McKay AOK as Wolverines MVP

Going without a win was certainly not what the Wolverines anticipated this season, but there were still some individual success stories worth celebrating.

The Sherwood Park Wolverines selected Mason Fedick as their offensive player of the year. Photo courtesy Ron Zurawell

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Going without a win was certainly not what the Wolverines anticipated this season, but there were still some individual success stories worth celebrating.
The Sherwood Park Bantam Wolverines football team, which went 0-7 in Capital District Minor Football Association Tier 1-2 play before dropping down to the lower levels for playoffs and falling 32-20 to the Wetaskiwin Warriors, recently held their end-of-the-year banquet to recognize some strong efforts in the face of defeat.
Winning the offensive player of the year award was Mason Fedick.
“He is a great kid and an outstanding athlete” said Wolverines head coach Brad Reid, who will step down for next season after a 16-year coaching career at several levels. “He really worked on being a better player on the field this season, he has always been very good off the field. He put a lot of work into it and it paid off. Everything a coach could ask of him, he delivered on.”
The defensive player of the year award was doled out to Cody Ryan, who was also named top lineman.
“He was just really solid,” Reid said. “He did all the things we asked him to do with very little fanfare. He was pretty dominant on his position on the line, just a big body to move. He is a very quiet, unassuming young man who isn’t very vocal, but his spirit shows in the way he plays.”
Taking home the top prize on the night was Skyllar McKay — named the Wolverines’ overall MVP.
“He can do a lot of things, he is a very good athlete,” Reid said. “He is a good kid who knows how to play the game and takes it seriously. He is a very serious young man, which is a good thing. He understood his responsibilities and did it to the best of his abilities.”
Other player award winners on the evening included Nick Fox (sportsmanship), Connor Leitch (leadership), Breyan Elias (unsung hero), Landon Maddigan (offensive lineman), Jacob Poletz and Brandon Zurawell (top rookies), Jake Castle and Kolbe Paranych (most improved), Carson McGrath (Wicked Wolverine) and Tyler McEwen (special teams).
In addition, Andrew Berriman was named coach of the year, Brent and Kim Fox were chosen as parents of the year and the Bruce Reid Youth Award went to Brianna Leitch.
With coach Reid stepping down, the Wolverines have named Kevin Leitch as their new head coach.
“He has a lot of football experience,” Reid said. “It’s funny, I once coached him back when I was an assistant coach at McNally, many, many, many years ago. He brings a wealth of experience and believes in the Wolverines’ way. It is an outstanding choice to have as our new head coach.”
Leitch had previously served as assistant defensive coordinator, also working with defensive backs and special teams.
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