Students and faculty of Elmira District Secondary School blew the roof off Lions Hall with thunderous applause and cheers as the top athletic awards were handed out Wednesday night at the school’s annual athletic banquet. The event had team coaches praising their student athletes as they presented the most valuable player awards as well as the major athletic awards which included outstanding male and female athlete awards for both junior and senior students, manager of the year, most improved male and female athlete and both the sportsmanship and sportswoman awards.Top honours went to Ted Sebben and Kaitlin Doering, who took home the outstanding senior athlete awards. Jessica Reichard, finishing her fifth year at EDSS, was awarded the first-ever Commitment to Athletics Long Service Award, recognizing extraordinary contribution to Lancer athletics over five years. The recipient of the award is a student who throughout their high school career has been committed to the success of sports at their school and their teams.
Reichard, a four-sport athlete who excelled in each, said winning the award left her surprised.
“It actually was. I never expected this at all,” she said.
This year she was a strong presence on the basketball, volleyball and slo-pitch teams and also competed in tennis.
Reichard played for five years on the basketball team, four years on the slo-pitch team and three years playing both volleyball and tennis. Reichard said one of her favourite moments in sports this year was the camaraderie she felt with all her teammates.
“The best part about sports at EDSS is making friends and coming together as a team.”
The Ernie Kendall Award for Outstanding Athletics and Academics for both commitment to sports and academia was given to Taz Martin.
The two sportsmanship awards were awarded to Sab Huber and Julia Frey.
Jr Girls Basketball Nicole Cressman Sr. Girls Basketball Jessica Reichard Cross Country Alex and Julia Hildebrand Field Hockey Cassandra Hahn Jr. Boys Football Alex Weber Sr. Boys Football Taz Martin Golf Curtis Koller Sr. Tennis Kyla Litwiller Jr. Tennis Heather Litwiller Jr. Boys Volleyball Keaton Weiss Badminton Alex MacLean and Sydney Jones Jr. Boys Basketball Jordan Frey Sr. Boys Basketball Lucas Nosal Curling Baily DeRose Boys Hockey Ted Sebben Girls Hockey Kaitlin Doering Ski Team Kaitlin Doering Swimming Katherine Hoffman Jr. Girls Volleyball Madeline Weber Sr. Girls Volleyball Krista Weins Girls Rugby Julia Frey Boys Slo Pitch Andrew Brubacher Girls Slo Pitch Jill Sebben Boys Soccer Cole Martin Girls Soccer Krista Weins