The season certainly stirs emotions in high school students around Abbotsford and Mission.
Most grew physically, emotionally and intellectually. Goals were set, met and exceeded. High watermarks made for soaring souls, while crashing defeats left countless athletes with more questions than answers. Still, they pushed on – and because of that the 2009-2010 high school calendar provided us with memories only made at the last pure level of high-caliber amateur sports.
Here’s a look back at some of those magical moments.
– Cam Bedore, quarterback of the W.J. Mouat Hawks varsity football team, sat with his head in his hands, buried between his legs on the cold, damp turf of McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
His pose was that of any athlete who had just given everything he had, and then some, but came up just short of championship glory.
The Hawks lost the 2009 Subway Bowl to the Centennial Centaurs by a score of 39-36 in one of the most exciting provincial high school football championship games in recent years.
Bedore, who will return to the Hawks in September for his Grade 12 year, took a beating all game, but like the rest of his team who followed, he did not back down.
“It was a gutsy effort by our kids and I’m very proud of them,” said head coach Denis Kelly.