Football players recognized at end-of-year banquet

The Gibson Southern football team wrapped up its season with an end-of-year banquet this past Sunday night, reliving the highs and lows from its 8-3 season, as well as athletic stand-outs while enjoying catering from The Carriage Inn.

Due to inclement weather moving into the area, speeches and extended comments about the players and season were cut to have everyone home as fast as possible. After players, coaches and their families feasted and enjoyed one another’s company, the awards and recognition ceremony began.

Senior Eli Ziliak started off the awards ceremony by winning the Most Improved Player award. Junior Braden Tucker and senior Aaron Breivogel each won Offensive Lineman of the Year awards. Senior Seth Delong took home the Back of the Year award, an award recognizing wide receivers, running backs and quarterbacks. 

Senior Adam May took home the Receiver of the Year award. The Titan Award, which recognizes the person who best represents Titan football, went to senior Caleb Sellers. Taking home the hit stick, like his brother, was senior Macray Robinson. 

“It feels good to win the hit stick because Jess also won the hit stick his senior year,” Robinson said. “So, it feels good to follow in his footsteps.” 

The Hammer award went to senior Mitchell Spindler. Senior Ben Butler and sophomore  Brady Allen were Co-MVPs for the offense. 

¨I was super excited to win the award, and it made it even better to share it with my quarterback,” senior Ben Butler said. 

Going home with the biggest award of the night was Spindler, who won the team MVP award.

“Going out senior year with the respect of my teammates and coaches, and for them to think I’m worthy of winning MVP, means a lot to me,̈ Spindler said.

On the other side of the ball, senior Colton Stefanich was named the Defensive Back of the Year. ̈

“Just to be voted by everyone and knowing they all believed in me felt better than winning the award, but getting the award itself made me feel that all my years of hard work trying to perfect my defensive back skills paid off and was worth it,,” Stefanich sadi. 

Robinson also won Defensive Lineman of the year. Senior Max Beadles was the Most Valuable Player on defense.

“To know that I did my job on defense feels good,̈ Robinson said.

Coach Nick Hart presented Jeff and Laura Ziliak with a plaque commemorating their 10 years of service to the football program.

The banquet concluded with recognition of the Titan players who made the All-Pac Conference team: Spindler, Butler, Breivogel, Allen, Stefanich, Sellers and Robinson.