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Page 14 .'POIT. h:  'ra - December 5, 201 ? Wade Paulus named football MVP As Coach Dustin Nichol not- ed Tuesday night, Nov. 27, at the Sweet Home football team's awards dessert, the Huskies' Most Valuable Player selection this year was "pret- ty much a given." That would be senior Wade Paulus, who set two school records and just missed on another in lead- ing the Huskies to a 7-3 season re- cord, including a seven-game win streak that included a sxqeep of the Sky-Em League, and an appearance in the state playoffs that ended with a loss to Philomath. It was a repeat honor for Paulus. As a running back he scored 306 points in his three years as a ball-carrier for Sweet Home, out- distancing Vince Barrett's 276 this year to set a new career scoring re- cord. He also averaged 208.7 yards per game, another school record, in finishing with 2,087 season rushing yards, 64 yards short of Barrett's school record of 2,151, set in 1987. He was alsosecond to Barrett's ca- reer rushing total of 5,018 yards, with 3,888. In presenting the award, Nichol cited Paulus' accomplishments, but said he achieved big things with- out seeking attention for himself and showed interest in youngsters, going out of his way to talk with them. "I've played with and been around a lot of people who have been in his position that had acco- lades, but who also had egos," he said. "As far as I've seen, Wade Paulus' ego has been set aside. He said, 'Coach, do whatever it takes for us to win.' "His shoes will have to be filled by a collection of individuals." Nichol and other coaches em- phasized the special bond and the positive attitudes shown by the Huskies this year, particularly after the playoffs loss to Philomath fol- lowing the team's first league title in eight years. Senior members of the team have gone 15-6" over the last two years and 9-1 in league games. He noted that 14 Sweet Home players were chosen for all-league honors, including the entire offen- sive line - a first in recent memory. The Huskies also finished sixth in the 4A division in academics, with a team average GPA of 3.20. "This is a fine group of young men," Nichol said. "They're good citizens. That's more important to me than the game of football." Line coach Jay Homer and Nichol also pointed out the role both the offensive and defensive lines, particularly, played in the Huskies' success this year. "We put 3;000 yards on the backs of these guys on the ground," Homer said of offensive guards Zach Gill and Austin Homer, tack- les David Skeen and Zane Jackson, and center Nate Melcher. "We had a very, very good offensive line." Top Defensive Player honors went to junior Austin Homer at line- backer and senior Colton Schilling, a repeat from last year for both. Schilling, defensive backfield coach Tom Horn said, could play any backfield position and put "100 percent" into every moment he was on the field. "He never took a play off- ever. "This is the one who truly is going to be missed in our football program.;' Homer, he said, "is just a good, hard-nosed, smart football player who leads by example. He's not a big rah-rah guy. He plays football the way I'd like to see every kid who plays for us play football." Gill, who, Homer predicted, "will be very hard to replace," was named Most Valuable Lineman on offense. Josh Holman was Most Valuable Lineman on defense. Skeen, a sehior, was named Most Inspirational, by a vote of the players, who selected all of the Most Valuable winners, Nichol said. Most improved were Melcher, Trever Olson and Cole Homer. Paulus was named Best Back on offense, while Mitch Keenon was Best Back for the defense. Dick Reynolds Coaches Awards, which are given to play- ers who stand out as unselfish team players and athletes, went to seniors Quin Wise, Melcher and Zane Jack- son, who came back after breaking a leg last year in a freak accident during warm-ups before a game and earned all-league honors at tackle. Wise was a stalwart at tight end and scored a touchdown for the Huskies by falling on a fumble in FRESH CHRISTMAS All Proceeds Will Benefit the Sunshine Industries Buildhlg Fund ORDER FORM: QTY: Make Checks Payable to: : 18" Wreath - $20.00 Sunshine hulustries !Ynlimited Po Box L78, Sweet Home, Oa 97:86 ..... : Mini Swag Magnet - $5.00 (5x7) 541.367.2765 NAME: ADDRESS: -for second year Football award winners are, in front, from left, Colton Schilling, Trever Olson, Mitch Keenon and Nate Melcher. In rear, from left, are Austin Horner, Wade Paulus, Zach Gill, Josh Holman, David Skeen, Quin Wise and Zach Jackson. the end zone- "being where he was supposed to be," Nichol said. Melcher, who was chosen to the allqeague first team as a linebacker, played the position despite misgiv- ings and personal preferences, the coach said. "Instead of being frustrated, he got motivated." Third-year letter winners were Gill, Colton Holly, Keenon, Olson, Josh Wooley, Jackson, Melcher and Paulus - all seniors. Second-year letters went to Schilling, Wise, senior Kyle Wodtli, junior Spencer Knight, junior Aus- tin Rice, senior Jacob Smith, Skeen, Holman, junior Cole Homer, junior Austin Homer and statistician Kaci Mauch. First-year letters were awarded to junior Bryce Keenon, senior Aus- tin Dixon (a transfer from Albany), senior David Miller (a transfer from Summit in Bend), junior JT Weld, sophomore Shawn Worthen, sopho- more Hunter Jutte, sophomore Ryan Adams, sophomore Kyler Gaskey, junior Ben Terry, junior Ashton Stutzman and statisticians Shelby Wymetalek and Caytlin Gillespie. Junior Varsity Coach Tomas Rosa said his team, like the varsity, got off to a slow start but jelled after the first couple of games and ran the table in league. "Nobody in the league could tough Sweet Home," he said. Horn, who is the most senior of the coaching staff and who is still No. 2 on the single-season pass completion list in school history from his performance in 1969, said this year's team is "absolutely as good as anybody out there. "I've coached a lot of you guys," he said, looking at the audi- ence. "Now, the good fortune for me is I get to coach your kids and your grandkids. I haven't had a more en- joyable season." Huskies open swim season with wins Missing some of their top swimmers, the Sweet Home girls swim team still managed a second- place finish to B!anchet, which is the likely front-nner in this year's district swim competition. Meanwhile, the boys cruised to a six-point win over Blanchet in the first swim meet of the season, which also included Cascade, on Friday, Nov. 30. "I was kind of surprised we swam as well as a team as we did," Coach Doug Peargin said. "We started doubles this week. Usu- ally we're pretty tired for our first meet." The boys finished with 116 points to Blanchet's 110 and Cascade's 74. On the girls side, Blanchet scored 154, followed by Sweet Home (90) and Cascade (41). "We were missing three girls who would really have helped," Peargin said. Freshman Esther Gunselman, Esther Gunselman in her first high school meet, de- livered four lifetime bests for the girls, winning the 50 backstroke and placing second in the 200 free- style. "She was fired up," Peargin said. "Usually we don't start hitting lifetime bests until after Christmas Break." For the boys, Justin Hilbum was a winner in all four of his events - two individual and two relays. Besides Hilbum in the 100 IM (1:07.3) and the 100 freestyle (58.5), the Huskies' other individu- al winner was Victor Stupin in the 500 freestyle (5:57.6). The Huskies will be back in action Thursday, Dec. 6, hosting Stayton. Sweet Home vs Blanchet, Cascade Sweet Home Girls Results 200 Medley Relay - (1) Sweet Home "A" (Esther Gunselman, Sara Helfrich, Emly Thompson, Natasha Benson) 2:18.7; (5) Sweet Home "B" (Emily Clabom, Shelby Wymetalek, Sierrah Owen, Megan Oberg) 2:52.4. 200 Freestyle - (2) Esther Gunselman 2:13.9; (4) Natasha Benson 2:49.4. 100 IM- (2) Emily Thompson. 50 Freestyle - (6) Livvie Hindmarsh 34.2. See Swim, page 15 PnoNw: -- Justin Hiiburn =