Fifth-year kick returner/defensive back Robbie Yochim is the Okanagan Sun's MVP for 2014

Speedy Yochim named MVP as Sun hands out team awards

Rutland grad and five-year veteran returned six kicks for touchdowns this season and picked off four passes

In a summer of exceptional team accomplishments by the Okaganan Sun, there were, not surprisingly, more than a few noteworthy individual performances en route to a 9-1 record and BCFC regular season title.

None drew more attention than the on-field exploits of Robbie Yochim, who the Sun named Monday as their most valuable player in 2014.

The fifth-year player and Rutland grad was nothing short of electrifying as a punt and kick off returner this season, scoring six touchdowns on returns and rewriting the BCFC record books.

Yochim was also a standout in the club’s defensive secondary, leading the club with four interceptions and adding 34 solo tackles.

Sun head coach Shane Beatty said Yochim matured greatly as a player and a person over the last couple of seasons, and deserves every bit of praise thrown his way.

“What Robbie did this season was phenomenal,” Beatty said. “He’s really grown up over the last couple of years and has become a real team player. He’s a tremendously talented player with a great attitude.”

A few of the records Yochim set as a kick returner included:

• New team record for kick-off return yards in a single game with 264 in Week 10 vs. Rams

• New CJFL record for punt return touchdowns in a single game with three in Week 9 vs. Rebels

• New BCFC career record for punt returns with 156

• New team record for career kick-off return yards with 1,693

Yochim was also named the Sun’s special teams player of the year and the club’s most popular player.

Other award winners were named Monday at the team’s annual banquet:

Community Award – Kyle Patchell (receiver)

Top Defensive Back and Most Inspirational Player in memory of JT Fernandez – Brennan Van Nistelrooy (defensive back)

Most Improved Player – Cord Delinte (defensive back)

Okanagan High School Player of the Year – Josiah Joseph (QB, Mt Boucherie Grad)

Most Sportsmanlike Player and scoring leader – Thomas Huber (kicker/receiver)

Top Linebacker – Ron Mwamba

Top Offensive Back – Alex Bradley (running back)

Top Receiver – Lerone Robinson

Top Defensive Lineman – Zac Ironstand

Top Offensive Lineman – Cliff Crews and Michele Vecchio

Rookie of the Year – Keagan Hughes

 

 

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