Cody’s athletes, teams, coaches honours at awards ceremony

The athletic prowess of 20 different teams and about 300 competitors at École H. J. Cody School was recognized

Top athletes of the year at École H. J. Cody School were Grade 9 students Bailey Kentz and Liam Pafford

Top athletes of the year at École H. J. Cody School were Grade 9 students Bailey Kentz and Liam Pafford

The athletic prowess of 20 different teams and about 300 competitors at École H. J. Cody School was recognized during an athletics assembly last Friday.

It was a chance to celebrate the athletes on a very successful year as well as give thanks to coaches and teachers.

Jeremy Braitenback started the event by presenting the ‘Super Lakers’, those students who maintained an 80 average while playing sports.

They included, in Grade 9, Ryan Arnold, Zakir Bray, Erin Bryenton, Alyssa Cossuta, Emily Eckenswiller, Bailey Gainor, Leah Hagel, Paige Hagel, Tyrese Hamilton, Nicholas Haworth, Myia Hellmer, Joshua Howse, Bailey Kentz, Tristen Koller, Morgan Lockyer, Emory Lunde, Victoria Matejka, Grayson Nemish, Braxton Orantes, Liam Pafford, Michael Smyth, Abriel Tucker, C.J. Wilson,  and Jerryd Wold,

In Grade 10, the ‘Super Lakers’ were Chase Allan, Devyn Blondheim, Matthew Bossert, Anna Carlson, Tayler Deibert, Gallen Donaghy, Emma Dunsmore, Derian Halsey, Emily Hermanutz, Emma Kooiman, Zachary Kostiuk, Ryan Kostyniuk, Erika Marshall, Jensen Peck, Madison Prelle and Jessie Stormoen.

Grade 11 ‘Super Lakers’ were Melissa Bancroft, Jessica Beckwith, Kyle Eckenswiller, Harper Elwood, Sulley Larocque, Whitney Lehman, Jaxon Lynn, Madison McDonald and Heather Watson.

‘Super Lakers’ in Grade 12 included Riley Berg, Randi Derbyshire, Aden Smaill and T. J. Sloboda.

Then each of the respective coaches presented awards to top players in their sport, as follows:

Archery: Top athletes – Grade 9 female – Myia Hellmer, male – Dallen Riches; senior female – Breanna Tait, male – Chase deFrece.

Cross Country: outstanding female – Joy Fugler; outstanding male – Bryan Geake.

Golf – Top golfer – Jaxon Lynn.

Volleyball: Grade 9 girls – MVP – Leah Hagel, most improved – Bailey Kentz, coach’s award – Paige Hagel. Junior boys – most improved – Tyrone Noble; coach’s award – Gallen Donaghy; MVP – Zack Kostiuk. Junior Varsity Girls – MVP – Brookelynn Louma; heart and hustle – Alecia Daniels; coach’s award – Melissa Bancroft. Senior Varsity Girls – MVP – Olivia Barnes; heart and hustle – Talissa Munce; coach’s award – Kendra Hainsworth; rookie of the year – Anna Carlson.

Football: outstanding offensive player – Landon Rosene; MVP – Josh Barrie; rookie of the year – Chase Elwood (also Central Alberta High School Football rookie of year); team leadership – Trent Kondor; outstanding defensive player – Sulley Larocque; outstanding lineman – Bradyn Marchesi; most improved player – Kyle Eckenswiller; Jeff Halvorson Memorial Award – T. J. Sloboda.

Curling: female MVP – Laura Olive; male MVP – Jared Alward; most improved – Madisyn Lovelace.

Basketball: Grade 9 girls – coach’s award – Erin Bryenton; MVP – Bailey Kentz; most improved – Emily Eckenswiller. Grade 9 boys – MVP – Liam Pafford; most improved – C. J. Wilson; coach’s award – Nic Haworth. (The team had a perfect season not losing once.) Junior Varsity Girls – MVP – Emma Dunsmore; heart and hustle – Kara Canning; most improved – Jessica Beckwith. Junior Varsity Boys – MVP – Dustin Chenier; heart and hustle – Aaron Miettinen; most improved – Ryan Bredy. Senior Varsity Girls – MVP – Tayler Vick; heart and hustle – Phoenix Schultz; rookie of the year – Anna Carlson. Senior Varsity Boys – MVP – Tyrone Noble; heart and hustle – Cam Lee; rookie of the year – Chase Elwood.

Badminton – Grade 9 female top player – Sommer Larsen; Grade 9 male top player – Dawson Stanton; senior female top player – Erika Marshall; senior male top player – Bryce Marshall.

Track and field – Grade 9 female outstanding athlete – Erin Bryenton; Grade 9 male outstanding athlete – Ty Hamilton; senior male outstanding athlete – Wyatt Bosse and Aden Smaill; senior female oustanding athlete – Anna Carlson.

Soccer – Senior Varsity Girls – coach’s award – Mackenzie Ekelund; heart and hustle – Randi Derbyshire; MVP – Morgan Nemish; most improved – Melissa Bancroft. Senior Varsity Boys – most improved – Paul DeGroot; rookie of the year – Tristen Koller; player’s choice – Cam Lee; MVP – Aden Smaill.

Lindsay Vandermeer said the athletes of the year were selected because they compete and excel in a variety of school sports, demonstrate excellent leadership on and off the court, show a commitment to their team and school, display sportsmanship and fair place and have positive attitudes.

Nominees for the Grade 9 girls award were Erin Bryenton, Leah Hagel, Paige Hagel and Bailey Kentz. Kentz won the honour.

Nominees for the Grade 9 boys were Liam Pafford, Jonny Payne, Michael Smith  with Pafford winning.

Senior high girls’ nominees were Olivia Barnes, Anna Carlson, Harper Elwood, Morgan Nemish and Phoenix Schultz. Barnes was selected.

Senior high boys’ nominees were Chase Elwood, Cam Lee, Jaxon Lynn, Bryce Marshall, Tyrone Nobel and Aden Smaill. Marshall and Smaill were co-winners.