Perkins and St. Mary football take home awards

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After his third consecutive nomination, 19 year old Athens native Christopher Perkins was voted Sports Person of the Year at C.J.’s Dining Hall on Thursday night, the first time he was unable to attend the awards ceremony.  The St. Mary Crusaders junior football team took home ‘Team of the Year’, after a 10-0 season and a provincial title, the first among area football teams. 

Perkins had another stellar season, winning male athlete of the month by the United States sports academy for his score of 599 out of 600, a world junior and senior record.  He also won his third straight all-Ontario high school men’s title for the 2010 season.

St. Mary had a season to remember.  The junior team went 10-0, outscoring their opponents 326-47 en route to capturing the first provincial title for an area’s football team. “Obviously winning anything is a great feeling, but to be recognized in your community as the best team in the area over the past year was unbelieveable”, said head coach Steve White. “Our players that attended the banquet came away in awe of the accomplishments of those in attendance and were extremely proud to accept congratulatory handshakes from some of the biggest sports names around”. 

Sam Rappin took home the volunteer award for his 25 plus years of service with the South Grenville Rangers, Brockville Tikis and Brockville Braves.  The Ogdensburg native has been the Trainer for the Braves for the past six years. 

The coaching award went to Cardinal native Walter Smail for his continued efforts with boys and girls softball and soccer.  Smail has coached over 1600 games over his 32 year career.

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