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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 remember.

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 Scharrenberg (AD).

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 awards.

After the awards, the players gathered around to watch a DVD slideshow that Coach Fugate 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 opportunity.

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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