The Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Football program held their end-of-the-year awards ceremony recently at APW High School. Calling APW Superintendent Gerry Hudson their biggest fan and the twelfth player on the field for his support of the football team, Coach John Jeffries thanked everyone for a successful football program this year. Athletic Director, Bert Conklin commended parents for their dedication to the football program at the school and talked about one special highlight for many, the game against Pulaski played in the Carrier Dome on September 2nd. He also praised the senior players, many of whom had played APW football for six years, calling them the foundation for the team and saying it was through their leadership and football skills that developed a winning football program at the school, ending with “Congratulations on a great year.”
Modified and Junior Varsity football participation certificates were handed out to the players by their coaching staff who told the audience that they had outscored their opponents this season 106-19.
Varsity awards were then handed out by coaches John Jeffries, Jerry Cole and Ryan Cobb. Senior team members were introduced and each player received a framed color photo of them in action from their game in the Carrier Dome earlier in the season.
Among the awards presented, were All League Teams including: 1st Team Offense: Skylar Wheeler, QB; and Greg Palmer, WR/RB; 1st Team Defense: Eric Kranz, LB; Zach Plantz, LB; and Jesse Buchanan, DL; 2nd Team Offense: Joe Carusone, RB; and Tommy Novak, OL; 2nd Team Defense: Tylor Skellington, LB; Curtis Roe, DL; and L.J. Phoenix, DL; Honorable Mention Offense: Jonathon Phoenix, WR; and Ty Christian, OL; Honorable Mention Defense: Aaron Marshall, CB; and Ronnie Priest, CB.
Special awards included: Team MVP given to Greg Palmer, Offensive MVP awarded to Skylar Wheeler, Defensive MVP was shared by Zach Plantz and Eric Kranz, with Most Improved Award going to Ty Christian. The Coaches’ Award was given to Jesse Buchanan. Section Three Scholar Athlete award was given to Greg Palmer.
This is the second year that the Bradley L. Updyke Memorial “Rebel Award” was given. The award, named after longtime Rebels sports fan and former president of the APW Sports Boosters who passed away in 2008, is given in memory of Mr. Updyke, to the player who demonstrates the most love for the game of football. A perpetual plaque will be placed on the wall outside the gymnasium with each recipient’s name inscribed upon it. The 2011 Bradley L. Updyke Memorial Rebel Award was presented to Tylor Skellington.
Greg Palmer, Skylar Wheeler, Eric Kranz and Zach Plantz were also recognized for their selection to play in the John Arcaro Exceptional Senior Game.
A highlight film was played as the banquet came to a close, and each player received a copy of the DVD to take home.