Celebrating a Great Year in Eagles Athletics
The year in sports has come to an end and what a year it has been! We have had a lot to celebrate both collectively and individually and we did so on June 13 at our annual High School Athletics Awards Night and at the Elementary School’s Final Assembly. The following is the list of those athletes whose character, effort, skill and leadership exemplified what it means to be a Cedars Eagle.
GRADE 8 VOLLEYBALL
Girls: Most Valuable – Hailey Gilkerson; Most Improved – Trinitee Orton; Most Inspirational – Jayden Bergstrom. Boys: Most Valuable – Jared Nelson; Most Improved – Max Whitehouse & Cole Willmann
GRADE 8 BASKETBALL
Girls: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Anna Duerksen; Most Inspirational – Joanna Sherman. Boys: Most Valuable – Max Whitehouse; Most Inspirational – Hayden Leithead
Girls: Most Valuable – Ilianna Bustamante; Most Improved – Eva Vanderwoerd; Most Inspirational – Kerri Ann Brown. Boys: Most Valuable – Lucas Crosina; Most Improved – Craig Hein
Boys: Most Valuable – Joel Nelson & Graydon Wolitski; Most Improved – Karl Kibonge
Girls: Most Valuable – Ashleigh Rempel; Most Improved – Taylor Rowland. Boys: Most Valuable – Darren Klassen; Most Improved – Noah Orton & Brendan Serup
Girls: Most Valuable – Kyla Giesbrecht & Jenna Van Delft; Most Inspirational – Amy Bjarnason
Girls: MVP – Taylor Rowland; Most Improved – Kaitlynn Staves
TRACK & FIELD
Most Valuable – Maillee Taylor & Max Whitehouse; Most Inspirational – Mackenzie Friesen
Most Valuable – Craig Hein; Most Inspirational – Darren Klassen
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Girls – Kyla Giesbrecht; Boys – Darren Klassen
Girls 1: Most Valuable – Mackenzie Domhof; Most Improved – Elyse Jex. Girls 2: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Halle Brown. Boys 1: Most Valuable – Mitchell Crosina; Most Improved – Jonathan Mendez. Boys 2: Most Valuable – Tristan Bartrim Most Improved – Andrew Isaac
Girls: Most Valuable – Leandra Masse; Most Improved – Madeline Whitehouse. Boys 1: Most Valuable – Mitchell Crosina; Most Improved – Andrew Isaac. Boys 2: Most Valuable – Jake Doerksen; Most Improved – Hayden Leithead.
While it is important for us to recognize the contributions and achievements of individual athletes to our program, “good teams become great when players exchange ‘me’ for ‘we’” (Phil Jackson via Jeff Ludditt). The fact that many athletes made that exchange resulted in Cedars winning 5 District and Zone Championships in 2016-17, with three of those teams advancing to Provincial Championships. These teams were: Grade 8 Girls Volleyball District Champions; Grade 8 Boys Basketball District Champions (in an undefeated season, too!); Senior Boys Volleyball Zone Champions (12th at Provincials); Senior Girls Volleyball Zone Champions (5th at Provincials); Senior Girls Basketball Zone Champions (9th at Provincials). In addition, our first-ever Track and Field team competed in the Zone Meet and a number of athletes came away with medals: Eva vanderWoerd (1 Gold, 1 Bronze), Maillee Taylor (1 Silver, 1 Bronze) and Max Whitehouse (3 Gold). Eva also competed in Cross-Country running in the fall where she won a silver medal at Zones and advanced to the Provincial Championships.
We understand that winning championships and personal accolades cannot be the only reason we compete in sports, but they do indicate the commitment, dedication and hard work our athletes put into their respective disciplines. And we would be remiss to not acknowledge the many hours our 33 coaches and team sponsors devoted to serving and training these students to play to the best of their abilities and to honour the Lord in how they conducted themselves both on and off the court, the field or the track. We are indeed blessed with a community that supports athletics at Cedars and is willing to get involved in impacting the lives of our students and bringing glory to God through sport. Looking forward to what God has in store next year!