Thursday December 17, 2015
The South Burlington Dolphins Youth Football team and the extended Dolphin family filled the high school auditorium Friday, December 4, to celebrate and reflect on a remarkable season. From the earthmovers flag team, grades one through four, the Orangemen and Blackmen tackle programs for grades five/six and seven/eight, and the Dolphin cheerleaders, every player was on stage to receive trophies, participation certificates, CD’s of game action compiled by South Burlington resident Eric Schwaigert, and a player portrait. The four captains, Brianna Belisle, Ryan Steel, Javen Sears, and Michel Bergeron gave inspiring speeches.
Special awards included the Ricky Crouch Award, which designates scholarships to the Vermont All-Star Football Camp. The award, given as a tribute to former player Ricky Crouch, goes to players who exhibit exemplary skills and football potential.
Winners were Ryan Steele, Taysean Metz, Kristian Richardson, Javen Sears, Ronnie Corey, and a fourth grader Nick Kelly.
The coaches of the Orangemen, Bryon Ladd, Jeff Arnold, Justin Goodman and Tim Kaczmarek presented the following awards: Offensive Most Valuable Player - Taysean Metz, Defensive Most Valuable Player - Kaiden O’Connor, Leadership Awards - Miranda Hayes and Mia Kaczmarek, and Coaches’ Choice - Noah Goodman. The seventh and eighth grade team awards were given for Most Helpful - Javen
Sears and Sportsmanship - Sam Gerlack.
In addition, the seventh and eighth grade team was surprised in the closing minutes with “hoodie” Dolphin sweatshirts that read, “Magic Happened, I Am Awesome.” The wording reflected the team’s outstanding season and the pride their coaches felt in team members playing to the very best of their abilities - so much so that an opposing coach from the playoffs sent a note saying, “The Dolphins were Awesome.”