Valley Christian honors players,
says 'goodbye' 3/7/05
It's said that all good
things must come to an end. For the Valley Christian Boys Varsity Soccer
team, this season had many good times. From the morning practices, to
the team dinners, to the Circle of Love (affirmation circle), to the
many great goals and successes on the field...this was a year to
Last night the annual
Winter Sports Awards banquet was held to honor all of the VC winter
sports. After a quick blessing from our beloved Coach Hitchman, and a
winter sports recap from Athletic Director Eric Scharrenberg, the sports
split up to their meeting rooms.
The Boys varsity soccer
team stayed in the big gym to go over a 3rd straight successful season.
The night started off with a brief intro and a list of 'thank you's'
including: Michaela and Denise (Athletic Trainers), Wendy Bales (team
Mother), Joe and Jane Nettemeyer, John Basanese Sr., and Eric
Next the coaches introduced
each player with a quick tribute and the players came up one by one to
get certificates. The very studious Warriors had almost half of the
players on the team win the 'Scholar Athlete' award.
After the general player
intros, the coaches went into the All
League Selections and the special
After the awards, the
players gathered around to watch a DVD slideshow that
assembled. The video honored the whole team, and focused on the seniors
towards the end. The video can be seen on vcsoccer.com as soon as it get's packaged for the web.
Following the video, Mr.
Nettemeyer came forward to give a quick speech on the importance of
'Living.' A great few moments that should stick with the guys for a long
time. He then helped distribute Cross necklaces to the seniors in memory
of what they stand for.
Afterwards, Coach Fugate
had this to say.
"This was a very good
season, I will miss the practices and these guys."
Coach Basanese added:
"These ceremonies, as great
as they are, are so difficult. I hope and pray that these kids stay in
touch. Us coaches have been in the daily life of these seniors since
they were 14 and 15. And now we're seeing them go to college as grown
men. It's very special for us, but also very tough...We love them as if
they were our own kids, and they will be sorely missed."
Fortunately, this is not
the end. There will be many more memories for each of these seniors, and
another season of VC Soccer next year. While turning the page from one
season to the next can bring sad moments, it's a very exciting
Stay tuned to vcsoccer.com
as we will bring you updates on college choices for our soccer alumni,
as well as interviews and previews of next season.
Thank you to all the
readers of vcsoccer.com, keep checking back!
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