The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 8, 2013

Cornjerkers football wins team sportsmanship award


---- — HOOPESTON — While the Hoopeston Area football team did not win a game this season, they did end their season with a award and respect.

The Cornjerkers won the football team award in the John Dickson Sportsmanship Awards for the third time in four years. The only time Hoopeston Area didn’t win the award was last season, when it did not field a team.

For this season, the Cornjerkers was 0-7 but for coach Michl Kearney the fact that the team was playing was the tru victory.

“For us, it was a win for us just to get to the game, “Kearney said. “We had times where we had 13-14 kids leaving practice ready to suit up with a few waiting for a doctor’s OK to play.

“We just wanted to go out and represent the school and the town and we did that. We went out to win and we did our best.”

For the individual football player, Westville’s Kyle Brazas was named by the board. The senior quarterback had a lot of teachers on the ways of sportsmanship.

“I do have my father (Westville baseball coach Joe Brazas) and my coahes and they aleays have told me to use good sportsmanship,” Brazas said. “I just go out and respect the other teams and the players on my team.”

Brazas is a fourth-generation player for Westville teams and said the pressure of that does not get to him.

“I don’t really think about it, I just go out and play,” Brazas said. “But it is great to carry on the Brazas name and carry on the tradition here.”

In volleyball, Oakwood was named as the team with most sportsmanship with Armstrong-Potomac senior Rachel Miles.

The top hitter for the Trojans this season, Miles talked about setting an example in a transition season.

“We got a new coach and she said it was important to come out and set an example,” Miles said. “I tried hard to be helpful with the team and show respect for the other teams as well.”