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WJ Mouat’s Devin Logan and Coach Denis Kelly are among the four finalists selected for both student athlete’s Adversity Award and Coach of the Year.

By Howard Tsumura, The Province May 9, 2012

Devin Logan receives his jersey at the Saskatchewan Huskies spring camp recruits introduction.

Each school zone year, our annual Head of the Class special section celebrates the top accomplishments of some of our province’s most complete student athletes.

Yet our 24-page, full-colour pull-out section, this year scheduled for June 18 publication, is never complete without the inclusion of our two Reader’s Choice Awards.

Each year, beginning in September, we take nominations for our Coach of the Year and our Adversity Award, presented to a Grade 12 athlete who has overcome significant obstacles to play his or her sport at the high school level.

Mouat football coach Denis Kelly has piloted the Hawks to a trio of senior AAA provincial titles. Photo: Dan Kinvig

After looking at all of the nominations that were made, a committee at The Province has whittled the list down to four finalists in each category.

Voting begins Thursday at 5 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. on May 23. You can go to theprovince.com/headoftheclass to cast your vote, and one voter will be randomly drawn from all votes cast as the winner of a pair of tickets to Nickelback (June 26, Rogers Arena) as well as a $50 gift card.

The winners in each of the two categories will not only be featured in the 2012 Head of the Class edition, the Adversity Award winner will receive a cheque for $500 and the coaching winner a cheque for $250, with a further $750 cheque to go toward the purchase of sports equipment at his or her school.

Here’s a look at our nominees:

ADVERSITY AWARD

DEVIN LOGAN

The star running back with Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat football team rushed for 1,280 yards and 18 touchdowns, leading the Hawks to the Subway Bowl championship final game, while earning provincial team honours. Logan, moving on to play next season with the Saskatchewan Huskies, accomplished everything he did both on the field and off, despite a learning disability that was first discovered at age seven. Now prepared for graduation, Logan didn’t take a regular class at Mouat until his Grade 11 year.

COACH OF THE YEAR

DENIS KELLY

As his nominator wrote, “Denis Kelly teaches football, phys-ed and life lessons” at Abbotsford’s W.J. Mouat Secondary. This past season, the Hawks celebrated the 25th year of their football program, and head coach Kelly has been there right from the start. Annually a contender to win the B.C. Subway Bowl title, Kelly has the ability to inspire his players and send them out into the world determined to make a positive impact in their post-secondary years.

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