On Sunday December 8 the Bluejays Football Team held their annual awards banquet. After a great meal of fried chicken and side dishes, the team enjoyed watching a highlight video of their great season that culminated in an undefeated home record and their first playoff appearance since 2009.
Retiring assistant coach Mark Fricke gave an inspiring farewell speech that is sure to leave a lasting impression on the team.
Mark Schappaugh (father of John Schauppaugh) was awarded as “Supporter of the Year” for his dedicated efforts at photographing Bluejays Football for several years.
Many Bluejay players received team, media, all-state and all-conference awards:
Offensive Back Award – Jesse Setzer
Offensive Lineman “Road Grader” Award – Wyatt Robinson
Receiver Award – Chance Baugher
Special Teams Award – Nate Wenda
Defensive Lineman Award – Dakota Shaffer
Linebacker Award – Larryn Kukla
Defensive Back Award – Nick Atterberry
Practice Player Award – Kyler Walle
Lifter of the Year Award – Chance Baugher
Scott Nichols Intensity Award – Jakob Evans
Clyde Dearing PORTA Pride Award – Wyatt Robinson
All Conference Selections
Wyatt Robinson – 1st Team (Guard)
Jesse Setzer – 1st Team (Running Back) unanimous
Steven Smythe – 1st Team (Fullback)
Nate Wenda – 2nd Team (Kicker)
Larryn Kukla – 2nd Team (Inside Linebacker)
Nick Atterberry – 2nd Team (Defensive Back)
Michael McCurdy – 2nd Team (Utility Player)
Tony Coderko – Honorable Mention (Guard)
Chance Baugher – Honorable Mention (Receiver)
Jakob Evans – Honorable Mention (Defensive Back)
All State Selections
Jesse Setzer – 1st Team
Wyatt Robinson – Honorable Mention
Jesse Setzer was named the Chicago Bears Player of the Week and was named to the Champaign News Gazette Special Mention 100 list. He was selected from players that included all classes for those 2 awards.
Congratulations to the entire Bluejay Football Team and Coaching Staff for an exciting, successful and memorable season!