Although the fall sports season has come to an end, there were plenty of awards to hand out in Bellville, and plenty of food to eat courtesy of The Kenney Store.
Football, Cross Country and Volleyball squads, both high school and junior high, were given their minutes of fame when they were called up on stage to receive certificates and awards for their performances throughout the year.
Each team had a photo slideshow and had coaches delivering highlights depicting the hard work they’ve put in all year long.
For the senior class, it was especially emotional as this would be the last banquet they attend in their high school careers.
Jeff Perry will be one of those upcoming graduates and was awarded the best offensive performance on the gridiron this year and hadn’t yet registered the season was really over.
“It didn’t really hit me that football was over until I came here,” said Perry, who agreed that aspect was a little rough.
But it was a great event encapsulating what he regarded as his favorite season he’s played.
“We didn’t win any games but I’ve never had a better season,” he said. “Honestly, these guys are like my brothers and I’m super proud to have played with them.”
A classmate of his who is also proud of her career was Brianna Gallaher, who completed a clean sweep of individual state championships on the cross-country course.
“I’m upset but at the same time I’m happy because all of my hard work is finally coming to a close and I’m just excited to see it,” she said after replicating a career that has only been produced four other times.
When it comes down to it, it was your typical high-school career with its ups and downs together.
“The last four years have been a rollercoaster but if I could go back, I’d do it all over again,” Gallaher noted. “I’m so glad God gave me that talent to run and it’s helped me build character in life too. It’s given me a lot of determination that I needed especially regarding school work to keep it moving.”
Now her sights are set on the spring track season to really end with a bang before shipping off to Texas Lutheran University to continue her education and athletic career hand-in-hand.
For the rest of the Knights, it’s on to the winter sports season and the rest of the school year until it’s their final fall sports banquet themselves.