It was another great year for the MHS Royals Football team as they finished their 11th season. The team had a great season and advanced to the provincial playoffs as they defeated Esterhazy in the first round to make it to a semi-final.
The team’s Awards Banquet took place on November 28 at the MHS Theater. The MC for the evening was coach Lyle Evanisky. Della Muench and her Home Economics students provided a delicious roast beef meal for players, parents and coaches. The roast beef was donated by Country Style BBQ.
After supper Coach Evanisky got the award presentations underway. He first thanked the coaches for their commitment in educating, motivating and preparing the players every week after putting in countless hours.
The MVP this year was awarded to Kody Gutek. Coach Evanisky commented on how coachable he was. “Kody took every word to heart and motivated all the players”. “He showed respect for both his teammates and his opponents”.
Coach Evanisky highlighted the graduating players who committed to the program. These athletes were James Swallow, Tynan Guenther and Brady Ayotte. He commented on how the success of a team is defined by their seniors and their dedication to the team. The players in turn had some inspirational words to say to all of the coaching staff. Quarterback Tynan Guenther commented how Coach Evanisky was so dedicated to the team and made them all better. “He made me a better player and leader of the team”, commented Guenther. The players also commented on how special it was to make a provincial semi-final and attributed that to the hard work of the coaches.
The evening was capped off with a highlight video of the players, prepared by Coach Kobussen, focusing on the memorable events throughout the season.
Coach Evanisky ended with some inspirational comments about the team. He thanked the coaches for their commitment to every practice. He commented on his great coaching staff as each player got individual attention at their perspective positions and as a result, the team showed more development and success. The rookies progressed and he commented on how it was a luxury to have 36 on the roster this year. “When you have that many, it keeps the starters on their toes to keep their respective positions”. This year’s coaching staff was Jack Kobussen, Aaron Oscevski, Shayne Hayward, Vince Riley, Brett Senger, Tynan Pylypow, Joel Hluchaniuk, and thanked Myles Loeffler, Della Muench and Teresa Koop-Hunter for their behind the scenes work. Della is stepping down this year after 11 years of helping manage the football team. Evanisky thanked her for all of her work and contributions to keep things running. Evanisky also thanked the executive parents for all the hours they volunteered and for their fundraising efforts that help keep the team running. The executive this year was Joni Ayotte, Tara Young, Tasha Gutek, Bonnie Cote, and Ruth Guenther. Another highlight was the building of the spotter’s booth by Lyle Wilson and Venture Construction. It made the concession so much easier. Patti Rowley, the “Voice of the Royals”, was also thanked during the evening for announcing every home game.
Evanisky addressed the players and their commitment. He thanked the players for not questioning the coaches and for putting in hard work as that’s what’s needed to make a great team. He encouraged the athletes to make themselves better in the offseason. “This will help the team to move forward next season”, commented Evanisky. “We were a good team this year and next year we will be great”. “Next season we will be bigger, stronger, and faster to bring home that provincial title”. Great season Royals!
The Royals would like to thank their sponsors; Sask Lotteries, Country Style BBQ, Martensville Messenger, Ayotte Plumbing and Heating, Precious Paws Dog Grooming, Phobia Auto Care, A&W, The Dollar Store, The Sports Page, Nutrien, Pride Contracting, Flaman Trailers, Venture Construction, Saskatchewan Roughriders, The Rental Store, Craven Sports, Vern’s Pizza, Flex Realty, Metal Connections, MacNeil Motors, Crystal Carwash, Dollar Store, Sports Page, A&W, Hyde Realty, Leo Morrison Northern Venture Realty, and Vern’s Pizza.