The Orillia Experience Nissan Jr. B Kings lacrosse team recently held its year-end banquet to hand out the team awards.
The Kings finished with a 3-17 record, however this was still a solid year for a young understaffed team.
The squad lost eight key players to overage and then another six players, who did not return for various reasons, leaving the the team scrambling to fill 14 of 23 positions on the team.
At one point, it appeared as though the Kings may not be able to floor a team, but credit goes to General Manager Rob Blasdell and Head Coach Rob McDonald for spending countless hours finding players to fill out the roster.
With the help of the Orillia and Midland midget teams, numerous players were called onthroughout the year alongside players from Orillia’s Jr. C affiliate in Huntsville.
This year, 31 different players suited up for the Kings. On many nights, the team had five or six midget-aged players in the lineup and, despite that, every game the team made a good showing, playing hard and never giving up.
Again this year the team will lose five players to overage, but, on the bright side, the Kings will have four or five overage midgets coming to camp already with some Jr B experience which will help them step right in to play at the Jr. B level.
Team President Joel Campbell thanks the loyal sponsors, fans and executive board, along with the cooperation of the Orillia Midgets, for helping out in this challenging year.
The following are the 2019 team award winners:
The Boyd Balkwill Most Improved Player: Cameron Murphy
The Robert Wilkie Most Dedicated Player: Graydon McDonald
The Robert Wilkie Most Sportsmanlike Player: Noah Quarrington
Rookie of the Year: Noah Quarrington
Defensive Player of the Year: Mitchell Goode and Logan Matthews
The Cam Devine Offensive Player of the Year: Dallin Blunt
Most Valuable Player of the Year: Dallin Blunt
The following are the 2019 graduating players:
- Dallin Blunt
- Michael Greco
- Graydon McDonald
- Brayden Hickey
- Mitchell Goode