The 2020 NPSS Athletics Awards Ceremony was cancelled due to the coronavirus, but the awards will still be handed out. For the next three days, we will be announcing the winners of each award.
Today, we will announce the winter sport award winners.
"The wrestling team had a great season, with as many as 15 kids coming out at one time for practice. This year, the program focused on skill development, fostering a love of the sport, and providing as many students as possible with the opportunity to learn. The team traveled to Grande Prairie twice, once to participate in a mini-camp with wrestlers from Grande Prairie Composite High School and once to compete in the Northern Lights Wrestling Tournament. We are hoping to build on the success we had this season and look forward to next year!"
— Coaches Ian Forbes & Josh Cullen
Top Wrestler: Hailey Gillard
Coaches Choice: William King
Junior Girls Basketball
"This season was certainly special, with a significant amount of practice time spent laughing, and many more post-game cookies than were necessary. While there’s no doubt that the girls demonstrated significant improvement in both their technical skills and their knowledge of the game throughout the season, I think they would tell you that the best part of being on the team was the connection that they made with each other and the love of the game that we fostered every single day. We finished the season as more than just a team, we finished as a family. Girls: Congrats on a great season! I can’t wait to see what you can do at the senior level next year. Always remember to prioritize and execute."
— Coach Samantha Stackhouse
Most Valuable Player: Sophia De Torres
Coaches Choice: Meghan Stobbe
Junior Boys Basketball
"The team was composed of fine young men with varying degrees of basketball experience and skill level. As the season went along, the team developed that bond and cohesiveness that made them tough to beat. The team developed a never say die attitude and the game is not over till the last second mentality. We were in games in which we were losing by 30 points before half but managed to win the game at the end proves this point. The team had one first place finish, three second place finishes, one fourth place finish and one fifth place finish. Overall, the junior boys team had a great season - learned and developed skills as the season progressed, made good friends with teammates and opponents alike but most of all, the team had FUN and love the game of basketball."
— Coach Eugene Concepcion
MVP: Cy Bellamy
Coaches Choice: Zack Dool
Senior Girls Basketball
"The 2019-2020 season started off strong with the girls working hard to strive for their goals. The team worked hard in practice to demonstrate it on the court. The focus was on changing our mindset on the court because frustration or anger would easily change our skill level. Once the individuals started to turn their mental toughness around the team began to play strong basketball. Thinking and acting like a basketball player was an important aspect to the team, each individual had to do that. The tournaments that we went to in Grande Prairie, Dawson Creek and Prince George ending with a third, fourth or fifth place finish. The team was filled with injuries this year that prevented the team to fully grow. Competing in Zones the team set out to play the best basketball they have played all year. This was the first time all 12 members of the team played a full game. The girls fought hard to the very end but fell short. Thank you all for stepping up and taking the challenge. It didn't end the way we wanted it to but we had some fun along the way!"
— Coaches Jaclyn McNicol & Rebecca Tompkins
Most Valuable Player: Jordynn McPherson
Coaches Choice: Kaylie Willeboordse
Ross Memorial Most Inspirational: MacKenzie O’Brien
Rookie of the Year: Linsey Edwards
Senior Boys Basketball
"We came into the season having high expectations and big goals for this team, because of the amount of talent we had on the court. It was overall a successful and winning season, but in the end we came short of Provincials, as we lost in a 3 game series to the PGSS Polars, at Zones. Regardless, it was a tremendous season that allowed the boys to learn and grow on the court, but more importantly grow as people. Lastly, we had lots of fun as a team and those experiences are the most important part of a successful program."
— Coaches Gabe Gonzales & Ryan Galay
Most Valuable Player: Liam Peterson
Coaches Choice: Anaff Dema
Ross Memorial Most Inspirational: Tristan Soychuk
Rookie of the Year: Gryphon Talbot
Tomorrow we will announce the major award winners.
Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at firstname.lastname@example.org.