Spartans end season with annual banquet

After stellar seasons from both the junior and senior boys football team of Lorne Park, the Spartans’ football program closed the chapter of 2015 with their annual team banquet. Taking place at Lorne Park, players, coaching staff, team management, and parents all gathered for dinner, a viewing of top highlights throughout the season, team awards and speeches from players and coaches.

Since the season has ended for Lorne Park, coaches have now got back to regular routines while the student athletes are preparing for exams. Head Coach for the Lorne Park Spartans Scott Price says that it is nice to get everyone together again. “The finality of the season comes upon you very quickly, and everybody is back to doing their own thing. So it’s nice to get dressed up, cleaned up and get everyone together to have a nice dinner and recognize the hard work that we have put into running Lorne Park Football.”

The evening started with dinner followed by the viewing of the junior team’s highlights. Afterward, the individual awards for the junior players were handed out. Following the junior team was the senior boys. Before the senior boys football team displayed their highlight video from 2015 and presented their individual awards, Price addressed the audience with his personal reflection of how the season turned out. Price started out his speech by saying, “You can’t always look to the last game to measure the success of a season.” This quote pertains well to the 2015 Spartans. The team went 6-1, placed a ranking in the #CFC50 and remained undefeated until the Spartans met the St. Roch Ravens in the regional championship game.

The Spartans are known for putting together strong teams season after season, and 2015 was no different. Upon season’s end, Price was conscious of the ability his Spartans’ possessed this season.  “The talent level we had this year is just exceptional. We knew we were good when we started out and we got better and better as the season progressed,” says the Spartans Head Coach. “Despite us not bringing our best that one day, tonight the level of success of what we accomplished is something our player will take with them as they move forward in life.”

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Price further reflected on the hard work his players utilized to prepare for their matchups each week. In addition, Price talked about how these lessons learned during the football season is not just something that is applicable to football, but also something that can be applied to other aspects of their lives.

To conclude the night, the senior players were presented with individual awards to highlight their exceptional play, leadership qualities, dedication and commitment to the team. Among the award winners that night was quarterback Alex Lavric and receiver Devin Condlin who won Co-Offensive MVP.  While linebacker Sean Cotter took home Defensive MVP.

Alex Lavric threw for over 1400 yards and 19 touchdowns while Condlin amassed over 800 yards receiving. The combination of this quarterback and receiver combo provided Lorne Park with reliable and potent aerial attack.

The intense and hard-hitting Cotter provided the team with a tackling machine that also possessed a nose for the ball. His toughness and reliability were something the team leaned on as the Spartans’ defense assumed more responsibility as the season progressed.

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