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Van Nistelrooy and Yochim win BCFC awards
By picking up two major individual awards and eight all-star selections, it was pretty clear what kind of 2013 season the Okanagan Sun enjoyed on the football field.
Among the BCFC's annual awards winners announced Thursday were Sun veterans Brennan Van Nistelrooy and Robbie Yochim.
Van Nistelrooy, a native of Lethbridge, was named the conference's outstanding defensive back.
Van Nistelrooy had 24 tackles, three fumble recoveries, a pair of interceptions and two blocked kicks in 2013.
Yochim, a fourth year defensive back out of Rutland, was named the conference's outstanding special teams player. He had 43 total returns, 759 return yards, averaging 17.6 yards per return. Yochim added five solo special teams tackles and one assist.
Van Nistelrooy and Yochim were also named as all-stars in the defensive secondary, along with Sun teammate, Jack Rush. Yochim added a second all-star selection as the top returner.
Other Okanagan players making the all-star team were defensive lineman Jonas Gering, receiver Tommy Howes, offensive lineman Devon Kozar, and running back Alex Bradley.
After going 3-7 last season, the Sun went 8-2 this year under new head coach Shane Beatty.
The Sun hosted a playoff game, losing 24-13 to the Langley Rams.