Ponoka’s bantam Broncs took part in the league’s annual awards banquet Dec. 1 bringing three players to take part in the all-star group. Here (l-r) assistant coach Ron Rust accepts the assistant coach of the year award on behalf of Kelly Cook; captains Jordan Young, Keenan Soosay and Owen Vandermeer, for the all-star awards, and coach Todd Lewis accepts the team’s Most Sportsmanlike Team award. Photo submitted

Ponoka’s bantam Broncs recognized for sportsmanship

The team took part in the league’s awards banquet walking away with several special awards

Ponoka’s bantam Broncs received several important awards for their work over the season.

The newest award for the Broncs was for being the Most Sportsmanlike Team, which was received at the league’s awards banquet Dec. 1.

It’s the only team award the league hands out, explained coach Todd Lewis. “It’s just good to see the kids recognized. They deserve it 100 per cent,” said Lewis.

“They’re always clean and classy and they care about playing football.”

This year the team also had three players on the all-star award. Landing sixth place overall earned the Broncs the third all-star player award, typically they have brought two players.

On top of that, assistant coach Kelly Cook received the Assistant Coach of the Year Award. All in all, this was a good season for the Broncs, who also played in the league finals.

“Winning is important but it’s a symptom of growth,” said Lewis.

His focus has always been on growth and putting the best foot forward. Lewis feels the awards are a result of that.

The three players, also captains for the team, who were invited to the All-Star banquet were quarterback Owen Vandermeer, running-back/line-back Jordan Young and offensive guard/defensive tackle Keenan Soosay.

Lewis looks forward to next year as there are many players expected to be returning.


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