Banquet ends record-breaking football season

This article submitted by Jesse Spates on 11/12/96.

The Paynesville football team concluded their season last Monday night with the annual football banquet. In one of the longest banquets ever, many awards were given out. Many thanks were given to Virg Vagle as he ended his coaching career at the end of the season.

Thirty-three lettermen and numeral awards were given out to the players. Only four Bulldog Pride Awards were given out. To receive the Bulldogs Pride, players had to participate in every practice. Chris Dombrovski, Lee Hiltner, Billy Stanger and Brett Aagesen received the Bulldog Pride award.

Other awards are listed below.

Varsity awards

All-Conference: Lee Hiltner, Jim Mages, Brandon Wensmann;
All-Section 6B: Lee Hiltner, Jim Mages, Brandon Wensmann;
All-Conference Honorable Mention: Darren Michaelis, Jeff Skrypek;
'96 Captains: Jesse Spates, Darren Michaelis, Brandon Wensmann;
Top Hitter: Lee Hiltner
Offensive MVP:Defensive MVP: Jim Mages;
Most improved: Noah Bruntlett;
'97 Captains: Bret Aagesen, David Hemmesch, Billy Stanger;

Junior Varsity awards

Top Hitter: Ryan Glenz;
Defensive MVP: Jeff Jacobson;
Most Improved: Dustin Looman;
Offensive MVP: Karl Sanborn;

Ninth grade awards
Top Hitter: Karl Ainsley;
Defensive MVP: Steve Flint;
Most Improved: Brian Haines;
Offensive MVP: Jeff Voss;

Eighth grade awards

Outstanding Defensive Back: Greg Kascht;
Outstanding Offensive Back: Logan Louis;
Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Adam Ryan;
Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Bobby Sanborn;

Seventh grade awards

Outstanding Offensive Back: D.J. Beckius;
Outstanding Offensive Back: Nick Glenz;
Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Chris Jacobson;
Outstanding Offensive Back: Jason Leyendecker.

The records broken this year are below.

Team offensive rushing yards (game): 403 yards (against Big Lake);
Team offensive rushing yards (season): 2,367 yards;
Career defensive points: Jim Mages, 436 points;
Interceptions (season): Darren Michaelis, 6;
Net scrimmage yards (game): Brandon Wensmann, 264;
Total yards (game): Brandon Wensmann, 307.

The whole football team would like to thank Virg Vagle for his coaching and the fans for hanging in there even when the team wasn't doing so well. Thanks a lot.

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