Panther boys award their teammates
Seven Rugby High Panther basketball players on the 2018-19 boys’ squad received some unique awards recently, thanks to votes by their teammates.
Some award titles explain themselves Mr. Hustle goes to the player who moves most on the court and works hard; “Mr. Offense” and “Mr. Defense” go to the players who stand out in those areas.
Sixth Man of the Year and the Hammer Award are a little less clear.
“The Sixth Man of the Year is usually one of the first off the bench that has an impact on the game,” explained Panther Basketball Coach Mike Santjer.
“These are all voted on by the kids,” Santjer noted. “The coaches don’t vote on any of them, so the kids chose the kids who they felt deserved these awards. So, this is not a coaches’ award; this is what the kids thought of themselves.”
Three seniors played on the boys’ varsity squad this season, and all received team awards.
Senior Kevin Vetsch earned the title Mr. Hustle for the energy he brought to the team, while Logan DeMontigny received the Toughness Award for the Season. Mayson McCabe won the Panther Award, which recognizes good character, sportsmanship, and team-first attitude.
“Mayson kind of is all those things. He’s got good character; he’s always the kid you can count on, and he really does have a team first attitude. He wants the team to do well. He doesn’t really look at stats; he just wants us to win,” noted Santjer.
Sophomore Isaiah Bundy-Smith took the Sixth Man of the Year Award, as well as the Most Improved Award.
Junior Jaden Hamilton won the Mr. Offense title for his push toward the point zone, while junior Devan Michels took the Mr. Defense title.
The Panthers named junior Trace Goven Team MVP.
Logan DeMontigny took the Hammer Award for the season.
Santjer described the award, and the reason for giving it: “The Hammer Award is what we started in 2011,” he said.
“It’s kind of a traveling award that goes to one of the kids who usually has the highest stat for the amount of fouls as the season goes on. It’s kind of a fun award.”
“It’s a wooden block that has a hammer screwed on top of it. And it’s a traveling award, so every year, all the kids sign it; the winners sign it, so it started on 2011, and it continues (every year).”
In other words, would Santjer say the award went to the player who “put the hammer down” on the opponents?
“Yes,” the coach laughed.
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