hohnstein with head coach Dan Smith (right) and associate coach Jeremy Conn. — Michael Briones photo

Whalers football players honoured

Most Valuable Player awards presented to Chomolok and Giroux

Ballenas Whalers football honoured players, coaches, parents and volunteers who made 2018 a memorable one at their awards banquet, held at the Parksville Community Centre on Monday night.

Both the Whalers junior and senior teams earned a spot in the provincials and played against schools that eventually made it to the finals, which head coach Dan Smith said was an achievement they can be proud off.

He congratulated all the players for their dedication and commitment on and off the field. He also thanked all the coaches, the parents, and volunteers for all their contribution and hard work.

This year’s most valuable honours were handed out two players, who the coaches felt exemplified good leadership on and off the field. For the seniors, it is quarterback Ben Chomolok and for the juniors it’s Jack Giroux.

Also being honoured were the Whalers that were named to the provincials all-stars — Adrian Friesen, Zach Mosher and Demar Hohnstein. All three were also named to the BC High School Football Western Conference all-stars along with Ty Barker, Kolby Jack and Nathan Robinson.

The Whalers that were honoured:

Seniors

MVP — Ben Chomolok

Most Inspirational Player — Scotty Williams

Outstanding Offensive Line — Zach Mosher

Outstanding Defensive Line — Ty Barker

Weight Room Award — Kolby Jack

Most Improved Player — Gage Geiger

Luke Whibley Award for Most Sportsmanlike — Malcolm Hudson

Leadership Award — Adrian Friesen

Outstanding Defensive Back — Joe Chaput

Outstanding Linebacker — Adrian Friesen

Special Teams — Damon Thompson

Outstanding Receiver — Nathan Robinson

Scholar Athletes — Zach Mosher and Joe Chaput

Ragnar Award — Ty Barker

Outstanding International Player — Luis Luna

Juniors

MVP — Jack Giroux

Most Inspirational Player — Jonah Anderson

Outstanding Lineman — Luis Luna

Most Improved — Braedon Osmond

Leadership Award — Bruce McCabe

Outstanding Defensive Back — Ryker Sansbury

Special Teams — Wylee Franks

Outstanding Back/Receiver — Gage D’Lerma

Scholar Athletes — Wylee Franks and Jack Giroux

Ragnar Award — Ryker Sansbury

International “Rudy” Sportsman — Fabior Fortis

Also honoured were Gail Magee, who was presented the Papa Joe award, coach Harold Barker, who was the recipient of the Sean Hines Award, and Beth Robinson for the being the most enthusiastic Whaler mom.

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