After their first undefeated season since 2004 and clinching their 19th first-place finish, the Okanagan Sun celebrated their individual accomplishments Sunday at the year-end team awards banquet at the Coast Capri Hotel.
Defensive back Brennan Van Nistelrooy and receiver Kyle Kawamoto were named co-winners as the Sun’s MVP.
Van Nistelrooy, 22, led the BCFC with six interceptions, while Kawamoto, 22, led the Sun in receptions (41) and receiving yards (1,005) while scoring 10 touchdowns.
The following are all of the Sun award winners:
Scoring Leader – Thomas Huber (kicker/receiver) – third consecutive year
Community Award – Kyle Patchell (receiver) – second consecutive year and Keagan Hughes
Most Inspirational Player in memory of JT Fernandez – Cliff Crews (Offensive Lineman)
Most Improved Player – Cord Delinte (Defensive Back) – second consecutive year
Okanagan High School Player of the Year – Kyle Patchell (Receiver, KSS Grad)
Most Popular Player (voted by the players) – Brennan Van Nistelrooy (Defensive Back/Punter)
Most Sportsmanlike Player – Keagan Hughes (Linebacker)
Special Teams Player – Brennan Van Nistelrooy (Punter/Defensive Back)
Top Defensive Back – Brennan Van Nistelrooy – third consecutive year
Top Linebacker – Layne Hull & Keagan Hughes
Top Offensive Back – Cam Bedore (Quarterback) and Josiah Joseph (Quarterback)
Top Receiver – Kyle Kawamoto
Top Defensive Lineman – Jonas Gering and Lucas Machado
Top Offensive Lineman – Cliff Crews
Rookie of the Year – Kent Lawrence and Hayden Hamilton
Most Valuable Players – Brennan Van Nistelrooy and Kyle Kawamoto
The Sun will now begin preparation for the Kamloops Broncos in the BCFC Semi-Final on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. at the Apple Bowl.
If the Sun wins, they will host the Cullen Cup BCFC Championship game on Oct. 25 for the second consecutive year.
The winner of the BCFC will travel to the Prairies and the Canadian Bowl on Nov. 7, a game the Sun has not played in since 2004.