Austin Thornton of the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Eastern Conference of the B.C. High School Football Association.
The 6’4” 205 lbs. defensive end was one of five Panthers honoured with a postseason award. Reece Russell at defensive line and Michael Carter at linebacker were named all-stars on defense, while lineman Andrew Diachuk and running back Jamel Lyles were offensive all-stars.
A dozen players from local high schools were recognized for their efforts in the Senior AA regular season, including Lucas Ciampelletti, a linebacker with the Holy Cross Crusaders named the Defensive Most Valuable Player in the Southern Conference.
Crusaders on the Southern Conference all-star team included offensive linemen Sam Garzitto, defensive lineman Jonothan Kongbo, linebacker Anton Cvitkovich, and defensive backs Antonio Mendoza and William Gladwell.
Frank Hurt Hornets on the all-star team included offensive linemen Kyle Nelson and Connor Barron, and running back Bashiru Sise-Odaa.
Defensive linemen Nolan Spalek and Cory Hudson of the Seaquam Seahawks were also named all-stars, while defensive back Sam Orlick was named to Top Grade 11 player.